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Flurries in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon

View from the Village Lift
World Famous Cookie Race

The Cookie Race is a classic here at Smuggs! It is a great way for the kids to show their families how much they have learned in their ski and snowboard lessons through the week. There are multiple courses for the different skill levels. Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate is there to introduce the racers to the crowd. King Billy Bob Bear and Mogul Mouse are also there to cheer on the skiers and riders. The best part is that everyone gets a cookie! The Cookie Race is only one of today’s events, because we also have the torchlight parade, winter carnival, and fireworks.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 76 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are machine groomed and packed powder with average base depths of 16 to 54 inches. 30 trails will be groomed tonight, including Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s for a grand total of 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight we plan to make snow on Smugglers’ Alley, Bootlegger, Thomke’s Express, and the Zone Terrain Park. Currently it is partly sunny and 2 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with a high of 24 degrees.

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World Famous Cookie Race

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the great things about the Cookie Race is that it lets the kids show what they have learned while studying at Snow Sport University. They can show off their turning skills to the cheering crowd as they race down the course. These brave racers are rewarded with a cookie at the finish line!

Lifts and Trails

We are 100 percent open. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. We plan to groom 44 trails tonight, including Ruthie’s, Dixie’s Knoll, and Snake Bite for a grand total of 158 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We also plan to groom Jolly Rodger and Lower Black Bear tonight.

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The Friendly Pirate

New Snow

We received 3 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, 15 inches in the past week, and 303 inches this season so far!

Weather

Currently it is 25 degrees at the summit of Sterling with flurries and winds of 15  to 25 mph. Tonight’s forecast is calling for snow showers with an inch of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies with temperatures between 14 and 30 degrees.

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Long Island Rick helping out with the announcing.

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New Year’s Celebration

New Year's Celebration!

December 31st – January 1st

Smugglers’ Notch Resort 7:00 pm – 1:00 am

  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm • The Friendly Pirate’s New Year’s Eve Party Join the Friendly Pirate, Mogul Mouse & Billy Bob Bear for singing and dancing in the lower level of the Meeting House!
  • 9:00 pm • New Year’s Celebration Bonfire, Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Gather with family and friends at the Gazebo and celebrate! Hosted by Goodtime Charlie.
  • Following fireworks until 11:00 pm Goodtime Charlie’s Musical Time Machine Goodtime Charlie plays the greatest hits of all time as you dance your way into 2019. Fun for the whole family, with party favors and a cash bar. Lower level of the Meeting House.
  • Following fireworks until Midnight • Adult Karaoke Sing in the New Year to all your karaoke favorites — Bootleggers’ will be bouncin’! Don’t miss the champagne toast!

Complimentary party favors will be given out at all events at 11:00 pm.

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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!