Smugglers’ Promises Fun and Adventure for 2005-06

By AlpineZone News |
Oct 26 2005 - 02:07 PM

SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH, Vermont ??” At Smugglers’ Notch Resort, there’s promise of winter fun at every turn during the 2005-2006 season. Now in its seventh year of recognition by SKI Magazine readers as #1 in North America for its family programs, the Resort offers many new programs for children and adults to encourage enjoyment of all winter has to offer.

Kids who want to really learn how to play in the park will enjoy Smugglers’ new Jibs and Jumps Snowboard Camp. Experienced Snow Sport University guides teach and demonstrate to kids ages 6-15 how they can take their skills from the mountain slopes and put them into play in the freestyle areas with special attention to rails, jumps, parks and the pipe.

Adults can have some fun of their own in three new offerings: Intro to Striding and Gliding, Boarding School, and Winter Walking. Adapted from a Scandinavian curriculum, Intro to Striding and Gliding mixes Nordic and Alpine skiing in a 1:2 ratio. The first day on cross-country equipment makes learning the rudiments of skiing easy and simplifies the progression to alpine skiing on days two and three.

Boarding School may be the ultimate adventure for adults who enviously have watched youngsters snowboarding. The use of unique tools such as outriggers and balance poles ensure a low frustration/high success level. This four-day class runs Monday through Thursday and includes equipment, lunch and lots of camaraderie.

Winter Walking is included in the Club Smugglers’ Advantage Package. With trained guides, participants will enjoy gentle footpaths and more challenging forest trails while learning about the surrounding woods, winter environment and a bit of history of the region.

On the slopes, an additional eight acres of gladed skiing means even more fun in the trees on Madonna Mountain. New rails have been added to The Zone terrain park on the Practice Slope on Sterling, and a new Zaugg groomer will sculpt park features. In the Morse Highlands ski area, beginners can get a taste of terrain park excitement at the new Jib and Jump Park featuring gentle rolls, a table, a box, and a gladed trail.

The Club Smugglers’ Advantage Package includes mountainside condominium lodging; daily alpine lift tickets; daily Discovery Dynamos ski (ages 3-5) or snowboard (ages 4-5) camp with lunch; daily 1.5-hour ski or snowboard camp for ages 6-17; daily adult beginner lessons; and unlimited use of the FunZone family game and entertainment center, indoor pool and hot tubs. Also included are snow tubing, ice skating, and nightly family and adult entertainment. Special values include discounts of 50 percent on child care from December 9-23, 2005 and January 2-28, 2006 at Smugglers’ renowned child care center Treasures.

For more information call 1-800-451-8752 or visit