Beautiful Sunshine and Spring Conditions


Upper Madonna Liftline open from the top

Today was just perfect with blue bird skies and spring conditions. I took a run on Drifter this morning just to take in all the amazing views. It was groomed last night and skiing was great. The temperatures continued to rise all day long with some great spring conditions. Everything was soft and skiing great! Tomorrow is going to be a repeat of today except even warmer with mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 55 and 67. Tonight we plan to groom 14 trails that is 60 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Madonna I lift and Sterling lift will be operating with 63 trails open for experts and intermediates.


Blue Bird Day


Matthew enjoying the spring conditions

Sam and Amelia LaPorte showing their IAN Fund support

Sterling Lift

Upper Exhibition

Tony having fun on Shuttle


Powder Day!

Ski Patroller Ethan Costello trail checking Bootlegger

6 to 10 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and we could see another 3 inches during the day today. Powder and packed powder conditions! We have 2 lifts operating and 58 trails open.

Ethan having fun




Ski Partroller Walt Lattrell shoveling out the Top of the Notch building this morning

Single track in the winter





Spring Conditions


Lower Madonna Liftline

It was a little firm on top today, but the bottom half of the mountain was beautiful soft snow. One skier was telling me that he was getting off at mid station on Madonna I lift and was just doing laps on the bottom half. I ran into my good friend Lenny this afternoon on Sterling. We found the best snow was below the pine tree start on Black Snake. I really enjoyed the steep pitch above the Practice Slope a.k.a. the neck. I just love corn snow on a steep pitch. Tomorrow we plan to have 2 lifts operating, Madonna I and Sterling. We have 62 trails open with terrain for intermediates and experts. 16 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s 70 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Lenny enjoying the spring conditions

Tomorrow’s forecast is cloudy skies a chance of showers in the afternoon with temperatures between 36 and 48 degrees. These temperatures will make everything soft tomorrow and I can’t wait!


Carving it up on Madonna Mountain

Construction on the “Pond” continues as we get ready for the Drench Trench


Calm before the storm

Lindsey having fun in the trees on Sterling Mountain

Today has been about looking at the radar and seeing when the snow is really going to start adding up. We already have great coverage and if we received 6 inches of heavy snow it is going to be amazing. The heavy snow covers and sticks to everything. Heavy snow skis and rides like more snow because it holds up better and you get more float. We have received an inch of new snow so far today, but the main part of the storm it just getting to us now. I believe that by tomorrow morning we will return to a winter wonderland. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift with 54 trails open.


Snow Sport University Instructor Glen Findholt skiing Bootlegger Woods

Snow Sport University Instructor Matt McCawley taking a cruiser run on Upper Rumrunner


Delayed opening

The Madonna I Lift is presently on wind hold. Some trails will have a delayed opening this morning until they soften up. The forecast is calling for freezing rain this morning and rain this afternoon with temperatures between 31 and 37 degrees.  The Sterling Lift,  Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Magic Carpet are presently operating.


Flurries fly for Philly flyers


Brendan and Dale go with the floe.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. My friends the Carrs from the Philadelphia, PA area are making one of their frequent visits to Smuggs, and Brendan is checking out colleges in Burlington. Over the past 10 years, I’ve seen them at the Resort in summer and in winter, but we’ve never skied together. Before we took our runs, Brendan stopped by 3 Mountain Equipment to get a pair of demo skis. We did warm up runs on Morse (Garden Path, Snow Snake) then took Midway to Sterling (Upper & Lower Rumrunner, Thomke’s). There were flurries and snow showers the whole time as well as some thick fog at the summit. The inch of fresh snow on the trails made it fun to carve as we were flying down the mountain. A good time was had by all.


View from the Village

madonnaRockin Ron for Hugh. Recent snow and moderate temps should make for some good skiing. We plan to have 51 trails open and 6 lifts operating today. Big events this weekend: on Saturday it’s the MOLLY ROWLEE FUND BENEFIT RAIL JAM, and on Sunday it’s the EXTREME SKIING CHALLENGE. For more info visit the Winter Events page.


Dropping Ropes and Riding Trees


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Pete finding some soft snow in the woods



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Still lots of snow in the Highway

Matt McCawley for Hugh Today I got the opportunity to spend some time with Sterling Patrol as we dropped closed ropes all over the place. Our trail count jumped today from 29 to 48…amazing what a couple wet inches of snow can do. Elevation was key as lower areas saw a mix of rain and snow, while the upper mountain saw all snow. As soon as it stopped snowing the sun came out full blast, which is always fun when you can ski fresh new snow with great visibility. The new snow also allowed us to get back into some wooded areas, where there is still a solid base, especially at higher elevations.


We also had the Wicked Witch of the West effect up here today as people from the valley think they will melt in the rain that’s falling at their house, despite snow falling at elevation, and thus keeping them from coming skiing. That, and probably jobs. The few brave souls that made it up here found great soft snow and lot of fresh tracks across the entire mountain.



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Nice turns down Hangmans

Later this afternoon a wild squall came through dropping a quick inch of super wet snow, and even a few rumbles of thunder. Don’t like the weather, wait a minute. Or in today’s case, gain elevation.


Snow is in the forecast this evening, and off and on through Saturday. Projected totals are around 5 inches, but let’s all hope for more. Temps will be consistently falling into the weekend, which means this new snow that fell today and the snow in the forecast is not going to get washed away anytime soon.

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Dropping ropes on Highlander Glades

We expect 48 trails to be open tomorrow, 36 of which are scheduled to be groomed this evening, that’s 129 acres!


The Zone terrain park is under reconstruction for the Molly Rowlee Rail Jam which takes place this Saturday the 11th this special rail jam benefits the Molly Rowlee Fund, which supports families with children undergoing treatment for cancer. This is the fifth year at Smuggs for this event, and it promises to again be awesome – come out and have some fun and support this great cause! The good times include music, giveaways, and a raffle. Registration starts at 9:00 am at the Yurt in the Parking Lot 1, the Jam starts in the Zone Terrain Park at 11:00 am!

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Smoothness on Exhibition

Also, this weekend is the Extreme Ski Challenge, the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club hosts this fun event — an opportunity for junior and adult freeskiers to show their stuff on some of the most difficult terrain Smugglers’ Notch has to offer! Competitors will be judged on line, control, fluidity, technique, and style.


Early morning groom

groomWe are presently checking lift and trail conditions. It’s presently snowing and 24 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 25 to 45 mph. Today’s forecast is snow showers early then flurries with an inch of accumulation possible, windy with temperatures between 16 and 28 degrees. The temperatures dropped overnight and the wet snow from yesterday has set up.  Sterling Mountain will have an hour and a half delay for grooming this morning. For the latest in lift and trail closures go to smuggs.com/snowReport