Smugglers Notch Crossover

Stowe

A low angle trail used to cross from Spruce Peak to Sterling Peak and to access the Back Bowls.

Freeride Skiing Easy

Distance
867 m
Ascent
17 m
Descent
68 m
Low Point
916 m
High Point
979 m
Gradient
15˚
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Description

More of an approach trail than a ski run. From the top of Spruce Peak, hike up about 20 feet from the top of the Sensation Quad. From there, you will see a fairly wide trail to your right heading northeast. You can ski down to sterling pond then hike up to Sterling Peak. The pond may not be frozen in early season so be aware of your surroundings and stick to the sides. Since this serves as a hiking trail in the summer, there is a way around the pond. Despite this easy access, there is no joint ticket for Stowe and Smuggs, so most people don’t cross into Smugglers Notch. This trail is most often used to access the Back Bowls.

Difficulty

Easy

Wide gentle slopes at around 20 degrees or less.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, November, December

Features

  • Walk Required

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