Spring Update

Memorial Day Weekend

Thinking about taking a trip to Smuggs? Now is the perfect time to book your Memorial Day Weekend getaway. Take advantage of lower preseason rates and spend days hiking, biking, or relaxing in the Courtside pool and hot tubs. We’re also adding some special pop-up fun including a Lamoille Valley brewery tour, Courtyard tasting, games on the green, live music, and so much more! 


Purchase your 2023/24 Season Pass or Badge by Memorial Day, May 29th for the LOWEST RATES of the year! Season Pass prices start at $299/youth and $349/adult. Purchase a Bash Badge for $79/youth and $99/adult.

Get your Vermonter Summer Daycation Pass TODAY!

Treat your family to a Daycation at Smuggs – ALL SUMMER LONG! Your Vermonter Daycation Pass is your “reservation” to enjoy our pools and water parks, the Ozone located at the FunZone 2.0, our daily activities for families, and more. $199/youth, $249/adult. Only available to Vermont residents.


Snowmaking Returns Tonight!

December 8, 2022 
Rumrunner on December 8, 2022

Nothing like starting the day off with a little bit of a refresher from Mother Nature. From the moment I got on the lift and so far through the afternoon, a light dusting of snow has fallen. I’ll take it!

The conditions are carvable thanks to our award-winning snowmaking and grooming teams laying down some beautiful corduroy. Down below it’s nice and granular, perfect for making some nice turns.

With cooler temps returning, our snowmakers are eager to get those guns firing again. Sometimes Mother Nature needs a little help and our team is more than up to the challenge! Our snowmaking efforts will continue tonight on Sterling focusing on Black Snake and Lower Rumrunner. We plan to have Lower Rumrunner open for the weekend, weather permitting. The lower mountain and beginner terrain is up next.

Stay tuned and think snow!


December BrewFest!

Calling all libationist, beerologists, and beer mavens! Join us for our December BrewFest this Saturday, December 10th.

Enjoy samples from Citizen Cider, Canteen, High Noon, and White Claw. If your tastes run closer to home, don’t miss samples from Vermont’s own Harpoon, Otter Creek, Shed, 14th Star, Fiddlehead, Von Trapp, Zero Gravity, Switchback, and Woodchuck Cider.

A DJ spins the tunes and the Resort’s Mountain Grille provides an appetizer buffet. From 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Meeting House. Tickets are available at the door – $28 entry includes 8 samples and a souvenir sampling glass. 21 & older.


Opening Views

Stacy in for Hugh!

Check out those opening weekend views! This weekend you can enjoy 4 trails for intermediate and expert skiers and riders on Sterling Mountain. The trail connection from Lot 1 to Sterling Lift is open. Buy tickets online at smuggs.com/reload. Smugglers’ Alley is closed until conditions soften.


2022/23 Opening Day Thanksgiving Weekend!

Mark your calendars! We’re just weeks away from beginning our 2022/23 winter season of skiing and riding. Get ready to take some turns on November 25, the Friday after Thanksgiving (*weather permitting*). Speaking of Thanksgiving, enjoy the Smuggs Thanksgiving Family Celebration November 23-26! It’s the perfect time to sneak away, avoid the craziness of cooking and allow us to take care of all the trimmings for the whole family.

Frosted tips on top of Madonna Mountain 11/14/22

With the recent snowmaking temps and some more help from Mother Nature expected Wednesday, we’re excited to continue our snowmaking efforts through the week as we approach our expected opening day of 11/25 *weather dependent*.

As excited as we are for fresh snow, please keep an eye on our Snow Report for all Uphill Travel conditions.


Smuggs Wins SKI Magazine – #1 EAST and #1 for Families!

Ski Mag Awards Upper Chilcoot

Thank you once again for all the #smuggslove and to the readers of SKI magazine who voted Smuggs as the 2023 #1 Overall Resort in Eastern North America as well #1 Family Friendly. We ranked in the Top 5 in the following categories: Grooming, Terrain, Value, Challenge, Guest Services, Lodging, Local Flavor, and Overall Satisfaction. We are beyond grateful to receive this recognition and so proud to have our wonderful staff, guests, and families return year after year. Read the full SKI Magazine Article here.

Be sure to purchase your Pass or Bash Badge by Halloween for your last chance to save this season. Click HERE to BUY TODAY! Our planned opening date is November 25! See you on the slopes.


