Another great day

Upper Chilcoot

We received 8 to 14 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 29 inches in the past week. The conditions are amazing with all the new snow that we received along with the colder temperatures. The snow is staying light and fluffy. I had great time this morning on Madonna Mountain. I skied Sally’s Alley, Madonna Liftline, the Black Hole, and Freefall. I skied with my family and the Lehouillier family over at the Morse Highlands midday. The Morse Highlands Area has something for everybody with nice big open gentle beginner slopes, glades, a terrain park, an intermediate trail, and a nice lodge. The kids were having so much playing in the powder filled trees. The parents were having fun too! It snowed hard pretty much all day long. The conditions were just too good for me not to go back to the upper mountains for a few more powder turns this afternoon. I was lucky enough to find some untracked powder in the trees. I can’t wait to ski it all over again tomorrow! Tonight’s forecast is flurries and a snow shower another inch of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is cloudy skies with flurries and temperatures between 7 – 19 degrees. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 76 out of 78 trails open. 38 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Snow Snake and Ruthie’s for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain.



Another Powder Day


Snow Sport University Instructor Neal Leach making it look easy as always.

We received a storm total of 13 inches in the past 3 days and we are expecting another 2 to 3 inches of snow by Sunday.The Ski Patrollers were very busy today dropping ropes. We now have 60 trails open for your skiing and riding pleasure. Tonight we plan to resume snowmaking at the Morse Highlands Area. We plan to make snow on Log Jam, Hibernator, and Lower Morse Liftline.Tomorrow’s forecast is a partly sunny sky early with snow developing in the afternoon an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 12 and 24 degrees. We have quite a bit planned for the last day of 2016. Tomorrow we will have



Mark Stritzler enjoying the fresh snow

Tomorrow we will have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. There will be a Black Bear Tavern Après Sport Party featuring Switchback. Beginning at 2:00 pm, Goodtime Charlie hosts with trivia, bar games, prizes, and music. It’s a great place to meet other riders and skiers and some of the locals. There is also a New Year’s Celebration Bonfire, Torchlight Parade & Fireworks starting at 9pm near the Gazebo.






Snow Reporter meets snowdrift at the bottom of Doc Dempsey’s Glades












Bird’s eye view of Red Fox Glades











Justin Rule having fun in new snow











Freefall was open from the top today



Powder Day


Hokie playing in the powder on Upper FIS

jeff pow

Jeff is knee deep on Shuttle

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Pat with the method

It snowed for three days straight and we ended up with 14 to 20 inches of new snow. We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 48 trails open. We have been making snow around the clock on Log Jam, Dixie’s Knoll, and Hibernator.  All three of these trails are over at the Morse Highlands Area and we plan to have the Morse Highlands Lift operating this weekend. We have also been making snow on the Practice Slope and we plan to open the Sterling T-Bar in the near future.  I would have to say that today was the best day of the season so far.  The conditions were just amazing.  I had so much fun on Doc Dempsey’s and Upper FIS. Skier’s left on Upper FIS was fantastic with drift filled moguls all the way down.  Lower Catwalk opened this afternoon along with Shuttle, Red Fox Glades, and Lower Drifter.  Skier’s right on the top section of Shuttle was also one of my favorites of the day.


Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program

blind riderToday was just amazing with beautiful sunny skies and temperatures reaching into the low 30’s. I was skiing with my two daughters over at the Morse Highlands Area. We skied the Log Jam Terrain Park seven times in a row. The girls were having too much fun on the rollers and funboxes. We were doing one of our laps in the terrain park when I saw this blind rider and guide. My hat is off to both the blind rider and guide. This relationship takes a great deal of trust. It was impressive to watch them work together as they rode down the mountain. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open.


smuggsphoto Op

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. My friend Bruce Morrissey of smuggsphoto.com, not unsurprisingly, knows where and how to get the money shots. For many years he’s been taking photos & videos of families on the mountain and around the Resort, in Winter and in Summer. Today, we shot video of me skiing as the Friendly Pirate on Morse and Morse Highlands. This footage will be used to promote skiing to kids. When we finished filming we took Midway to Madonna for a fun run: Upper Chilcoot > Catwalk > Lower Catwalk > Lower Drifter > Red Fox Glades > Mulcahy’s Link > Lower FIS. Along the way Bruce snapped this photo of yours truly in action. Whether there were photos or not, it was a sunny day and I couldn’t miss this opportunity.

