Serious Skiing Skills

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Matt McCawley has an appointment with the Doc. Photo by Alex Martin of Smuggs TV.

Rockin’ Ron filling in for Matt who’s been filling in for Hugh. Alex Martin – the videographer/editor/producer at Smuggs TV – was out filming Matt today. The picture, to the right, is from Doc Dempsey’s and is in the video which is now on the Smuggs Facebook page. Not only is Alex an excellent videographer, he has some serious skiing skills. After all, to capture the action and scenery, he has to negotiate the very same terrain as Hugh or Matt. Corey Bergeron from Long Trail Brewing, who’s here as a sponsor of this weekend’s Apres Sport Parties, joined Alex and Matt for a few runs.

Matt is not the only member of his family to work at the Resort. His mom Judy worked for Mtn Ops, his sister Lizzy was a popular Summer Camp counselor for the Sound & Stage program, and his dad “Squatch” was a ski instructor and a character, and is a Smuggs legend! The McCawleys have helped put the family in America’s Family Resort.

I bet you’re wondering how my day was. OK, I’ll tell you. It’s Friday so I had to get in my Locals Race runs on Practice Slope. I rode the T-Bar with my co-worker Raeden Zavis. She asked me when Hugh was coming back because Hugh is on her race team. She told me to call him out on the Blog for missing two weeks of races. I saw that the Groomers were literally in the Zone – “The Zone” Terrain Park that is – getting ready for tomorrow’s Molly Rowlee Rail Jam.  Around lunchtime, I stopped into Green Peppers for some Veggie Chili – I was gassing up for my next run. While there I ran into a guest I’ve known for many years – Adolph from Atlanta. He suggested we ski the glades next to Bootleggers. That was a great trail pick that we followed up with a run through Poachers Woods. How was your day?


Family Fun on a Snow Day

Hugh B 1I would have to say that today was the best day of the season so far. We have been on an amazing run of days with snowfall. In the past 13 days, there was only one day that we did not receive any new snow. In those 13 days, we received a total of 59 inches.  The new snow is so light and fluffy that you fly right through it.  Many local schools had a snow day today, which made for many happy kids. It was great watching everyone have so much fun in all the fresh snow. I could hear people hooting and hollering around, even from different trails.

Harley 1I got to ski with son Hugh B all day and my wife Harley joined us for a run. We went powder hunting in the trees and were able to find some pretty nice stuff. It was definitely some quality family time for sure. I know we will say, “remember that day we got fresh tracks with the snow up to our knees!”

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. 6 lifts will be operating tomorrow, including the Madonna I lift. 44 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Goat Path, Evaporator, and Jolly Rodger for a grand total of 148 acres of freshly groomed terrain. turnTomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures between 15 and 27 degrees. We have snow in the forecast for Tuesday night into Wednesday with 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible with even more Wednesday night and Thursday. If you would like to see a video from today just go to facebook.com/SmugglersNotch/

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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.



John Holcomb ripping down Treasure Run


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Paul Sladyk having fun on Upper FIS


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



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.


Tele turns on Link

tele turn on linkI had a great time today on Madonna and Sterling Mountain. I was out with Alex Martin from Smuggs TV filming another episode of the No Bull Video Snow Report. We went to the summit of Madonna Mountain to take in all the wonderful views.  We then took a cruiser run on Upper Chilcoot to Link for our first run.  Link was pretty nice with soft conditions. I would have to say that my trail pick of the day was Snake Bite.  I love the steep pitch and the snow was very edgeable.

The forecast is calling for colder temperatures tonight and we plan to resume snowmaking on Madonna Mountain. We plan to make snow on Link, Lower Madonna Liftline, and Lower FIS. We plan to groom 36 trails tonight for a grand total of 165 acres.  Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 12 and 25 degrees.  The forecast is also calling for snow showers Saturday night and Tuesday.