Skiing and Riding, Winter Events Highlight January in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The return of winter and plenty of snow will make this January in Vermont a paradise for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Visitors to Vermont will find no shortage of destinations to enjoy skiing and riding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or a host of other recreational opportunities in our picturesque winter conditions.

In addition to the outdoor sports, there are plenty of other cultural and recreational activities that await in Vermont next month. Below are many of Vermont’s top events for January, 2017.

Vermont State Parks Free First Day Hikes
Statewide, January 1
Start the New Year on the right foot with a hike in a Vermont State Park. Join one of the free guided hikes taking place in state parks and forests throughout the state. Hike leaders will include professional guides and outdoor educators, sharing their knowledge and love of the Vermont outdoors.

World’s Largest Ski/Snowboard Lesson
Jeffersonville, January 6
Smugglers' Notch is delighted to again be a part of this fun event. All over the country, participating resorts will organize a lesson at 10:00 a.m. In addition to attracting newcomers to snow sports in a fun way, this group effort will try to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest ski and snowboard lesson.

Überwintern Fatbike Festival
Stowe, January 7
The Stowe Mountain Bike Club and Mountain Bike Vermont are at it again in 2017, bringing you Vermont's best antidote to the winter blues—Uberwintern. It's a day of fat bike revelry on a powder-packed single track for people who want to keep charging on two wheels through the depths of winter.

Okemo Let it Glow Laser Show and Fireworks
Ludlow, January 14
Okemo presents a laser light show spectacular with colorful lasers projected on the Bull Run Trail and into the night sky just outside Okemo’s Clock Tower base lodge. A fireworks finale will cap the evening’s colorful display.

Stowe Winter Carnival
Stowe, January 14-28
The 43rd Stowe Winter Carnival celebrates the 2017 winter season, as it highlights many reasons why people visit the winter wonderland of Stowe. Festivities include an ice carving competition at Stowe Mountain Resort, zany snow sporting events and an ice fishing derby.

Photography Outback Tour
Warren, January 15
Experience and capture the beauty of Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley with a guided photo hike. The photography workshops are centered on the area’s beautiful landscapes. Enjoy the trails equipped with a DSLR or an iPhone, while experienced guides teach you the ins and outs of digital photography.

Torchlight Parade and Fireworks
Dover, January 15
Join the fun as Mount Snow Ski & Snowboard School instructors descend the Canyon ski trail in a beautiful torchlight glow. Immediately afterward, they’ll light up the sky with a huge fireworks display. The best place to watch the torchlight parade is between the Clocktower and Cape House.

Trick or Treat
White River Junction, Jan. 18 - Feb. 5
Trick or Treat is a dark comedy that brilliantly skewers a family in crisis on Halloween. A distraught husband, a nosy neighbor, and a dark secret set the wheels in motion for a night of confrontation, mystery, and relentless suspense. This world premiere is a roller-coaster ride starring NYPD Blue’s Gordon Clapp.

Jean-Michael Pilc
Middlebury, January 21
Called “a dazzlingly inventive pianist” by the New York Times, Jean-Michel Pilc's solo jazz piano takes the listener on a journey crafted with unexpected landscapes and powerful emotions, using a wide range and spectrum from intimate lyricism to breathtaking virtuosity.

City of Angels
Middlebury, Jan. 27 - 30
This musical comedy is written in the contemporary jazz idiom. The winner of the 1990 Tony Award for Best Musical, City of Angels combines two plots related to a writer trying to turn his book into a screenplay. The show makes reference to the film noir genre of motion pictures that rose to prominence in the 1940s.