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New snow and "spring" conditions at Smugglers' Notch today

Posted Thursday, January 12, 2017
— Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Food, coffee & après ski

New snow and sunshine at Smugglers' Notch Resort, Vermont, on Wednesday afternoon.

The Drifter trail with views of Mt. Mansfield.

Making turns in Bermuda Glades.

Fun in the bumps on Lower Doc Dempsey's Glade.

Blue skies and springlike temperatures at Smuggs.

We had a blast skiing in new snow at Smugglers’ Notch this afternoon. The resort got up to three inches of snow overnight, making for some fun turns in the sun.

While it rained a bit in the valleys last night, snow fell on the mountain. And the wind blew. This was evident on trails such as Drifter, which had some icy wind-scoured sections. If you looked to the side of the trail, however, you often found where that snow went!

The snow was also deposited in the woods. We had fun skiing in Red Fox Glades, Bermuda Glades, Moonshiner Glades and lower Doc Dempsey's Glades. The snow was heavy and often windblown, but turns were made easier if you followed someone else's tracks.

Toward the bottom of the ski area, I likened my turns to smearing some cream cheese on a bagel. The snow was softer and it felt like spring skiing.

No balaclavas or heavy layers were needed today. Skiers and riders—and the lifties in long-sleeve t-shirts—seemed to love it! From the top of Madonna Mountain (3,640 feet in elevation), the blue-sky views to distant peaks were gorgeous, too.

We followed up our afternoon turns with après ski at the Brewster River Brew Pub, which has tasty pub grub and beers. It's located on Route 108 just below the resort's village entrance.

Let's hope that there's more snow than rain out of tomorrow's weather system. Then the temperatures dip down again for the weekend. Think snow!

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