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April Fool’s Day

 

Justin getting some air on Chute

The new snow that we received last night and today was just perfect. It was heavy and stuck to everything, which allowed us to open so many trails today. Robin’s Run, Madonna Liftline, Black Hole, and Freefall from the traverse were all open. I skied Freefall this morning and it was wonderful. The new snow held me back nicely and I did not have to work as hard controlling my speed. I would have to say that the best snow was at higher elevations, especially later in the day when the temperature came up a little. My son Hugh B and I got to ski with our good friends Ken, Justin, and Loic. We skied Upper Fis, Lower Doc’s, Goat Path, Dan’s Ford, Chute, Hangman’s Drop, Black Snake, Lower Chilcoot, Upper Chilcoot, and Lower Pipeline.

Ken having fun on Hangman’s Drop

I would have to say that Upper FIS was one of my favorite runs of the day. It was groomed on Wednesday night, but it was not groomed last night. It was still pretty flat from Wednesday night’s grooming and with the 8 inches of new snow on top it was amazing. The bumps were soft because they were made of the new snow. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift. We have 71 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails will be groomed for tonight, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 123 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

Ken on Chute

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for flurries early then partly cloudy skies later with temperatures between 28 and 39 degrees

 

Hugh B finding some fresh

April Fool’s Day Fun

Justin on Hangman’s Drop

Loic having fun in the new snow

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Picture perfect

Today was another beautiful day with plenty of sunshine and light wind. I had a great time this morning skiing on Sterling. Smugglers’ Alley was groomed last night and it sure was fun to make some big turns on a nice smooth surface.  I also had a bunch of fun playing in the trees. I hiked out to one of favorite places and I had to take a photo of Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background. I headed down to Morse Mountain in the afternoon in catch the last World Famous Cookie Race of the season.  I could not believe how the skiers were carving turns around the gates and the snowboarders were catching air off the jumps. Everyone was soaking up the beautiful sunshine and loving the warmer temperatures. Mogul Mouse was at the finish of the race giving out high fives to the skiers and riders as they went by. The kids were also pretty excited to get a cookie. I’m pretty excited about the forecast of a snow storm heading this way. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warnings and advisories calling for up to 14 inches of new snow by Saturday night. The snow is expected to start tomorrow with the majority of snowfall occurring Friday night. The snow will continue into Saturday also. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift. We have 57 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background.

Snow Sport University Instructor Oliver Blackman with his class enjoying the beautiful day.

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Sunny Sunday

 

Upper Chilcoot

Today started off a little cool but, it did not take too long for the sun to work its magic. The sky was blue bird early in the day and the clouds started to roll in this afternoon. I went skiing today with all 3 of my kids. We started here in the village and skied our way over to the upper mountains. The views from the Madonna I Lift were just amazing, especially when the Headwall is open. We skied Lower Catwalk to Drifter and then to Red Fox Glades. My daughter Hannah really likes Red Fox Glades and it was her trail pick. It’s nice with the birch trees and the sun filled open spaces. We also had a great time in the Shire.

 

 

 

Gotcha!

The Shire is low angle glade run, which is nice because you don’t have to check your speed very much and you can just cruise in between the trees.

 

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We are 94 percent open with 73 out of 78 trails open. Madonna and Sterling are 100 percent open. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Ruthie’s, Snow Snake, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is freezing rain early becoming rain later with temperatures between 31 and 37 degrees.

Beautiful view from Lower Catwalk

Wear something waterproof and enjoy the soft conditions.

 

Little Ripper on Lower Madonna Liftline

Family Fun in the trees

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Great conditions with more snow on the way

Hannah loves Strawberry Fields

I can’t believe that we had another blue bird day! The temperature started off a little cool, but the sun worked its magic and the temperature rose from 3 degrees to 26 degrees at the summit of Sterling throughout the day. The wind had moved the snow around some but there is plenty of light fluffy snow in the trees. My son Hugh B and daughter Hannah only had a half day of school today, so we skied together for the afternoon. We had a great time on Hangman’s Drop, Chute, Exhibition, Bootlegger woods, Alley woods, Highlander Glades, Crossover, Treasure Run, Birch Run Terrain Park, Lower Exhibition, Lower Rumrunner, Thomke’s, and Strawberry Fields. Strawberry Fields’ was amazing with the sunlight and all the fresh snow in between the trees.

