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Morse Code

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. I got to tool around Morse Mountain today. I saw Larry and Dara (but not their other brother Darrell) teaching Discovery Camp skiers (ages 3-5, aka Disco Kids) on the Magic Learning Trail and Sir Henry’s. Morse is a great area for beginners and it also features trails for intermediates. I ran into Snowmaking Maestro Justin Thoelke during lunch at Green Mountain Deli. He said Snowmaking’s next move was going to be to Sam’s Run and Dixie’s Knoll and that’ll open more trails on Morse! Maybe then Darrell will come out and take some runs.

King Billy BEFORE

Larry’s class entering King Billy’s Bear Den…

King Billy AFTER

… and Larry’s class leaving King Billy’s Bear Den.

Maeve on the mini terrain park features

Maeve tackles the mini terrain park features as Dara looks on.

Snow covered trees on Graden Path

Snow covered trees on Garden Path.

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Daybreak Snow Make

 

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Snowmaking on Sterling Mountain. Viewed from Edwards Road, near ArborTrek on Tue, Dec 11th, 7:30am.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Our Snowmaking Crew is taking advantage of favorable conditions to make snow on the Sterling Mountain trails Black Snake, Birch Run, and Practice Slope. In the accompanying photo, you can see Snowmaking clouds rising along skiers’ right on Practice Slope. Of course the Snowmakers have been working all night, I just witnessed their efforts later in the process early in the morning… you know what mean… I’m just a Ronnie-come-lately.

 

 

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Cat and Mouse

Prinoth Bison

This Snow Cat is a BISON! Reminds me of Bob Marley – “Buffalo Snow Cat”.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. While leaving Parking Lot 1 after some sweet runs, I saw the delivery of a new Snow Cat (actually it’s called a Bison and it’s made by Prinoth). Later on in the Village, I ran into Mogul Mouse. Coincidence? Wonderful things happen at Smuggs – like the 7″ of champagne powder that was poured on our mountains in the last 24 hours!

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Mogul Mouse is in da house!

Powder green

Powder shot! Photo by Mike Chait.

Annie flying

Annie flying happily down the slopes on her board!

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5 inches of NEW SNOW in the Past 24

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Snowing at the Main Entrance to the Resort on Dec 4th, 6:36 am. Flag at half mast to honor former U.S. President George H. W. Bush.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. We’ve received 5 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and it’s still snowing! Snowmaking is also in progress on Lower F.I.S. and Mulcahy’s Link.  Speaking of Mulcahy’s Link, it was great to see former Smuggs President Bob Mulcahy at our Employee Rally this past weekend.

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How Now Pow Hound?!!

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Deep Powder on Sterling Mountain. Photo by Hugh Johnson.

Rockin’ Ron Carter for Hugh. This has got to be one of the best Novembers on record, at least as far as snow goes… 66 inches of total accumulation and counting! More snow is in the forecast as well. I was talking to Mike McAdoo of Mtn Ops and he said today’s wet and heavy snow will definitely help out the base.  All the trails on Sterling Mountain are open today. We anticipate Madonna I running this coming weekend. Grab your skis and boards and hit the POW NOW!

Giant Chair with snow

Chair lift? All the chairs, even the big one in the Village, were covered in snow! Photo by Rockin’ Ron Carter.

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Tower 10 on April 10

 

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Tower 10 on April 10.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. It’s the 10th of April and we’re still goin’ strong, with excellent snow coverage. The Sterling Lift is operating and servicing 22 trails. This weekend, in addition to Sterling, the Madonna I Lift will be operating and we should have close to 40 trails.

Let me give you thel 4-11 on 4-10… it’s Ben & Jerry’s FREE CONE DAY. Our Scoop Shop located in the Village Lodge, will be open till 8 pm tonight serving free cones. Mm, mm, mm!!!

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Don’t miss FREE CONE DAY!

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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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Tutu Tuesday

Dara Tutu
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh.
100% of our trails are open! Today’s forecast is sunny to partly sunny skies with temps of 34-47 degrees. So, it will be a great day for some spring skiing and riding, if you’re wearing a tutu, a kilt, or just unadorned snow pants.

Daniel Tutututu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SWEET!

 

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Ripping down Upper Chilcoot! L to R: Johann, Carl, Clara, und Hans.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Things are looking SWEET on the slopes – we are 100% OPEN!  I met up with my friends Hans, Clara, Johann, and Carl from Germany. They’ve been coming to the Resort for 11 years. Hans told me the kids have been through all the stages from Treasures to Notch Squad. The kids have also made many friends over the years. Before we met up with them, Hans and I tried out some of the black diamond trails that were groomed for today (Shuttle, Bootlegger, and Upper Pipeline) and they were all awesome! When Johann and Clara finished their lesson with Matt, and Carl finished his with Dara, the five of us went on a quest to the Shire and Bermuda. I have to tell you people, there’s plenty of powder out there.

 

 

 

In addition to the conditions, we have a SWEET weekend coming up with the Maple Open House Weekend!

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Carl and Clara in Bermuda – not short on snow!

P.S. Lennie loves you and says “Keep Skiing”.

P.P.S. Hans says “Ich bin ein Vermonter”

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Snow piled high

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View of a snow wall from 3 Mountain Equipment

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. We’ve got so much snow, we don’t know where to put it! 44 inches in the past week and 70 inches total in the past two weeks!! This means 100% of our trails are open. The Groomers and Village Services have been busy moving the snow around. Note to Experts – Bootleggers was groomed/winched for today’s skiing and riding pleasure.