Off-season A+ Grade for Smuggler’s Notch: Details Inside

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on September 1, 2009 3:36 pm

Free agents signed, players cut, new coaching regimes, it’s all part of the NFL off-season.  In the ski world, just as in the football world, the upcoming season’s success is heavily dependent upon changes made while the ticket buyers are out-of-site.

Vermont Smugglers’ Notch, voted #1 for Family Programs in North America by Ski Magazine Readers 10 times over, has had a busy off-season.  Let’s check out the successful moves made that will result in a winter playoff birth for Smuggs.

Intermediate, thy dominance hath been relinquished!  Smugglers’ Notch unmatched reputation for family fun has in the past meant an abundance of intermediate terrain.  That fact remains, but this upcoming season, the black diamond Full Nelson (accessed from the Sterling Lift) has been extended from above mid-mountain all the way to the base.  Expert options are more than ever at Smugglers’ for the junior ripper and pop reliving his glory years.

Tall tales meet the Truth Detector.  The amount of miles, vertical, and trails skied will be quantifiable this upcoming season for all students in the Snow Sport University ski and snowboard camps.  With Flaik GPS units, campers will be able share exact on-mountain data of their monumental ski day.  Bragging rights will no longer be subject to truth stretching.  Sorry pops, but the camps are for kids ages 3-15.  But, you can get your hands on a Flaik GPS unit for $19.95/day.

Making the first time a good time.
  I was once a snowboard instructor, and I apologize to all who were once in my class.  Hey, but I was teaching with one arm tied behind my back.  I had no Burton Learn to Ride Center!  At Smuggs, the Burton Learn to Ride Center is equipped with the latest and greatest — the latest teaching techniques and the greatest equipment.  Kids and adults will have a great spot to learn the ropes in a comfortable atmosphere.

It’s a big house, open house, and it’s back by popular demand.
  Once again this winter, the Mountain Experience for adults is back.  It’s a grand tour of Smuggs three mountains for level four and above skiers and boarders.  Check out every room in the house, a tour of the entire mountain from your designated mountain insider.  A degree in Smugg’s from the Resort’s Snow Sport University professional.

Get off the sidelines and join the tribe. 
It’s the Learn-to-Ski Week.  Nice name, but the details are better.  Free rental equipment for guests staying three nights or longer on the Club Smugglers’ Advantage Package.  For $99/day, fill your shopping bag with condo lodging, daily lift tickets, and lessons.  There’s also an introduction to après ski techniques (hold beer, sip), pool and hot tubs, and nightly entertainment.  January 8-15, add the title of “skier” to your resumé at Smugg’s Learn-to-Ski Week.

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