Winter in Vermont is amazing if you know what to do!
If you’re traveling to Vermont, or thinking of it, you may be considering a trip to ski in the Green Mountains.
However, if skiing or riding isn’t your thing or if you’re looking for variety in your trip, we’ve got some fun ideas for you.
Whether you like high activity outdoor sports, or something a bit more laid back, these diverse options are sure to make your next Vermont trip unforgettable.
Our concierges rounded up their list of the luxurious, exhilarating, and out of the ordinary winter activities for you.
Our top 10 suggestions for extraordinary things to do on your next trip to Vermont.
1. Evening Snowshoe Tours at Stratton, Killington and Stowe
2. The Ancient Art of Falconry in Woodstock and Manchester
3. Dinner Excursion at Killington’s Ledgewood Yurt
4. Dogsledding Near Stratton and Stowe
5. Ice Skating at Stowe Mountain Resort
6. Land Rover Driving Experience at the Equinox Resort in Manchester
7. Nordic Skating near Woodstock on the Lake Morey Ice Trail
8. Chef’s Culinary Workshops near Stowe and Woodstock
9. Guided Ice Climbing near Stowe and Woodstock
10. Pump House Waterpark at Jay Peak
Evening Snowshoe Tours at Stratton, Killington and Stowe
Photo by Hubert Schriebl
If you enjoy strapping on a pair of snowshoes and setting out for a daytime hike, then you might fall in love with the adventure and romance of snowshoeing by moonlight.
Trekking through slopeside woodlands, expansive meadows, and cascading Vermont waterfalls frozen in time is a romantic and energizing activity. From peaceful to exhilarating, there’s a tour that’s perfect for you.
Stratton’s snowshoe adventures range from pre-dawn sunrise treks to guided evening hikes through illuminated trails. If you’re up for a cardio challenge, conquer the trails to Stratton’s mid-mountain lodge on the Fireworks Hike.
Your reward is the colorful village fireworks display as you float back down the mountain.
Killington Resort also offers a slate of guided snowshoe adventures, including the Moonlight in Vermont tour on acres upon acres of brilliant snow under the light of the full moon.
If you’re snowshoeing with very young children or you’re seeking more flexibility, Stock the House can coordinate with Stowe Mountain Resort to customize a private, guided snowshoe tour to meet the needs of your family.
The Ancient Art of Falconry in Woodstock and Manchester
Imagine taking a flight into the wild through the eyes of a trained raptor! Falconry workshops are available to guests of a few Vermont Inns and resorts, and Stock the House can coordinate this unique activity to set you up no matter where you stay.
You’ll handle a powerful and highly trained hawk with the help of a master falconer who will teach you to understand its navigation, behavior and care. Watch as this dynamic bird of prey soars far into the sky, and returns to your arms.
Learn more about the history and current-day conservation efforts of this 4,000-year-old ancient sport of kings in this immersion in classic outdoor skills. Participants must be 12 years or older.
Dinner Excursion at Killington’s Ledgewood Yurt
If you’re interested in a different kind of dining experience we’ve got just the idea. It begins with sleighride or lift in a snowcat grooming machine to a slopeside dining room inside a classic framed yurt, tucked away in the forest.
There may be countless people skiing and riding on the mountain that day, but you’re among the lucky to be enjoying world-class cuisine in a hidden destination.
With a capacity of only 30 diners, the yurt is surprisingly spacious, a mountainside epicenter of warmth and camaraderie.
After dinner, village lights twinkle in the valley below as you descend the mountain, warm and full of good food and good cheer.
Adult Dinner Excursions include five courses of premier local food and intricate flavors. Family Dinner Excursions are for ages 7 and above and offer a simpler three-course menu.
All meals are prepared by chefs and vegetarian cuisine is always available. (www.Killington.com)
Dogsledding Near Stratton and Stowe with Man’s Best Friend
Man’s Best Friend can hit the trail too – and give you the ride of your life. Both peaceful and exhilarating, the Vermont winter scenery is just as captivating as the dogs and their culture of teamwork. Kids of all ages will smile ear to ear when you hit the trails.
Dogsledding at Mount Snow offers a dog’s-eye view of the winter landscape with the help of a team of Siberian Huskies and professional mushers. Travel through fields and forests to mountain trails and marvel at the dogs team-work and power.
Mount Snow is in Dover, just 20 minutes from Stratton.
Visitors to Stowe may also get to know a team of Huskies at Peace Pups Tours. Located about 30 minutes from the resort in Lake Elmore,
Ice Skating at Stowe Mountain Resort
When was the last time you put on a pair of skates? Whether your blades are always sharp, or you’ve been waiting for the right time to try your first few glides, the outdoor ice rink at Spruce Peak Village Center is one of New England’s most picturesque skating rinks.
Trust us, skating at the base of Vermont’s highest mountain is enchanting.
The lively Olympic-sized rink is encircled by shops, condos, and restaurants, a scene you won’t find at any other rink in Vermont. The exceptional post-and-beam architecture of the Village is anchored by the chalet-style Lodge at Spruce Peak, with sweeping views of Mount Mansfield just beyond.
Sturdy benches crafted of stone and wood, an outdoor all-weather sitting area and perfectly groomed conditions make the rink accessible to all. It’s the perfect way to cap off the day.
