Smugglers' Notch

4323 Vermont Route 108 South, Smugglers' Notch , VT (Driving Directions to Smugglers' Notch)
Last Updated: 10/24/2016 10:06 PM

Smugglers' Notch Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 14 Beginner
  • 42 Intermediate
  • 18 Advanced
  • 4 Expert
Families have chosen our mountain playground as their vacation destination for decades, drawn by a wide variety of activities from artists’ classes to zip line canopy tours, as well as our relaxed vibe and down-home friendliness, and the beauty of northern Vermont’s Green Mountains. Family vacations at Smugglers’ are supported by hiking guides, ski and snowboard instructors, children's camp counselors, ... lifeguards, nursery staff, front desk clerks, adventure guides ... you get the idea — loads of enthusiastic folks with family vacation expertise to share. Smugglers’ Notch Resort is your playground for all types of adventure and fun for all ages. You’ll find there’s so much to do here you won’t be able to do it all in one Day. Get the most out the resort with this new Daycation product.

Smugglers' Notch is located in Smugglers' Notch, Vermont.
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Smugglers' Notch Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Smugglers' Notch Operations


Plan to Open 11/25

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 8

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 78

Weekend Hours


Smugglers' Notch Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

1,030 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

2,610 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

3,640 ft

Smugglers' Notch Ski Pictures and Photos

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Smugglers' Notch Reviews & Tips (106)

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Definitely consider this location during the week. During the weekend the lines can get quite long due to the lack of uphill capacity. There is some very difficult terrain here for expert skiers to test themselves on as well as some great single black and blue cruisers that offer exceptional views and great speed. The glades are all quite amazing..
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 02 2016 - 06:46 PM
Clay Advanced Skier
As others have mentioned previously, do not try to access Smugglers Notch from the south as there is a seasonal road that is closed in the winter. Attempting to go around this blockage through the town of Jeffersonville puts you about an hour out of the way. When driving straight from Boston (4+ hours), another hour is not very desirable. It would be great if Liftopia could make this explicitly clear to individuals once they purchase a lift ticket.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 02 2016 - 06:34 AM
Greg Intermediate Snowboarder
Although I'm an advanced skier, my primary reason for going to Smuggs was to introduce my 16 year old grandson to skiing. Smuggs has an excellent beginner's area and although the chairlifts are slow, that is an added advantage to a beginner. Their beginner's area has a variety of terrain from a very gentle slope to more challenging trails as individual skill levels permit. With a limited amount of natural snow, their snow-making equipment allowed for adequate snow conditions and decent skiing. Even though Smugg's lodges could use face lifts and the lifts upgraded to high-speed quads, the staff is friendly with family oriented programs and entertainment, making it an ideal family ski area.
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 10 2016 - 08:00 PM
Thomas Advanced Skier
Loved my trip to Smuggs. Best tip is to NOT stay at the resort. We did a very long guys weekend and stayed right across the street from the resort and saved about $1,000. We found a VRBO house which is also right next to a fantastic bar and restaurant; Stella Notte. The number on VRBO is 495165. It was a new house and had four bedrooms. It was a fantastic trip.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 19 2016 - 05:38 AM
Jim Advanced Skier
Do not try and access this resort form the south as route 108 is closed right after Stowe in the winter. You must access Smuggler's from the north after travelling through the town of Jeffersonville. I don't know why they don't maker this clearer. We wasted a lot of time before we found it out. Also disappointing was the staff's attitude towards this lack of basic info which was basically tough S#$t !! The skiing was much better at Stowe and Sugarbush with better lifts.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 16 2016 - 09:35 PM
Jim Intermediate Skier
Skied Smuggs on New Year's Day. Only the Sterling lift was open so the lines were long and took a long time. At this point, I think it's time to add a lift to this area of the mountain or make Sterling a quad. We left after 5 runs because it was just too long a wait for very few trails open. Madonna was closed and the mountain really seemed barely open. Perhaps Morse was where they are currently putting their resources to accommodate the families, but I wouldn't return until there is more than one lift open servicing the expert terrain. The conditions were okay. Not great, but not terrible. We enjoyed our day but would have liked to do a few more runs.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 03 2016 - 05:04 PM
Rich Advanced Snowboarder
Early December and only 1 lift on Sterling a couple of intermediate and a pair of black slopes open. It has been warm and there has been very little natural snow, but the resort claims they put $3mil into snow-making equip. They have run very limited snowmaking every night/morning we've been here except one, but only a little. No excuses are acceptable, if they can make snow, they can make MORE snow on MORE slopes. They should be MAKING MORE SNOW. Smugglers can be a GREAT destination. Check their web site and don't be afraid to call the resort and complain about the limited mountain if you are considering going. Liftopia discounts are the ONLY reason I am not screaming mad.
