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Another beautiful day

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View from Upper Drifter

Sunshine this morning followed by snow this afternoon.

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. We have 41 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. All 41 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Today’s forecast is calling for increasing clouds with snow developing this afternoon and a couple inches of accumulation possible with a high of 37 degrees.

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You never know Hugh you’ll see

Randy and Crew

Becky, Warren (Hugh Impersonator), Shirley, Randy with a y and not an i.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. As I skied around the mountain, I kept seeing this guy in a familiar Helly Hansen jacket. I yelled “Hey Hugh” but he didn’t answer. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one who was confused, several Lifties and Instructors had the same reaction. I finally met the mystery man and his name is Warren. He was skiing with his partner Shirley and long time Smugglers Randy and Becky. Randy told me about some bear tracks he saw under the Sterling Lift and some rabbit tracks under the Madonna Lift. I saw hide nor hare of either.

On the skiing front, I enjoyed runs on Upper Drifter and the Flowground. On the events front, we have some BIG DOINGS on Saturday with Pond Skimming, Chillin’ & Grillin’ Tail Gate Party and some others in and around the Resort! That leaves me on the back end of this Blog… ski ya later!

Sterling Mtn viewd from Upper Drifter

Sterling Mtn as viewed from Upper Drifter on Madonna Mtn.

 

Ski Tips

Tips for skiing: 1) ski early, and 2) ski often.

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Soft conditions

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Lamoille Union Middle School 7th graders here at Smuggs as part of their Fitness Friday Program. Photo credit: Melissa Piscitelli

We received a dusting of new snow on top this morning. The spring conditions are just so much fun! I had a blast today with good friends Ken and Justin on Sterling Mountain.  We enjoyed Hangman’s Drop, Upper Pipeline, Black Snake, Harveys’ Hideaway, Full Nelson, and the Practice Slope.  I would have to say that Upper Pipeline was my favorite today. It was recently groomed and was skiing very well.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 57

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Justin having fun on Upper Pipeline

trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Meadowlark for a grand total of 139 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies early then partly sunny skies in the afternoon with a high of 42 degrees.

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Ken loving the great conditions

 

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140 acres of freshly groomed terrain

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Lower Morse Liftline

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 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. 34 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake.

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Morse Mountain

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Snow Sport University Snowboard Lesson

I did a three mountain tour today while I enjoyed the soft spring conditions.  We received a dusting of new snow last night. The natural snow softened before the manmade snow, but it all softened up. The groomed snow was very edgeable and fun to carve in.  Upper Drifter was groomed last night and it was pretty sweet. The spring conditions will continue tomorrow with partly sunny skies early with increasing clouds and temperatures between 39 and 51 degrees. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Blue bird day

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Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background

You could not ask for a nicer day, ok maybe tomorrow.  Today was amazing with the beautiful sunny skies and the warmer spring air. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the views were fantastic.  I want to thank our groomers for the wonderful job that they have been doing.  Upper and Lower Drifter were very nice today. The natural snow trails are also in great shape. All of Madonna Liftline was open today. I skied it top to bottom and had a blast! When it comes to challenging trails, Madonna Liftline top to bottom, a.k.a. shack to shack, is right up there.

The wonderful weather continues tomorrow with sunny skies and temperatures between 35 and 47 degrees. Spring

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Upper Drifter

conditions will be all the rage!

 

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. 39 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Chute, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

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View from the Madonna I Lift

 

 

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All smiles

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At the base of the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 32 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Drifter, Black Snake, and Wanderer for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with a high of 38 degrees.  Fantastic conditions with deep base depths!

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Another beautiful day

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Skiers on Upper Drifter

Today started off a little cool, but that did not last long with the wonderful sunshine. I ventured on all 3 mountains today exploring the woods and also enjoying the groomed terrain.  Upper Drifter was groomed last night and is skiing very nicely. I like to stop at different spots when I’m on Upper Drifter just to take in the fantastic views.  As I was skiing by Shuttle I noticed that too had been groomed recently. I took a left and made a few GS turns before letting my skis run.  The smooth surface made the dip easy to manage and was able to carry my speed up the other side no problem.

 

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Snow Sport University Ski Instructor Larry Arnold on Lower Morse Liftline

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 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. 33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Waterfall, Bootlegger, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries early and a high of 33 degrees.

 

 

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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