Backcountry Skiing & Glades

Smugglers Notch Backcountry Skiing & Glades

Off piste adventures abound at Smugglers Notch. Whether looking for an in-bounds glade or a sidecountry adventure, some of Vermont’s best tree skiing is accessible from the resort’s lifts.

Proximity to the backcountry terrain of Smugglers’ Notch and Underhill State Parks make Smuggs a great destination for experienced backcountry skiers. The backside of Sterling Mountain contains a number of awesome backcountry trails and gladed areas that always seem to get pounded by every snowstorm that hits central Vermont. Knowing where you are going is key in these zones, as the dangers are high in Smugglers’ Notch State Park. Many Vermont-bred Olympic skiers have met their match and been seriously injured skiing the cliffs and chutes found in this backcountry zone.

Most backcountry runs send skiers and riders down to the Smugglers’ Notch road. It is important to note that this road, Vermont Route 108, is closed to vehicles during the winter months. If you end up here after skiing the backcountry, you may ski or hike down North to the Smugglers’ Notch resort parking lot, or South to Stowe Mountain Resort.

In-bounds tree runs are also abundant, and often contain some of the best snow on the mountain. Stick to wide, noticeable lines between trails and you will often be rewarded with deeper snow than you may have thought available that day.

The information contained in this article is intended for information purposes only. Ski within your ability level and proceed at your own risk.

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