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Resort Guide 2017: Smugglers’ Notch, VT

Smuggs' turns 60 this year and it’s aging well.

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Photo Jim Deshler

Acres: 1,000 | Vertical: 2,610’ Snowfall: 280” smuggs.com 

Smuggs’ turns 60 this year and it’s aging well. All the original and gnarly trails remain—with colorful names like Rumrunner, Hangman’s, and Smugglers’ Alley—but since 1956 Smuggs’ has evolved into a premier destination for families who want to turn their kids loose but not worry they’ll end up at a base lodge in another county.

Can’t-Miss Run: Drifter, off Madonna Peak, has some of the best views in New England—on a clear day, you can spy Mount Mansfield, Camel’s Hump, and Lake Champlain.

Resort Bite: Famished but don’t want to drive? Try Hearth and Candle, in the resort village, for hearty American fare.

Local Advice: On a powder day, longtime Smuggs’ skier Ben Avery heads for the curated glades of Doc Dempsey’s. “Or anything else in the trees,” he says. “The magic part about Smuggs is there are probably half a dozen named glade runs, and two dozen unnamed off-piste runs that are often skied.” —Kirk Kardashian

From the Early Winter 2016 issue.

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