Sterling Pond Trail Offers Chances to Make Memories Abound

At Smugglers’ there is no shortage of hiking options. Ask just about anyone who has visited the Resort and surrounding mountains about where to find a great, accessible hike, and they will most likely point you in the direction of Sterling or Madonna Mountains.
Recently, our friends at Burlington-based Zero Gravity Brewery celebrated the release of a new brew with a hike to their favorite peak, Madonna summit. If ever there was a reminder of the joys of spending time in nature with friends and family, their recent blog post is it!
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Madonna is a double IPA that we’ve been brewing in small batches for the past few summers and this year we knew it was time to put this beauty into a can. The crew decided that the most appropriate place to crack open the very first cans was atop the beer’s namesake – Madonna Mountain, at the peak of Smugglers’ Notch Ski Resort.
Madonna Peak sits on the Long Trail – a 272-mile trail running over the spine of the Green Mountains from Massachusetts to Canada – and offers nearly 360 degree views of Mount Mansfield, Sterling Pond, and even Mount Washington in New Hampshire on a clear day. Our Sunday afternoon trek brought us up to Sterling Pond and then along the ridge line to the summit of Madonna Mountain where we laid back and enjoyed some of the best views that the Green State has to offer.

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