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.






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!


October Snow


Top of Notch, Sterling Mountain October 26, 2016

Greg Fatigate found time to take a break, a run, and a photo to keep us updated on all that October snow.

The Halloween deadline is almost here, to enjoy Smuggs this Winter, buy your Pass or Badge today!






Upper Exhibition

Upper Exhibition


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


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.


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.


It’s all about having fun


Dara hanging out

I was getting on the Sterling Lift when I saw Snow Sport University Instructor Dara.  She was hanging out waiting on some friends. The cool part is that she was having fun by only balancing on her skis tips and ski poles.







Old Man Winter at the summit of Sterling

It looked like Old Man Winter was also having fun doing some runs on Sterling Mountain with his friend Young Man Winter.  The soft conditions in the Birch Run Terrain Park made all the landing fun too.  It was great to hear a group of friends cheering on their buddy who made it across one of the rails for the first time!





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Riding the rail in Birch Run Terrain Park

For Tuesday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 37 trails open.  30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, McPherson’s, Snow Snake, Snake Bite, and Log Jam for a grand total of 158 acres. We plan to resume snowmaking tonight on Sterling Mountain once the temperatures allow. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 20 and 32 degrees.


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.


The Village Lift is now open to mid – station.

villageWe now have 4 lifts operating and 16 trails open. Lower Morse Liftline opened today also.  The 6 to 9 inches new snow that we received in the past 3 days has really made a difference. We have some natural snow trails open on Sterling Mountain.



father winterI was riding the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift with my daughter Hannah and we were talking about Father Winter. She spotted the Tee Pee and we could hear some people inside. The Tee Pee is located between Magic Learning Trail and Lower Morse Liftline.  We skied down and stopped by to say hello.  Father Winter has a new Tee Pee this year and it looks great. Father Winter is in his Tee Pee on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


signThe forecast is calling for colder temperatures and snow showers right through the weekend. Our snowmakers are ready to fire up the system as soon as we get the temperatures.  The lines are charged on Madonna and the upper half of Morse Mountain.