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


Upper Chilcoot
















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.




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.


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.



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!