Father Winter’s Welcome sign
I had a blast today playing on Madonna and Morse Mountain. The views from the Madonna I chairlift were just fantastic with the beautiful clear skies. I started my day off with skiing Upper Chilcoot and FIS. The freshly groomed terrain was nice and edgeable. I really enjoyed the steep smooth surface on Upper FIS. This afternoon I headed to Morse Mountain to ski with my daughters Hannah and Hayleigh. We rode the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift which is designed for kids. The chairs are lower for loading and unloading, which makes it easier for the kids. The towers are also lower, so you are never that high off the snow. Dave and his staff at the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift are very friendly and always seem to be having a good time.
Father Winter serving up some hot cider
Dave and one of his crew members were dancing to the music playing as we loaded one time. The girls decided that they want to visit Father Winter’s Tipi on one run, so we stopped by. Father Winter’s Tee Pee is located between Lower Morse Liftline and Magic Learning Trail. It’s a real tipi with a hole at the top for the smoke to escape and Father Winter had a fire going. He had some cider in a pot on the fire and gave us all a nice warm cup of cider to enjoy. There are so many different things that Father Winter has in his tipi like games, furs, skulls, and more. Every time I visit Father Winter the items inside the tipi are different and I learn something new. The girls were having such a good time that they did not want to leave. I had to bribe them with another run on the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift and a trip to King Billy Bob’s Den to get them to go. It sure does make you feel good when your kids say ”Daddy that was really fun! We can’t wait to do it again!”
Another guest at Father Winter’s teepee
Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 38 trails open. Snowmaking continues around the clock tonight on Garden Path, Sam’s Run, Lower Morse Liftline, Log Jam, Midway, and Meadowlark. Tonight’s forecast is calling for an inch of new snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries and a snow shower early then partly sunny skies with temperatures between 5 and 16 degrees. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Snake Bite for a grand total of 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
A look inside of the teepee
Hannah and Hayleigh having fun on Wanderer
Looking down Upper Catwalk towards Mount Mansfield
In the past 12 hours we made snow on Dixie’s Knoll, Sam’s Run, Upper FIS, and Curley’s Cutback. Tomorrow we plan to open the Morse Highlands Area.We plan to have the Morse Highlands Lift operating with Sam’s Run and Dixie’s Knoll open. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures between 25 and 39 degrees and windy. Weather permitting we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 37 trails open. 24 trails will be groomed for tomorrow’s that’s 126 acres of freshly groomed terrain.There is snow in the forecast for Thursday and Friday this week. The Nordic Center is open with 15 km of snowshoeing.
Jim Marshall on Upper FIS
Mike Harding finds some nice snow on Upper FIS
Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 35 trails open. 21 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We are presently making snow on Sam’s Run and Dixie’s Knoll.
The view from the top of Sterling
The view from the Madonna I Chairlift
Snowmaking on Upper FIS
We are presently making snow on Upper FIS, Dixie’s Knoll, and Sam’s Run. The temperatures have been falling through out the day. Tonight’s forecast is calling for temperatures between 5 and 11 degrees. We plan to take advantage of the colder temperatures and continue making snow at the Morse Highlands area. We plan to open the Morse Highlands area on Tuesday. Tomorrow’s forecast is skies becoming cloudy, chance of light mixed and snow late in the afternoon with temperatures between 19 and 30 degrees. 21 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley. That’s a grand total of 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 35 trails open. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features. The Nordic Center is open with 15 km of snowshoeing.
We received 3 inches of new snow today and that brings our season snowfall total to 99 inches. I skied Upper FIS with my good friend Vin from White Room Skis. Vin is pictured in both photos enjoying the fresh snow on his handmade skis. The snowmaking whales were like really big mellow moguls. The tower guns spread the snow out very nicely and the natural snow on top makes it that much more fun. Snowmaking continues tonight on Sam’s Run, Dixie’s Knoll, and above Time Square on FIS. Tonight’s forecast is flurries with another inch of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 22 and 34 degrees. There is also snow in the forecast for Friday night into Saturday with another 2 inches of accumulation possible. 22 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. PK is Paul Kayhart, Smuggs Nordic Director. 5K is 3.something miles. OK is an American expression popular around the world. Anywho, this past Saturday the Nordic Center hosted PK’s 5K Ramble, a non-competitive jaunt on our cross country trails.This event was part of the Heritage WinterFest presented by the Smugglers’ Notch Area Chamber of Commerce. PK, like his predecessor Zeke Zucker, is passionate about cross country skiing. In an effort to introduce more people to the sport, PK convinced the Resort to offer FREE rentals and trail passes. Local dignitaries Mike Moser of the Cambridge Planning Commission and Lynn Saywer of the Cambridge Historical Society took advantage of the offer. Mike and PK (pictured) got out their wooden skis, wouldn’t ya know.
“Well OK then, that was a couple of days ago, what about today Rockin’?” you ask. Twas a bluebird beauty of a day and I skied like I had wings. I made my maiden flight of the season to Morse Highlands. I took the cut-over trail from Lower Morse Liftline right below where Sam’s Run enters (how come I never noticed that trail before?).Then I did my first fly-by of the season on Snow Snake. I never get tired of that trail. It has some nice pitches, rolls, and turns. That’s where I take my friends on Morse, before we migrate to Madonna and Sterling. I gotta migrate outta here… catch ya on the fly.