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"Great challenge, something for everyone."

Smugglers' Snow Sport University Programs for Adults

Lessons for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing that guarantee you'll have fun!

SSU programs are available December 8, 2017 - April 8, 2018

Do you remember the last time you surprised yourself by doing something you had only dreamed about or the rush you got after you challenged yourself and were successful?

At SSU, our instructors strive to help you break down barriers and surprise yourself every clinic, lesson, and session. Whether you're new to the sport and are looking to build confidence, or you're an intermediate looking to explore more challenging terrain, our highly qualified instructors can help you develop the skills and state of mind to meet those goals. For advanced skiers and riders, our instructors are your skilled guides, helping you experience the thrill and challenge of new and hidden terrain — opening a world of on and off-trail adventures you might never discover on your own.

To book an SSU Adult Lesson or Program call 800-523-2754.

New this Winter, Smugglers' introduces RFID technology. This will allow hands-free gate access to the mountain lifts. A personalized Notch Card is required and available to purchase for $5 plus tax. Once purchased this reusable all-season card will have the option to reload online for various products and at our point of sale locations.
For more information, visit smuggs.com/notchcard
For more information click on one of the SSU Programs below. You'll also find useful tips from our expert instructors!

Adult Group Lessons
Whatever your goals, our highly qualified SSU instructors can help you build the skills and state of mind you need to start exploring more of the mountain.

Adult Alpine Lessons
2-hour Lessons: Ski or Snowboard
Are you a first-time skier or snowboarder — or looking for the coaching that will move you to the next level? Group lessons are designed to help each individual, novice to expert! Guaranteed to get results.

Available: Daily, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon or 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Levels: Level 1/Beginner (Morse Mountain) to Level 9/Advanced (Sterling/Madonna Mountains).
      Non-holiday* rate:
$75 per person, per lesson
      Holiday* rate: $95 per person, per lesson.
A lift ticket is required for all Snow Sport University programs. If you do not have a lift ticket, one can be purchased for the duration of the lesson for $25, plus $5 for your Notch Card.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited for this program. Included with Club Smugglers' Summit Package your choice of 10:00 am or 1:00 pm group lesson.

*Holiday time periods: December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018, January 13-15, 2018 and February 17-25, 2018.

Expert's tip: Sideslipping

Sideslipping is a key tactical tool for any skier who wants to be more versatile. The key to effective sideslipping is to maintain good fore/aft balance. Start off on a hill with some pitch to it, and just tip your legs down the hill, releasing the edges and sliding. Tip the legs uphill to set the edge, with a focus on staying balanced over the whole foot. After playing in both directions, do the same thing, but shift your weight from the tip of the ski to the tail and vice versa, and notice the effect the movement has on the skis. You should feel like you are fluttering down the hill like a falling leaf. Mastering sideslipping will let you get down any kind of terrain in almost any conditions.
-Oliver Blackman, PSIA level 1 certified instructor

Snowshoe Lesson Treks
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.

Available: Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10:00 am and Saturday 1:00 pm.
December 8, 2017 - April 8, 2018 Weather permitting.
Rate: $45 per person, per session

Cross-Country Lessons
Join our skilled Nordic instructors for a cross-country group lesson. Learn to ski and enjoy the serenity of the Vermont Winter woods.

Available: Daily, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Rate: $45 per person, per session. Included with your Club Smugglers' Summit Package.

Adult Private Lessons
Private coaching is the best way to tailor lessons to meet your needs. Try one and get exactly what you're looking for!

Alpine Ski, Snowboard or Telemark Ski Private Lessons
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Individual private lessons will give you that boost you need to move to the next level in your skiing or riding. They allow our professional instructors to determine your personal needs and goals in order to tailor the entire lesson to you! You can even request your choice of instructors.

Available: Daily, start time upon request. 1-hour or multi-hour lessons.
Levels: Level 1-4/Beginners, Morse Mountain, meet at the Gazebo by the Village Lift. Level 5-9/Advanced, meet on the Green Peppers Deck at the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge.
   Non-holiday: $105 first person, $75 per additional person, $75 per additional hour.
   Holiday: $125 first person, $75 per additional person, $75 per additional hour. Holiday time periods are December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017, January 14-16, 2017 and February 18-26, 2017.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended, particularly during holiday periods and at peak times, when space and instructors may be limited.

