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What's New at Smugglers' Notch Vermont

Summer 2015

Family Ties expands. At Smugglers' we are dedicated to our mission of being the best resort for family fun. In keeping with that mission, we've enhanced our Family Ties programs, for many years a popular daily afternoon offering, to encompass a full day of activities every day of the week.

Families will find a fun activity to enjoy together from 10 am to about 7 pm every day of the week. Many of these activities are package inclusions, like an agility dog demo, sock puppet making, family nature walks, creature feature with a naturalist, giant lawn games, singalongs, and arts and crafts. Other activities with equipment needs, like family mountain biking and paddleboard clinics, are fee-based.

With the expanded Family Ties, we are responding to feedback indicating that for today's families, sharing their vacation experiences together as a family is a priority. Families visiting the resort this summer will explore our natural environment, play, learn and create together in Smugglers' Family Ties.

Mountain biking. We are continuing to build the mountain biking programs launched last year. As with many of Smugglers' programs, the mountain biking experience is designed to support all ages and abilities in order to best serve the needs of family visitors. There are entry level and skill developing programs, as well as more advanced clinics. Last year we developed trails on site and a pump track, a circular training area with entry level trail features built in, as well as a specialty camp for ages 9-17.

This year we're expanding the training area into a mountainside park with additional features for learning adjacent to the pump track. We'll also offer a women's clinic and a Strider bike session for ages 3-6 (these small bikes are designed without wheels to promote balance and coordination at an introductory level for this age group). And for more fun, a bike parade will join our weekly parade for campers before our afternoon Country Fair on Thursdays.

Activities. New health and wellness offerings include a meditation class that introduces techniques to encourage stress release. A yoga class focuses at a beginner level on poses to ease pain and stiffness for those age 50 and older. In addition to returning favorites like the wild edible and medicinal herb walk, herbalist Kelley from Horsetail Herbs has three new classes: the Cocoa-licious Facial with cocoa based ingredients; creating delicious beverage blends in Exotic Spices, Teas & Coffees; and Herbal Bath and Body Works, with take-home how-to's and in-class creation of bath salts, sugar scrub, body wash and sunscreen.

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