The Smuggler's Notch Nordic Center encompasses 34 kilometers of Nordic skiing trails and 24 kilometers of dedicated snowshoe terrain, all of varying difficulty. These trails wind through the resort, up into open fields, along streams, and into the deep woods in the valley between Morse and Sterling Mountains. With on-site rentals and well marked groomed trails, it's a great place for beginners to learn. Advanced backcountry terrain like the Bacon's Run and Turkey Creek Trails will keep experts on their toes.
There is a trail use fee required, and the trails close at 4 p.m. Sign in at the Nordic Center Barn located in the resort's northwest corner to get started. Parking can be difficult to find near the Nordic Center, so park at the resort's main lot and walk northwest along Morse Drive. At the first intersection, continue straight to find the Nordic Barn. Trail tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for youth aged 6 to 17. Children 5 and under ski for free with an adult. The Nordic Center offers a wide variety of rentals suitable for beginner and advanced skiers and snowshoers. Rentals are $20 for the complete package.
After signing in, cross the bridge to begin your journey on Boulevard or Link. Snowshoers will follow square red blazes for their route, while cross-country skiers will follow typical ski trail signs. The Nordic Center has laid out four suggested loops for snowshoers that are marked as follows:
For skiers, there are less specific suggested routes, but the majority of the beginner terrain can be found in the northwest portion of the trail network, while more advanced terrain is located to the east.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.