ALPINE SKIING OR SNOWBOARDING
Winter is big in Vermont. Local alpine skiing and snowboarding resorts offer terrain for every attitude and ability. State-of-the-art snowmaking practically guarantees great skiing and riding from November through April-even later at some resorts. Early winter (November to mid-December) and late winter (March through April) are well kept secrets, offering excellent skiing or riding on uncrowded slopes. Choose from three local resorts:
The largest resort comprising 7 mountain areas, 200 trails and 31 lifts.
(see Killington Guide)
A family owned and operated resort whose philosophy is to place guest service and overall quality of the recreational experience as the top priority. There are five mountain areas with 115 trails, and 18 lifts.
Skiing history was made in Woodstock in 1934 when local residents rigged up a Model T Ford engine at the base of Gilbert's Hill to power America's first ski tow. Two years later, Bunny Bertram opened a commercial ski area just north of Gilbert's Hill which soon became known as Suicide Six. Today, this is the smallest local resort with 23 trails, and 2 lifts.
NORDIC SKIING OR SNOWSHOEING
Vermont's Nordic centers offer the same commitment to varied terrain and conscientious grooming that characterizes the alpine resorts. Choose from three local Nordic centers:
Ski, or snowshoe on 50 km of trails. Rentals and lessons available.
Woodstock Ski Touring Center
The Center maintains a total of 60 km of trails consisting of two separate unconnected trail systems: the groomed trails on the snow-covered golf course and the woodland trails and century-old carriage roads on Mt. Tom.
Okemo Nordic Center
The Nordic Center features 26km trails, 10km of dedicated snowshoe trails and 20km of skating lanes, with tree skiing and terrain that winds its way through meadows and hillsides.
If you prefer a wilder ski or snowshoe experience, Vermont boasts a network of backcountry trails that run throughout the entire state.
The Catamount Trail
The 300-mile Catamount Trail is North America's longest cross-country ski trail. Starting in Readsboro on the Massachusetts border, this winter-use only trail winds its way for 300 miles through the heart of the Green Mountains to North Troy on the Canadian border. Along the way, the trail connects eleven of Vermont's finest cross-country ski centers, and passes by many country inns and lodges. The Trail is accessible to skiers with a wide range of abilities and offers a variety of terrain from breath-taking mountain climbs to gently rolling fields and woodlands. Snowshoers are also welcome to use the Trail.
Ranking among the fastest growing winter sports, Vermont offers a well-organized, well marked V.A.S.T. trail network covering more than 6,000 miles throughout the state. If you own a snowmobile and like to explore outside of your home area, October Country Inn is easily accessible (see map) by snowmobile from the V.A.S.T. trails, as well as gas, restaurants, and the Long Trail Brewery. If you don't have you own snowmobile, consider a guided tour.
Killington Snowmobile Tours offers a variety of snowmobile tours for all ages, and levels of ability. Tours feature scenic rides through the forests, as well as incredible views along the way. All tours are guided and you can choose to ride single, or double or as a passenger with a guide. Helmets and boots are provided.