Contacts Karen Boushie, Public Relations E-mail: email@example.com PR office phone: 802-644-8572 4323 Vermont Route 108 South Smugglers' Notch, VT 05464-9537 U.S. & Canada 0800-169-8219 U.K. Fax: 802-644-2713 Location Smugglers' Notch, a year round family vacation resort in Vermont's Green Mountains, is located 30 miles east of the Burlington International Airport and five miles south of Jeffersonville on Route 108. The Resort is easily reached from Boston (220 miles), New York City (291 miles), and Montreal (93 miles). Transportation Air - Direct flights to Burlington International Airport via USAirways, United, Delta, Jet Blue, and Porter. Airfares can be booked through Smugglers' Notch Reservation Service. Train - Amtrak service from New York, Philadelphia and other cities to Essex Junction, VT. Transfers - Smugglers' arranges shuttles for plane/train passengers with advance reservations. Car rentals available at the airport. Season Ski and snowboard season is late November 2013 to mid-April 2014. Mountains Three interconnected mountains comprise northern Vermont's biggest vertical drop at 2,610'. Skiers and snowboarders are welcome on all trails. Morse Mountain, the beginners' haven, rises directly out of the Resort Village. Sterling Mountain's terrain appeals especially to intermediates, while Madonna Mountain is the expert skiers' mountain.
Off the slopes, outdoor winter adventure opportunities can be found at Smugglers' Nordic Adventure Center for cross-country ski and snowshoe enthusiasts and on the ArborTrek year-round canopy tour featuring nine zip lines, a suspension bridge and two rappels. Snowfall Smugglers' Notch averages 301" of snow per season (based on a five year average). Snowmaking Snowmaking covers 62% of total terrain. Smugglers' fleet of more than 450 snowmaking guns provide coverage to the bulk of the Resort's beginner and intermediate terrain, with Mother Nature taking care of the glades and high elevation expert trails where natural features make snowmaking less efficient. New for Winter 2013-2014, Smugglers' is adding 100 high efficiency tower guns. Last Winter, with an investment of over $1,000,000, Smugglers' added 150 new high efficiency guns. In addition to the high efficiency guns, Smugglers' has taken other measures to increase energy efficiency and conservation in snowmaking operations. These include use of higher efficiency air compressors and more efficiently matching water demand requirements with the use of variable frequency pump drives. Snowmaking projects over the last several years include a 20 million gallon reservoir and additional pumps and guns. Grooming capabilities are enhanced by a winch cat groomer, power tiller, and Zaugg groomer to maintain and contour terrain park features. Lifts On Morse, The Village Lift is 5,200' long and Mogul Mouse's Magic Lift, a special low-to-the-ground beginner's chairlift, is 4,600' long. The Morse Highlands Lift is 1,400' long. The Sterling Lift is 5700', the T-Bar on Sterling is 1,300'. Madonna I is 6,600', and Madonna II is 4,700' long. Sir Henry's Learning & Fun Park on Morse also has a handle tow. Total: 6 chairs and 2 surface lifts. On Morse, two conveyor lifts service learning areas. There is an additional conveyor lift at TREASURES Child Care Center to serve the Little Rascals on Snow, a ski instruction program for toddlers.
Smugglers' famous base-to-summit Madonna 1 Lift offers 360-degree views of Canada, New Hampshire's White Mountains to the east, and Lake Champlain to the west. Lift Hours Three of Smugglers' lifts--one each on Morse, Sterling, and Madonna--open at 8:00 am on weekends. On weekdays, all lifts open at 9:00 am, except the Village Lift and the Sterling Summit Lift, which open at 8:30 am. All lifts close at 4:00 pm. Trails Smugglers' has 78 trails on 300 acres of marked and patrolled acreage. There are an additional 700 acres of unmarked and unpatrolled terrain, for a total of 1,000 acres, the largest in Vermont. The longest run is 3 miles from the Madonna summit to the Village. Popular trails include the Garden Path on Morse, and Chilcoot, FIS, Rumrunner, Treasure and Black Snake on Madonna and Sterling. The Black Hole on Madonna Mountain is the only triple black diamond trail in the East. The trail system can be broken down as follows: 19% easier, 56% intermediate, 20% expert, and 5% extreme. Instruction and Camps Smugglers' Snow Sport University offers group and private instruction for all ages and ability levels. All-day ski and snowboard camps include Discovery Dynamos (ages 3-5; snowboard camp begins at age 4), Adventure Rangers (ages 6-10), and the Notch Squad (ages 11-14). Mountain Explorers is for teens ages 15-17 and includes two hours of on-slope instruction or a full-day camp during holiday weeks. For beginner boarders, Night School for Boarding is offered evenings twice weekly. The Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Adventure Center provides snowshoe and cross country skiing instruction and outings. Learning & Fun Parks Sir Henry's Learning and Fun Park: Five acres on Morse Mountain make up this park, which is the site of Night School for Boarding for beginners and Night School for Jibbing on selected evenings, and a tube-sliding area. Smugglers' partnered with Vermont's Burton Snowboards to develop the next generation of the Burton Riglet Park, an on-snow play area with fun terrain features designed for introducing young children to snowboarding. The parkís focal point is a "treehouse," an elevated platform with ramps that children can ride down, a balance area inside the treehouse and a lift chair that swings to help kids practice getting on and off the lift. Playing in the park on small rolling hills, miniature box-style rails, pyramids and a mini-halfpipe allows children to gain the necessary balance and muscle memory to begin sliding and making turns on sloped terrain.
The Jib and Jump Park on the Log Jam Trail on Morse Highlands offers more space for beginner features such as rolls, a table, a box, and a sculpted trail. Perfect for those new to parks and the fun offered in them!
Prohibition Park on Madonna Mountainís intermediate (and aptly named!) Playground trail features rails and jumps for intermediate skiers and riders.
Knight's Revenge Gladed Park is located in intermediate glades between Lower Rumrunner and Lower Madonna Liftline. This natural feature park contains log slides, bank turns, rock jumps and more for freestyle excitement for intermediate and advanced winter enthusiasts.
Birch Run is 1,000 feet of fun on the lengthened Birch Run trail on Sterling Mountain. This trail is peppered with rails and jumps appealing to mid- to higher level park enthusiasts.
The Zone: Located on the Practice Slope on Sterling with the biggest hits and rails for expert and championship riders.
The Zone is the site for Altitude Adjustment events in which intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders can show their stuff with freestyle stunts. Music, prizes and product giveaways add to the fun. Family Fun Guarantee! Smugglers' Notch guarantees Family Fun at Snow Sport University! Smugglers' guarantees that each member of the family will learn to ski or snowboard or will improve technique, regardless of ability level - or the entire lesson portion of that person's vacation package will be refunded. The Resort Village Smugglers' Notch Resort offers a slopeside Village complete with restaurants, lounges, evening entertainment, Top of the Notch snack bar, base lodge with cafeteria, three lunch cafés, pizzeria, Après sport activities, two ski rental & repair shops, a snowboard rental & repair shop, two sport shops, a massage center, the FunZone at SmuggsCentral, an indoor swimming pool with hot tub, a full service conference and banquet center, lighted outdoor ice skating rink, U.S. Post Office, a real estate office, a country store, a deli and bakery, child care center, a welcome and reservation center, two teen centers and a nordic ski (30 km) & snowshoe (26 km) center. All within 400 yards of one another and lodging accommodations. Resort Lodging Accommodations are fully-equipped mountainside condominiums ranging from studios to five bedroom townhouses. Lodgings and facilities are all located in the walkabout Village. A free on-demand shuttle service runs daily throughout the Village and a shuttle on a rotational schedule is available for transportation to the upper mountain lifts. Reservations & Information For reservations call toll free from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., or write Smugglers' Notch Resort. Smugglers' Vacation Planning Professionals will handle all the details - airfare, transfers, car rental, lodging, and activities all in one toll free call. US & Canada, 0800-169-8219 U.K or book online.
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