Sleeper storm


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.




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.


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.


Reid riding through a hoop


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.


Powder Day


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.


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.


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.


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.


Sunrise service

hugh blog serviceIt was snowing very hard this morning on the lift ride up to the summit of Sterling for the Easter sunrise service. There was a great turn out even though the weather felt like winter. The clouds started breaking up during the service giving us some nice beams of light. It was a beautiful service followed by powder turns. The new snow made first run so peaceful and quiet. I took my time working my way down the mountain enjoying every turn. I can’t believe that we are still skiing powder and it’s Easter. We received 11 inches of new snow in the past 2 days and we’re expecting up to 5 more inches of new snow by Tuesday night. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 71 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We have 5 terrain parks open. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 173 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is periods of light snow 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 27 and 37 degrees.


Upper FIS

powderWe received 4 inches of new snow last night and that brings us to 250 inches so far this season. The colder temperatures we had last night made the new snow nice and light. The wind was able to move the new snow around a little and I found some nice drifts to play in because of it. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 73 out of 78 trails open. We will have 5 lifts operating tomorrow including the Madonna I lift. 31 trails will be groomed tonight, including Smugglers’ Alley, skier’s right on Upper FIS, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 170 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 15 and 28 degrees. I can’t wait to go looking for powder stashes tomorrow. Rabbit Rabbit


Picture perfect with great conditions

I had a great time this morning on the Upper Mountain Fresh Tracks tour.  The temperature was in the 20’s and the wind was light at the summit of Madonna Mountain.  We all had a blast carving up the fresh corduroy. I met up with John mid morning, who is pictured here.  We played in the glades on Madonna and Sterling looking for powder stashes. We saw Vin from White Room skis outside the Base Lodge after we had taken a break.  Vin was demoing his custom built Vermont made skis. Vin put both John and I on a pair of his beautiful wood top sheet skis. We headed up Madonna and skied Liftline top to bottom. The skis and the conditions passed with flying colors! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. 33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 170 acres.  We are also expecting another 1 to 2 inches of new snow tonight.
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