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Powder Day

We received 4 inches of new snow of new snow overnight! It continued to snow all day long and we received another 2 more inches accumulation. The new snow is pretty dense and is skiing/riding very well.  I skied Smugglers’ Alley this morning and it was fantastic. It was nice and flat with a blanket of 4 inches of new snow on top. I made GS turns from one side of the trail all the way to the other. The wind moved the snow around some on the lower mountain and the drifts looked like waves. This afternoon I went out on the mountain with Alex Martin from Smuggs TV. We were filming this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report. We headed up Madonna Mountain to see what we could find for goods. We had a great time on Upper Chilcoot, Catwalk, Upper FIS, McPherson’s, Lower Chilcoot, and a few glades in between. To see what we found just go to  www.facebook.com/SmugglersNotch/ the video will be posted midmorning tomorrow.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift. We now have 51 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Snow Snake and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 115 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features and is groomed daily. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies, a chance of flurries early with temperatures between 26 and 36 degrees.

 

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John Holcomb ripping down Treasure Run

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Paul Sladyk having fun on Upper FIS

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A still image from this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report

 

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Powder Day

 

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Ski Patroller Rob enjoying the fresh snow on Upper FIS

We received 4 inches of new snow last night and 9 inches in the past 2 days. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on 3 powder covered mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Chairlift. The conditions are just amazing! Snowmaking continues around the clock on Madonna and Sterling.

 

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Snow Day

girlsWhat a nice surprise when you think that you are going to school, but instead you enjoy a powder day with your friends. It was so much fun to hear the kids giving shout outs to their friends as they saw each other on the mountain. Upper Exhibition was very popular today, which made the lift ride very entertaining.

We received 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, 19 inches in the past week, and 3 feet in the month of December so far. emiliasnowThe trail count keeps climbing higher and higher. The Mogul Mouse Magic Lift is now open to the top. We now have 3 lifts operating and 30 trails open. We plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains by this weekend.
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Sleeper storm

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We received 4 to 5 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 17 inches in the past 4 days.  The snow is getting deeper and the trail count is on the rise.  The conditions are just fantastic. The snow that we received Friday and Friday night we a little heavier and made for a good base.  The snow on top has been lighter because of the colder temperatures.  Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, Pipeline Escape, and Lower Bootlegger from Thomke’s are all open now. This morning I got to ski a few runs with my good friends Teo and Pete. We had a blast on Lower Pipeline, Upper Treasure, Thomke’s, and Lower Bootlegger. Pete is the photo at the top of the page; he is finding some nice snow on Lower Bootlegger.  Teo looks like he is getting shot out of a cannon in the middle photo also on Lower Bootlegger. Teo is also the bottom photo where he is demonstrating how to lay them over in the fresh snow. I can’t wait till tomorrow to do it all over again! The forecast for tomorrow is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 25 and 36 degrees.

 

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Powder Day

tony black hole croppedThis is Harley Johnson, filling in for Hugh Johnson.  Today was AMAZING with 6 inches of new snow on top of Madonna. My sister Cathy and I dropped the kids off at Mini Mites and Mitey Mites and then headed to Sterling Mountain.  While standing at the top of Upper Exhibition we joined up with our good friend Tony, and skied with him until it was time to pick the kids back up from Mitey Mites.  I have not skied the Black Hole in a while and wow was it awesome.  Tony is pictured here getting after it in the new snow.  We may have skied a different trail on every run.  We kept finding fresh snow everywhere.

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Cookie Race and Powder

One of the great things about Smuggs that we have everything from the World Famous Cookie Race on Sir Henry’s to powder filled glades on the upper mountains.  I had a great time at the Cookie Race this afternoon watching the young skiers and riders showing off their newly learned skills.  Mogul Mouse was at the finish line giving out high fives.  Everyone wins at the Cookie Race and receives a cookie!  I headed to the upper mountains after the cookie race  to meet up with my good friends Tony and Geoff.  We had a blast hunting for powder stashes.  They found many great lines and a few that were untracked.

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Reid riding through a hoop

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Hayleigh having fun

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Tony finds the goods

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Geoff enjoying the fresh snow

We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 54 trails open.  Tonight snow making moves to Snake Bite, Practice Slope, Lower FIS, and Lower Madonna Liftline.  Tomorrow’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 6 and 21 degrees.

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Powder Day

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Hokie playing in the powder on Upper FIS

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Jeff is knee deep on Shuttle

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Pat with the method

It snowed for three days straight and we ended up with 14 to 20 inches of new snow. We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 48 trails open. We have been making snow around the clock on Log Jam, Dixie’s Knoll, and Hibernator.  All three of these trails are over at the Morse Highlands Area and we plan to have the Morse Highlands Lift operating this weekend. We have also been making snow on the Practice Slope and we plan to open the Sterling T-Bar in the near future.  I would have to say that today was the best day of the season so far.  The conditions were just amazing.  I had so much fun on Doc Dempsey’s and Upper FIS. Skier’s left on Upper FIS was fantastic with drift filled moguls all the way down.  Lower Catwalk opened this afternoon along with Shuttle, Red Fox Glades, and Lower Drifter.  Skier’s right on the top section of Shuttle was also one of my favorites of the day.

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Fresh snow

We received 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours.  I headed to the Upper Parking Lot this morning to meet up with Alex Martin from Smuggs TV. We were filming the “No Bull Video Snow Report”. I was pretty excited and could not wait to make some powder turns.  Our first run was on Smugglers’ Alley. I skied the Alley on Monday when we were making snow on it and I thought it was good then. The fresh snow that we received last night would only make it better.  Our second run of the day was Black Snake to Practice Slope.  It was fun to take a cruiser run and play in the powder on the side of the trail.   We were able to open a few trails today with just natural snow like parts of Hangman’s, Upper Exhibition, Upper Treasure, and Lower Pipeline.  Alex and I decided to check out a few of these newly opened trails on our third run.  I found some really nice powder on Hangman’s.  To watch the video from today just go to the Smugglers’ Notch Facebook page. The excitement of the all new snow made me forget to zip up one my pockets and my phone fell out.  The help of my lovely wife Harley and find your phone made it possible to get my phone back.  My wife was nice enough to let me use her phone and she gave me directions to the location of my phone.  Even after I could hear my phone it took some digging to get it.

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My wife Harley having fun on Smugglers’ Alley.

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Still frame from No Bull Video Snow Report Credit Alex Martin

Snow making continues around the clock on Lower Morse Liftline, Dixie’s Knoll, Midway, Sam’s Run, and Curley’s Cutback. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom  skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 23 trails open.  We have stopped making snow on Lower Birch Run and features were being installed today. 19 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s a grand total of 115 acres.  Tomorrow’s forecast is cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and temperatures between 10 and 21 degrees.

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Powder Day

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Sterling Rock

We received 6 to 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 18 inches in the past week.  The temperature dropped quickly last night and was below zero by day break. As the temperature fell the snow got lighter and lighter.

 

 

 

 

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Ski Patroller Eli enjoying the new snow

My first run of the day was Black Snake. There was a nice blanket of fluffy powder on top of the snowmaking whales.  The light snow was easy to move through. I enjoyed every silent turn, one right after the other. We were able to open a few more trails today with the new snow. Highlander Glades and Hangman’s Drop opened today.

 

 

 

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Bird’s Eye View

We are still making snow around the clock on Morse and Madonna Mountain. We plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains later this week.