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Things to Do in Vermont in Winter

Things to Do in Vermont in Winter

Those of us who live in Vermont have gotten used to (sometimes reluctantly) the yearly dramatic drop in temperatures and increase in frosty precipitation. We’ve adapted some of our favorite pastimes from other seasons so that we can still participate in them regardless of snowy conditions, like hiking, biking, and even fishing. This has made winter in Vermont at least as iconic as autumn


Of course, skiing steals the show this time of year. This sport continues to captivate the attention of locals and tourists alike through spring. Thank goodness for snowmaking machines! Some winters, like this one, are remarkably less white than others. 

Regardless, we still have a lot to offer! Besides the multitude of ways to explore the outdoors, you could also choose to stay nice and cozy in front of a fire, enjoying warm treats. A lot of these activities can all be accomplished without ever leaving the resort you’re staying at! Keep reading to discover which popular seasonal activities sound most appealing to you.





There are plenty of snowsports that provide options for any age and ability. If you’re not one for bombing down the slopes, maybe try something that moves at a slower pace. Ice skating is a classic winter pastime. It’s always extra special when the temperatures drop low enough that you can enjoy a seasonal outdoor rink or skate around the pond. In Vermont, this usually occurs later in January through February. 

You’ll have your pick of options, but one particularly notable experience is doing the scenic 4.3-mile-long loop around Lake Morey. This is one of the longest skate trails in the United States and you can access it for free, although donations are appreciated. There are also smaller rinks located on the lake. If you don’t have equipment, there are options for renting skates, helmets, and more. They even stock Kicksparks, which are essentially sleds with metal runners and handlebars that are easier to balance on than ice skates.

Alternatively, you could strap on some skis without picking up speed. The first cross-country ski center established in America, the Trapp Family Lodge, is in Vermont. The sport is still popular here today. Our cross-country ski paths have varying levels of difficulty, but most importantly, many offer amazing views.

Another accessible way to enjoy the fresh winter air is snowshoeing. Like cross-country skiing, there are many trails around the state and even some guided tours. The Green Mountain Club is a great resource for those looking to plan a snowshoeing excursion. 



Looking for a family-friendly activity with a slightly faster pace? Sledding and tubing offer peak winter fun! There are plenty of public spaces that welcome those looking to take advantage of their hilly terrain the day after a good snowstorm, like Hubbard Park and LaPlatte Nature Park. Alternatively, there are privately owned tube chutes where you can rent equipment if you don’t have your own, like Sharp Park. For those seeking a slightly more unusual experience, try dog sledding

Have a need for serious speed? Some of the world’s best snowmobiling trails are in Vermont! Since 1967, the state has maintained a 5,000-mile network. Make your way from town to town using easy-to-read maps and signs. Places to fuel up and rest can be found along the way. Interested? Check out the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers website. Just be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations before you hit the trails! 




If you get tired after a day at the beach, wait until you experience a whole morning out in the snow! That’s partially why rest is an important part of a winter day for many people. Thankfully, Vermont is home to award-winning spas. It certainly is a perfectly peaceful setting for them. Visitors may find some stellar pampering right where they’re staying! The Woodstock Inn & Resort, Stratton Mountain Resort, The Spa at Spruce Peak Lodge, Topnotch Resort Spa, The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa, Mountain Top Inn & Resort, and the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa are all renowned for their stellar treatments and amenities.




Vermont hosts a large variety of performing arts events all year. Grabbing a ticket in the winter is another great way to warm up after a long day enjoying the great outdoors. Regardless of your interests, you’re likely to find something going on in the state that’s up your alley on any given weekend. Whether you’re alone, on a date night, or towing the entire family, be sure to check out the options while you’re in town. 

If you’re into dance, our stages welcome both local, national, and international troupes. These performances span cultural backgrounds and traditions. A lot of them occur right at our very own colleges and universities, like Johnson, Middlebury, and Castleton

These schools are also a great place to catch a concert. Many varied venues offer live music all over the state. Vermont is a great place to have an intimate experience with some of your favorite visiting artists – or to discover a new, local favorite! From bars and nightclubs to historic opera houses and converted churches, music fills the crisp winter air. You may even hear a tune coming from the lobby of your hotel on a weekend, or from the patio of the ski resort you’re staying at! Burlington is a hot spot for more contemporary acts as it’s home to the Flynn Center and Higher Ground. For those who appreciate a good orchestra or symphony, you might be surprised by the amount of classical performances you’ll have to pick from.

Some organizations do it all, like ArtisTree Community Arts Center! Their calendar is full of dance, music, and theater events, plus they teach classes. Another wonderful option for watching Vermont theatrical performances year-round is Northern Stage. Vermont is home to some beautiful old playhouses where you can see new plays, innovative versions of classic shows, improv groups, comedians, and beyond. Although some of our stages may be small, the talent is big! One thing’s for sure: this is an opportune place to connect with the arts.


If you read all our seasonal blogs, thanks for spending a full year in Vermont with us! If not, be sure to check them out. Spring will be here before you know it, so now is the perfect time to read up about sugaring. But even on the chilliest of days, we sure do love being based here. Every time we get to talk print with another New Englander, it warms our hearts just enough to keep on going until the big thaw!

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