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Shoveling the snow out to put the water in

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 8th Annual Pond Skimming starts at noon today and goes till 2 pm! Registration in the Yurt at Parking Lot 1 beginning at 10 am. Chillin’ & Grillin’ Tail Gate Party and prize give-away to follow the Pond Skimming in Lot 1. Jammin’ Sam will keep us rocking from 2 pm till 4 pm in Lot 1! See you there. Pond Skimming and Chillin’ & Grillin’ being sponsored by Sierra Nevada.

 

 

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Spring conditions

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Ski Patroller Chris Heimert enjoying the soft conditions on Black Snake

The mild temperatures today made the snow nice and soft.  I had a blast carving up Black Snake and Practice Slope. I love how the Practice Slope is nice and wide so you can lay out some huge GS turns.  The knob on skier’s right above mid point of the T-Bar is always fun to fly off.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. We have 51 trails with terrain for all ability levels. 38 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly sunny skies with a high of 26 degrees.

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Soft conditions

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Lamoille Union Middle School 7th graders here at Smuggs as part of their Fitness Friday Program. Photo credit: Melissa Piscitelli

We received a dusting of new snow on top this morning. The spring conditions are just so much fun! I had a blast today with good friends Ken and Justin on Sterling Mountain.  We enjoyed Hangman’s Drop, Upper Pipeline, Black Snake, Harveys’ Hideaway, Full Nelson, and the Practice Slope.  I would have to say that Upper Pipeline was my favorite today. It was recently groomed and was skiing very well.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 57

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Justin having fun on Upper Pipeline

trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Meadowlark for a grand total of 139 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies early then partly sunny skies in the afternoon with a high of 42 degrees.

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Ken loving the great conditions

 

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Fun on Sterling

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Armand finds some nice snow to play in on Treasure Run

I had a good time at Zone Terrain Park and Practice Slope this morning.  The Sterling T-Bar was running today and the kids were just making laps.  The T-Bar makes it easy to do another run in the course or work on a new trick in the terrain park. Many skiers and riders use the T-Bar to access Birch Run Terrain park also, but always watch for traffic when crossing other trails.  I had a great time this afternoon catching up with good friends Armand, Lidia, and Tony.  Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating.  We have 44 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Lower FIS will be closed tomorrow for construction of the Flowground Terrain Park.

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Lidia skiing by the ice flow on Thomke’s

34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 134 acres of freshly groomed terrain.  Birch Run, Log Jam, and Zone Terrain Park are all open. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for light snow an inch of accumulation possible with a chance of mix precipitation and temperatures between 28 and 37 degrees.

 

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Dusting of new snow on the roof of the Top of the Notch building

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Race training on the Practice Slope

 

 

 

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Full Circle

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Connie with her class on Wanderer

I would like you to meet Connie Douthwaite. Connie is a member of the Snow Sport University here at Smugglers’ Notch. She is a ski instructor who works with 3 to 6 year old children. The neat thing is that 13 years ago Connie was a 6 year old child taking ski lessons here at Smugglers’ Notch. Connie told me that her instructor back then was Larry Arnold who still works here at Smugglers’ Notch as a ski instructor. It is wonderful to see someone who learned to ski here 13 years ago is now teaching the next generation!

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We now have 36 trails open with terrain for  all ability levels. Tonight we plan to resume snowmaking on Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, Lower Exhibition, and the Practice Slope. All 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for light snow and sleet a dusting of accumulation with a chance of mix later in the day and temperatures between 25 and 35 degrees. Tomorrow we plan to have the Log Jam, Birch Run, and Zone Terrain Park all open.

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Practice Slope Fun

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s forecast is calling for flurries and snow showers with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. We have skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating today. We presently have 50 trails open and we plan to have more terrain open tomorrow. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 60 trails open. Our groomers will be out in force tonight giving us 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain for tomorrow.

 

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Snow Sport University Instructor Justin Falkenburg