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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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Cool, clear, and calm before the storm

 

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View from the summit of Sterling

 

 

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Harvey Wesson Local’s Race

The cold temperatures last night allowed our snowmakers to really pile up the snow last night. There are snowmaking whales all the way down Black Snake. I had fun skiing to the top of each of the snowmaking whales as I worked my way down. I enjoy all the different shapes and sizes of the whales.  The pile of snow our Snowmakers fabricated yesterday and last night in the Zone Terrain Park is huge. I look forward to seeing what our Terrain Park Crew will create with all this snow. The weather is going to change tonight.The forecast is calling for cloudy skies and light snow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible.

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The Zone Terrain Park has a ton of snow

Tomorrow’s forecast is periods of snow, another 1 to 2 inches of snow possible with temperatures between 21 and 27 degrees. We are also expecting 1 to 3 inches of new snow Saturday night into Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowfall for Feb. 12th and 13th

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for snow, Sunday through Monday. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We are 94 percent open with 72 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Snake Bite for a grand total of 131 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight we plan to make snow on Garden Path, the Village Courtyard, and Midway.

 

 

 

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Not quite as tall as Madonna Mountain

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Snowmaking on Black Snake

Snowmaking on Black Snake

We are presently making snow on the Zone Terrain Park and on Black Snake. We have some great snowmaking temperatures for tonight and tomorrow. We are expecting 1 to 2 inches of natural snowfall Friday night into Saturday. There is also a snow storm brewing for Sunday night. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating including the Madonna I lift. We are 94 percent open with 73 out of 78 trails. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Tower fan gun at the Zone

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Snowmaking and more

Upper Chilcoot

We received 3 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 24 inches of snow in the past week. I had a great time today playing in the glades on Madonna and Sterling Mountain. I also enjoyed taking a few cruiser runs on Chilcoot and Black Snake. Tomorow’s forecast is snow in the morning with a chance of mix and sleet later in the day with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible, temperatures between 17 and 24 degrees. We are presently making snow on Lower FIS, McPherson’s, and the bottom of Upper FIS. We are making snow on Lower FIS for this weekend’s USASA Boarder/Skier Cross. This is an exciting head to head race with banked turns, gates, and jumps.

Freshly groomed terrain

This weekend is the Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival.
Saturday
 – Atlas Snowshoe Company, Tubbs Snowshoes, and Marmot present the inaugural Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival. Bring the whole family while we celebrate winter in Vermont with a weekend of snowshoeing and outdoor fun! Saturday kicks off with a 1/2K Kids’ Fun Run, a snowshoe obstacle course, scavenger hunt, and more! This event is open to all levels and all ages, with free demos and trials as well as discounted guided tours.

 

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Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival
Sunday
 – 16th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe 8K Race. Not racing? Come as a spectator! Call the Nordic Center directly to pre-register at 802-644-1173. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Cambridge Food Shelf and the IAN Fund. Register Today!

 

 

 

 

Snowmaking on Lower FIS

Gilson Snowboards will be having a demo this Saturday and Sunday in front of the Base Lodge. Fatypus Skis will be having a demo on Saturday in front of the Base Lodge.

 

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Good morning from the summit of Madonna Mountain

 

Ski Patrol headed to the harming hut for their morning meeting

We received 2 to 3 inches of new snow overnight and 24 inches in the past week. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating including the Madonna I lift. We are 97 percent open with 76 out of 78 trails open. Lower FIS is closed due to snowmaking. 38 trails have been groomed for today including Upper FIS and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

 

Harvey’s Hideaway

The forecast called for an inch of snow last night and another inch today. We ended up with 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 22 inches in the past week. The new snow is so light and fluffy that you just fly right through it. Upper FIS had been groomed last night and it had the new snow on top. It was wonderful to have your skis ride the smooth corduroy as the light snow flew around you. I also had a great time playing in the woods looking for fresh snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is increasing clouds, snow developing later in the day with temperatures between 8 and 19 degrees. Tuesday night into Wednesday we are expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow. Tomorrow we plan to have

 

 

Sun trying to come through the clouds at the summit of Sterling

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 are 99 percent open with 77 out of our 78 trails. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Ruthie’s and Snow Snake for a grand total of 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight we plan to make snow on Lower Morse Liftline, Garden Path, Sir Henry’s Learning Hill, and Meadowlark.

 

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Ticket Checker Steve Goodkind at the Madonna 1 Lift

 

Nice snow in the woods

Beautiful view from the Sterling Lift

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Snowmaking and natural snowfall

It’s adding up fast

We received 2 to 3 inches of nice blower snow in the past 24 hours and 22 inches in the past week.  We are presently making snow on Lower Madonna Liftline, Lower Drifter, Lower FIS, Lower Chilcoot, McPherson’s, and Link to Sterling.  We are 99 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Freefall is open from the Black Hole. Today’s forecast is flurries and a snow shower an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 9 and 20 degrees.

Nice light powder snow

We are also expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Snowmaking on Lower Madonna Liftline

Snow Sport University Snowboard Instructor Lance Pitcher at the summit of Madonna Mountain showing his support of the Patriots

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Snowmaking on Madonna tonight

 

Madonna, Sterling, and Mount Mansfield seen from the Village Lift

Playing in the powder

Today was another beautiful day here at Smuggs. I skied this morning on Sterling and stopped by the Practice Slope to watch some of the U 10 Team Race that was going today. I was really impressed with the skill level of these young racers. I headed to Morse Mountain midday to snowboard for the first time this season. My edges were not the only thing that were a little rusty. It took a few turns to get my groove back. My confidence level started to rise with each run I made. I switched back to my skis later in the afternoon to make some runs with my son Hugh after his Mitey Mites lesson.We decided to go searching for fresh snow in the glades. Our mission was successful and we found some untracked snow.

Morse Highlands Lift Mascots

We popped out the woods back onto the trail and then Hugh stopped. He looked at me and said “We are going to that again right?!” I then said “You know we are!”

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 have 99 percent of our terrain open with 77 out of 78 trails open. Freefall is open from the Black Hole. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Snake Bite for a grand total of 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with flurries and a chance of a snow shower an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 6 and 18 degrees.

Ski and Ride

Tonight we plan to make snow on Lower Madonna Liftline, Lower FIS, Lower Chilcoot, Link to Sterling, McPherson’s, and Birch Run.

Snow Reporter testing the product

 

 

 

 

 

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Our snowmakers covered Upper FIS last night

andyWe had some great snowmaking weather last night and our snowmakers took full advantage. They fired up the tower guns on Upper FIS and put down a beautiful layer of very edgeable snow.  The tower guns spread the snow nicely and also make a great product. The whole trail was covered with a consistent chalky snow.  Everyone I talked to on the mountain today mentioned how good the snow on Upper FIS was. I have to agree with them because I could not stop skiing it. I can’t wait to ski it again tomorrow.

 

2-kidsWe have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 41 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Tonight we plan to make snow on Upper Chilcoot. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley and Snake Bite. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for sunny skies early with increasing clouds; snow late with temperatures between 28 and 37 degrees. We could see up to 4 inches of new snow by Wednesday night.

 

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Sunset over the Village last night

sunsetToday we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Chairlift. We now have 40 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  Snowmaking continues around the clock on Upper FIS and the Riglet Park. 34 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain.  The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features. The Zone Terrain Park is also open with spines and tabletops. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 20 and 31 degrees. The forecast is calling for 2 to 4 inches of new snow Tuesday night into Wednesday.