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Fresh snow and sunshine

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Season total is now 292 inches

We received 2 inches of new snow last night and 5 inches in the past 6 days. Today we have the Sterling lift operating with 19 trails open for intermediates and experts. 16 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 44 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Today’s forecast is sunny skies with a high of 32 degrees. Closing weekend April 14th and 15th we plan to have both the Madonna I Lift and Sterling Lift operating.

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Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background

 

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Epic conditions

 

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Snowshoe Adventure Dinner Fun

My wife Harley’s birthday was yesterday and to celebrate we did the Snowshoe Adventure Dinner with our good friends Tony and Joie. I love being on top of the mountain after the lifts have closed. Everything is quiet and peaceful. The view of Sterling Pond from the lean-to was beautiful last night with all the snow falling. We had a wonderful time exploring Sterling while David and Nate of the Hearth & Candle Restaurant were preparing our meals. After our hike we headed back to the Top of the Notch building for a wonderful candle lit meal. David and Nate put a candle in Harley’s dessert, then we all sang Happy Birthday!  I think that Harley’s birthday wish must have been snow, because we sure do have some!

 

 

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Some of the best conditions of the season

We received 23 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, 31 inches in the past 2 days, 56 inches in the past week, and 265 inches this season so far!  The National Weather Service is saying that we could see another 8 inches of new snow by 8 am tomorrow morning. Tomorrow’s forecast is also calling for snow with another 3 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 20 and 32 degrees. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 40 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

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Madonna Liftline

We have many events this weekend like the St. Paddy’s Day Lucky Leprechaun Challenge on Saturday, March 17th — Wear green, meet the Leprechaun on the slopes, and get raffle tickets for a chance to win. Join Goodtime Charlie at the Black Bear for music, door prizes, 12 beers on tap and giveaways from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm! Go to Bootleggers’ Lounge at 4:30 pm, submit all your tickets and relax with 50% off appetizers and drink specials while you wait for your chance to win. We are giving away $5000 worth of prizes!

 

 

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Snow Sport University class headed into the Sugar woods

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Another beautiful day here at Smuggs

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Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background

This morning I rode the Village Lift on my way to the upper mountains. I rode the chair with a nice 12 year old young lady from the Toronto area named Eireann. She told me that her family has been coming to Smuggs for seven years in both the summer and winter. I asked Eireann if she liked winter or summer best. It took a second for her to answer, but then said winter because I just love skiing. She told me that one of her favorite trails is Goat Path. She also added that she really enjoys glade skiing here at Smuggs.

We received 24 inches of new snow in the past 5 days and the forecast is calling for another foot of new snow by Thursday. The sun made a short appearance today

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Birch Run Terrain Park

before the clouds started rolling in. We could see an inch of new snow tonight, then 1 to 3 inches tomorrow, and then 5 to 8 inches Tuesday night into Wednesday.  We are 100% percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 34 trails will be groomed for tonight for a grand total of 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

 

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Birch Run Terrain Park

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Sometimes a rabbit gets to your line before you

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Picture perfect

Today was another beautiful day with plenty of sunshine and light wind. I had a great time this morning skiing on Sterling. Smugglers’ Alley was groomed last night and it sure was fun to make some big turns on a nice smooth surface.  I also had a bunch of fun playing in the trees. I hiked out to one of favorite places and I had to take a photo of Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background. I headed down to Morse Mountain in the afternoon in catch the last World Famous Cookie Race of the season.  I could not believe how the skiers were carving turns around the gates and the snowboarders were catching air off the jumps. Everyone was soaking up the beautiful sunshine and loving the warmer temperatures. Mogul Mouse was at the finish of the race giving out high fives to the skiers and riders as they went by. The kids were also pretty excited to get a cookie. I’m pretty excited about the forecast of a snow storm heading this way. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warnings and advisories calling for up to 14 inches of new snow by Saturday night. The snow is expected to start tomorrow with the majority of snowfall occurring Friday night. The snow will continue into Saturday also. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift. We have 57 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background.

Snow Sport University Instructor Oliver Blackman with his class enjoying the beautiful day.

