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3 mountains to discover

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View from the Village Lift

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. 34 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 143 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with a high of 34 degrees.

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Another beautiful day here at Smuggs

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Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background

This morning I rode the Village Lift on my way to the upper mountains. I rode the chair with a nice 12 year old young lady from the Toronto area named Eireann. She told me that her family has been coming to Smuggs for seven years in both the summer and winter. I asked Eireann if she liked winter or summer best. It took a second for her to answer, but then said winter because I just love skiing. She told me that one of her favorite trails is Goat Path. She also added that she really enjoys glade skiing here at Smuggs.

We received 24 inches of new snow in the past 5 days and the forecast is calling for another foot of new snow by Thursday. The sun made a short appearance today

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Birch Run Terrain Park

before the clouds started rolling in. We could see an inch of new snow tonight, then 1 to 3 inches tomorrow, and then 5 to 8 inches Tuesday night into Wednesday.  We are 100% percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 34 trails will be groomed for tonight for a grand total of 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

 

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Birch Run Terrain Park

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Sometimes a rabbit gets to your line before you

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First Chair… I’m there!

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. first chairWoo-hoo, this lucky rider snagged first chair in the Village! With a forecast of sunny skies and temps of 25-34 degrees fahrenheit, lots of folks will be snagging chairs and cruising slopes. 64 of our 78 trails are open today and 5-8 inches of snow is in the forecast for Wednesday night into Thursday! It’s good news all around.

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Snowmaking LMLL

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Snowmaking hoses across Lower Morse Liftline.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. LMLL is Lower Morse Liftline, where snowmakers are busy making snow. The trail will be closed today, therefore the Village Lift is still running to the top,but there will be no mid-station access. Also note that Harvey’s Hideaway and Jolly Rodger (I love that trail) are only accessible from Upper Exhibition, meaning Experts only.

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Treasures Staffers spell out LMLL. BTW – they are all WINNERS!

 

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Happy New Year!

 

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Clock Tower with Village Lift and Mogul Mouse Magic Lift in the background

Today we have 6 lift operating Sterling Lift, Mogul Mouse Magic Lift, Madonna II Lift, Village Lift, Morse Highlands Lift, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet. We have 65 skiable trails and 53 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I Lift is presently on wind hold. 30 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 116 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly sunny skies with a high of -2 degrees. Currently it is -19 degrees at the summit of Sterling with partly cloudy skies and with of 0 to 5 mph. It is time for function not fashion. Wear an extra layer, use mittens instead of gloves, use hand/foot warmers, take breaks, and enjoy the great conditions.

 

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Morse Mountain Fun

 

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Lunch break at the Morse Highlands Day Lodge

Tomorrow we plan to have 6 lifts operating Sterling, Madonna II, Village, Mogul Mouse, Morse Highlands, and Village. The Madonna I lift will be on cold hold tomorrow. We have 65 skiable trails and 53 lift accessible trails open for Monday. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 116 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 7 features. The Flowground is also open on Lower FIS. Our snowmakers did a great job on the Zone Terrain Park and now our Park Crew is shaping the terrain park. We plan to have the Zone Terrain Park open later this week. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with a high of -5 degrees. Bundle up, cover up, use hand/foot warmers, take breaks, and enjoy the great conditions.

 

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Snowboard carve on Dixie’s Knoll

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Skiing, riding, and more

 

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Chute

I went skiing this morning on Morse Mountain. I headed up the Village Lift and worked my way over to the Morse Highlands area. This area is a favorite for beginners and it even has some glades. The kids in the Snow Sport University classes were having a blast on the little trails through the woods. I skied on Sterling in the afternoon and then took a quick trip up into the Notch to check out some of the ice flows. One of my favorite ice flows is at the Carwash Falls, which is not very far up into the Notch. It is called Carwash because the falls can reach the road at times. Ice climbers use this ice flow for training because is it not really tall and has pretty easy access.

 

 

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Top of the Notch building home of the Snowshoe Adventure Dinner

The Winter Walking Program here at Smuggs has different difficulty levels and different destinations. For a complete guide just go to smuggs.com/winter-walking

 

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 66 trails open. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Thomke’s, Garden Path, and Goat Path for a grand total of 118 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 7 features. Lower FIS will be open tomorrow with flow features. Tomorrow’s forecast is cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and a snow shower in the afternoon with temperatures between 1 and 11 degrees.

 

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Winter Walking in the Notch

 

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A family headed down Thomke’s on Sterling Mountain

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Winter Walking in the Notch

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Part of the Bobcat Snowshoe trail

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The Village Lift

snowmanI thought that this was too funny not to share on this chilly day. I want to thank the crew of the Village Lift for their creativity. Great use of recycled items! Bundle up, cover up, and enjoy the great conditions!