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Old 01-09-2014, 06:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Smugglers Notch, Vermont?

I'm arranging a bus to Smugglers Notch, Vermont.
Looking to bring 30-50 riders.
This will be our 1st time there...
What do I need to know about Smuggs??
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Old 01-09-2014, 06:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's in Vermont and they have a "triple" black diamond
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You need to get everyone in your crew to get their head around the fact that at Smuggs there are NO highspeed lifts. Everyone needs to dial down a little, enjoy the scenery on the way up the mountain, chat about life and do some of what you should be doing on a trip like this, chill.

It is a fun mountain to ride. It is much more "traditional" in the sense that there are more "trails" than there are wide open vista type runs, especially up top. As I don't hit the park, I can't comment. Perhaps someone else will provide that info.

As I am sure you have heard, Smuggs promotes itself as a Family resort and the amenities reflect that. You will not find much "nightlife" if any at all. You will have to make your own "apres" hill fun. Everything is within walking distance and there are some very good restaurants just a short walk off the resort proper.

If you are doing condos and plan on doing some of your own cooking, you need to stop the coach somewhere on the way in to do some shopping. Things may have changed, but selection on the resort was limited.

Sharpen your edges, put on a fresh coat of wax and I am sure you will enjoy what I would described as a very good traditional Eastern ski resort.
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Smuggs is probably my favorite place to ride in VT. Have friends very close by so am there quite a bit. Lifts can be considered slow, they are double chairs. This doesn't bother me at all. Keeps the trails un-crowded and it doesn't get scraped off as fast, gives time to rest/have a safety meeting. Great terrain off of each of the lifts and more than plenty of off map stuff to find too. My avatar is madonna chairlift.
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Was there once: great terrain, fun mountain, lifts suck.
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It's in Vermont and they have a "triple" black diamond
Triple Black....sounds dirty
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You need to get everyone in your crew to get their head around the fact that at Smuggs there are NO highspeed lifts. Everyone needs to dial down a little, enjoy the scenery on the way up the mountain, chat about life and do some of what you should be doing on a trip like this, chill.

It is a fun mountain to ride. It is much more "traditional" in the sense that there are more "trails" than there are wide open vista type runs, especially up top. As I don't hit the park, I can't comment. Perhaps someone else will provide that info.

As I am sure you have heard, Smuggs promotes itself as a Family resort and the amenities reflect that. You will not find much "nightlife" if any at all. You will have to make your own "apres" hill fun. Everything is within walking distance and there are some very good restaurants just a short walk off the resort proper.

If you are doing condos and plan on doing some of your own cooking, you need to stop the coach somewhere on the way in to do some shopping. Things may have changed, but selection on the resort was limited.

Sharpen your edges, put on a fresh coat of wax and I am sure you will enjoy what I would described as a very good traditional Eastern ski resort.
Good to know. We are staying in condos so we'll make sure to arrange a grocery stop and I'll make sure to prepare everyone to "slow down" and enjoy the mountain
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Take the shuttle when moving between Morse and Maddona/Sterling areas, as the interconnecting trails have some very flat areas.
Jana's in Jeffersonville is worth stopping at for great wraps ,pastries and other food.
The slower lifts do help to keep the trails less crowded.So that doesn't bother me at all.
Have fun!
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Take the shuttle when moving between Morse and Maddona/Sterling areas, as the interconnecting trails have some very flat areas.
Jana's in Jeffersonville is worth stopping at for great wraps ,pastries and other food.
The slower lifts do help to keep the trails less crowded.So that doesn't bother me at all.
Have fun!
Thanks for the GEM...Will keep this in mind!
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Is this still happing, let me know how much money I need to go with everyone.
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