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Great conditions

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Matt finds a nice deep pocket of snow

The 2 inches of new snow last night really made a big difference, especially with the other 5 inches of snow that we received this week.  The lighter snow was high on the mountain today.  I ran into my good friend Matt McCawley this morning and we went looking for fresh tracks. Many of the lines that we found already had rabbit tracks.  We skied in the woods skier’s right of Smugglers’ Alley and then came out on Shuttle. Shuttle was smooth with the all the new snow on top. Matt and I got up to speed and just floated in the powder. Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 25 trails open for intermediates and experts. 14 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Upper Pipeline, Hangman’s Drop, Chute, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 41 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of a shower late in the day with temperatures between 34 and 47 degrees. We should have some great spring conditions tomorrow!

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Ski Patroller Dave Sills enjoying the fresh snow

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Matt takes flight

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Bluebird Day

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the Madonna Lift I

Today started out a little cool but, the sun warmed things up nicely. This morning I had a great time on a powder stash hunt. I was able to find plenty of fresh snow in the trees. This afternoon this I took a few cruiser runs to take in all the amazing views. The 360 degree views from the summit of Madonna Mountain are pretty hard to beat.  You can see the White Mountains in New Hampshire off the backside of Madonna and looking in the opposite direction you have Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks of New York.

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have

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Upper Chilcoot

all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. 33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Thomke’s Express, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 132 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow is going to be another gorgeous day with mostly sunny skies and a high of 30 degrees.

 

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Lower Catwalk

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Do you like black diamonds?

 

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Winter Wonderland

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Shoveling the snow off the roofs in the Village

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Smuggs Family

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Long Island Rick and I on the Village Lift.      Photo credit Harley Johnson

 

I would like to you meet Long Island Rick. Rick and his family come to Smuggs every year. Rick follows Hugh’s Views a.k.a. Hugh’s Blog and photo of the day and makes wonderful comments on different posts. His comments are always positive and fun to read. I am going to share one of Rick’s posts to show you his love for winter, skiing, and all things Smuggs!

Rick said “So…I’m sitting at my daughter’s dance class and I hear a lovely lady say something about our weather on Long Island…”Well, it’s supposed to rain today and ALL of tomorrow. I’ll take rain and warm over snow and cold though.”
(DIRTY LOOK) Dramatic Pause…
Inside my head I said….”WHAT!!!! Are you kidding!” Who plays outside in winter rain? YUK! True lovers of winter love to play in the SNOW!” Right? And race on Thursday for cookies and RING COWBELLS and sometimes dress in crazy outfits like tutus on Tuesdays and visit the “Winters” in a teepee and Sing with a Friendly Pirate whenever they see him and hang out with Snow Reporter!
So…
I told her about Smuggs!

Cowbell is packed!
Cheers!”

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 74 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Thomke’s Express, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 137 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Log Jam, Birch Run, and Zone Terrain Park are all open. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for occasional rain and drizzle with temperatures between 46 and 54 degrees. Wear something waterproof and enjoy the soft conditions!

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Race training

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday was another fabulous day here at Smuggs. We received 2 inches of new snow today, 11 inches in the past 3 days, and 20 inches in the past 6 days. February has it going on, with one snow storm after another. We could see another 14 inches of snow by Thursday! Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow with up to 9 inches of accumulation possible and a high of 24 degrees. The snow continues into tomorrow night with another 4 inches of accumulation possible. Tonight we plan to make snow on Upper Pipeline, Hangman’s Drop, Thomke’s Express, Chute, and Upper Rumrunner.

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More terrain is open

 

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Smuggs Reservations Revenue Manager Brian Horton having fun on one of the snowmaking whales on Black Snake

We just opened Black Snake, Jolly Rodger, Harvey’s Hideaway from Upper Exhibition, Practice Slope, Thomke’s Express, and Full Nelson. We have 2 lifts operating and 21 trails open for beginners, intermediates, and experts. Our snowmakers have turned the snowmaking guns off on Black Snake and the Practice Slope for now.  Black Snake and the Practice Slope are not groomed. Our snowmakers did a wonderful job drying the snow out before shutting the snowguns off. The snow is chalky and very edgeable. The snowmaking whales are a blast to play on. I want to thank our snowmakers for another job well done and I want to thank them for providing us even more terrain to ski and ride!