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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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Picture perfect

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View from the Madonna 1 chair lift

This morning was pretty cool with flurries. Then the sun came out and warmed things up a little. We received 7 inches of new snow in the past 3 days, which made a big difference.  I got to ski with the family today, all 3 kids and my wife Harley.  We skied out on to Sterling Pond to take in all the amazing views. My daughters Hannah and Hayleigh had never been on the Pond before and they thought it was really cool.  We took a run on Thomke’s, the kids loved the hairpin turns and ice flows. We also had fun in the Birch Run Terrain Park. After a hot chocolate break we headed for the top of Madonna Mountain. The lift ride up was just gorgeous. We hung out on top for a little while checking out all the other mountains you can see from the summit of Madonna Mountain.  We then took a nice long cruiser on Chilcoot.  A great day t0 be out on the mountain making memories.

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Mount Mansfield seen from Sterling Pond

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Family Fun

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 65 trails open.  36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS for a grand total of 168 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies early with increasing clouds later and temperatures between 17 and 28 degrees.

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A great day to celebrate

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Fun Box in the Zone Terrain Park

Last night I got to do one of my favorite things, the Snowshoe Adventure Dinner. It was a beautiful night with the moon dancing in and out of the clouds.  We hiked out to the Sterling Pond Shelter on the Long Trail and then down to Sterling Pond.  It was so pretty with the snow covered trees. We hiked across the pond back to the “Top of the Notch” building, where we enjoyed a fantastic meal from the Hearth and Candle. I want to thank Tim and Dave for preparing our great food.  It’s always nice to take a walk after a wonderful meal and we did.  We had a great hike down Upper Rumrunner and Lower Rumrunner, which was filled with conversation and laughter.  I want to give a shout out to Natalie from Long Island, it was really nice to meet you and your husband. Thank you for following my blog.

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Jump in the Zone Terrain Park

I met with Alex Martin from Smuggs TV this morning to film this week’s “No Bull Video Snow Report”. I was telling Alex how pretty Sterling Pond was last night as we were riding the Sterling Lift. We decided to go and check it out.  The ice was now covered with the new snow that we received last night. The sun came out and make all the trees that much brighter. We then headed for Upper Rumrunner and Black Snake.  The groomed terrain was beautiful with some loose snow on the sides. Lower Snake Bite was groomed last night and was skiing very nicely.

 

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Mogul Mouse giving out high fives at the Cookie Race

We saw some skiers and riders in the Zone Terrain Park that seemed to be having a lot of fun. We skied down to see to new set up this season for the Zone Terrain Park. We ran into Snow Sport University Instructor Brian J. and his class. They were riding the T-Bar and doing laps in the Zone. Brain was telling us just how much he loves the new set up in the Zone Terrain Park and how great it is for teaching.  These features are designed to help skiers and riders progress.  I even found myself playing in the park.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sugar on snow at the Family Fun Magazine Winter Carnival

I went to the World Famous Cookie Race this afternoon to catch all the action. It’s always fun to watch these little skiers and riders showing off their new learned skills. The best part is everyone wins and everyone gets a cookie.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ice Carving at the Family Fun Magazine Winter Carnival

Today was also the FamilyFun Magazine Winter Carnival. This is always a family favorite with music, games, ice carving, give a ways, face painting, and more.  Everyone was having a great time enjoying the BBQ, cheese samplings, popcorn, hot chocolate, and sugar on snow. There is even more to come tonight with the torchlight parade and fireworks!

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 38 trails open. We plan to groom 34 trails for a grand total of 163 acres. Snow making resumes tonight on Morse Mountain. Tomorrow’s forecast is sunny skies early with increasing clouds and temperatures between 22 and 32 degrees.

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Snow making on Upper FIS

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Carving up Upper FIS

The temperatures dropped last night and snow making resumed on Upper FIS.  The cold temperatures allowed our snowmakers to produce some quality snow.  The snow making whales are covered with nice edgeable snow. Upper FIS was definitely the expert trail pick of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tower guns on Upper FIS

I want to thank our snowmakers for a job well done!  The clear skies made for a beautiful sunny day and that was the calm before the storm. The forecast is calling for snow developing tonight 2 to 3 inches of accumulation possible. We could see up to 9 inches of new snow by Tuesday night.

 

 

 

 

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Sterling Pond and Mount Mansfield

Tonight we will also plan to make snow on McPherson’s and Lower Chilcoot.  We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 32 trails open. 21 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain.