Snowfall totals increase

NoaaThe forecast from the National Weather Service

Rain showers likely before 9:00 am, then snow showers likely. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 1;00 am. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Lifts and Trails

Today Sterling Lift and Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift will open at 9:00 am. Morse Highlands Lift will open at 10:00 am. The Village Lift and Madonna I Lift are presently on hold. Midway and Meadowlark are closed today and we plan to reopen them tomorrow. Use the shuttle today to get back and forth from the upper mountains. We have 17 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. More trails may open throughout the day.


Morse Highlands Fun

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn Airboard is an inflated sled similar in size to a water raft and A-shaped. Similar to an inflatable sled or boogie board, they are lightweight and easy to maneuver. You can carve perfect turns as you cruise down the mountain. Airboards are about 48” long and weigh six pounds. At Smugglers’ certain trails at the Morse Highlands area are designated for Airboard use from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Guests must attend a short instructional clinic before venturing on their own. Users must be at least 12 years old, 49” tall and wear a helmet. The rider and Airboard are easily transported on the Highlands Lift. If you love adventure you must try the latest craze in downhill sliding.

Clinic: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm $25 includes instruction, rental and 1 hour free ride.

Advance sign-up is required at the Guest Service Desk or Nordic Center, space is limited. Weather permitting Airboarding is available December 8, 2017 – April 8, 2018



Smuggs Family


Victoria in front of the Madonna I Lift

I would like you to meet Joyce Vandersommen and her daughter Victoria. They both work here at Smugglers’ Notch. Joyce works at the Morse Highlands lift and Victoria works at the Madonna I lift. These two wonderful ladies are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. They are originally from South Carolina. A family tragedy caused the loss of their husband/ father and son/brother. They felt that they could no longer stay in South Carolina.  Joyce put her house on the market and set out to find a new place to call home. Joyce and Victoria visited Smugglers’ Notch and fell in love with the people and this beautiful place.  They both got jobs


Joyce loading chairs at the Morse Highlands Lift

as lift operators and bought a townhouse here in the Village. They knew that they had found their new home and their new family. Joyce has a son Collin who is active duty in the Army. Collin visits frequently and considers Smuggs his home base.  Joyce also has a military background. She is a combat war veteran. She retired in 2006 with 20 years in the Air Force Reserves. She plans to return to her nursing career as Director of Surgical Services in the near future, but Smuggs will remain her home.  Victoria is a recent graduate from the University of Alaska in Anchorage where she received her degree in Environmental Science.  This summer Victoria plans to resume her position as a wilderness guide for a tour company in Prince William Sound. If you see Joyce or Victoria make sure to say hello!