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Beaucoup snow, beaucoup sun at Smuggs on Mardi Gras

Posted Wednesday, March 9, 2011
— Smugglers' Notch, Alpine / downhill skiing

A bluebird powder day at Smugglers' Notch!

The good times certainly rolled today on the mountain. With more than two feet of new snow, warm temps and bright blue skies, today was an amazing day to be skiing in northern Vermont!

At Smugglers' Notch, I met up with a friend who had the same idea that I had: to rearrange the work schedule to accommodate some powder skiing. It felt like I was back skiing in Colorado. The sun came out bright and strong just a day after a really big snowstorm. So sweet!

I woke my feet up by taking my first run on Doc Dempsey's Glades. It was great to have new snow on the upper section! I then zipped over to Gary B's Northwest Passage and enjoyed the deep powder there, too.

My favorite runs today also included skiing Pipeline all the way from the top, including Pipeline Woods, which I had not skied before. Then I explored the snow-filled woods next to Practice Slope. Good stuff.

The untracked powder was so deep that you had to have either some speed or a good pitch to ski through it! I found myself leaning back as I entered some deep, untouched snow so that I wouldn't be pitched forward. I chuckled whenever I found a bank of snow deep enough to bring me to a standstill!

I also really enjoyed skiing Shakedown Glades for what I thought was my first time. The Skimeister says we've skied it before, but it must have been some time ago. This glade is quite long and in the afternoon it faced the sun. Ahhhhh.

It was such a stellar skiing day! Get out there soon if you can. It's unclear what kind of precipitation may be in our near future!

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