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Morse Mountain is lit up!

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Tower guns on Lower Morse Liftline

Snowmaking

We are presently making snow on Lower Morse Liftline, Garden Path, Meadowlark, the Riglet Park, and the Sledding Hill.

Lifts and Trails

Today we have the Sterling Lift and Sir Henry’s Glider operating with 32 trails open. Surface conditions are variable and machine groomed with average base depths of 14 to 48 inches. 11 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley and Thomke’s for a grand total of 40 acres of freshly groomed terrain. This weekend we plan to have the Madonna I Lift operating which will make our trail count jump up again!

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Snowmaking at the base of the Village Lift

Weather

Currently it is 14 degrees at the summit of Sterling with  partly sunny skies and winds of 0 to 5 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures between 14 and 26 degrees.  We could see a few more inches of new snow Thursday into Friday.

Events

24th Annual Brewfest, Part 1 is this Saturday, December 8th.

 

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Fan gun on the Sledding Hill

Vermont has the highest number of breweries per capita. Our BrewFest highlights some of our state’s excellent breweries plus regional favorites and craft ciders. Enjoy samples from Sam Adams, Angry Orchard Cider, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Rogue,  and more. If your tastes run closer to home, don’t miss samples from Vermont’s own Citizen Cider, Magic Hat, Boyden Valley, Shed, Otter Creek, Switchback, Woodchuck Cider, Long Trail, Halyard Brewing, 14th Star, Zero Gravity, and Fiddlehead. More breweries are being added; stay tuned! A DJ spins the tunes and the Mountain Grille puts on a tasty appetizer buffet. 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm in the Meeting House. Tickets are available at the door; $22 entry includes 8 samples, munchies, and a souvenir sampling glass. 21 & older, please. BrewFest group lodging packages are available for groups of 20 or more; please call 800-521-0536.

 

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Harvey Wesson Local Race Series

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday was another beautiful day with partly sunny skies and mild temperatures.  I had a wonderful time on all 3 mountains today. I took a few cruiser runs on Morse and checked out the Morse Highlands area. I skied Madonna with my son Hugh B this morning. We skied Upper FIS to the traverse which brings you to Freefall.  Freefall skied well with nice edgeable snow and good coverage.  I headed over to Sterling later in the afternoon to get my race runs in. I thought that I did pretty good until I watched a few of the club kids run the course.  I also had fun watching the Saint Michael’s Race Team slalom gate training on the Practice Slope this afternoon.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are 100 percent open with 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. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Waterfall, Black Snake, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 138 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 30 degrees.

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Picture perfect

 

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Retro outfits

Today was just amazing with new snow and beautiful sunny skies. I had a wonderful day skiing with my daughter Hannah. We did a three mountain tour.We started on Morse and then skied over to Madonna Mountain. We took a run on Drifter which was groomed last night. The snow was great and the views were even better. We found a bunch of fresh snow on the side of the trail to play in. We headed to Sterling Mountain next. Hannah really likes Thomke’s because of the way the trail cuts back and forth. We also like to check on the beautiful ice flow, which is on skier’s right before the short cut to Bootleggers. We then headed back to the Village for lunch. Hannah wanted to go to the Log Jam Terrain Park next located over at Morse Highlands.

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Lori from Connecticut and I on the Mogul Mouse Lift

My son Hugh B joined us and we rode the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift. I rode single and was lucky enough to meet Lori from Connecticut. Lori and her family are homeowners here at Smuggs.  Their children are in our Mitey Mite Program. They make the trip up from Connecticut every weekend! I want to thank Lori and her family for their commitment.  I also want to thank them for choosing Smuggs. Lori told me that there are many resorts that are, of course, a lot closer to them, but they just love Smuggs and it worth the drive!

 

 

 

 

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the Madonna I Lift

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 62 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 42 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Upper Drifter, Bootlegger, and Magic Learning Trail for a grand total of 152 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight ‘s forecast is calling for up to 2 inches of new snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries early then partly sunny skies with a high of 32 degrees.

 

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Groomers are working their Cats off!

 

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Good Morning Morse Mountain – it’s time to get groomed for the day – you always want to look and ski your best!

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. A major shout out to our Grooming Crew: Arlo, Casey, David, Dickie, Donnie and his other brother Donnie, Jason and his other brother Jason, Mike, Nelson, Rich, and Robert!!! They’ve groomed over 140 acres of terrain overnight and this morning. Grooming tip #1 – white corduroy is always in fashion. In addition to their efforts, warmer temps could help surfaces soften up, and OPEN UP MORE TRAILS.

On top of Madonna

On top of Madonna / All covered in snow / I lost my poor ski pole / In the Black Hole. Photo from Tue, Feb 13 at 3:30 pm.