We've had intermittently similar experiences at Smuggs over the last few
seasons.  Sometimes, the manmade snow that they lay down is just perfect
and makes skiing really fun! Other times, well... I don't know if it's
intentional or luck when it comes down with that creamy texture vs the
sludge. I could make the argument that the sludge sticks to the mountain
better, but I'm no snow scientist.

Still, I'd rather be skiing on natural snow 9 days out of 10.

Glad you got out and enjoyed it!

Benjamin D. Bloom
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On Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 10:53 AM, Iski Stowe <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> When I got to the mountain, it was freezing out.   There was about 4
> inches of fresh snow.  It skied nicely, but the frozen stuff underneath
> every now and then would let you know it was there.    We dabbled a bit
> with the woods, but I am not feeling comfortable at this point.  Having had
> so friends that got injured last year,  I am still a bit spooked.
> Through out the day, the snowguns were blasting Lift Line.  So we avoided
> that part of the mountain.  In the afternoon we decided to take a ride up
> the quad.  Looking down from the chair at Lift Line we could see nobody had
> skied it.  The only people we could see on the trail were the snow makers
> moving hoses and redirecting the guns.
> So the Scribe and I decided to give it a chance.  We entered from Upper
> Lift Line which with the fresh snow skied nicely.  When we got to the
> Haychute the snowguns began.  We decided to stay skiers right to stay on
> the edges of the snowgun's blast.   We were afraid if we got too close to
> the deep manmade snow it would suck us in our skis and coat our goggles
> with ice.  As we skied down we found our fears were unwarranted.  The deep
> manmade was fantastic!   It was extremely creamy.  You never felt the hard
> crust underneath.   I had one of the best runs on Lift Line that I ever had
> in my life.   It was so good we went back for more.   On subsequent runs we
> went right under the snowguns blast.  There were moments where you lost
> vision but it would come back quickly,  it was like flying through clouds.
> Our goggles remained clear. The snow make whales were huge but easy to
> navigate.    We would have kept looping on Lift Line but the mountain was
> closing.
> I hope this post did not cause anyone to roll their eyes so far back that
> their eyes got stuck in the back of their head.   I know to many of you
> being told that the manmade snow made for amazing skiing is akin to being
> told that I saw Lake Champlain's Champ.  For the record, I do not believe
> in Champ and Lift Line was amazing yesterday.
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