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Smugglers Notch, USA

Smugglers Notch ski holidays

Established in 1956 the American ski resort Smugglers Notch lies at 314 metres altitude in the Vermont region of the American Green. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 1109.5m the area is not snow sure. Over 345 snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers ?km of trails, which equates to around 62 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Smugglers Notch is Burlington International at a distance of 48km or approximately 45 minutes driving time. Their season runs from November to April.

SNO-man says

Compact New England condominium-only resort with reputation for excellent child-care, whilst also having the greatest vertical in North Vermont and an impressive snowfall record. Strong emphasis on enjoyment of guests, with 'fun guaranteed' for parents as well as children and a strong program of on and off-slope organised activities. Freefone reservations from the UK on 0800 1698219.

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
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 13 runs ?km
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Advanced Trails
 40 runs ?km
50%  Expert Trails
 25 runs ?km
30% 

Resort and Holiday Stats

View our detailed Smugglers Notch snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Smugglers Notch snow history.

Beginners
Intermediate
Advanced/Expert
Snowboarders
Apres Ski
Family/child Friendly
Snow-Sure
Ambience
Value for money
Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day) $252 - $390
Traditional Ski Village / Purpose Built Ski Resort
Resort OpensNov 2020
Resort ClosesApr 2021
( snow conditions often influence opening/closing)

Mountain and Slopes

Downhill Runs 50km
total length of Smugglers Notch trails
Longest Lift-Served Run 4.8km
longest piste or trail reachable by lift
Slope Orientation N
direction Smugglers Notch area faces
Top Altitude 1109.5m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude 314m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude 314m
centre of Smugglers Notch ski resort
Vertical Drop 795.6m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical ^v 795.5m
can include extra hike up above top lift

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Skiing in Smugglers Notch

78 pistes and trails means approximately 50km of runs. 10 Smugglers Notch lifts have capacity to transport 7400 per hour. The longest run in the American ski resort is over 4.8km.

The mountain has 0% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 20% intermediate, 50% advanced slopes and 30% for experts - the most difficult piste is the 0.5km The Black Hole run, with a steepness/slope angle of 67%. There is no night skiing.

Rating for skiing gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Snowboarding in Smugglers Notch

Of the 10 ski lifts, 4 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Smugglers Notch is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 3 terrain parks and 1 half pipe (longest half pipe length is 90 metres), 0 quarter pipe and 0 boardercross courses.

Rating for snowboarding gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Smugglers Notch Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

2 apres ski bars 8 restaurants 0 bowling 1 night club 0 cinema 0 billiards / pool 3 games room 1 concert 3 indoor swimming 3 outdoor heated pools 1 saunas 1 hot tubs 0 solariums 1 masseurs 0 indoor ice skating 1 outdoor ice skating 0 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 0 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 0 horse riding 1 prepare winter walks 0 climbing 0 golf 1 fishing 0 museum 1 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Children's Theatre, Concerts, Acrylic Painting Craft Classes, Colonial Tin Punch Craft Classes, Covered Bridge Tour, FunZone (Indoor family play area), Ice Fishing, Nordic Night Skiing, Family Snow-Making Learning Center, Snowshoeing, Spa (Tub Club).

SNO-man says

Smugglers has an ever increasing inventory of 'things to do' and these 'fixed assets' are themselves outnumbered by the long list of laid on 'specials' available at regular intervals, usually one day or night per week. The fixed assets include ice rink, indoor and outdoor heated pools and hot tubs, sauna, steam and exercise room (private massage sessions are available daily and aromatherapy classes weekly). There's a big screen TV for sports and movies and a video games arcade. Video tapes and board games are available to borrow. Two teen-only facilities have more attractions (see families section) as does the Family FunZone. The special classes and events list is long and variable but may include a wide range of arts and crafts classes, snow sculpture, bingo, karaoke, tai chi, movie nights and magic shows. Organised excursions include regular day trips to Montreal. Apart from skiing and boarding, on-snow activities include nightly evening tubing, snowmobiling, a self guided nature trail, sleigh rides, fireworks displays and nightly bonfire with hot chocolate. The Snowshoe Adventure Centre is the base for snowshoe treks with the resort's resident naturalist, each have a different theme. Variation include a Snowshoe Night Tour, exploring the countryside by moonlight; Where's The Bear? - focusing on the black bear's habitat; Winter weather focussing on Vermont or a High Elevation Tour on Morse, or a Thursday night Fireworks & Snowshoe Trek topped off by watching The Village fireworks light up the evening sky.

Rating for apres ski gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

"Smugglers Notch" by any other name

The American resort is also known as Smuggs Smugglers' Notch Morse, Sterling, Madonna and has common misspellings:

The direction which the various Smugglers Notch slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.

- In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed greating conditions whatever the weather. Smugglers Notch has slopes facing N.

Rating for snow gets 5 stars out of 5 overall    

Childcare in Smugglers Notch, USA

Smugglers Notch day and evening care plus snow ski schools and babysitting.

It's safe to say that Smuggler's Notch has won more awards for its family friendliness than any other ski area. The resort's entire ethos is centred on family values and the thought that has gone into this is unrivalled in the skiing world. The practical result is that not only are there a myriad of facilities for children to enjoy, but that rather than offering a skiing vacation where children and parents never really see one another - as offered to those who can pay for 12 hours of childcare per day at some resorts - Smugglers offers separate time to a reasonable level, but also plenty of structured 'together' time when whole families can enjoy activities together. The difference seems to be that Smugglers really do take the child's eye view as much as the parents and for many families successfully manages that difficult balancing act required for a happy family holiday, both generations get fun, both generations get their own time and both generations get 'quality time' together so it really feels like you have some shared memories from the trip. 'Together time' covers a wide range of organised family events including evening entertainments and sporting activities such as snow shoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing classes, or there are the simple, free things like the nightly bonfire with hot chocolate on tap. There are 101 different, often small, things that get this result. Smugglers opened a new daycare for children six weeks to three years old in December 2002, replacing the famed Alice's Wonderland. Called Treasures - Where we treat your little ones like gold" - it is located on the slope so parents can ski in to it from Morse to check on the kids. It also has radiant floor heating which is nice for the little ones crawling around. The rooms are divided up by developmental stages of the children, the office is off to the side, there's a big playground, and a screened in porch for summer. We'll continue with the tiny toilets and small sinks, giant fish tanks, and one-way mirror viewing for parents who want to see but not be seen. The new facility has snowmelt heated walkways. The fact that all the eateries are genuinely child-friendly helps too. Off slope facilities like the swimming pools, hot tubs, ice rink, video tape rentals, video games arcade and the giant FunZone (open to 8.30pm daily), with its soft play, child's revolving climbing wall, indoor crazy golf and much more also contribute to the overall experience. As does the nightly tubing and family snow shoe excursions. Older children have the Outer Limits - Teen Center in The Yurt at Smuggs Central, open until midnight. Here they may have fun with snow golf, pizza party, laser tag or night spiker volleyball. Younger children have their own organised and supervised evening programs some evenings when parents can opt for a 'night out' alone. Young teens (13-15) can enjoy similar activities at their meeting place, Teen Alley, complete with internet access, movies and games. Additional babysitting is available if booked 24 hours ahead. A big part of Smuggler's attitude is educational, in an enjoyable way of course. The resort has opened a Family Snowmaking Learning center on the Meadowlark Trail on Morse mountain where you can discover all you've ever wanted to know about snow making and the effects of snowmaking on the environment. In addition the Snow Sport University offers The Science of Nature to give children a unique, hands-on exploration of the Winter environment beyond the fun of sliding. Children learn about the wonders of natural snow by examining individual, magnified flakes, are taught the step-by-step process of artificial snowmaking, interpret the indicators and measurements of weather and learn the science of snow sport balance and terrain features. They'll also explore their woodland environment, visit Mother Nature in her teepee and learn about animals including their tracks and habitats. Children even get their own Adventure Trail Maps of the ski area where they may run into resort mascot Mogul Mouse and his mates. The fact that Smugglers is the only ski centre to guarantee family fun or offer a refund only underlines the resort's confidence in its ability to deliver big time for families.

5 stars out of 5 overall    

Smugglers Notch Shopping

Smugglers Notch shopping - fashion boutiques, outdoor gear and food shops

The Village Sport Shop carries name brand equipment and clothing as well as souvenirs and in The Base Lodge at Madonna and Sterling there's a second smaller. The Village Country Store provides grocery essentials and novelties. Although Smugglers itself is not a resort for shoppers, it remains a good base for shopping expeditions! Closest to the resort there are a host of craft, arts and antique stores and galleries as well as a maple syrup outlet with a big selection of Vermont speciality foods. A little further afield there's designer and brand name factory outlet shopping at Essex.

Smugglers Notch value for money gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Ski Equipment Rental Shops in Smugglers Notch

Smugglers Notch hire shops - overview of all shopping in Smugglers Notch

The Village Sport Shop carries name brand equipment and clothing as well as souvenirs and in The Base Lodge at Madonna and Sterling there's a second smaller. The Village Country Store provides grocery essentials and novelties. Although Smugglers itself is not a resort for shoppers, it remains a good base for shopping expeditions! Closest to the resort there are a host of craft, arts and antique stores and galleries as well as a maple syrup outlet with a big selection of Vermont speciality foods. A little further afield there's designer and brand name factory outlet shopping at Essex.

Smugglers Notch ski rental shops value rating gets ? stars out of 5 overall    

Main Ski School in Smugglers Notch

Smugglers Notch ski school - snowboarding course & skiing lessons

The official ski/board school is called Smugglers' Snow Sport University and has 280 teachers teaching in English and taking students from a minimum age of 2.pingvoldstad@smuggs.com www.smuggs.com 6448851

Smugglers Notch for beginners         gets 5 stars out of 5 overall    

Smugglers Notch for intermediates  gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Smugglers Notch for expert skiers   gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Smugglers Notch for snowboarding  gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Smugglers Notch

Smugglers Notch snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports

Cross Country Skiing (langlaufen) in Smugglers Notch: 30km X C ski trails, Lessons available? Y

Easy XC Ski Trails: 6km     Intermediate XC Trails: 11.5km   Difficult XC Trails: 12.5km

Telemark Tuittion: Y     Telemark Rental 1      Paragliding schools: 0

Snow mobile Rental: 1     Toboggan Run Length: 1km

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Smugglers Notch

Smugglers Notch snow fun - off slope winter activities

Outdoor Ice Rink: 1 Indoor Ice Rink: 0 Balloon Flights: 0

Prepared Winter Walks: 1 Snowshoeing: 1 Hang Gliding : 0

Snow mobile Rental: 1 Toboggan Run Length: 1km Paragliding schools: 0

Smugglers Notch non skiing facilities also include Children's Theatre, Concerts, Acrylic Painting Craft Classes, Colonial Tin Punch Craft Classes, Covered Bridge Tour, FunZone (Indoor family play area), Ice Fishing, Nordic Night Skiing, Family Snow-Making Learning Center, Snowshoeing, Spa (Tub Club).


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