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Rediscover the Wonder of a Vermont Winter

The snow is here, and we're sliding into another long Vermont winter — on skis, boards, tubes or skates, take your pick. Love-it-or-hate-it emotions run high during this frigid, fluff-covered season. But Staytripper, Seven Days' road map to rediscovering Vermont, aims to guide you solidly toward Team Love.

After all, what's not to like about a cozy getaway to Rabbit Hill Inn, a charming historic manse overlooking the Connecticut River? Or heading uphill to Vermont's ski resorts to discover new diversions, from "glow tubing" to snowcat rides? To power those adventures, we've rounded up some stellar slope-side eating options, including Mexican street tacos in Stowe and Southern fried chicken in Ludlow.

Of course, frosty fun isn't limited to high elevations. In this issue, find seven unique ice-skating spots and a humorous essay about learning to skate — a reminder that it's good to get out of your comfort zone.

And lest cabin fever creep in, take inspiration from how other Vermonters while away the winter. We asked eight of them to spill their best secrets, and, wow, did they deliver.

Snowshoeing at Stratton Mountain Resort

What to Do at Vermont’s Ski Resorts (Besides Ski)

Whether you’re not a skier or just want to mix it up between runs, here are a few alternate activities to try when you visit one of Vermont’s winter resorts this season.

Exterior of The Rabbit Hill Inn in Vermont

Rabbit Hill Inn Welcomes With Hospitality

Waterford’s award-winning Rabbit Hill inn embraces guests with warm hospitality, beautifully appointed rooms and the feeling of true escape from the everyday.

Hiking through the snowy terrain

Embracing a Vermont Winter

Vermonters share tips, tricks and the very best places to embrace the winter season – yes, and the cold – in Vermont. Find your next adventure inside.

Slope Sliding dining

Fuel Up Slopeside

What’s the perfect pairing to all those runs, treks and adventures? Local, delicious Vermont food. From an arcade to a ramen joint, here are the newest spots to enjoy a meal slopeside.

Ice Skates - Vermont ice skating

Learning to Ice Skate

Ice skating can be daunting if you’ve never tried it before – like this Seven Days reporter, who found ultimately, it’s not as hard as it looks, and is a great way to enjoy a winter day.

Ice Skating at Spruce Peak

Seven Skating Spots in Vermont

From a 4.5-mile open-air skating trail in Fairlee to a rink with outdoor fireworks, find seven of the state’s most beautiful ice skating spots as you plan your winter.

About the series

This series, a partnership between Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing and Seven Days, will run seasonally, presenting curated excursions in every corner of Vermont. The idea is to highlight the state's restaurants, retailers, attractions and outdoor adventures so Vermonters and visitors alike can plan safe, local trips and discover new corners of the state. Happy traveling, and stay safe.