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Smugglers' Notch Snowshoe Adventures

Experience the Fun of Snowshoeing in Vermont's Green Mountains!

Visit Smugglers' Notch Resort's Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Adventure Center for snowshoe outings on 24 km of trails and backcountry snowshoeing treks.


Snowshoe Lesson Treks
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1 1/2-hour group lesson. Learn the basic techniques of snowshoeing and back-country terrain tactics. In addition to a basic lesson, a variety of topics and snowshoe destinations are explored during the week. Sign up and discover the wonderful world of Winter.

Buy 5 or more Nordic Group Lessons get the next one FREE. To qualify you must buy 5 or more consecutive days of the same Snow Sport University Program all for the same individual.

Available
December 6, 2013 - April 6, 2014 Weather permitting.

Snowshoe Trek - Our Forest Heritage
Explore Vermont's local history as you snowshoe through the fields and forests surrounding Smugglers'. Learn about the sweet liquid gold of the Maple tree, find the Black Bear's favorite Beech trees, discover signs of resident deer and moose.
Sunday 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$45 per person, equipment provided.


Snowshoe Trek - Winter Survival
Have you ever wondered what you might need to know to survive outdoors in the winter? Learn some essential winter survival skills and tips on how to provide food, warmth and shelter from the cold on this fun and adventurous trek.
Monday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm & Wednesday 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$45 per person, equipment provided.


Snowshoe Trek - Vermont Experience
Explore the quiet beauty of our wooded trails as you search for animal tracks, learn about local history and take in the scenery of the dramatic Vermont winter landscape.
Tuesday & Friday, 10:00 am - 11:30 am.
$45 per person, equipment provided.


Snowshoe Trek - Where's the Bear?
One of the most magnificent and interesting, yet elusive animals that makes this area its home, is the Black Bear. Learn more about the variety of habitat that a Black Bear might use during a yearly seasonal cycle, what types of plants and animals support these seasonal activities and why we hardly see them.
Thursday & Saturday 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$45 per person, equipment provided.


Expert’s tip: To use poles or not when snowshoeing?

We recommend that everyone use poles. On a snowshoeing trail or in the backcountry, you never know what features lurk below the snow; you can expect to encounter at least one log to step over, snow potholes, sideslopes, deep snow and ups and downs. Poles provide additional stability in these situations. Plus, the poles provide a measure of upper body exercise, assuring a well-rounded workout.
Zeke Zucker, Local Nordic Legend

Read more useful tips from Zeke in the article
"How to Get Fun and Easy Exercise with Snowshoes" on
rodale.com


Christina from Chicago, IL
"PK at the Nordic Center led a snow shoe walk on New Year's Day that in hindsight will be a lifelong memory for me. What a great way to start off the new year."
Special Snowshoe Programs

Back Country Snowshoe Tour
Explore the undisturbed Smugglers' Notch back country that few ever get to see. You'll get a completely unique look at the sheer beauty and majesty of the Notch formation from your vantage point below the Notch Road.
Sunday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
$45 per person, equipment provided.


High Elevation Snowshoe Tour
Ride to the top of the Morse lift, explore the back-country terrain of Morse Mountain and learn the history of Bacon's Run as you descend. Beginners welcome!
Monday & Thursday 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
$45 per person, equipment and lift access provided.


Soup & Snowshoes Trek
Enjoy a guided trek through the woods out to our cozy cabin, Zeke's Place. Warm up by the fire with a bowl of fresh, hearty, homemade soup before a gentle stroll back to the Nordic Center.
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm.
$48 per person. Equipment provided. Trek begins on December 17th.


Sweets & Snowshoes Trek
Join us for a guided, enchanted evening snowshoe trek through lantern lit woods to a rustic pavilion alight with the glow of candles. Once there you will enjoy a warm fire, a selection of local handmade dessert pastries, coffee by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters or hot chocolate from Lake Champlain Chocolates served in a keepsake mug. This is a beautiful backcountry experience! Advance registration is required. 18 & older.
Wednesday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$48 per person, equipment provided.


Snowshoe Notch Night Tour
Take a moonlight snowshoe trip into Smugglers' Notch with our Nordic staff and enjoy the serenity of the Winter woods at night.
Saturday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$35 per person, equipment provided.

Special Family Snowshoe Programs

Sugar On Snow Snowshoe Trek
This trip for the whole family will take you on an educational and fun guided trek where you will learn a bit about the history and process of Maple Sugaring. Upon your return to the Nordic Center, enjoy a sweet treat of Sugar on Snow, a Vermont tradition.
Monday, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
$25 per adult, $15 per child, equipment provided


Family Adventure Nighttime Snowshoe
Kids, parents and grandparents can all snowshoe confidently, even if it's for the first time. You'll love the games and scientific surprises that your guide presents.
Tuesday 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$35 per person, equipment provided.


Family Snowshoe Cider Walk
Bring the whole family for an adventure through the woods. Experience an educational and fun guided trek following our special kids' trail, followed by hot apple cider at the Nordic Center.
Wednesday & Saturday 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$25 per adult, $15 per child, equipment provided.


Fireworks and Snowshoes
Snowshoe adventures are even more exciting when you top off your trek by watching The Village fireworks light up the evening sky from your special vantage point.
Thursday 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$35 per person, equipment provided.


Expert’s tip: At what age can my child try snowshoeing?

If a child can walk, they can snowshoe, which makes this sport a terrific family activity. They’ll quickly get used to the slightly wider stance required to accommodate the snowshoes. Snowshoes are available in models appropriate for young children and some are designed to leave interesting and fun tracks in the snow as the child walks along. To engage them for the duration of the outing, play games of “I Spy”, or sign up for special family treks geared to the interests and attention spans of young children.
–Zeke Zucker, Nordic Center director

Zeke's Place
Guests can access this cozy soup stop from our cross-country and snowshoe trails. Located on the Country Road cross country ski trail approximately one mile from the Smugglers’ Notch Nordic Center and close to the ArborTrek Zip Line Canopy Tour. It’s a great spot to warm up by the stove, purchase a delicious cup of soup and catch up with friends. Open Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm beginning December 15th.
Top of the Notch Snowshoe Adventure Dinner (18 & Older)

The Snowshoe Adventure Dinner is one of our most popular programs, a dramatic and delicious dining experience atop Sterling Mountain (18 & older please). The Sterling lift transports you to The Top of The Notch, a mountain cabin lit only by candles. The renowned Hearth & Candle Restaurant serves a gourmet meal with appetizer, salad, choice of main course and a famous dessert. After dinner, work off those calories with a 40 minute snowshoe down to the Base Lodge.

Tuesday 4:10 pm - 8:30 pm
$69 per person, includes lift access, snowshoe rental, and dinner.
Advance registration at The Guest Service Desk is required. Sign-up deadline is Tuesday at 12:00 noon. Minimum sign-up is required for trip to run. Transportation to the Base Lodge leaves from the Village Welcome Sign at 4:15 pm. Function will be cancelled in the event of severe weather.
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Special event: 13th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe Challenge and Family Snowshoe Festival
On February 9, 2014, Smugglers' and TSL Snowshoes present an exciting day of treks, walks and races on snowshoes. There's something for everyone: a 1/2K kids' fun run, a 4K fun run/walk, and an 8K race that is a qualifier for the 2014 US Snowshoe Association National Championship. Rentals are available at the Nordic Center. An online registration form will be posted here when available. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Burlington, Vermont and the food shelf in Cambridge, Vermont.



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