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Please read the following programming descriptions carefully.
Changes have been made to program age eligibility, timing, and meeting locations.
Please be aware that as further information is made available by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), Vermont Ski Areas Association (VSAA), other state and federal agencies, and Smugglers' Notch, programming details may need to be further amended.

All participants and instructors will be required to wear masks when closer than 6 feet. Guests will be able to ride the lifts with their travel group only. When in a lesson if no one from their travel group is present they will ride the chairlift by themselves. Adults can ride the lift with their children while their child is in a lesson, if needed. All participants in Snow Sport University programs will be required to adhere to the
Vermont State Travel Guidelines, and will be asked COVID-19 health questions at line up. Participants are also required to fill out a release form online. A link to the release form will be available in late November.

Daily program registration is currently on hold.
We will post updated registration information when it is available.

Please note: These Snow Sport University options for you and your family may continue to be updated. For up-to-date information on the following Snow Sport University options, due to Covid-19 restrictions, please check back.

"This was a great place to go to learn how to ski for the first time. Everyone was so friendly and helpful."
Holly from St. Augustine, FL
Stayed 12/31/2018-01/05/2019

First Timers

First Timer Ski or Snowboard Program

The First Timer program at Smuggs is for every first-time skier or snowboarder (age 5 through adult). Purchase your First Timer program directly at 3 Mountain Equipment located in Smugglers' Notch Resort Village at the base of Morse Mountain.

Each day of the First Timer experience includes:

   • Full day Morse Mountain lift ticket
   • 2 hour beginner (levels 1 & 2) group lesson, 10:00 am or 1:00 pm daily
   • Ski or snowboard rental equipment with helmet

Available daily: December 11, 2020 - April 4, 2021
Rate: Only $109 per day. For best results we recommend three consecutive days but this is not required.

Special First Timer Vermont Resident Pricing!
Lift, Lesson, and Rental Equipment - only $69 per day.
To book an SSU Lesson or Program call 800-523-2754.

Where should I go when I arrive at the resort?

Upon arriving at the Resort, bear right at the main entrance and follow signs to park at 3 Mountain Equipment (3ME). You can purchase your First Timer lesson package and equipment rental at 3ME. Preregistration is not necessary. Please arrive early enough to allow us to outfit you with your rental equipment prior to the start of your lesson.

When and where are my lessons?

2 hour beginner (levels 1 & 2) group lessons meet at 9:45 am and start 10:00 am or 12:45 pm and start at 1:00 pm daily. They meet at the Snow Sport University greeting area at the base of the Village Lift at Morse Mountain.

Once you have been fitted for your equipment the 3ME staff can assist you with finding the pathway to the Greeting Area at the base of the Village Lift at Morse Mountain.
Smugglers' uses hands-free RFID technology at all of our mountain lifts. A personalized Notch Card is required and available to purchase for $5 plus tax. Once purchased this reusable all-season card will have the option to reload online for various products and at our point of sale locations. For more information, visit smuggs.com/notchcard
Snow Sport University is proud to be a member school of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors.
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