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The Smuggler’s Notch Ski and Snowboard Club offers excellent programs for three disciplines of snow sports: Alpine Racing, Free Skiing and Snowboarding.   SNSC has a rich history of competitive programming for over 50 years, the unique terrain offered by Smuggler’s Notch Resort and a wonderful clubhouse facility at the base of Sterling Mountain.  Most importantly, we have community of families who love to ski and ride.
About the Club
The Smuggler’s Notch Ski and Snowboard Club offers excellent programs for three disciplines of snow sports: Alpine Racing, Free Skiing and Snowboarding.   SNSC has a rich history of competitive programming for over 50 years, the unique terrain offered by Smuggler’s Notch Resort and a wonderful clubhouse facility at the base of Sterling Mountain.  Most importantly, we have community of families who love to ski and ride.
Our goal is to offer the best quality competitive coaching that is affordable and supports a wide variety of programming, allowing athletes the opportunity to experience different styles of skiing and riding.  Athletes eventually pick their passion, whether it be big mountain free skiing or riding, slalom racing, or hitting the park working on new tricks.
The SNSC community of staff, coaches and members creates the close knit, unique environment to support our athletes and help them grow their skills, confidence and love of snow sports.    Across each program we are proud of the results of our athletes at the state and national levels, but more importantly in meeting their personal goals on snow.  SNSC welcomes new athletes and families each season who come from our local communities and also from outside Vermont, with a strong support network across our membership.  
Website: SNSCVT.com
Phone: 802-644-1177
Email: Contact Us
Club History
Historically, the Smugglers' Notch Ski Club has given birth to ski careers of many Olympians, National Team Members, Pro Skiers, and College athletes. The Smugglers' Notch Ski Club began in 1959 through the prowess of a man named Mickey Cochran. He along with his son and daughters made what was then the Madonna Mountain Racing Team. Racers flocked to be coached by him and participate in a unique program that was both inexpensive and for its time "state of the art." In 1975, SNSC became a non-profit organization with the goal of providing children the opportunity to ski competitively. In 1997 a decision was made that in order to continue the Clubs' future success, a full time executive director was required, along with the construction of a new building and trail. In 1998 the Club moved from the State Shelter, which had become unsafe, was undersized, and lacked an adequate water supply, to its present modern facility located at the base of the T-bar. A new race trail, Snakebite, was designed and constructed. As in the past, membership participation and volunteerism is an important part of our Club's culture. Without our members involvement the Club can not succeed. Today, we are the hosts of over 100 junior alpine and snowboard athletes. Through the decades the Club has changed in both name and coaches, but the commitment to keep SNSC promoting the sport of ski and snowboard competition will always continue.
SNSC Mission
MISSION
Through coachingcompetition and community, SNSC athletes develop passionabilitiesdecision-making and friendships preparing them for success on snow and in life.
Coaching: Our athletes work with the highest quality coaches we can affordavailable who focus on healthy values, strong decision making and confident skiing and riding.
Competition: We have a rich and proud history of competition.   Competition is about setting meaningful goals, working hard to meet them, focusing great effort at events and celebrating accomplishments. We focus on the journey as much as the results themselves.
Friendship & Community: We are a member-driven club. We focus on developing healthy and respectful relationships with peers, coaches and other members—-within and across our programs and in thealso within the greater Smugglers’ Notch and global mountain communityy. This sense of belonging is important into building a strong club that can serve engage members -young and old -for years to come and develop a community of skiers and riders.
Passion: Our programs develop life-long skiers and riders. Skiing and riding is just not something we do—it's who we are. The end of competition should not mean the end of skiing and riding: Armed withWith a passion for the mountains, our athletes will be life-long ambassadors for winter sports at  continue the strong tradition of winter sport at Smugglers’ Notch.
Abilities & Decision-Making: We first teach the basic skills, knowledge and mindsets to be safe, responsible and fundamentally sound athletes. We then focus on teaching athletes how to practice and develop these fundamentals on their own. Ultimately, athletes direct their own development and mentor younger athletes in building their own strong foundation. We believe this progression helps prepare athletes for sport and life.
VISION
SNSC is the only club in Vermont that concentrates on Alpine Ski Racing, Freeski Competition and Snowboard Competition in its many forms. Given the character of the terrain at Smugglers’ Notch and the communities of northern Vermont, SNSC provides high quality, affordable programs that engage the whole family. The culture at SNSC is both about the individual athlete as well as the community necessary to support that athlete. Coaches, parents and volunteers all focus on developing our athletes, teaching them the values of hard work, empathy and respect and building while cultivating a life-long love of skiing and riding. Our athletes have the tools to take their passion to the next level, whether to an academy, a tutorial program at SNSC, their high school program, college competition; at regional, state, national and international competitions.
VALUES
Honesty, learning, dignity, speed, grace, style, humility, respect, sharing, passion and friendship.
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USSA/USASA Waiver

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Volunteer Race Worker Release
All Members are required to sign a USSA Volunteer Race Worker Release Form and a USASA Worker Release Form.
USSA | United States Skiing Association | Volunteer Release Form
USASA | United States of America Snowboard Association | Volunteer Release Form

About the Club

Learn about Smugglers' Ski & Snowboard Club

Phone: 802-644-1177
Email: Contact Us
The Smuggler’s Notch Ski and Snowboard Club offers excellent programs for three disciplines of snow sports: Alpine Racing, Free Skiing and Snowboarding.   SNSC has a rich history of competitive programming for over 50 years, the unique terrain offered by Smuggler’s Notch Resort and a wonderful clubhouse facility at the base of Sterling Mountain.  Most importantly, we have community of families who love to ski and ride.

Directory | Race Organizations

Find Race Directions & Club Info

Intro needed here. Use the Race Directory to lean about other clubs we compete against and get contact & directions information.

Flyin Ryan Outdoor Festival

Come join us on Saturday July 29th

This event is co-hosted this year by the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation and the Smugglers Notch Ski and Snowboard Club.  
 
Come join us on Saturday July 29th from 1-7pm for a fun day at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center. Guided Bike Tours, Pig roast BBQ, Demo Bikes from Earl's and Outdoor Gear Exchange, Music, cash beer tent, Kids Activities and a Silent Auction.
 
Early registration Fees:  $25 for Individuals, $45 for Families

 

SNSC Scholarships

The Smugglers’ Notch Ski Education Foundation

The Smugglers’ Notch Ski Education Foundation (SNSEF) is a non-profit 501-c-3 organization formed to provide instruction, education, training, and competition in the sports of skiing and snowboarding through financial assistance granted to qualifying Smugglers' Notch Ski and Snowboard Club members. If you are interested in donating to this and other club funds please read on. Make a donation online, it's fast & easy.

Board and Directors

Our Board & Directors work hard to keep the club running smoothly, on budget, and on goal. Learn more about who makes up our BOD and the roles they assume.  The current officers are:
President: Don Foote
Vice President: Darrin MacLeod
Treasurer: Steve Dobrin

Recording Secretary: Ray Wells

Facilities

Lots of improvements!

With a fully equipped clubhouse and kitchen, 4 bathrooms, ski & board storage, parents and athletes can enjoy slopeside skiing with family and fellow club members.  To keep the club clean and enjoyable, each member/family is required as part of member responsibilities to take a day in the season to clean the club.  Sign-up today.