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Sir Henry’s Learning Hill

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Snow Sport University Snowboard Lesson

We have 60 skiable trails and 37 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I lift is presently on wind hold. We have 3 lifts operating today Sterling, Mogul Mouse, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet. 27 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 111 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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You never know Hugh you’ll see

Randy and Crew

Becky, Warren (Hugh Impersonator), Shirley, Randy with a y and not an i.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. As I skied around the mountain, I kept seeing this guy in a familiar Helly Hansen jacket. I yelled “Hey Hugh” but he didn’t answer. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one who was confused, several Lifties and Instructors had the same reaction. I finally met the mystery man and his name is Warren. He was skiing with his partner Shirley and long time Smugglers Randy and Becky. Randy told me about some bear tracks he saw under the Sterling Lift and some rabbit tracks under the Madonna Lift. I saw hide nor hare of either.

On the skiing front, I enjoyed runs on Upper Drifter and the Flowground. On the events front, we have some BIG DOINGS on Saturday with Pond Skimming, Chillin’ & Grillin’ Tail Gate Party and some others in and around the Resort! That leaves me on the back end of this Blog… ski ya later!

Sterling Mtn viewd from Upper Drifter

Sterling Mtn as viewed from Upper Drifter on Madonna Mtn.

 

Ski Tips

Tips for skiing: 1) ski early, and 2) ski often.

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Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the summit of Madonna

We have 4 lifts operating with 59 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 38 trails have been groomed for today, including skier’s right side of Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Today’s forecast is calling for skies becoming mostly sunny with a high of 36 degrees.

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Upper Chilcoot looking good in corduroy

 

 

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Happy Easter

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Easter Bunny giving out chocolates this morning in the Village Courtyard

Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. We have 58 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  We received an inch of new snow on top this morning. 43 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Currently it is 32 degrees at the summit of Sterling with light snow and winds of 10 to 20 mph. Today’s forecast is snow showers and flurries early then partly sunny skies this afternoon with a high of 37 degrees.

Fun April Fool’s Day Quiz from Ski Patroller Walt Lattrell

Name four (4) alpine trails with bridges?

Name the four (4) glades named after local establishments?

How did “Mustache” glade get its name?

What tower #’s are the “Three Soldiers”?

Where are the Lift Line “Splices”/TUKS (splices or TUKS are where both ends of the cable are coiled together) on:

Sterling:

Madonna:

M2:

Mogul Mouse:

Village:

Highlands:

Name the two (2) trails that intersect the “Nakhole?”

Where is the “Leach Field?”

Where is “Chilean Bobsled?”

Name four (4) trails the “Wire Road” intersects?

How many “Exits” are there on the “Highway?”

True or False:

The “Geriatric Traverse” is how the “55 Plus Club” gets from Morse to Sterling?

Patrollers pick up the “Red” lift phone after how many rings on:

Madonna?

Sterling?

Morse?

Who is Gary B.?

What is the elevation of these peaks/lifts, to the nearest 100 feet:

Madonna?

Sterling?

Morse?

True or False:

Vail Corporation has made an offer to buy Smugglers’ Notch Resort – Mountain Operations?!?

The answers can be found in earlier post titled It is a beautiful day, in case you were curious

 

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Blue bird skies

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Lower Morse Liftline

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. Madonna mountain will have a delayed opening this morning due to grooming. We have 55 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Some trails will have a delayed opening until they soften up. Currently it is sunny and 25 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies early then partly sunny skies this afternoon with a high of 42 degrees.

 

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Spring conditions

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Upper FIS

It was another beautiful day here at Smuggs.  The clouds were clinging to the summits of Madonna and Sterling, but everywhere else was partly sunny.  The warm temperatures made for some great spring conditions.  The soft moguls on Upper FIS were a blast! The skier’s right hand side had been groomed the night before last, so the bumps were smaller on that side. The skier’s left hand side is another story with nice good size moguls. A skier commented to me as they skied by, “I am so glad that they left Upper FIS bumped up!”

We are 100 percent open! Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts

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Upper FIS with Mount Mansfield in the background

operating and all 78 trails open. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS.  20 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Chilcoot, Crossover, and Garden Path for a grand total of 87 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Bird’s eye view

 

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Snow Sport University Ski Instructor enjoying the soft bumps on Upper FIS