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#1 Kid-Friendly Resort in the East! - SKI Magazine Reader Survey 2018

Aerial view of Sterling Mountain

If you have specific questions about our upcoming Winter season, feel free to give a buzz to (802) 644-8572 or e-mail mediarelations@smuggs.com.


Smugglers’ Notch Resort continues to build on the award-winning programs and amenities which aim to provide an exceptional experience for fun-lovers of all ages. The completion of the brand new FunZone 2.0 hits that mark and then some. With activities like a multi-course Smugglers’ Warrior Challenge, massive laser tag arena, Smugglers’ themed Mountain Rally Races slot car track, arcade, and transparent climbing tower, everyone in the family is included in the fun. Of course, the elements which made the original FunZone such a hit are still included on the second floor of the complex, known as the Ozone. Additionally, toddlers can ignite their imaginations in the Littles’ Loft toddler discovery area. With features such as a bouncy castle, pirate ship inflatable obstacle course, and Vermont inspired country store, toddlers can let the energy out while playing like the grown-ups they admire.

Smugglers' original FunZone set the bar for resort family fun. When it opened in 1999 it was an innovative facility that was unparalleled at mountain resorts, and it quickly became one of the most popular features at Smugglers'. The new FunZone with its expanded space, more varied mix of features, and improved services is an example of Smugglers' continuing commitment to serving the interests of its family visitors through innovative programming and activities.

An awards trifecta
Smugglers’ is proud to receive the award for #1 in Service as voted in the SKI Magazine Reader Resort Survey. Additionally, Smugglers’ takes the #1 Kid Friendly award for the fourth straight year since the award’s inception in 2014. Smugglers’ also receives the #1 OVERALL award for the 2018 season, leading to a trifecta and exemplifying the Resort’s diversity in excellence. Smugglers’ managing director and owner, Bill Stritzler comments, “I am very proud of the efforts put forth by our staff. The members of our team have given 110% and deserve this recognition. Our guests are important to us and together make a wonderful and diverse community of families. We are grateful to have their loyalty.” In addition to these #1 rankings, Smugglers' landed in the top five in the categories of Snow, Terrain Variety, Terrain Challenge, Lodging, and Character.

Stay cozy this Winter with HearthStone Stoves
For the 2018 season, Smugglers’ has teamed up with HearthStone Stoves to offer FREE Family Fun Races. Guests visiting the slopes will be treated to classic friendly competition with timed races through set gates, down an intermediate slope. Additionally, if ever they should feel the need for a warm-up break, HearthStone stoves will be conveniently located in Comfort Zones throughout the Resort.

Dining options for every appetite
Smugglers’ Notch Resort offers a range of dining choices in the Resort Village and at the Base Lodge on Madonna Mountain. Fine dining at The Hearth & Candle showcases local products in an innovative seasonal menu. The Hearth caters a weekly snowshoe dinner, offering delicious entrees served by candlelight in the warming cabin on Sterling summit. The Mountain Grille incorporates Vermont specialty foods into its menu, and highlights the breweries and wineries with samplers of three specialties. Quick meal options include the Base Lodge cafeteria or a deli and pizzeria in the Resort Village, and ice cream lovers find plenty to love at Smugglers’ Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop. The Resort’s newest eatery is the ReFuel Café, offering a full menu from pizza to sandwiches, as well as local beers and wine for the adults.

More than just skiing and riding
Abundant off-slope activities at Smugglers’ Notch Resort provide 24/7 fun for all ages. Family activities include guided nature walks on snowshoes; ice skating; and daytime and evening tube sliding. For ages 8 and older, the ArborTrek zip line canopy tour offers breathtaking views of the snowy mountains while flying from tree platform to tree platform. The all new 26,000 square foot FunZone 2.0 provides exciting activities for all ages including indoor climbing, laser tag, inflatable obstacle courses, toddler discovery area, and much more. Adults enjoy a weekly snowshoe summit gourmet dinner in a candlelit cabin, followed by a guided trek rounding out a companionable evening with other guests. Indoors, local artists teach painting and sculpting classes, and massage services and yoga sessions provide soothing relaxation.


BrewFest, December 8, 2017 and March 31, 2018

Smugglers' popular BrewFests bookend the ski and ride season in the winter and spring, with local and regional beers for sampling, music, food, prizes, and a souvenir glass.

FamilyFun Winter Carnival, February 22, 2018

Smugglers' teams up with FamilyFun magazine to host the FamilyFun Winter Carnival, an afternoon of games, giveaways, face painting, music, free barbecue and lots of family fun on the snow!

MapleFest, March 17 - April 1, 2018

MapleFest at Smugglers' Notch Resort and in the local area immerses visitors in the traditions of Vermont's maple sugaring season with sugarhouse tours, snowshoe and walking treks, specialty foods sampling, dining specials & more.

Visit smuggs.com/vacation-values for additional information on specials and events.

Extensive Skiing and Snowboarding Trails
Smugglers' has 78 trails spread out over 300 acres of marked and patrolled acreage on three interconnected mountains. There are an additional 700 acres of unmarked and unpatrolled terrain, for a total of 1,000 acres. The longest run is three 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 at Freefall Woods is the only triple black diamond trail in the East. The trail system incorporates 19% easier, 50% intermediate, 25% expert, and 6% extreme terrain.

Comprehensive Ski & Ride 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 3-4), Trail Blazers (ages 5-6), Adventure Rangers (ages 7-10), and the Notch Squad (ages 11-15). Mountain Explorers for ages 16-17 features two hours of on-slope instruction.

Beginning snowboarders enjoy use of Burton Learn to Ride equipment, specially developed boots, boards and bindings for novices. Night School for Boarding is offered evenings twice weekly to beginning snowboarders of all ages. Night School for Jibbing accustoms confident riders to entry level terrain park features. Terrain parks offer a progressive experience from beginner to expert.

The Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Adventure Center
Smugglers' Nordic Center offers 30 kilometers of cross-country trails for every level of skier from beginner to expert, and 24 kilometers of dedicated snowshoe trails. Group and private lessons are available. Special tours teach about bear habitat and maple sugaring. The popular weekly Snowshoe Adventure Dinner heads out on an evening exploration of the Sterling summit on snowshoes, capped by a delicious dinner catered by the Resort's Hearth & Candle Restaurant in a summit warming cabin, and trek down to the base lodge on a ski trail with beautiful valley views.

Fun for all ages
Smugglers' year-round ArborTrek zip line canopy tour, the first of its kind in Vermont, is located in a scenic valley near the Resort Village with stunning views of the Resort and the Green Mountains. Weaving their way from tree platform to tree platform in a mature forest of hemlock, white birch and sugar maple, participants follow a series of zip lines, suspension bridges, and rappels as guides highlight local ecology and natural history.

Other activities include family and adult entertainment, snow tubing, airboarding on an inflated sled, snowmobile tours, massage, yoga, artists' classes, and much more.

Family Fun Guarantee
Smugglers' guarantees that each member of the family will have fun, learn to ski or snowboard or improve their technique, regardless of current ability level - or the entire program portion of that person's vacation package will be refunded.

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