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Winter 2014-2015 Calendar of Events

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The calendar of events is in the process of being updated for Winter 2014-2015; please check back as events are added.

See you on the slopes during the 2014-2015 season!

Saturday, November 15
Burton Riglet Park at ECHO Center. Join our Snow Sport University snowboarding instructors for a free and fun introduction to snowboarding at this special Burton Riglet Park at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center! This event is for three to eight year-old children, our youngest future snowboarders, to enjoy as they learn to maneuver and navigate snowboard park features through play and guided discovery. This is on a first-come-first-served basis. Dress for the weather!

Each participant will receive a certificate of participation (valid for free admission into ECHO for the participating child and $2 off each admission for others in his/her party) and other special incentives to encourage visiting a few of Vermont's finest ski resorts this winter. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ECHO Center, 1 College Street, Burlington. For additional information on family-friendly indoor activities associated with snowboarding at ECHO November 1 -16, please visit echovermont.org

5th Annual Barn Bash. Swing by the Barn at Boyden Farm at the junction of Routes 15 and 104 in Cambridge for a great evening of ski movies and fun to kick off the Winter ski & ride season! Backcountry Magazine and the Winter Wildlands Alliance present Sweetgrass Production's "Solitaire" and the telemark ski movie of the year, "Loyalty". Live music by The Bumping Jones kicks off at 8:30 pm. There will be food and drink, not to mention a great raffle with prizes from Black Diamond, Mammut, Marmot, Camelback, Turtle Fur, Smuggs, Jay Peak, and more!

Doors open at 6:00 pm for adults (18 & older). Movies start at 7:00 pm. Cost is $16 pre-purchased for adults, $20 at the door, and $5 for kids 10 and under.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Cambridge Rotary's support of Winter Wellness Days program, helping local youth participate in skiing and snowboarding.

Friday, November 28
Opening Day! Come on out and help us to kick off the 2014-2015 Winter Season!
Saturday, December 6
CAMBRIDGE DAY - Hey neighbors, you're invited to enjoy a day of skiing and riding at Smuggs! Cambridge and Jeffersonville VT residents get FREE lift tickets, FREE equipment, and FREE group lessons* for ages 6 to adult - just show a valid ID showing your Cambridge or Jeff address.
*Please note that individuals interested in group lessons with our Snow Sport University pros must book 24 hours in advance by calling 1-800-523-2754.

20th annual BrewFest, Part 1 - Sample the finest in craft beers! Enjoy samples from Long Trail, Switchback, Fiddlehead, Kingdom Brewing, Harpoon, Sam Adams, A-B Shock Top, Red Hook and Magic Hat breweries plus delicious hard ciders from Vermont's Woodchuck Cider and Ohio's Angry Orchard Cider! A DJ spins the tunes and the Resort's Mountain Grille provides tasty munchies. From 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm in the Meeting House. Tickets are available at the door; $20 entry includes 8 samples and souvenir sampling glass. 21 and older, please. For information on great rates on BrewFest group lodging packages, please call 800-521-0536.

BrewFest Part 2 is March 28, 2015

December 19-23
Elf Tuck-In! Thrill your little ones with a special bit of holiday magic, bedtime stories, and treats! Available Friday, December 19th through Tuesday, December 23rd on the half-hour between 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. $20 per visit. Please contact the Guest Service Desk, ext 1293, for more information or to schedule a visit!
Friday, January 9
RAILS FOR RYAN - Join us from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm as Smugglers' Notch presents the 2nd Annual "Rails for Ryan" rail jam under the lights at the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge. Competing and spectating are both FREE, with a suggested $5 donation to benefit the Flyin' Ryan Foundation, established to honor the memory of local champion extreme skier Ryan Hawks ( www.flyinryanhawks.org). In support of the foundation's efforts, Smuggs will match the total donation amount! The Black Bear Tavern will be serving food and beverages throughout the event. Compete or simply join us for a good time. Prizes will be awarded to those who step up and really throw down. Registration begins at 4:00 pm in the Base Lodge. Don't let the cold keep you at home, there are plenty of ways to warm up here ...

Saturday, January 31
Smuggler's Notch Ski & Snowboard Club - SNSC host a NVT Skier & Boarder Cross event. Come see the action of boarder and skier cross. Featuring Smugglers' Notch Ski & Snowboard Clubs' own Siena Teare - 2012 National USASA Skier Cross Champion!
Sunday, February 1
Smuggler's Notch Ski & Snowboard Club - SNSC hosts day two of the NVT Skier & Boarder Cross event. Come see the action, featuring Smugglers' Notch Ski & Snowboard Clubs' own Siena Teare - 2012 National USASA Skier Cross Champion!

Super Sunday - Come watch Super Bowl XLIX, live from University of Phoenix Stadium, at our Big Game Football Party! We've got your seats in front of a gigantic television screen and a FREE half-time Super Sunday Snack Buffet with all your favorite munchies! Doors open at 5:30 pm in the lower level of the Meeting House. Game time 6:20 pm. Included with all our Club Smugglers' Winter Packages.

Saturday, February 7
Essex High School - Day two of the Essex High School Winter Carnival. Today the top high school alpine athletes battle it out on the slalom course.

Tuesday, February 17
Vermont Specialty Food Day - Sample delicious Vermont specialty foods from cheese to maple syrup in the Village courtyard from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm. Always fun to have some tasty on-snow munchies! Be sure to stop by and enjoy a nibble or two!

