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Uphill, Drone, and Off Trail policies for ski terrain usage

Uphill Access Policy
The recent growth in the use of touring equipment (alpine and nordic) and snowshoeing has resulted in an increase in usage of our ski trails during non-operational hours. Smugglers' Notch Resort wants to continue supporting the publics passion for physical fitness and ski culture, while clearly communicating and enforcing policies that keep users safe and support responsible stewardship of the mountain.

Much of the land Smugglers' trails are located on is owned by the State of Vermont. The lease held by Smugglers' Notch Management Company that permits operation of skiing services stipulates that Smugglers' is responsible and liable for the maintenance and safety of the mountain at all times. The lease gives resort officials the ability to grant, limit, or terminate property use at any time. Smugglers' Notch Management requests that those enjoying our terrain police their own behavior and abide by the following rules. Failure to abide by this code of conduct will result in more restrictive policies.

Uphill traffic is allowed during the following times and areas:

Morse Mountain
6:00 am - 8:00 am and 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm any night; please access using Garden Path or Snow Snake.

Madonna Mountain
6:00 am - 8:00 am and 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights; please access using Chilcoot.

Sterling Mountain
6:00 am - 8:00 am

Please keep in mind that there are NO rescue services during these times. You must be prepared for emergency situations. A buddy system is recommended. Please wear reflective clothing and headlamps.

No uphill traffic is allowed during operational hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm weekends and 8:30 am - 4:30 pm weekdays and 10:00 pm - 6:00 am all days.

Do not ski or skin on trails that have grooming equipment on them or snowmaking operations underway.
Smugglers' frequently uses winch cats to groom much of the terrain you are accessing. The cable from the snow cat is very long (over a mile) and very hard to see. Impact with the cable can cause death or serious injury to skiers and riders. Stay away from all snowmaking, grooming and other equipment related to mountain operations.

Check the daily snow report if you plan on accessing our trails during times when uphill travel is allowed. If a trail is marked as groomed on our snow report, it will probably be done again that night.

If skiing or riding after hours, do not ski or ride on freshly groomed terrain. Your tracks can freeze overnight and create hazards for clientele the next morning.

Follow basic concepts of outdoor professionalism and stewardship. Please remove all trash and personal items, leaving the mountain environment as you found it or better.

Respect mountain buildings. Please go in the woods to relieve yourself. Please do not touch heaters or thermostats in mountain buildings. Smugglers' chooses to keep summit buildings unlocked for convenience and for emergencies. Their remoteness makes them a challenge to maintain and there is a large cost associated with their operation.

Be a responsible pet owner. Keep dogs under control at all times, and remove all messes.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
Dave Sills
Director, Smugglers' Ski Patrol

Steve Wry
Vice President, Mountain Guest Experience
Drone Usage Policy
The use of drones or radio controlled model aircraft (currently considered Unmanned Aerial Systems or UAS) for photography or other use is prohibited at Smugglers' Notch Resort.
Smuggs Off Trail Policy
Wooded areas beyond the marked ski resort area boundary as shown on the trail map are closed to skiing and snowboarding. Woods between open trails are not marked trails, are not patrolled and have no skier/snowboarder services. If you decide to ski or snowboard inside the ski resort area boundary, enter from and exit to an open trail. If you ski or snowboard in these wooded areas, you are solely responsible for yourself. You should be an expert skier or snowboarder, and you should stay in groups of three or more. If you ski or snowboard beyond the ski resort area boundary, Vermont Law provides that you are liable for all expenses for search and rescue services.
Do not ski or snowboard on or across closed trails.
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