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Beautiful day

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Sterling summit

We received 2 inches of new snow last night and it changed the snow surface. The groomed trails were fantastic with the fresh snow on top of the corduroy.  The groomed trails will be very nice again with the new snow mixed in with the existing snow. The new snow also allowed us to open Hangman’s and parts of Upper Exhibition.

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with flurries and a snow shower with an inch of accumulation possible and temperatures between 26 and 38 degrees.

15 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 40 acres of

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Taking flight

freshly groomed terrain.  The Sterling Lift will be operating tomorrow with 22 trails open with terrain for intermediates and experts. Birch Run Terrain Park is open.

 

Closing weekend is April 14th and 15th, we plan to have both the Madonna I lift and Sterling lift operating.

Come up and enjoy the great conditions!

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Group therapy

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Air time

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Shadow dancing

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We still have tons of snow

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield

Today was very pleasant with partly sunny skies in the morning and a few flurries in the afternoon.

Today was the last day that Mogul Mouse Magic Lift will be operating this season, so I took a few lift rides for good measure.  I got off at mid-station on my first run. I thought that I had put my phone in my inside pocket but, I missed the pocket and my phone slid down inside my jacket. When I stood up at mid station and skied away my phone stayed on the chair.  My phone stayed on the chair for a little while longer, before falling off above where Snow Snake cuts under the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift.  I

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Upper Chilcoot

was unaware that my phone was missing and skied down the Magic Learning Trail, before heading back to my office.  I then realized that my phone was missing and I headed back to the Mogul Mouse Lift.  Lift Attendant Jeff stopped me and told me that Elizabeth who was working mid-station saw my phone fall somewhere near tower 15.  I headed back up the lift and was able to find my phone.  I want to thank our Lift Attendants and Lift Maintenance staff for their help in finding my phone it is greatly appreciated.  What was really cool was when I rode the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift again later in the day every lift attendant asked to make sure that I got my phone back. #smuggslove

 

 

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Rockin’ Ron and Owen going “around the world.”

The Sterling Lift will be operating this Monday through Friday. We plan to have both the Madonna I Lift and Sterling Lift operating this closing weekend April 14th and 15th.

 

Tomorrow we will have 20 trails open for intermediates and experts. 16 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 44 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies early becoming partly sunny later in the day with a high of 32 degrees. Birch Run Terrain Park is open.

 

 

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Birch Run Terrain Park

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Method grab

The weather felt more like winter than spring this morning with the cooler temperatures and an inch of new snow during the Easter Summit Sunrise Service.  We had flurries through out the day with patches of partly sunny skies.  It was a little breezy this morning but the winds lessened making for a wonderful afternoon.  The groomers did another great job last night providing us with 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We have great conditions and coverage as we get ready for the last two weeks of the winter season.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. We have 59 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 38 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including the skier’s right side of Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies early then mostly sunny skies later with a high of 35 degrees.

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Birch Run Terrain Park

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe received 3 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 7 inches in the past 4 days! The conditions are wonderful and the trail count keeps climbing higher. There is more snow in the forecast starting on Wednesday with up to 12 inches of new snow possible by the weekend. This will really make the trail count climb. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. We now have 63 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 35 trails will be groomed tonight, including Playground, Bootlegger, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATomorrow is the calm before the storm with partly sunny skies and temperatures between 24 and 35 degrees.

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New snow

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Adding up pretty fast!

We received 3 inches of new snow today and 6 inches in the past 6 days. It was really snowing hard for a while this afternoon. The new snow is bounding well with the existing snow. This afternoon, Ski Patrol opened Lower Pipeline which also opened Upper Treasure Run. I was lucky enough to ski Upper Treasure Run and the new snow was fantastic.  We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 44 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 36 trails will be groomed tonight, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 139 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Upper Treasure Run

Birch Run, Log Jam, Flowground, and Zone Terrain Parks are all open. We have many events this weekend like the Extreme Skiing Challenge this Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

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Fun on Sterling

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Armand finds some nice snow to play in on Treasure Run

I had a good time at Zone Terrain Park and Practice Slope this morning.  The Sterling T-Bar was running today and the kids were just making laps.  The T-Bar makes it easy to do another run in the course or work on a new trick in the terrain park. Many skiers and riders use the T-Bar to access Birch Run Terrain park also, but always watch for traffic when crossing other trails.  I had a great time this afternoon catching up with good friends Armand, Lidia, and Tony.  Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating.  We have 44 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Lower FIS will be closed tomorrow for construction of the Flowground Terrain Park.

