Sometimes you just can’t wait

timothyThis is two and a half-year-old Timothy. He has not seen snow all winter. He could not wait to play on the snow! Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 55 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 40 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 144 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is cloudy skies early becoming partly sunny with temperatures between 25 and 37 degrees. It’s presently 24 degrees at the summit of Sterling Mountains with partly sunny skies and winds of 15 to 25 mph.



Sweet powder turns with my wife

harley 4I got to take a few runs with my wife Harley today.  We started on Sterling with Bootlegger woods, Alley woods, and Strawberry Fields.  We headed up Madonna Mountain for our next run. On the lift ride up Harley tells me that she skied Robin’s Run this morning before I caught up to her. We were talking about which run we should do next and I mentioned Freefall is open from the top. Freefall it was and it was good. There is quite the drift that goes down the skier’s left-hand side. After having a great time on Freefall we decided to look for some untracked snow in the glades. We lucked out and found some fantastic knee deep powder. harley 2.jpg smallAll of this snow makes you feel like a kid because all I want to do is play in it!

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A visit with Father Winter and more

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Father Winter

Today I did a 3 mountain tour. I started with Sterling, then headed to Madonna, and finished my day down on Morse. The conditions are just fantastic right now. I found some wonderful snow in the glades of all 3 mountains. I got to take a run with my son Hugh B after school this afternoon. We had a blast playing in the fresh snow that we found in the trees. Hugh B asked if we could stop by and see Father Winter on our way back to my office because it is Wednesday. Father Winter is at his teepee on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It’s is always fun and educational when you visit Father Winter.




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Father Winter’s Teepee

The 24-hour forecast is calling for snow 5 to 8 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 16 and 26 degrees. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that is 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain.


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Polar Bear Skull

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Mount Wry in the Village Courtyard

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Great Conditions


Local’s race league

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Harvey Wesson Local’s Race

The Harvey Wesson Local’s Race starts today on the Practice Slope. It is not too late to sign up! Just head up to the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club building and register. The Sterling T-Bar is operating so it’s easy to get your runs in. The race starts today at noon and goes till 3:45 pm.  There is a weekly race party at a local bar where you can see the race results, enjoy some great comradery and a chance to win some swag.


Snowmaking and more

Upper Chilcoot

We received 3 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 24 inches of snow in the past week. I had a great time today playing in the glades on Madonna and Sterling Mountain. I also enjoyed taking a few cruiser runs on Chilcoot and Black Snake. Tomorow’s forecast is snow in the morning with a chance of mix and sleet later in the day with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible, temperatures between 17 and 24 degrees. We are presently making snow on Lower FIS, McPherson’s, and the bottom of Upper FIS. We are making snow on Lower FIS for this weekend’s USASA Boarder/Skier Cross. This is an exciting head to head race with banked turns, gates, and jumps.

Freshly groomed terrain

This weekend is the Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival.
 – Atlas Snowshoe Company, Tubbs Snowshoes, and Marmot present the inaugural Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival. Bring the whole family while we celebrate winter in Vermont with a weekend of snowshoeing and outdoor fun! Saturday kicks off with a 1/2K Kids’ Fun Run, a snowshoe obstacle course, scavenger hunt, and more! This event is open to all levels and all ages, with free demos and trials as well as discounted guided tours.


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Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival
 – 16th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe 8K Race. Not racing? Come as a spectator! Call the Nordic Center directly to pre-register at 802-644-1173. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Cambridge Food Shelf and the IAN Fund. Register Today!





Snowmaking on Lower FIS

Gilson Snowboards will be having a demo this Saturday and Sunday in front of the Base Lodge. Fatypus Skis will be having a demo on Saturday in front of the Base Lodge.



Meet another member of the Smuggs Family


Snow Reporter and Justin on the Sterling Lift

I was a single rider on the Sterling Lift this afternoon. I got paired up with Justin Pentenrieder. Justin is an intermediate skier who lives in Grand Isle, Vermont. This is his first season at Smugglers’ Notch. He recognized me and told me that he reads my blog. I thanked him for following my blog and asked him if would not mind me blogging about him. He agreed and went on to say that he really enjoys Smuggs. He also said that he loves the terrain and the friendly people. He likes Sterling Mountain the best because of the wide variety of intermediate trails. Justin told me a story about how he was eating his lunch in the Yurt at Parking Lot 1 and it felt like a party. People he did not know were offering him food. Everyone was nice and they were having a good time.  He said it was fun meeting new people. Justin says that he really enjoys exploring Smuggs and is working towards skiing in the glades with his friends.  Welcome to the Smuggs Family Justin. I look forward to seeing you again on the slopes.



8 inches of new snow in the past 2 days



Come ride the Smuggs snow wave

The new snow that we have received in the past 2 days is nice and dense. The moisture in the new snow is helping it to bond with the older snow. The denser snow also skis or rides like more snow because it holds you up better and you don’t go right through it. This new snow has allowed us to open 21 more trails in the past few days. We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We now have 60 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.






Picture yourself here


This is what it looks like to be at the bottom of the “Sterling Rock”


Jim from Jersey with his Snow Sport University Instructor Randy Draper at the summit of Sterling Mountain.



Freshly groomed

groom-light30 trails were groomed for today, that’s 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We have 69 skiable trails and 42 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I, Madonna II, and Village Lift are presently on wind hold. We have 4 lifts operating Sterling, Mogul Mouse Magic Lift, Morse Highlands, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet. Snow and colder temperatures are in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. Today’s forecast is occasional rain likely with temperatures between 38 and 45 degrees.


Beautiful sunny day


The view from the top of Sterling


The view from the Madonna I Chairlift


Snowmaking on Upper FIS


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We are presently making snow on Upper FIS, Dixie’s Knoll, and Sam’s Run. The temperatures have been falling through out the day. Tonight’s forecast is calling for temperatures between 5 and 11 degrees. We plan to take advantage of the colder temperatures and continue making snow at the Morse Highlands area. We plan to open the Morse Highlands area on Tuesday. Tomorrow’s forecast is skies becoming cloudy, chance of light mixed and snow late in the afternoon with temperatures between 19 and 30 degrees. 21 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley. That’s a grand total of 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 35 trails open. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features. The Nordic Center is open with 15 km of snowshoeing.


Sleeper storm


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.