Happy Holidays


Treasure Run

The bumps on Smugglers’ Alley were soft again today. I had a good time playing on the snowmaking whales.








Ho Ho Ho


The temperature is expected to go below freezing tonight. We plan to start making snow as soon as the temperatures allow. Tomorrow will be colder than today with temperatures between 30 and 39 degrees, sunny skies early with increasing clouds later.  Even colder weather is expected starting Sunday night.  Tuesday’s forecast is snow likely with temperatures between 16 and 25 degrees.


Nice turns


Snow Sport University Instructor Justin Falkenburg with Jenn Horkovich

The weather was warm and the snow was soft. I had a great time playing on the corn covered moguls on Smugglers’ Alley.  I also took a few cruiser runs on Upper Rumrunner to Treasure Run. The forecast is calling for colder temperatures this weekend. We could see temperatures between 4 and 18 degrees for Sunday night into Monday. Our snowmakers will be taking full advantage of these great snowmaking temperatures. The forecast for Tuesday night is snow developing with light snow into Wednesday.


Smugglers’ Alley is open

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Birthday Boy in the bumps

Our snowmakers have been taking advantage of the cold temperatures. We have been making snow around the clock on Morse and Sterling Mountain. We are presently making snow on Black Snake, Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, Lower Exhibition, Lower Morse Liftline, Sir Henry’s, and the Magic Learning Trail. I got to ski a few birthday runs with my friend Andy. We celebrated with multiple bump runs down the Alley. I want to thank our snowmakers for putting down a nice product on Smugglers’ Alley. I loved the soft snow in between the bumps. I also stopped by the Birch Run Terrain Park, where I watched a skier dialing in his tricks on the flat down rail.

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Flat down rail


Lower Rumrunner

race trainingThe temperature has been falling throughout the day. We are presently making snow on Smugglers’ Alley. Tonight’s forecast calls for temperatures to drop down to low teens at the summit and low 20s at the base. We also plan to make snow on Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, and Lower Exhibition.  Once the temperature drops low enough we plan to make snow on the Magic Learning Trail on Morse Mountain.  The weekend forecast calls for cold temperatures and 1 to 3 inches of natural snow.  I was skiing down Upper Rumrunner this morning when I saw gates set up on Lower Rumrunner.  I stopped and watched some racers from Saint Michael’s College run slalom gates. It was amazing to see how quickly they switch from edge to edge.


Beginner lessons on Sir Henry’s


Snow Sport University Instructor Corbet with one of the new props.

We made snow last night on Smugglers’ Alley and Upper Rumrunner last night. Our groomers made some nice corduroy last night and I was enjoying it this morning. After skiing on Sterling Mountain I headed down to Morse Mountain to check out the props on Sir Henry’s Learning Hill. The new props have different Smuggs characters on them and the kids love it. I was watching a few beginner lessons while at Sir Henry’s Learning Hill. It was great to see these skiers and riders making breakthroughs.



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Local ripper Reid

Tomorrow we plan to have 2 lifts operating and 7 trails open. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 6 features. The forecast for this weekend is colder temperatures and up to 3 inches of new snow by Saturday night. Our snowmakers will definitely be taking full advantage of the colder temperatures.


Snowmaking and a little natural snow too


Smugglers’ Alley

The temperature was colder than predicted last night and our snowmakers took advantage. We made snow on Upper Rumrunner, Lower Rumrunner, and Smugglers’ Alley last night. We were able to make snow on Smugglers’ Alley all day today.  We will continue making snow tonight as long as temperatures allow.  We also received an inch of natural snow last night.






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The Sterling rock

Tomorrow we plan to have 2 lifts operating and 8 trails open. 7 out of the 8 open trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 28 acres of freshly groomed terrain.  The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 6 features, including 2 fun boxes and 4 rails.



180 off

birch runI had a great time today skiing the soft bumps on Smugglers’ Alley.  It’s early in the season and I need to get my ski legs back.  I hung out in the Birch Run Terrain Park for a while to get some photos.  The soft snow made for sweet landings. If you are wondering about 180 off, it means to do a 180 coming off the rail. The snowboarder pictured here is doing just that.  Tomorrow we plan to have 2 lifts operating and 8 trails open. Sir Henry’s Learning Hill is open for beginners. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 6 features, including 2 fun boxes and 4 rails.


Catching some air off the rail

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Going for the grab


It was another beautiful day here at Smuggs. It was warm enough to soften the snow on Smugglers’ Alley.  I really enjoy the neat shapes and contours that are on the Alley. It has not been groomed this season, so it still has the snowmaking whales. There are now moguls on the whales to play on.



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Check out the Smuggs logo on this new rail.

I stopped by the Birch Run Terrain Park to check out the action.  There were quite a few skiers and riders hitting the features, hiking, and then hitting them again. The soft snow made for nice landings off the rails.


3 to 5 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours.

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Ski Patroller Tom Costello enjoying the new snow on Smugglers’ Alley.

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Smuggs Terrain Park Crew getting Birch Run shaped up and ready for rails.

I woke up this morning and looked out the window hoping for new snow. The cars were just wet, but it looked like it was trying to snow. I turned my computer on to check out the webcam at the Base Lodge. It was nice to see that everything was covered with new snow and it was still snowing hard.  My first run of the day was Smugglers’ Alley and I was finding some nice small drifts in between the bumps.   We plan to open more terrain by this weekend.


Birch Run

birch runThe Birch Run Terrain Park is now open with natural features.  The top section of the trail is open with snowmaking whales.  The snow was pretty soft today and I had a great time playing on snowmaking whales on Birch Run and Smugglers’ Alley. The Alley has soft bumps on top of the snowmaking whales.  The forecast calls for colder temperatures with flurries and snow showers by morning. We are also expecting some more snow on Thursday night into Friday.  We now have the Sterling Lift operating with 6 trails open for intermediates and experts.