Smugglers’ continues to grow the level of which they appeal to families with their free Kids’ Club. Unrolled last Winter as a test run, Smugglers’ Kids’ Club offers all kids 12 and under a free “treasure chest” of goodies. Parents just have to say, “Sounds great” when checking in, and kids are given a free reusable lunch bag of goodies including coloring books, coupons, free offers, stickers, and more. The idea here is to be sure all kids have some activities to keep them thinking about Winter while parents do parent things, like check-in/check-out, planning, and the like. The coloring book features highlighted kid-friendly activities each day. This helps drive awareness to some of our more popular activities and gives kids the option to check off each activity from a grid in the back of the coloring book. The Kids’ Club test run was a great success, so we’re tying it in with special offers each month this season. The weeks of 12/16-12/21, 1/13-1/18, 2/3-2/8, and 3/3-3/8, Smugglers’ will offer all guests staying on any Club Smugglers’ package FREE lessons and rentals for kids 12 and under!
Smugglers’ premiere banked slalom course on Madonna Mountain will open new doors for intermediates and experts both in and out of lessons. The course will act as a great tool for expanding skiers’ and riders’ horizons, adding a whole new element of fun to learning new skills. Smugglers’ philosophy has and continues to be all about embracing the natural terrain offered by our three mountains. Not only does it give us fun challenges to play with the rolling, rugged natural terrain at Smugglers’, but it helps us all grow as well-rounded skiers and riders. The banked slalom course will also host a series of events this upcoming Winter season.
Fat Bikes give Winter access to Smugglers’ expansive cross-country MTB terrain. We’re looking forward to introducing Fat Biking to our list of activities this Winter. Fat tire bikes will allow guests to roll around in snowy terrain. We’re pleased to bring this popular activity to our mountain, as it provides yet another option for fun, and is less-reliant on perfect snow conditions. Rental bikes will be available, and our event staff is working on planning some bike-specific Winter events!
New Wintersteiger tuning machine puts a whole new edge on your skiing and riding. This machine offers far more options than the one we currently use, including base edge bevels as low as ¼ degree. Additionally, the machine is more sensitive to the array of profiles now offered by ski companies.
More than just skiing and riding Abundant off-slope activities at Smugglers’ Notch Resort provide 24/7 fun for all ages. Family activities include guided nature walks on snowshoes; ice skating; and daytime and evening tube sliding. For ages 8 and older, the ArborTrek zip line canopy tour offers breathtaking views of the snowy mountains while flying from tree platform to tree platform. The 26,000 square foot FunZone 2.0 provides exciting activities for all ages including indoor climbing, laser tag, inflatable obstacle courses, toddler discovery area, and much more. Adults enjoy a weekly snowshoe summit gourmet dinner in a candlelit cabin, followed by a guided trek rounding out a companionable evening with other guests. Indoors, local artists teach painting and sculpting classes, and massage services and yoga sessions provide soothing relaxation.
BrewFest, December 8, 2018 and March 30, 2019
Smugglers' popular BrewFests bookend the ski and ride season in the winter and spring, with local and regional beers for sampling, music, food, prizes, and a souvenir glass.
Parents Magazine Winter Carnival, February 21, 2019
Smugglers' teams up with FamilyFun magazine to host the FamilyFun Winter Carnival, an afternoon of games, giveaways, face painting, music, free barbecue and lots of family fun on the snow!
MapleFest, March 16 - March 31, 2019
MapleFest at Smugglers' Notch Resort and in the local area immerses visitors in the traditions of Vermont's maple sugaring season with sugarhouse tours, snowshoe and walking treks, specialty foods sampling, dining specials & more.
Extensive Skiing and Snowboarding Trails Smugglers' has 78 trails spread out over 300 acres of marked and patrolled acreage on three interconnected mountains. There are an additional 700 acres of unmarked and unpatrolled terrain, for a total of 1,000 acres. The longest run is three miles from the Madonna summit to the Village. Popular trails include the Garden Path on Morse, and Chilcoot, FIS, Rumrunner, Treasure and Black Snake on Madonna and Sterling. The Black Hole at Freefall Woods is the only triple black diamond trail in the East. The trail system incorporates 19% easier, 50% intermediate, 25% expert, and 6% extreme terrain.
Comprehensive Ski & Ride Instruction and Camps Smugglers' Snow Sport University offers group and private instruction for all ages and ability levels. All-day ski and snowboard camps include Discovery Dynamos (ages 3-4), Trail Blazers (ages 5-6), Adventure Rangers (ages 7-10), and the Notch Squad (ages 11-15). Mountain Explorers for ages 16-17 features two hours of on-slope instruction.
Beginning snowboarders enjoy use of Burton Learn to Ride equipment, specially developed boots, boards and bindings for novices. Night School for Boarding is offered evenings twice weekly to beginning snowboarders of all ages. Night School for Jibbing accustoms confident riders to entry level terrain park features. Terrain parks offer a progressive experience from beginner to expert.
The Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Adventure Center Smugglers' Nordic Center offers 30 kilometers of cross-country trails for every level of skier from beginner to expert, and 24 kilometers of dedicated snowshoe trails. Group and private lessons are available. Special tours teach about bear habitat and maple sugaring. The popular weekly Snowshoe Adventure Dinner heads out on an evening exploration of the Sterling summit on snowshoes, capped by a delicious dinner catered by the Resort's Hearth & Candle Restaurant in a cozy timber frame cabin, and trek down to the base lodge on a ski trail with beautiful valley views.
Fun for all ages Smugglers' year-round ArborTrek zip line canopy tour, the first of its kind in Vermont, is located in a scenic valley near the Resort Village with stunning views of the Resort and the Green Mountains. Weaving their way from tree platform to tree platform in a mature forest of hemlock, white birch and sugar maple, participants follow a series of zip lines, suspension bridges, and rappels as guides highlight local ecology and natural history.
Other activities include family and adult entertainment, snow tubing, airboarding on an inflated sled, snowmobile tours, massage, yoga, artists' classes, and much more.
Family Fun Guarantee Smugglers' guarantees that each member of the family will have fun, learn to ski or snowboard or improve their technique, regardless of current ability level - or the entire program portion of that person's vacation package will be refunded.
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