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Smugglers' Notch Vermont - Press Releases

Media inquiries are welcome please call 802-644-1079 or e-mail Kelly Mohr kmohr@smuggs.com so that I can answer any questions you might have about Smugglers' winter season.

#1 in the East

Thank you to all who voted for us! Smuggs was voted No. 1 in the East overall and in Family Friendly. We ranked in the Top 5 in the following categories: Grooming, Terrain, Value, Challenge, Guest Services, Lodging, Local Flavor, and Overall Satisfaction.

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Journeys and Jaunts

Family Ski Trip to Smugglers’ Notch

We are still on a high from our trip to Smugglers’ Notch. I’m sure most parents will understand what I mean when I say that some trips are taken purely for the enjoyment of the kids.

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The Points Guy

12 best family ski resorts in the US
Why Smugglers' Notch is a good ski resort for families: An uber kid-friendly ski resort, Smugglers’ Notch focuses on the entire family experience, which is why it’s known as “America’s Family Resort.”

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10 Reasons to Love Smugglers’ Notch Resort in the Winter (even if you don’t ski!)

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News & Citizen

Smugglers’ Notch Resort is one of the recipients of the first annual Good Housekeeping Family Travel Awards.

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East End Taste

Best Ski Resorts for Families in the USA

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Skiers, riders hit the slopes during busy holiday week

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2 New England resorts are among the best for family travel, according to Good Housekeeping. You'll find them in Maine and Vermont.

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Top 10 festive U.S. ski resorts

Travel experts have compiled an unbeatable list of ski resorts packed full of yuletide cheer for all ages this holiday season.

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Snow Brains

The Top 9 Resorts in the U.S. for Seniors
According to the National Ski Area Association (NSAA), the median age of snow sports participants has been gradually increasing.

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Travel & Leisure

The 10 Best Ski Resorts in North America for Seniors. These mountains prove there's no age limit on winter fun.

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She Buys Travel

The 10 Best New England Ski Resorts for Families

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New report finds recreation plays outsize role in Vt. economy While well known for skiing and riding, Smuggs offers recreation opportunities year-round, from disc golf to mountain biking to hiking.

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The Travel

Vermont has some of the best ski destinations in New England.

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NY Family

Family-Friendly Ski Resorts 2022
There are a ton of ski resorts and ski slopes to choose from, so we rounded up our top 5 picks.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2022: The best gifts for kids and families. Shop these local gifts for all the kids on your list. Day pass at Smugglers’ Notch or a weekend of outdoor winter fun.

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Basement Medicine

Dorm to house Smugglers’ Notch Employees
This winter, between 60 and 75 such employees from Smugglers’ Notch Resort will be taking up residence on campus in the Senators South residence hall.

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New England is home to 5 of the 20 best ski resorts in North America.

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The Points Guy

Best for families: Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Vermont

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Travel & Leisure

How To Plan A Magical Vermont Winter Vacation — Luxury Hotels, Ski Resorts, And Off-Mountain Activities Included

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2021 Press Releases


Smugglers’ Notch is ranked #1 Overall Resort is the Eastern U.S. & Canada. Ski Magazine’s annual readers’ poll places Smuggs in the #1 Spot in 5 Categories. “We see this feedback as the most genuine type possible…”

October 25, 2021
For Immediate Release

Jeffersonville, VT) – A big thank you from Smugglers’ Notch to the readers of SKI MAGAZINE for once again recognizing the Resort as:

2022 #1 Overall Resort in the Eastern U.S. & Canada.

Smuggs also takes the top spot in 4 more categories.

2022 #1 Resort in the East
2022 #1 Resort For Families
2022 #1 Resort For Service
2022 #1 Resort For Grooming

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It’s a great honor for America’s Family Resort to be recognized as number one for families in the Ski Magazine annual survey for the past two decades.

The independently owned Resort prides itself on catering to families with incredible slopes and outdoor experiences for skiers and non-skiers alike.

Owner, Bill Stritzler said, “The SKI Magazine Reader Resort Survey takes feedback from real skiers and riders who are passionate about traveling for the sake of living their passion. We see this feedback as the most genuine type possible and hold a survey like this in the highest regard.”