Hugh B finds some nice untracked snow

We all spread out looking for fresh turns anywhere we could. We would give out a hoot and a holler every time we found freshies. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift and all 78 trails open. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down and Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow early 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible, a chance of some mix late in the day with temperatures between 29 and 37 degrees.

 

Birch Run Terrain Park

35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Lower Catwalk, Hangman’s Drop, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 126 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

One cool helmet

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Flurries fly for Philly flyers

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Brendan and Dale go with the floe.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. My friends the Carrs from the Philadelphia, PA area are making one of their frequent visits to Smuggs, and Brendan is checking out colleges in Burlington. Over the past 10 years, I’ve seen them at the Resort in summer and in winter, but we’ve never skied together. Before we took our runs, Brendan stopped by 3 Mountain Equipment to get a pair of demo skis. We did warm up runs on Morse (Garden Path, Snow Snake) then took Midway to Sterling (Upper & Lower Rumrunner, Thomke’s). There were flurries and snow showers the whole time as well as some thick fog at the summit. The inch of fresh snow on the trails made it fun to carve as we were flying down the mountain. A good time was had by all.

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Another beautiful day of sunshine

Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the top of Lower Catwalk

The sun was out again today for the fourth day in a row. I had a wonderful day cruising around on Madonna and Sterling. Lower Catwalk was groomed last night, so we I decided to go check it out. I really enjoy the views from Lower Catwalk, especially at the top of the s-turn which is now the rabbit hole. I like how you are looking down on Sterling Mountain with the Notch and Mount Mansfield in the background. I headed over to Shuttle and worked my way back to Sterling. Upper Shuttle had quite a few moguls on it, but is it on the grooming report for tonight and will it be smooth by tomorrow? I stopped by the Birch Run Terrain Park on my way down Treasure Run. There were a few skiers and riders hitting different features and then hiking to do them again. They were working on new

Lower Catwalk

tricks and they were not afraid to try multiple times to get it right. It was great how they would encourage each other and also provide a few tips.

 

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 have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 39 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Waterfall, Snow Snake, and Bootlegger for a grand total of 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with flurries and a snow shower, temperatures between 26 and 38 degrees.  The forecast is calling for snow tomorrow

Birch Run Terrain Park

night into Wednesday with 2 inches of accumulation possible.

 

Air off the rail

Style points with the grab

Nice turns on the neck

Shadow skiing

Snow Sport University

Time to reflect

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Great conditions and great weather

 

Picture yourself here

Fat-ypus skis had a demo today in front of the Base Lodge. I stopped by to check it out and see what they had. They suggested that I try the M5 all mountain ski and I did. I had a blast testing it out on groomers and powder in the trees. I headed over to Sterling next to see the George Tormey Challenge which are athletes ages 10 to 13 racing Dual Giant Slalom on Saturday and Dual Panel Slalom on Sunday.  You need to focus on the gates coming at you when you are racing and when someone is right next to you doing the same thing it can be hard to do.  It can also push you to go faster when you see the other racer pulling away from you. It was exciting to watch this head to head competition. I look forward to watching the fast action of the dual panel slalom race tomorrow on the Practice Slope. The Practice Slope will be a busy place tomorrow because there is also the Molly Fund Benefit Rail Jam at the Zone Terrain Park. This special rail jam benefits the Molly Rowlee Fund, which supports families with children undergoing treatment for cancer.

Carving it up on Lower Madonna Liftline

This is the fifth year at Smuggs for this event, and it promises to again be awesome – come out and have some fun and support this great cause! The good times include music, giveaways, and a raffle. Registration starts at 9:00 am at the Yurt in Parking Lot 1, the Jam starts in the Zone Terrain Park at 11:00 am! www.mollyrowlee.org

 

The forecast for tomorrow is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 20 and 33 degrees. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trail open. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down. Tonight we plan to groom 30 trails, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Black Snake for a grand total of 122 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Riding down Lower Catwalk

A sign of good times

Schaffer family on Morse Mountain

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Best day of the year!

