- Great value lift ticket given size of terrain
- Variety of trails and glades across three mountains
- Great ski school for kids and adults
- Variety of ski-in/ski-out condos
- Family-friendly ski resort
- Slow and outdated lifts
- The return from Madonna or Sterling Mountain back to the Village Center can be a trek if you don't take the shuttle
- Far from New York City (6 hours) and Boston (4 hours)
- Very limited nightlife
- Can get quite cold
One of the top ski resorts in Vermont, Smugglers' Notch has a well-earned reputation for its family-friendliness. Not only does it have one of the best ski schools on the East Coast, their lift ticket prices are relatively inexpensive considering its sizeable terrain spread across three mountains. With different family activities and events on offer every night, it's no wonder why this resort has become a favorite!
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Burlington International Airport
Smuggler's Notch (1 hour)
Village East Community/Village West Community (Walk)
- Base of Morse Mountain
- Easy walk to Village Center amenities and dining
- Wide range of condos and townhouses
Highlands Hill Community (Walk)
- Located upper mountain on Morse Mountain in Morse Highlands area
- Close to Morse Highlands lift
- Far from Village Center, shuttle required
West Hill Community (Walk)
- Situated mid-way up Morse Mountain
- Limited amenities
- Walk or short shuttle to Village Center
North Hill Community (0.00-1 mi)
- Short walk to Smuggs Central
- Far from Village Center and slopes, shuttle required
- Newest Community at Smuggler's Notch
Morse Mountain is for beginners. All the beginner runs are here plus there are only two intermediate and one advanced trail so there's little chance of more experienced skiers speeding past. There are a variety of greens here but our favorite would have to be the Magic Learning Trail; a gentle slope with the perfect mellow pitch so beginners won't lose control.
There's a wide range of blue runs on Madonna Mountain and Sterling Mountain. From wide groomers to glades and even steep windy trails, intermediates will have plenty to shred. Our top pick for intermediates is Upper Chilcoot from the summit of Madonna Mountain. The views from the top are impeccable and you can even enjoy them as you head down this thrilling run!
Madonna Mountain and Sterling Mountain serve up a variety of steeps, moguls, and glades for advanced skiers and snowboarders to enjoy along with their 6 terrain parks! Doc Dempsey's glades offer quite a challenge for those looking to ski and ride between trees while Upper FIS is another favorite of ours and is where you'll find stashes of powder!
The best spot to find freshies is in the glades on Madonna Mountain and Sterling Mountain. They don't get tracked out quickly after a storm making them an ideal place to ride! Just be warned that these trails don't usually open if snow is lacking.
Ditch the crowds
The Village Lift and Village area at the base of Morse Mountain tend to have the most crowds and often sees the longest lift queues. Intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboards can avoid the crowds by staying on Sterling Mountain or Madonna Mountain until they're ready to call it a day.
Non-skiers will find plenty to keep them entertained at Smugglers' Notch. There's everything from zip line canopy tours to snowmobiling tours and even arts and craft workshops. For those just wanting to relax, there are hot tubs, massages or yoga classes!
Smugglers' Notch is a fantastic family-friendly resort with wide trails for the whole family to ski together on. At night, the resort also offers a range of family activities and events such as family karaoke, airboard family fun races, and character dance parties.
|Smugglers' Notch Resort||Jay Peak|
|beginner||19 %||20 %|
|intermediate||50 %||40 %|
|advanced||25 %||40 %|
|child lift ticket||Free||Free|
|adult lift ticket||$76||$64|
|value for money|
|average total snowfall||162″||226″|