Making Fresh Tracks Into 2021 With Vermont's 'Staytripper'

Words and photos courtesy of Seven Days

Making Fresh Tracks Into 2021 With Vermont's 'Staytripper'
By Carolyn Fox

A new year symbolizes a clean slate. It might not be easy to wipe away the challenges and heartbreak of 2020, but we can enter 2021 with renewed hope for the days ahead. With a new president set to take office and more COVID-19 vaccines on the way, change is already in the air.

Here in Vermont, we see the possibilities in a generous snowfall. Since everybody loves to make fresh tracks, we sought out the white stuff for this issue of Staytripper, Seven Days' road map to safely rediscovering the state during the pandemic. Even if socializing is still limited, we can commune with Mother Nature off-piste on powdery slopes, shooting down a sledding hill on a Mad River Rocket, or carving the ice on frozen Lake Morey.

Or, for a new perspective, take a winter birding walk at the Green Mountain Audubon Center. You'll likely realize two things: First, we're never truly alone. And second, as Emily Dickinson wrote, "'Hope' is the thing with feathers."
Umiak outdoor outfitters - dog sledding in Vermont

Go With A Guide

Winter recreation is better with a guide. Boost your fun and get to know more about the best ways to enjoy the season by going tubing, snowshoeing or dogsledding with an Umiak guide.

North Branch Trails

Rambling Through Vermont

The midpoint between a walk and a hike is a ramble. Go along with a Seven Days reporter as she explores Montpelier’s North Branch trail network, then enjoy a bit of the capital city’s downtown.

Mad River Rocket - Sledding during a Vermont winter

Seven Vermont Sledding Spots

It doesn’t get more traditional than climbing to the top of a Vermont sledding hill and then speeding down. Explore seven of Vermont’s sledding spots and find one to enjoy with your family this season.

Radiant Thought exhibit - Burlington Arts Center

Radiant Thought: Soothing Vermont Art

Vermont’s arts community remains as inspired as ever. “Radiant Thought,” an exhibit at Burlington City Arts, soothes and encourages reflection. Explore it either in person or virtually.

Lake Morey Sunrise in Vermont

Skate the Lake Morey Resort Ice Trail

A 4.5-mile loop is a playground for ice skaters. Whether you’re trying for speed, trick spins or just some fresh air and exercise, the Lake Morey Resort trail is the perfect place for January fun.

King Arthur Baking - breadmaking


Never has winter felt so isolated – but there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy these snowy, bracing days. From rich food to birdwatching to upping your baking game, Vermont has lots to offer.

About the series

This series, a partnership between Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing and Seven Days, will run weekly through mid-October, 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.