 

Syd goes for it on Black Bear

The snow that we received yesterday was just fantastic, but the amount of snow that fell overnight was unbelievable. We received about 2 feet of new snow overnight and then it snowed all day long today. We received 40 inches of new snow in the past 2 days. My first run of the day was with Alex Martin of Smuggs TV. We were filming this week’s “No Bull Video Snow Report.” We skied Upper FIS, Lower Doc’s, Dan’s Ford, and Lower Chilcoot. The video can be seen at www.facebook.com/SmugglersNotch/.  I have been skiing here at Smuggs for quite some time now and today was one of the best that I can remember. The snow was very

Phil finds the good in the woods

deep, but the quality of the snow was just over the top. You were floating through the snow with a big cloud behind you like a smoke screen. I would have to say that some of the deepest consistent powder was on Dan’s Ford. You had to ski in someone else’s track to get speed and then you could cut out to make some fresh powder turns. The snow was so deep that it was hard to move on lower angle trails. It is still snowing and the conditions tomorrow are going to be amazing all over again! We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with all 78 trails open. The 24-hour forecast is calling for periods of snow and flurries with another 1 to 3 inches

James goes really deep

of accumulation possible and temperatures between 8 and 21 degrees. 40 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Jolly Rodger for a grand total of 146 acres of freshly groomed terrain. I can not wait for tomorrow so that I can do it all over again!

 

Bridget enjoying the fresh snow

Jim having fun on Harvey’s Hideaway

Mike making tele turns on Black Bear

Phil having fun on Black Bear

Some people were flipping out over the great conditions

T.J. cutting through the powder

Sophie enjoying all the new snow

Syd loving the powder on Black Bear

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This is a still shot from this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report

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Calm before the storm

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the summit of Madonna Mountain

The day started off a little cool, but the sun worked its magic and warmed things up nicely. I really enjoyed the blue sky and great visibility. I even took my skis off at the summit of Madonna Mountain, so that I could walk around to take in all the wonderful views.Upper FIS was groomed last night and I had fun spraying snow side to side as I worked my way down the smooth steep edgeable surface. I decided to head over to Sterling next and to get a photo of the pond. It was just too nice out not to take a pic from one of my favorite spots. The image is at the bottom of this post. The sunny skies will not last long, because a snow storm is rolling in tomorrow and staying around for a couple days.

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Ski Patrol headed down Catwalk

I’ve seen multiple predictions with a range of 16 to 24-inch storm total. If I said that I wasn’t excited I’d be lying. The snow coverage that we already have is great and 1 to 2 feet of new snow would really be icing on the cake! 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 have 54 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Hangman’s Drop, Snake Bite, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

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Top of the Notch building at the summit of Sterling Mountain

Tomorrow’s forecast is snow 4 to 7 inches of accumulation during the day with temperatures between 13 and 24 degrees.

 

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Upper Chilcoot

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Upper FIS

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Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background

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Extreme Skiing Challenge

ex 1The temperature was pretty cool today, but that did not stop these skiers from showing us what they are made of. This year the skiers took on Full Nelson and the neck off of Black Snake down to the Practice Slope. The recent snowmaking put some snowmaking whales on both Full Nelson and the neck. The skiers were hitting natural features on both skier’s right and skier’s left of Full Nelson. Many of the skiers liked the jump half way down skier’s right hand side just in the trees. There were jumps that were built on top of some of the whales and they were marked with bamboo. ex 6 signage.JPG smThe neck was pretty interesting because it drops off on skier’s right and there are some big chucks of snow that have rolled down during grooming. Some of the skiers would drop off skier’s right and then carve a turn back to the left to catch air off the spine. Some of the lines that skiers were taking were very creative and bold. The skill level was very high with one skier pulling off 4 separate successful helicopters in his run. Some of the skiers would hold off on going for a trick and would opt for big air instead. I would like to thank the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club along with the Freeski Team for all their efforts to make this event possible. It is easily one of my favorite events here at Smuggs! ex 3It is always a great time and it’s entertaining to watch as these skiers push their skill level to the max!

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. 35 trails will be groomed tonight, including Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 118 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with increasing clouds later in the day with temperatures between 11 and 22 degrees. ex 2Flurries should start tomorrow night with snow developing on Tuesday. Snow stays in the forecast right through Thursday. Snow totals will vary with the track the storm takes. I know that I will be doing my snow dance for sure!

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