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Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Smugglers' Notch

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt. -

The rain isn't stopping some skiers from enjoying the trails at Smuggler's Notch.

"'Cause we wanna ski. We wanna ski. We've come all this way, 6 hours, so we might as well ski," said Kelley O'Connor Grafton of Ontario.

While rainfall isn't ideal for skiers, it does make for some soft, edgeable snow.

"You can carve really deep today, so it's fun," said Jake O'Connor Grafton of Ontario.

Smugglers' Notch offers more than 2,000 vertical feet of terrain.

"It's kinda the classic Vermont, with long winding trails, great tree runs, and the best steeps in Vermont," said Eli Moore of Smugglers' Notch.

Even though the wet weather could cause some trails to close, recent snowmaking upgrades have made for a good base.

"We invested more than $1 million in snowmaking. We got a bunch of those low-energy, high-efficiency tower guns that make a terrific difference," said Bob Mulcahy of Smugglers' Notch.

The weather will continue to turn colder through the end of the week; this, coupled with good grooming should help the conditions improve going into the weekend. In the meantime, if skiing in the rain isn't your thing, Smugglers' Notch also offers an indoor Fun Zone. The Family Fun Zone offers something for people of all ages.

"The Fun Zone offers a ton of inflatables and it also has Legos and a kids' area for children under 8. It has push toys and trucks. It has air hockey, arcades, a brand new minigolf, which is really exciting," said Stacey Comishock of Smugglers' Notch.

Kids and adults have some big smiles on their faces; everyone is having a good time.

The Mcgintys skied for half the day, then the rain started to pick up and they decided to check out the Fun Zone.

"It's great. The kids are having a great time. It's great for them to run about. They've always got lots of energy, and they've been asking to come all week; so this was a great chance for them to come out and play," said Mike Mcginty of the United Kingdom.

Mike's daughter, Lucy, has definitely found her favorite thing to do in the Fun Zone.

"So, far it's the obstacle course. I love it so much," Lucy said. "It feels really fun when you're going. Really, really fast all the way."

Lucy wants to challenge her dad.

Lucy Mcginty: I'm gonna try to drag my dad out to do the obstacle course with me.

Reporter Nick Borelli: I bet you can beat him. What do you think?

Lucy Mcginty: I think I can do it!

While many ski areas will start to close for the season over the next several weeks, the Fun Zone remains open year-round.

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