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Winter Recreation

Experience the snow in Vermont


No state does winter like Vermont. With 20 alpine ski resorts, 30 cross-country touring centers and 7,300 acres of alpine terrain, this is a skier’s paradise. Snowshoeing is a great way to get outside and experience the magic and beauty of Vermont's winters. Find a Vermont State Park to explore on snowshoes or cross-country skis. If speed is more your thing, try snowmobiling on more than 5,000 miles of groomed trails.

Winter recreation offers a new way to experience the season and a new side of sports and activities you love.

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Ski & Ride

Dive right into what makes Vermont the gold standard in Skiing and Riding the East. Find a resort, plan your ski trip and learn about all the Green Mountains have to offer in winter.

Cross Country Skiing on Prospect Mountain

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

Vermont is home to some of the best alpine skiing, with paths suitable for all ability levels and more advanced trails with spectacular views. Find resorts and travel planning information here. 

ice fishing

Ice Fishing

Whether you're fishing a Lake Champlain bay or a smaller body of water off the beaten path, ice fishing is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors during the cold winter months.

Friends taking a break from skiing

Winter Camping

Camping in the winter offers a sense of calm and a unique way to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the season. See a new side of Vermont's great outdoors.

Family skinning up Mt Mansfield

Winter Hiking

Our state parks never close, which gives an open invitation to anyone who is looking to walk through our winter wanderland. Experience the views of a lifetime in Vermont.

Snowmobilers riding on VAST trails.

Snowmobiling

Experience the magic of Vermont's winter highways. With well-marked trails, easy access to fuel stops, food and accommodations you'll never want to travel off path.

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Snowshoeing

Even if you don’t ski, there are ways the whole family can get out into Vermont’s snowy wonderland. Enjoy the calm, quiet and scenic beauty of the season.

ice climbing

Ice Climbing

Climbing Vermont's icy waterfalls and mountain faces requires careful concentration, the right equipment and the desire to push yourself further and higher.

Corinne Prevot

VERMONT'S SKI CULTURE

There is no better place than Vermont to find committed skiers, ready to take on any terrain a mountain can throw at them. Get to know four hardcore Vermont skiers in this video series.

dog sledding in Winter

DOG SLEDDING IN VERMONT

Dog sledding or carting is a great way to enjoy Vermont’s backcountry. Experienced mushers will help make your dog sledding adventure something to remember and repeat. Browse Vermont Outdoor Guides Association’s list.

Fat Biking in the Winter with a dog

Fat Biking

Shred the trails on two wheels. With their extra-large tires, wide rims and unorthodox dimensions, Fat Bikes are specifically designed to traverse snowy trails—and any terrain that would mire ordinary bicycles.

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Spring Ski and Ride

Ski and ride in Vermont and take advantage of warmer temperatures and reduced pricing on lift tickets for a great way to try new trails.

Danny Davis snowboarding Stowe Forest

SKI THE BACKCOUNTRY

Exploring Vermont's backcountry can be one of the most rewarding ways to ski. Find backcountry zones and information about navigating the backcountry on skis from the Catamount Trail Association.

Skiing the Catamount Trail

FIND A TRAIL

Vermont’s cross-country skiing trails offer beautiful views and a one-of-a-kind perspective on Vermont’s backcountry. Ski Vermont will help you find a trail so you can get exploring.

scenic mountain top sunset snowshoe

BE PREPARED FOR WINTER

Winter recreation means additional precautions and preparedness may be needed. Learn how to best get ready for a day enjoying Vermont’s outdoors in the snow so you can make the most of your day.

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.

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.

Fall aerial view over road in Marlboro, Vermont

WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO STAY

Vermont is home to unique lodging, world-class recreation, local food, shopping, history and art in beautiful surroundings. Plan your trip with our directory.