Smuggler’s Notch ski resort, near Jeffersonville, Vermont, was established in 1956 and is New England’s fourth largest resort area. It is built around Morse, Madonna, and Sterling Mountains. Record storms in the Northeast, and the resulting record snowmelt, caused near flooding at Smuggler’s Notch and two 72-inch ‘boilerplate’ culverts, each 130 feet long, were filled to near capacity with fast moving water. They survived, but were damaged; it was clear to managers that the culverts needed major rehabilitation before the next Spring thaw.
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