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It’s really adding up

 

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Upper Drifter

I was skiing down Upper Drifter today and I just had to stop.  I was in a tuck trying to keep my speed up for the small uphill section of Upper Drifter when I noticed some big drifts. I was surprised how big they were and I had to get a picture. The ski poles in the photo of the drifts are 50 inches tall.  When I was riding the Madonna I lift today I also noticed that the bottom of the Headwall is now filled in and there is no drop. We received 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 31 inches in the past week. There is also more snow in the forecast with up to 11 more inches by Thursday night.

 

 

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Freefall is open from the top

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The bottom of the Headwall

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Rollers, gates, banked turns, and jumps

roller.jpg smallWe received 3 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 21 inches in the past week. We could see up to 12 more inches of new snow by Monday night. We are 95 percent open with 74 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We plan to groom 37 trails tonight including Snake Bite, Snow Snake, and Drifter for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for increasing clouds snow developing in the afternoon 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 22 and 29 degrees.

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New snow and 152 acres of freshly groomed terrain

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Lower Morse Liftline

We received 2 inches of new snow overnight and 12 inches in the past 3 days. Today’s forecast is snow with another 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 4 and 15 degrees. We could see another 2 inches of new snow Friday night into Saturday. There is also snow in the forecast starting Sunday afternoon and ending Monday morning. 46 trails have been groomed for today including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Snow Snake, and Bootlegger for a grand total of 152 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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2 feet of new snow in the past week and more is on the way!

One of the great things about Smuggs is the abundance of terrain. We have 3 mountains that you can explore. My son Hugh and I had a blast this morning searching out fresh tracks. The powder in the woods is just plain wonderful. There is more snow in the forecast with up to 3 more inches of accumulation by Monday. We are 99 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 77 out of 78 trails open.

 

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8 inches of new snow in the past 2 days

 

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Come ride the Smuggs snow wave

The new snow that we have received in the past 2 days is nice and dense. The moisture in the new snow is helping it to bond with the older snow. The denser snow also skis or rides like more snow because it holds you up better and you don’t go right through it. This new snow has allowed us to open 21 more trails in the past few days. We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We now have 60 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

 

 

 

 

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Picture yourself here

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This is what it looks like to be at the bottom of the “Sterling Rock”

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Jim from Jersey with his Snow Sport University Instructor Randy Draper at the summit of Sterling Mountain.

 

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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