It takes a Village to run a Mountain

The Crew of the Village Lift

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. It takes a Village… and not a small one… to run a Mountain. Smugglers’ Notch Resort is the largest employer in Lamoille County. There’s on-mountain staff such as Lift Operators, Ski Instructors, Snowboard Instructors, Patrollers, Groomers, and Snowmakers. But, it’s not just on-mountain staff that keeps us running. We have housekeepers, maintenance, grounds, shuttle drivers, guest service desk staff, activities staff, wait staff, cooks, dishwashers, and more. If you want to work with the FUN people at our mountain, visit smuggs.com/jobs

On the guest front, I was talking to Matt from Orlando. He was happy that 10 inches of snow fell while his family was here. He was hoping that more trails would have been open, but he said there were more here than in Florida – HA! One of the reasons his family decided to come here is the variety of activities we offer off the slope. Enjoy the rest of your vacation in our Mountain Village, Matt.

Patroller Jason aka Nemo.
SSU Instructors at the Sterling Mountain meeting place. Say hi to Justin.
Liam aka Rocky Raccoon loading chairs at Sterling Lift.
Sarah at the controls of Sterling Lift.
SSU at the Morse meeting place.
Billy at the Sterling Top Shack. He’s also a Parking Attendant and he works at the Country Store in the non-winter months. Outside of the Resort, Billy is a Volunteer with the Bakersfield Fire Department.

More snow in the forecast

NoaaThis Afternoon
Snow likely, mainly after 5 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Snow likely before 8 pm, then snow showers likely, mainly between 8 pm and 10 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Snow showers likely, mainly after 4 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Monday Night
Snow showers, mainly before 3 am. Low around 11.  Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Jolly… Roger That

jolly chadRockin’ Ron for Hugh. As I delivered the morning report, I spied Chad at the Village Lift flying a Pirate Flag. That made me jolly. Then I heard that three Smuggs employees (Jasper, Lilly, Wenzdae) made it to the State Cross Country finals. That made me happy. Then I went to Town Meeting and I heard about how much Smugglers’ Notch Resort and the Smugglers’ Notch Homeowners Association support the Food Shelf. That made me proud. Finally I got a run on Black Snake and Jolly Roger. That made me jolliest!


42 trails / 153 acres to be groomed for Wednesday

jolly rogerLIFT & TRAILS

6 lifts – including Madonna I and 77 of 78 trails open for Wednesday.


5 inches in the past 3 days.










6 to 10 inches of new snow overnight and more on the way

Snow likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 24.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tuesday Night
Snow. Low around 11.  Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Snow likely before 7 am, then a chance of snow showers after 7 am. Cloudy, with a high near 13.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASmugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program (SNAP)

Our adaptive program provides therapeutic recreation for children and adults of all abilities.

Experiences are tailored to meet the needs and goals of each individual. Some campers/students may require two counselors/instructors, while others may be appropriately paired with one counselor.

We also offer an inclusion program with our ski and snowboard programs for children. This gives a child with special needs the opportunity to socialize with his/her peers while still maintaining the support he/she needs through the adaptive program.

There is no age limit for the program. Half and full day lessons are available. Our highly trained instructors will evaluate each individual’s needs and goals and determine their equipment requirements. Smugglers’ Adaptive Program maintains an inventory of adaptive equipment including mono-skis, bi-skis and a slider. Snowboarding is also available.

Advanced reservations are required in order to meet each individuals needs. Due to popular demand we have limited space during our peak weeks. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. Please make your reservation as early as possible. The adaptive camp/lesson must be canceled at least 24 hours in advance for a full refund. No refund will be given within 24 hours of the start of camp/lesson.

For further information about our school programs, pricing information, or to book a reservation please call the Smugglers’ Adaptive Program directly at (802)644-8502 or email Shawna Fatigate, Program Manager

Lifts and Trails

Weather permitting tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift.  All lifts will have a delayed opening tomorrow morning until 10 am due to the cold snap. Temperatures will be rising throughout the day. We plan to have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 30 to 64 inches. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Thomke’s Express, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 142 acres of freshly groomed terrain.


Currently it is -16 degrees at the summit of Sterling with light snow and winds of 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is sunny skies early with increasing clouds later in the day and temperatures between -15 and +10 degrees.

New snow

We received 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 27 inches in the past 4 days!