Smugglers' Notch review written Dec 09 2015 - 06:09 PM
SDR from PA Intermediate Skier
Smugglers Notch is a fantastic set of mountains. The layout is outstanding, the vertical, slopes, and decor are truly remarkable. Smugglers Notch is in need of a significant overhaul, where 2,600 feet of vertical drop can no longer be competitively serviced by non-express chairs. This is really unfortunate because as a Montrealer, I am more than happy to drive the approx. 2 hours required to enjoy such a fantastic resort. I purposely shun the snobishness, cold and wind of Tremblant, whereas other VT resorts are either too far (e.g., Stowe, Killington, Sugarbush...) for a day trip, or are not quite the same thing (i.e., Jay). Smugglers is the 'ideal' combination in this respect. I am confident there are many Southern Canadians (!) that would consistently head to Smugglers given a certain facelift. Sadly, Smugglers has lost its traditional appeal because in certain areas, it has not kept with the times.
Smugglers' Notch review written Apr 15 2015 - 02:53 PM
Pierre Intermediate Skier
Hi I am a level 2 CSIA instructor and a Canadian Ski Patroller so am a good skier. Was at the notch on April 3, 2015. Conditions were poor...17 decrees Celsius. Went from ice to mashed potatoes...but that can not be blamed on hill. 50 year old double chair lift's that are slower then molasses.... and runs that lack any imagination or challenge for a decent skier are definitely an issue here. We did not enjoy the hill...although staff are excellent. Smuggs is a prime time player and I have no idea why. I will not be back...just no reason to want to spend 25 minutes going up a lift and waiting another 20 in line to ski mediocre at best. I am not a glade can not comment on that...but those who think the piste runs are good need to ski good runs elsewhere. Disappointed.
Smugglers' Notch review written Apr 05 2015 - 02:09 PM
Don Silverman Advanced Skier
A real good day. The Smugg team is a fine people and the Groomed team is the best than All Eastern Canadian ski resorts. Thank God bless your mountain...Bravo , très grande équipe de travail.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 31 2015 - 02:33 PM
Mamar the French.. Advanced Skier
They do a good job grooming and there are some fun blues that they seem to leave untouched so you don't have to hit the glades for natural snow. The 'Madonna II' chair hardly ever had a line and takes you up most of the way, great for quick laps. Somewhat surprising that all of their chairs are old-school doubles (don't detach from the cable so they hit you quick at the load). They really should spend the money to rip out 'Madonna I' and put in a high-speed quad that makes the ride quick and the loads/unloads easy.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 31 2015 - 09:00 AM
T. Smith Intermediate Snowboarder
Was here for the first time 3/27-3/29. Admittedly we're very advanced skiers, but I'm not sure what the naysayers are talking about! The double chairs are nostalgic and actually are a positive to me and my group because they limit the traffic on the mountain. With over 750 acres of glades this resort has some amazing terrain, if you want to ski groomers only then check out Okemo and leave Smuggs for us! Staff is friendly, beers at the lodge are reasonably priced, we WILL be back!
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 31 2015 - 07:38 AM
Allison Advanced Skier
Great place to ski except for the fact that the lift system is BRUTALLY slow. That said, I will never go back unless the lifts are updated. Too much time is spent going up the mountains rather than skiing on them. Go to Jay Peak or Sugarbush instead (Stowe is too expensive). Maybe then Smuggs will get the message (found in almost everyone's feedback) and invest in some lifts from the current era.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 22 2015 - 04:47 AM
Steve Advanced Skier
Skied ' The Notch ' week of March 7th - 14th. Conditions varied from snowing on Monday - awesome - to over 40 on Wed - buttery but doable - to icy on Thursday - fast ! - to average on Friday. I find the views from the Madona second to none ! When the Madona lift is closed you are limited as to terrain - they will close it in high wind. Great bang for the buck ! We also took a 1 hour snow mobile tour through the actual Notch and over to Stowe and back. Highly recommend this tour it was a lot of fun.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 18 2015 - 04:02 PM
George Intermediate Skier
Love Smugglers Notch and great prices, especially when compared to Stowe...holly cow that is expensive. Good eats here as well, not cheap but not over the top expensive. Better to eat down at Morse mountain though, the lodge at Sterling/Madonna lifts is OK. Got to improve the lifts....WOW....double lifts? For the #1 Resort east of the Mississippi? But maybe they keep the cost of skiing down by using 1972 lifts. Will always come back...Thanks SMUGGS!
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 18 2015 - 09:35 AM
Andy Beginner Skier
It's an overall great mountain with a nice mix of tree skiing and glades. There is a variety of terrain and it's pretty affordable. The only downfall is the slow antiquated double chairs. It would be a great eastern resort if they would update to a quad on at least Madonna Mtn and/or Sterling. Fun place, though.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 10 2015 - 03:13 PM
Josh Advanced Skier
Snugs was a great time. Lots of Glades and Advanced trails. The only down fall is the slow double lifts. If they were upgraded this place would be one of my favorites in NE. I stayed on the resort and the facilities were top notch. They have spent a lot of money on Nice new slope side condos. Time to spend the money to upgrade the lifts. I would recommend this Mt for a change of pace but if I was going to drive that far up North once a year it would be to go to Jay's peak.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 10 2015 - 02:15 PM
Ryan Advanced Snowboarder
This mountain was so amazing. Lots of variable terrain and the glades were too much fun. I went with my husband and two teens. They loved it so much. We also think that the lifts are old-school and slowwww....but not enough of a turn-off not to return each year. We are hooked! Do as much exploring of both Madonna and Sterling as you can. Each offers little gems and surprises for fast and challenging fun. We were so exhausted by the end of each day, yet we couldn't wait to get up and go again. The food was excellent and the staff super nice. It was also not at all crowded. We appreciated the skill level on the mountain of both skiers and riders. Very impressive place. Like I said, we are hooked!
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 10 2015 - 12:43 PM
Jill Davis-Yelle Intermediate Snowboarder
Excellent mountain for those seeking challenging terrain. Lots of great snow between the trees. The bar at the mountain has excellent food and beer.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 09 2015 - 02:14 PM
Michal Advanced Snowboarder
This mountain definitely caters more to skiers. Lot of flat sections. Terrain is varied and interesting. Very fun little mountain with spectacular views of Mansfield and Green Mountains. Chairlift definitely needs an upgrade, but overall experience is great.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 08 2015 - 04:11 PM
Ryan Advanced Skier
Dont' put you boots on in parking lot. Get ready in the main lodge. Eat at 11.30am to beat the rush at noon. This hill is not 5 star. But if u r a true skier you will come back again and agian. The staff are super and help u in anyway. I will be back.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 08 2015 - 09:14 AM
James Advanced Skier
Went to Smuggs the 26th & 27th of Feb and spent the whole time on Maddona Mtn there were no crowds no lift lines. The only thing is that the lifts are the older 2 person slow ones
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 28 2015 - 05:36 PM
Eric Intermediate Snowboarder
Excellent skiing!! My son and I drove from Bristol, NH and loved the terrain and super conditions - powder everywhere, deep and untouched in many spots in the trees. Marked glades were great, and unmarked chutes and lines in the trees were even better.
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 17 2015 - 07:39 PM
Jim Advanced Skier
went to smuggs Monday Feb 2nd. it had snowed all night and all day there was atleast 12" of fresh POW and it was amazing! lots of runs for all level skiers, and not your typical straight down the mountain runs, lots of crossings and glades, really fun runs. only complaint about this mountain is that all lifts are doubles and extremely slow! if they upgraded their lifts, this would definitely be my favorite ski area in the north east. regardless I will be back in the future!
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 12 2015 - 08:48 AM
Jds Advanced Skier
Just wanted to express my appreciation for Smugglers Notch, I've been riding there almost 20 years and it is incredible in most every regard. I am usually out for the steep and deep glade runs, and there is no shortage of freshies! Every time I ride I find a new line. Favorites include hershey highway, the birthday bowls, the black hole (the sign is gone, but the best place to drop in is going right off liftline, about 100 feet down from the catwalk intersection - going from the very top of the black hole woods is fun when therelots of fresh snow but is so steep that snow rarely holds.), docs's, and just about everything there when there is fresh snow. I also love how they accommodate to all skill levels for my family.
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 03 2015 - 04:16 PM
ned Advanced Snowboarder
I was at Smugglers January 24-25. We were very lucky with the weather on Saturday - temps in the 20's and sun with some fairly fresh snow. Skiing was great but lift lines were horrible! This was my first time at Smuggler's and I was very disappointed in the outdated 2 person, SLOW lifts. I am surprised that they have not invested in at least one high speed quad. We stayed at the resort which was lovely but probably will not return during the ski season. Much prefer a mountain where I don't spend so much time waiting to get on a lift and then slowly riding to the top.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 28 2015 - 09:02 AM
Nancy Advanced Skier
My 5 year old and I both took boarding lessons and had a great experience! The instructors were super friendly and knowledgeable, the learners hill was perfect for both kids and adults just starting out, and the rental area was very efficient. My only tip for others taking lessons would be to get there an hour before your lesson, because the line for getting registered and into the rental area gets long very quickly. Overall great experience and we will be going again!
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 27 2015 - 12:14 PM
Michelle Beginner Snowboarder
Brought the family here and kids to learn how to ski for the first time... Have nothing but positive things to say about these guys. If you have kids and are trying to pick a great family spot for skiing...look no further. We hope to come back again soon. Thank you to all the courteous staff & employees at Smuggs!
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 13 2015 - 02:10 PM
Chris S from CT Advanced Skier
Spent last weekend at Smuggs. Great mountain and very good skiing even thous snow was mostly man made. Maybe because of that and the weather (cold and windy), there were not many people on the slopes, which translated to short lift lines. While we're on the subject, something has to be done with those. Slow two person lifts are one thing but getting onto one is quite another. The two on Madonna are still OK, because you load straight up or at a small angle, but the one on Sterling is ridiculous: narrow access, 90-degree turn, all while the chair comes at you like a freight train on an unguarded crossing. In the two days I've seen more people get hit by the chair, knocked down or even fall off the chair as it went airborne than I care to remember. Guys, you've got to do something about this!
