When most of us think about a Vermont winter, we think about skiing and snowboarding. Whether you ski or ride, when the Green Mountains turn white, they provide some of the best terrain on the east coast.
But this season is, yes, a little different. Our ski resorts have been vigilant and successful in adopting COVID safety protocols that protect guests and staff alike. Those precautions mean fewer people on the mountain, however, which has inspired everyone to consider alternative winter activities. Thankfully, Vermont has them in spades, and even more thankfully, they’re great fun! Here’s a short list of some of the other ways to get out and enjoy a Vermont winter.
What’s old is new again. Alpine skiing’s predecessor has long taken a back seat to it’s glitzier cousin. But if you’re looking to get outside and explore Nordic skiing is a great option. If you’re looking for exercise, then look no further! For many it’s easier to learn cross-country than alpine skiing. It’s also less expensive to rent or buy the necessary gear. Alpine resorts like Jay Peak and Smuggler’s Notch both feature great Nordic facilities. And for some European charm, Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe is North America’s oldest Nordic skiing center.
FAT BIKINGFat biking has opened up an entire season to the bicycle. No longer do cyclists are forced to hibernate through the winter. Instead they can roll their way through all four seasons. Like Nordic skiing, you’ll be surprised how quickly you can pick this sport up! The Woodstock Inn and Stratton Mountain offer fat bike rentals and designated trails to give it a go.
ICE SKATINGVermont is packed with lakes and ponds. If you’re lucky, or you don’t mind a little shoveling, they provide a great playground for skaters of all abilities. For something completely unique, visit Lake Morey’s skate trail. Estimated at 4.3 miles, it is the longest skate trail in the United States. It’s a great excursion for all ages. Skates, helmets, and hockey sticks are available for rent.
Making the most of winter means layering up and getting outside to enjoy it. Thankfully, there’s so many ways to do just that here in Vermont. Even if you can’t visit this season, there’s always next year to plan an amazing winter adventure into your next event!