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Great day out on the hill

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The weather was fantastic today with the sun dancing in and out the clouds. The comfortable temperatures were also welcoming. The new snow that we received yesterday was a bunch of fun to plan in today. I would have to say that my favorite run of the day was Upper FIS.  The new snow blanketed the whole trail, especially up high. The beautiful weather continues tomorrow with mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 24 and 39 degrees. The forecast is calling for the temperatures to drop tonight and our snowmakers are going to take full advantage! The Madonna I lift will have a delayed opening tomorrow morning due to the snowmaking.

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Upper FIS, Sterling, and Mount Mansfield

Tonight we plan to groom 37 trails, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating.  Many events this weekend like the Extreme Skiing Challenge and the Free Family Fun Race.

 

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Upper FIS

 

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Snowmaking overnight

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Groomer at the summit of Sterling Mountain Photo credit Jeff Spring of Snow Sport University

Last night our snowmakers laid down a nice blanket of new snow on Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, and Lower Exhibition.  This morning our grooming crew was smoothing out the snowmaking whales for your skiing and riding pleasure. Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 34 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. All 34 trails have been groomed for today, that’s a grand total of 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is calling for increasing clouds light snow and sleet with a chance of mix later in the day, temperatures between 26 and 37 degrees. We could see up to 2 inches of new snow Saturday night into Sunday.

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Full Circle

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Connie with her class on Wanderer

I would like you to meet Connie Douthwaite. Connie is a member of the Snow Sport University here at Smugglers’ Notch. She is a ski instructor who works with 3 to 6 year old children. The neat thing is that 13 years ago Connie was a 6 year old child taking ski lessons here at Smugglers’ Notch. Connie told me that her instructor back then was Larry Arnold who still works here at Smugglers’ Notch as a ski instructor. It is wonderful to see someone who learned to ski here 13 years ago is now teaching the next generation!

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We now have 36 trails open with terrain for  all ability levels. Tonight we plan to resume snowmaking on Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, Lower Exhibition, and the Practice Slope. All 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for light snow and sleet a dusting of accumulation with a chance of mix later in the day and temperatures between 25 and 35 degrees. Tomorrow we plan to have the Log Jam, Birch Run, and Zone Terrain Park all open.

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Race training

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday was another fabulous day here at Smuggs. We received 2 inches of new snow today, 11 inches in the past 3 days, and 20 inches in the past 6 days. February has it going on, with one snow storm after another. We could see another 14 inches of snow by Thursday! Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow with up to 9 inches of accumulation possible and a high of 24 degrees. The snow continues into tomorrow night with another 4 inches of accumulation possible. Tonight we plan to make snow on Upper Pipeline, Hangman’s Drop, Thomke’s Express, Chute, and Upper Rumrunner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Playground, Hangman’s, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 124 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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100 percent open!

 

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Slash on Upper Chilcoot

We now have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We received 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 18 inches in the past 5 days. The forecast for Wednesday and Wednesday night is snow with up to 8 inches of accumulation possible. The conditions are already amazing and with another 8 inches on top of what we already have the conditions will be just fantastic! Our groomers will be busy tonight with 40 trails, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Evaporator being groomed for a grand total of 149 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Our snowmakers will also be busy making snow on Lower Exhibition and Lower Rumrunner. Snowmaking will be shut down early in the morning so that these trails can be groomed and open for tomorrow.

 

 

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Winter Storm Watch

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and a high of 22 degrees. Zone, Knight’s Revenge, Birch Run, and Log Jam Terrain Parks are all open.

 

 

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More snow in the forecast

 

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Free Family Fun Race

The National Weather Service is calling for 2 to 4 inches of snow tomorrow and another 2 to 4 inches of snow on Sunday night. Another round of snow will hit us Wednesday and Wednesday night.

 

Snowmaking continues around the clock tonight on Bootleggers, Upper Rumrunner, Treasure Run, and Lower Exhibition. We plan to groom Upper Rumrunner, Treasure Run, and Lower Exhibition in the morning so these trails will be open tomorrow. We plan to groom 34 trails tonight, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Sterling Mountain seen from Lower Catwalk

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We now have 69 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Birch Run, Log Jam, and Zone Terrain Park are all open. Tomorrow we have the Free Family Fun Race on Lower Madonna Liftline from 11 am till 2 pm. Find out who’s the fastest in your family.

 

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Essex High School Winter Carnival Slalom Race today on the Practice Slope.

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8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours.

pat airtimeWhen you get 8 inches of new snow on Groundhog Day chances are pretty good that there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Today was a sleeper storm with only 4 inches of snow predicted to fall last night. The forecast was updated from 2” overnight to 4” overnight yesterday afternoon. I skied Upper FIS for my first and second run. It was groomed last night and with the 8 inches of new snow on top it was just heavenly. Everything I skied today was amazing. The wind was blowing straight up the mountain creating a constant refresh.

cloudOur groomers did a wonderful job on Drifter packing in the fresh snow. Our snowmakers are also back at it on McPherson’s and Playground today. They plan to move to Lower Madonna Liftline and Mulcahy’s Link tonight. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Thomke’s, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 146 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We now have 67 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

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Snowmaking LMLL

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Snowmaking hoses across Lower Morse Liftline.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. LMLL is Lower Morse Liftline, where snowmakers are busy making snow. The trail will be closed today, therefore the Village Lift is still running to the top,but there will be no mid-station access. Also note that Harvey’s Hideaway and Jolly Rodger (I love that trail) are only accessible from Upper Exhibition, meaning Experts only.

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Treasures Staffers spell out LMLL. BTW – they are all WINNERS!

 

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Snowmaking resumes tonight on Morse Mountain

 

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Upper FIS, Sterling, and Mount Mansfield

Tonight we plan to make snow on the Village Liftline, Midway, Garden Path, and Sam’s Run. We plan to continue snowmaking on Lower Morse Liftline tomorrow and Lower Morse Liftline will be closed. Tonight we plan to groom 39 trails, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Goat Path for a grand total of 144 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 41 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Birch Run Terrain Park, Log Jam Terrain Park, and Zone Terrain Park are all open. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and a high of 21 degrees.

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Snowmakers getting the snowguns ready for tonight

 

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Panoramic photo from the summit of Madonna Mountain

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Freshly groomed

 

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Early morning grooming

33 trails have been groomed for today, including Snow Snake, Smugglers’ Alley, and Upper Drifter for a grand total of 132 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 57 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Last night we made snow on Midway, Burton Riglet Park, and Meadowlark. We are presently making snow on Upper FIS. Today’s forecast is skies becoming partly to mostly sunny with a high of 8 degrees.