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.
Sterling and Mount Mansfield
Today was very pleasant with partly sunny skies in the morning and a few flurries in the afternoon.
Today was the last day that Mogul Mouse Magic Lift will be operating this season, so I took a few lift rides for good measure. I got off at mid-station on my first run. I thought that I had put my phone in my inside pocket but, I missed the pocket and my phone slid down inside my jacket. When I stood up at mid station and skied away my phone stayed on the chair. My phone stayed on the chair for a little while longer, before falling off above where Snow Snake cuts under the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift. I
was unaware that my phone was missing and skied down the Magic Learning Trail, before heading back to my office. I then realized that my phone was missing and I headed back to the Mogul Mouse Lift. Lift Attendant Jeff stopped me and told me that Elizabeth who was working mid-station saw my phone fall somewhere near tower 15. I headed back up the lift and was able to find my phone. I want to thank our Lift Attendants and Lift Maintenance staff for their help in finding my phone it is greatly appreciated. What was really cool was when I rode the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift again later in the day every lift attendant asked to make sure that I got my phone back. #smuggslove
Rockin’ Ron and Owen going “around the world.”
The Sterling Lift will be operating this Monday through Friday. We plan to have both the Madonna I Lift and Sterling Lift operating this closing weekend April 14th and 15th.
Tomorrow we will have 20 trails open for intermediates and experts. 16 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 44 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies early becoming partly sunny later in the day with a high of 32 degrees. Birch Run Terrain Park is open.
High elevation snowshoe trek
I was at the top of Mogul Mouse Magic Lift this afternoon when I came across a group of people snowshoeing. They were participating in one of the Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Adventures. The were headed to the Turkey Creek area and then to the Wire Road. These guided treks are a great way to learn more about the Vermont woods as well as master some more advanced snowshoe techniques It sure was a beautiful afternoon for a nice trek through the woods.
Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. We have 60 trails with terrain for all ability levels. 27 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Chilcoot, Black Snake, and Garden Path for a grand total of 101 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
Tomorrow’s forecast is cloudy skies with a chance of snow in the afternoon and an inch of accumulation possible with a high of 39 degrees.
Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the summit of Madonna
We have 4 lifts operating with 59 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 38 trails have been groomed for today, including skier’s right side of Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
Today’s forecast is calling for skies becoming mostly sunny with a high of 36 degrees.
Upper Chilcoot looking good in corduroy
It was another beautiful day here at Smuggs. The clouds were clinging to the summits of Madonna and Sterling, but everywhere else was partly sunny. The warm temperatures made for some great spring conditions. The soft moguls on Upper FIS were a blast! The skier’s right hand side had been groomed the night before last, so the bumps were smaller on that side. The skier’s left hand side is another story with nice good size moguls. A skier commented to me as they skied by, “I am so glad that they left Upper FIS bumped up!”
We are 100 percent open! Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts
Upper FIS with Mount Mansfield in the background
operating and all 78 trails open. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. 20 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Chilcoot, Crossover, and Garden Path for a grand total of 87 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
Bird’s eye view
Snow Sport University Ski Instructor enjoying the soft bumps on Upper FIS
Hayleigh and Harley on Lower Catwalk with Sterling in the background
The forecast called for cloudy skies, but the sun decided to make an appearance. I got to take a couple runs with my wife and all 3 kids this afternoon on Madonna. We had a great time on Upper Chilcoot, Lower Catwalk, Red Fox Glades, and Three Mountain Glades. The snow in the trees was wonderful. We all also enjoyed the Free Family Fun Race on Lower Madonna Liftline. The kids made sure that we always ended our run on Lower Madonna Liftline, so that they could do the race again.
We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 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. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Shuttle, Bootlegger, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and a high of 34 degrees.
We received 5 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 12 inches in the past week. We could see another 11 inches of new snow by Sunday. We are 99% open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 77 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 33 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Chilcoot, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 134 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is periods of heavy snow with up to 7″ of accumulation and temperatures between 22 and 33 degrees. The snow will continue through the night and into tomorrow! This should be a fantastic weekend!
Photo by Jayden Lepsic and Jared Salls.
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. On top of old Smokey? No, we’re not talking about the Smokey Mountains or Smokey the Bear, we’re talking the Green Mountains and Billy Bob Bear. Our favorite bear ventured to the top of Madonna Mountain for the first time! He finally got to experience how much fun it can be to ski Upper Chilcoot. Normally he’d be hiber-napping (he’s so busy with all the parties with all the families that he doesn’t have time to do full-on hibernation).
Photo by Jared Salls and Jayden Lepsic
After Town Meeting, I also skied Upper Chilcoot, hair pinning onto Catwalk to Lower Catwalk (sorry Mogul Mouse, I know you don’t like those “Cat” trails), to the adrenaline rush that is Shuttle, making a mellow completion of that run on Lower Rumrunner – with a little Rumrunner Variation for good measure. I finished the day with the nearly 3 mile run of Upper Chilcoot > Catwalk > Upper FIS > Lower Doc’s > Ruthies > Curley’s Cutback > Meadowlark. Back at the Snow Report Office, I now compose run-on sentences for your pleasure – HAHA!
We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. We have 46 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 29 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Chilcoot, Black Snake, and Midway for a grand total of 120 acres of the freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is partly sunny skies with increasing clouds later in the day with temperatures between 29 and 42 degrees. Currently it is cloudy and 29 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph.