Magic at Ski & Snowboard Camp


Marko the Magician playing with a full deck.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. In addition to the magic of teaching kids to ski and snowboard, Snow Sport University offers afternoon entertainment. On Tuesdays it’s a Magic Show with Marko the Magician. Marko has been performing at Smuggs, both winter and summer, for 24 years. He does Camp Shows, Family Shows, Adult Shows, Hypnosis Shows, and Tableside Magic. He is a world-class entertainer who has performed around the world. Other SSU afternoon entertainment includes the Groovy Guy, the Science Show, the Friendly Pirate Show, and the Cookie Race.

Meanwhile I rode Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift and enjoyed the fresh snow on Snow Snake and the Magic Learning Trail. I didn’t ride the Magic Carpet – that would really have pushed this “magic” thing too far.


Upper Drifter

riding drifterToday was just gorgeous with sunny skies and nice temperatures. I skied Upper Drifter for my first run of the day. I took my time and made many stops to take in the all the beautiful views. I love how the view continues to change as you work your way down the mountain. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 67 trails open. We plan to groom 31 trails tonight, including Snow Snake, Snake Bite, and Smugglers’ Alley. 151 acres of freshly groomed terrain for Tuesday. The Birch Run and Knight’s Revenge Terrain Parks are both open.  The forecast is calling for a chance of a mixed shower or shower tomorrow with temperatures between 28 and 37 degrees.  1 to 2 inches of new snow is expected Tuesday night into Wednesday along with colder temperatures.


Skiing in between gates and trees

raceToday was another great day here at Smuggs with beautiful sunny skies and light winds.  I enjoyed watching the race today on the Practice Slope. These racers were 7 to 10 years old and ripping up the course. It was great to hear the parents cheering on all the kids as they skied by.  These racers had great form and were getting down into a tuck to all the speed they could.  I skied with good friends Tony and Dave after the race. I have not skied with Dave in quite a while and it was great to catch up. Way back in the day Dave and I were Ski Instructors here at Smuggs.  We had a great time finding some fresh lines in the trees. We decided that we need to get together again real soon and do some more tree skiing.

tony turnWe now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 66 trails open. 27 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Snowmaking continues around the clock on Snow Snake. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 19 and 30 degrees.




Davey K


Upper FIS

powderWe received 4 inches of new snow last night and that brings us to 250 inches so far this season. The colder temperatures we had last night made the new snow nice and light. The wind was able to move the new snow around a little and I found some nice drifts to play in because of it. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 73 out of 78 trails open. We will have 5 lifts operating tomorrow including the Madonna I lift. 31 trails will be groomed tonight, including Smugglers’ Alley, skier’s right on Upper FIS, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 170 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 15 and 28 degrees. I can’t wait to go looking for powder stashes tomorrow. Rabbit Rabbit


PK’s 5K’s OK

 Michael PK xcRockin’ 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.