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THE BEST OF WINTER 2013-2014
Smugglers' is honored to be ranked as the #1 overall resort in the Eastern U.S. and Canada by SKI Magazine readers, in addition to being recognized as #1 for family vacations for the 15th year. Other top ten rankings include overall satisfaction, service, value, lodging, snow, terrain variety & challenge, grooming, terrain parks, off-hill activities, scenery, weather, digital presence and character.
We're adding 100 more new HKD tower snow guns which will serve intermediate and advanced terrain through placement on Smugglers' Alley on Sterling Mountain, and Upper FIS, Chilcoot, and Link on Madonna Mountain (plus a few other trails). In some areas, these guns will be new additions to the trails, in other areas the new guns will be replacing older models of tower guns so that we'll be able to more efficiently make snow, cover terrain faster, and refresh it quickly for the best possible onslope experience. We've also purchased two tower fan guns; one will be placed for additional coverage on our learning area at Sir Henry's and the other will be placed at the Sterling base.
These snowmaking additions are part of a continuing effort to enhance our snowmaking product for skiers and riders. Last winter's snowmaking investment of over $1,000,000 in enhancements brought an additional 150 high efficiency tower guns and a new electric compressor to Smugglers'. This investment allowed more snow to be made at a wider temperature range, improving early and late season coverage with greatly reduced energy costs. Guns were positioned on selected intermediate trails on Sterling Mountain, intermediate Lower Liftline on Madonna Mountain, and beginner trails Lower Liftline and Log Jam on Morse Mountain.
New programs this year will further expand Smugglers' wealth of activities for families. A cabin cat ride will offer exciting exploration and breathtaking views of the resort's mountain terrain from the comfort of an enclosed cabin on a groomer. A mini snowmobile track on Sir Henry's will allow young children to operate their own snow sled.
A new activity at our nursery Treasures introduces 2 1/2 to 3 year olds to snowboarding. As part of active play at Treasures, kids will have the opportunity to try out fun activities that encourage development of the muscle memory necessary for snowboarding. Indoor games, balance boards and obstacle course will encourage balance and movements relative to this sport. Outdoors, the playground area at Treasures provides great flat terrain conducive to this type of activity. Innovative Burton Snowboards Riglet boards will be used indoors and out. Riglet reels affixed to the boards allow the kids to get pulled around while getting a feel for sliding on snow. With Smugglers' progression teaching experience, the next stop for these little riders will be the Riglet Park for ages 3-6 on the learning hill.
Returning favorites from Winter 2012-2013 Natural feature terrain park on Madonna Mountain A natural feature terrain park for intermediate and advanced skiers and riders at Smugglers' opened on the Knight's Revenge glade that crosses the Link trail on Madonna Mountain between Lower Rumrunner and Lower Madonna Liftline. Knight's Revenge contains log slides, bank turns, log rolls, rock wall jumps, a rainbow, and loads of rails, ending at a quarter pipe wall ride at the Rumrunner trail junction. This freestyle playground in the woods typically holds more than twenty features in addition to the varied terrain and rock jumps provided by Mother Nature.
Snow Sport University women's clinic A program offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays for women focuses on the mechanics of how the female body moves on snow in order to enhance skills. Female coaches lead participants in lighthearted and fun learning sessions. This clinic, held from 10:15 am to 2:00 pm, is for all levels and includes lunch.
Winter Adventures for teens In two-hour morning Snow Sense sessions, intermediate skiers and riders ages 16-20 explore the mountain with a guide while learning to read conditions and terrain and picking up technique and skills tips along the way. After lunch, the group will head back outdoors to enjoy an afternoon adventure: ice climbing (Thursday), backcountry snowshoeing (Friday), ice canyon Via Ferrata (Saturday) and winter survival tips (Sunday).
Evening trek pairs "Sweets and Snowshoes" Each Wednesday evening a guided trek for adults departs the Nordic Center and follows a network of gently rolling snowshoe trails 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.
A solar-powered Village Lodge Continuing the environmental stewardship initiatives that have earned the Resort an Environmental Leader designation, Smugglers' installed 35 solar trackers in May 2012 with a 150-kilowatt capacity that are projected to offset the energy use of the Village Lodge, home to a deli, pizzeria, entertainment venue and lounge, and Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop. In their first year of operation (May-April), the trackers produced just over 213,000 kilowatt hours (kWh), well over the 205,000 kWh initially projected.
Value-filled vacation packages Smugglers' winter packages give families flexibility to match packages to their vacation interests and budget requirements. Each package includes mountainside condominium lodging; lift tickets; snow tubing; use of the indoor pool and hot tub, Nordic and snowshoe terrain, indoor FunZone with climbing inflatables, and teen centers; and family and adult entertainment.
Smugglers' winter vacation packages: The Club Smugglers' Base Package, a traditional ski and stay package with the above inclusions and onslope instruction is optional. From $89/youth & $119/adult per night. The Club Smugglers' Classic Package features all of the above inclusions plus onslope daily instructional programs for children ages 3-17. From $109/youth & $119/adult per night. The Club Smugglers' Summit Package features all of the above inclusions plus Snow Sport University instructional programs for the entire family - all-day ski or snowboard camp for children ages 3-5 and two-hour group lessons for ages 6-adult. From $109/ youth & $149/adult per night.
The Classic and Summit packages also include 50 percent off childcare at Treasures, Smugglers' slopeside children's center for ages 6 weeks to 3 years old, during the winter season (December 6, 2013 - April 6, 2014. Regular rate $85 per day per child). Guests on these packages will also receive discounts on Little Rascals on Snow, Treasures' introductory ski program for children ages 2 ½ to 3 years old (regular rate $129 per day per child) and on all-day instructional programs for ages 6-15.
Package specials A January Learn-to-Ski-or-Snowboard Week includes free rental equipment and group lessons for guests staying three nights or longer on the Club Smugglers' Base Package. Entry and beginner level skiers or riders are invited to learn to ski or ride for $119 per night for adults and $89 per night for children 3-17 years old. The package includes condominium lodging, daily lift tickets, daily group lessons and free rental equipment, après ski activities, and use of the pool and hot tubs from January 5-12, 2014.
Holiday free night: Stays of six nights or more get the next night free December 26, 2013 - January 1, 2014 and during the Presidents' Week holiday (February 14-20, 2014).
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 3-5), Adventure Rangers (ages 6-10), 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, ice climbing, 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 technique, regardless of ability level - or the entire lesson portion of that person's vacation package will be refunded.
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