Winter Recreation

Experience the snow in Vermont

Vermont is a skier’s paradise, but there’s more to winter than that. Experience the magic and beauty of Vermont's winters on showshoes at a Vermont State Park – or try cross-country skiing. If speed is more your thing, try snowmobiling on more than 5,000 miles of groomed trails. Ice fishing means you might even bring home dinner.

With the most breweries per capita and an abundance of trails dotting the landscape, your days in Vermont can be as full or unplanned as you like.
dog sledding

Dogsled Through Winter Wilderness

A dogsled outing offers an unmotorized, quiet but invigorating ride through mostly groomed trails. The dogs tug the sled up and down hills, around twists and turns, through woods and past ponds.

Cross Country Skiing on Prospect Mountain


Vermont’s Nordic skiing offers spectacular views for all skill levels, from groomed trails to backcountry quests. 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.

skiing in powder

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.

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.


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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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.

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.

Winter fun in the Snow for all ages


New family traditions are just waiting to be forged in Vermont. From sledding to fat biking to tubing, find your fun this season.

scenic mountain top sunset snowshoe


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

dog sledding in Winter


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. 

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 speeding down a Vermont sledding hill. Explore seven of Vermont’s sledding spots and find one to enjoy with your family this season.

outdoor recreation


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

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.