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Blue bird day here at Smuggs!

Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from Upper Drifter on Madonna Mountain

34 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 126 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Fat-ypus ski demo today in front of the Base Lodge

George Tormey Challenge on the Practice Slope this weekend

George Tormey Challenge on the Practice Slope this weekend

George Tormey Challenge on the Practice Slope this weekend

George Tormey Challenge on the Practice Slope this weekend

George Tormey Challenge on the Practice Slope this weekend

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You see the darndest things from the lift

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There’s snowboards, snow blades, skis, tele skis, tele boards, sleds, toboggans, but a unicycle?

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Let me say that today could best be described in terms of a movie… the Fast and the Furious! At 10 to 15 degrees warmer, tomorrow’s temps will be friendlier. I did see the darndest thing on my ride up the Village Lift. It was a man on a unicycle! I was about to call Patrol but I saw that he was already being followed by one of our Patrollers. I spoke to Rena at Dispatch and she couldn’t believe it either. She asked me to send her a picture. I guess it’s just another day at Smuggs.

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Flyin’ Ryan Lift Eye View. Here’s my “artsy-fartsy” shot of the day.

 

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Heading to the Upper Mountains

I was getting ready to ride the Village Lift this morning when someone from behind me asked if I was a single. I said that I was and I would enjoy the company. It turns out that my lift partner is from Pennsylvania and has been coming to Smugglers’ Notch for the past 19 years. The funny thing is that she did not know who I was. She told me about her family and how much they enjoy coming to Smuggs. She told me that her kids learned to ski here at Smuggs and now they are in their 20’s and even one is in their 30’s.  She said that they are staying in Willows this week and they really like the convenient ski in / ski out. As a matter of fact, she waved to someone in their condo as we rode the lift past their unit. She also went on to say that the next generation of their family was going to learn to ski while they are here this week. I think it is so cool that she wanted to tell me all about her family and their ties to Smuggs even though she did not know that I work for Smuggs.

 

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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

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Snow Sport University Snowboard Lesson on Magic Learning Trail

We are 86 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 67 out of 78 trails open. Log Jam, Birch Run, and Zone Terrain Parks are all open and were groomed this morning. 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain for today. Great spring conditions!

 

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Snow Sport University Ski Lesson on Magic Learning Trail

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125 acres of freshly groomed terrain

 

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Lower Morse Liftline

We are 97 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 76 out of 78 trails open. Some trails will have a delayed opening until they soften up. We have snow in the forecast for Saturday night into Sunday with 2 inches of accumulation at the base and 4 inches at the summit possible. Today’s forecast is skies becoming mostly cloudy with a chance of rain mostly in the afternoon and temperatures between 41 and 49 degrees.

 

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Another member of the Smuggs Family

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Myself and Rick on the Village Lift

I would like you to meet Long Island Rick. Rick has to be the biggest fan of Smugglers’ Notch that I have ever met. He has been coming to Smuggs now for over 4 years in the summer and winter. He has such a love for snow sports and the great outdoors.  Rick is a school teacher, husband, father, and a volunteer firefighter. Rick has a huge heart and loves helping people.  I had a great time taking a few runs with Rick today on Morse. He had me laughing the whole time we were together. He has a great outlook on life! The world needs more people like Rick.  Thank you for being who you are and thank you for choosing Smuggs for your home away from home.

 

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Sea of clouds

I rode the Madonna lift this morning for my first run. I could see little spots of blue here and there showing through the clouds. As I got closer to the summit everything got brighter. I then suddenly I rose above the clouds. I felt like I was in a plane looking down on the clouds.  Today was magical with the mountains sticking up out the clouds like they were islands. I said a sea of clouds as a title but it was more like a river as the clouds spilled over the mountains. It was like watching water because the clouds had waves that built up as they moved over different objects. As the clouds came over the top they would then roll down the mountain as if they were cascading. Everyone was staying on top of Madonna with their phones out taking photos and soaking up the beautiful sunshine.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We now have 62 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Thomke’s Express and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 122 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Clouds rolling over Sterling Mountain

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Ski Patrol at the summit of Madonna Mountain this morning

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Panoramic photo from the summit of Madonna Mountain

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Slalom training on the Practice Slope

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Skiers on Snake Bite seen from the Base Lodge

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John riding the corduroy on Upper Chilcoot

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This is how you flatten a slalom gate

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Cool early morning light

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Lee enjoying the nice conditions on Upper FIS

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Catwalk on Madonna Mountain with Mount Mansfield in the background.

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Making the Scene

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Looking toward Madonna Mtn from the Sterling Lift. You can glimpse the moon in the center of the sky through the flat light of a December afternoon.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh.

I got in my first turns of the season! With the Snow Macon, the Natch and the sunny skies, my timing was perfect. As I skied a Blue Trail, the late afternoon light cast a blue hue (not to be confused with Hugh) over the mountain.

It was great to breathe the mountain air and let the mountain scenery take my breath. You shoulda seen the scene.

 

 

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Sleeper storm

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We received 4 to 5 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 17 inches in the past 4 days.  The snow is getting deeper and the trail count is on the rise.  The conditions are just fantastic. The snow that we received Friday and Friday night we a little heavier and made for a good base.  The snow on top has been lighter because of the colder temperatures.  Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, Pipeline Escape, and Lower Bootlegger from Thomke’s are all open now. This morning I got to ski a few runs with my good friends Teo and Pete. We had a blast on Lower Pipeline, Upper Treasure, Thomke’s, and Lower Bootlegger. Pete is the photo at the top of the page; he is finding some nice snow on Lower Bootlegger.  Teo looks like he is getting shot out of a cannon in the middle photo also on Lower Bootlegger. Teo is also the bottom photo where he is demonstrating how to lay them over in the fresh snow. I can’t wait till tomorrow to do it all over again! The forecast for tomorrow is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 25 and 36 degrees.

 

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