Today was another great day at Smugglers’ Notch. If you are familiar with Northern Vermont then you will know that old saying, if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute. Well that’s what today was like, the day starting off with temperatures hovering just above zero. Then the sun came out and quickly warmed the temperatures above 20 degrees. Finally the clouds quickly rolled in and we had an afternoon burst of snow with about an inch of accumulation. Despite the weather being inconsistent, the snow was consistently great today, and myself and Jeff Silver of Mtn. Seasons Bagels found lots of great snow still untracked in the woods. We also came across lots of trees that look like the ones pictured, which is a testament to all the snow we have received this season. We have gotten 70 inches of snow in February alone and 212″ all season. Another thing to get excited about is that during this whole week, Smugglers’ is offering 1/2 price lift tickets, rentals, and lessons to all Vermont residents (valid I.D. required) so take advantage of being a Vermonter, and enjoy these fantastic conditions. Tomorrow look for cooler temperatures, under mostly cloudy skies, with skiing and riding on 100% of our terrain, on all three mountains!
This morning I went on the Cat Trax Fresh Trax Tour up Madonna Mountain. It was a beautiful sunny day. We had great views from the cabin of the cat on the ride up the mountain but the 360 degree view from the summit of Madonna was the best. We had a great time cruising down the corduroy of Chilcoot. I went to the Zone Terrain Park to check out the Slopestyle event. There was a great turn out of competitors and the park was in great shape. It was amazing to watch these skiers and riders throwing down their best tricks for the judges. It was also pretty cool to have Vermont’s own Ty Walker show up and help announce the event with Connor Manning.
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Ski Vermont was here today promoting Vermont Specialty Food Day by spotlighting world famous VT products from Cabot Cheese, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, and Green Mountain Coffee. Also offering samples for our guests were Cacao Matteo Chocolatier (sweets, dude!), Kimball Brook Farm with organic milks and creams, Vermont Smoke and Cure Real Sticks made from turkey, Butternut Mountain Farm with sugar on snow, and It’s Arthur’s Fault! with sauces, marinades, syrups, and dry rubs.To quote Fergie, which I don’t do often, it was “tasty-tasty”.
P.S. Teo (pictured on the left) of Cacao Matteo Chocolatier was one of the main organizers of the first Extreme Skiing Challenge, the second one is coming up on Sunday, March 9th.
It was clear overnight and the temperature dropped down a little bit. The sun came out this morning and warmed us up. I had a good time today looking for powder stashes and good sunlight for photos. Pictured here is Brooks having fun in the glades on Madonna Mountain. Tuesday February 18 is Vermont Specialty Food Day in the Village Courtyard from 10:30 am till 2:30 pm. Try Liz Lovely 100 percent natural cookies, Kimball Farms milk and chocolate milk, delicious Cabot Cheese, Vermont Smoke & Cure meats, Green Mountain Coffee, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and maple products from Butternut Farm! My good friend Matteo of Cacao Matteo Chocolatier will also be there with Cassis Truffles, Maple Crème Leaves, Cranberry Orange Bark, and Hard Cider Caramel. He lives and makes his chocolates here in Cambridge, Vermont. I have been lucky enough to sample his chocolates and they are fantastic!