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 04 2015 - 06:57 PM
M Advanced Skier
***If you're coming from Boston/I-93, southern NH, etc... DO NOT FOLLOW A GPS. You will end up at Stowe where the notch pass road is closed and end up having to drive 45 more minutes to get to Smuggs like me.*** Snow was good, the sun never really hits much of the trails like it does at Stowe, and it got icey on the bottom trails by 2:30 without there being that many people there. The lifts come in HOT and don't slow down and spent more time stopped in the air than anywhere else. Multiple 10+ minutes stops halfway up the mountain. Gonna be long time before I head back here.
Smugglers' Notch review written Dec 22 2014 - 02:45 PM
Jeremy Intermediate Snowboarder
Lovely mountain, wonderful lifts if the year was still 1962.
Smugglers' Notch review written Dec 17 2014 - 10:08 AM
Dave Intermediate Skier
Lots of good snow left in the trees, but groomers were skied off and the lifts were BRUTAL. Even if the chairs were upgraded to triples or non-detachable quads it'd make a massive difference. I wouldn't bother to go again unless it was mid-week. Next time I'm going to VT I'm trekking up to Jay to avoid the crowds and long lines to the lifts.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 11 2014 - 02:04 PM
Mike Advanced Skier
I always have a great time when I go to Smuggs. Snow was great and they had most of the trails groomed. You guys are right about the lifts;time for a couple of high speed quads.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 03 2014 - 05:36 AM
Dan Advanced Skier
Liftopia is the only way to get lift tickets. The price was right and the process to redeem them was easy. Smuggler's slopes were a blast..
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 28 2014 - 07:03 AM
Holly Advanced Skier
Best glades have ever skied. Was super cold out so pretty much stayed in the glades the entire day and would not have had it any other way. Other slopes were really solid as well with great conditions. Few negatives though are the SLOOOWWWW two person lifts. Also if you are wearing anything other than a camelback bladder, even if it is the size of a camelback bladder, you will be forced to take it off before boarding the lift in a not-so-courteous manner. Alot of signs around the mountain dictating rules and regs with punishment of losing pass. Not exactly as welcoming as I would have liked being an aggressive skier and coming from Stowe the days before where everyone was treated like an individual with a good head on their shoulders. Other than the controling environment everything could not have been better. Decently priced food and drink as well. Would consider other options and conditions before rushed back though considering got in half the runs would have been able to get in if was on high speed lifts.
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 27 2014 - 02:56 PM
Calvey Advanced Skier
Note to parents dropping kids off at Treasures Daycare. You can ski down to the Village Lift/Ticket Office from Treasures. Saves a ton of time. Smuggs is great skiing and we will be back! Liftopia made getting our tickets affordable and super easy! Highly recommend
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 27 2014 - 07:47 AM
Beth Intermediate Skier
Using the liftopia pass was simple and easy. Just handed it to the ticket booth and got my two day pass back. Decent amount of snow for end of January 2014, but still not every trail open. Some of those marked closed could have been open. Did an awesome glades run that ended with a "pirate plank", a bridge over a little brook to get back out to the main trail. Food in the lodges were not terribly overpriced and pretty good. They also had a radio station in from Boston at the bar doing trivia with give-aways. However, the lifts are SLOW. All 2 person chairs. No high speed lifts, triples, quads or otherwise. Simply for that reason, I'm not sure I'd invest the extra time to get up there from NJ.
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 02 2014 - 06:13 PM
Jess Intermediate Skier
Smuggler's Notch- Classic in every way. This centre is a classic in New England. It has remarkable runs, which are well worth the trip. However, the lofts are also 'classic'- as in 'the same as when I first went 40 years ago.' Just be forewarned- you'll spend more time in the lifts than you may be used to. No high speed quad here- You'll ski like it's 1969. And you should- just go back in time and enjoy the day. The runs are worth it. Some of the steeps are just that- S-T-E-E-P.
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 01 2014 - 02:37 PM
Pistol Pete Advanced Skier
Skiied Smuggs on Thursday 12.19.13 If you go to Smuggs you will be very happy with yourself for doing so. It was a great day weather wise started to get the deep freeze on around 2:30PM but worth skiing until 4.... Conditions were similar to Bolton Valley of yesterday but there was more snow cover on Smuggs especially on Sterling. Madonna Mountain had Upper Chilcoot, Catwalk and Doc Dempsey's Glades open and all were in good shape especially Chilcoot no bare spots and a fantastic run to yourself which is extraordinary to be able to fly down Chilcoot. All fed into Link which also was in really nice shape. Took Link directly to the Sterling lift often. Sterling had Smugglers Alley and RumRunner Open and both skiied well.
Smugglers' Notch review written Dec 22 2013 - 07:54 PM
Solitude67 Advanced Skier
First time at Smuggs 3/30/13. Beautiful mountain with some great trails&lots of glades, but the lifts could use some improvement. Only double chairs on the two bigger mtns.(who has doubles anymore?) They are too slow and just can't handle the crowds even on a not-so-busy day. Put in some quads and make it worth the extra driving! Some trails could use better grooming to break up the frozen gran. Had a great time nevertheless; weather was perfect! Great views at the summit.
