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Smugglers Notch Reviews

Positive Reviews


The family resort


Pros: friendly, low-key

Cons: slower lifts

This is one of those family resorts.  A great place to have your kids learn to ski and their terrain is often overlooked imo.  If you like Burke or Bolton, give them a try.

Negative Reviews


We have a great time every year


Pros: You never have to leave the resort

Cons: none

Our family has been going to Smuggler's Notch for 5 years now.  We always travel through Stowe to eat at the Whip restaurant at Green Mountain Inn (which I highly recommend). When we get to Smuggs we always stay at North Hill - Eagles, Owls, Tamaracks, etc. These are the luxurious condos with great views of all 3 mountains.  Our daughters learned to ski at Smuggs.  The ski instructors are phenomenal - very enthusiastic, energetic, knowledgable and always challenging the kids to do more - which they are very thankful for.  My wife also learned how to ski at Smuggs. The whole family is going down Madonna with no problem.  Smuggs has 3 different mountains - Morse,...
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More Reviews


Smuggler's Notch


Pros: Snow quality, terrain, base village, skiier density

Cons: Lifts, terrain park

I only skiied the Madonna and Sterling mountains. Morse mountain is a beginners area that is separate from the Madonna/Sterling base. There are no Greens anywhere on Madonna or Sterling. Most of the blues were groomed and all the blacks were ungroomed. The double diamonds were very steep, bumby with lots of exposed rocks, small cliffs to jump off. I only saw two people the whole day try double diamond Liftline as it was a obstacle course of rock. There is lots of good tree skiing as the glades were well covered. There was no halfpipe when I was there even though there is trail called Superpipe. The terrain park "Zone" was relatively small. The walk from the parking lot is steep uphill....
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Smugglers Notch - Not Just a Family Resort


Pros: terrain, snow

Cons: slow lifts (not always a con as the trails stay uncrowded)

I was at Smugglers on 2/5 with my 11 year old skier and 15 year old boarder. The area got hit earlier in the week with 1.5 feet of the good stuff. I hadn't been there since 92 and forgot how intense some of the terrain is and how sweet the glades are. Smuggs markets itself as a family resort but trails like Freefall and glades like Shakedown will keep expert skiers very happy, especially with beautiful soft snow. Never mind the unnamed, unmarked and out of bounds stuff that the locals may or may not be willing to show you. We caught a perfect weather day as well with temps in the low twenties, not a cloud in the sky and absolutely zero wind. People complain of the lack of high speed...
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Great Family Resort


Pros: Childrens ski school, Treasures Day Care plus great terrain and snow

Cons: Slow Lifts

Smugglers Notch is a great resort for a family vacation. It was out three year olds first time on skis and the instructors did an amazing job, by the end of the second day he was riding the chairlift. Our younger child was too young to ski but so she spend the day in Treasures Day Care. My only complaint about the day care is the price and the odd selection of food they serve. We stayed in a slopeside condo and were able to drop both kids off where they needed to go and ski right to the lifts.   They have terrain for every ability level with nice green runs on Morse Mountain. Madonna and Sterling mountains is what really sets Smugglers Notch apart, they offer a wide variety of...
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Not crowded, great for begginers and advanced skiiers alike


Pros: Small lift capacity, lots of tree skiing

Cons: Small lift capacity

I moved to Vermont in September and picked up skiing again after considerable time off. After scouting out a few resorts within a hour of Burlington (Smuggs, Stowe and Bolton) we decided that we would ski primarily ski Smuggs during the Winter of 2010-2011. The mountain stats at Smuggs are comparable to the largest in the East and the value of a lift ticket is second to none, especially since they offer the Bash badge (< $100) which allows you to get unrestricted $25 lift tickets. Many people will bash Smuggs because of its lack of high speed chair lifts and I agree that they can be a real negative, especially on cold days, but the benefit here is that once you get to the top the...
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Fantastic Family Ski Vacation


Pros: Village Accessibility, Children's Programs/Activities, On Demand Shuttle Service, Condo Choices, Gladed Terrain

Cons: Older Style Slow Lifts

We tried Smugglers Notch for the first time when our daughter was 3.  We loved it so much we bought a timeshare and have been back every year.  This is a place where you truly don't need a car once you arrive.  We take the shuttle from Burlington airport and never need a car for the week.  The Village is all within walking distance from our condo and the on-demand shuttle service is prompt and reliable if you choose to go that route.   We love the variety of glades on Madonna and Sterling ...  there are plenty of options for intermediate, advanced or expert skiers to try.  This is one of the things that separates Smugglers' terrain from most of the...
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