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Snowmaking around the clock

pano-sir-henrysWe are presently making snow on Sir Henry’s Learning Hill, Thomke’s Express, Lower Rumrunner, Birch Run, and Smugglers’ Alley! We received 12 inches of new snow in the past 3 days. Our snowmakers having been busy down at Sir Henry’s Learning Hill. We have a window of colder temperatures down at the base areas and they are taking advantage of it. tele-exhibitionThey have snowguns all the way around Sir Henry’s Learning Hill right now. Tonight’s forecast looks good for snowmaking with temperatures in the teens and low 20’s. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for light snow 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 22 and 32 degrees. The Sterling Lift will be operating tomorrow with 15 trails open.

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Trail count just tripled

hugh-bWe received 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 11 inches in the past 48 hours. Snowmaking continues on Smugglers’ Alley and Thomke’s Express. Our snowmakers plan to work their way down the mountain as temperatures allow tonight.  Today was a rope dropping good day at Smuggs.  We opened Upper Exhibition, Chute, Upper Pipeline, Hangman’s Drop, Hangman’s, Lower Pipeline, Thomke’s, Highlander Glades, Lower Birch Run, and parts of Harvey’s Hideaway.  It was so much fun to play in the new snow. I was still finding some fresh turns here and there at the end of the day. peeweeWe could see a little more natural snowfall tonight. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a chance of flurries early then partly sunny skies with temperatures between 19 and 30 degrees.

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It’s snowing again!

pondsprayIt started snowing this morning and we have already received an inch of accumulation. The forecast is calling for a storm total of up to 7 inches of new snow by Sunday night. The forecast is also calling for colder temperatures tonight and we plan to resume snowmaking. The Sterling Lift is operating today with 4 intermediate trails open.

Well, we ended up with 3 inches of new snow today on top and more is in the forecast. We are expecting another 6 inches of accumulation by Sunday night.  I did not want to leave the mountain this afternoon because it was snowing hard and every run just got better.  We are planning to make snow tonight on Smugglers’ Alley and Thomke’s Express. The colder temperatures that are in the forecast for this weekend will allow our snowmakers to have snowguns running top to bottom.  Ski Patrol will be checking the trail conditions first thing tomorrow morning to see if we can open some more terrain.  Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating and 4 trails open. All 4 trails will be groomed tonight for a grand total of 16 acres.

 

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Ski and Ride

pat-and-alexToday was a little warm but, that is going to change soon. The forecast is calling for colder temperatures and we plan to resume snowmaking tomorrow night. Saturday and Sunday night we will see temperatures dropping down into the teens and low 20’s.  Our snowmakers are ready to take full advantage of these temperatures and the snowguns will running top to bottom.  There are also flurries and snow showers in the forecast for the next few days with up to 5 inches of accumulation possible.  Snowmaking will allow us to open more terrain in the near future.  The Sterling Lift is operating with 4 intermediate trails open.

I was skiing down Upper Rumrunner when I saw Alex and Pat. These two local rippers really know how to ski and ride. They are so much fun to watch because of how they work a trail over. They make the most of every feature they can find. They both have a bag full of tricks and can pull them off with style every time.

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We just opened some more trails.

nov-27-liftlineHangman’s is now open along with sections of Upper Exhibition and Black Snake. I had a blast taking some runs with the family today.  The kids were just having so much fun getting their ski legs back on the groomed trails for the first couple of runs. We ran into some family friends midday and started skiing the open natural snow trails.  The kids were finding small jumps everywhere to hit. We all had a great time and decided that we can’t wait to do it all again!

 

bridgetOur snowmakers are busy once again making snow on Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, Birch Run, top of Bootlegger, and the tower fan gun in the Zone.

 

 

 

 

tower-fan-gunTonight’s forecast is calling for some pretty good snowmaking temperatures with a range of teen’s to low 20’s. Tomorrow forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 24 and 32 degrees.