Smugglers' Notch review written Apr 01 2013 - 02:54 PM
Joe Advanced Skier
This montains was good was great that they have a part that is for the kids staff were great will go again
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 18 2013 - 05:01 PM
laura Beginner Snowboarder
Parking on Morse can be packed and challenging on the weekends, so try to drive down the road a bit to the two larger lots near Sterling and Madonna. We went on Sunday and the snow was excellent, best skiing I've done all season. Madonna I lift was a 30 minute wait so I stuck to Madonna II and Sterling the whole time. Up on top it felt like I was the only one there which was amazing! The pizza place on Morse has great $9 Calzones and is a much better deal than paying $5 for a slice of pizza. Would go again next season, the 3 hour drive there from Portsmouth, NH is a deterrent most weekends.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 05 2013 - 02:24 PM
Kyle Intermediate Skier
The snow was awesome, tons of it. Lifts were terrible, 20 + minute wait in line to get on, only two person chairs. Trail maps are poor, a blue trail on the map would end up being marked a black diamond on the trail ? Unless they upgrade lifts, I would not return on a weekend.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 05 2013 - 06:48 AM
Kyle Intermediate Skier
Just got back from a trip to Smuggs, followed up by Jay Peak. Must say it was incredible. First time to Smuggs and I loved it. Lots of terrain and the Glades were amazing. Some glades could have used a bit more snow, but still found powder stashes. Very beautiful mountain, incredibly scenic. Only downside for me was the flat spots where I had to unstrap and push, but they were marked on the map and so could have been avoided. I definitely hope to return in the future.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 15 2013 - 12:01 PM
Hannah Advanced Snowboarder
Hey all, I work here in the 3 Mtn Equipment rental shop at Smuggs and we are in the full swing of things here at the mountain. These learn to ski deals are great! My tip: show up as early as you can for morning AND afternoon lessons ESPECIALLY with liftopia to ensure no a hassle day of skiing or riding. Also, on the list of amenities, the night skiing is checked of. Night skiing is only for lessons. We offer night snowboarding lessons and various other night lessons on Sir Henry's Magic Carpet. Check out our website at for more information. Happy Snow Days!
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 09 2013 - 08:08 AM
Emily Santaw Advanced Skier
Awesome ticket deal - easily saved half or more on the amount of a regular ticket, and I had a great time. It's still very slim pickings being so early in the season, but it was perfect almost spring-skiing weather, and the snow was really delicious! I know it was all man-made, but what a testament to their snowmakers! Super easy to get in and out, and I had a great time. Maybe not great for first-timers, as the open trail had lots of 'blue moments', and I saw some beginners struggling.
Smugglers' Notch review written Nov 26 2012 - 12:17 PM
Jess Advanced Snowboarder
Smugglers has decent trails and great snow conditions, but, there are far more fun mountains to ski in the area which are more accessible...Stowe, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen. The long additional drive (50+mins from Stowe) around Mt. Mansfield doesn't really make the journey to Smuggs worth it. Probably a good option if you live in the area, otherwise, no. Lifts to Madonna and Sterling mountains are old, slow and cramped and need to be upgraded to high-speed detachables. I don't mind the older 60's style lodge, but time to come up to speed lift-wise, there's plenty of trails to spread out the people. A lot of focus is placed on family and kid programs which is great, but in my opinion, this is the only area Smuggs can 'hang their hat'.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 05 2012 - 12:24 PM
David Advanced Skier
Stayed at one of the Willows condos - nice and just steps from the slopes (groomers were right outside our window at midnight each night). Good conditions (especially in the morning). Old, slow double chair lifts need updating. Liftopia helped us save some $; we'll use it again!
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 17 2012 - 04:08 AM
Bob T Intermediate Snowboarder
Nice mountain. I now know why they only name their lifts on their trail maps w/o mentioning their capacities. What a trip to the past we had with Smuggler's having ONLY the old fixed speed double chairlifts. It was great getting 4" of powder overnight. We were surprised that for an intermediate focused ski area, virtually none of the trails were groomed other than the connector "road" trails. Very disappointing for my wife. It also would have been nice to know that the notch road between Smugglers and Stowe is closed for the winter. A 5min drive turned into a 50min one. I'd say we're "one and done" with Smugglers, at least for the winter.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 23 2012 - 05:54 AM
GraniteHead Advanced Skier
Smuggler's Notch is a great place! Loads of fun terrain. Great mixture of groomers and natural runs. If you go definitely get into the glades!!
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 19 2012 - 06:16 AM
MJ Advanced Skier
We received a level 2 lesson from Francois and it was the best lesson we have had. He was great from showing us how to hold our skis to getting us down the trail from side to side. We had so much fun even though we only did the midway trail. It was our first successful time on a trail. We made 6 runs and it was snowing! Everyone at smuggs was so friendly and helpful, we can't wait to get a level 3 lesson!
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 16 2012 - 06:40 AM
Stacy Tomko Beginner Skier
i love it
Smugglers' Notch review written Oct 09 2011 - 12:31 PM
ujkflpe Advanced Skier
Went 3/26, Got a good price on Tickets, One of the best days of the year for tree skiing if you ventured deeper in the woods, found some great cliff drops and deep pockets of snow; The drop in off Crossover into the natural half-pipe was unbelievable. The only thing I wish was somewhere it could have been noted the access road is closed from Stowe, I am not from that area so I drove to Stowe then had to go back all the way around. Oh and faster lifts would be nice. Thumbs Up for a Great Day.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 28 2011 - 03:15 PM
Anthony Advanced Snowboarder
Visited on 3/22 with low hanging clouds and occasional snow showers. Snow and terrain was good, the visibility was non-existent on the top half of the mountain. The slow double lifts are way behind the times, and the Madonna base lodge doesn't compete with Jay Peak's new lodge (very nice).
