Smugglers Notch ski resort is Vermont's best family ski resort. If the idea of skiing with resort mascot Mogul Mouse and his friends sticks in your throat, you might easily give family-friendly Smugglers’ Notch—Smuggs, to its many young pals—a miss. But to do so would be to pass up on some of Vermont’s most extensive skiing and some steep terrain.
On the far side of historic Stowe's mountains, Smugglers' Notch has enthusiastically sought the family market with great success, providing excellent New England skiing for everyone, from toddlers to octogenarians. The purpose-built village, with its ski-in, ski-out accommodations and an average of 286 inches (726 cm) of snow per year with 60 percent snowmaking coverage are all good reasons to go there. The most obvious drawback (other than, for some, an excess of children) is the elderly lift system, consisting mainly of slow double chairs that give you ample time to pause and reflect on your busy lifestyle.