We are Smugglers! We are Family!!

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. One of the many things I love about Smuggs is the community that skis and rides here. Guests from out of town, out of state, and out of country, locals, and employees – all feel at home here. I rode the Sterling Lift with M.C. from the U.C. (Underhill Center), I shared jokes with Dale, Darcy, and their friend Bob, I caught up with my Cambridge, VT friends the Gomezes, and I got the latest news from Rachel and Anne at the Black Bear Tavern. Crank up the Sister Sledge!

Today, we had 44 trails open, and we should have a similar trail count tomorrow. I enjoyed the loose granular – it reminds me of Cream of Wheat. I also enjoyed the velocity of the New England Loud Powder. Just about everything was open on Sterling Mountain. Due to snowmaking on Upper FIS, Madonna I will not operate until Friday. Ski ya later.

Link’d In! Mulcahy’s Link with the Madonna II Lift overhead.
The Gomez Family – Doug and Dodi have been coming to Smuggs for 50 years, and their son Dalton (visiting from Montana) has been coming for 29 years. Dalton says we have a better snowpack than they do out west right now.
Upper Rumrunner at the turn-off to Thomke’s.
Mahogany Ridge – one of the more extreme runs at Smuggs. Longtime Black Bear Bartender and local personality Rachel with Bob and the famous musical duo Dale & Darcy.

Beware of smugglers

I had a blast today, skiing as a pirate. We were doing a little filming for the Friendly Pirate’s new song “Sea Shanty.” The song is about skiing at Smuggs. Someone in the Sterling corral even mistook me for the Friendly Pirate. Rockin’ Ron is a snow reporter on Tuesdays to cover my day off. It was fun to switch and have the snow reporter become a pirate! Tomorrow, we plan to have top-to-bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 57 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 26 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Waterfall, Midway, and Smugglers’ Alley, for a total of 104 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable, with average base depths of 14 to 40 inches. Currently, it is foggy and 32 degrees at the summit of Sterling, with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for a wintry mix early, becoming snow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible on top, with a high of 32 degrees at the base and 30 degrees at higher elevations.

This weekend’s apres sport party is with Woodchuck Cider.