Stritzler went on to say Resort staff members always go above and beyond to create memorable vacations for visitors, and being honored as the #1 in Service is a testament to their efforts.

“Employees at Smuggs have a “We Want You Back” attitude toward every guest,” Stritzler said.

Further emphasizing Smuggs commitment to families, the Resort is in the top 10 for:
Value, Lodging, Access, Nightlife, Après, Local Flavor, and Dining.

Smuggs has 78 trails, 8 lifts, the highest vertical drop in Northern Vermont at 2,610 feet, and more than 300 inches of natural snow annually. There are multiple terrain parks and 1,000 acres of skiing and riding. For those staying at the Resort, it’s a wide open space with the mountain outside their door.

The Resort offers award-winning children’s programs, full day camps for kids to learn how to ski while parents spend the day on the trails, nearly 15-miles of snowshoeing and cross country trails, swimming, ice skating, FunZone 2.0 with a rock climbing wall, a Ninja Warrior Course, enormous inflatables, an arcade, laser tag, and a section for younger ones to play.

Families who visit Smuggs tend to return year after year to continue creating memories that last a lifetime.

For more information visit smuggs.com/ski-awards

Unofficial Networks Article

Do you still head back to your alma mater for a big football game or a homecoming get-together? You probably enjoy spending time with old friends, visiting bars you used to love, and you bathe in the nostalgia flowing throughout the weekend.

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USA Today Article

Inspired by the Winter Olympics? These US family ski resorts are perfect for beginners.

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NY Family Article

Why New York Family says Smuggs is the "Family Friendly Resort of the Northeast."

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Epoch Times

See why the Epoch Times in NYC said Smuggs is the 'Heart" of New England skiing, calling the Resort an old friend that you love to make memories with.

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55+ Club

Smuggs 55+ Club celebrating a big anniversary. The group's motto is "For seniors on the hill, not over the hill!" See the heartwarming story about a group of spitfires that aired on WCAX-TV here.

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Northern Vermont University

Smugglers' Notch becomes a classroom for future leaders at mountain resorts. A unique college major brings students to the mountain for hands-on learning.

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Yahoo Article

Yahoo News on how Smugglers' Notch lives up to its stellar reputation for families.

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All Mountain Mamas Article

What you need to know to make sure your Ski and Snowboard lessons will be successful. Smugglers’ Notch experts lend a hand in this post from All Mountain Mamas.

All Mountain Mamas Article

mynbc5.com news story

An early December 2021 warm-up is not a concern for Smugglers’ Notch Resort. The season is just getting started and the Resort prepares for whatever Mother Nature has in store.

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Family Skier Story

Smuggs is ranked among the Best Family Resorts in Vermont according to Familyskier.com. “Smuggler’s Notch strikes a balance between a wide variety of family amenities as well as unmatched skiing.”

Family Skier Story

Article from sevendaysvt.com

Glow Tubing at Smugglers’ Notch is a top notch activity. Newspaper Seven Days Vermont highlights what the Resort has to offer, focusing on sliding down Sir Henry’s Hill under a glow of brightly colored lights.

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Smuggs is the Best Value Ski Resort in Vermont according to vermontlifttickets.com. The Resort offers “more vertical skiing for the lift ticket price than any other Resort. You will get 29 feet of vertical skiing for every dollar that you spend on lift tickets here…it wasn’t even close this year.”


wcax.com snowmaker story

Thank a Snowmaker! What does it take to be a Smugglers’ Notch Snowmaker? A whole lot of dedication and even more love for the mountain. Hear from Snowmakers about what a typical work day entails.

Learn what it takes to be a Snowmaker at Smuggs.

Holiday Baking Champion Adam Monette

Food Network baking champion traces his roots back to Smugglers’ Notch. The winner of the 8th annual Holiday Baking Championship started his career in the kitchen at Smuggs. Adam Monette remembers his time as a Smuggler fondly.

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[+] More on chef Adam Monette and his roots at Smuggs.

(Jeffersonville, VT) The Smuggs Rally Team is excited to announce the speaker for the Winter Rally is the now nationally known local chef, Adam Monette. Adam, who grew up in Johnson and is now from St. Albans, is heating things up on the Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship. Adam is “the one to beat” in the 8th annual nationally televised baking competition.