Rockin by Bruce

Where did Bruce take this shot?


Log Jam Terrain Park

hannah flying off funboxI had a great time at the Morse Highlands area today. I was skiing with my son Hugh B. and my daughter Hannah, pictured here. My kids were having so much fun in the Log Jam Terrain Park. They could not get enough of the funboxes. The Morse Highlands lift is a short ride, so the kids could be back in the terrain park in no time. We also enjoyed a hot chocolate break at the Morse Highlands Lodge before doing more laps in the terrain park. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 77 out of 78 trails open. 6 lifts will be operating on Monday, including the Madonna I Lift. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Snow Snake, and Jolly Rodger for a grand total of 116 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and a high of 20 degrees.


Flying Sam in Log Jam

Sam Laporte
This is local ripper Sam LaPorte in the Log Jam Terrain Park at Morse Highlands. The crazy thing is that Sam is a better skier then he is a snowboarder. Cambridge Elementary 4th graders were here today at Smuggs for one of their Cambridge Area Rotary’s Winter Wellness Days. This is a wonderful program that helps students experience the world of snowboarding and skiing, especially for the students who have never been on the mountain before.


Great conditions

harley bootleggerOur snowmakers have been doing a wonderful job! They have been busy on all 3 mountains allowing more terrain to be opened for us to ski and ride. The Log Jam Terrain Park opened today at the Morse Highlands area. This terrain park is great for beginners and it has some wonderful features. There are many features that are made of snow like rollers and a small serpentine half pipe. All of these different shapes are just so much fun and also super teaching tools. My 3 year old daughter Hayleigh had a blast skiing through the serpentine and the rollers this morning. We have been making snow on Upper Pipeline, Bootlegger, Chute, Snake Bike, Smugglers’ Alley, and Hangman’s Drop the past 2 days. Now that these trails are blanketed with snow, our snowmakers are focused on Madonna Mountain. I took a few runs with my wife Harley this afternoon on Sterling Mountain. She is pictured here enjoying the great snow on Bootlegger.


Another beautiful day filled with sunshine and snow

We received 10 inches of new snow in the past week and 102 inches this season so far.  Our snowmakers have been working around the clock at the Morse Highlands area and Morse Mountain recently.  The photo on the left shows the amount of snow our snowmakers can make in just one night with the right conditions.  Our snowmakers made tons of snow on Log Jam which was groomed out today and we plan to open the Log Jam Terrain Park soon. Our snowmakers have moved up to Sterling Mountain for tonight. We are presently making snow on Upper Pipeline, Hangman’s Drop, Bootlegger, the Zone, Lower Rumrunner, and Lower Exhibition.  The perfect snowmaking temperatures will allow us to open more trails this week.  We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 64 trails open with fantastic conditions.  On the grooming list tonight is 30 trails, including Upper FIS, Thomke’s Express, and Snow Snake.  A grand total of 164 of freshly groomed terrain.  Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures in the 20’s.  The forecast for Thursday night and Friday is snow, 3 inches of accumulation possible.
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Butcher, Baker, SNOWMAKER!

Dec 30th 2014 snowmaking highlandsRockin’ Ron for Hugh.  We’ve been making snow around the clock and temps look good for continued snowmaking throughout the week. Last night it was Lower Madonna, today it is Morse (pictured here) and tomorrow it will be Sterling. More trails will open soon. To commemorate this flurry of flurries, I have fashioned this verse:


Smugg-a-dub-dud, Three Mountains we lub

Sterling, Madonna, & Morse

the Bucher, the Baker and all the Snowmakers

make snow for our skis and our boards