Solar Powered Wildlife Tracking Antenna

Smuggs recently assisted the Northeast Motus Collaboration (NMC) with the installation of a solar-powered wildlife tracking antenna at the warming hut on the top of Madonna Mountain. The NMC is a coordinated effort among Willistown Conservation Trust, Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, Project Owlnet, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Maine Audubon, Connecticut Audubon, New Hampshire Audubon, Massachusetts Audubon, and Audubon Vermont (“Collaborators”) in cooperation with Motus Wildlife Tracking System and Birds Canada to install a series of receiver stations throughout New England (“New England Motus Array”).

Motus Wildlife Tracking System project is coordinated by Birds Canada, and now includes hundreds of collaborating institutions, agencies, and independent researchers.  With small Motus towers in place from Nunavut, Canada to Chile, more than 22,000 animals representing more than 200 species, including songbirds, raptors, seabirds, bats, monarch butterflies, and migratory dragonflies, have been tagged by dozens of participant researchers. See Motus by the Numbers for more information. 

Kirtland's Warbler: Scott Weidensaul
Kirtland’s Warbler: Scott Weidensaul

Motus’ goal is to combine individual research projects into a massive, collaborative, coordinated, hemispheric network of VHF nanotag receiver stations, allowing researchers to track the movements of flying animals too small to support traditional satellite or GPS telemetry. All participants use a single shared radio frequency, shared infrastructure, a shared database, and (within reason) shared results. Movement tracks are presented on the Motus website for public education in a way that does not jeopardize the publications or research interests of individual cooperators. 

This New England Motus Array will expand the ability to track migrating animals passing through the region and share with others the information thereby collected. The primary species tracked are songbirds but can also include things like butterflies. Dan Maxon, Manager of Energy, Planning, and Permits at Smuggs, was responsible for making this happen.


Vermont Volunteers Receive a Free Winter Daycation Pass at Smuggs

It’s Smuggs Love, when you give, we give!

“Here at Smugglers’ we believe that any person that contributes to the health of the community through volunteerism should be rewarded. There are numerous non-profit organizations that provide incredible services to members of our Vermont community that are struggling. Smugglers’ is in the position to help and provide an additional incentive to get folks involved so these organizations can continue to fulfill their mission and serve the needs of the community.” — Owner, Bill Stritzler

Volunteer at a local non-profit for at least 10 hours per month with a 3-month commitment* and receive a Winter Daycation Pass for your immediate family! The Vermonter Winter Daycation Pass provides entry into the heated pool and hot tubs, ice skating, bonfire warm-up, tubing, the Ozone at FunZone 2.0, and more all season long! Valued at $139/adult and $99/youth. Email ski-ride@smuggs.com to redeem your Smuggs Love Vermonter Winter Daycation Pass. Please include contact information, volunteer organization, and supervisor approval.

*Documentation from the organization supervisor must be provided to receive the benefit.

Buy your 2022/23 Season Pass or Badge today!


Replacing 5,000′ of Snowmaking Air and Water Pipe on Lower Chilcoot

Our hardworking Mountain Ops crew has had their hands full, literally, of snowmaking pipe. Recently, they’ve begun the process of replacing approximately 5000’ of snowmaking air and water pipe on Lower Chilcoot. This project will improve our overall ability to make snow on the Lower Chilcoot and be a great addition to our early-season snowmaking capabilities.

Welders using the Zap-Lok process
Workers prepping pipe before being loaded into the Zak-Lok machine

To expedite the process, GW Tatro Company, mountain construction specialists, are using their exclusive Zap-Lok process to join together 40’ pieces of 8” (water) and 6” (air) pipe into strings several hundred feet long. These pipe strings will then be pulled up the Lower Chilcoot trail with a log skidder, placed with an excavator, and shallowly buried at all trail crossings. A welder connects the pipe to the existing infrastructure and welds threaded couplings to the pipe to accept air and water hydrants. Once the pipe is installed, the Smuggs snowmaking crew will re-install the tower guns and hydrants.

Zak-Lok machine doing its thing!

In preparation for this project, Smugglers’ snowmaking crew previously removed all the tower guns, air, and water hydrants from the trail. Working with Bob Edwards Excavating and Trent Roy, welder, the old pipe was removed from the hill, pulled to the base area, and cut up by the Mountain Operations team into 20’ sections. The old pipe was loaded into dumpsters and then sent off for recycling.

Pipe being pulled up Lower Chillcoot by an excavator

As much as we’ve been enjoying summer in the heart of Vermont, we’re very excited for cooler temps to arrive and the first snowfall. Big thanks and shout out to our hardworking Mountain Operations team for another job very well done!