SMUGGLERS' NOTCH, VERMONT
The term “family resort” is usually code for “kid friendly,” and Smugglers’ Notch is no exception. But this surprisingly expansive resort — boasting more than 1,000 acres of skiable terrain (just over 300 acres of marked and patrolled trails) — packs appeal for 50+ kids as well.
Non-downhillers can head out on cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, with gorgeous views of Green Mountains (lessons and tours available). And out-of-towners are welcome in the locals’ 55-Plus Club, which meets every Wednesday for sweet rolls and coffee, skiing and an afternoon program (examples include a talk by a local author and a presentation by a physical therapist on preventing ski injuries). Those who loathe the vacation housing hunt will welcome the all-condo lodging at Smugglers’ Notch — every unit has a kitchen — and the fact that lift tickets are included in all packages (skiers 70 and older ski free, so ask about special pricing when you book). The Hearth & Candle restaurant features locally sourced ingredients and chefs trained at the New England Culinary Institute, along with adult-only, white-tablecloth dining in the Birch Room. If you want a stronger connection to local history, dine at the nearby Three Mountain Lodge, built in 1966 as a ski dorm by the University of Vermont.
Lift tickets: Ages 70 and older ski free (regularly $64).
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