Thursday, February 19
FamilyFun Magazine Winter Carnival - Always a family favorite! FamilyFun Magazine teams up with Smugglers' for this special Winter Carnival on our Village Green featuring music and live entertainment plus face painting, games, a bonfire, giveaways and an outdoor barbeque. The festivities begin at 2:30 pm!

Bonfire, torchlight parade and fireworks - Join us for the fun as we light up the night sky with a bonfire, dramatic torchlight parade starring our Snow Sport University instructors, and fireworks against the backdrop of the Green Mountains! The Village Green offers a great vantage point for watching the action. 8:00 pm.

Saturday, February 21
Gravity Control Slopestyle Event - It's time to dust off the shred sticks and throw down some early season tricks. This is the first of three Gravity Control events; come check out what Smuggs has in store! Registration from 10:00 am - 11:00 am at The Zone Terrain Park and the event starts at 12:00 noon.
Sunday, March 8
Extreme Skiing Challenge - The Smugglers' Notch Ski and Snowboard Club will host the 2014 Smugglers' Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge – an opportunity for junior and adult freeskiers to show their stuff on some of the most difficult terrain Smugglers' Notch has to offer! The course is planned for the Madonna headwall, an ungroomed steep with a double fall line descent filled with cliffs, bumps, trees, chutes, and stumps. Competitors will be judged on line, control, fluidity, technique and style.

As the competitors run the course on the headwall from just below Catwalk to just above Madonna midstation, the best seats in the house for watching the excitement will be on the Madonna summit lift. Spectators also can view from a roped off area at the Red Fox Glades near the finish area at the base of the Madonna headwall, easily accessed from midstation.

$45 entry fee (includes t-shirt) and $29 lift ticket available. The field will be capped at 100 competitors.

Saturday, March 14
Smugglers' Notch Ski & Snowboard Club - SNSC is hosting the annual George Tormey Challenge. This U14 and U16 event is for the athletes who didn't qualify for state championships. Usually first year athletes who want to keep the season going. Come see these young athletes 12 to 15 years old race Giant Slalom, they are competing for bragging rights and all that swag.

Benefit Rail Jam - This special rail jam benefits the Molly Rowlee Fund, which supports families with children undergoing treatment for cancer. This is the fifth year at Smuggs for this event, and it promises to again be awesome - come out and have some fun and support this great cause! The good times include music, giveaways, and a raffle. The cost to participate is $25. Register from noon to 1:00 pm at the yurt in parking lot #1. The event begins at 2:00 pm in the Zone. Information about the Molly Fund can be found online at www.mollyrowlee.org

Saturday, March 28
Blast From the Past Race - The Smugglers' Notch Ski & Snowboard Club invites skiers (21 & over) to bash gates and relive their glory days with a qualifying GS course beginning at 9:30 am (two runs; best run of two) followed by a pro-style dual SL course for the top 16 men and the top 8 women. The equipment doesn't have to be "old," just the racers. Hamburger/hot dog barbecue and beverages included in the entry fee of $35. Registration takes place from 7:30 am - 9:00 am; inspection from 8:15 am - 9:15 am. Call 802-644-1177 for more information. It's the 21st year of Blast from the Past - come celebrate!

20th Annual BrewFest Part 2 - Sample the finest in local and regional craft beers! Our Spring BrewFest highlights the season's lighter flavors as well as perennial favorites. Joining us are Long Trail, Goose Island, Shock Top, Sam Adams, Magic Hat, Harpoon, Otter Creek, Switchback, The Shed and Fiddlehead breweries, plus Woodchuck Cider! A DJ spins the tunes and the Resort's Mountain Grille puts on a tasty appetizer buffet. From 6:00 pm — 10:00 pm in the Meeting House. Tickets are available at the door; $20 entry includes 8 samples and souvenir glass. 21 and older, please. For information on great rates on BrewFest group lodging packages, please call 800-521-0536.

CAMBRIDGE DAY - Hey neighbors, you're invited to enjoy a day of skiing and riding at Smuggs! Cambridge and Jeffersonville VT residents get FREE lift tickets, FREE equipment, and FREE group lessons* for ages 6 to adult - just show a valid ID showing your Cambridge or Jeff address.
*Please note that individuals interested in group lessons with our Snow Sport University pros must book 24 hours in advance by calling 1-800-523-2754.
Thursday, April 2
Ski School vs Ski Patrol Dual Slalom Race on Morse Mountain — This will be a great spectator opportunity for you to watch two of Smugglers’ most competitive downhill departments, Ski School and Ski Patrol, take on each other in a fun Dual Slalom Race! 5:00 pm on Morse Mountain.

Saturday, April 4
3rd Annual Pond Skimming in the Zone Terrain Park! The event is free! Registration starts at 10:00 am at the Zone Terrain Park and the event starts at 12:00 noon. Prizes awarded for best costume! Spectators are welcome!

Chillin' 'n Grillin' Annual Tailgate Party - It's more than blue skies and long sunny afternoons that will bring skiers and riders together. Smuggs annual tailgate party is awarding over $2,500 in cash and prizes to winners of the following categories:
 • Best Overall Tailgate Presentation with 4F technology (Food/Flair/Festive/Fun)
 • Best Original Recipe (Main dish/Side dish/Dessert)
 • Best Smuggs Themed Tailgate
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