As a High School kid, I was first brought to Smugglers’ Notch with the help of the Murray Hill ski service out of Montreal. I had heard of the ski area, but it was discovered via those bus excursions. I returned even after I stopped taking the ski buses.
Only 35 minutes from Burlington and 1 hour 40 minutes from Montreal, this 2610′ ski area didn’t gather as much of the Montreal spotlight as Stowe or Jay Peak. The ski area also organized on Thursday’s Day trips to Montreal, “the Island City of the 1976 Olympic”.
Here at some quotes taken from the Village at Smugglers’ Notch 1978-79 brochure.
“where everything is at you doorstep.”
“There just behind Stowe sits Smugglers’ Notch, a tabloid version of Sun Valley” – Ski Magazine
Smugglers’ Notch is a Vermont version of Vail and Zermatt. Come and go on foot to ski the five major mountains – our three and two at Stowe.
– sauna and then swim in our heated pool
– play broom hockey with the ski instructors
– join in a tennis round robin
– just pass the time in a chess, backgammon, or dart contest in the Smugglers’ Lounge by the fireplace.
The Village’s northern latitude and high elevation promise natural snow; but just in case, snowmaking facilities cover Morse’ mile-long slopes.
Guests from throughout the world come to the Village at Smugglers’ Notch for its friendliness, genuine Vermont character.
A vacation at Smugglers’ is more than just a ski trip; once you are there, you’re really somewhere!
Back in 1978-79, The 5-Day Ski Week was $153 which included 5 days of skiing, 5 nights lodging and 5 days unlimited lessons.
1979, when Expert trails were marked as Red Circles and Green Triangles was Novice. Each mountains had its distinct symbol which indicated the typical terrain which could be found. If you notice on the legend of map, Madonna (2100′ vertical) is predominately Red Circle terrain; Sterling (1500′) intermediate and Morse (1150′) Novice. It was also just before Freefall appeared on the map and Madonna’s The Glades disappeared. Sterling (Smugglers’) and Spruce (Stowe) was still official interconnected.
The trail map includes each trail with its average grade in degrees, however this changed into percentages keeping the same numbers a short time after (i.e. Lift Line (Upper) went from a 30deg to 30%)..
Oh yeah, lifts ticket were $15 in 1978-79.