by: Ontheslopes - 28th August 2010

  • 2
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 3All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 2Family Friendly
  • 1Nightlife
  • Terrain Park
  • Value
Some enjoyable terrain
Dirty condos, slow lifts, crowded, lots of untrue marketing

Full review

We went to Smugglers' Notch in January 2010. When we first arrived, we went to the check in desk and then to the small ski store to get a jacket for someone in our group. Then we were headed to the condo. Okay, first problem: the streets were not clearly marked and were all steep dirt roads. It's a remote resort and all that but you'd expect better from what seemed like a great family resort on the website. We got into our condo. It seemed really nice at first, but then we realized how dirty it was. The next day we went skiing. The first thing we noticed was that our condo wasn't really ski in ski out, as they had promised on the website. You had to carry your skis across a slippery dirt road and up a hill before you could even see the lift. Which brings me to the next problem with Smuggs: the lifts. They are all slow doubles. Because this is such a crowded resort and the lifts only take 2 at a time, huge lift lines develop. The first day, we were kind of okay with the slow lifts because they gave us a nice rest after skiing. The second day though, we were sick of them. I'll admit that some of the terrain was good. Some of it. Most was icy and crowded. There were some decent trails though, like smugglers' alley, shuttle, and doc dempsey's glades, but most if it was just rubbish. We arrived back at our condo only to find that someone shoved a timeshare sales meeting invitation under our door. This was when we realized the resort really was just in it for the money, not to provide a good experience for skiers and their families. The rest of the trip was no better. My final thoughts on this mountain are as follows: the marketing on the website was the least true marketing of any business ever. All businesses have some lies, but Smuggs just lied through their teeth. The resort was disorganized, dirty and run down. It was not equipped to handle all the people there. The pool, for example, was crowded, small, shallow, and very dirty. Anyway, don't go to Smuggs. It's a bad resort. Maybe its a decent ski area for a daytrip if you live nearby, but for a weekend trip? nope.
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