Smugglers’ Notch Ski Resort

Smugglers’ Notch is a family-owned resort. You will find endless activities for kids, such as laser tag in the FunZone and nightly family events. There is also a tubing hill. Smugglers’ Notch has one of the most renowned ski schools in the region. Smugglers’ Notch, however, is more difficult to reach than Okemo (another Vermont favorite) from New York City or Boston. Smugglers’ Notch was named when alcohol smugglers used the spot between Sterling Mountain (Mt. Mansfield) during Prohibition.

Smuggler’s Notch has 78 trails that run through three interconnected mountains. This allows for a variety of terrain and beautiful mountain views. Morse Mountain offers mostly greens while Sterling Mountain has blue and black trails that drop 2,610 feet. If you’re up for the challenge, then head to “The Black Hole”, which is the only Triple Black Diamond in the East. There are also 750 acres of glades for beginners to explore. The resort’s layout is excellent as each mountain caters to a different level of ability. To find the best place to start, check out the trail map. To the delight of tourists and locals alike, the lake-effect results in a healthy, average annual snowfall amount of 280 inches.

Village Center is located at the base of Morse Mountain and has a variety of restaurants and activities. Stay in one of the lodging communities surrounding the Village Center to be close to the beginner slopes and ski school.

Accommodation is also available in the Village East and Village West Communities which are just a short walk away, while the North Hill and West Hill Communities are located a shuttle ride away. The Highlands Hill Community is further from the Village Center and is served by a separate lift. Get familiar with the base areas by checking out the official resort map.

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Fitness and Wellness, Hiking, Restaurants, Shoping


Biking, Golf, Ski, Snowboarding, Tubing at Woodward


Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate