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Racing on the Practice Slope

tonyToday was the last day of the Harvey Wesson Memorial Race Series. The weather was a little crazy with some rain early, but the afternoon was pretty good with just some cloudy skies.  The conditions were nice and soft today. The Blast from the Past Race is tomorrow Saturday, March 26th.  This race is always a good time with a GS race early and head to head Slalom races in the afternoon. Sunrise Service is Sunday, March 27th and the Sterling Lift will be loading from 6:00 am till 6:30 am.

 

slalomThe weather this weekend looks great with sunny skies and a high of 50 degrees both days. There will be some great spring skiing and riding to be had. 31 trails will be groomed for Saturday, that’s 165 acres of freshly groomed terrain.  For Saturday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 40 trails open.

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Practice makes perfect

good tucjkThe clear skies the past few days has made for cold nights and sunny days. In the past two nights we made snow on Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, Lower Exhibition, Lower Morse Liftline, Sir Henry’s, the Zone, Midway, and Meadowlark.  It was great to see the snow making whales on skier’s left of Practice Slope this morning. The tower fan gun really made a big snowmaking whale.

 

 

good edgeThe Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club hosted the George Tormey Challenge this weekend with a GS race on Saturday and a Dual Panel Slalom race on Sunday.  I like the exciting head to head action of the Dual Panel Slalom. There was a great deal of action with 200 racers competing to keep their race season alive.  I also had a bunch of fun watching the skiers and riders getting in the Zone.  The Zone Terrain Park has some great features with a real nice flow.  I really like the new set up.

 

zone goodFor Monday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift and 38 trails open. 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 168 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries early, temperatures between 24 and 34 degrees.

 

 

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Practice Slope

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Slalom training on Practice Slope

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Zone Terrain Park

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Zone Terrain Park

It was pretty cold today, but the snow is good. The groomed terrain is skiing fantastic. We made snow in Birch Run Terrain Park a few days ago. Our Terrain Park crew did a great job of reshaping the Park. There are different features and the jump is now bigger. The jump also has two take off points, one larger than the other.  We were able to open Jolly Rodger and Lower Black Bear today.  We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 51 trails open.  Tonight we plan to have 30 trails  groomed, including Smugglers’ Alley, Upper Pipeline, and Bootlegger for a grand total of 150 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with increasing clouds later with a chance of snow temperatures between 8 and 18 degrees. This Tuesday, February 16 is Vermont Specialty Food Day sample delicious Vermont specialty foods from cheese to maple syrup in the Village courtyard from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm.

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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

We have received snowfall the past four days straight and today the sun came out.  It was just a  great day to be skiing and riding. Today was the second race of the season for our Local’s League. I decide to try my old carving snowboard in the race today. I took a run to the top of the Sterling Lift with my wife Harley. She was racing also and we wanted to warm up before racing.  We took Upper Rumrunner to Black Snake. It was fun to carve out some big GS turns on the groomed terrain. The 10 inches of snow that we received in the past four days has made the groomed snow very nice. I completed my two snowboard runs in the course and headed for Parking Lot 1 to change into my ski gear.  I went back up the Sterling Lift with my skis and headed straight for Upper Rumrunner and Black Snake.  My skis were holding nicely and I felt like I could really lay it over.

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View from the top of Sterling Mountain

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Blast from the Past Josh Adams is back racing

This weekend we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountain with all 8 lifts operating and 43 trails open. We are presently making snow on Black Snake, Zone Terrain Park, Lower Rumrunner, Birch Run Terrain Park, Lower Link, Full Nelson, and Snake Bite. 27 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s 146 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Race training

DSC05432They call it Practice Slope for a good reason. One of the great things about the Practice Slope is that it is wide. There is enough room to set up multiple courses  at the same time.  The T-Bar makes it easy to get back to the top of the Practice Slope and run the course again. The T-Bar is also used to access the Zone Terrain Park, which is under construction. If you use the T-Bar to access the Birch Run Terrain Park please look up hill for traffic when crossing trails.

