Taking a break for a snack before the descent.
Mike Chait here. Hugh is up on the mountain getting the goods at the moment, but I thought I’d take the opportunity to post these updates on his behalf. Mother Nature has been conspiring yet again with her buddy Ullr to deliver another fresh dump of the white stuff. This was another elevational storm, hitting with wet, heavy snow particularly hard above 2800′. Right now, we’re looking at another 8-10″ on top of Sterling and are awaiting the report from the summit of Madonna!
There’s nothing quite like the sound (or lack thereof) of skis slicing through fresh snow!
Long-term weather forecasts are predicting an above average snowfall this season, so we’re right on track for an awesome December! Also, this is your friendly reminder that Halloween is the Pass/Badge deadline, so get yours before the price bump for an even more affordable shred season!
More fresh snow for October! Happy faces everywhere!
Be sure to check out this video from today. It will most definitely get you itching to get out there!
Snow Sport University Instructor Justin Falkenburg with Jenn Horkovich
The weather was warm and the snow was soft. I had a great time playing on the corn covered moguls on Smugglers’ Alley. I also took a few cruiser runs on Upper Rumrunner to Treasure Run. The forecast is calling for colder temperatures this weekend. We could see temperatures between 4 and 18 degrees for Sunday night into Monday. Our snowmakers will be taking full advantage of these great snowmaking temperatures. The forecast for Tuesday night is snow developing with light snow into Wednesday.
We have had some good snowmaking temperatures the past two days. Tonight’s forecast is calling for great snowmaking weather with temperatures in the teens. This photo shows multiple snow guns on Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park. We are also making snow on Birch Run, Lower Rumrunner, and Smugglers’ Alley. The Sterling Lift is operating with 4 intermediate trails open. We plan to open more terrain in the near future.
It felt great to be back on the mountain today. The weather was mild and the snow was soft. It was easy to set an edge and let it ride. I had a wonderful time making turns, but I also really enjoyed catching up with different members of the Smuggs family. It was nice to hear about what people were up to for the summer and how they are excited about another great season here at Smuggs.
Today was a beautiful blue bird day. It started off a little cool, but it did not take long for the sun to work its magic. I was out on my snowboard with a hard setup. The groomed snow was perfect for carving some nice turns. I could really trust the snow and just lay it out. It was a great day to be out on the mountain enjoying the sunshine and great conditions. The weather this weekend looks fantastic with temperatures in the 20’s and we are expecting 2 inches of new snow on Saturday night. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 164 acres. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails and all 8 lifts operating.
View of Smuggs at 6AM this morning
Today I got to spend the 6th Sunday this season with my Mitey Mites group, known as “The Knuckleheads.” This group of chargers has been so much fun to ski with, we might not be pretty, but we can make it down anything. I have taken a unique approach with this group, instead of bombarding them with drills to perfect turns, I have been pushing mountain awareness. (note: I do teach skills too) The goal with this is to develop all of these local kids into lifelong skiers, who have a passion for the sport, and can conduct themselves in an appropriate manner on the hill. We have looked into such topics as weather, equipment, conditions, safety, and group or team camaraderie. I have enforced these ideals through homework assignments like knowing the weather, equipment upkeep, knowing the responsibility code, and watching ski videos. For a final project I am having each student lead the group down the entire mountain for 1 run, and in doing so they will have to make an appropriate trail choice, manage the group, and know where they are going. This might not sound like the toughest task, but for a child to be responsible for 8 others at one time, really will be nothing short of a miracle, but I have faith. I’m really excited for our last two weeks, to see where these “knuckleheads” drag me. To the right you can see six of the members of our group at the top of F.I.S. Normally there are three more, but because of the school break we have a few members on vacation, to places such as Colorado, California, and British Columbia.
I also grabbed this picture on my way to the mountain to do the morning report. Pink sky in the morning, skiers and riders aren’t taking warning, we are getting our gear ready because snow is in the forecast!
Tomorrow look for 77 trails to be open, accessed by 6 lifts. Snow should be falling out of the sky with accumulations adding up to around 5″. Temps again should be in the 20s, but probably will be dropping during the day. 36 trails will be groomed, or around 175 acres total.
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!
The School House on Morse Mountain. It leads into some sweet beginner glades.
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. I’m going for higher elevation education! I’m majoring in cruisers, steeps, moguls, and glades with Snow Sport University at Smugglers’ Notch Resort.
Today’s class was cruising in the fresh, creamy powder. Yea, the big fat flakes were flyin’. To quote Led Zeppelin “You need schoolin’, baby, I’m not foolin'”. I hope I get straight ‘A’s’… that’s Awesome Alpine Adventures.
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Tony, the guy who provides our Smuggs-specific weather forecast, is calling for 12 to 18 inches of SNOW for Wednesday into Thursday. One of the local Network affiliates is saying 10 to 20 inches. Someone at 3 Mountain Outfitters (our rental, retail, and repair shop) boldly predicted 3 feet. Not knowing what to think, I went to the source of snow, the fortune teller of flurries, the prophet of powder… the SNOWMAN! He told me that this storm is going to be EPIC, MASSIVE, and OFF-THE-HOOK!!! Bruce Morrisey of SmuggsPhoto.com took this picture after I received the news.
Joke 1: What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire? Frostbite.
Joke 2: What did one snowman say to the other snowman? Do you smell carrots?