Skate rentals are available or you may bring your own. (www.sprucepeak.com)
Land Rover Driving Experience at the Equinox Resort in Manchester
If revving up icy hills, slipping into side tilts, and mounting rocky terrain sounds like a blast, try your hand at the Land Rover Driving Experience.
Unique to the Equinox Golf Resort & Spa, the Land Rover Driving experience offers 80 acres of trails on which to hone your driving skills. Sessions range from one hour to a full day of advanced instruction; the Land Rover off-road Family Experience gives the term “family road trip” a new meaning.
Gunning to take to the trails behind the wheel of your own Land Rover? The Land Rover Driving Experience at the Equinox offers exclusive owners’ events.
Drive your own vehicle and connect with other Land Rover aficionados on select days throughout the winter. (www.EquinoxResort.com)
Nordic Skating Near Woodstock on the Lake Morey Ice Trail
Totaling 4.5 miles, the longest ice trail in the United States is in the small Upper Valley town of Fairlee, Vermont, just 30 minutes from the Woodstock and Quechee area. Everyone can choose their skating pace on this huge oval track. Kids may safely scout ahead on the banked loop, circling near the perimeter of the 545-acre lake.
Take in the brisk air, bright sunshine and broad views of the eastern Green Mountains and western New Hampshire – the Lake Morey Ice Trail is an invigorating and unique way to get some exercise while you enjoy the beauty of Vermont in winter.
The Ice Trail is open to the public and groomed by the Lake Morey Resort. The Resort’s warm skate shack is the place to start to get Ice Trail access, Nordic skates (a cross-country ski/skate hybrid), figure skates, and hockey equipment. You may even be lucky enough to spot a bald eagle! www.lakemoreyresort.com
Chef’s Culinary Workshops near Quechee and Woodstock
Noted for its local organic food, Vermont is rich with artisan farm products. From internationally recognized cheese to Vermont’s designation as a beer mecca, it’s no surprise that Vermont and Vermonters are as serious about their time in the kitchen as they are about mealtime.
If you love shopping and eating, you’re in luck. Located in an impeccably restored, sprawling 1834 Meeting House, The Kitchen at “The Store” is renowned for its amazing gift selection, refined antiques and diverse selection of culinary workshops.
The Store tempts food connoisseurs to “Learn, Create, Eat” with a steady calendar of culinary classes hosted by their in-house chef, as well as noted guest instructors.
In just a couple of hours, you can learn something new with classes that cover everything from “tools of the trade” and kitchen skills to global cuisine and advanced cooking techniques. The Store is located in Waitsfield, about 45 minutes from the Stowe area.
The Baking School at King Arthur Flour is another great option that offers workshops in cooking and baking for adults of all levels, and classes just for kids and families. You can learn to make Monkey Bread, rainbow pasta, “How to Bake a Snowman” and more.
Also, on-site are the King Arthur Flour café and an extensive gift shop. King Arthur Flour is in Norwich, about 30 minutes from the Woodstock/Quechee area. (http://www.kitchenatthestore.com, www.KingArthurFlour.com)
Guided Ice Climbing near Stowe and Woodstock
If you’re looking to elevate your heart rate and test your physical skills without hitting the slopes, ice climbing might be the right choice for you. Summer’s mountain waterfalls turn solid in the winter, providing a great opportunity for ice climbing adventures.
Winter guide companies like Vermont Adventure Tours offer ice climbing instruction, technical gear rentals and private guided tours for all levels in Smugglers’ Notch. With a colorful history dating back to Thomas Jefferson, the rugged mountain pass on the north side of Stowe is famous for Prohibition-era rum-running and dramatic vistas. It’s a great place to climb for the first time.
Vermont Adventure Tours also boasts Central Vermont’s tallest indoor climbing center. Located in Quechee, the Green Mountain Climb Center offers 24 top ropes to help beginners become proficient in belaying, partner climbs, and bouldering. There are group and private lessons so you can learn the ropes before you head to the ice. (VermontClimbing.com)
Pump House Waterpark at Jay Peak
Extending along Vermont’s northern border with Canada, Jay Peak Resort and its Pump House Indoor Waterpark is Vermont’s steamy version of theme park thrills.
Constructed of glass under a massive retractable roof, the Pump House offers great views of the ski slopes from a tropical perspective, and, like craggy Jay Peak itself, is practically a feat of nature.
It may be Vermont, but it is 86 degrees year-round in the Pump House. Four exhilarating water slides, double-barrel Flowrider surfing, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, water basketball, a climbing wall in the pool, and toddler play area are circled by the Big River, churning endless rapids, currents and waves. Vermonters love our adventure no matter what the temperature.
Kids will love the snack shack and arcade on-site, while adults may migrate toward The Drink, offering drinks, food, and a wide-ranging view of all 50,000 square feet of watery fun. (JayPeakResort.com)
Stock up on Fun This Winter:
A Vermont winter is largely what you make of it and our local experts are seasoned pros who can help you with:
- • Activity scheduling and curation
- • Guided tours – breweries, galleries, farms
- • Gear rentals & delivery
- • Ticket procurement
- • Lessons and workshops
- • Remote picnics and fireside meals
- • Local recommendations
- • Anything else you can think of!
Our concierges will make your Vermont winter vacation as effortless as it will be memorable.
Call us today and the only thing on your to-do list will be to get ready for a new adventure!