Smugglers' Notch hopes to keep young skiers and riders active, happy, and social with sports and activities, both indoors and out.
Barbara Thomke of Smuggs says the resort treats teens like the young adults they are by presenting them choices for their vacation fun. With an a la carte menu of events and programs they can select the types of activities that interest them most and also choose ones that are new and challenging.
Thomke says the main event is usually skiing and riding on Smugglers' three interconnected mountains and 78 trails. If needed there is equipment to rent. If desired, there are lessons in how to master the mountain in these disciplines for ability levels from novice through expert, instruction on how to jib in the parks, or conquer moguls.
The highly desired Mountain Explorers sessions for ages 16-17 mix skiers and riders in ripping it up with new friends and finding the best snow stashes with the help of a Snow Sport University Guide. Tweens 11-15 years old may choose the day-long Notch Squad Ski or Snowboard Camp or the 1.5 hour group lessons.
If a teen skier wants to try snowboarding without giving up their two-stick passion, Night School for Boarding is the answer. Twice weekly beginning at 4:30 p.m. they can take lessons and practice on the lighted Sir Henry's Hill from 4:30 to 7 p.m. for $49 per person including equipment rental. For snowboarders who want an introduction to the world of freestyle the same format provides them with lessons on entry-level terrain park features.
Since its introduction three years ago, Airboarding has proven very popular with teens. Airboards are similar to an inflated sled or boogie board with a grooved underside. They are lightweight and easy to maneuver. After learning the basics in a short instructional clinic teens can join the free-riding fun every weekday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m.
Smuggs also has two teen centers open every weekend: Teen Alley Club for ages 13 and older and the Outer Limits at the Yurt for ages 16 and older. Every day of the week special events take place at Teen Alley that range from an Airboard Slalom, Dodgeball Tourney or FunZone Mania to a Nightspiker Dance Party.