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Smugglers' Notch, Vermont

Outdoor Adventures: A Family Affair


In this age of ubiquitous Internet, smart phones, and video games, it's so easy for kids (and adults) to view the world from the tiny rectangle of their computer screen and spend endless "recreation" hours without moving a muscle beyond those that control their texting thumbs. But despite, or perhaps in response to, the increase in technology and virtual worlds, the active family adventure vacation is on the rise.

Smugglers' Notch Resort has responded to this increased demand by implementing new and exciting, fun-for-the-whole-family outdoor challenges to help guests connect with the stunning Green Mountain scenery around them while getting their adrenaline pumping with high-energy, thrilling eco-adventures. In addition to Smugglers' tried and true favorites, including zip lining, rock climbing, and the multi-sport Via Ferrata adventure, the 2013 summer season will introduce the newest set of exciting challenges – an invigorating Treetop Obstacle Course and an array of Innovative Climbing Adventures.

Read the entire article as included in 2013 summer edition of Explore Smuggs

Fathers' Day 2013 Special

Fathers Day Special

Treat Dad to an awesome adventure with a Zip Line Canopy Tour at ArborTrek Canopy Adventures at Smugglers' Notch this Fathers' Day.

With the purchase of two full-fare Zip Line Canopy Tours, get one free. Valid for tours runnning Friday, June 14th to Sunday, June 16th, 2013.

Reservations are required. Call (802) 644-9300 to book your tour.

Missed out on Father's Day? Don't worry... Dad can barbecue after the tour.

Well, maybe worry a little. Dad's deserve to be treated well. We have lot of great deals coming up to help you make up. Also, don't forget about birthday parties, graduations, bachelor/bachelorette parties, family reunions and more. With our new Treetop Obstacle Course/Aerial Adventure Park and Climbing Adventures coming this summer, there are even more ways to celebrate!

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Treetop Obstacle Course Takes Shape at Smugglers' Notch, VT

Here's a quick sneak peak of the Green Course and part of the Blue Course on the Treetop Obstacle Course.  Since shooting this footage last week. 5 more platforms and 5 more elements have been added.  We'll be out next week to gather more footage and more airtime.  Keep tuned in for updates.

Mothers' Day 2013 Special

Mothers Day Zip Line Canopy Tour Special

Treat Mom to an awesome adventure with a Zip Line Canopy Tour at ArborTrek Canopy Adventures at Smugglers' Notch this Mothers' Day.

With the purchase of two full-fare Zip Line Canopy Tours, get one free.  Valid for tours runnning Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May  12, 2013.

Reservations are required.  Call (802) 644-9300 to book your tour

Missed out on Mother's Day?  Don't worry...

Well, maybe worry a little.  Mom's deserve to be treated well.  We have lot of great deals coming up to help you make up.  Also, don't forget about Father's Day. birthday parties, graduations, bachelor/bachelorette parties, family reunions and more.  With our new Treetop Obstacle Course/Aerial Adventure Park and Climbing Adventures coming this summer, there are even more ways to celebrate. 

Join our mailing list and receive announcements about great deals and discounts.

New Eco-Adventure Course Update

Vermont Tree Climbing Adventure at Smugglers Notch

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With spring upon us and site preparation complete, new Treetop Obstacle Course and Climbing Adventure elements are going up nearly daily.  Ten platforms went up this week along with four new elements.  Our cameras caught ArborTrek's Ben "the Builder" in action testing some of the new elements.  We're having a blast building new features and working with our plot to create an awesome course and we can't wait to share it with you.  


Smugglers Notch Pass Open for 2013

Smugglers Notch Pass (Vermont Rte 108) is Open for 2013

Smugglers' Notch Pass, also referred to as Vermont Rte 108, "The Notch", and the Mountain Rd is now open.  The pass officially opened for the season on Friday, May 3rd in the early afternoon.  Guests coming from the south should take into account travel time when passing through the Notch.  While the distance from Stowe is less, on busy weekends, the narrow road and scenic views can be cause for delays and back-ups.  This is especially true during holiday weekends.

For directions or guidance, please call us at (802) 644-9300.

