Smugglers' Notch Vermont - Fact Sheets
Winter 2013-2014 Nordic Skiing & Snowshoeing
Smugglers' Notch Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Adventure Center Winter 2013 - 2014
The Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Adventure Center is the hub for Smugglers' scenic network of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails and dog sled rides. Begin or end your outing by basking in the warmth of the Center's woodstove and enjoying a cup of hot chocolate or a cold drink. The Center's competent and enthusiastic staff welcomes all ages and abilities.
The Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Adventure Center is located within Smugglers' Notch Resort, and can be reached by a short walk from any of the Village accommodations or parking areas. The Nordic Trail system borders the Village on the north side. It encompasses hundreds of acres of forest and gentle hilly terrain.
The Nordic Center is open from Sunday through Thursday from 8:30 am until 9:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm. The Nordic trails are open until 4:00 pm, and ice skating under the lights is available until the Center closes for the evening. Lessons, equipment rentals, and guided tours are available. Skate sharpening and cross-country ski supplies are available for purchase.
30 kilometers of groomed and tracked terrain maintained daily for cross-country skiing; 24 kilometers of dedicated snowshoe trails.
68 percent of cross-country trails for beginners; 30 percent for intermediates; 2 percent for advanced levels of skiers.
Cross-country skis, snowshoes, and ice skates. Cross country and snowshoeing equipment rents for $19 for a full day and $12 for a half day. Ice skates are $5 per pair.
Group and private lessons for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are offered daily. Guided tours for back-country skiing, high elevation snowshoeing, and night snowshoeing are offered at selected times.
Group and Private Lessons
Group Lessons: Join our skilled Nordic instructors for a cross-country group lesson. Learn to ski and enjoy the serenity of the Vermont Winter woods. Daily at 10:00 a.m., 1 1/2 hours, $45 per person.
Private Lessons: Get personalized instruction in ski techniques from our skilled instructors. By appointment daily, 11:45 a.m. One hour, $60 per person, $30 each additional person.
Mom Or Dad & Me: Skiing is more fun when you do it together! Our skilled learning guide will help you and your child (age 6 or older) develop the skills and explore the fun of cross-country skiing in this 1 hour private lesson. By appointment daily, 11:45 a.m. $60 per lesson.
Group Lesson Treks A 1.5 or 2 hour lesson in the basic techniques of snowshoeing and back country terrain tactics. Equipment provided. Lessons focus on special topics:
Our Forest Heritage: Explore Vermont's local history while snowshoeing through the fields and forests surrounding Smugglers'. Learn about maple trees and beech trees (the black bear's favorite!), and discover signs of resident deer and moose. Sunday and Friday, 1:00 pm, $45 per person.
Where's the Bear? Learn about the variety of habitat that a black bear might use during a yearly seasonal cycle, what types of plants and animals support these activities, and why we hardly see bears. Monday and Saturday, 1:00 pm, $45 per person.
Special Nordic Programs:
Family Snowshoe Walk: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 3:00 pm. Bring the family for a snowshoe outing. One hour, $25 per adult, $15 per child, equipment provided.
Family Snowshoe Cider Walk: An adventure through the woods for the whole family, ending with hot cider at the Nordic Center. Thursdays at 3:00 pm, $25 per adult, $15 per child.
Snowshoe Notch Night Tour: Wednesday and Saturday, 7:00 pm. Take a moonlight snowshoe trip to the Notch with our Nordic staff and enjoy the serenity of the Winter woods. 1 1/2 hours, $35 per person, equipment provided.
High Elevation Snowshoe Tour, Morse Mountain: Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00 noon. Ride to the top of the Morse lift with our guide for a trek on the mountain. Equipment and lift access provided. 2 1/2 hour trek, $45 per person.
Beaver Pond Back Country Tour: Sunday, Monday & Wednesday, noon to 2:00 pm. Take a seldom-used trail that leads to an undisturbed beaver pond, while enjoying the rugged beauty of Smugglers' Notch. $45 per person, equipment provided.
Snowshoe Fitness...Exercise in Winter: By appointment. Join one of our instructors for a personalized one hour workout on snowshoes. $60 per person, equipment provided.
Snowshoe Adventure Dinner: A dramatic weekly entertainment and dining feature atop Sterling Mountain for adults. The Sterling Lift transports guests to the Top of the Notch, a mountain cabin lit only by candles. The renowned Heath & Candle Restaurant serves a gourmet meal with appetizer, choice of main course, and dessert. After dinner, work off the calories with a forty minute snowshoe down to the Base Lodge. Tuesday, 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm, $69 per person.
Sweets and Snowshoes: Each Wednesday evening a guided trek for adults departs the Nordic Center and follows a gently rolling trail to a handcrafted pavilion in the woods. At the pavilion, trekkers relax in the glow of a campfire and candlelight while enjoying a warm beverage and samplings of three desserts. The trek is 30-40 minutes each way and appropriate for all levels of experience. $45 per person, includes equipment.
Children's Programs: Rentals are available for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. Youngsters alone or with their parents may join the private or group lessons. The Nordic Center staff can help guide families with questions about young children's readiness for Nordic sports.
Nordic Center Trail Pass: A season pass for the Nordic Adventure Center includes use of all cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, 50% off cross-country and snowshoe rentals and lessons, 20% discount in the Village Sport Shop, and free use of our outdoor ice skating rink. An adult pass is $79, a youth pass is $59, and a family pass (for four) is $179 for the 2012-2013 season.