Trip Ideas: Smugglers' Notch, Vermont

After one ass-freezing ride up the awesome, fixed-grip Madonna I chair, you’ll know that for all the Storyland BS, this place has serious steeps.
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Trip Ideas: Smugglers' Notch, Vermont (Photo: Courtesy of Smugglers' Notch Resort)

WHY: Smuggs markets itself hard as a family resort. The beauty of that is it scares off the hardcore masses, who don’t want to share cookies and cocoa with Mogul Mouse. But after one ass-freezing ride up the awesome, fixed-grip Madonna I chair, you’ll know that for all the Storyland BS, this place has serious steeps.

WHAT: Boot up at your car in the highest parking lot (it’s ski-in, ski-out). And unless you’re headed for the famous Birthday Bowls (off the Sterling lift), just stick to the Madonna I terrain. It will bruise your ego. Try Liftline, Free Fall, and Black Hole (triple black).

WHERE: Nightlife? In Jeffersonville? That’s rich. Boogie back to Burlington (about 45 minutes), ditch the car, and party like a Phish Head. Don’t miss: Nectar’s, Red Square, Three Needs, and Radio Bean.

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