Skied Smuggs on and off for 15 years. Had a week of straight rain in February, as well as 3ft of overnight fluff that came outta nowhere in mid march. Reviews that judge a place based on the weather/snow conditions should be taken with a grain of salt (or relegated to the "pointless") category.
its all relative when it rains/ices over at smuggs, you're gonna find those conditions pretty much everywhere in the region. Transversely, Smuggs, Stowe, and the others in Northern VT WILL often have considerably better conditions than neighbors to the south, east, or west. local weather phenomena, occuring with regularity year in and year out.
Smuggs has slow lifts- keeps the crowds regulated on the hill. If you like fast lifts, go to Killington or Stowe and pay for 'em. If you like amazing treeskiing (especially if you know where the stashes are) go to smuggs. Smuggs generally gets the second most snow in VT (along with Stowe) behind Jay (really, Jay's snow is only marginally better), but the terrain is waay more interesting and challenging at Smuggs than Jay.
Place has got the vibe, more crowded on weekends (nothing like killington or stowe, though). It's a pretty big locals spot- has cool vibe like MRG, great terrain (like MRG, Sugarbush, and Stowe), and isnt' that much $. Overall, a great compromise and My #1 spot in VT.