Smugglers' Notch Ski Getaways

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Smuggler's has gained such a good reputation as a family resort that many people don't know there's a lot of tough terrain to savor.

That's the problem with a good rep as a family mountain - folks think it concentrates on off-slope activities and amenities and buffing out mostly beginner and intermediate trails and slopes. Smugg's certainly has a lot to do, and in very comfortable surroundings, but serving up the steep and deep along with the buffed and blue is simply part of treating your family well.

The family treatment permeates everything from guest services to the lift attendants (always making sure that the little ones get on the lifts safely) but resides in Smuggler's comprehensive village. Lodging is here, and the village is command central for a never-ending stream of activities for all ages. Here you'll find SmuggsCentral with an indoor pool, hot tubs, FunZone Family Center, and the Outer Limits Teen Center. Child care, restaurants, a country store, an outfitter, and the Nordic Center can all be found in the village. A shuttle service with convenient stops holds it all together if you don't wish to use your car.

The village sits at the base of Morse Mountain, where you will find plenty of novice and beginner terrain and easy-to-use lifts. From the top of the Morse lift you can cruise down to the base of Madonna and Sterling Mountains, where Smugg's steeper soul is revealed. Yes, there are a lot of blue square trails on the map but they are a bit more challenging than you might be used to thanks to the pitch of the place. Chilcoot, Drifter, Rumrunner, and Thomke's are four classic intermediate trails, and there are four intermediate glades on the map if you're up for a foray into the trees. Madonna and Sterling are also a playground for advanced and expert skiers and riders, who enjoy testing themselves on the likes of Freefall, Upper Liftline, Doc Dempsey's, and a number of other steeps and glades both official and not.

While the upper mountain's twists, turns, trees, and steeps can be thought of as a giant natural terrain park, an Olympic-sized half pipe and four terrain parks, ranging from entry level to expert, are available for more formal play.