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Closing Day is Sunday, April 15th

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield

I ran into my good friend Phil and his son James in Lot #1 this morning. We did some cruiser runs on Madonna and Sterling. It was great to catch up and make some turns together.

Tonights forecast is snow and sleet with 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for more snow and sleet with another 1 to 3 inches of accumulation and temperatures between 21 and 32 degrees.

 

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Phil on Upper FIS

15 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 68 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We plan to have both the Madonna I and Sterling lifts operating tomorrow with 33 trails open for intermediates and experts.

 

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Catwalk

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James on Upper Rumrunner

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Madonna Mountain

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James Bellizia throwing some snow around on Upper FIS

The Madonna I and Sterling lifts are operating with 33 trails open, with terrain for intermediates and experts.  18 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 60 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Today forecast is a chance of mix, snow, and sleet a dusting of accumulation possible with temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees.

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Long time Smuggs family member

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Russ at the summit of Madonna Mountain

I would like you to meet 80+ ski member Russ Kinaman.  Russ has been skiing for 64 years and has been in the ski industry quite a while. Russ was a ski patroller at Camelback Mountain Resort in the 60’s. He also was a ski patroller here at Smuggs in the 70’s, when Don Hamelin was the Ski Patrol Director. Russ told me that skiing has been a big part of his life and even his wife was a ski patroller at one time. Skiing continues to be a big part of his life with a goal of 60 days a season. Russ is on his 59th day of this season today. He plans to make tomorrow his 60th day and with deep base depths he plan to hit 70 days this season!

 

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Russ cruising down Upper FIS

It was a pleasure to share a Madonna I lift ride with you talking about skiing, family, Smuggs, and Tuckerman Ravine. I want to thank you for taking a run with me on Upper FIS and for being an inspiration.

 

 

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Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains

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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.

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Upper Chilcoot looking good in corduroy

 

 

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Birch Run Terrain Park

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Method grab

The weather felt more like winter than spring this morning with the cooler temperatures and an inch of new snow during the Easter Summit Sunrise Service.  We had flurries through out the day with patches of partly sunny skies.  It was a little breezy this morning but the winds lessened making for a wonderful afternoon.  The groomers did another great job last night providing us with 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We have great conditions and coverage as we get ready for the last two weeks of the winter season.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. We have 59 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 38 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including the skier’s right side of Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies early then mostly sunny skies later with a high of 35 degrees.

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Spring conditions

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Upper FIS

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

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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.

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Bird’s eye view

 

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Snow Sport University Ski Instructor enjoying the soft bumps on Upper FIS

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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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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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100 percent open

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Mark having fun on Smugglers’ Alley

Once again the forecast called for partly to mostly cloudy skies and the sun decided to take over. It was truly a gorgeous day with great conditions and comfortable temperatures.  The Smuggs Friendly Freeride Competition was a blast to watch. It was snowboarders and skiers taking on Madonna Liftline from mid-station down. This section has a bunch of cool features and a mean double fall line!

 

 

 

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The crew on Upper Drifter

 

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. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Chilcoot, Thomke’s, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with a high of 38 degrees!

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Tony throwing some snow around

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Madonna Liftline

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Morse Mountain Fun

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Glade skiing at Morse Highlands

My 6 year old daughter Hayleigh only had a half day of school today. We skied together this afternoon on Morse Mountain. We were trying to get to the Morse Highlands area, but every time I turned around Hayleigh was headed into the woods. Hayleigh has learned all the secret glade runs from taking snowboard and ski lessons with our Snow Sport University.  Many of these glade runs are low angle like the one on skiers’ right at the top of Log Jam. The low angle allows the kids to focus on steering instead of speed control.  To make our afternoon complete we stopped by the Morse Highlands Day Lodge to say hi to Debbie! The kids love Debbie and Debbie loves the kids!

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Way Up High School at the entrance to Sugar Woods

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Waterfall, Black Snake, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and a high of 32 degrees.