We stayed at Smuggler's Notch for a few days, the week following Christmas. My thoughts:
* Not for the novice skiier (which I am). Felt lucky to leave with no broken bones. Driving up with one of my sisters (also novice) when we saw the slopes she said "I'm not going up there". We did. Had a great time, but only went up the big mountain once, then stayed in the village the remaining time. It rained the first night we were there, followed by snow. It was icey. The ice increased the challenge, I'm sure. But still, the big mountain has no beginner slopes. They are steep an narrow. Rest of family with more experience loved it there.
* With the crazy weather this winter, there wasn't much snow. But they were making it. A lot of trails were closed, but they did a good job given the circumstances. We didn't run out of places to go, that's for sure.
* We stayed in a 1 BR. It very comforatably slept 6. Actually 7, we had a baby in crib. PLENTY of room for all. Bedroom had 2 double beds + loft bed (so slept 6), + crib fit in the room, + living room had big sectional couch which had a queen if not king fold out bed.
* Price for 1 adult ticket for 2 days was $102, I think. First day is priciest, additional are cheaper. And holiday pricing was a little higher. I'm guessing that for an owner update or presentation you can get 4 tickets for 3 days. Only saying that because someone on a shuttle had extras they were selling.
* Wyndham includes a Smugg's Pass for each guest (no charge). Be sure to use it for 10% off on the slopes (they won't ask for it). You can use it most everywhere on the property.
* Watch your bill, I had charges that were not mine, added as much as a week later. They immediately reversed them, no problem.
* Aquatics area, okay. Pool, 2 whirlpools, kiddie area. A work out room. Closes at 9pm.
* I thought the shuttle service was great. We did not drive while we were there, even to visit family in another unit. The roads were icey and we left the driving to the shuttle folks. Just call and they come. At the end of the day, you don't need to call, the shuttles are running regularly (from the village to your condo). They do a good job of transporting people.
* Access to slopes and lodge is kind of different. The big mountain has a lodge you actually ski to from where the shuttle drops you off. The village does not have a lodge. My mom was watching a 3 yr old great-grandchild and it wasn't the best of situations. I'm told Bentley Brook is the perfect location for non-skiers to tag along to, not so great at Smuggler's Notch.
* Great staff, friendly and helpful
* One "got cha". Route 108 south of Smuggler's Notch was closed. It is the most direct route from route 89, but closed in the winter, I think. It had big cement, permanent-ish construction type, barricades, so I am told. I was lucky to be following someone who knew that (we came in from the North), but others in our group came up from the south, they were about 5 miles from Smuggler's Notch, and had to take about a 40 mile trip around to get there. Oops...
Overall, I was very impressed, we had a great time. Enjoy your trip!!!