Food, Fun, Fog

Billy gluten

Billy takes a break from boarding to enjoy the Vermont Specialty Food Tasting.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh.

FOOD. Today we had a Vermont Specialty Food Tasting in the Village Courtyard. There were samples of delicious food products made with ingredients from our Green Mountain state. Cabot Cheese, Barr Hill, Silo Distillery, Mad River Distillers, Mountain Grove Coffee, Good Mix Granola, Woodchuck Cider, Simmering Bone, VT Tortilla Co, It’s Arthurs Fault and Kimball Brook Farm, and many more. Even Billy Bob Bear was scrounging around for some nibbles.

FUN. On Thursday, it’s our annual FamilyFun Magazine Winter CarnivalFamilyFun Magazine, Carmex®, and Folgers® team up with Smugglers’ for this special Winter Carnival featuring music, face painting, games, a bonfire, and barbecue. The festivities are from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm on the Village Green! Always a family favorite hosted by Goodtime Charlie, Mogul Mouse, Billy Bob Bear, and the Friendly Pirate!

clocktower signs

The sign on the Village Clocktower says Join us at the Gazebo on Thursday, February 22nd for the FamilyFun Winter Carnival.

FOG. Oh yeah, I got some skiing in too. I had to deal with a little bit of Snoop Dog’s favorite kind of precipitation… drizzle… but conditions made it well worth it.

Snow Sanke Fog Snake

Snow Snake skier. Fog Snake through the valley.


A great day to celebrate

zone box

Fun Box in the Zone Terrain Park

Last night I got to do one of my favorite things, the Snowshoe Adventure Dinner. It was a beautiful night with the moon dancing in and out of the clouds.  We hiked out to the Sterling Pond Shelter on the Long Trail and then down to Sterling Pond.  It was so pretty with the snow covered trees. We hiked across the pond back to the “Top of the Notch” building, where we enjoyed a fantastic meal from the Hearth and Candle. I want to thank Tim and Dave for preparing our great food.  It’s always nice to take a walk after a wonderful meal and we did.  We had a great hike down Upper Rumrunner and Lower Rumrunner, which was filled with conversation and laughter.  I want to give a shout out to Natalie from Long Island, it was really nice to meet you and your husband. Thank you for following my blog.

blue coat jump

Jump in the Zone Terrain Park

I met with Alex Martin from Smuggs TV this morning to film this week’s “No Bull Video Snow Report”. I was telling Alex how pretty Sterling Pond was last night as we were riding the Sterling Lift. We decided to go and check it out.  The ice was now covered with the new snow that we received last night. The sun came out and make all the trees that much brighter. We then headed for Upper Rumrunner and Black Snake.  The groomed terrain was beautiful with some loose snow on the sides. Lower Snake Bite was groomed last night and was skiing very nicely.


high five

Mogul Mouse giving out high fives at the Cookie Race

We saw some skiers and riders in the Zone Terrain Park that seemed to be having a lot of fun. We skied down to see to new set up this season for the Zone Terrain Park. We ran into Snow Sport University Instructor Brian J. and his class. They were riding the T-Bar and doing laps in the Zone. Brain was telling us just how much he loves the new set up in the Zone Terrain Park and how great it is for teaching.  These features are designed to help skiers and riders progress.  I even found myself playing in the park.






sugar on snow

Sugar on snow at the Family Fun Magazine Winter Carnival

I went to the World Famous Cookie Race this afternoon to catch all the action. It’s always fun to watch these little skiers and riders showing off their new learned skills. The best part is everyone wins and everyone gets a cookie.






ice carving

Ice Carving at the Family Fun Magazine Winter Carnival

Today was also the FamilyFun Magazine Winter Carnival. This is always a family favorite with music, games, ice carving, give a ways, face painting, and more.  Everyone was having a great time enjoying the BBQ, cheese samplings, popcorn, hot chocolate, and sugar on snow. There is even more to come tonight with the torchlight parade and fireworks!





Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 38 trails open. We plan to groom 34 trails for a grand total of 163 acres. Snow making resumes tonight on Morse Mountain. Tomorrow’s forecast is sunny skies early with increasing clouds and temperatures between 22 and 32 degrees.