Smugglers Notch Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Getting to the Smugglers’ Notch Ski Resort is a lot more complicated in winter. Because it’s located beyond an actual notch in the Green Mountains, they close the wild, hairy passage of hairpin turns (otherwise known as Route 108) that links Stowe to Smugglers Notch. Route 108 is one of two officially designated scenic highways in Vermont. Instead of driving 5 miles or so from Stowe to Smuggs, as the resort is called, it’s a good 45-minute drive around the Notch to get to Smugglers’ Notch the resort.
What’s bad news for drivers turns out to be great news for snowshoe hikers, because the closed Notch road becomes a pleasant route for trekking. This two-lane road, left unplowed for a 3-mile stretch, is a thoroughfare for adventure seekers who want to leave the downhill ski crowds behind, lf you’re traveling with friends or family who like to ski, Smugglers’ Notch is a fun compromise where nobody loses."