Where are my skis?
I went to the Nordic Center today for the Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival. I watched the 16th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe Race. There was an 8 km race and a 4 km fun run. I was glad the race was early in the day before the snow started falling. The snow was coming down so hard this afternoon that it reduced visibility. I went to my office midday to upload the photos from the Nordic Center. I headed back out to take a few more runs and my skis were already covered in snow. The tracks that I made skiing to my office were also gone. I picked up my son Hugh B after his Mitey Mites lesson and we went in search of fresh snow, which was not hard to find.
Nice snow in the woods
The wind was blowing pretty good, so we decided to head into the woods. We skied a line that I skied this morning and I could not find my tracks. We received 3 inches of new snow this afternoon and it is still snowing very hard. We could see up to 9 more inches of snow in the next 24 hours. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow early then flurries later with temperatures between 13 and 26 degrees. We plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We are 96 percent open with 76 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.
Catching air off the Spring Roll
Tomorrow is going to be really good, so if I was you, I would call into work, tell them that you have a problem with your eyes and you can’t see coming to work!
Photo taken by Hugh B. Johnson III
Tele pow turns on Smugglers’ Alley
18 Km of Cross Country Trails open
This weekend is the Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival. There was a ½ Km Kid Fun Run, a snowshoe obstacle course, a scavenger hunt, free demos, an 8 Km Race, and a 4 Km Fun Run. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Cambridge Food Shelf and the IAN Fund. It was great to watch the snowshoe races. It is pretty amazing how snowshoes have changed over the years. The snowshoes that they race on are smaller than the usual snowshoes. The racers also wear running shoes. I saw a few families who were out cross country skiing. One family had their young child in a covered sled that they pulled behind them. They told me that they were hoping the ride would allow their child to take a nap.
I also went over to the ice rink to see what was happening. There were kids having fun playing hockey. It was fun to watch a couple groups of people who were teaching their friends how to ice skate.
16th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe 8K Race and 4K Fun Run
Thumbs up to learning how to ice skate
Snow Sport University Ski Instructor Matt McCawley spending some quality time with his wife Kate on his day off. The Nordic Center is open with 18 km of cross country skiing with 16 km of groomed trails. The Nordic Center is also open for snowshoeing.
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.
Jim Marshall on Upper FIS
Mike Harding finds some nice snow on Upper FIS
The view from the top of Sterling
The view from the Madonna I Chairlift
Snowmaking on Upper FIS
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.
The 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.
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.
Rockin’ 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!
I 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.