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Powder Day

We received 4 inches of new snow of new snow overnight! It continued to snow all day long and we received another 2 more inches accumulation. The new snow is pretty dense and is skiing/riding very well.  I skied Smugglers’ Alley this morning and it was fantastic. It was nice and flat with a blanket of 4 inches of new snow on top. I made GS turns from one side of the trail all the way to the other. The wind moved the snow around some on the lower mountain and the drifts looked like waves. This afternoon I went out on the mountain with Alex Martin from Smuggs TV. We were filming this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report. We headed up Madonna Mountain to see what we could find for goods. We had a great time on Upper Chilcoot, Catwalk, Upper FIS, McPherson’s, Lower Chilcoot, and a few glades in between. To see what we found just go to  www.facebook.com/SmugglersNotch/ the video will be posted midmorning tomorrow.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift. We now have 51 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Snow Snake and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 115 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features and is groomed daily. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies, a chance of flurries early with temperatures between 26 and 36 degrees.

 

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John Holcomb ripping down Treasure Run

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Paul Sladyk having fun on Upper FIS

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A still image from this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report

 

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Snow Snake snow make

snow-snake-snow-makeRockin’ Ron for Hugh. Our Snowmakers have been busy all Winter. Today they were making snow on Lower Rumrunner. Pictured here is recent evidence of their efforts on Snow Snake. Being on Morse Mountain, which offers primarily beginner terrain, Snow Snake is a hidden gem. This intermediate cruiser has several steep pitches and winding turns that snake around and down the hill. Better call a Reptile Doctor because… this Snake is TOTALLY SICK!

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Snowmaking and great conditions

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Taking a ride down Upper Drifter

Today was a little cool with temperatures starting off this morning below zero. Snow doesn’t melt when it’s cold and the snow stays nice and fluffy. The sun was out earlier today and worked its magic. The temperature came up and reached 5 above zero at the summit of Madonna Mountain. It wasn’t that windy today, which was nice. One of my runs today was on Upper Drifter. I think Upper Drifter is one of the most scenic trails that we have here at Smuggs. I don’t know if I have ever skied it without taking a photo. The views keep changing as you work your way down the mountain making turns to the left and right. You even get to ski or ride uphill for a little while. I also like taking Shuttle when I want to get back to the Upper Parking Lot. I like Upper Drifter, Shuttle, Crossover, Treasure Run, and the cut over to Lot #1 because it makes for a nice long lasting run.

 

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Just a little frosty

Our snowmakers have been making snow around the clock for days now and the piles are getting really big. The mountains of snow on the lower half of the Zone Terrain Park are quite impressive. Crossover Trail and Treasure Run also have some big piles of snow on them from last night. Tonight our snowmakers will be working on Lower Rumrunner, Lower Exhibition, Snake Bite, Full Nelson, and the Zone. 30 trails will be groomed tonight, including Snow Snake and Upper FIS for a grand total of 139 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with over 90 percent of our terrain open. We have 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Chairlift with 71 trails open.

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Beautiful view from the Madonna 1 Chairlift

Tomorrow’s forecast are skies becoming mostly cloudy with snow developing in the afternoon and temperatures between 19 and 28 degrees. We could see up to 4 inches of new snow by Wednesday morning.

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowmaking Mountain in the Zone

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Powder and Sunshine

 

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The Village Lift with Madonna Mountain in the background

Believe it or not we received another sleeper storm last night with 3 to 4 inches of beautiful powder. It was pretty cold last night, so the new snow was really light and fluffy. My first run of the day was Upper Chilcoot to Upper FIS. They had both been groomed and were powder covered.  The snow was so deep and light that you could not see if you were behind someone. On a powder day, you want to be first anyway.  Tonight our snowmakers are moving back to Morse Mountain. They will be firing up snowguns on Snow Snake and Lower Morse Liftline. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 161 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Fresh snow on Upper FIS

Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 5 and 16 degrees. We plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 61 trails open.

 

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Magic at Ski & Snowboard Camp

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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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

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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.