Snowflakes 0.no / FunZone 2.0

Alex May 9

Photo taken by Alex Martin on May 9th, 2017.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh.  Can you believe it – snow has fallen on the higher elevations in the last 2 days? Well, it is Vermont after all. I was going to write a recap blog and pass along Season Pass and Daycation info and here I am still talking about snow.

2016/2017 Recap: Out goes to the storm called Stella which delivered 55 inches of dry fluffy snow in March! Did you see the video that Alex Martin/Smuggs TV shot of Hugh in shoulder high powder? Which reminds me, we are only 7 months away from our anticipated Opening Day for the Winter 2017/2018 Season on November 24th. Season Pass and Badge SPRING RATES are in effect until May 29th (they won’t be on sale again until August) – check out smuggs.com/skiride for prices and info.


Slot Cars at the FunZone 2.0

Vermonter Summer Daycation Pass – Now let’s talk about SUMMER! We are excited to offer this great new pass. Enjoy all the great benefits of a vacation at Smuggs, all Summer long! Endless activities for all ages; 8 pools, 4 waterslides, 2 mountain reservoirs, access to the NEW FunZone 2.0 Ozone, Mountain Bike Skills Park, and so much more! The Vermonter Summer Pass is valid June 12 – September 4, 2017. For Vermont residents only. Once again check out smuggs.com/daycation for prices and info.


The FUN never stops at SMUGGS!



Beautiful Sunshine and Spring Conditions


Upper Madonna Liftline open from the top

Today was just perfect with blue bird skies and spring conditions. I took a run on Drifter this morning just to take in all the amazing views. It was groomed last night and skiing was great. The temperatures continued to rise all day long with some great spring conditions. Everything was soft and skiing great! Tomorrow is going to be a repeat of today except even warmer with mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 55 and 67. Tonight we plan to groom 14 trails that is 60 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Madonna I lift and Sterling lift will be operating with 63 trails open for experts and intermediates.


Blue Bird Day


Matthew enjoying the spring conditions

Sam and Amelia LaPorte showing their IAN Fund support

Sterling Lift

Upper Exhibition

Tony having fun on Shuttle


Drench Trench and Chillin’ n’ Grillin’ Tailgate Party



Irian on the start ramp

Wow what a day, it started off with powder turns in 10 inches of fresh snow. The wind had moved some of the snow around a little, but if you could find any trail that was protected it was just beautiful, with a nice blanket of new snow. I headed to the Drench Trench Pond Skimming for Good event to catch all the wild action. The costumes were great and some the crashes caused some big splashes. Congratulations to James Miller for being the only person to actually make it across and out of the water. The good times continued into the Upper Parking Lot with Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk Crowd providing some wonderful live music. The parking lot was full of grills, costumes, laughter, and of course, good times being had by all!



Drench Trench

Tomorrow we plan to have the Madonna I lift and Sterling lift operating with 63 trails open for intermediates and experts. 18 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s 72 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 43 and 54 degrees. Spring conditions here we come!


T.J. touching down

Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk Crowd

Going bananas

Free Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream

The Chill Foundation’s youth development program revolves around a six-week curriculum that uses boardsports to teach life skills and increase the self-esteem of their participants. Chill has served more than 20,000 young people since the program began, working with approximately 1,400 youth annually.

coco and koyia

Caroline and Koiya are pretty happy

Must ride

Never know who you will see

Smugglers’ Notch Patroller and Life Guard Riley


Powder Day


Ski Patroller Mike Duncan on trail check

We received 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and more is on the way. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift.  We now have 67 trails open!


Ski Patroller Ethan Costello trail checking Freefall


Calm before the storm

Lindsey having fun in the trees on Sterling Mountain

Today has been about looking at the radar and seeing when the snow is really going to start adding up. We already have great coverage and if we received 6 inches of heavy snow it is going to be amazing. The heavy snow covers and sticks to everything. Heavy snow skis and rides like more snow because it holds up better and you get more float. We have received an inch of new snow so far today, but the main part of the storm it just getting to us now. I believe that by tomorrow morning we will return to a winter wonderland. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift with 54 trails open.


Snow Sport University Instructor Glen Findholt skiing Bootlegger Woods

Snow Sport University Instructor Matt McCawley taking a cruiser run on Upper Rumrunner


Here we go again!

snowfall map

WCAX channel 3 snowfall map

Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures of 26 to 39 degrees. The snow starts tomorrow and will continue through Saturday. It is going to be another great weekend!



Another powder day


Amazing conditions!

We received 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 16 inches in the past 5 days. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. Freefall is presently open from the top, Robin’s Run is open from the top, and the Headwall is also open. These trails will stay open as long as conditions allow.


Riding the wave on Freefall


Here comes the snow

Snow Sport University

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 with all 78 trails open. Today’s forecast is snow through mid-afternoon 3 to 4 inches of accumulation possible with a chance of sleet, mix, or freezing rain late in the day with temperatures between 29 and 37 degrees. 35 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Pipeline, Upper Drifter, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 126 acres of freshly groomed terrain.



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