These little rippers are skiing down from the top of Morse for the first time!
Today was just amazing with new snow and beautiful sunny skies. I had a wonderful day skiing with my daughter Hannah. We did a three mountain tour.We started on Morse and then skied over to Madonna Mountain. We took a run on Drifter which was groomed last night. The snow was great and the views were even better. We found a bunch of fresh snow on the side of the trail to play in. We headed to Sterling Mountain next. Hannah really likes Thomke’s because of the way the trail cuts back and forth. We also like to check on the beautiful ice flow, which is on skier’s right before the short cut to Bootleggers. We then headed back to the Village for lunch. Hannah wanted to go to the Log Jam Terrain Park next located over at Morse Highlands.
My son Hugh B joined us and we rode the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift. I rode single and was lucky enough to meet Lori from Connecticut. Lori and her family are homeowners here at Smuggs. Their children are in our Mitey Mite Program. They make the trip up from Connecticut every weekend! I want to thank Lori and her family for their commitment. I also want to thank them for choosing Smuggs. Lori told me that there are many resorts that are, of course, a lot closer to them, but they just love Smuggs and it worth the drive!
Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 62 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 42 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Upper Drifter, Bootlegger, and Magic Learning Trail for a grand total of 152 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight ‘s forecast is calling for up to 2 inches of new snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries early then partly sunny skies with a high of 32 degrees.
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. A major shout out to our Grooming Crew: Arlo, Casey, David, Dickie, Donnie and his other brother Donnie, Jason and his other brother Jason, Mike, Nelson, Rich, and Robert!!! They’ve groomed over 140 acres of terrain overnight and this morning. Grooming tip #1 – white corduroy is always in fashion. In addition to their efforts, warmer temps could help surfaces soften up, and OPEN UP MORE TRAILS.
We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 62 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Snake Bite for a grand total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
We are presently making snow in the Village Greeting Area and on Snow Snake. We received 1 to 2 inches of new snow overnight and 21 inches in the past 6 days. Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with 75 trails open. 28 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 123 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Currently it is 22 degrees at the summit of Sterling with flurries and winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast is periods of light snow another 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 23 and 30 degrees.
Tomorrow we plan to have 6 lifts operating Sterling, Madonna II, Village, Mogul Mouse, Morse Highlands, and Village. The Madonna I lift will be on cold hold tomorrow. We have 65 skiable trails and 53 lift accessible trails open for Monday. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 116 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 7 features. The Flowground is also open on Lower FIS. Our snowmakers did a great job on the Zone Terrain Park and now our Park Crew is shaping the terrain park. We plan to have the Zone Terrain Park open later this week. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with a high of -5 degrees. Bundle up, cover up, use hand/foot warmers, take breaks, and enjoy the great conditions.
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Santa must have put us on his nice list, because we’ve already received 108 inches of snow this season, 26 inches in the past week, 2 inches in the past 12 hours, and more snow is on the way! Snowmakers have also had some great snowmaking temps in the past 2 months. They most recently made snow is on Madonna Mountain. 66 trails are open to today!! Here are some scenes from our Village on Christmas Day.
We are presently making snow on Midway, Meadowlark, and at the base of Morse. Tomorrow and Sunday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains. Currently, it is sunny and 7 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 7 and 17 degrees. There is snow in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow with up to 3 inches of accumulation possible.
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.