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 26 2011 - 07:11 PM
David Advanced Skier
Great freeriding, serious lack/support of any park/terrain features. Website claims a "progression halfpipe", none existed. Good elevation and run variety overall, just a bit hard to get to from the Stowe area due to the roads being closed to Smuggs. Overall, a pleasant experience!
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 20 2011 - 09:29 PM
Randy Advanced Snowboarder
excellent trail conditions -- time to replace those slow lifts
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 19 2011 - 02:12 PM
yyz Intermediate Skier
Great trails very fun mnt, but maybe update the lifts to just faster doubles if they dont want to put in a quad and widen the trails. deffinitely will be back.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 19 2011 - 08:50 AM
Andy Advanced Skier
Skied Smuggs on 3/16. Great snow, lifts are old slow doubles... But the mountain is great overall. I will be back there, and with the liftopia price.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 18 2011 - 09:09 PM
Carter Advanced Skier
Pretty good mountain. Lifts are only 2 persons. When you drive to the mountain park at the #1 lot. It is the last one on the lest. You can ski in/out of it. There are no lines and they get pretty decent snow at Smuggs
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 15 2011 - 02:34 PM
Derek Advanced Snowboarder
Skied Smugglers on 3/11. Trails are great and mountain is super fun. 35 inches of snow fell in the last week and it poured the entire time we skied. Groomed trails would have helped, as the snow was super wet and very few of the trails had been groomed. Overall a really good time.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 14 2011 - 07:44 AM
Baby Slopes Intermediate Skier
I'm a guy who loves skiing so much, trying to get the most powder for my time and money, and Liftopia AGAIN probably just allowed me to beat my all time best powder/ticket price ratio 48 hours ago, it was 69 cm of new snow for $37, that's 1.86 cm per dollar. Never thought I would beat the 1.73 cm/dollar record, let alone in the same season/same mountain!
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 10 2011 - 03:15 PM
JG Advanced Skier
skiied smuggs yesterday, 30 inches of fresh powder kept comping troughout the day. Skiied trees all day amazing conditions. Couldnt have asked for anything better. liftopia did a great job saving me a few bucks! will use it many more times!
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 08 2011 - 12:47 PM
chris Advanced Skier
Awesome! I love it here! Great conditions, and not too crowded.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 08 2011 - 05:34 AM
Maine Intermediate Snowboarder
Last Friday we went as a group of 4 to Smuggs. It never changes. 2 intermediate and 2 expert skiers and we had a great day! Conditions were super. The guys returned Saturday and had great weather until mid-afternoon and even better skiing. We've been going to Smuggs for years. The old double chairs are a bit of a pain but on the bright side, no HUGE out of control crowds at the top of the mountain. Like all mountains, getting there early is a must if you want the best snow conditions.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 07 2011 - 06:17 PM
Peggy Intermediate Skier
Week started with plenty of powder, woods were terrific. I skiied Smuggs once in the past and did not venture into woods many years ago. this time we spent majority of time there and when I could not turn anymore the groomed were typically nearby. it can can cold up there as the lifts are old school VT (slow, doubles) and they don't open the madonna II lift until sat and Sun. we spent 20 minutes in line on Friday at madonna I and I said no more and rode the Sterling chair all day. I liked Sterling area and had plenty of options from advanced to novice. one complaint was that the pub food at madonna base lodge was poor (how do you screw up a hamburger??? - $10 for a cold bun, cold burger, no taste - the $4.95 burger my wife had the next day in the cafe was much better) best advice - bring your own food or get the soup and have a powerbar
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 07 2011 - 06:45 AM
Steve Advanced Skier
Everything worked out great with the tickets that we purchased. Thank you so much! We were able to save a bunch of money and we owe it all to you. The snow conditions were phenomenal and everyone had an excellent time. This was my first time purchasing tickets through and it certainly won't be my last.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 03 2011 - 11:11 PM
dave Intermediate Skier
One of the best mountains in the East. Forget about all the frill you get at other big mountain resorts. This mountain is all about the thing that matters the most; the skiing (riding). If thats not what you're into, take a hike (or don't, there are plenty of other activities to do). If you want a truly memorable skiing experience, come to Smuggs, hook up with a local and head for the woods.
Smugglers' Notch review written Mar 03 2011 - 04:24 PM
David Advanced Skier
Love Smuggs. it used to be my local hill when I lived up there. I'm perfectly fine with the old slow lifts, keeps traffic down on the mountain so that you can enjoy it, at times it feels that your the only one there. The day we went it had been arm then cold with a little snow, the top was nice powder, bottom hard and frozen but very enjoyable!
