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Uphill & Closed Trail Policies

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Uphill Usage Policy

Night Access

Morse: Friday-Wednesday, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Madonna: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sterling: Saturday, Tuesday, & Thursday, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Morning Access

Sterling: Daily, 5:30 am – 7:30 am (Must be off the hill by 8:00 am)
For access availability please visit the Daily Snow Report.

Thank you all for your cooperation-here’s to a great winter!


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Smugglers’ Notch Resort is dedicated to providing an enjoyable skiing and riding experience for everyone. While occasional hazards and less-than-ideal snow conditions can add to the challenge, we take great care in balancing fun and caution when opening trails and glades. Closed trails are marked for reasons that may not be visible from the lift or trail entrance. Skiing or riding on closed trails increases risk for you and potential rescuers. Therefore, we strictly enforce a No Skiing On Closed Trails policy. Violators may lose their lift privileges.

> First violation will be the loss of skiing/riding privileges for the remainder of the day or the next day if it occurs after 3:00 pm.
> Second offense will result in loss of skiing/riding privileges for 7 days. Subsequent offenses could result in loss of skiing/riding privileges for the remainder of the season with no refund.

Wooded areas between named trails and glades are not marked in any way, are not patrolled, and have no skier/snowboarder services. If you decide to ski or snowboard in wooded areas, within the ski area boundary, you are solely responsible for yourself. You should be an expert skier/snowboarder and you should stay in groups of three or more. Do not ski or snowboard on or across closed trails.

Much of the land Smugglers’ trails are located on is owned by the State of Vermont. The lease held by Smugglers’ Notch Management Company that permits operation of skiing services stipulates that Smugglers’ is responsible and liable for the maintenance and safety of the mountain at all times. The lease gives resort officials the ability to grant, limit, or terminate property use at any time. Smugglers’ Notch Management requests that those enjoying our terrain police their own behavior and abide by the following rules. Failure to abide by this code of conduct will result in more restrictive policies.

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