Best Smugglers Notch Resort Snowboarding

The 2nd most popular snowboarding destination in Vermont.

  Vermont, US


  September 8, 2019

Northwest of Montpelier and Stowe, the Smugglers Notch Resort has 78 runs spread over 310 acres served by 7 lifts that accesses a maximum vertical descent of 2,600 feet. The runs have a level of difficulty ranging from 20% easy to 50% intermediate to 30% difficult. Smugglers Notch consists of three inter-connected mountains that comprise Vermonts biggest vertical drop. Morse Mountain rises directly out of the resort village and is the beginners haven. Sterling Mountain's terrain appeals to intermediates. Madonna Mountain is the more challenging peak with the popular gladed Doc Dempseys Run, and the only triple black-diamond trail in the East, called The Black Hole which is located in Freefall Woods. There is a newer gladed trail called Attitude that was cut on Madonna Mountain that is accessed via the Lower Drifter Trail. In addition to the 310 acres of groomed runs, there are 750 acres of glades between the groomers. The best Smugglers Notch snowboarding can be found during the months of January and February.

For the freestyle snowboarders in your crew, Smugglers Notch has three terrain parks geared more for beginners and intermediates. These "Basin Parks" are called Powder Puff (easy), Blue Grousse (easy/intermediate), and Orsons, which is the intermediate park with jumps and rails.

After a long day of snowboarding at Smuggs, the best bet for apres ski is Brewskis.

To reach Smugglers Notch Resort from New York City to Smugglers (approx. 6 hrs.) Follow the New York Thruway. I-87N, through Albany, NY to Exit 20. Pick up NY 149E to Fort Ann. Take US 4N through Whitehall to the Vermont border. Watch for signs for Fair Haven and Vergennes. Pick up Rte. 22A N to Vergennes. Pick up Rte. 7N to South Burlington. Take I-189E to I-89N to Exit 15 (Winooski), take a right onto Rte. 15E through Essex Junction to Jeffersonville. Take Rte. 108S to Smugglers Notch Resort, located on left about 5 miles from Jeffersonville. It is located at 4323 Vermont Route 108 South. The nearest airport is located in Burlington.

Overall, Smugglers Notch Resort is the 2nd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 12 snowboarding resorts in Vermont.

Local Contacts:  Smugglers Notch Resort ski area (802) 644-8851; Vermont Tourism 1-800-VERMONT.

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Smugglers Notch Inn, Jeffersonville (802) 644-6607

Luxury Loding:  Wyndham Smugglers Notch

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GPS:  44.5728, -72.7758

Date Published:  1/4/2016

Date Updated:  9/8/2019

ID:  11714

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