Opening Day is Around the Corner!

Wind Tunnel


Well, since we last checked in, our snowmaking team has been working hard around the clock to lay down a nice blanket of snow. They’ve been very busy, which is a good thing! Opening day is next Friday, November 24. As of now, it looks like we will have 6 trails open to start out with, and should be able to open more terrain in no time. Since nobody can truly predict the weather (although many of us seem to pretend), it’s impossible to guarantee anything, but there’s a pretty good chance this is what opening day will look like: First, use your new RFID lift ticket to head through the gate at the bottom of the Sterling Lift. After countless high-fives, load the chair and let out a great big hoot. Enjoy the sights and sounds on your trip up to the top, and take a moment to reminisce about last year’s snowy glory.  Unload at the top and do a warmup on Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, and Lower Exhibition. Then, do it again and if you’re ready, take a left this time and drop into Smugglers’ Alley. SSU will be available offering private lessons for intermediate and expert skiers and riders.

We hope to have beginner terrain open on Sir Henry’s for opening day. In the event that Sir Henry’s is open, SSU will also be providing lessons for beginners! Again, these are the trails we hope to have open for next Friday, and our crews will be doing everything they can to make it happen. We strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t yet picked up their pass, to pop in any day but Thanksgiving from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. The staff at Ski and Ride will be happy to work with you so all you have to do on opening day is head straight to the lift!


The recap:

-Opening day is November 24 at 8:30 am.

-Planning to have Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, Lower Exhibition, Smuggs Alley, and Sir Henry’s (subject to change due to weather).

-Pick up your pass early! Ski and Ride is open daily from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Thanksgiving)

-Happy Winter season!




Snowmaking is in full force!



Looking down Upper Rumrunner from the bottom of Upper Pipeline courtesy of Garrett Koval

Snowmaking at Smugglers’ Notch has begun! Late Monday night, our snowmakers charged up the lines, expecting to make snow for just a short bit. Well, as of late Wednesday morning, we haven’t shut down since! Soon after beginning to make snow, temps had dropped enough to fire up the snow guns from top to bottom on Sterling mountain. Temperatures remain favorable for snowmaking throughout the week, with some temps on the mountain reaching as low as 5 degrees! For the snowmakers, that’s the equivalent of a nice beach day. The best part? Snow is in the forecast as well!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for updates on progress throughout the week!

Marissa Snowmaking

Looking up Lower Exhibition courtesy of Marissa Saltzman


If you’re in the Boston area this weekend, stop by the Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo and say ‘hi’ to our crew! They’ve got lots of #smuggslove to give out!



Winter Is Coming!

RFID Gates at Sterling Mountain

New RFID Gates at Sterling Mountain

Okay skiers and riders, get ready! Passes and Badges are on sale now for the 2017 – 2018 season. What does that mean? It means the seasonal cycle is changing and we are moving into Winter post haste! Before you know it, you’ll be walking out of the Burton Summer Sale with a fresh new kit (August 25-27. Stop by our tent and say hi or pick up your pass!) and heading out to catch the season’s new shred flick premieres. After that comes (hopefully) the chance for some pre-season turns, and then VOILA! Winter is upon us. Check out our online Pass Store for pricing and to grab your pass before prices increase after Labor Day. Also, if you haven’t heard, we’re implementing RFID technology this season to streamline the process from lift tickets to lift riding. There’s also more information on that to be found on the Pass Store page.


If you’re looking for some autumn fun, check out the upcoming FallFest, September 15th and 16th, with biking, kayaking, climbing, and professional disc golfers from around the world all in one great weekend, combined with music, local beer, and food trucks galore! If you can’t make it out during the day, we’ve got a stellar music lineup at FallFest LIVE on Friday and Saturday evenings. Catch Kat Wright followed by Red Baraat on Friday and The Brothers Comatose followed by Zach Nugent Dead All Stars on Saturday! For tickets and info, head to the FallFest Eventbrite page.


Snow Sport University

hayleigh terrain parkMy 4 year old daughter Hayleigh took a snowboard lesson with Allison Dawbrowski.  She just had so much fun, especially on the features at the bottom of Sir Henry’s Learning Hill.  I want to thank Mike Chait of SSU for building these features. They are great learning tools. The features really allowed Hayleigh to work on her balance and have a great time. We have 2 lifts operating and 8 trails open. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 6 features. 7 out of the 8 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 31 acres of freshly groomed terrain.


Very Merry Larry & Merry Mamaroneck

Very Merry Larry    Zach

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. I started off my ski day on Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, where Legendary Lift Man, Larry Burnor likes to keep it merry – that’s how he rolls. Here he’s pictured brushing the snow off the chairs. Darn, if he’s not thoughtful too.

Later on I met up with my friends Jeff, Matt, Zach, and Andrew from Mamaroneck, NY. I’ve known J, M, and Z since they first came to the Resort 10 years ago. Zach was just a toddler when I first met him, now he’s almost a teenager and totally into snowboarding. Yesterday, he took lessons from SSU’s George Zavis and he graduated from Sir Henry’s to Lower Morse Liftline. He was linkin’ turns and lovin’ life (see photo above). As Jeff and I were getting on the Village Lift, I spotted another long time Smuggs Guest, Rob and his daughter Emily. It turns out that Rob and Jeff met each other at the Resort – Rob was born in Mamaroneck. It’s a Smuggs World after all.

Have a MERRY!


Shake it up and FIZZ!


Feb 4, 2014 Fletch n HokieRockin’ Ron for Hugh. Shake it up and FIZZ is not a recipe for a cocktail but how Fletch states his trail pick. That’s ironic because Fletch is the bartender in the Black Bear Tavern at the Base Lodge. The trail he’s referring to is Upper F.I.S. aka Fizz, which is intoxicating in its own way. After cruising down the upper part of Upper F.I.S., I tend to turn onto lower Doc Dempsey’s aka Doc’s, but Fletch said let’s stay on Fizz. So I cancelled my Doctor’s appointment, and we shook it up and fizzed some more. By the time we reached Link, I felt like a drunken sailor but without the rum. Pictured on top of the snow-covered Madonna Mountain prior to fizzing, are the aforementioned Fletch, and Hokie one of our Shuttle Drivers.

Elsewhere around the Resort, I saw the Hogans and the Coadys – families from Canada who vacation here together. In an interesting twist, the kids are skiers and the dads are snowboarders. Skyler, one of the young boys, had a chance to become a boarder but decided against it because he would have to wait until he was good enough to go on some of his favorite trails like Smugglers’ Alley. In fact, Skyler told me his goal this week was to ski Upper F.I.S. for the first time. To quote Fletch “Shake it up and FIZZ!”