You Can't Keep a Good Frog Down

Arbor the Red-Eyed Tree Frog Climbing

You can't keep a good frog down... on the ground that is.  Maybe it was the fresh spring air and 70 degree temperatures, or maybe it was just his excitement, but as soon as Arbor saw that several of the new Treetop Obstacle Course and Climbing Adventure elements were in place, he called it a day, told all of the staff to take some time off, and climbed into the trees.  Both the Treetop Obstacle Course and Climbing Adventure are scheduled to open June 17, 2013.  Call or book your tour online today.

Here's a sneak peak.  Check back for more updates on the build.  We'll be posting photos and updates regularly now that construction has begun.

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Valentine's Day Special - 2013

Valentine's Day Zip Line Canopy Tour Promotion

Put Some Zip in Your Relationship this Valentine's Day!

Buy one full price ticket on any of our canopy tours and your sweetheart goes for FREE.

Promotion valid for tours conducted on February 11-15, 2013 only. Riders must meet all tour requirements. Not valid with other offers or promotions.

To book your zip line canopy tour special,
call (802) 644-9300, or
book online.

Stick Season Cometh!

October and early November, after the leaves have fallen and before the snow claims us, is known as the “stick season” in Vermont, a quiet month of pleasures much subtler than autumn’s leafy spectacle. It was a good year for apples, and many of them still hang like ornaments from bare-branched trees, bright red orbs against a quiet palette of browns and greys. White birches push against a curtain of white sky, but unfortunately (for avid skiers and snowboarders), that’s about the only thing white around here these days. “Unseasonably warm” is one way of saying “pain and misery” as far as many snow enthusiasts are concerned. Beat those global warming blues during your Thanksgiving Holiday with an awesome environmentally friendly adventure: Zip Lining! When you’re out on the canopy tour, keep your ears pricked for that tell-tale honking of Canadian geese, especially at zip 5 when, at 75 feet in the air, the view suddenly opens up and before you, in all their (brown, muddy) glory, are the infamous slopes at Smugg’s: Madonna, Sterling, and Morse. It’s not too soon to make reservations for your Thanksgiving holiday, as we’re bound to book up with a quickness!

Colors Come! Colors Go! Get here before they go!

I knew it would come. Folks kept saying, “Oh well, I guess this year is just not one for brilliant color…”, but I knew better; felt the trembling pounce in the leaves. Tardy as it was, let it be known that the splendor is here, everyone! All I can say is you’d better hustle. Get yourselves on over here, because there is pretty much NOTHING better in the whole history of the world than the thrill of flying headlong through such radiant flame-orange and saturated yellow leaves. Fantastic doesn’t even begin to describe it.  Amazing is paltry description.  You will be stunned and deliciously overwhelmed. Do try and book ahead, as spaces are limited in this absolutely ultimate autumnal experience.

Oh, and if you missed Columbus Day Weekend, you might have just missed the three nicest days in Vermont in all of history. Brilliant colors, 75-80 degrees, and light fluffy clouds.


Zip Line Canopy Tour during Fall Foliage in Vermont

What comes to mind when I think of this years’ lingering, drawn out journey from summer to fall is a cat that is poised for an ambush. You know how they stick their rear ends into the air and quietly shift their weight from foot to foot, gathering up pounce inside their legs and just waiting for that perfect, auspicious moment to strike? The trees have been hinting at a foliage change for weeks, insinuating grandeur and shifting in barely noticeable increments from green to golden-green to green-ochre and aaaaalmost yellow, undertones of orange. You can feel their readiness to suddenly BURST into brilliance, and all this anticipation only heightens one’s zipping experience! Oh the suspense

Latest News

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ArborTrek to Open Two New Eco-Adventures in Smugglers' Notch

ArborTrek Canopy Adventures at Smugglers' Notch, Vermont is expanding its services in the spring and summer of 2013.  In addition to the established Zip Line Canopy Tour, which was named one of the "World's Coolest Zip Lines" by Travel + Leisure magazine and one of the best wilderness zip lin...

ArborTrek Smugglers' Notch Featured on Vermont Public Television Outdoor Journal

Gina Bullard of WCAX joined us in the trees last October for a zip line canopy tour through Vermont's fall foliage.  While the zip line canopy tour is open year-round to guests at Smugglers' Notch Resort, locals, and visitors to the region, there is perhaps no better time to go zip lining in th...
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Directions to ArborTrek
1239 Edward Rd.
Jeffersonville, VT 05464
GPS: 44.59745,-72.800496