Mosey through the Village Courtyard and sample delicious food products made with ingredients from our Green Mountain State. Vendors are subject to change but may include: Barr Hill, SILO Distillery, Mad River Distillers, Long Trail, Woodchuck, Ambrosia Confections, Mountain Grove Coffee, It’s Arthur’s Fault, SAP!, GoodMix, MOCO Hot Chocolate, West River Creamery, Kimball Brook Farm, Wood’s Syrup, and Ski VT with Cabot Cheese.
The Smugglers' Notch special winter carnival features music, face painting, games, a bonfire, and more. The festivities are from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm on the Village Green. Always a family favorite hosted by Goodtime Charlie, Mogul Mouse, Billy Bob Bear, and the Friendly Pirate!
Enjoy Smugglers' Notch Resort and its amenities as a comfortable and convenient home base to visit sugarhouses and learn about the process directly from enthusiastic maple sugarmakers. During our Maple Vacation Experience offer we will include complimentary specialty food and beverage samplings, a children's gift, and sugar on snow during the Thursday Winter Carnival. Plus a selection of our popular programs will be maple themed just for you, and there will be special dining options at our restaurants.
#1 Kid-Friendly Resort in the East! - SKI Magazine Reader Survey 2019
Burton Snowboards Riglet Park and Treehouse
Smugglers' unique Riglet Park for young beginning snowboarders enters its fourth season
During Winter 2011-2012, Smugglers' was the first resort in the East to partner with Vermont's Burton Snowboards to develop a permanent Burton Riglet Park, an on-snow play area with fun terrain features designed for introducing young children to snowboarding.
The park's focal point is a "treehouse," unique to Smugglers'. This elevated platform features ramps that children can ride down, balance stations on the treehouse platform and a lift chair that swings to help kids practice getting on and off the lift. "This treehouse concept takes the Riglet Park to the next level," says Jeff Boliba, Global Resort Director for Burton Snowboards.
Playing in the Riglet Park on small rolling hills, miniature box-style rails, pyramids and a mini-halfpipe allows children to gain the necessary balance and muscle memory to begin sliding and making turns on sloped terrain. The park is located at the Resort's Sir Henry's Learning Area with conveyor lift access.
For children in Smugglers' all-day snowboarding camps for ages 3-5 the learning process is enhanced by a low camper to instructor ratio and the indoor use of balance boards to prepare children for on-slope balance and riding. On the snow, these young children benefit from Burton's Riglet Reel, a retractable strap attached to the snowboard that enables an instructor to guide the child over features with ease.
At Smugglers', beginning snowboarders of all ages enjoy Burton Learn To Ride equipment. The LTR snowboards feature a softer flex, edge bevel and a convex base, which reduces the likelihood of catching an edge and makes linking turns easier. LTR boots and bindings are softer flexing, allowing for increased comfort and as well as easing the users ability to guide the board into a turn. Youth bindings feature one strap with simple ratchets, and for the youngest riders, boots are secured with easily adjusted velcro.
"Young kids can excel at snowboarding with specialized support from their instructors and Burton LTR gear. When we launched our all-day snowboarding camp for 4 and 5 years olds in 2002, we were one of the first resorts to begin teaching snowboarding at such a young age," comments Harley Johnson, director of Smugglers' Snow Sport University. She adds, "Then we began teaching 3-year-olds because we were confident that the instructor/child ratio and LTR equipment would help these little ones excel on the slopes. The Riglet Park is the latest indicator of our commitment to promoting the sport of snowboarding to even the youngest little rippers."
During Winter 2012-2013, Smugglers' Snow Sport University began offering two hour Riglet Park sessions for 3 to 6 year olds, in addition to full day snowboarding camp for ages 3 to 5.
Riglet Park 1st Anniversary
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