The granddaddy of all family resorts MSNBC.com

Learn to Ski or Snowboard the Smuggs Way!

Ski & Snowboard Lessons and Programs for Vermont Residents

Welcome to Winter Fun!

For over 50 years, we've strived to keep skiing and riding affordable for Vermont families. This year make fun of Winter at Smugglers' Notch Resort with the
First Timer Ski or Snowboard Program, or one of our Multi-Week Kids' Programs. Ladies take your turn with our 8-Week Women’s Program. Downhill and Nordic skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers over 55 are invited to join the Smugglers' Notch 55+ Club.


First Timer Ski or Snowboard Program

The First Timer program at Smuggs is for every first-time skier or snowboarder (age 6 through adult). Purchase your First Timer program directly at 3 Mountain Equipment located in Smugglers' Notch Resort Village at the base of Morse Mountain. Each day of the First Timer experience includes:

 • Full-day Morse Mountain lift ticket
 • 2 hour group lesson
 • Full-day rental equipment

Group lessons are available daily at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and are two hours long.

Beginning snowboarders will be set up with Burton Learn to Ride equipment. Beginning skiers will be set up on Head skis and Head or Dalbello boots. Enjoy the best possible introductory experience by combining this specially designed equipment with the teaching expertise of Smugglers' Snow Sport University professionals.

Special Vermont Resident Pricing!
Your 1st Day - only $59!
Your 2nd & 3rd Days - only $30 each!


All others: Only $99 per day


Complete 3 days of The First Timer Program and get a FREE Bash Badge! This will entitle you to $25 lift tickets, 50% discounts on group lessons, rental equipment and much more for the rest of the season. PLUS, pay just $15 per day for a half-day afternoon lift ticket! Click here for more details on the Bash Badge.

For best results we recommend three consecutive days but this is not required.

Available every day
December 6, 2013 - April 6, 2014
To enroll in the First Timer Program, go directly to 3 Mountain Equipment. 3 Mountain Equipment is conveniently located at the base of Morse Mountain (1st right turn after entering Village entrance). One stop there will provide you with everything you need to get you on the mountain.

Pre-registration is not necessary, but please arrive early enough to allow us to outfit you with your rental equipment prior to the start of your lesson.

Expert’s tip: Thumpers

Frequently, skiers have problems shifting their weight from one ski to the other so that they can link turns. A great way to help make this shift is to pick up the uphill ski in a traverse and tap the ski tip three times before you turn. The third tap is the cue to step onto the uphill ski, and start to steer that ski into the fall line.
- Wayne Bombard, PSIA level 1 certified instructor

8-Week Women’s Program
Ladies, take your turn! Drop off your Mitey or Mini Mite and then join your own group for a day on the slopes. This 8 week program is designed for women, by women, and allows you to gain consistency with the same coach each week while building a fun dynamic with your group. Led by female instructors the program is focused on having fun, keeping the sessions lighthearted, and will be filled with skiing and riding tips that focus on movements as they pertain to women. Go to lunch as a group at the Morse Mountain Grille (Levels 1-4) or Green Peppers (Levels 5-9) for a group meal on us! 48% savings when you purchase this 8 week program versus our daily program rate!

Available Saturdays January 4-March 8, 2014. Excludes January 18 & February 15. $539 per person – 48% Savings when compared to our daily program rate!
Deadline to Register: December 31, 2013
Level: Beginner to Advanced
For more information contact Jeff Spring at jspring@smuggs.com or 802-644-1056.


**NEW 6-Week Women's Program available.**
Starting January 25, 2014. Excludes February 15. $439 per person.
Deadline to Register: January 20, 2014
Level: Beginner to Advance
For more information contact Jeff Spring at jspring@smuggs.com or 802-644-1056.


*If program minimums are not met the program will be cancelled. Minimum is two women per group. Bring a friend and make it a great experience!
Pre-Registration required. Space is limited for all programs. Deadline to sign up is December 21, 2013.

Mitey Mites
ages 6 - 12 years

This 8-week program, offered on Saturdays or Sundays from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, is our most popular program. For first-timers and those with advanced skill levels, Mitey Mites is designed to develop skiers or riders by using fun, guided learning experiences. Students will use a Flaik GPS system during their session that will track vertical feet, distance, speed, and allow them to relive their day online! Meets in Parking Lot 4.

