Billy Bob Bear surveys his kingdom


Photo by Jayden Lepsic and Jared Salls.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. On top of old Smokey? No, we’re not talking about the Smokey Mountains or Smokey the Bear, we’re talking the Green Mountains and Billy Bob Bear. Our favorite bear ventured to the top of Madonna Mountain for the first time! He finally got to experience how much fun it can be to ski Upper Chilcoot. Normally he’d be hiber-napping (he’s so busy with all the parties with all the families that he doesn’t have time to do full-on hibernation).





Photo by Jared Salls and Jayden Lepsic

After Town Meeting, I also skied Upper Chilcoot, hair pinning onto Catwalk to Lower Catwalk (sorry Mogul Mouse, I know you don’t like those “Cat” trails), to the adrenaline rush that is Shuttle, making a mellow completion of that run on Lower Rumrunner – with a little Rumrunner Variation for good measure. I finished the day with the nearly 3 mile run of Upper Chilcoot > Catwalk > Upper FIS > Lower Doc’s > Ruthies > Curley’s Cutback > Meadowlark. Back at the Snow Report Office, I now compose run-on sentences for your pleasure – HAHA!




Snow Snake snow make

BBB on Snow Snake

Billy Bob Bear carves it up! See evidence of recent snowmaking on the trees beside the trail.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. The Snowmakers and Groomers did an excellent job getting the Snow Snake trail open today. It’s a fun intermediate trail on Morse Mountain. If you’re skiing with beginners on Morse and you want something a little more challenging, sneak over to Snow Snake and slither down and around some exhilarating pitches and turns.



Snow on Mountain/Bear on Board

BBB up close

BBB on the Mogul Mouse Lift.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. While there was mixed precip and “clear” snow at the lower elevations, we received 4 inches of snow up top. This allowed us to open a section of Upper Madonna Liftline and the Black Hole. Even on his day off, Hugh got a photo of the powder on Madonna. Meanwhile, I was the animal trainer for Billy Bob Bear. We made several runs on Morse with Billy boarding and me skiing. This winter, look to see BBB, as well Mogul Mouse and the Friendly Pirate on the slopes.

Dec 19 Powder shot

Upper Madonna Liftline. Photo by Hugh Johnson.




BBB board

On Lower Morse Liftline.



Coming home for the holidays


Doc Dempsey’s Glades

It’s presently snowing and 20 degrees at the summit of Madonna with winds of 0 to 10 mph. The forecast is calling for periods of snow up to 3 inches of accumulation possible with a chance of mix at the base early and temperatures between 28 and 37 degrees. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 26 trails open. 22 trails have been groomed for today for a grand total of 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features.  Last night we made snow on Upper FIS.  I ran into a few members of the Hogan Family this morning, who also happen to be members of the Smuggs Family. Bill Hogan who is pictured on the left side in both photos is an employee here at Smuggs. He is a Snow Sport University Instructor and also one of our costume characters.  Bill and Billy Bob Bear have been the same height many times.  Bill’s brother Jim pictured by the SPEED ZONE AHEAD sign left Boston this morning at 5:30 to be here at Smuggs and ski with his brother and mother.  We skied Doc Dempsey’s from the top and had a blast. Thank you for spending some of your quality family time with me.



Upper Chilcoot

We received 2 inches of new snow today and 6 inches in the past 3 days.  Tonight we plan to make snow on Upper FIS, Dixie’s Knoll, and Sam’s Run as temperatures allow.  20 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 115 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 32 trails open.  Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 9 and 22 degrees. Happy Holidays!



Fun on Morse Mountain

army skiing

Photo with Mogul Mouse

I was at the Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift today. I was riding with students of Snow Sport University who are too young to ride the lift by themselves. I got to ride the lift multiple times with Pam and Tamara’s purple group. The lift conversation was entertaining every time. We had fun finding the characters Sam the Snow Snake, Billy Bob Bear, and Mogul Mouse on the lift towers. We were also able to find Father Winter’s Tee Pee in the woods between Lower Morse Liftline and Magic Learning Trail. It was great to see some soldiers from the US Army learning how to ski today on Morse Mountain. They skied the Magic Learning Trail and it worked! I want to thank Head Snowmaker Justin Thoelke for introducing me to Ally. Ally is a 6th grader from Pennsylvania, who is here at Smuggs with her family. She was a little nervous about riding the lift and was looking for someone to ride with. We had a great lift ride with no problems getting on or off the lift.  We unloaded at mid-station and Ally snowboarded over to her Dad and gave him a high five. Ally’s family thanked me for riding with the lift with her, but I should thank them. Watching Alley overcome her fear and celebrate with giving her Dad a high five really made me feel good.  The Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift worked again.

put your hands in the air

Snow Sport University Instructor Pam and her class

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 51 trails open. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 156 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight’s forecast is 2 to 4 inches of snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is a chance of freezing rain early then rain with temperatures between 38 and 42 degrees and windy.


World’s Largest Ski / Snowboard Lesson

mogul girl and hoopSmugglers’ Notch was one of many resorts across the country who participated in a record setting attempt today. In addition to attracting newbies to snow sports in a fun way, this group effort will try to set a new Guinness World Record for largest ski and snowboard lesson.



walt 2This event was just so much fun.  This lesson was for people who had never been on skis or a snowboard before. It was amazing to watch the progression of these skiers and riders.




the group shootThey went from learning how to put on their equipment to making turns and being able to stop. Billy Bob Bear and Mogul Mouse were out on the hill cheering on the new skiers and riders.  It was great to meet some of these new snow sport enthusiasts. People were here from Maryland and even Venezuela.



allison and kids


Learning Magic

Magic Learning TrailRockin’ Ron for Hugh. The Magic Learning Trail and Wanderer were open today. As I rode Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, I saw an SSU Instructor sharing the wonder of the skiing with a trio of beginners. On Sir Henry’s, I smiled upon seeing one of the new on-hill props – it featured a snowboarding feline. Yellow Cat is a winter mascot that can be spotted in coloring books at the Morse Mountain Grille, and as dancing critter (along with Mogul Mouse, Billy Bob Bear, Sam the Snowsnake, Bill the Bald Eagle, Frosty the Snowmaker and others) at Thursday’s Showtime Characters Dance Party.  At Smuggs we try to make learning and everything else magical!

Yellow Cat feature

P.S. That cat can seriously shred!