Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program


S.N.A.P. Ski Instructor Sean Hayes

Our adaptive program provides therapeutic recreation for children and adults of all abilities. Experiences are tailored to meet the needs and goals of each individual. Some campers/students may require two counselors/instructors, while others may be appropriately paired with one counselor. We also offer an inclusion program with our ski and snowboard programs for children. This gives a child with special needs the opportunity to socialize with his/her peers while still maintaining the support he/she needs through the adaptive program. There is no age limit for the program. Half and full day lessons are available. Our highly trained instructors will evaluate each individual’s needs and goals and determine their equipment requirements. Smugglers’ Adaptive Program maintains an inventory of adaptive equipment including mono-skis, bi-skis and a slider. Snowboarding is also available.

What guests are saying…

“By far the best program we have found! Above and beyond our expectations – the staff was amazing and the quality of the program made our vacation!”

“As a father of a daughter with disabilities I am used to having to conform to the typical world, your program and the people involved in it adapted to my family and its needs. It was heartwarming for me. Thank you so much for your services.”

Advanced reservations are required in order to meet each individuals needs. Due to popular demand we have limited space during our peak weeks. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. Please make your reservation as early as possible. The adaptive camp/lesson must be canceled at least 24 hours in advance for a full refund. No refund will be given within 24 hours of the start of camp/lesson. For further information about our school programs, pricing information, or to book a reservation please call the Smugglers’ Adaptive Program directly at (802)644-8502 or email Shawna Fatigate, Program Manager


Full Circle


Connie with her class on Wanderer

I would like you to meet Connie Douthwaite. Connie is a member of the Snow Sport University here at Smugglers’ Notch. She is a ski instructor who works with 3 to 6 year old children. The neat thing is that 13 years ago Connie was a 6 year old child taking ski lessons here at Smugglers’ Notch. Connie told me that her instructor back then was Larry Arnold who still works here at Smugglers’ Notch as a ski instructor. It is wonderful to see someone who learned to ski here 13 years ago is now teaching the next generation!

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We now have 36 trails open with terrain for  all ability levels. Tonight we plan to resume snowmaking on Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, Lower Exhibition, and the Practice Slope. All 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for light snow and sleet a dusting of accumulation with a chance of mix later in the day and temperatures between 25 and 35 degrees. Tomorrow we plan to have the Log Jam, Birch Run, and Zone Terrain Park all open.


Practice Slope Fun

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s forecast is calling for flurries and snow showers with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. We have skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating today. We presently have 50 trails open and we plan to have more terrain open tomorrow. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 60 trails open. Our groomers will be out in force tonight giving us 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain for tomorrow.



Snow Sport University Instructor Justin Falkenburg


Who wants to go have fun?



Let the games begin!

The Cambridge Elementary School 4th graders enjoying their Winter Wellness at Smuggs this week. The Winter Wellness Program is for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. This is a wonderful program that allows many kids to alpine ski, cross-country ski, or snowboard that may not otherwise get a chance.  The students take lessons from Smugglers’ Notch Snow Sport University Instructors for three days. The goal is to get the students who have never snowboarder or skied able to ride the lift, and SSU Instructors were very successful. The fourth and fifth day of the program is skiing and riding with chaperones. This great program is made possible by the Cambridge Area Rotary, Volunteers, and Smugglers’ Notch. The students have had an amazing week filled with laughter, confidence building, learning, encouragement, powder, and must of all fun!



Riding with friends


snowboard bunnies

Shredding Sir Henry’s Learning Hill

It is so much fun watching these three little rippers. From left to right we have Hayleigh, Alora, and Joyal. They just love riding together. They have been taking lessons with Snow Sport University and it shows. They can link turns and they are riding the lifts. It is hard to beat doing what you really enjoy with good friends. They encourage each other and are also willing to help each other with some of the things that they learned from Snow Sport University besides how to stop and turn.


Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 57 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with temperatures between 23 and 38 degrees. Free Family Fun Race tomorrow on Lower Madonna Liftline from 11 am till 2pm. Find out who is the fastest in your family.  The Black Bear Tavern Apres Party featuring Harpoon starts at 2pm with live music from Jammin’ Sam. The Smugglers’ Notch Pass Ice Climbing Event continues tomorrow. For more information, visit the Smuggs Ice Bash page.


Skiing, riding, and more




I went skiing this morning on Morse Mountain. I headed up the Village Lift and worked my way over to the Morse Highlands area. This area is a favorite for beginners and it even has some glades. The kids in the Snow Sport University classes were having a blast on the little trails through the woods. I skied on Sterling in the afternoon and then took a quick trip up into the Notch to check out some of the ice flows. One of my favorite ice flows is at the Carwash Falls, which is not very far up into the Notch. It is called Carwash because the falls can reach the road at times. Ice climbers use this ice flow for training because is it not really tall and has pretty easy access.



top of the notch

Top of the Notch building home of the Snowshoe Adventure Dinner

The Winter Walking Program here at Smuggs has different difficulty levels and different destinations. For a complete guide just go to smuggs.com/winter-walking


Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 66 trails open. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Thomke’s, Garden Path, and Goat Path for a grand total of 118 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 7 features. Lower FIS will be open tomorrow with flow features. Tomorrow’s forecast is cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and a snow shower in the afternoon with temperatures between 1 and 11 degrees.



Winter Walking in the Notch



A family headed down Thomke’s on Sterling Mountain


Winter Walking in the Notch


Part of the Bobcat Snowshoe trail