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Private Lesson

Today I was helping Snow Sport University. I was riding the Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift with children who are too young to ride without an adult. I have been doing this through out the week and I got know many of the kids. There was one boy that I rode the lift with many times. We played the “I spy with my little eyes” game every time we rode the lift together from the time we loaded the lift until we unloaded. He had asked me to ski with their group, but I told him that I had to ski back to the lift quickly in case there were more kids needing a ride. Today I rode the lift with him again and it was the last run of their lesson. We got off the lift and he asked me again to ski with their group. I told him that I could this run because I did not have to rush back to the bottom.  I followed him down the mountain making turns where he did. We were about half way down we he turned around and said “You are my best friend and I am going to miss you”. I told him that he was my friend too and I will also miss him. I did not expect him to say that, but it still meant a great deal to me!

The warm weather we had today will stick around for one more day, before it gets cold again. Tomorrow’s forecast is cloudy skies with some drizzle and showers likely, temperatures between 47 and 55 degrees. The temperatures will be falling tomorrow night with rain turning to snow. We are expecting up to 4 inches of new snow at the top by Sunday night. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Chilcoot, Dixie’s Knoll, and Practice Slope for a grand total of 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 64 out of 78 trails open. The Black Bear Tavern Après Sport Party this weekend will be featuring Otter Creek. This Sunday, February 26th is a USASA Slopestyle event in the Birch Run Terrain Park. Registration is from 8am till 9am at the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge. The competition begins at 10am.

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Snow Sport University Instructor Justin Wright teaching on Wanderer

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Local’s race league

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Harvey Wesson Local’s Race

The Harvey Wesson Local’s Race starts today on the Practice Slope. It is not too late to sign up! Just head up to the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club building and register. The Sterling T-Bar is operating so it’s easy to get your runs in. The race starts today at noon and goes till 3:45 pm.  There is a weekly race party at a local bar where you can see the race results, enjoy some great comradery and a chance to win some swag.

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Snowmaking on Madonna tonight

 

Madonna, Sterling, and Mount Mansfield seen from the Village Lift

Playing in the powder

Today was another beautiful day here at Smuggs. I skied this morning on Sterling and stopped by the Practice Slope to watch some of the U 10 Team Race that was going today. I was really impressed with the skill level of these young racers. I headed to Morse Mountain midday to snowboard for the first time this season. My edges were not the only thing that were a little rusty. It took a few turns to get my groove back. My confidence level started to rise with each run I made. I switched back to my skis later in the afternoon to make some runs with my son Hugh after his Mitey Mites lesson.We decided to go searching for fresh snow in the glades. Our mission was successful and we found some untracked snow.

Morse Highlands Lift Mascots

We popped out the woods back onto the trail and then Hugh stopped. He looked at me and said “We are going to that again right?!” I then said “You know we are!”

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 have 99 percent of our terrain open with 77 out of 78 trails open. Freefall is open from the Black Hole. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Snake Bite for a grand total of 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with flurries and a chance of a snow shower an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 6 and 18 degrees.

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Tonight we plan to make snow on Lower Madonna Liftline, Lower FIS, Lower Chilcoot, Link to Sterling, McPherson’s, and Birch Run.

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Here comes the snow

The temperatures were in the 30’s today with nice soft conditions. I had a great time today carving up the corduroy. Black Snake down to the neck and Practice Slope was one of my favorites run of the day. I really enjoy the steeper sections. The soft snow really allowed me to set an edge and let the ski carve. Speaking of snow, it was snowing pretty hard this afternoon with low visibility. The flakes were really big and accumulating fast. Everything was covered in a short amount of time. We received an inch of new snow this afternoon with more on the way. The forecast is calling for up to 10 inches of new snow by Saturday night. The National Weather Service is predicting 9 to 20 inches of new snow by Saturday night. I expect the trail count to rise to almost its maximum by this weekend. 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 61 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Snow Snake and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 124 acres of freshly groomed terrain. To see this week’s episode of the No Bull Video Snow Report just go to www.facebook.com/SmugglersNotch

Snow falling on Lower Morse Liftline

Heel side turn onto the Practice Slope

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

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High School GS Race and more

side-shotWe received another inch of new snow last night and 5 inches in the past 2 days. The new snow allowed us to open more terrain. Ruthie’s, the Shire, Gary B’s Northwest Passage, Lower Hangman’s, Lower Harvey’s Hideaway, Jolly Rodger, Full Nelson, Highlander Glades, Upper Exhibition, Knight’s Revenge, and Upper Pipeline all opened today. We have snow in the forecast right through the weekend. We could see up to 6 inches of new snow by Friday night.

 

bennettThere was a High School GS Race today on Snake Bite and Practice Slope that was hosted by B.F.A. of St. Albans. I stopped by to check out the action. The race started half way up the bottom steep pitch of Snake Bite. I watched the race from the bottom of Snake Bite. The racers were working hard to keep control on the steep pitch of Snake Bite. They would let their skis run more once they reached the mellower pitch of Practice Slope. I had a great time watching these talented racers give all they got to get through the course as fast as possible. One of the wonderful things about the race was hearing the racers encouraging each other on to do their best!

rockTomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 53 trails open. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Snow Snake and Bootlegger for a grand total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow and mix early becoming flurries and snow 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 28 and 36 degrees.

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Practice Slope

race-goodThe Practice Slope was pretty busy today with multiple race courses on skier’s right. The top half of skier’s left also had a course set up. The Zone Terrain Park opened today. The bottom half is open with spines and tabletops. It’s great to see all this activity going on at the Practice Slope.  The T-Bar adds so much to the Practice Slope, because it allows skiers and riders to quickly repeat a run or hit in the terrain park.  They can dial in a trick or try to shave some time off a race run.

 

 

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3 inches of new snow today!

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Snowboarding Upper FIS

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Playing in the new snow on Upper FIS

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Shay having fun on Black Snake

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Deep snow on Upper FIS

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Fresh tracks on Doc Dempsey’s Glades

Today’s forecast called for snow showers and flurries this morning with a mix of sun and clouds in the afternoon.  The sun never made it out on the mountain and it snowed all day long.  We received 3 inches of new snow today and 9 inches in the past week.  The big snow storm starts late tomorrow morning and is suppose to hang out for a few days. We could see a foot of new snow by this weekend, which would really change our trail count.  We plan to have over 40 trails open this weekend. Snowmaking continues around the clock on Lower Chilcoot, Lower FIS, Black Snake, and the Practice Slope. 25 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 133 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 28 trails open.

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Birch Run Terrain Park is now open with 15 features.

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Snow Sport University Instructor Justin Falkenburg

The Village Lift is now operating.  We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains.We are presently making snow on Upper FIS, Black Snake, and the Practice Slope. Tonight we plan to make snow at the Morse Highlands area. The Birch Run Terrain Park was reshaped today and is looking great. There are multiple jumps, rails, and funboxes. 20 trails will be groomed tonight for a grand total of 104 acres of freshly groomed terrain.  The forecast is calling for up to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours with temperatures between 22 and 32 degrees.

 

 

 

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Alex Martin of Smuggs TV filming this week episode of the No Bull Video Snow Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reshaping the Birch Run Terrain Park