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47 inches of new snow in the past 3 days!

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Lenny skiing the Black Hole

The month of March has been quite the snow producer with 78 inches. We have been in a fantastic weather pattern! I went out this morning with Alex Martin of Smuggs TV and Snow Sport University Snowboard Instructor Kim Martin to film another edition of the No Bull Video Snow Report. We had a great time on Upper Pipeline, Black Snake, Harvey’s Hideaway, Full Nelson and Half Nelson. Later in the day I meet up with my good friends Tony, Big John, and Lenny. We skied Sally’s Alley, Freefall, Black Hole, Upper Drifter, and a bunch of glade runs in between. The smiles were big and the snow is deep!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 39 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a  grand total of 141 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight’s forecast is calling for periods of snow with 2 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for flurries and snow showers and another inch of accumulation possible with a high of 24 degrees.

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Still photo from the No Bull Video Snow Report which is on the Smugglers’ Notch Facebook page for your viewing pleasure. Photo credit: Alex Martin

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Tony finds some untracked snow

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Photo credit: Eric “Lenny” Leondhart

 

 

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Great conditions

 

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Still shot from today’s No Bull Video Snow Report in the Red Fox Glades

I had a great time today on Doc Dempsey’s, Red Fox Glades, Moonshiner’s Glades, and any other glade I could find. The warmer temperatures combined with the new snow overnight made things even softer today. The groomed snow is also very nice and edgeable. Tonight we plan to groom 31 trails including Snake Bite, Curley’s Cutback, and Playground for a grand total of 129 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 69 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Tonight’s forecast is calling for snow showers with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation. Tomorrow’s forecast is a chance of flurries early then partly sunny skies with a high of 23 degrees. Watch today’s No Bull Video Snow Report

 

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Madonna Liftline open from Mid Station down

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The Friendly Pirate out making turns on Morse Mountain

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Alex Martin of Smuggs TV shooting today’s No Bull Video Snow Report

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Best day of the year!

 

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The snow that we received yesterday was just fantastic, but the amount of snow that fell overnight was unbelievable. We received about 2 feet of new snow overnight and then it snowed all day long today. We received 40 inches of new snow in the past 2 days. My first run of the day was with Alex Martin of Smuggs TV. We were filming this week’s “No Bull Video Snow Report.” We skied Upper FIS, Lower Doc’s, Dan’s Ford, and Lower Chilcoot. The video can be seen at www.facebook.com/SmugglersNotch/.  I have been skiing here at Smuggs for quite some time now and today was one of the best that I can remember. The snow was very

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deep, but the quality of the snow was just over the top. You were floating through the snow with a big cloud behind you like a smoke screen. I would have to say that some of the deepest consistent powder was on Dan’s Ford. You had to ski in someone else’s track to get speed and then you could cut out to make some fresh powder turns. The snow was so deep that it was hard to move on lower angle trails. It is still snowing and the conditions tomorrow are going to be amazing all over again! We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with all 78 trails open. The 24-hour forecast is calling for periods of snow and flurries with another 1 to 3 inches

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of accumulation possible and temperatures between 8 and 21 degrees. 40 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Jolly Rodger for a grand total of 146 acres of freshly groomed terrain. I can not wait for tomorrow so that I can do it all over again!

 

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Jim having fun on Harvey’s Hideaway

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Some people were flipping out over the great conditions

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Syd loving the powder on Black Bear

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This is a still shot from this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report

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Winter Wellness Days

 

Bridget enjoying the great conditions

Winter Wellness Days is a program for the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders of the Cambridge Elementary School. They get five full days of skiing and/or riding here at Smuggs. Many of the students have never been on a snowboard or skis before, so this is a great way to introduce them to snow sports. I want to thank the Cambridge Area Rotary, Backcountry Magazine, and Smugglers’ Notch for making this wonderful program possible. The students have been really enjoying the great conditions and having fun with their friends. The students took their lessons the past 3 days and today was their first day with the chaperones. I was lucky enough to be one of the chaperones.  I had a fantastic day with James, his mom Bridget, and my son Hugh B.

James finds some nice snow on the side of the trail

We played on Upper Chilcoot, Catwalk, Doc Dempsey’s, Drifter, Red Fox Glades, Lower Madonna Liftline, Dan’s Ford, Lower Chilcoot, Upper Rumrunner, Black Snake, Harvey’s Hideaway, Black Snake, Full Nelson, Half Nelson, and Lower Exhibition. Alex Martin from Smuggs TV joined us for a run on Madonna to film this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report. Alex plans on posting the video tomorrow morning atwww.facebook.com/SmugglersNotch/.  Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We are 99 percent open with 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 38 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Hangman’s Drop and Snow Snake for a grand total of 132 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Cool cloud formations over Mount Mansfield this afternoon

Tomorrow’s forecast is snow showers and flurries with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible, temperatures between 5 and 17 degrees.

