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.
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.
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!
Your visit to Smugglers’ Notch Resort during our MapleFest Celebration will immerse you in the traditions of the sugaring season, right in the geographic heart of Vermont’s renowned maple syrup production. You’ll even see sap lines at the resort that collect for a nearby sugarhouse!
Smugglers’ is your comfortable and convenient home base for visits to sugarhouses where you’ll learn about the process directly from enthusiastic maple sugarmakers. From snowshoe and walking treks, to specialty food and beverage samplings, to special dining options at our restaurants, you’ll find so much that is maple-themed.
I rode Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift this morning with Mark. We had a great chat on the way up the mountain. Mark told me that it has been 15 years since he skied last and he really wanted his family to learn how to ski. He starting doing some research and heard that Smugglers’ Notch was the place for families! Mark said that he had never been to Vermont, so they decided to do something new and check out Smugglers’ Notch. Mark’s family is all taking lessons today. He was telling me that he could not wait to pick up his kids after their lesson, so that they could all take some runs together! Thanks for taking a couple runs with me today Mark and welcome to the Smuggs Family!
This is Finn and his dad Connor who are from Fairfax, Vermont. Connor took the day off from work to come ski with Finn today. Finn told me that his favorite trail here at Smuggs is Log Jam, because of the cool features in the terrain park. He had skied Log Jam with his mom early in the season and now he really wants to show his dad. I asked Finn what he liked best about Log Jam Terrain Park and he said “the jumps!” I told Finn that my kids really like Log Jam Terrain Park too and that they like the serpentine the best. It’s hard not to like Log Jam Terrain Park with all the spines, rollers, and serpentine!