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As The Leaves Turn

Scenic views overlooking Madonna Lift Line. Photo 9/14/21.
Scenic views overlooking Madonna Lift Line. Photo 9/14/21.

Fall has begun with bright signs of early foliage all over the Resort. Foliage color generally starts to change in the higher, cooler areas, spreading down into the valleys, and moving from north to south across the state. ‘Peak’ colors can be found at many different times and places as the season progresses, and the timing varies from year to year, based on the weather.

Need to know what the foliage looks like? Check out the foliage forecaster here

As the leaves turn. Bootleggers' Basin photo 9/14/21.
As the leaves turn. Bootleggers’ Basin photo 9/14/21.
Colors starting to pop behind the Base Lodge. Photo 9/14/21.
Colors starting to pop behind the Base Lodge. Photo 9/14/21.

Fall also means final preparations for the start of the winter ski and snowboard season. Yesterday, our legendary mower Albert gave Practice Slope a nice haircut using his tractor. Who’s excited about fall in the heart of Vermont?

Albert giving Practice Slope a haircut with his tractor.
Albert giving Practice Slope a haircut with his tractor.
Albert giving Practice Slope a haircut with his tractor.
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2021-22 Season Passes and Bash Badges ON SALE!

What’s not to like about three big mountains that offer up a classic New England experience on 78 trails? 

2021-22 Season Passes and Badges are now ON SALE! Purchase by Labor Day, 9/6/21, for the greatest savings. Click HERE to purchase!

Multi-Week Ski & Ride Programs
Have children? Check out our award-winning Multi-Week Ski & Ride Programs. Available for all ages. These programs fill up quickly — get yours while there’s still space available!

Season-Long Ski & Snowboard Equipment Lease
Why rent when you can lease for the whole season! Rates start at $139 per youth, $209 per adult for the season. Click here to learn more.

3 Mountain Equipment offers every skier and rider an extensive inventory of professionally maintained adult or youth ski rental equipment from Head, Rossignol, and Dalbello, the latest gear in snowboarding from Burton and premium outerwear from Rossignol.

Tuning Pass
Need a tune? Check out our tuning pass that includes 5 tunes with a stone grind, ceramic edging, and wax. Only available for purchase prior to Halloween 2021. Learn more here.

Professional tuning and repair services for all of your ski and snowboard equipment. 3 Mountain Equipment features the brand new Wintersteiger Mercury state-of-the-art fully automated tuning machine.
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America’s Family Resort

Dloss Family Summer 2021

Meet the Dloss family! Smugglers since 1978 and four generations strong, we’re proud to have families like this return year after year and share their long-time love of the Resort. ♥️😊♥️

Have a similar story? We’d love to share! Please email a photo to socialmedia@smuggs.com to be featured next.

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Stocking Sterling Pond

Aerial view of Sterling Pond.

Sterling Pond has been restocked! A huge thanks to our Mountain Operations Department and Vermont’s Department of Fish and Wildlife for all their hard work.

At 3,000 feet high, Sterling Pond is Vermont’s highest elevation trout pond. Each year, our Operations teams work with Vermont’s Department of Fish and Wildlife to stock the pond with hundreds of Brook Trout. It’s quite the adventure for these little fishies!

The truck arrives with our special guests in tow. From there, bag-lined cans are filled with water. Fish are added to their new (temporary) vessel of transport, and a special shot of oxygen is introduced to calm their nerves. Brook trout are notorious for having a fear of heights, so the more we can do to keep them happy, the better chance they’ll have of loving their new home at the top of Sterling Mountain.

200 Brook Trout are gently put in barrels with fresh water to help them enjoy the lift ride up to their new home.


So, why the chairlift? Well, it’s the smoothest way to bring these little guys to the top without shaking them up too much. 9 minutes in the air and they’ve arrived at their unload station. From here, it’s a short ride on the back of a four-wheeler to the pond, where they are introduced to their new accommodations at the highest trout pond in the state of Vermont.

All aboard!! Fishies enjoying a ride on Sterling Lift to Sterling Pond.


