The Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club is hosting the Northern Vermont Series Skier and Snowboarder Cross on Lower FIS this weekend. We received 14 inches of new snow in the past 2 days and 22 inches in the past week. The base depths are deep and the snow is soft! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 155 acres.
The Smugglers’ Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge was just amazing today! It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a great turn out. This year’s competition had more age brackets with 10 and under, 11 to 13, 14 to 18, 19 to 44, and 45 plus. Pictured here is Pete Kochalka competing in the 45 plus category and ripping it up! There’s a reason why they call it the Extreme Skiing Challenge and Upper Madonna Liftline has some of the gnarliest lift serviced terrain in the east! This is a fantastic event that really showcases what Smuggs has to offer. Smuggs is of course known as “America’s Family Resort” and people think of Mogul Mouse, Billy Bob Bear’s Cave, the World Famous Cookie Race, Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park, the Burton Riglet Park, Log Jam Terrain Park, Father Winter’s Tee Pee, and many more things found on Morse Mountain. One of the great things about Smuggs is the diversity of terrain that we have on our 3 mountains. If you enjoy long groomed intermediate cruisers with awesome views we have that. If you are an expert who enjoys steeps, glades, and moguls we have that also. This event highlights the Headwall’s toughness with its double fall line, steep pitch, rocks, and changing conditions.
A huge thank you goes out to the people who made this event happen. The driving force has been the members of the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club, the SNSC Freeski Team, Andrew Snow, Matteo Campbell, and Bryan Salatino. The Smuggles’ Notch Ski Patrol also worked hard with side stepping the trail days before the event, prepping the Upper Madonna Liftline and most important was their presence at the competition.
I want to thank the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club along with the Ski Patrol for their hard work today. They side stepped down Madonna Liftline to get it ready for the 2014 Smugglers’ Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge. The event is this Sunday, March 9, 2014. Extreme Skiing Challenge – The Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club will host the 2014 Smugglers’ Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge – an opportunity for junior and adult freeskiers to show their stuff on some of the most difficult terrain Smugglers’ Notch has to offer! The course is planned for the Madonna headwall, an ungroomed steep with a double fall line descent filled with cliffs, bumps, trees, chutes, and stumps. Competitors will be judged on line, control, fluidity, technique and style.
As the competitors run the course on the headwall from just below Catwalk to just above Madonna midstation, the best seats in the house for watching the excitement will be on the Madonna summit lift. Spectators also can view from a roped off area at the Red Fox Glades near the finish area at the base of the Madonna headwall, easily accessed from midstation.
$45 entry fee (includes t-shirt) and $29 lift ticket available. The field will be capped at 100 competitors. Register now at www.snscvt.com!
I had a great time today at the Harvey Wesson memorial race series also known as the local’s race. The Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard club puts the race on and it is held on the Practice Slope. One great thing about racing on the Practice Slope is the Sterling T Bar. It’s real easy access from the Upper Parking Lot and you are back at the top of the Practice Slope in no time. Many skiers and riders have been using the Sterling T Bar to get back to the top of the Birch Run Terrain Park by cutting through the woods and going across Lower Exhibition.