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It’s time for another summertime update from your favorite mountain while we all count down until opening day on November 27 (105 days as of this article being published). Sure, in this new age of safety and social distancing, there will be changes, but skiing and snowboarding outside on 1000 acres of beautiful mountains are definitely one of the better ways to go about spending a winter in Vermont. We’ll all just have to make some adjustments in the process.
In light of the changes we’ll need to make to how things are done this winter season, we had considered replacing Madonna I with a giant 12-person heated massage chairlift, but due to all the concerns with social distancing, we decided to stick with what we know works. Our classic Madonna I double. That said, we replaced the haul rope with a new one to ensure many more great years of skiing and riding on some of the best terrain in the East. This process takes a few days and is quite involved. We’ll explain in detail a little below.
Passes and Badges are On Sale!
Music to our ears. Winter is coming, and while there will no doubt be some major changes regardless of how we go about getting our snowy fix, we know that our favorite mountains will still be here for us when we need them most. Head to the online Pass and Badge store now to head straight to the lift on opening day!
So, about those favorite mountains…
Our faithful mountain operations team battled rough weather last week to replace the ropes on Madonna I. This is actually a really cool process! We posted to social media about the arrival of our new haul rope– a 46,000-pound spool of wire rope. The difference between cable and wire rope is mainly just the way you refer to it, but did you know that inside the haul ropes used for chairlifts is actual braided polypropylene rope? The polypro rope helps add elasticity, as does the way the steel threads are wrapped around it. This means more trips up and down the mountain for all of us!
Something cool about this process is understanding how the rope is attached once the new one is installed. Due to the construction of wire rope, no hardware is needed to attach the two ends. Instead, each “strand” is woven into the rope, called a splice. The tension on the wire rope is what keeps it all together. It’s the same idea as a Chinese finger trap, which has a wide range of uses from children’s toys to doctor’s offices. You might see the splice locations as you ride up the lift. Look for a very small bulge on the opposite side of the haul rope. Since there are multiple splice locations, those bulges appear over a long distance.
Ma Nature has been so kind these past few weeks providing our snowmaking crew with everything they needed to crank out a ton of snow — plus she’s chipped in over 56 inches of natural snow with more in the forecast. The 2018/19 Ski & Ride Season has started with the best conditions we’ve EVER seen for opening day.Time to hit the slopes and get some for yourself.
What’s that you say? You HAVEN’T purchased your Season Pass or Bash Badge yet? WHAT? You best get on it.
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Mother Nature worked her magic for us this week. Watch our webcams at the upper mountains and in the Village. See what’s going on for yourself! The count down is on…Buy your Pass or Badge before Halloween and SAVE! Anticipated opening day for Winter 2018-2019 is Friday, November 23rd!
Hugh is certainly staying occupied this Summer. Here he is making some “turns” back in June.
Mike Chait here, filling in for Hugh. Thought it would be a good time to remind everyone that the Winter season is approaching! That’s right. We’re 98 days away from our projected opening day. What are you doing for a pass this season? The Pass Store is now open and ready to lock in your super cool status as a Smugglers’ Passholder! Head over to check out the most affordable shred experience in Vermont. So, what are we doing for the next 98 days? My mother always told me the best way to pass the time is to stay occupied. Well, that’s exactly what we’re doing this Summer here at Smugglers’.
Since Memorial Day weekend, we’ve been tearing up the dirt on our Mountain Bike trail network. Kids are loving the skills park, and so are their parents! We’ve got some fun MTB events coming up as well, including great times as usual at FallFest 2018. Tickets are going fast. Head here to pick yours up today!
It’s been hot. So we’ve retreated to the mountaintops to relax with a cool breeze! It’s nature’s air conditioning, you know. In addition to all the great mountain hikes in the area, did you know there’s a brand new trail that’s wheelchair accessible, right in the Notch? Read more here.
With two of the top 18 hole disc golf courses in the world, clearly, we’ve been out throwing discs quite a bit. The courses have never looked so good, with our crew working 7 days a week to prep for the upcoming PDGA Pro Disc Golf World Championships! Spectating is free, so get here to watch the top pros compete for the most prestigious title in disc golf. Events run from September 2-6, right here at the Smugglers’ Notch Disc Golf Center.
Today we have the Madonna I and Sterling lifts operating with 33 trails open for intermediates and experts. We received 2 inches of new snow overnight and 7 inches in the past week. 15 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 68 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is snow, sleet, and mix with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 22 and 28 degrees.