If you haven’t been up to Sterling Pond in the warmer months, it’s a must. Access comes from either the Smugglers’ Notch parking area at the top of Route 108, or by hiking up the ski trails on Sterling. This large body of water sits comfortably above 3000 feet in elevation and has a fun trail running around it called the Elephant’s Head Trail. The scenery is gorgeous and it makes a great place for a picnic or family outing, whether you enjoy fishing or not!

Fishies settling into their new summer home.
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Resort Green-Up Day 2021

Thank you to all employees and volunteers who contributed to our Resort Green-Up Day today! The morning started out right, with coffee and breakfast sandwiches before volunteers headed to their designated areas to help give the Resort a nice spring clean before the start of the 2021 summer season. We’re looking very forward to continuing to get everything prepared for the start of summer programming on June 11th!

Green Up Day at Smuggs

2021 Disc Golf Season Begins

In the meantime, we’re excited for the Disc Golf season to begin on Friday, May 14th. Both of our two world-class championship courses (Brewster Ridge #5, Fox Run #12) have been rated in the top 15 courses in the World by UDisc.We’re now accepting reservations for the beginning of the 2021 season as well. We ask that players and groups reserve a tee time before their arrival by calling the Pro Shop, (802) 644-2477, or sending an e-mail to discgolf@smuggs.com. Please be sure to include the date and time you would like to arrive, which course you would like to play, as well as the number of players in your group.

Stay and Play Weekend

Looking to stay and play all weekend long at Smuggs? Be sure and check out our Disc Golf Weekend Stay and Play special June 4-6, 2021. The package includes 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfast vouchers, beer sampling gift pack, orientation & disc golf intro, unlimited use of our two 18-hole courses, and a 9 hole glow round. Plan your trip by calling our Group Vacation Department at (800) 521-0536 or email at groups@smuggs.com or visit the group vacation page to learn more.

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Today is the last day of the 20/21 winter season

Today is the last day of the 2020 / 2021 Winter season. We have the Sterling Lift and Madonna I Lift operating. We have 18 trails open with terrain for intermediate and expert only. Be aware of thin cover and bare spots. Some walking may be required on some trails later in the day. Surface conditions are machine groomed and spring conditions with average base depths of 0 to 24 inches. 15 trails have been groomed for today, including Chilcoot, Practice Slope, and Treasure Run for a grand total of 50 acres of freshly groomed terrain. It is currently partly sunny and 50 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Today’s forecast is calling for skies becoming mostly sunny with a high of 74 degrees at the base and 62 degrees in the upper elevations.

Uphill traffic:

Morse Mountain now open daily.

Madonna Mountain closed for grooming.

Sterling Mountain open daily 5:30 am to 7:30 am and 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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It’s a spring thing

Tomorrow is the last day of the 2020 / 2021 Winter season. We plan to have Sterling Lift and Madonna I Lift operating. We plan to have 17 trails open with terrain for intermediate and expert terrain only. Surface conditions are machine groomed and spring conditions with base depths of 6 to 38 inches. 15 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Black Snake, Practice Slope, Chilcoot, and Birch Run for a grand total of 50 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Rapidly melting snow may require some walking on a few trails late in the day. It is currently sunny and 60 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with a high of 73 degrees at the base and 62 degrees in the upper elevations.

Uphill traffic:

Morse Mountain now open daily

Madonna Mountain closed

Sterling Mountain open daily 5:30 am to 7:30 am and 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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Spring fever

The last day of the 2020 / 2021 Winter season is tomorrow Saturday, April 10th. We plan to have Sterling Lift and/or Madonna I Lift operating depending on snow coverage. Today we have Sterling Lift operating with 10 trails open. Bootlegger is open for now from Smugglers’ Alley. We only have intermediate and expert terrain available at this time. Surface conditions are machine groomed and spring conditions with average base depths of 6 to 38 inches. 8 trails have been groomed for today, including Black Snake, Practice Slope, and Birch Run for a grand total of 38 acres of freshly groomed terrain. It is currently sunny and 59 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Today’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with a high of 73 degrees at the base and 62 degrees in the upper elevations.

Uphill traffic:

Morse Mountain now open daily.

Madonna Mountain closed for grooming.

Sterling Mountain open daily 5:30 am to 7:30 am and 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Smugglers’ Alley
Photo taken from the balcony
Smugglers’ Alley
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