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decades of excellence

Our Story

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.  

A Rich History


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.

Smugglers Notch Ski & Snowboard Club NewsOur 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.

Our Mission


Through coaching, competition and community, SNSC athletes develop passion, abilities, decision-Making and friendships preparing them for success on snow and in life.

Coaching: Our athletes work with the highest quality coaches we can affordable 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.

Smuggler Notch Ski Club Race TeamFriendship & 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 also within the greater Smugglers’ Notch and global mountain community. 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.

Our 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.

Our Values


Honesty, learning, dignity, speed, grace, style, humility, respect, sharing, passion and friendship.

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Jim morrison
Freeskier
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Smugglers Notch Ski Club Race Team
paul mccartney
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James Brown
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Smuggler Notch Ski Club Race Team
Litte richard
member