I believe Burke is, too. 

And the webcam photos from in front of the base lodge at Smuggs don't look awesome. 



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On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 11:19 AM, Iski Stowe <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
To put our current conditions in perspective,  BV and MRG are closed today.



On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 11:45 PM, Alex Friend <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Here in VT, listening to the rain hammer on the roof, I can't help but think how many listers are living vicariously through your reports. At least I am: it's school vacation week in most of Vermont, but for the first time I don't have any kids in school. You know there's not much to miss here, but it's hard to overstate that. On Sunday I went to Sugarbush, but there's only so many times one can lap Sleeper, the only trail that wasn't ridiculously firm. The highlight of the day was lunch at Mad Taco.

Looking forward to more updates.
--Alex

On Feb 24, 2016, at 10:42 PM, roger Klinger <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

For Sonya, this lousy season has 
a) been filled with very few days outside of her weekly lesson at Smuggs
b) low on vertical(a function of most of her time spent in ski class)
c) low on black diamond vertical( a function of limited options at Smuggs this year), though last week she did get her first Doc-Dempsey's-from-the-top and Smuggs-Alley-trees runs.

This AM, we worked on fixing b and c.  (Mostly)Non-stop runs(her choice(she gets upset if we make her stop)) that included  black diamond trails Storm Peak Bowl, Drop Out,Cyclone, Lights Out, Middle Rib, Three O'Clock, and Rolex plus some easy trees and 3 blue groomers, and she was burnt toast after skiing ~15K verts at 1:00(a time that included included 2 lodge stops for snacks and lunch(home prepped(No $15 resort burger for me))). 
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Sonya is opposite most of the kids in her level 6 class at Smuggs.  Most of them are braver than they are good, willing to ski down anything at full speed, limbs flailing every which way.  Sonya has always been more cautious, but has taken to heart the ideas of hands and body down the fall line.  This really became clear as we chased her down the steep pitches of Drop Out on the first run, after which Amy said to me "She's going to be better than me in two years."  

"And better than me in two more," I answered.
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For me, the highlight of the morning was watching her ski Rolex, some 900 verts of 35+ degrees
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She and Amy headed for the hot tub, and I headed out in search of good snow. 

Despite the great season, they have had, conditions aren't as great as we hoped. Everything is open and well covered, but a frzra event ten days ago, followed by some freeze/thaw has left much of the ungroomed in rough loose granular conditions. 
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A quick revisit to our first run from yesterday showed that I should wait another day before I bring Sonya back  to it again. But I've been in the mountains long enough to know that there are always sheltered slopes, and to know how to find them. Think tighter, think shadier.  And I found just that. Twice. I know where Sonya's next step up will be tomorrow.
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White Out is ~700' verts of steep, big, big moguls.  Smuggs skiers don't get to ski lots of big moguls. Especially not for any distance.  And definitely not this year.  And never at 9000' elevation. 

 I was winded.
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