 

 

Hugh B jumping onto Lower Catwalk

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Here comes the snow

The temperatures were in the 30’s today with nice soft conditions. I had a great time today carving up the corduroy. Black Snake down to the neck and Practice Slope was one of my favorites run of the day. I really enjoy the steeper sections. The soft snow really allowed me to set an edge and let the ski carve. Speaking of snow, it was snowing pretty hard this afternoon with low visibility. The flakes were really big and accumulating fast. Everything was covered in a short amount of time. We received an inch of new snow this afternoon with more on the way. The forecast is calling for up to 10 inches of new snow by Saturday night. The National Weather Service is predicting 9 to 20 inches of new snow by Saturday night. I expect the trail count to rise to almost its maximum by this weekend. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift. We now have 61 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Snow Snake and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 124 acres of freshly groomed terrain. To see this week’s episode of the No Bull Video Snow Report just go to www.facebook.com/SmugglersNotch

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Heel side turn onto the Practice Slope

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A still photo from this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report

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Powder Day

We received 4 inches of new snow of new snow overnight! It continued to snow all day long and we received another 2 more inches accumulation. The new snow is pretty dense and is skiing/riding very well.  I skied Smugglers’ Alley this morning and it was fantastic. It was nice and flat with a blanket of 4 inches of new snow on top. I made GS turns from one side of the trail all the way to the other. The wind moved the snow around some on the lower mountain and the drifts looked like waves. This afternoon I went out on the mountain with Alex Martin from Smuggs TV. We were filming this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report. We headed up Madonna Mountain to see what we could find for goods. We had a great time on Upper Chilcoot, Catwalk, Upper FIS, McPherson’s, Lower Chilcoot, and a few glades in between. To see what we found just go to  www.facebook.com/SmugglersNotch/ the video will be posted midmorning tomorrow.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift. We now have 51 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Snow Snake and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 115 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features and is groomed daily. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies, a chance of flurries early with temperatures between 26 and 36 degrees.

 

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John Holcomb ripping down Treasure Run

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Paul Sladyk having fun on Upper FIS

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A still image from this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report

 

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Sleeper Storm

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Tele turns in the fresh snow on Hangman’s

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Charging down Upper Exhibition with your friends

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Cool light over Mount Mansfield this afternoon

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Still photo from this week’s episode of the “No Bull Video Snow Report”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tower guns on the bottom half of the Zone Terrain Park

 

We received 3 to 5 inches of light fluffy snow in the past 24 hours and 14 inches in the past week.  I headed up Sterling Mountain this morning with Alex Martin from Smuggs TV.  We were filming another episode of the “No Bull Video Snow Report”. We were both excited about the amount of new snow that we received overnight. It was pretty cold when it was snowing last night, so the new snow was a nice powder. When you would ski through the new snow it would just hang there like a cloud. To see this week’s “No Bull Video Snow Report” just go to www.facebook.com/SmugglersNotch/

 

 

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Tower fan gun in the middle of the Zone Terrain Park

The Madonna I chairlift was on wind hold today, so tomorrow might be the day to head over to Madonna. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies early then partly sunny skies later with temperatures ranging from 5 to 17 degrees and lighter winds.  Snowmaking continues around the clock on Madonna and Sterling. Lower Madonna Liftline will be closed tomorrow for snowmaking. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Chairlift and 54 trails open.

 

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Birch Run Terrain Park is now open with 15 features.

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Snow Sport University Instructor Justin Falkenburg

The Village Lift is now operating.  We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains.We are presently making snow on Upper FIS, Black Snake, and the Practice Slope. Tonight we plan to make snow at the Morse Highlands area. The Birch Run Terrain Park was reshaped today and is looking great. There are multiple jumps, rails, and funboxes. 20 trails will be groomed tonight for a grand total of 104 acres of freshly groomed terrain.  The forecast is calling for up to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours with temperatures between 22 and 32 degrees.

 

 

 

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Alex Martin of Smuggs TV filming this week episode of the No Bull Video Snow Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reshaping the Birch Run Terrain Park

 

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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

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Style points in the Birch Run Terrain Park

My first run of the day was Upper FIS. It was smooth and the snow had turned to corn snow.  I had a blast making GS turns in the soft snow.  My second run was Smugglers’ Alley, I figured if Upper FIS was soft then Alley would be too.  The Alley was also skiing great with the soft corn snow everywhere.  I then meet up with Alex Martin of Smuggs TV to shoot this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report.  We skied Madonna and Sterling Mountain.  The spring conditions were most enjoyable!  I ran into my good friend Dr. John from 3 Mountain Equipment after Alex left to edit the No Bull Video Snow Report.  Dr. John and I had some great runs this afternoon. We skied Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Upper Pipeline, Snake Bite, and Bootleggers multi times because it was too much fun.

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Dr. John enjoying the soft conditions on Bootlegger

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains, with 6 lifts operating and 38 trails open. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 145 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is a chance of showers early becoming mix and snow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation on top possible.  The forecast is also calling for another 1 to 3 inches of snow Thursday night and Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nice air in the Birch Run Terrain Park

 

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A great day to celebrate

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.