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Smugglers Notch - American Ski Resort (320m to 1110m)
Compact New England condominium-only resort with reputation for excellent child-care, whilst also having the greatest vertical in North Vermont and an impressive snowfall record. Strong emphasis on enjoyment of guests, with 'fun guaranteed' for parents as well as children and a strong program of on and off-slope organised activities. Freefone reservations from the UK on 0800 1698219.
Smugglers Notch Ski Facts
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The American ski resort of Smugglers Notch has direct access to 72 individual pistes, served by 9 ski lifts.
The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.
Snowmaking :- Smugglers Notch is able to augment natural snow, with 345 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 9 Ski Lifts of Smugglers Notch are able to uplift 6,250 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Smugglers Notch are perfectly feasible. Burlington Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Smugglers Notch
Considering the 'family friendly' feeling in resort, some guests might be concerned that Smuggler's ski and boarding opportunities would be limited to a couple of lifts with safe - and therefore probably rather boring - terrain to match. Fortunately this is certainly not the case, as Smuggler's ski area covers three mountain faces, Sterling, Morse and the highest, Madonna.
There are around 80 trails serving a very healthy 780m (2610 feet) vertical. Snow isn't usually a problem as besides being one of the most naturally snowy resorts in New England, the resort has top-to-bottom snowmaking throughout which its currently spending millions of dollars on upgrading and expanding. The one gripe some skiers and boarders may have, if they're used to high speed quads, is that Smugglers is still running fixed-grip doubles which transport you at a leisurely pace up the mountain. Of course it's a matter of perspective and of attitude and getting time to relax a bit on those lifts rather than racing up as well as down does seem to fit with the holiday feeling. But if you are always in a hurry, then these lifts may be a drawback.
The resort's 'Snow Sport University' markets itself as institute of higher learning, and employs more than 300 ski and snowboard teachers offering instruction in alpine and telemark skiing, snowboarding, snow blading, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Peter Ingvoldstad, the Program Director for over 20 years, is internationally recognized as a dynamic developer of innovative teaching techniques for children and adults - techniques that make for an incredibly fast learning curve.
Cross-Country is particularly well organised at Smugglers with added initiatives and itineraries to give more than the pristine forest and mountain experience for those that want it. There are 30 km (19 miles) of cross-country trails for every level from beginner to expert and lessons are available in traditional (diagonal) cross-country and ski skating. Rental equipment is available for all disciplines as well.
Snowboarding in Smugglers Notch
Snowboard camps are organised for different child age groups between ages 4 and 17 as well as for adults. Night School of boarding for beginners from 1600 - 2100, three nights weekly, floodlit.
The Birch run Terrain Park on Sterling Mountain is designed for entry and intermediate level riders with modified table tops, rolls and spines.
Prohibition Park on Madonna features multiple hits for intermediate and expert riders, plus a 425 foot superpipe. The Zone on Sterling has the biggest hits for expert and championship riders.
Smugglers Notch Aprés Ski
Apres is fairly laid back at Smugglers with a carefully prepared choice of adult-only space, or child-oriented space (all ages of kids) or family space. There are a good choice of hot tubs to enjoy. Tthe Hearth & Candle restaurant features an adults-only room and there are plenty of organized evening activities like karaoke, musical entertainment by local bands, and comedy and magic shows.
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Smugglers Notch in brief
Smugglers Notch Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Opened : November 23, 2012
Closed : April 14, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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