Smugglers Notch
Smugglers Notch
Monday, March 6, 2023
Submitted on March 6, 2023 by rocket21 (1408 Rating1408)
Session SessionFull Day
Lift Ticket Ticket TypeRetail Price
Lift Lines Lift Lines1 to 2 minutes
Snow Trail Conditions99% open; Packed Powder, Powder
Glades GladesLower angle glades were fantastic. Steeper portions were okay, but one had to watch out for rocks (e.g. Upper Doc Dempsey's).
Moguls MogulsEverywhere not groomed. Had to watch for occasional rocks, but otherwise nice soft powder bumps.
Terrain Park Terrain Park(s)Birch Run was set up, but I don't recall any others.
Run of the Day Run of the DayUpper Drifter
Food and Beverage Food and BeverageAte at the "Green Mountain Deli" at Morse, which wasn't really a deli at all (just normal food court fare; could have had the same stuff up at the Madonna Base Lodge). So so. Did note that the country store adjacent to it seemed to have coffee/hot chocolate at better prices than the lodges.
Comments CommentsPrimo Smugglers Notch day. Nice quality powder from the storm a few days ago (not dense like Middlebury), temperatures in the upper 20s to upper 30s (lower elevation), and clear skies.

Virtually everything was open, except a few stretches of double diamonds (wind was actively scouring the powder down to rock/blue ice in a few places). Lift line was eventually opened top to bottom, but portions looked really gnarly by the end of the afternoon. Freefall seemed fully roped. The very top of FIS (Chilcoot to Catwalk) was roped later in the afternoon.

Groomers all skied well, including natural ones (e.g. Upper Drifter, though the wind was getting the elbow in the afternoon). Not much in way of steeps groomed (even FIS was left alone, but the previously groomed side had smaller bumps). Lower angle natural stuff generally skied well, except for Lower Catwalk (chokepoints had blue ice and rocks and lots of struggling skiers to navigate around). Some steep naturals skied well too, if you kept your eyes out for occasional rocks (Shuttle, Gary B's Northwest Passage).

Madonna and Sterling remained packed powder through the afternoon. Snow softened in the sun in places on Morse, but generally didn't go to spring granules.

Madonna had 3-5 minute lines after about 10:30, whereas Sterling was closer to 1-2, and Morse was ski-on.
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