Smiles all around
I would like you to meet Sam, Jake, and Nick. They are long time friends with families of their own. Their three families have been coming to Smuggs for the past five years. They all have kids taking lessons in Snow Sport University. They arrived last night, got their kids to their lessons this morning, and are now headed to the upper mountains for a day full of adventure. I rode the lift with Sam and he was telling me that they have been checking out “Hugh’s Views” to see what the mountains are like in preparation for their trip. They asked me what I would suggest for them to see and ski. I told them about trails with snowmaking, groomed trails, and I told them that on a day like today the views from the summit of Madonna would be amazing. I hope you have a wonderful vacation here at Smuggs and many more returns.
Bud at the top of the Village Lift
I would like you to meet Bud Conger. Bud has been skiing for 63 years and has been teaching skiing here at Smuggs for 54 years! Three generations of Congers have been instructors here at Smuggs. Bud’s daughter Maureen use to instruct here at Smuggs. Bud and his grandson Brendan are both presenting instructing here at Smuggs. It is great to see Bud out on the slopes having fun, he is truly an inspiration.
Snow Sport University Ski Instructor Dara competing in the Harvey Wesson Race Series
We received 9 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, 39 inches in the past 4 days, and 198 inches this season so far!
Lifts and Trails
Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 72 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches. 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
We are presently making snow on Lower Rumrunner. Tonight and tomorrow we plan to make snow Playground and McPherson’s. They will be closed tomorrow along with Moonshiner’s Glades due to the snowmaking.
Currently it is -5 degrees at the summit of Sterling with light snow and winds of 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies with temperatures between -3 and +11 degrees.
Mini Mites and Mitey Mites begin this weekend.
FREE Family Fun Race on Saturdays and Sundays
Lower Madonna Liftline 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Who’s the fastest in your family? Find out on our timed race course sponsored by HearthStone Stoves!
Line-up for Snow Sport University (SSU)! They’ll get you up on your skis and boards and get you on the lifts!!
LIFTS & TRAILS
6 lifts operating, including Madonna I, and 69 trails open! The Village Lift is still on wind hold.
Birch Run Terrain Park is now open with a rail, a fun box, and over 10 jumps. There are many different size jumps and a hip at the bottom.
Snow Sport University Ski Instructor Brian Jessiman catching some air coming off the fun box
Another amazing day here at Smuggs! It has been one of the most snow filled Novembers I can remember. The 4 inches of new snow that we received last night were smaller flakes, which made the snow surface denser. The denser snow skied like it was deeper than it was because it allowed you to float with less snow. I had two fantastic powder runs early this morning with my good friend Matt McCawley ( see the photos in post below). I then got to ski with my good friends Geoff and Tony. Today was special because Tony turned 50 years young. A great way to celebrate, making powder with your good friends! This afternoon I took a couple runs with the Snow Sport University Supervisors. They were having fun training in the wonderful snow.
The lines are charged and our snowmakers getting ready to make snow on Upper Chilcoot and Waterfall tonight.
Lifts and Trails
Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet operating. We have 32 trails open with base depths of 14 to 40 inches. Sir Henry’s Learning Hill is open for beginners. This weekend we plan to have the Madonna I lift operating which will almost double our trail count. 8 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, for a grand total of 30 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
Tomorrow the forecast is calling for increasing clouds with temperatures between 20 and 34 degrees.