 

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Good coverage on Black Snake

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Upper Exhibition

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April Fool’s Day

 

Justin getting some air on Chute

The new snow that we received last night and today was just perfect. It was heavy and stuck to everything, which allowed us to open so many trails today. Robin’s Run, Madonna Liftline, Black Hole, and Freefall from the traverse were all open. I skied Freefall this morning and it was wonderful. The new snow held me back nicely and I did not have to work as hard controlling my speed. I would have to say that the best snow was at higher elevations, especially later in the day when the temperature came up a little. My son Hugh B and I got to ski with our good friends Ken, Justin, and Loic. We skied Upper Fis, Lower Doc’s, Goat Path, Dan’s Ford, Chute, Hangman’s Drop, Black Snake, Lower Chilcoot, Upper Chilcoot, and Lower Pipeline.

Ken having fun on Hangman’s Drop

I would have to say that Upper FIS was one of my favorite runs of the day. It was groomed on Wednesday night, but it was not groomed last night. It was still pretty flat from Wednesday night’s grooming and with the 8 inches of new snow on top it was amazing. The bumps were soft because they were made of the new snow. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift. We have 71 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails will be groomed for tonight, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 123 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

Ken on Chute

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for flurries early then partly cloudy skies later with temperatures between 28 and 39 degrees

 

Hugh B finding some fresh

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Justin on Hangman’s Drop

Loic having fun in the new snow

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It is snowing

Big Flakes Falling

We received an inch of new snow today. It was snowing pretty hard for a while. Yesterday felt like spring and today we are back to winter. It looks like winter is going to stay around at least into the weekend. The forecast is calling for 2 to 4 inches of snow starting on Friday with flurries and snow showers right through to Sunday. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 25 and 38 degrees. Our groomers will be busy tonight, with 33 trails scheduled to be groomed, including Upper FIS, Upper Pipeline, Smugglers’ Alley, Chute, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 115 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Heel side on Lower Madonna Liftline

Some of the steeper trails require the winch cat. The winch cat uses different anchors on the mountain to attach its cable to. The winch cat can then use its winch to help the cat up and down the mountain.

 

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 54 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

 

 

Rime Ice

Mulcahy’s Link

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

It is always good to ski with a friend

You know that it is going to be a great day when it snows for three days and then the sun comes out! Photographer Dennis Curran was here today to capture images for Smuggs to use in our advertisements. It definitely was the perfect day with tons of snow and a beautiful blue bird day. I had a great time jumping into piles of powder and skiing in the trees. Photo shoots always take more time than you would think, but when you see the photos later it is worth it!  We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. Tonight we plan to groom 34 trails, including Lower FIS, Thomke’s Express, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 126 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies early becoming partly sunny in the afternoon with temperatures between 19 and 30 degrees.

 

 

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Having fun at the Madonna I chairlift

It is going to be a wonderful weekend, so come on up to enjoy the amazing conditions!

 

St. Patrick’s Day fun at the summit of Madonna

Photo shoot in Red Fox Glades

Great day on the mountain with smiles everywhere

John riding some pretty fine powder

Parker having fun on Madonna Liftline

Dennis Curran capturing Parker in air

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Spring conditions

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Vice-President of Mountain Guest Experience Steve Wry skiing Upper FIS

I skied Morse Mountain most of the day and headed up to the upper mountains in the afternoon. I had a blast skiing the spring conditions on Upper Chilcoot and Upper FIS. I ran into my friend John Holcomb over at Sterling Mountain and I made a few runs with him. We skied Upper Pipeline, Hangman’s Drop, Harvey’s Hideaway, Black Snake, Full Nelson, and the Practice Slope. John is really fun to ski with, he has a smooth clean style.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 77 out of 78 trails open.30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Waterfall, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Upper FIS

Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain and temperatures between 38 and 47 degrees.

 

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John Holcomb enjoying the soft conditions

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Upper Madonna Liftline

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Snow Sport University Instructor Justin Falkenburg on Upper FIS

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Upper Chilcoot

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Hanging out at the summit of Sterling

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Bluebird Day

When I got to work this morning it was still pretty cloudy out, but that did not last long. The sun burned off all the clouds and we ended up with a bluebird day.  I rode the Madonna 1 lift this morning with a gentleman and we were talking about all the great views. All the new snow with the sunshine on it made for great contrast against the deep blue of the sky. I decided to make my first run a cruiser so I headed down Upper Chilcoot. One of the neat things about Upper Chilcoot is that you go on the backside of Madonna after Catwalk and then you work your way back to the front side. Chilcoot is a nice long intermediate trail with fun turns like the S turn before Waterfall.  I love how you make a hard right hand followed immediately by a hard left hand turn. I also find it fun to swing out wide before you catch air as you dive in to Waterfall. As you flow down Waterfall always be aware of people crossing Waterfall to get to Ruthie’s.

We are 100 percent open tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries and a snow shower an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 26 and 38 degrees.

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the Village Lift