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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  88

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Smugglers’ Notch Resort on its 50th anniversary

Offered by:  Representative Westman of Cambridge

Offered by:  Senator Bartlett

Whereas, the award-winning Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Jeffersonville has evolved from a small ski area into an extremely popular year-round family vacation destination, and

Whereas, the resort’s history can be traced to April 10, 1956 when a group of local business persons incorporated Smugglers’ Notch Ski-Ways Inc. “for the purpose of developing a new ski area on the northwest side of Sterling Mountain in Jeffersonville,” and

Whereas, for the 1956–1957 season, skiers were whisked to the mountaintop on two new T-100 Poma lifts, and

Whereas, in 1960, IBM entrepreneur Thomas Watson, and his brother Arthur, purchased the resort with the intent of constructing a self-contained destination resort village, and

Whereas, starting in 1963, Madonna Mountain assumed a new role at Smugglers’ when service to the mountain’s summit was inaugurated on a new Hall double chair lift, the longest in the east, and the Madonna base lodge was opened to guests, and

Whereas, in 1964, Tom Watson Jr. purchased an interest in the resort, and it was renamed the Madonna Mountain Corporation, and

Whereas, during the 1967–1968 season, service on a Hall double chair lift to the ridge of Morse Mountain from Sterling Meadow Village began, and skiing from one’s door became a reality, and

Whereas, when Stanley and Ann Snider purchased the resort in 1972, its name was changed to The Village at Smugglers’ Notch, and

Whereas, in the following years, additional trails, lifts, and base facilities were inaugurated, and, in 1980, the resort hosted the International Winter Special Olympics, and

Whereas, through the 1980s, the resort’s summertime programs were expanded as Smugglers’ Notch became a truly year-round destination, and

Whereas, in 1989, Smugglers’ Notch won the first of many citations for excellence as Family Circle Magazine voted it one of the top 10 family ski resorts in the nation, and in 1992, RCI named it a Gold Crown Resort, a designation that continues to this day, and

Whereas, in 1996, Bill Stritzler became the current owner of the Smugglers’ Notch Resort, and, under his great leadership, it has continued to win much praise from a pleased patronage, and

Whereas, Smugglers’ Notch Ski Resort’s 50th anniversary was celebrated on January 7, 2007 in grand style with a snow ball which featured presentations on the resort’s history and an evening of dancing to tunes from the last five decades, and

Whereas, to cap the festive mood, in a survey conducted independently for SKI Magazine, Smugglers’ Notch was rated, for the seventh year, as the best ski resort for family programs nationwide and the #1 overall eastern resort, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Smugglers’ Notch Resort on its 50th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bill Stritzler at Smugglers’ Notch Resort.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont