Lift Hours of Operation
Friday, November 27, 2015 - Sunday, April 17, 2016.
Subject to weather and trail conditions.
Beginner terrain expected to close Sunday, April 3, 2016.
Full resort programming, including all lesson programs: December 4, 2015 - April 3, 2016
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|Morse Mountain ||Open ||Close ||2016 |
|Village Lift ||8:30 am ||4:00 pm ||April 3rd|
|Morse Highlands Lift ||9:00 am ||4:00 pm ||March 27th|
|Mogul Mouse's Magic Lift ||9:00 am ||4:00 pm ||April 3rd|
|Wonder Carpet at Sir Henry's Hill ||9:00 am ||3:30 pm ||April 3rd|
|Madonna I Summit Lift ||9:00 am ||4:00 pm ||April 10th*|
|Madonna II Lift (Weekends & Holidays) ||9:00 am ||4:00 pm ||March 27th|
|Sterling Summit Lift ||8:30 am ||4:00 pm ||April 17th|
|Sterling T-Bar (Weekends & Holidays) ||9:00 am ||4:00 pm ||March 27th|
One lift on each mountain will open at 8:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays. Lift hours may vary depending on weather and trail conditions.
*Madonna I Summit Lift will reopen April 16th & 17th, conditions permitting.
Maybe it's the spectacular scenery ... or the remarkable range of trails from novice to expert, or the diversity of terrain from steeps to glades to cruisers. Whatever the reason, skiers and riders come back year after year to take on the challenge of Smugglers' three mountains.
In the 2016 SKI Magazine Reader Survey, Smugglers' was chosen as #1 Kid-Friendly Resort in the Eastern U.S. and Canada!
Here's what our guests have to say ...
"This mountain offers very challenging terrain for a Ďfamily resort.' It has some very cool glades and steeps to challenge the best out there." ~ SKI Magazine Reader
"The new snowmaking is great ó the conditions were excellent all winter long!" ~ SKI Magazine Reader
"Friendliness and professionalism says everything about a resort. The highest level of interaction is with the lift staff. I was very impressed with their friendliness and professionalism. Almost every time I got on a lift the staff was friendly, said hello, and told me to have a great day. That means a lot to me. ski patrol was great, my three year old dropped a ski on the Sterling lift and they recovered it, they were friendly, helpful, courteous, and professional." ~ Edward from Black River, NY
"Smuggs' terrain is an adventure - there's lots to discover and there always seemed to be more challenging terrain around the corner. We enjoyed 6 days on the mountains and were still finding new woods to dip into and new trails to try out. For someone who had only ever skied/boarded out West, this was a thrill. And as technical as a lot of the gladed terrain is, I certainly left a better rider than before I arrived." ~ Charles from Alexandria, VA
Terrain for every ability!
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|• ||3 Big Interconnected Mountains - Madonna, Sterling & Morse (including Morse Highlands) - all 3 mountains are interconnected by lifts and trails for your convenience. |
|• ||Over 1,000 acres of terrain including trails and wooded glades, from gentle novice slopes to groomed cruisers, bump runs, steeps, terrain parks, and race courses. |
|• ||2,610 foot vertical rise - Among the biggest in the East. |
|• ||78 Fabulous Trails - Over 27 miles of fun with a variety of learning terrain (19%) primarily on Morse, intermediate trails and glades (50%) on all three mountains and expert runs on Madonna and Sterling (31%) that challenge the best including: The Fab Five - Five of the most pulse-pounding Black Diamonds in the East and The Black Hole - The only Triple Black Diamond in the East! |
|• ||58 km of cross-country and snowshoe trails - Our Nordic Center features 34 km of cross-country trails and 24 km of dedicated snowshoe trails through woods and fields. |
|• ||Average annual snowfall of more than 26 feet - Mother Nature loves to dump snow on Smuggs! Our average seasonal accumulation over the last five years is 322 inches! |
|• ||62% Snowmaking Coverage - We've got the firepower to blanket all 3 mountains from top to bottom. |
Three mountains, three tips!
Expertís tip: Make round tracks on gentle terrain
Even high level skiers find themselves from time to time skiing long, gentle pitches, frequently to get from one part of the resort to another. You can make good use of this terrain (and increase your enjoyment) by tipping both skis and riding the inherent arc of the equipment. Start by assuming a natural stance, one where your feet are directly underneath your hip sockets. Your stance should never become so wide that when standing on flat ground, the skis are both on their inside edges. Begin sliding downhill and simultaneously flex (shorten) one leg while extending (lengthening) the other. Keep the upper body vertical and resist any temptation to lean or to
pivot your feet. You should find that both skis tip in the same direction and leave a trail very much like that of a railroad track. By slowly alternating which leg is longer and which is shorter you will experience a smooth, serpentine movement with very little muscular effort.
- Glen Findholt, PSIA Level 3 certified instructor
Expertís tip: Skiing backwards
Skiing down the hill backwards is a foundation of doing such tricks as 180ís and 360ís, while helping any skier develop the balance and precision to effectively ski. Face up the hill, with ski tips wider apart than the tails (a reverse wedge or herringbone). Look over one shoulder while gliding down the hill, while changing the size of the wedge. Next, slide backwards and point down hill first with the right arm, and then the left, and notice the direction change. As you move across the hill, let your skis move out of the wedge into parallel. As your confidence increase, the movement across the hill can be continued all the way into either a 180, where the student is facing down the hill, or into a 360, where the skis track in a complete circle. -Walt Lattrell, PSIA level 2 certified instructor
Expertís tip: Tip drops
Learn to have fun in the bumps by practicing tip drops. On some smooth terrain, try hopping your tails off the snow to initiate some turns. The goal is to keep the tips on the snow. Take it to a little steeper terrain and link some short turns, hopping just the tails. Now find some bumps and let them do the work while you keep your tips on the snow.
- Doug Cook, PSIA level 3 certified instructor
Policy for ski terrain usage during non-operational hours/uphill access
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