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 19 2011 - 05:58 AM
wmass skier Intermediate Skier
I'm a local rider/skier with two small kids learning to ski. I've been skiing and riding at Smugg's for over 20 years. I have two small kids now learning to ski and we've been on the FREE magic carpet area for the majority of the winter. We finally had a day on our own and found this site...what a deal!! If you want to get your money's worth - DON'T ski on the weekend! The terrain at this mountain is as good as any of the high priced mountains - why pay almost 100.00 per day? Just head to the woods and find the hidden powder just need to know where to look! This place is great.
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 15 2011 - 07:17 PM
VTer Advanced Skier
The lifts are definitely slow, but it also helps to keep traffic on the mountain low. The terrain and conditions were great - particularly as we got fresh powder before our trip up. However, being a snowboarder, I found all of the green tracks to be excruciating as the flat terrain killed any speed or momentum I had and I was forced to unstrap on multiple occasions in order to even get to the next slope. Stick to Sterling or Madonna and you'll be good to go.
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 15 2011 - 02:21 PM
Cait Intermediate Snowboarder
I like to do business with Liftopia with very good discount specially for us from Montreal Quebec. We hope there good or better discount coming up for SugarBush and Stowe because the regulars prices are very expensive. It's the third time we come to Smugglers Notch and we love this Mountain and not really far from my home.
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 15 2011 - 10:27 AM
Jean-Yves Advanced Skier
Excellent mountain and terrain. The day we went there was plenty of fresh snow and clear skies, providing for great views. As others say lifts could use and upgrade. Fortunately for me I went on a Friday. I wouldn't even attempt going on a weekend.
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 14 2011 - 08:07 AM
andyzee Advanced Skier
Had a great day at smuggs, Liftopia tickets made it worth while. Would have had a hard time paying full price because as many have already stated they need to upgrade the lift system.
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 14 2011 - 06:04 AM
Birdmann Intermediate Skier
Amazing skiing if you're into glades, being challenged and avoiding trees! Its also cool that Smuggs keeps all of their easier trails on Morse Mnt so you dont have nearly as many people who dont know what they're doing in your way=)(which i could see as being a little frustrating if you had some beginners with you)... The only thing I would like to see improved are the lifts, wish it had some high speed quads!
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 14 2011 - 03:18 AM
Karen Advanced Skier
Smuggs keeps their double lifts so that they can better control the crowds on the mountain. I love it for the fact that it never feels crowded like other mountains can. Getting back to Morse mountain can be tough, especially if you are in a time crunch. The shuttles are a breeze to use and much easier than I initially thought. Great mountain for the beginner to expert. Plenty of woods to play in for those looking for a rush. Smuggs kept our group of 14 happy, from the 2 year old to the boarders who had a death wish.
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 12 2011 - 02:19 PM
M Advanced Skier
Nice family oriented place. Perfect conditions, decent terrain and friendly staff - pretty sure their daycare can't be beat. Lifts unbelievable outdated though.
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 11 2011 - 06:20 PM
Heath Beginner Skier
It was an amazing day and we will be back again!!
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 11 2011 - 04:26 PM
kat Intermediate Skier
Plenty of snow. Go during the week, no lift lines and the long runs seem to never end. A little bit of drive bc pass is closed in winter if coming from south.Good deal thru Liptopia
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 11 2011 - 02:43 PM
fast daddy Intermediate Skier
Go to smuggs mid week, a lot of people go on weekends and dont park at the village follow 108 past the big smuggs sign and ride madonna and sterling. I had a blast tons of pow to find on the sides and in the woods. yes the lift is slow but enjoy it, thats what vermont is all about!!
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 07 2011 - 05:21 PM
Nick G Advanced Snowboarder
Go to Stowe, the lifts are awful, there are so many flat spots, we started to call it smugglers walk. We got hit with 16 inches of snow when we were there. So that made up for some. The terrain was good but the lifts.........
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 06 2011 - 07:22 PM
Jim Advanced Snowboarder
Great day after 12" fresh. Yes the lifts are slow, but lines not bad on 2/3/11. Friendly place, good terrain.
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 05 2011 - 05:43 PM
Darryl Intermediate Skier
I agree with Mike D. Great mountain in terms of terrain. But with only have 2-person, slow lifts, the lift lines were bad, and consequently you get very few runs in. Lift tickets are about 30% more than they should be, at best. If they had a 4 person lift, at least your group could more easily ski together, and get in many more runs...and the Liftopia price would be acceptable.