Adam, who’s 35 and married with two young daughters, is a culinary arts teacher at Northwest Career and Technical Center.

He got his start right here at Smuggs! At 15-years-old he got his first professional job as a chef, working at Morse Mountain Grille. Now he brings his little girls to the Resort to ski and bumps into old friends from his days in the Grille’s kitchen.

Adam found his way onto the Food Network when a former student recommended him for the show. He put together a few videos, was interviewed, and landed a spot. He spent weeks filming in Knoxville, Tennessee. If he has the recipe for success and is the last chef standing out the dozen competing, he’ll win $25,000. The show finale airs on December 20, 2021 on the Food Network.

He has all the ingredients needed to be a top-notch speaker for Winter Rally. Adam grew up at the Resort and now brings his young family to the mountain.

Smugglers are cheering for you Adam, and hoping you take home the Grand Prize.

stormskiing podcast

Smugglers’ Notch Resort Owner and Managing Director, Bill Stritzler talks about the Resort’s past, present, and future on The Storm Skiing Podcast with Stuart Winchester.

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RCI Gold Crown Status

30-years of Gold Crown Status is a big honor for Smugglers’ Notch. “Thank you for supporting our shared commitment to delivering exceptional experiences…”

[+] More on our 30 Years of Gold Crown Status

Smugglers' Notch Resort has again earned the 2022 RCI Gold Crown Resort property designation in recognition of its superior Resort facilities and services. This year marks a major milestone for your Resort as it is the 30th consecutive year your property has earned this prestigious designation. RCI commends you and your entire staff for your extraordinary commitment to the highest levels of excellence, quality, and service standards, which you have continually delivered over the past three decades.

2022 marks the 30th Anniversary of RCI’s Resort Recognition Program, which is part of our commitment to not only exceeding the vacation expectations of your owners and RCI subscribing members but also to supporting and celebrating the excellence of our affiliates. Meeting the standards set by the Program proves that you are providing quality vacation experiences, and we are proud to be affiliated with your property. To help you spread the word of this significant accomplishment, we will send you a press release template in early 2022 that you can share with media outlets in your area.

In commemoration of the Program’s 30th Anniversary – and all that our affiliates have accomplished in the past three decades – you’ll notice we’ve redesigned the Resort Recognition Program logos to reflect this milestone. As The New Shape of TravelTMRCI is committed to its ongoing mission to provide our affiliates with comprehensive travel resources and experiences that drive your success. We look forward to serving you and your owners in the coming year

Again, congratulations to you and your team from all of us at RCI, and thank you for supporting our shared commitment to delivering exceptional experiences for your members.

Best wishes for continued success!

Richard Ruff
Sr. Vice President and Managing Director, RCI North America

Springfield Republican's Dream Destinations Getaway Guide

Smuggs is thrilled to be featured in the Springfield Republican's Dream Destinations Getaway Guide
for Winter 2021. A view from Smuggs is on the cover of the guide, and you will find an outstanding two-page spread on pages 37-38.

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Bravo Channel’s Winter House

Statement from Smugglers’ Notch on Bravo Channel’s Winter House, adapted from the success of its Summer House series. “The celebrity cast and producers thoroughly enjoyed visiting Smuggs for several shoots…”

[+] More on Bravo Channel's Winter House
The Bravo Channel filmed segments for this series in January 2021 at Smugglers’ Notch, mainly for the outdoor skiing and riding experiences of the show.

The lodging was in a house in Stowe.

The celebrity cast and producers thoroughly enjoyed visiting Smuggs for several shoots during their time in Vermont.

According to the Bravo producer who booked the event, these shows work better with the cast moving around to different locations to experience the regions they visit.

While in Vermont, the cast and crew had a great time taking part in the activities at Smuggs, went ice fishing on local lakes, dog sledding in Eden, and dining out at local restaurants.

Not everything happens on schedule when producing a TV show like this, so the most difficult part of the puzzle during the visit was coordinating when and where things would come together smoothly.

On the grand scheme of things, Smugglers’ Notch welcomes the idea that our Resort was selected to help in the production of this national reality television series.

All cast members & production crew were quarantined prior to the shoot and tested negative before shooting.

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