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Summer 2023

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2023 Press Releases

PDGA World Championships in the news

Burlington Free Press
Stowe Reporter

Boston Herald

It’s one of the hottest sports you’re only just hearing of, and enthusiasts are flocking to play.

You don’t have to be a pro to do well, but if you have the chops, you can find solid competition.

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Things to do this summer at ski resorts: Mountain Creek, Camelback, Jiminy Peak, Killington and Smugglers' Notch.

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“America’s Family Resort” began its off-season life as overflow housing for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. A half-century later, some 500 families will be here on any given summer week with the kids participating in daylong(9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) counselor-led programs arranged by age groups ($119 per day, with a state-certified day care facility for infants and toddlers), while their parents partake in a smorgasbord of recreational activities or pay-as-you-go off-site or educational offerings.

Resort activities include four water playgrounds, a skate park, mini-golf, an indoor entertainment center, two mountain biking skills courses and 10 miles of non-lift-serviced trails. Family fun time resumes after dinner with nightly entertainment and a weekly bonfire.

Family Vacation Packages at one of more than two dozen condominium complexes can only be booked through a Smuggs Vacation Planning Specialist (prices vary by date and number of guests).


14 best places to go on vacation with a baby or toddler
Our tips and picks for the best kid-friendly destinations. Couples who love to travel don't have to hang up their suitcases when a baby comes along, despite what some may say.

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Family Vacationist

10 Ski Resorts That Are Even More Fun in Summer
With alpine coasters, high-flying zip lines, and giant water parks, these ski resorts offer plenty of family fun in the summer. It used to be that visiting a ski resort was the kind of thing you only did ...

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USA Today

Hear us out: Ski resorts during summer are actually great
It used to be that visiting a ski resort was the kind of thing you only did in the winter. And who could blame you for thinking that was still the case?

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ArborTrek Canopy Adventures

Applied Adventure Consulting acquires ArborTrek Canopy Adventures

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(Jeffersonville, VT) – Smugglers’ Notch, America’s Family Resort and the Colorado based company, Applied Adventure Consulting (ACC) are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of ArborTrek Canopy Adventures located at the Resort in Jeffersonville, VT. The ArborTrek adventure-based experience consists of an award winning Zipline Canopy Tour, Climbing Adventure, Team Building Programs, and a 90+ element Treetop Obstacle Course with guides providing commentary on local ecology, natural history, and lore of the area.

The acquisition of ArborTrek adds to an operational portfolio that, since AAC’s establishment in 2019, has grown to include locations in California, Illinois, North Carolina, West Virginia, and now Vermont. At each location, AAC works to establish local teams of outdoor-loving professionals to greet, guide, and host guests on the adventure tours.

“We’re so thrilled to be the new owners of ArborTrek, working with our partners at Smugglers’ Notch Resort,” said Dylan Burt, co-owner and CEO of AAC. “ArborTrek has an outstanding reputation and lengthy history of success, and we look forward to leading this business into the future as we get to know and work with the future guests and the community.”

Over the years, ArborTrek adventures have been extremely popular with Smuggs guests, with over 25% participating in this unique outdoor experience. The outdoor adventures have become so popular that Smuggs is creating an ArborTrek experience booking package so guests can easily set up their adventure vacation.

“Smuggs will continue working with world-class organizations and partnering with exciting attractions”, said Resort owner, Bill Stritzler. “ArborTrek offers our guests a real unique outdoor adventure among the beauty of the mountains in Vermont.”

Smugglers’ Notch Resort has been a joint partner with ArborTrek since its inception over eight years ago and contributes to a large part of the business including a Welcome Center and land associated with the self-guided tree adventures, low lines, and zip course. ArborTrek will continue to run through spring, summer and fall seasons.


4 Family-Friendly Mountain Resorts That Offer Something For Everyone If you’re looking for a summer vacation with stunning scenery, tons of kid-friendly activities, and plenty of mountain town fun, these resorts have you covered.

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2022 Press Releases

Reader's Digest

The Best Labor Day Getaways in Every State. Vermont: Jeffersonville
Get active in Vermont’s Green Mountains over Labor Day weekend at the family-friendly Smugglers’ Notch Resort, known as “Smuggs,” in Jeffersonville.

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All Mountain Mamas Article

Plan a Daycation at Smugglers’ Notch

“Smugglers’ Notch was clearly built to entertain families and it shows in the little details found along the way. There wasn’t a dull moment during our day, making it an awesome way to kick off and enjoy summer in Vermont.” Sarah Wojcik

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Boston Herald Article

Boston Herald

Head north to chill out. Smugglers' Notch Resort an oasis of summer family fun. Moira McCarthy

It's a common sticking point in family vacation planning: How to find a spot that's just right for everyone in the crew.

One kid is into the arts; the other loves to run, hike and swim. Mom is really into zip lining; dad's more of a disc golf king of guy. What's a family to do?

