New specialty camps for ages 9-17 Disc Golf Camp and Mountain Biking 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 Biking Camp is also three days and is for all levels of bike riders, from novice to those who want to fine tune advanced technique.
Other specialty camps include Junior Tennis Camp, Outdoor Survival Camp, Skateboard Camp and High Adventure Camp.
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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.
Smugglers' Notch Resort, an Environmental Leader! Over the last two years, Smugglers' has developed additional solar projects. In May 2012, a solar farm consisting of 35 solar trackers was constructed about a mile from the resort on Edwards Road, just past the entrance to the ArborTrek Zip Line Canopy Tour.
The array encompasses about 2.5 acres of a 10-acre field. The site was selected for its exposure to the sun and proximity to existing transmission lines. Given the size and placement of the field, the site also offered the flexibility of locating the panels away from nearby private homes.
Each of the solar trackers measures 22 x 14 feet, includes 20 solar panels, and is controlled by trackers with GPS and wireless technology. This technology, which was manufactured in Vermont, adjusts the panels' orientation and angle to the sun, maximizing their efficiency. The trackers are also designed to help shed snow in the winter.
The power generated by the array is fed back into the existing transmission grid. The capacity of the array is 150 kilowatts, which on an annual basis is projected to offset the energy use equivalent of 30 residential homes. Translated to operations at Smugglers', the power generated will offset most of the energy use of the Village Lodge, which houses Bootleggers’ Lounge, Riga-Bello's Pizzeria, the Green Mountain Deli and the Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop.
The resort's first entry into solar power generation occurred in 2007, when a small solar project for hot water heating was installed on the roof of one of the North Hill’s Tamaracks buildings. Additional solar panels for hot water heating were added to buildings constructed during the final phase of North Hill construction in 2013.
Smugglers' many years of practicing good environmental stewardship were recognized in 2006 when the Resort was named as a Vermont Business Environmental Leader. To receive this recognition, Smugglers' met rigorous standards in the areas of pollution prevention, regulatory compliance, and environmental management practices such as recycling. With continued adherence to responsible stewardship, Smugglers' has continued to receive the designation on a yearly basis. Some of our recent initiatives have included converting exterior lighting to energy efficient lighting, expanding composting of pre- and post-consumer food scraps and biodegradable paper serving products, and diverting old carpet from the landfill by recycling.
In 2008 Smugglers' received the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention for our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. These efforts include building energy efficient condominium homes, reducing use of diesel compressors in snowmaking, and initiating a program to offset our visitors' carbon emissions related to a day of skiing or boarding.