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 snowboards run in the course and headed for Parking Lot ! 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.


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.


We are making snow around the clock


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.


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.


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.


Get in the Zone


zone.JPG blogToday was absolutely beautiful with the sunshine and milder temperatures. Today we had the local races on Practice Slope. I went to the top of Sterling with my race board to take a warm up run before racing. I had a great time carving up the corduroy on Black Snake. We had two races today because we had to cancel one race due to 18 inches of snow in 24 hours that we received on Valentine’s Day. I went to the Zone Terrain Park after I finished my race runs. It was fun to watch the skier pictured here floating through the air, while making his tricks look smooth and easy.


Zone Terrain Park


zone skierI love hanging out at the Practice Slope on the weekends. It’s pretty busy with racing on one side and the Zone Terrain Park on the other. The key factor that splits the two is the T-Bar. The T-Bar makes it possible to be back on the top of next run through the race course or another lap in the park in a short amount of time. It’s great to watch these young athletes fine tuning their skills no matter what side of the Practice Slope they are on.


Practice Slope


chad raceOn Fridays we have the Harvey Wesson Memorial Race Series a.k.a. the local’s races on the Practice Slope. Pictured here racing is Chad Willard who set today’s course. Chad set the course up to be pretty “turny” at the top. The second half of the course was straighter.