Smugglers' Notch Resort in Jeffersonville, Vt., has been answering that question for decades now. Smuggs has since been known as — summer or winter — the master of family vacations.

My children grew up with summer and winter Smuggs visits. To me, with multiple pools, endless activities and great amenities, it's always felt like a cruise ship on land.

This year, Smuggs is back to full speed and offering all the things that make for a great family vacation.

Smugglers' Notch is located a short drive north of Stowe, Vt. In the summer you drive up over the Notch itself, a cool drive that starts — and ends — your trip beautifully.

Guests settle into mountainside condos — they have a space and size for every family. There are full kitchens (and a cute little on-site store; I'd stop in Stowe and shop for essentials there first though) and bright, airy rooms, all walking distance from the resort.

Child care — and programs — are offered from ages 6 weeks to 17 years old, each designed with a specific age group's needs and likes in mind.

When our kids were at the programs, my husband and I would take part in amazing guided hikes (one up over Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak), play tennis (and now pickleball) or just hang out by a pool.

You won't have a hard time finding "the" pool: Smuggs has eight peppering their property, along with four water slides.

By afternoon and into the evening, we'd do all the fun family things that build memories. My daughters — one is now a mother herself — are still shaking their heads at my karaoke rendition of "Leader of the Pack" I pulled off on a Smuggs trip long ago. I thought I was pretty great.

There are those traditional things, but Smuggs is all about creative fun, too.

Daily events include a large farmers market (you can shop not just for during your stay but to take along home), country fairs and fireworks displays.

Goodtime Charlie is a legend. He was the DJ at the karaoke event way back when (about 25 years ago). He rocks with a house band under the stars on the Village Green every Thursday night.

And they've come up with new things for the season.

You can head home champions by taking part in "The Big Smuggle," a race in which family teams navigate a course consisting of several challenge stations before returning to the finish. Families choose their own path, collecting gold bullion along the way.

The "I-Did-A-Cart" is a Big Air Dummy Derby in which you use an assortment of supplies such as duct tape, balloons, paints and cardboard — along with your creativity — to build a derby dummy.

In "Friendly Pirate's Raingutter Regatta," participants create their own ship from materials provided by the Activities Crew. Ships (and their captain/creators) then compete to see who has the fastest ship to sail down the rain gutters. Prizes are also given for tallest, longest, widest, most seaworthy, most pirate-like and cutest. Of course, it's all led by Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate.

And they now offer Llama Treks.

They bring you and your llama for the day out for a hike and picnic in the woods and trails of the resort. The llamas are from the Northern Vermont Llama Co.

There are cookouts, dinners and more.

Smuggs wasn't a part of our lives for a few years — my daughters are grown-ups now. But for my two little granddaughters Molly and Lucy, many visits will come.

After all, they need to see how great their Rara is at karaoke. And dummy building. You can learn more at smuggs.com.


Smugglers' Notch to include child care as new employee benefit.
America’s Family Resort presents a fresh approach to working families!

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The award-winning, family-friendly Resort, Smugglers’ Notch, added a new employee benefit – full day child care and camps, at no cost to the employee.

These new benefits will accommodate parents who desire employment at the Resort while their children attend a full day of supervised fun and games. Smuggs anticipates a one-stop-shop experience for parents, providing them with the ability to drive to the Resort and have their children with them. It seems like the perfect time and cost saving solution. The child care benefit is available to all employees on a first come, first serve basis.

“As a family-centered Resort, Smugglers’ Notch is committed to taking care of our employees, their families, and local community. Over the last few years we’ve seen the challenge finding and paying for child care has had on working families throughout Vermont. We’re committed to improving our employees working environment and one way to do that is to include child care as a benefit,” said Owner, Bill Stritzler. “As America’s family resort, we want to hire individuals that are passionate about bringing our guests the best possible service, and we don’t want child care to be an obstacle to finding those people.”

The multi-million dollar TREASURES Child Care Center caters to children between the ages of 6 weeks through 3 years-old. The facility is led by a passionate, licensed staff and is filled with age-specific playrooms, nap rooms, toys, swings, giant fish tanks, and tons of developmental activities to help kids learn and grow. Visit TREASURES to learn more.

For those families with older kids, they can participate in any of Smuggs full-day camp programs. Broken down by age group, there’s something for everyone no matter how old — from games, to nature, cool art projects, pools, and waterslides. Visit our website to learn about our award-winning

Plus, as an added employee benefit immediate family members can also enjoy all the summer amenities with a Smuggs
Daycation pass. They can spend the day swimming in one of our heated pools, head over to the 26,000 square foot FunZone 2.0, and more! The new child care benefit is one of the many advantages of being a Smuggs employee. In addition, full time employees receive a competitive salary, 401K, health care, and dental packages. It’s a great place to live, work, and play. For a list of current job openings or to learn more visit smuggs.com or go directly to current openings.

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