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Harvey Wesson Local Race Series

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday was another beautiful day with partly sunny skies and mild temperatures.  I had a wonderful time on all 3 mountains today. I took a few cruiser runs on Morse and checked out the Morse Highlands area. I skied Madonna with my son Hugh B this morning. We skied Upper FIS to the traverse which brings you to Freefall.  Freefall skied well with nice edgeable snow and good coverage.  I headed over to Sterling later in the afternoon to get my race runs in. I thought that I did pretty good until I watched a few of the club kids run the course.  I also had fun watching the Saint Michael’s Race Team slalom gate training on the Practice Slope this afternoon.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating.  We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Waterfall, Black Snake, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 138 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 30 degrees.

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Picture perfect

 

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Retro outfits

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.

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Lori from Connecticut and I on the Mogul Mouse Lift

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!

 

 

 

 

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the Madonna I Lift

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.

 

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Groomers are working their Cats off!

 

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Good Morning Morse Mountain – it’s time to get groomed for the day – you always want to look and ski your best!

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.

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On top of Madonna / All covered in snow / I lost my poor ski pole / In the Black Hole. Photo from Tue, Feb 13 at 3:30 pm.

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Morse Mountain Fun

 

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Visiting Mother Nature in her teepee

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.

 

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Entrance to Log Jam Terrain Park

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Hannah catching some air in Log Jam Terrain Park

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Hugh having fun in Log Jam Terrain Park

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Snowmaking on Morse Mountain

 

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Greeting Area in the Village

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.

 

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Morse Mountain Fun

 

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Lunch break at the Morse Highlands Day Lodge

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.

 

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Snowboard carve on Dixie’s Knoll

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Yo ho ho – we got more SNOW!

 

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Tom from Village Services bears a striking resemblance to… let’s just say he has a Claus in his contract.

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.

 

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Lift Attendants with brooms at the ready – to clean off snow-covered chairs.

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Jolene of Ski & Ride is present and accounted for, not to mention festive.

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You might expect to be Sleigh’ed on Christmas Day, but it’s a wagon the tractor is draggin’. It takes the Discovery Campers to Sir Henry’s Hill.

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Near the Gazebo, where all the cool people chill before their lessons.