Smugglers' Notch review written Feb 01 2011 - 04:28 PM
Danny Advanced Skier
Smuggs was great except for one major thing....their lifts. They are the only mountain I've seen in a long time with ALL 2 person lifts...and they are slow as hell. No gondolas, no high speed quads...just all 2 person slow lifts. Its about a 20 minute ride up to the peak of madonna peak. Other than that, the riding was perfect.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 31 2011 - 03:00 PM
Mike D Advanced Snowboarder
The mountain has pretty challenging terrain, and there are some nice intermediate level glade runs. On the downside, the lifts are slow, and I had a bad customer service experience, which I will go into detail. I got in line at the ticket window to redeem my liftopia ticket, and the line seemed to be taking forever. My friend who had got in line way ahead of me had an extra ticket because the attendant by accident gave him two tickets. He handed me his extra ticket, and I left the line. At that time, people on line were getting impatient and the line at the ticket counter was 30+ people deep, and there was only one window open.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 30 2011 - 09:54 PM
Ed Intermediate Skier
Try the Bermuda Glade for sweet intermediate level glade skiing.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 25 2011 - 02:23 PM
Jim Advanced Skier
Thanks again for the great price on the tickets, we had a great day of skiing, I will recommend your site to everyone i know.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 24 2011 - 11:59 AM
KC Intermediate Skier
I skied there on 1/17/11. Amazing mountain. Great cruisers, sick black diamonds, insane double blacks. We skeid the Black Hole (triple black), but it was too tough to enjoy. I was there on a day where they had anywhere from 8-24 inches of powder on their trails. Madonna might be the better of the two 'adult' mountains, but don't count out Sterling. It's a tough mountain. It seems Smuggs' reputation as a family resort might persuade some to question its toughness as a mountain. It would be dumb to do so. This is one bad-ass mountain.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 19 2011 - 03:44 PM
Christian Advanced Skier
Great conditions and Liftopia made it a great deal. My only negative is the lifts are really slow. I didn't mind the shuttle bus but I planned my day around it so I wouldn't have to go back and forth. Smuggs is really cold so bundle up and get ready for some great glades and nice powder
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 19 2011 - 02:20 PM
AJ Advanced Snowboarder
A group of friends and I decided to go to Smuggs for a long weekend since we were all of varying abilities. The beginner terrain was pretty extensive and I enjoyed some of the more difficult trails. However, the lifts are ridiculously slow and I was shocked that they didn't have any high-speed lifts. Felt like I spent half my day on the lift and the other half waiting for the shuttle to go back and forth from the beginner mountain to meet up with other members of the group. Definitely a great deal money-wise but I probably wouldn't go back because of how slow the lifts were.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 18 2011 - 07:51 PM
Michelle Advanced Snowboarder
Great ski area! Park in lot 1 ski to lodge and get tickets. Great price for tickets on liftopia
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 18 2011 - 02:10 PM
John O Advanced Skier
I was very pleased with Smuggs. It's an extra ~40 min. drive past Stowe, but the liftopia deal makes it totally worth it. Smuggs has great terrain, a bit more wild/ungroomed than most east coast resorts. Some of the best tree riding around. Each time I've been the snow has been soft, there has been powder hidden in the trees/trailsides, and no ice to be seen. The lifts are a little slow, but the price is worth it. A little off the beaten path for the Boston crowd, but great value for the journey.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 17 2011 - 02:31 PM
Matt Intermediate Snowboarder
Many of the advanced runs were closed *BUT* coming from the East Coast area, where powder is a rarity (esp. this year), I had tons of powder hiding completely my board under it, and no lift lineups, and so much fun! It would be great if they only increased a bit of their lift speed :)... add on to that, liftopia tickets - great deal! Print out the your confirmation, the clerk is very happy about that.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 16 2011 - 08:49 PM
ELI Advanced Snowboarder
I'm a guy who loves skiing so much, trying to get the most powder for my time and money, and Liftopia probably just allowed me to beat my all time best powder/ticket price ratio 48 hours ago, it was 66 cm for $38, that's 1.73 cm per dollar (and with the Canadian dollar currently *stronger* than the USD, it's that much more unbelievable). Thanks Liftopia for allowing me to make my decision to purchase and print out a ticket at 11 pm the night before, couldn't be better (ok, it could if you could get ALL the mountains to provide such excellent discounts...)
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 16 2011 - 08:36 PM
JG Advanced Skier
Skied at Smuggs the 1/10-1/14 and the skiing was great. The only things to watch out for is that the top of Madonna and Sterling can get wind blown when the weather is bad, especially Madonna. I also highly recommend their ski school. I took two lessons with Swizs (nickname) and they were great and really helped me get the most out of my week there.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 16 2011 - 05:10 PM
Keith Lamond Intermediate Skier
great trails, had 8" of fresh powder. just make sure a good amount are open before booking ticket. need a high speed quad or two to quicken the trip back up...
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 14 2011 - 03:13 PM
Jamal Advanced Skier
Smuggs was great on Saturday ... snowed all night and all day. Fresh powder and not too crowded. If they only had a high-speed quad they'd take the cake. Illies
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 10 2011 - 02:10 PM
Matty rice Intermediate Snowboarder
very slow lifts, not many trails were open, but those that were open were in good shape
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 08 2011 - 02:35 PM
Beedle Advanced Skier
Great snow conditions, slow lifts, no crowds.
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 08 2011 - 10:20 AM
Vlad Intermediate Skier
Great day of skiing. Conditions were pretty good and there was good snow coverage on the trails that were open. Wish there was more open, but had a great day with my Liftopia tickets!
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 06 2011 - 03:13 PM
Anna Intermediate Skier
1. Buy tickets on Liftopia, bring a copy of the confirmation 2. Park in lot #3 3. Enjoy!
Smugglers' Notch review written Jan 06 2011 - 02:04 PM
Mike Advanced Skier
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