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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

 

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Fizz it is

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Snowmaking clouds on Upper FIS as viewed from the Midway Trail.

Here is the chant of the day:

Aw shucks
Gee whiz
They’re making snow on Fizz*

Repeat often and with feeling.

*Fizz is what the locals call Upper  F.I.S.

I didn’t actually make any turns on Fizz (it was closed for snowmaking) but I took my first Madonna Mountain run of the season on Upper Chilcoot. Hugh told me earlier in the day that Black Snake was his trail pick. So, I headed over to Sterling Mountain for a raucous roller coaster ride on the snowmaking whales on Black Snake and Practice Slope. I had a whale of a good time without Fizz, but next time… Fizz it is.

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Beautiful day for snowmaking

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The view from the “Balcony” on Black Snake

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Black Snake

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Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background

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Tower guns and Tele turns

Today was clear, calm, and cold, which is perfect for snowmaking. I want to thank our snowmakers for making some great snow on Black Snake and Practice Slope. The snowmaking whales were covered with a nice chalky snow. I have so much fun playing on the snowmaking whales. I like to pretend that the snowmaking whales are waves. I like to do the surfing move where you ride to the top of the wave and then make a quick turn back down the face of the wave. I like how you can spray the snow off the top of the snowmaking whale when you do this move.  We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating and 23 trails open. 19 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 104 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 20 and 28 degrees. There is snow in the forecast Tuesday night through Thursday night.

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Snowmaking and grooming

groom-and-snowmakingLast night we made snow on Lower Morse Liftline, Sir Henry’s Learning Hill, Black Snake, and the Practice Slope. Snowmaking continues today on Black Snake and Practice Slope. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 1 and 11 degrees. There is snow in the forecast from Tuesday night through Thursday night. Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating and 21 trails open. 19 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 117 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Madonna I Chairlift will have a delayed opening this morning.

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Magic Learning Trail

 

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Snow Sport University Instructor Kyle Ebbett with his student

The weather was a little crazy today with warmer temperatures and rain this morning. The temperatures fell throughout the day and the rain became snow. We received a dusting to an inch of accumulation this afternoon. Tonight’s forecast is clearing skies with temperatures between  -8 and +2 degrees. Our snowmakers are ready to make snow on Black Snake, Practice Slope, Sir Henry’s Learning Hill, and Lower Morse Liftline tonight. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 1 and 11 degrees. We have some great snowmaking weather coming in the next few days along with snow in the forecast for Thursday. 19 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 117 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating and 21 trails open.

 

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20 inches of new snow in the past week and around the clock snowmaking

We received 2 to 3 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 11 inches in the past 3 days.  The forecast is calling for another 3 to 6 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours. Our snowmakers have been very busy and they are doing a great job.  They are presently making snow on Link, Lower Madonna Liftline, and from the S turn down on Upper Chilcoot, so that we can get the Madonna 1 Chairlift operating this weekend.  They are also making snow on Black Snake and Practice Slope.  We plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with over 40 trails open this weekend.  The ski photo is a preview of this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report.  The video will be posted midday tomorrow at  www.facebook.com/SmugglersNotch/link-snowmaking docs-4

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Freshly groomed

corduroy12 trails have been groomed today, that’s 31 acres. We received 2 inches of new snow overnight and 19 inches in the past week. The forecast is calling for another 6 inches of new snow by Thursday night.  This weekend we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains. We are presently making snow on Link, Lower Madonna Liftline, Black Snake, and the Practice Slope. We have 3 lifts operating with 31 trails open today.

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55+ Club

55I was skiing down Upper Rumrunner when I saw some members of the 55+ Club. I stopped and chatted for a while with this fun-loving group of people. They get together multiple days a week and have an absolute blast.  Bodies in motion want to stay in motion.  We are presently making snow on Smugglers’ Alley, Lower Rumrunner, Thomke’s, and Thomke’s Express. Tomorrow’s forecast is a chance of mixed early then rain likely later with temperatures between 33 and 39 degrees.  We plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 7 trails open.

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