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Snowmaking on Upper FIS

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Looking down Upper Catwalk towards Mount Mansfield

In the past 12 hours we made snow on Dixie’s Knoll, Sam’s Run, Upper FIS, and Curley’s Cutback.  Tomorrow we plan to open the Morse Highlands Area.We plan to have the Morse Highlands Lift operating with Sam’s Run and Dixie’s Knoll open. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures between 25 and 39 degrees and windy. Weather permitting we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 37 trails open. 24 trails will be groomed for tomorrow’s that’s 126 acres of freshly groomed terrain.There is snow in the forecast for Thursday and Friday this week. The Nordic Center is open with 15 km of snowshoeing.

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Jim Marshall on Upper FIS

 

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Mike Harding finds some nice snow on Upper FIS

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Beautiful sunny day

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The view from the top of Sterling

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The view from the Madonna I Chairlift

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Snowmaking on Upper FIS

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Upper Chilcoot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are presently making snow on Upper FIS, Dixie’s Knoll, and Sam’s Run. The temperatures have been falling through out the day. Tonight’s forecast is calling for temperatures between 5 and 11 degrees. We plan to take advantage of the colder temperatures and continue making snow at the Morse Highlands area. We plan to open the Morse Highlands area on Tuesday. Tomorrow’s forecast is skies becoming cloudy, chance of light mixed and snow late in the afternoon with temperatures between 19 and 30 degrees. 21 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley. That’s a grand total of 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 35 trails open. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features. The Nordic Center is open with 15 km of snowshoeing.

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Snowshoe Race

 

snowshoe 1The 14th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe Race and Family Snowshoe Festival were held today at the Nordic Center. This event really has something for everyone from beginner to expert. There was a half kilometer race for kids, a 4 kilometer fun run/walk, and an 8 kilometer race that is a qualifier for the 2015 US Snowshoe Association National Championships. I was really surprised to see how fast people can run with snowshoes. This event is not only fun but it raises money for the Ronald McDonald House in Burlington and the local food shelf here in Cambridge. I want to thank everyone at the Nordic Center and all the volunteers that make this wonderful event possible. We received 7 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 38 inches in the past week. The forecast is calling for another 9 inches of new snow by Tuesday. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. 166 acres of freshly groomed terrain for Monday.

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Nordic Ninjas

DSC03978 (1)The Smugglers’ Notch Nordic Centered hosted the Smuggs Nordic Ninjas today. The Nordic Ninjas is a fun obstacle course event for kids ages 6-12 on cross country skis or snowshoes. There were hoops, rollers, a teeter totter, fun boxes, flags, and poles that the kids had to get through. This was a great way for kids to get outside, have fun and also get some exercise. The atmosphere was very festive. PK, Zeke, the Friendly Pirate, and everyone else at the Nordic Center did a wonderful job with this kid friendly event. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We received 2 inches on new snow today and 16 inches in the past week. We are also expecting another 7 inches of new snow by Tuesday night. 170 acres of freshly groomed terrain for Monday.

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On top of Ol’ Sterling… all covered in SNOW

Old SterlingRockin’ Ron for Hugh. 23 inches of snow in the past week and another 3 to 6 inches of snow by Thursday morning is in the forecast! The mountain is in great shape going into the Holidays. Today’s combination of fog and early winter/late afternoon light had me singin’ Foggy Mountain Breakdown. In fact, a mogul snuck up on me as I rounded the hairpin turn on Upper Chilcoot. You know that “woo” feeling, when your stomach stays in the air a little longer than the rest of your body. Later, I talked to a guest who said he very much enjoyed his first day of skiing the East in 48 years, and his first day ever of skiing at Smuggs! In related news our Nordic Center is open with 12km of trails. We’re all covered in SNOW!

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Skiing in the trees

 

brad blogI went down to the Nordic Center this morning to check out the 13th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe Race and Family Snowshoe Festival. There was a ½K fun run for kids, a 3.5K fun run/walk, and an 8K race that is a qualifier for the 2014 US Snowshoe Association National Championship. This is a wonderful event that is fun and also raises money for some local charities. One of the neat things about snowshoe racing is watching the snow fly. The hinged action of the snowshoe really kicks the snow up into the air.

I headed up to the Upper Mountains next to meet up with my friend Brad. We went up the Madonna chair lift first and skied Drifter. I would have to say that Drifter is one of the most scenic trails here at Smuggs. You get some great views of Sterling Pond, Sterling Mountain, and the Notch. We decided to do some glade skiing next to see if we could find some powder stashes. The photo you see here is Brad enjoying both the views and fresh snow.

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PK’s 5K’s OK

 Michael PK xcRockin’ Ron for Hugh. PK is Paul Kayhart, Smuggs Nordic Director. 5K is 3.something miles. OK is an American expression popular around the world. Anywho, this past Saturday the Nordic Center hosted PK’s 5K Ramble, a non-competitive jaunt on our cross country trails.This event was part of the Heritage WinterFest presented by the Smugglers’ Notch Area Chamber of Commerce. PK, like his predecessor Zeke Zucker, is passionate about cross country skiing. In an effort to introduce more people to the sport, PK convinced the Resort to offer FREE rentals and trail passes. Local dignitaries Mike Moser of the Cambridge Planning Commission and Lynn Saywer of the Cambridge Historical Society took advantage of the offer. Mike and PK (pictured) got out their wooden skis, wouldn’t ya know.

“Well OK then, that was a couple of days ago, what about today Rockin’?” you ask. Twas a bluebird beauty of a day and I skied like I had wings. I made my maiden flight of the season to Morse Highlands. I took the cut-over trail from Lower Morse Liftline right below where Sam’s Run enters (how come I never noticed that trail before?).Then I did my first fly-by of the season on Snow Snake. I never get tired of that trail. It has some nice pitches, rolls, and turns. That’s where I take my friends on Morse, before we migrate to Madonna and Sterling. I gotta migrate outta here… catch ya on the fly.