2019 Best of the East

Wow! We’re honored to be named the best for the second year in a row by the readers of SKI Magazine! Thank you for your support, thank you for your business, and THANK YOU for all the #smuggslove!



Take a Moment to Accept Winter Back Into Your Heart


Skiing in June

Hugh is certainly staying occupied this Summer. Here he is making some “turns” back in June.

Mike Chait here, filling in for Hugh. Thought it would be a good time to remind everyone that the Winter season is approaching! That’s right. We’re 98 days away from our projected opening day. What are you doing for a pass this season? The Pass Store is now open and ready to lock in your super cool status as a Smugglers’ Passholder! Head over to check out the most affordable shred experience in Vermont. So, what are we doing for the next 98 days? My mother always told me the best way to pass the time is to stay occupied. Well, that’s exactly what we’re doing this Summer here at Smugglers’.



Since Memorial Day weekend, we’ve been tearing up the dirt on our Mountain Bike trail network. Kids are loving the skills park, and so are their parents! We’ve got some fun MTB events coming up as well, including great times as usual at FallFest 2018. Tickets are going fast. Head here to pick yours up today!


It’s been hot. So we’ve retreated to the mountaintops to relax with a cool breeze! It’s nature’s air conditioning, you know. In addition to all the great mountain hikes in the area, did you know there’s a brand new trail that’s wheelchair accessible, right in the Notch? Read more here.

DGPTDisc Golf

With two of the top 18 hole disc golf courses in the world, clearly, we’ve been out throwing discs quite a bit. The courses have never looked so good, with our crew working 7 days a week to prep for the upcoming PDGA Pro Disc Golf World Championships! Spectating is free, so get here to watch the top pros compete for the most prestigious title in disc golf. Events run from September 2-6, right here at the Smugglers’ Notch Disc Golf Center.


Mountain Race & Vertical Challenge

Mountain Challenge RaceSmugglers’ Mountain Race is a weekend of stout mountain runs at their finest. These are extremely challenging sky-run style mountain races located on the rugged slopes and trails of Smugglers’ Notch Resort, in Mount Mansfield State Forest!

Both races climb to the highest point of land; Madonna Mountain, on the North side of Smugglers’ Notch via steep, unforgiving terrain. Loose rock, mud, slippery slopes and long unrelenting climbs with spectacular views should be expected.

Two days of races, and two days of fun! Register here. Smugglers’ Notch Resort is one of the best family resort destinations you will find! In addition to incredible mountain trails, Smuggs offers infinite family fun! While you run, your family will be enjoying a weekend of water parks, zip lining, disc golf, and more!

Room rate discount for race participants!


Madonna I

MadonnaSummerExcited for summer adventures!? The white to green transition is complete. Our summer playground is waiting for you! #smuggslove


Mountain Biking at Smugglers’ Notch Resort

Mountain biking at Smuggs

Photo by Jeff Spring

Jeff Spring for Hugh in May.

This is the time of year most full of promise. An entire season of riding looms before us, and with it – the excitement of long weekends with good friends – the thrill of exploring new terrain – the serenity of sessions on the ol’ tried and true favorites we know and love – the exhilaration of progression on our bikes – the anticipation of battle with that one feature we know we’ll conquer, that one rugged climb we know we’ll reach the top of – this year, this season…

We will be opening parts of our trail network soon! Stay tuned for updates! This season, for those mountain bikers that will be visiting Smuggs trails just for our single & double-track riding (instead of the MTB Center in the village) we are opening up parking and trail access from our NEW Outdoor Center! The new building will be operational come July, but until then – from May 12 on – we invite Smuggs trail riders to park at 1239 Edwards Rd and to check in at our Pro Shop! Trails are free, but we’d love you to sign in!


Thank YOU for a great season!

thank You sign

Thank YOU for voting us #1 for Service, #1 Kid Friendly, and #1 OVERALL in Ski Magazine’s 2017 Reader Appreciation Poll!

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Sunday, April 15th was the last day of Lift Operations for the 2017-2018 Winter Season. We had some fun, we had some laughs and we had 300 inches of snow! Our anticipated Opening Day for the 2018-2019 Winter Season is Friday, November 23rd. Passes and Badges are now on sale – buy early and save!

… ’til the next time we see you on the slopes… realize your dreams and make good choices.


Great conditions for Closing Day

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday we have the Madonna I and Sterling lifts operating with 33 trails open for intermediates and experts. We received 2 inches of new snow overnight and 7 inches in the past week. 15 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 68 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is snow, sleet, and mix with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 22 and 28 degrees.

Thank you for a wonderful season!





Closing Day is Sunday, April 15th


Sterling and Mount Mansfield

I ran into my good friend Phil and his son James in Lot #1 this morning. We did some cruiser runs on Madonna and Sterling. It was great to catch up and make some turns together.

Tonights forecast is snow and sleet with 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for more snow and sleet with another 1 to 3 inches of accumulation and temperatures between 21 and 32 degrees.



Phil on Upper FIS

15 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 68 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We plan to have both the Madonna I and Sterling lifts operating tomorrow with 33 trails open for intermediates and experts.





James on Upper Rumrunner


Madonna Mountain


James Bellizia throwing some snow around on Upper FIS

The Madonna I and Sterling lifts are operating with 33 trails open, with terrain for intermediates and experts.  18 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 60 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Today forecast is a chance of mix, snow, and sleet a dusting of accumulation possible with temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees.


Here it comes

Snow. Low around 19. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Snow and sleet likely before 3 pm, then sleet likely between 3 pm and 5 pm, then freezing rain and sleet likely after 5 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 29. East wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
The Madonna I and Sterling lifts are operating with 34 trails open for intermediates and experts.