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Sleeper storm

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We received 4 to 5 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 17 inches in the past 4 days.  The snow is getting deeper and the trail count is on the rise.  The conditions are just fantastic. The snow that we received Friday and Friday night we a little heavier and made for a good base.  The snow on top has been lighter because of the colder temperatures.  Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, Pipeline Escape, and Lower Bootlegger from Thomke’s are all open now. This morning I got to ski a few runs with my good friends Teo and Pete. We had a blast on Lower Pipeline, Upper Treasure, Thomke’s, and Lower Bootlegger. Pete is the photo at the top of the page; he is finding some nice snow on Lower Bootlegger.  Teo looks like he is getting shot out of a cannon in the middle photo also on Lower Bootlegger. Teo is also the bottom photo where he is demonstrating how to lay them over in the fresh snow. I can’t wait till tomorrow to do it all over again! The forecast for tomorrow is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 25 and 36 degrees.

 

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Morning light

sunriseThe Sterling Lift is operating today with 4 intermediate trails open. Snow surfaces are machine groomed and spring conditions. Today’s forecast is calling for any rain to end early with cloudy skies and temperatures between 31 and 45 degrees. The forecast for Friday and Saturday is colder temperatures along with 2 to 5 inches of new snow by Saturday night.

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Above the clouds

nov-26-2016-003On my way to the mountain this morning it was pretty foggy.  The closer I got to Smuggs the brighter it got. I love being on the mountain and looking out to see the clouds nestled down in the valley.  There was some really cool light today on the snow covered evergreens.  On my first run of the day, I decided to stay on the groomed trails.  I had my new 88’s and I wanted to do some carving. They held great and I was able to lay them over.  It felt good to make a bunch of turns and try to get back into ski shape.  tiny-timTonight weather permitting we plan to make snow on Smugglers’ Alley and Thomke’s Express.  Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with flurries and a snow shower a dusting to an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 21 and 32 degrees.  Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 6 intermediate trails open. Tomorrow we have a 32 dollar adult all day lift ticket or a youth 20 dollar all day lift ticket with a donation to the Cambridge Food Shelf. One discount per donation please.

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Opening Day

jumpToday was just so much fun between celebrating the first chair of the 60th Winter Season, skiing natural snow trails on Opening Day, and the Smuggs Family Reunion.  I really enjoyed cheering and giving high fives to the first skiers and riders of the season this morning at the top of Sterling Mountain. Everyone was excited for the season to begin. The natural snowfall we received this past week allowed us to have sections of Exhibition, Bootlegger, Black Bear, Harvey’s Hideaway, Pipeline, Thomke’s, and Jolly Rodger open. It was great to have this much terrain open on Opening Day.  The Smuggs Family Reunion was going on all over the mountain today as many skiers and riders connected for the first time since last season. thomkesIt was wonderful to see so many familiar faces out on the mountain today.

Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 4 trails open. The forecast is flurries and snow showers with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 26 and 38 degrees.

 

 

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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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Blast from the Past and a beautiful day

bending the gateThe day started off with cloudy skies, except for the top of Madonna Mountain and Mount Mansfield. I want to thank my good friend and Smuggs employee Jeremy Corkins for sending me this great picture of Mount Mansfield seen from Madonna Mountain.  I love it when the peaks of mountains look like islands and the clouds are the ocean. It was a great day to be out on the mountains today. I was lucky enough to spend it with family and great friends.  We had so much fun taking in the amazing views from the chair lifts and playing in all the corn snow.

ryan and gusTomorrow is going to be a repeat of today and I can’t wait. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 37 trails open. 29 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 147 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 37 and 48 degrees. Easter Sunrise Service is tomorrow morning. The Sterling Lift will be operating from 6:00 am till 6:30 am.  sunrise sterling top ken drop

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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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Powder Day

tony black hole croppedThis is Harley Johnson, filling in for Hugh Johnson.  Today was AMAZING with 6 inches of new snow on top of Madonna. My sister Cathy and I dropped the kids off at Mini Mites and Mitey Mites and then headed to Sterling Mountain.  While standing at the top of Upper Exhibition we joined up with our good friend Tony, and skied with him until it was time to pick the kids back up from Mitey Mites.  I have not skied the Black Hole in a while and wow was it awesome.  Tony is pictured here getting after it in the new snow.  We may have skied a different trail on every run.  We kept finding fresh snow everywhere.