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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 5 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:

Morning or afternoon half-day Morse Mountain lift ticket
2 hour beginner (levels 1 & 2) group lesson, 10:00 am or 1:00 pm daily
Half-day ski or snowboard rental equipment
Available 7 days week--no reservations required

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!
Lift, Lesson, and Rental Equipment - only $59
All others: Only $99 per day

Special "Learners Permit" Bundle of 3 - only $119 (Available to Vermont residents only)

This package will allow you to select the days you wish to build your skill level on skis or snowboard with a big savings from buying a separate single day package. PLUS--once you complete all three Learner's Permit First Timer Lessons you'll receive a FREE Bash Badge to use for the remainder of the season or 100% credit towards any 2014/15 Pass or Badge product. A Bash Badge will entitle you to $30 lift tickets, 50% discounts on group lessons. children's camps, rental equipment and much more for the rest of the season. PLUS, pay just $20 per day for a half-day afternoon lift ticket! For additional information on your FREE Bash Badge click here:
Bash Badge.

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

Available every day
December 9, 2016 - April 2, 2017 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

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