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Flurries fly for Philly flyers

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Brendan and Dale go with the floe.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. My friends the Carrs from the Philadelphia, PA area are making one of their frequent visits to Smuggs, and Brendan is checking out colleges in Burlington. Over the past 10 years, I’ve seen them at the Resort in summer and in winter, but we’ve never skied together. Before we took our runs, Brendan stopped by 3 Mountain Equipment to get a pair of demo skis. We did warm up runs on Morse (Garden Path, Snow Snake) then took Midway to Sterling (Upper & Lower Rumrunner, Thomke’s). There were flurries and snow showers the whole time as well as some thick fog at the summit. The inch of fresh snow on the trails made it fun to carve as we were flying down the mountain. A good time was had by all.

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Morning Update

Matt McCawley for Hugh. All Morse area lifts and Sterling are spinning, while MI is on hold. Report from Patrol is that the re-groomed snow is quite nice and that Morse will be your best bet for good conditions. Our trail count as of now has gone down, but trails will reopen as the snow softens. On a more positive note our latest weather forecast is calling for 4 inches of snow by Thursday, so do whatever snow dance or ritual for snowfall and let’s all hope for a change in the weather cycle.

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Son of a… SNOW GUN!

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Dave Gagnon aka Son of a SNOW GUN.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Yes, it does say March on the calendar, and yes, we are making SNOW! I saw snowmaking whales on Lower Madonna Liftline, Link, Midway, and Meadowlark. I ran into Dave Gagnon who was pumped to be pumpin’ the snow. Snowmaking will continue throughout the night on Morse Mountain. In other news, I rode up MI with John from Brewster, NY, whose family has been coming here for 11 years. He was pleasantly surprised to know that the Friendly Pirate was doing the Snow Report.I also took slalom runs on the Practice Slope for my Locals Race team known as  “I don’t care if you Tele”. At the starting gate, Mr. Edgerton said use your edgers. I gotta edge on outta here. See you on the slopes tomorrow.

 

 

 

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Mr. Edgerton – the smiling face at the start gate. “Use your edgers”.

 

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Snowmaking resumes tonight!

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Black Snake

We received 2 inches of new snow today! The new snow really made a difference of the day and will be great once groomed in with old snow. Tonight we plan to resume snowmaking on Link and then we plan to make snow on Morse Mountain tomorrow night. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 37 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 9 to 21 degrees. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 119 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Rebuilding the Birch Run Terrain Park

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Black Snake

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Black Snake

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Sir Henry’s Learning Hill

sir-henrysSir Henry’s Learning Hill will be open today. The Wonder Carpet is not running today, but we plan to have it running starting tomorrow. We received 2 to 3 inches of new snow overnight and 28 inches in the past 8 days. We are presently making snow on Meadowlark, Lower Morse Liftline, Riglet Park, Sir Henry’s, and the Magic Learning Trail.

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Picture yourself here

zoneThe temperature dropped down into the single digits last night and our snowmakers took full advantage. We made snow on Morse Mountain and Sterling Mountain last night. The forecast is calling for temperatures between 8 and 16 degrees tonight. Our snowmakers will be busy once again. We are going to make snow on Midway, Meadowlark, Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, Lower Exhibition, and the Zone.

 

Dodge's viewWe have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 37 trails open. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 159 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for beautiful sunny skies with temperatures between 21 and 33 degrees.

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Burton Riglet Terrain Park and Cat Trax

burton rigletOur Burton Riglet Terrain Park has moved from the top of the Sir Henry’s Learning Hill to behind the Meeting House.  Our Snowmakers were busy last night on Morse Mountain. They made snow on Dixie’s Knoll, Midway, Sam’s Run, and at the Burton Riglet Terrain Park.  The tree house at the Burton Riglet Park is really cool with ramps to ride down and a ski lift chair to hang out in.  This park is designed for beginner kid snowboarders. Our park crew will now start shaping the different features with the snow our snowmakers produced last night. These features are great teaching tools because the kids can work on their balance, bending their knees to absorb, and much more.  The park should open sometime in the near future. You can check the trail by trail report to find out when it opens.

DSC04833Tonight was our first Cat Trax Tour of the season. We went up Madonna Mountain and it snowed harder the higher we went. I took one photo from the inside of the heated cabin as we were nearing the summit of Madonna Mountain. In the other photo you can see the snow coming down in the lights of the Cat. It was pretty neat seeing the crescent moon over the snow clouds.

 

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Sterling and Morse

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Riding the Alley

Smugglers’ Alley was skiing great today with soft moguls covering the snowmaking whales.  The whales make it interesting and fun.  The back sides are steep and fun to play on.

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Camper

 

 

We opened more beginner terrain yesterday on Morse Mountain.  This afternoon I rode the Mogul Mouse Magic lift to mid station and skied Wanderer and the Magic Learning Trail.

 

 

 

 

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Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program

 

 

Talking about magic it was great to watch the Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program and Snow Sport University Instructors doing what they do best.

 

Colder temperatures are in the forecast for this weekend and some natural snow on Tuesday.

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Snowmaking guns on Wanderer

wandererThe snowmaking guns on Wanderer are new this year. Wanderer is the trail on Morse Mountain that cuts off to skier’s left from the Magic Learning Trail. Wanderer is a great beginner trail with a nice mellow pitch. We have been making snow around the clock on Morse and Sterling Mountain.  It was 10 degrees this morning on top of Sterling, which is great for snowmaking.  We are presently making snow on the Magic Learning Trail, Sir Henry’s, Wanderer, Black Snake, Practice Slope, Lower Morse Liftline, and the base areas.