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Fun in the Sun

 

Wow what a beautiful day with partly sunny skies and mild temperatures. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 77 out of 78 trails open. 161 acres of freshly groomed terrain for today including all of Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake. Great spring conditions!

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Snow Sport University Ski Instructor Dave Delbeck sporting some pretty wild sunglasses

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Jeremy spending some quality time with his daughter Aloora on Wanderer

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Here it comes

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Hayleigh enjoying the nice soft conditions

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Morse Mountain

Today started off with some flurries and then the sun came out for the rest of the day. Every one seemed to love the nice sunshine. I was riding Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift today. It was pretty cool to watch the Snow Sport University Instructors work their magic with their beginner students.  Having fun with their class while they teach them how to turn and stop. The best part is when someone has a break through and they link a few turns or make a parallel turn for the first time.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. Some trails will have a delayed opening until they soften up. 49 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 161 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies early with increasing clouds later in the day and temperatures between 29 and 39 degrees. We should have some nice spring skiing and riding tomorrow.

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Snow Sport University lesson on the Magic Learning Trail

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Happy birthday to long time employee of Smugglers’ Notch Howard Wells who turned 70 years young yesterday!

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Snow Sport University Instructor Princess Pam with her class on Wanderer

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This hat is designed to look like the Scottish Highlands Muckle Coo Cow. I think it goes great with his beard!

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Bluebird Day

When I got to work this morning it was still pretty cloudy out, but that did not last long. The sun burned off all the clouds and we ended up with a bluebird day.  I rode the Madonna 1 lift this morning with a gentleman and we were talking about all the great views. All the new snow with the sunshine on it made for great contrast against the deep blue of the sky. I decided to make my first run a cruiser so I headed down Upper Chilcoot. One of the neat things about Upper Chilcoot is that you go on the backside of Madonna after Catwalk and then you work your way back to the front side. Chilcoot is a nice long intermediate trail with fun turns like the S turn before Waterfall.  I love how you make a hard right hand followed immediately by a hard left hand turn. I also find it fun to swing out wide before you catch air as you dive in to Waterfall. As you flow down Waterfall always be aware of people crossing Waterfall to get to Ruthie’s.

We are 100 percent open tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries and a snow shower an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 26 and 38 degrees.

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the Village Lift

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Super Deep

geoff deep Wow what a day today was! I know that I said that Monday was the best day of the season, but today was amazing also. The snow pack is deep and just getting deeper. We received over 3 feet of new snow in the past week and it is all beautiful powder. I had a great time this morning with my good friend Teo on Doc Dempsey’s. There were some great drifts on skier’s left at the top that we really enjoyed flying through. If you would like to see a video from this run just go to facebook.com/SmugglersNotch/  Later in the day I meet up my good friends Geoff and Dave. We were powder hounds on the loose looking for fresh tracks anywhere we could. We found the goods in the woods on Madonna and Sterling. I can’t wait to do it all over again tomorrow.

daveWe are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 134 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight’s forecast is a snow shower then flurries ending with another inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 10 and 21 degrees.

 

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Winter storm warning this afternoon through Monday

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Snow Sport University Ski Lesson on Lower Morse Liftline

The forecast is calling for snow to start this morning, 2 to 3 inches of accumulation possible during the day. Tonight’s forecast is snow, with another 5 to 7 inches of accumulation. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow in the morning becoming flurries in the afternoon another 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 13 and 26 degrees. We are 91 percent open with 72 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 36 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS, Snake Bite, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 132 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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WCAX Channel 3 Snowfall Potential

Today there is a Gilson Snowboard Demo Day in front of the Base Lodge. Today is also the Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival with the 16th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe 8K Race and 4K Fun Run. The races start at 11am this morning at the Nordic Center.

 

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Morse Highlands Lift

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Heading to the Upper Mountains

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Rollers, gates, banked turns, and jumps

roller.jpg smallWe received 3 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 21 inches in the past week. We could see up to 12 more inches of new snow by Monday night. We are 95 percent open with 74 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We plan to groom 37 trails tonight including Snake Bite, Snow Snake, and Drifter for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for increasing clouds snow developing in the afternoon 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 22 and 29 degrees.

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Cool, clear, and calm before the storm

 

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View from the summit of Sterling

 

 

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Harvey Wesson Local’s Race

The cold temperatures last night allowed our snowmakers to really pile up the snow last night. There are snowmaking whales all the way down Black Snake. I had fun skiing to the top of each of the snowmaking whales as I worked my way down. I enjoy all the different shapes and sizes of the whales.  The pile of snow our Snowmakers fabricated yesterday and last night in the Zone Terrain Park is huge. I look forward to seeing what our Terrain Park Crew will create with all this snow. The weather is going to change tonight.The forecast is calling for cloudy skies and light snow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible.

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The Zone Terrain Park has a ton of snow

Tomorrow’s forecast is periods of snow, another 1 to 2 inches of snow possible with temperatures between 21 and 27 degrees. We are also expecting 1 to 3 inches of new snow Saturday night into Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowfall for Feb. 12th and 13th

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for snow, Sunday through Monday. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We are 94 percent open with 72 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Snake Bite for a grand total of 131 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight we plan to make snow on Garden Path, the Village Courtyard, and Midway.

 

 

 

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Not quite as tall as Madonna Mountain

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Snowmaking

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Snowmaking on Black Snake

We are presently making snow on the Zone Terrain Park and on Black Snake. We have some great snowmaking temperatures for tonight and tomorrow. We are expecting 1 to 2 inches of natural snowfall Friday night into Saturday. There is also a snow storm brewing for Sunday night. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating including the Madonna I lift. We are 94 percent open with 73 out of 78 trails. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Tower fan gun at the Zone

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Birch Run Fun

rail jump The weather was a little wild today with some drizzle early then flurries followed by a mix of sun and clouds. The temperature slowly fell throughout the day. The snow was soft all the way to the summit early today. I really enjoyed the steep man-made snow like on Chute and Hangman’s Drop. Upper Exhibition was also skiing very well today. The warmer temperatures today made the landing in the terrain parks nice and soft. I had a great time today hanging out in  Birch Run Terrain Park. The jumps, rails, boxes, and barrel bonk all have a nice flow to them.

jump 2The skiers and riders can go from one feature to the next with fluidity. I also like how the jump in the middle of Birch Run has two take off points one further back then the other.

 

 

 

 

jump 1Tonight we plan to groom 46 trails including Upper FIS, Snow Snake, Bootlegger, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 152 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating including the Madonna I lift. We plan to have 71 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and temperatures between 1 and 13 degrees.

 

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Good morning from the summit of Madonna Mountain

 

Ski Patrol headed to the harming hut for their morning meeting

We received 2 to 3 inches of new snow overnight and 24 inches in the past week. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating including the Madonna I lift. We are 97 percent open with 76 out of 78 trails open. Lower FIS is closed due to snowmaking. 38 trails have been groomed for today including Upper FIS and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain.