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What's New at Smugglers' Notch Vermont

Summer 2015

We will be updating this page for Summer 2015 soon. In the meantime, please read about the wonderful programs and activities that were new for Summer 2014 and will be returning this season.

Summer 2014

New specialty camps for ages 9-17
Disc Golf Camp and Mountain Bike Camp join our roster of active outdoor specialty camps this summer. Disc golf camp is a 3-day program set on our 18-hole Brewster Ridge Course with a curriculum designed by Vermont's current state champion, Jeff Spring. Every student will learn basic skills and improve their play, while having a lot of fun in the woods and meadows of the course.

Mountain Bike Camp is also three days and is for all levels of bike riders, from novice to those who want to fine tune advanced technique. Novice riders start off with instruction on our new pump track and beginners' loop on flat terrain while experienced riders hit the trails with a guide.

Other specialty camps include Junior Tennis Camp, Outdoor Survival Camp, Skateboard Camp and High Adventure Camp. Families booking their vacation on the FamilyFest package receive a 25% discount on specialty camps. Specialty camps are included in the Adventure Connection Package.

New activities
In addition to the kids' camp described above, our new mountain biking program also includes beginner clinics, a twice weekly group ride, private lessons, and guided rides. Trails for all levels of expertise offer single and double track biking through beautiful woods and meadows on rolling terrain. Novices start on our new pump track and training loop on flat terrain, with small features incorporated for skill progression. Mountain bikes and helmets are available to rent at 3 Mountain Equipment at the resort.

Health and wellness offerings for adults include a new Yin Yoga class that includes gently holding yoga postures to facilitate relaxation and release. Yoga on standup paddleboards also debuts this season. Our friends from Horsetail Herbs will offer a wild edible and medicinal herb walk and a session creating natural facial make-up.

Vermont has earned a national reputation for its beer and spirits. A new "Kayaks & Cocktails" tour for adults will explore the Lamoille River and wrap up with a final stop at award-winning Smugglers' Notch Distillery for sampling of their spirits. A weekly guided brewery tour visits Lost Nation, Rock Art, and Trapp breweries and includes a delicious biergarten lunch at Crop Bistro in Stowe.

The resort's Artists in the Mountains series of classes adds Sketch & Go with artist Karen Winslow and Edible Fondant Flower Making. Shrink Art Jewelry & Key Chain Making and Polymer Clay Magic classes welcome ages 8 and older.

A second season of fun for ...

Splash pad water playground for youngsters at Notchville Park.
The addition of the Splashville Splash Pad last summer answered Smugglers' guests' requests for an additional water recreation area designed for young children age 6 and younger. Splashville's addition makes Notchville Park a water play destination for all ages. Filled with features such as water misters and sprays, pulsating fountains and a cheerful yellow duckie waterslide sized for youngsters, Splashville delights and refreshes little ones and their parents on summer days. Lounge chairs on the deck provide comfortable vantage points for parents to watch their children as they play. The splash pad is tucked into the hillside adjacent to Notchville Park's 3 tiers of pools and Twister waterslide. With family needs and convenience in mind, a bathhouse and picnic pavilion are located within a few steps.

Treetop Obstacle Course and belayed tree climbing. With the addition last summer of two aerial trekking courses as well as belayed tree climbing, ArborTrek Canopy Adventures at Smugglers' has established an adventure hub that serves all ages on the wooded mountainside where the popular 8-line ArborTrek Zip Line Canopy Tour has been drawing visitors since 2010.

The Treetop Obstacle Course has over 60 elements divided into two aerial courses the Apple Creek Course that serves ages 4 and up and The Back Forty Course that serves ages 8 and up. Following the completion of a ground school, trekkers explore the courses that feature wobbly bridges, balance beams, zip lines, swinging beams, suspension bridges, rope swings, and more connecting tree platforms anchored 3 to 25 feet above the ground.

The ArborTrek climbing program blends new belay technology with innovative climbing holds that make tree climbing easy and tree-friendly. Each of these exciting outdoor experiences are designed to challenge, educate, entertain and inspire while creating unforgettable memories for each participant.

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