Act your shoe size, not your age. That’s what any skier of any age should be thinking as they head out to Smugglers’ Notch, where families rule and everyone can unleash their inner child. Ranked No. 1 again in Family Programs, Smuggs wins hearts of all ages with a delightful combination of easy and truly inclusive packaging and just about every kind of terrain anyone could want. Little ones can settle in at a state-of-the-art child care center, then head out to gentle slopes. Teens can push themselves to extremes on steep glades. Mom or Dad can join them, then catch their breath on great groomers. “Treeskiing, uncrowded slopes, great bumps, awesome local attitude,” says one reader. And the activities? You can join a campfire sing-along, sign up for a ski race, embarrass your loved ones in a karaoke contest, ride a zip-line or enjoy a sleigh ride—and still not exhaust the possibilities. Many readers point out the slow lifts. The resort has no plans to change that, and even if you do wait in line on weekends, it means fewer skiers on the trails. Besides, given a few minutes in line, you might spot that crazy guy you howled at in the karaoke contest. Or he might spot you. Just laugh, inner child.—M.M.
What’s New: The zip-line Canopy Tour—almost a mile of thrills and views
Mandatory Run: Take it from the Madonna summit for double-black bragging rights, or jump in partway down for a great and challenging black with amazing views.
Local Tip: Try a Prohibition Brew, made by Long Trail just for Smuggs: a perfect pairing with the Black Bear Base Lodge chili.