Friends, Family, Falling Snow… FUN!

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. They’re friends, they’re family, they’re here, and they’re having fun!! You’d have fun too if you were here after a week that saw 25 inches of new snow and 76 of 78 trails open. From the tippy top of Madonna Mountain to the highlights of Morse Highlands, it was awesome today. BTW – who is Dog Dempsey?

Who you lookin’ at with a face like that?! Jacob, Haylee, Anna, and Barry having fun on Madonna Mtn.
Haylee navigates through the tropics of Bermuda glades.
Anna’s custom skis. Do you recognize that mountain?
What did one snowperson say to the other snowperson? “Do you smell carrots?”

Another member of the Smuggs Family

Joe and I in front the Base Lodge

I would like you to meet Joe. Joe is from New Jersey and is here with a group. I was skiing Upper Drifter when I saw someone walking down the trail. I stopped to ask “what is going on”? Joe told me that “he rode his snowboard through a little water and now he has ice on the bottom of his board.” The ice on the bottom of his board would not allow him to slide. Joe did not have anything to scrap the ice off his board. I told Joe that “this has happened to me many times and it is easy to fix.” I took my skis off and used them to scrape the ice off his board. Joe said that “he was not able to keep up with his group because of ice on his board and he was not sure where to go.” I told Joe “No problem, let’s ski and ride down together. We will go to the Base Lodge and see if we can find anyone in your group.” When we got to the Base Lodge one of Joe’s friends was out in front of the ski racks looking for him. Joe was now back with his group and everybody was happy to see each other again. One thing I want to say about these young men I met today is that they are very nice and polite. Joe and his friends all shook my hand and gave me a sincere “Thank You.” It was wonderful to meet Joe and his friends. I hope you have a fantastic trip here at Smuggs and I hope to see you again.


Mustache Glades


Hannah and Emma find a mustache on a tree

Beautiful sunny skies with mild temperatures! We are 99 percent open. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 77 out of 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. 35 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 139 acres of freshly groomed terrain.


Shark sighting



Hannah throwing some snow around


Emma crossing the bridge


Smiles for miles


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother amazing day here at Smuggs! It has been one of the most snow filled Novembers I can remember. The 4 inches of new snow that we received last night were smaller flakes, which made the snow surface denser. The denser snow skied like it was deeper than it was because it allowed you to float with less snow. I had two fantastic powder runs early this morning with my good friend Matt McCawley ( see the photos in post below).  I then got to ski with my good friends Geoff and Tony. Today was special because Tony turned 50 years young.  A great way to celebrate, making powder with your good friends!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis afternoon I took a couple runs with the Snow Sport University Supervisors. They were having fun training in the wonderful snow.


The lines are charged and our snowmakers getting ready to make snow on Upper Chilcoot and Waterfall tonight.

Lifts and Trails

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet operating. We have 32 trails open with base depths of 14 to 40 inches. Sir Henry’s Learning Hill is open for beginners. This weekend we plan to have the Madonna I lift operating which will almost double our trail count. 8 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, for a grand total of 30 acres of freshly groomed terrain.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATomorrow the forecast is calling for increasing clouds with temperatures between 20 and 34 degrees.