 

DSC05440We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 53 trails open. Last night we made snow on Lower Link to Sterling and Lower Madonna Liftline. Tonight we plan to groom 30 trails, including Upper FIS for a grand total of 153 acres.

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We are making snow around the clock

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Snowmaking cloud on Black Snake

We have been making snow on Black Snake, Practice Slope, and the Birch Run Terrain Park. We are also making snow near parking lot #1 for easy ski in and ski out.

 

 

 

 

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New tower fan gun on the Practice Slope

The tower snow guns are working their magic. We also have a new tower fan gun on Practice Slope near the trail that takes you back to parking lot #1.  Black Snake is looking good, as I skied by I looked down and all you could was a snowmaking cloud.

 

 

 

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Upper Rumrunner

We have more snow in the forecast with another 2 to 5 inches of accumulation possible by Monday night.  We plan to make snow on Madonna and Morse tomorrow night.

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100 percent open and new snow

hugh powThe mixed precipitation that we received yesterday turned to all snow last night. The forecast called for flurries today, but it snowed pretty hard all day long. We received 4 to 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours. The snow is lighter the higher you go on the mountain. Everything was skiing so well today. This new snow will be great for this weekend and we have many events going on. The Blast from the Past Race is on the Practice Slope tomorrow. The nice people from Suncommon will be at the Base Lodge tomorrow with insight on solar power and how to reduce your carbon footprint. The 20th Annual Brewfest Part 2 is tomorrow night in the Meeting House. Automaster Customer Appreciations Days are both Saturday and Sunday. Also this weekend is the Maple Sugar Festival at the Boyden Valley Winery. On top of all that we are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 160 acres.

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The Practice Slope on Sterling

We received 8 inches of new snow in the past 2 days and 198 inches this season.   This morning started off with some lingering flurries and then the sun came out.  My first run of the day was on Doc Dempsey’s and I really enjoyed the all the fresh snow that was blown in on the skier’s left side. This afternoon I was at the Practice Slope on Sterling to do my runs for the local’s race league. One the great things about the Practice Slope is the T-Bar.  The T-Bar allows you quick access back to the top of the Practice Slope.  People ride the T-Bar for many different reasons. One reason is gate training and racing on the skier’s right side. Another reason is access to two terrain parks the Zone Terrain Park and the Birch Run Terrain Park.  To get to the Birch Run Terrain Park skiers and riders traverse across the Practice Slope and Lower Exhibition.  If you take this traverse please look uphill as you cut across these trails.  Another great reason is to make a few more turns in the glades before heading back to the Upper Parking Lot.  We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails and all 8 lifts operating. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that we are expecting another 3 to 5 inches of new snow on Saturday night and milder temperatures this weekend.
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High School Race on Sterling Mountain

The Colchester / Rice High School GS race was held today on Snake Bite and the Practice Slope. It was exciting to watch the racers take on the steep pitch of Snake Bite.  It was snowing pretty hard during the race and the course had to slipped repeatedly to keep it clear of new snow.  The new snow slows down the racers and can throw them.  The accumulating snow made me head for Madonna Mountain.  I saw that the Headwall was open from the lift and was looking good. The 2015 Smugglers’ Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge is Sunday, March 8th and I need to train. I went for a non stop run down Madonna Liftline top to bottom to work my leg muscles.  I was very glad to have the new snow slow me down.  We are expecting up to 6 inches of new snow by Saturday. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains and all 78 trails.  The 3rd Annual Rails for Ryan Rail Jam is Friday, February 13th in front of the Madonna / Sterling Base Lodge from 6 pm till 8 pm under the lights.  Competing and spectating are both FREE, with a suggested $5 donation to benefit the Flyin’ Ryan Foundation.
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Great conditions

hugh powderToday started off with light snow and ended up with a sunny afternoon. I had a great time running some gates on the Practice Slope today. The Local’s Race Series will be starting soon and today was just practice. I traded my race skis for my all mountain skis and headed for Madonna Mountain. My good friend Tony and I went hunting for powder stashes in the sun filled glades. This photo shows that we were successful. This weekend we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.