7 inches of new snow


Yes it is still snowing

Today’s forecast is snow showers and flurries early, with another 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 4 below and 8 above zero and windy. The Madonna I Lift is presently on wind hold. Bundle up and enjoy the fresh snow! We have 78 skiable trails. The forecast is calling for another 2 inches of snow Thursday night into Friday.



It just keeps getting better!

Matt riding the wave

I can not believe that we received another foot of snow last night after receiving 40 inches of snow since Tuesday morning. The snow we received last night was nice and fluffy. The wind moved some of it around last night, but the snow in the trees stayed put. My first run of the day was with Snow Sport University Instructor Oliver Blackman. We skied Upper FIS and the skier’s left-hand side was just fantastic! Most storms that roll through Smuggs load up the skier’s left-hand side of Upper FIS and today was no exception. I ran into Snow Sport University Instructors Matt McCawley and Mike Brainard in the afternoon along with Smuggs Employee Lenny. We had a great time on Black Snake, Harvey’s Hideaway, Full Nelson, and Half Nelson.

Lenny making a powder turn

I love the combo of Harvey’s to Full Nelson. If you do this run always be aware of people coming down Jolly Rodger as you come off of Harvey’s and head up to Full Nelson. I found some great snow on the skier’s right-hand side of Full Nelson, especially at the bottom. We all headed to Madonna for our next run and hit up the Headwall.

It skied fantastic with tons of snow, especially on the sections where there is less of a pitch and the wind does not get to it. We jumped into the bottom half of Red Fox Glades after finishing the Headwall. I was pleasantly surprised with all the snow that was in the trees. It was all

Snow Sport University Instructor Matt McCawley enjoying the deep powder

so good that we headed back up Madonna and this time we went for Freefall. Freefall is not open from the top, but you can get to it from the traverse on Upper FIS. We cut into the Black Hole and I was floating through the trees in powder up to my waist! It’s hard to beat good times with great friends.




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. 39 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Goat Path, Wanderer, and Bootlegger for a grand total of 134 acres of freshly groomed terrain. There is a chance for another inch of accumulation tonight. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries

Snow Sport University Mike Brainard loving the powder conditions

early, then skies becoming partly sunny with temperatures between 11 and 25 degrees.


Hey did you see the photo of my ski pole?

Lenny taking on the Headwall

Mike catching some air on the Headwall

Matt finds the good in the woods

Mike goes deep into the powder


It is still snowing!

Oliver Blackman checking the trail conditions on the Black Hole this morning

We received another 10 to 12 inches of new snow overnight and 52 inches of snow in the past 3 days. 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. Snow surfaces are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 20 to 60 inches. 40 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Drifter, Jolly Rodger, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 146 acres of freshly groomed terrain.


100 percent open!

We received 30 – 36 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours! 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. Best conditions of the season!



Stella has been upgraded

stellabombBombogenesis, a popular term used by meteorologists, occurs when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars over 24 hours. A millibar measures atmospheric pressure. This can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass, such as air over warm ocean waters. The formation of this rapidly strengthening weather system is a process called bombogenesis, which creates what is known as a bomb cyclone.

The snowfall totals have now been increased to 27 inches of accumulation possible by Thursday night!





Matt McCawley for Hugh. Nearly white out conditions, as snow falls heavy and steady right now. There is easily 3-4 inches of new snow, and that number will build as the day progresses. Should be a good one on the mountain today! Remember to check online snow reports for updates throughout the day. Another reminder to be cautious driving this morning, roads are snow covered and the winds are blowing said new snow in every direction.



Dropping Ropes and Riding Trees


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Pete finding some soft snow in the woods



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Still lots of snow in the Highway

Matt McCawley for Hugh Today I got the opportunity to spend some time with Sterling Patrol as we dropped closed ropes all over the place. Our trail count jumped today from 29 to 48…amazing what a couple wet inches of snow can do. Elevation was key as lower areas saw a mix of rain and snow, while the upper mountain saw all snow. As soon as it stopped snowing the sun came out full blast, which is always fun when you can ski fresh new snow with great visibility. The new snow also allowed us to get back into some wooded areas, where there is still a solid base, especially at higher elevations.


We also had the Wicked Witch of the West effect up here today as people from the valley think they will melt in the rain that’s falling at their house, despite snow falling at elevation, and thus keeping them from coming skiing. That, and probably jobs. The few brave souls that made it up here found great soft snow and lot of fresh tracks across the entire mountain.



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Nice turns down Hangmans

Later this afternoon a wild squall came through dropping a quick inch of super wet snow, and even a few rumbles of thunder. Don’t like the weather, wait a minute. Or in today’s case, gain elevation.


Snow is in the forecast this evening, and off and on through Saturday. Projected totals are around 5 inches, but let’s all hope for more. Temps will be consistently falling into the weekend, which means this new snow that fell today and the snow in the forecast is not going to get washed away anytime soon.

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Dropping ropes on Highlander Glades

We expect 48 trails to be open tomorrow, 36 of which are scheduled to be groomed this evening, that’s 129 acres!


The Zone terrain park is under reconstruction for the Molly Rowlee Rail Jam which takes place this Saturday the 11th this special rail jam benefits the Molly Rowlee Fund, which supports families with children undergoing treatment for cancer. 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 the Parking Lot 1, the Jam starts in the Zone Terrain Park at 11:00 am!

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Smoothness on Exhibition

Also, this weekend is the Extreme Ski Challenge, the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club hosts this fun event — an opportunity for junior and adult freeskiers to show their stuff on some of the most difficult terrain Smugglers’ Notch has to offer! Competitors will be judged on line, control, fluidity, technique, and style.




Snowing at Base Lodge, picture taken at 6:45 am

Matt McCawley for Hugh. My manager texted me a while ago with a witty comment about rain adding to the base… you know what else adds to the base, SNOW! Currently, it’s snowing hard from the Base Lodge up to the top. Radar also looks like we could see snow falling for the next couple hours. No reports yet on how much, but I’ll keep you posted.



Morning Update

Matt McCawley for Hugh. All Morse area lifts and Sterling are spinning, while MI is on hold. Report from Patrol is that the re-groomed snow is quite nice and that Morse will be your best bet for good conditions. Our trail count as of now has gone down, but trails will reopen as the snow softens. On a more positive note our latest weather forecast is calling for 4 inches of snow by Thursday, so do whatever snow dance or ritual for snowfall and let’s all hope for a change in the weather cycle.