Find Your Favorite Trail at Smugglers’ Notch Vermont
When the days grow short and the snow starts piling up, one thing becomes abundantly clear: It’s time to break through the cabin fever and set off on a family vacation to the mountains. But with so many slopes in Vermont the question becomes, where to? Our advice is to head north. There’s a greater likelihood of skiing on natural snow in northern Vermont; it’s the snowiest part of the state. But here’s where things get tricky. With so many age groups and interests, pleasing everyone in the family seems next to impossible.
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Mom likes to cruise, Dad likes to explore, 6-year-old Timmy doesn’t know how to ski, 13-year-old Jackie would rather spend her day indoors, and 16-year-old Sarah loves to snowboard but wants absolutely nothing to do with anyone else in the family. Oh, and then there’s Uncle Jim, the would-be Olympian, seeking a day of heart-pounding thrills. So where do you go?
Easy answer. Smugglers’ Notch is a one-size-fits-all vacation destination that offers an array of terrain—not to mention a whopping 23 feet of average annual snowfall— and activities for the entire family. Here, Mom can soak up the majestic mountain views while leisurely coasting down a blue run. Dad can strap on his snowshoes and explore the Nordic Center’s 30 kilometers of tree-lined trails. Timmy can meet and conquer Morse Mountain’s learning terrain with the Resort’s award-winning children’s program.Jackie can hunker down in the warmth of an arts-and-crafts workshop, learning to sculpt while watching the snow fall. Sarah can ditch the fam for a day and snowboard with new friends her own age in the Mountain Explorers program. And Uncle Jim? Well, he can head straight for the legendary Fab Five, a series of black diamonds known for serious steeps, pockets of moguls, and the Black Hole, the only triple black diamond in the East. Then, at the end of the day, everyone can meet up for a family tubing party and hot chocolate around the bonfire.
With its three interconnected mountains, 78 snow-blanketed trails, diverse low-density glades, and plethora of extracurricular amenities, Smugglers’ Notch offers space for each of your family members’ skiing lives to evolve—whether they’re beginners, intermediates, experts, or altogether uninterested in skiing. (Did we mention the massage center?) Voted the No. 1 kid-friendly resort in the East, Smuggs has that special kind of mountain magic that keeps loyal guests returning year after year.
So, how does Smugglers’ Notch Resort add up? Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.