Smugglers' Notch Review
TripAdvisor Rating: 731 Family Reviews
4323 Vermont Rte 108 S, Smugglers Notch VT 05464
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Editor’s Review of Smugglers' Notch
With instructors who ... more specialize in teaching young children the sport of skiing, Smugglers' Notch is often rated by Ski and Skiing publications as one of the best skiing resorts in the country for families. We certainly rate it high on our list after they taught our youngest to ski here at the age of two. I'll always remember skiing with Melanie inside my wedge as she did her snow plows on a snowy winter day. We also used ropes and stood behind her, guiding her to the left and to the right. Fortunately, we videotaped all of it, including watching her race with her 4-year-old brother.
The three-mountain ski area caters to all levels. Morse is gentle, Sterling's trails are good for intermediates, while Madonna Mountain is for experts only (Madonna's always had a complex personality). The view of Mount Mansfield atop Madonna is staggering. But Smuggs is more than mere skiing. Summer and fall are sublime times to hike in the notch, where the wall of rock drops down dramatically, grab a canoe and paddle through farmland where cows linger by shoreline, and bike on lonely backcountry roads with mountains always in view. With little distraction except unadulterated fun, rural Vermont is the perfect place to unwind with the family and spend quality time together. less
Our Editor Loves
- Consistently great family skiing
- Eight heated pools and four waterslides
- Separate teen center
- Water Sports
- Children's Program
- DVD Player
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Laundry Service
- Onsite Dining
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Summer Smugglers Vacation
Reviewed on 12/10/2015
We have made several trips to Smugglers Notch with our son as he grew up (sometimes bringing one of his friends). Accommodations vary greatly depending on which unit you get - some are quite old, some are very far from the ...Read full review
Great Family Vacation
Reviewed on 04/06/2015
Our family had a wonderful experience at SMUGGS. We loved the kids ski school. My 9 and 11 year old learned to ski in just one day! My son has a medical disability and the instructors took great care with him and we felt very ...Read full review
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RoomsSmugglers' Notch accommodations are split into five different regions near the base lodge. This being a major ski resort in Vermont, most of the lodgings have ski-in/ski-out capability. They are all condominiums with studio to five bedrooms, offering far more space than the average hotel room.
On our last jaunt to Smuggs, we chose a two-bedroom condo in the West Hill Community, with an easy ski or walk down to the Village Center and the Village Lift. The rooms came with a large kitchen, refrigerator, dishwasher, and all cooking utensils, glasses, and dishes. There was a dining area for eating and each of the bedrooms feature a television. The units also had their own exercise room and game room, which offered a degree of entertainment if we didn't feel like moving. This can happen after a day of skiing.