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4323 Vermont Route 108 South
Smugglers' Notch, VT 05464
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Overview by Kate Chandler

In a word-association test, if you said "family skiing," any Vermont skier would respond "Smugglers' Notch." Nobody accommodates families better. Period. For one thing, they've been doing it longer than most; the resort opened its first summer children’s camp in 1976. For another, all trails eventually lead to the self-contained base village, allowing parents to give their children free reign. Add the state-certified nurseries and pervasive apres-ski activities, and you've got a familial heaven.

But family friendly doesn’t necessarily mean easy, mundane terrain. The resort is set on three peaks, each appealing to different skier levels. Novice learning is isolated above the village on Morse Mountain, where the installation of the mountain’s third carpet-surface lift has made this section truly beginner-friendly. Madonna Mountain promises some of the headiest expert terrain around, such as double-black-diamond Freefall and triple-black-diamond Black Hole. Sterling offers a mix of the two, including Rumrunner, a favorite blue cruiser that was widened and contoured during the summer of 2006.

A few other areas of Smuggs have received face-lifts, too. In the Log Jam terrain park, those new to trick skiing and riding will find more rails and hits and a larger halfpipe for repeated attempts to perfect that first move. The Morse Mountain Grille, which serves uncommonly delicious waffle fries, has an upper-level dining room with awesome slope-side views. And although Smuggs is blessed with an annual average of 322 inches of natural snow, the snowmaking capacity continues to increase at the resort. The lifts are a bit old—no high-speed quads

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Average Snowfall
322 Inches
Skiable Acreage
Vertical Drop
2610 feet
19% beginner, 50% intermediate, 31% advanced
Number of Runs
Number of Lifts
Mid-November to mid-April
Related Resources
Closest Airport

Weather for Smugglers' Notch

Current Conditions:
Partly Cloudy, 33 F
Sun - Partly Cloudy. High: 34 Low: 19
Mon - Mostly Sunny. High: 37 Low: 23
Tue - PM Showers. High: 43 Low: 36
Wed - Rain. High: 44 Low: 34
Thu - Cloudy. High: 40 Low: 27

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    Machine Groomed


  • Ski Lifts Open:
    3 of 8
  • Trails:
    14 of 78
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Last Updated: December 08 2014 08:44 PM

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