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NEWS FOR WINTER 2015-2016
Conversion to high efficiency snowgun fleet and construction of water pipeline completed for enhanced snowmaking. Over the last three seasons, Smugglers' has added more than 450 high efficiency tower guns and additional fan guns to fully convert the snowmaking fleet to fully high efficiency snowguns. New snow gun placement this winter will serve a favorite learning trail where novices enjoy their first experience with natural features by sliding through Billy Bob’s Bear Den and Yellow Cat Woods, and savoring the warmth of a camp fire during a stop by Father Winter’s slopeside tipi.
The high efficiency guns yield faster terrain coverage and quick refreshing of trails for the best possible onslope experience. More snow can be made at a wider temperature range, improving early and late season coverage with greatly reduced energy costs.
This year, work was completed on a new pipeline for water access to support an expansion in snowmaking coverage from the current 60 percent to 80 percent coverage. That expansion will take place over the next three seasons. The pipeline project will increase conservation flows at the resort's existing withdrawals, and ensures optimal water availability while adhering to the resort’s own goals for environmental responsibility as well as state benchmarks for environmental management.
These snowmaking initiatives, a $5 million investment, are part of a comprehensive effort to enhance Smugglers' snowmaking product for skiers and riders.
On-snow playground with learning features for skiers and riders ages 3-6 Conveniently located on the Green in the center of the resort Village, a new learning area will launch the ski and ride experience for young children with sculpted snow features like a 100-foot mini pipe, rollers and fun learning tools like hoops, Smugglers' mascot cutouts, and obstacle courses that accelerate skills development. Smugglers' Riglet Park for young snowboarders with its unique Treehouse will be moved to this location, helping to anchor this new dedicated space for young skiers and riders to develop their skills under the guidance of Snow Sport University coaches.
New snowtubing area expands sliding fun for families. Smugglers' evening snow tubing runs on Sir Henry's Hill draw many families for sliding fun. With the addition of three 400-foot lanes in Smugglers' North Hill community, resort guests will enjoy the choice of day and evening tubing. The new area will be served by snowmaking. Guests of the resort who are not lodged within the North Hill can access the new tubing area by calling the convenient on-demand shuttle.
New activity programs for families. Families visiting the resort on a Club Smugglers' package will have the choice of a daily morning family activity included in their package. These activities include arts & crafts, sock puppet making, pool games, snow art and a creature feature session. In the evening, a new snowshoe trek for families explores a forest trail, ending at a bonfire for s'mores (this outing is fee-based; fee includes equipment).
News from Nordic. Our snowshoe fleet is being converted to Atlas, chosen for their longstanding reputation for quality. There will be a 200 meter cross country ski track on level ground around the perimeter of our ice rink, which is lighted in the evening. The track will be available from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm for anyone who wants to do ski laps for exercise or practice their skills and will likely also be used for instruction for novices. A new Piston Bully groomer will enhance trail conditions with tilling and track setting.
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; selected family activities; 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 $99/youth & $129/adult per night. The Club Smugglers' FamilyFest Package features all of the above inclusions plus onslope daily instructional programs for children ages 3-17. From $119/youth & $129/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 3-4 and two-hour group lessons for ages 5-adult. From $119/ youth & $159/adult per night. Smugglers' Winter Experience Package celebrates the joys of the Winter season with a variety of non-skiing and riding activities included ranging from airboard sledding to cardio drumming to snowshoe treks. From $119/youth & $159/adult per night. (A daily program option is also available.)
The FamilyFest and Summit packages also include 25 percent off childcare at Treasures, Smugglers' slopeside children's center for ages 6 weeks to 3 years old, during the winter season (December 4, 2015 - April 10, 2016. 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.
Stays of four nights or more get the next night free December 4 - 25, 2015. Smugglers' offers SuperSaver pricing, the resort's lowest rates, December 4 - 17, 2015.
Learn to Ski or Snowboard package: From January 3-10, 2016 level 1 & 2 skiers and riders on the Club Smugglers' Base Package will receive free beginner ski or snowboard group lessons, plus, rental equipment for their entire length of stay/ Smugglers' Learn to Ski Week Special Rates are $129 per adult/per night & $99 per youth/per night.
BrewFest, December 5, 2015 and April 2, 2016 Smugglers’ Notch Resort 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 18, 2016 Smugglers’ Notch Resort 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!
Extreme Skiing Challenge, March 6, 2016 Smugglers’ Notch Resort Take on Smugglers' most challenging lift-accessed terrain in this freeskiing competition, now in its third year. Competitors are judged on line, control, fluidity, technique, and style. Big prizes.
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, 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 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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