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Lidia skiing by the ice flow on Thomke’s

34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 134 acres of freshly groomed terrain.  Birch Run, Log Jam, and Zone Terrain Park are all open. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for light snow an inch of accumulation possible with a chance of mix precipitation and temperatures between 28 and 37 degrees.

 

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Dusting of new snow on the roof of the Top of the Notch building

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Race training on the Practice Slope

 

 

 

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Family Time

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Miles and Todd

I was at the base of the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift this afternoon when I noticed a father and son sitting in the snow. They were exchanging boots. The father Todd was taking snowboard boots off and putting ski boots on.  I was curious, so I walked over and asked why the change?  The son Miles usually snowboards and the dad Todd usually skis. They have the same boot size, so they decided to switch for a run. Miles told me that he did pretty well skiing, but his dad was ready to take the snowboard boots off and go back to skiing. Todd told me that he was not giving up on snowboarding, but next time he is going to start on Sir Henry’s Learning Hill. Miles and Todd told me that they have been coming to Smuggs for years and they really like it here! I think that it is great that they were willing to try another sport. I guess this gives new meaning to “You don’t know what it is like until you walk a mile in their boots or should I say ski or ride a run in their boots!”

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 37 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Bootlegger, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 138 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries early and temperatures between 25 and 38 degrees. Birch Run, Log Jam, and Zone Terrain Parks are all open.

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Full Circle

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Connie with her class on Wanderer

I would like you to meet Connie Douthwaite. Connie is a member of the Snow Sport University here at Smugglers’ Notch. She is a ski instructor who works with 3 to 6 year old children. The neat thing is that 13 years ago Connie was a 6 year old child taking ski lessons here at Smugglers’ Notch. Connie told me that her instructor back then was Larry Arnold who still works here at Smugglers’ Notch as a ski instructor. It is wonderful to see someone who learned to ski here 13 years ago is now teaching the next generation!

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We now have 36 trails open with terrain for  all ability levels. Tonight we plan to resume snowmaking on Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, Lower Exhibition, and the Practice Slope. All 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for light snow and sleet a dusting of accumulation with a chance of mix later in the day and temperatures between 25 and 35 degrees. Tomorrow we plan to have the Log Jam, Birch Run, and Zone Terrain Park all open.

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Smuggs Family

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Long Island Rick and I on the Village Lift.      Photo credit Harley Johnson

 

I would like to you meet Long Island Rick. Rick and his family come to Smuggs every year. Rick follows Hugh’s Views a.k.a. Hugh’s Blog and photo of the day and makes wonderful comments on different posts. His comments are always positive and fun to read. I am going to share one of Rick’s posts to show you his love for winter, skiing, and all things Smuggs!

Rick said “So…I’m sitting at my daughter’s dance class and I hear a lovely lady say something about our weather on Long Island…”Well, it’s supposed to rain today and ALL of tomorrow. I’ll take rain and warm over snow and cold though.”
(DIRTY LOOK) Dramatic Pause…
Inside my head I said….”WHAT!!!! Are you kidding!” Who plays outside in winter rain? YUK! True lovers of winter love to play in the SNOW!” Right? And race on Thursday for cookies and RING COWBELLS and sometimes dress in crazy outfits like tutus on Tuesdays and visit the “Winters” in a teepee and Sing with a Friendly Pirate whenever they see him and hang out with Snow Reporter!
So…
I told her about Smuggs!

Cowbell is packed!
Cheers!”

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 74 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Thomke’s Express, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 137 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Log Jam, Birch Run, and Zone Terrain Park are all open. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for occasional rain and drizzle with temperatures between 46 and 54 degrees. Wear something waterproof and enjoy the soft conditions!

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Another beautiful sunny day at Smuggs

 

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Laying down a big carve

Today started off cloudy with a few flurries. The skies then cleared out and we ended up with a gorgeous afternoon. I wanted to take advantage of the clear skies so I took some cruiser runs. One of my favorite scenic runs is Drifter. I love the views looking at Sterling and Mount Mansfield. I love how the view changes as you work your way down the mountain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We now have 43 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Our groomers will be busy tonight hitting all 43 trails for a grand total of 155 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have Birch Run Terrain Park, Log Jam Terrain Park, and Zone Terrain Park all open.

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Fantastic views from Upper Drifter

Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with a high of 24 degrees. It is going to be another great day to be out on the mountain!

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Just like riding into a picture

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Madonna and Sterling seen from Midway