Jun 062013
Smugglers' Notch Resort Adds New Summer Adventures for Teens and Tweens

Vermont’s Smugglers’ Notch Resort is one our favorite four season family getaway destinations with a wide range of on site lodging options, pools, restaurants and many opportunities to explore Vermont’s Green Mountains.  This is one resort where there really is something for everyone from the youngest kids to  teens and tweens to mom and dad looking for a little adult time. Year round, including summer, the resort offers a range of age appropriate kids camps and programs.  Summer options feature a number of special interest camps for teens and tweens including: A 2-day/2-night hiking exploration on Vermont’s Long Trail which runs across the spines of the resort’s Sterling and Madonna Mountains.  The 4,000 foot elevations provide quite a view!  Nights are spent in wooden shelters on the trail. A 4-day Survival Camp for 12-17 [...]

More Summer Family Fun Arrives at New England Ski Resorts

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May 282011
More Summer Family Fun Arrives at New England Ski Resorts

     For a number of years, New England’s ski resorts have been investing in a wide range of attractions and activities designed to encourage families to visit all year round.   This summer, there seems to be an emphasis on attractions of interest to families with teens and tweens at some of our favorite New England summer destinations.  If you are heading to New Hampshire’s White  Mountains this summer be sure to check out the new Adventure Park at Mount Cranmore in the Mount Washington Valley.  In Vermont, Smugglers’ Notch is adding a number of new summer adventure options and jazzing up its day camp and evening programs for teens and tweens. Mt. Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park Opens Memorial Day Weekend      The new Mt. Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park opened Memorial [...]

Top Five Things to Do in Winter At Smugglers’ Notch

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Mar 092011
Top Five Things to Do in Winter At Smugglers' Notch

     As we write this Smugglers’ Notch is digging out from a 2 foot snow storm in early March.   The full service ski season including all lesson and camp programs is scheduled to run for almost another month so there is definitely time for some skiing over March spring break.        If you take your teens and tweens to Smugglers’ Notch this spring, or plan to visit next season, be sure to follow the links below to read our posts about our five favorite things to do: Ski Experience the scenic trails on Madonna and Sterling Mountains.  On a clear day you can see the Adirondacks, Lake Champlian and Vermont’s Green Mountains from the Upper Drifter trail. Learn Take snowboard and ski lessons as part of the resort’s Snow Sports University [...]

Off the Slopes: Out and About at Smugglers’ Notch

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Mar 042011
Off the Slopes: Out and About at Smugglers' Notch

     The endless list of things to do at Smugglers’ Notch extends well beyond Snow Sports University and a wide range of downhill trails.  During our recent visit, non-skier Mary T took some time to explore the off-mountain activities available at the resort.  Many activities are included in the resort activity pass, including ice skating, guided winter walks, and access to cross-country and snowshoe trails.  Rental equipment is available at the Nordic Center.      The Nordic Center is also the place to arrange for a number of other activities including Dog Sled rides and snowmobiling.  Evening rides are available right at the Resort while daytime rides are offered at nearby locations.  While the teens were skiing and snowboarding, Mary T and Camera Guy opted to book a daytime snowmobile ride with the Sterling Ridge [...]

Teen’s Favorite Smugglers’ Notch Ski Trails

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Feb 282011
Teen's Favorite Smugglers' Notch Ski Trails

     During our recent visit to Vermont’s Smugglers’ Notch resort, #1 Son had a chance to ski the vast majority of the trails on 3,640 ft Madonna Mountain and 3,040 ft Sterling Mountain.   During the few days we were there he developed the list of favorites shown below. If you go be sure to check them out. Scenic Favorites on Madonna Mountain      Madonna’s majestic views across the valley, the Notch and well beyond won hands down when it came to selecting scenic trails.  Don’t miss out on: Upper Chilcoot: 4,500 feet long and accessed from the summit of Madonna Mountain via the Madonna I chairlift. Named after a mountain pass in Alaska, this trail provides a lot of entertaining twists and turns to go with the stunning views.  Connect with the Waterfall Trail and Gary B’s Northwest [...]

Smugglers’ Notch Lodging Choices and Tradeoffs

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Feb 272011
Smugglers' Notch Lodging Choices and Tradeoffs

     Smugglers’ Notch offers visitors one of the largest self-contained ski resort village experiences we have seen on the East Coast.  From humble beginnings as a local ski hill with two Poma Lifts in the 1950s, Smugglers’ has evolved into a full service, four season destination with a wide range of lodging options.    Based on what we saw, they definitely have something for everyone.  Here’s a quick summary of the choices and trade-offs to consider when booking your stay.      Families visiting Smugglers’ Notch can choose from hundreds of timeshare and rental condos ranging from studios to premium 5-bedroom chalets.   The original condos built in the 1960s and 70s are located closest to the base village.  The base village houses several restaurants including the Morse Mountain Grille and Pub, which serves up a teen-pleasing [...]

Feb 252011
Teens Review Smugglers' Notch Ski and Snowboard Lesson and Camp Options

     As we noted earlier, Vermont’s Smugglers’ Notch Resort offers a wide range of ski and snowboard camps for teens and tweens as part of the mountain’s Snow Sports University program.  From regular group lessons, to full day camps and age-appropriate mountain explorations, Smugglers’ tries hard to help each teen and tween find their own niche.  During our recent visit, the Princess participated in the all-day Notch Squad snowboard camp for kids ages 11-15.   #1 Son experimented (briefly) with the Mountain Explorer program for 16 and 17 year olds before opting to explore the mountain solo.  Their experiences remind us why it is so important to know your teens and tweens and make an effort to match their personalities to the available programs.      Making sure that your teen or tween enjoys their lessons at [...]