 

 

 

topTomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 8 trails open.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

sterling-liftThe wait is almost over. The opening day of the 2016 – 2017 Winter Season is tomorrow Friday, November 25th. We plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 7 trails open. We will have 4 snowmaking trails open and hopefully we will be able to open a few natural snow trails throughout the day.  It has been snowing for the past 4 days with the majority of the snowfall the first 2 days.  We received a total of 19 inches since Sunday.  The forecast for tonight calls for 1 to 2 inches of new snow with temperatures between 25 and 32 degrees. It is going to warm up a little tomorrow with a chance of flurries or a few mixed showers with temperatures between 29 and 38 degrees.  I want to thank our snowmakers for all their hard work. The temperature dropped on Sunday and they fired up the snow guns. They have been making snow around the clock, even working on Thanksgiving’s Day and they are still making snow. We are now making snow on Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, and Thomke’s.  They will continue making snow tonight as long as temperatures allow.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family and friends! I am looking forward to Opening Day tomorrow with my Smuggs family and friends!

We are having an Opening Weekend Special with $32 Adult Full Day lift ticket and $20 Youth Full Day lift ticket when you donate to the Cambridge Food Shelf. One discount per donation please.  A great way to save money and help others in need!

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Snowmaking continues around the clock on Sterling Mountain.

hugh-bHello skiers and riders! It is wonderful to be back here at Smuggs doing the Snow Report for another year. We are off to a great start and I am really looking forward to this season. The past 3 days have been pretty amazing with 17 inches of new snowfall and continuous top to bottom snowmaking.  Our snowmakers have been busy making whales on Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, and Lower Exhibition.  The piles of snow produced by the snowmaking guns can look like whales.  The recent colder temperatures have allowed our snowmakers to make some nice big whales in the past couple days. nov-23-2016-006These whales will all be groomed out for Friday, November 25th which is the planned opening day of the 2016 – 2017 Winter Season. Tonight’s forecast calls for colder temperatures lower on the mountain and our snowmakers plan to fire some guns up on Birch Run. They also plan to make some snow on Smugglers’ Alley tonight.  The natural snowfall that we have received in the past 3 days started off heavy and wet, which makes for a great base.  This Friday we plan to have Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, and Lower Exhibition groomed and open. nov-23-2016-010It may even be possible for us to open a few natural snow trails on Friday also. Our Ski Patrollers will be checking the trail conditions early on Friday and dropping ropes accordingly.

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Picture yourself here

zoneThe temperature dropped down into the single digits last night and our snowmakers took full advantage. We made snow on Morse Mountain and Sterling Mountain last night. The forecast is calling for temperatures between 8 and 16 degrees tonight. Our snowmakers will be busy once again. We are going to make snow on Midway, Meadowlark, Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, Lower Exhibition, and the Zone.

 

Dodge's viewWe have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 37 trails open. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 159 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for beautiful sunny skies with temperatures between 21 and 33 degrees.

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Fireworks seen from Morse Mountain and more

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Cat Trax Express

It was snowing hard last night when we rode in the Cat Trax Express up Morse Mountain. We could see a groomer push out the snowmaking whales on Sam’s Run.

 

 

 

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Cat Trax Express

It was so much fun watching the torchlight parade and the fireworks from the Morse Mountain. It was pretty neat to watch from a completely different viewing point.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Sterling Rock

 

My first run of the day was on Upper Chilcoot, Link, to Lower Madonna Liftline.  It was a great warm up cruiser run.  Sterling Mountain was next with Hangman’s Drop, Upper Pipeline, Lower Pipeline, to Treasure Run.  I also had fun on Smugglers’ Alley, Black Snake, Practice Slope, and Chute.  Today we opened the bottom half of the Birch Run Terrain Park and it now has 12 features. We are making snow around the clock on Upper FIS, Practice Slope, and Meadowlark.  Tonight we plan to groom 21 trails for a grand total of 114 acres.  We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 28 trails open.

Tomorrow’s forecast is snow, sleet, and mixed with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 26 and 34 degrees. We are expecting more snow Sunday night into Monday.