6-Hour Private Coaching Instruction or Guided Tour
This program is ideal for the individual or group that wants personal, private instruction and guiding for the whole day. With your personal coach, you can spend the entire day exploring and enhancing your skills, or your group can split up the day between family members of different ages and abilities.

Available: Daily, 9:00 am or 10:00 am start time.
Levels: Level 1-4/Beginners, Morse Mountain, meet at the Gazebo by the Village Lift. Level 5-9/Advanced, meet on the Green Peppers Deck at the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge.
Rates: Non-Holiday $780 for group of up to 5 people. Holiday* $800 for group of 5 people.

*Holiday time periods: December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017, January 14-16, 2017 and February 18-26, 2017

Pre-registration is required as space is limited for this program.

Mom & Me, Dad & Me Ski or Snowboard Semi-Private Lessons
A unique opportunity to learn some of the skills and games that will help you be a teacher for your child or vice versa. You should be at least an intermediate skier or rider, and your child should be a First Timer, age 3-5 years old. Meet at the Gazebo by the Village Lift.

Available: Daily, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rate: $95 per lesson, per hour, includes two persons.

Cross-Country Private Lessons
Get personalized instruction in cross-country ski techniques from our skilled instructors.

Available: Daily, 11:45 am - 12:45 am.
Rate: $60 first person, $40 per additional person (up to 3 people). By appointment

Mom & Me, Dad & Me Cross-Country Private Lessons
Skiing is more fun when you do it together. You and your child can learn to cross-country ski together with personalized instruction from our skilled instructors.

Available: Daily, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Rate:$80 per lesson for parent with child 6 & older. By appointment.

Special Programs
The Mountain Experience for Skiers
Women's Programs
Night Schools for Boarding and Jibbing

The Mountain Experience for Skiers
Maximize your fun - minimize your frustration!
Guided by our most experienced instructors, you and no more than 5 people with similar goals and abilities (or create your own group!) will explore our diverse and exhilarating upper mountain terrain with timely tips to help you build confidence. If you are comfortable skiing on groomed, blue trails and want to expand your horizons, or an expert looking to explore our mountains, this 4-hour program is for you.

Available: Daily, 10:15 am - 2:15 pm (après 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm)
Levels: Level 5-9/Advanced, meet on the Green Peppers Deck at the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge.
Rates: $159 per adult, per day, includes lunch and après clinic cocktail with your coach. 25% OFF with paid Club Smugglers' Summit Package.
Advanced sign-up is STRONGLY recommended, as class sizes are limited.

Expert's tip: The right and left of it

Intermediate skiers often ask why they find it easy to turn one way but not the other. Once we rule out any physiological reasons, the answer is almost always in the previous turn or turns. Too much rotary in a previous turn causes the next turn to be difficult. Try focusing on a spot down the hill and keep that spot as your reference while making a series of medium radius turns. When your head and shoulders stay more aligned in the direction you are going; your turns will get better in both directions.
Doug Cook, PSIA Level 3 certified instructor

Women's Weekly Clinics
Designed by women for women.

Night School for Boarding & Night School for Jibbing
Are you ready for your first snowboard experience? Are you already a skier or rider and want to try your first freestyle moves? Then try one of our Night School programs. Night School for Boarding is a great way for families and everyone else to go snowboarding for the first time. Night School for Jibbing is our program designed to utilize mini, entry-level terrain park features to introduce level 4-6 skiers & riders to the world of freestyle. With one-hour group sessions and another 1 1/2 hours of practice time (with coaches on the hill to help you out), new riders and new jibbers can experience the excitement of snowboarding.

Available Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Ages 6 - adult.
Rate:$59 per person, per session, includes Burton Learn to Ride equipment rental. Must sign up prior to 3:30 pm at the Guest Service Desk or the Ski & Ride Desk. Space available basis. Get outfitted for your equipment between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm at
3 Mountain Equipment. Meet at Sir Henry's Learning & Fun Park after you've gotten your equipment.
To book an SSU Adult Lesson or Program call 800-523-2754.
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