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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.


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.


Burton Riglet Terrain Park and Cat Trax

burton rigletOur Burton Riglet Terrain Park has moved from the top of the Sir Henry’s Learning Hill to behind the Meeting House.  Our Snowmakers were busy last night on Morse Mountain. They made snow on Dixie’s Knoll, Midway, Sam’s Run, and at the Burton Riglet Terrain Park.  The tree house at the Burton Riglet Park is really cool with ramps to ride down and a ski lift chair to hang out in.  This park is designed for beginner kid snowboarders. Our park crew will now start shaping the different features with the snow our snowmakers produced last night. These features are great teaching tools because the kids can work on their balance, bending their knees to absorb, and much more.  The park should open sometime in the near future. You can check the trail by trail report to find out when it opens.

DSC04833Tonight was our first Cat Trax Tour of the season. We went up Madonna Mountain and it snowed harder the higher we went. I took one photo from the inside of the heated cabin as we were nearing the summit of Madonna Mountain. In the other photo you can see the snow coming down in the lights of the Cat. It was pretty neat seeing the crescent moon over the snow clouds.




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Picture ThisRockin’ Ron for Hugh. Picture this: the snow was falling and will continue to fall into the evening (3 – 5″ forecasted) and the temps are settling into a sweet snowmaking range for the rest of the week! I took a Midway ride to join the circus on the upper mountains, but I wasn’t clowning around when I zipped down Upper Chilcoot and Mulcahy’s Link. I had to slow my show a little on Lower Madonna Liftline – if I fell like a clumsy trapeze artist – everyone could’ve seen it from the Lift. For intermission, I enjoyed a bread bowl of Veggie Chili in the Black Bear (where the attached photo was taken). Whilst dining, Kevin entertained with his colloquialisms and Julie shared her fashion tips. Then, I made a quick visit to Rob-Bob-Stu who gave me an update on some of the latest Patrol Operations. For an encore, it was sailing over the snowmaking whales on Meadowlark on my way back to the Village. Along the way, I was passed by Justin and two other Snowmakers on their snow machines as they went to monitor their efforts. Today’s Snow Reporter Show is over. I hope I painted a nice picture.


Madonna in View

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Shadow and Light. Madonna Mountain as viewed from Upper Rumrunner.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. To paraphrase Hugh “It was another beautiful day at Smuggs”. The sun was shining, the air was fresh & crisp, and the turns were exhilarating. I saw signs of snowmaking everywhere: Lower Liftline on Madonna, Lower Liftline on Morse, and Black Snake on Sterling. In fact, I spotted more whales (snowmaking piles) than they have at Sea World – and I didn’t even sea ’em all! Don’t quote me, but I hear rumors that Madonna could have lift operations in the near future. Back on Sterling, I rode the lift with Andrew Shaw who wasn’t going to let a recent arm injury keep him off the slopes. Andrew has been skiing at Smuggs since he was 5 years old, now he’s working here as a bartender at the Black Bear Tavern. I witnessed Kendal racing down a slalom course on Lower Rumrunner with her SNSC (Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club) team mates. I traded hellos with Patrollers Mike Duncan and Arch. I shared a joke with Kathleen at the Ticket Booth. All in all, twas a good day to be Snow Reporter.


Powder Day

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Sterling Rock

We received 6 to 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 18 inches in the past week.  The temperature dropped quickly last night and was below zero by day break. As the temperature fell the snow got lighter and lighter.





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Ski Patroller Eli enjoying the new snow

My first run of the day was Black Snake. There was a nice blanket of fluffy powder on top of the snowmaking whales.  The light snow was easy to move through. I enjoyed every silent turn, one right after the other. We were able to open a few more trails today with the new snow. Highlander Glades and Hangman’s Drop opened today.




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Bird’s Eye View

We are still making snow around the clock on Morse and Madonna Mountain. We plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains later this week.


More terrain opens on Sterling Mountain

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Jim Marshall making a nice turn

We have been making snow Black Snake, Birch Run Terrain Park, and the Practice Slope for the two days.  I want to thank our snowmakers for doing a fine job. I also want to thank our ski patrol for running all the ropes and drilling in all the bamboo to get more terrain open.  We have also been able to open trails with just natural snow.  Hangman’s, Harvey’s Hideaway, Jolly Rodger, Full Nelson, and Upper Exhibition are all open with natural snow.  My favorite trail of the day would have to be Full Nelson.  I love the pitch and it had great snow on it.  When we are making snow on Black Snake some of the snow blows on to Full Nelson.

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Vin working the skier’s right side of Full Nelson

Speaking of snowmaking we are presently making snow on Link and Lower Madonna Liftline. We had snow early this week on Upper Chilcoot. The forecast calls for temperatures to drop tonight and we plan to start making snow on Garden Path also. The colder temperatures continue tomorrow and so does the snowmaking. We are also expecting another 1 to 2 inches of new snow tonight.


We are making snow around the clock


Snowmaking cloud on Black Snake

We have been making snow on Black Snake, Practice Slope, and the Birch Run Terrain Park. We are also making snow near parking lot #1 for easy ski in and ski out.





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New tower fan gun on the Practice Slope

The tower snow guns are working their magic. We also have a new tower fan gun on Practice Slope near the trail that takes you back to parking lot #1.  Black Snake is looking good, as I skied by I looked down and all you could was a snowmaking cloud.




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Upper Rumrunner

We have more snow in the forecast with another 2 to 5 inches of accumulation possible by Monday night.  We plan to make snow on Madonna and Morse tomorrow night.


Another beautiful day at Smuggs


Snowmaking on Lower Rumrunner

The temperatures dropped down to 24 degrees on top of Sterling Mountain last night. We made snow on Upper Rumrunner, Lower Rumrunner, and parts of the Magic Learning Trail.  There is a free Renoun Ski Demo this weekend in front of the Base Lodge.  These skis have advanced damping technology with non-Newtonian polymer inlays. The harder you ski the more stable the ski becomes.


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View from the summit of Sterling Mountain

Tonight’s forecast calls for mixed precipitation and snow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is a chance of freezing rain and rain with temperatures between 36 and 43 degrees. The temperatures will fall tomorrow night with a range of 7 to 19 degrees and another inch of snow possible. Snow guns will running on Morse and Sterling Mountains as soon as temperatures allow.