Saturday session starts January 4, 2014
$349 for the season or $408 including equipment lease. (Excluding 1/18/14 & 2/15/14)


Sunday session starts January 5, 2014
$319 for the season or $378 including equipment lease. (Excluding 1/19/14 & 2/16/14)


Deadline to sign up for the equipment lease is October 31, 2013.
Mini Mites
Ages 3 - 5 years for skiing and snowboarding

Our Mini Mites offers your child 8 days of our award-winning Discovery Dynamos camp program on either Saturdays or Sundays. Our specially trained instructors encourage skiing or snowboarding development for all abilities and build confidence through innovative teaching techniques.

We've teamed with Vermont's Burton Snowboards to develop the next generation of the Burton Riglet Park, an on-snow play area on the Resort’s Sir Henry’s Learning Hill with fun terrain features designed for introducing young children to snowboarding. The park’s focal point is a “treehouse,” an elevated platform with ramps that children can ride down, a balance area inside the treehouse and a lift chair that swings to help kids practice getting on and off the lift. Playing in the park on small rolling hills, miniature box-style rails, pyramids and a mini-halfpipe allows children to gain the necessary balance and muscle memory to begin sliding and making turns on sloped terrain.

Each day the program starts at 9:00 am in the Meeting House, includes lunch, and runs until 4:00 pm, with an indoor entertainment program offered during the last two hours being day.

Saturday session starts January 4, 2014
$539 for the season, or $598 including equipment lease. (Excludes 1/18/14 & 2/15/14)


Sunday session starts January 5, 2014
$539 for the season, or $598 including equipment lease. (Excludes 1/19/14 & 2/16/14)


Deadline to sign up for the equipment lease is October 31, 2013.
Mom & Me... Dad & Me
Ages 3 - 5 years

In this unique 5-week program, a parent teams up with one of our expert instructors to teach their child how to ski or ride. As part of the lesson, the instructor provides appropriate teaching techniques and cues to enable the parent to continue the learning experience beyond the session. Sessions are held on five consecutive Saturdays from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon or 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. This program also includes rental equipment for the child during the session only. The child must be a first-time skier or snowboarder, and Mom or Dad must be an intermediate level or better skier or rider.

Choose from two 5-session Saturday programs starting January 4, 2014 (excluding 1/18/14; select morning or afternoon session) or starting February 22, 2014 (morning session only available). $239 for the season or $169 if parent is a Pass or Badge holder.
Smugglers' Notch 55+ Club
For seniors on the hill, not over the hill!

Now in its 21st year, Smugglers 55+ Club is for seniors who like to ski (alpine or nordic), snowboard, snowshoe, and enjoy being with their peers. Non-skiers are welcome, too. Our goal is simple: get out of the four walls, break the daily routine, meet people and be active.

We gather every Wednesday at 9:00 am in the Village Lodge for socializing and refreshments followed at 9:30 am with a meeting. We will conclude no later than 10:00 am for outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, Nordic or Alpine skiing. Skiing in the morning depends on the weather, snow and trail conditions. It can include video skiing and time trials. One may join a skill level group or ski on your own.

We then have an afternoon program begin at 2:00 pm unless otherwise announced during the morning meeting. If the afternoon get-together should start earlier or be canceled, telephone 644-1293, Guest Service Department, after 10:30 am and they will provide details.

Every Wednesday we will be SKIING IN THE MORNING.

Meetings: 9:00 am on Wednesdays at the Village Lodge starting the first Wednesday in December.
Membership: $30/year (Your first meeting is complimentary – come and check us out!)

You can register for any of these programs on our Season Passes & Bash Badges page, or call the Ski & Ride Division at 1-800-523-2754.
start planning
date picker
date picker
adults 
kids 3-17 yrs
kids 0-2 yrs
go
talk to a vacation specialist
Sign Up for eNotch News Your source for Smuggs news and special offers.
Enter to Win Enter for your chance to win a week-long Winter family vacation!
Request a Vacation Quote Request a customized vacation quote for your Winter family vacation
SAVE up to 10% on Your Winter Vacation