People ask us about things to do near Jeffersonville and Stowe Vermont.

Here is our ever-changing list!


Friday, February 12: RAILS FOR RYAN – Smugglers’ Notch presents the 3rd Annual “Rails for Ryan” rail jam under the lights at the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge. Competing and spectating are both FREE, with a suggested $5 donation to benefit the Flyin’ Ryan Foundation, established to support local athletes and honor the memory of local champion extreme skier Ryan Hawks (  The Black Bear Tavern will be serving food and beverages throughout the event. Compete or simply join us for a good time. Prizes will be awarded to those who step up and really throw down. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, registration begins at 4:00 pm in the Base Lodge.

Saturday 2/13 & Sunday 2/14: Wine & Chocolate Weekend at the Boyden Valley Winery. Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits will be showcasing the fun and romance of decadent chocolate and wine during the Vermont Grape and Wine Council’s Annual Wine & Chocolate weekend. Romantic Wine & Cheese Fondue Dinner from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm in our romantic carriage barn loft on Saturday 2/13. Reservations required! Call 802-644-8151. Daytime events take place from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. The winery is located at the intersection of Routes 15 and 104 in Cambridge.

Sunday, 2/21: USASA NVT Slopestyle Event: With it’s unique features we anticipate a super fun event in the Birch Run Terrain Park! Registration is from 9:00 am – 10:00 am upstairs in the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge and the event starts at 11:15 am.

Sunday, 2/28: 2016 Backcountry Basecamp – Come join the editors of Backcountry Magazine for a resort-based showcase of all things Backcountry. From gear manufacturers, to retailers, to resorts, everyone is taking notice of the evolution from the piste to the powder. Featuring Alpine Touring, Avalanche Training, demos, trade displays, and on mountain course treks presented by Marmot, Patagonia, Leki, Tecnica, Marker, and more. This event is Free and on a first-come first-served basis. For more information go to

Sunday, 2/28: Stowe Derby. Cross Country skiers, fat bikers and outrageous fun all come together for a 20 km of challenging terrain. Racers race down Mt. Mansfield’s toll road and the Stowe Rec Path. Contestants and spectators welcome!


Sunday, March 6: 2015 Smugglers’ Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge. An opportunity for junior and adult freeskiers to show their stuff on some of the most difficult terrain Smugglers’ Notch has to offer! The course is planned for the Madonna headwall, an ungroomed steep with a double fall line descent filled with cliffs, bumps, trees, chutes, and stumps. Competitors will be judged on line, control, fluidity, technique and style.

“As the competitors run the course on the headwall from just below Catwalk to just above Madonna midstation, the best seats in the house for watching the excitement will be on the Madonna summit lift. Spectators also can view from a roped off area at the Red Fox Glades near the finish area at the base of the Madonna headwall, easily accessed from mid-station.”

Saturday, 3/12: 3-Mountain Throwdown: The greatest mountaineering race of the season! 3 Mountains, 2 teammates and the ultimate mountaineering adventure! Hike, climb, race and slide your way to a stash of checkpoints hidden throughout Smugglers Notch. Flaik GPS will monitor progress and ensure that checkpoints are visited and hikes are accomplished. Flaik will also provide all rippers and sliders with personal stats on vertical feet, speed and time. Teams visit checkpoints in any order they choosewith limited time to study the map prior to starting, strategy becomes equally as important as speed. Every chair lift will be in play and downhill action will run the gamut from green groomer to black diamond glades.

Sunday, 3/13: Benefit Rail Jam: This special rail jam benefits the Molly Rowlee Fund, which supports families with children undergoing treatment for cancer. This is the fifth year at Smuggs for this event, and it promises to again be awesome – come out and have some fun and support this great cause! The good times include music, giveaways, and a raffle. We’ll share details soon!

Saturday, March 26: Blast From the Past Race – The Smugglers’ Notch Ski & Snowboard Club invites skiers (21 & over) to bash gates and relive their glory days with a qualifying GS course beginning at 9:30 am (two runs; best run of two) followed by a pro-style dual SL course for the top 16 men and the top 8 women. The equipment doesn’t have to be “old,” just the racers. Hamburger/hot dog barbecue and beverages included in the entry fee of $35. Registration takes place from 7:30 am – 9:00 am; inspection from 8:15 am – 9:15 am. Call 802-644-1177 for more information. It’s the 21st year of Blast from the Past – come celebrate!

Saturday, April 2: 21st Annual BrewFest Part 2 – Sample the finest in Vermont and regional craft beers as well as traditional favorites and ciders! Our Spring BrewFest highlights the season’s lighter flavors.
At Smugglers’ From 6:00 pm — 10:00 pm in the Meeting House. Tickets are available at the door; $20 entry includes 8 samples and souvenir glass. 21 and older, please.

Saturday, April 9: 4th Annual Pond Skimming in the Zone Terrain Park! The event is free! Registration starts at 10:00 am at the Parking Lot 1 Yurt and the event starts at 12:00 noon. Prizes awarded for best costume and most spectacular landing! Spectators are welcome!