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  • Northeast Slopes Offers Nostalgia and Community Spirit
    Northeast Slopes Offers Nostalgia and Community Spirit

    Northeast Slopes takes pride in what hasn’t changed since the ski area opened 84 years ago. Northeast Slopes, located along Route 25 in East Corinth, got its start after a handshake agreement between a ski club president and a local farmer. When the small Vermont ski...

  • Happy Vermonters: Angus McCusker Finds Peace and Community in the Backcountry
    Happy Vermonters: Angus McCusker Finds Peace and Community in the Backcountry

    Deep in the woods of Brandon Gap, Angus McCusker skis the backcountry and feels right at home. McCusker, a co-founder and executive director of the Rochester & Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance (RASTA), skis over 100 days a year. Many of those days are spent in the...

  • 6 Vermont Town Forests to Explore this Fall
    6 Vermont Town Forests to Explore this Fall

    Hiking in Vermont town forests is an ideal way to enjoy the outdoors during fall foliage season. After all, fall hiking in Vermont goes behind climbing 4,000-foot peaks. Vermont towns have a long and proud tradition of owning and managing forests for public benefit. The tradition of...

  • Kingdom Trails Mountain Biking Celebrates 25 Years
    Kingdom Trails Mountain Biking Celebrates 25 Years

    -Kingdom Trails mountain biking features more than 100 miles of singletrack on private land. John Worth started selling mountain bikes at East Burke Sports to earn extra cash in the summer. There was just one problem—there was nowhere to ride. Worth, who opened East Burke Sports in 1988...

  • Best Vermont Scenic Drives to To Get You Outside
    Best Vermont Scenic Drives to To Get You Outside

    The options are endless for Vermont scenic drives in the summer and fall foliage season. In every corner of the state, you’ll find gorgeous roads with views of tall mountains, wide open fields, general stores, and rambling old barns. But half the fun of a...

  • Dutch Hill Ski Area Earns a New Turn in the Backcountry
    Dutch Hill Ski Area Earns a New Turn in the Backcountry

    Bill Beattie started skiing at Dutch Hill in the 1950s when he was seven years old. The Vermont ski area, which opened in 1944, featured a 570-foot vertical drop and was known as having some of the steepest terrain around. Located five miles from the Massachusetts...

  • After More than 85 Years, Vermont Rope Tows Stand the Test of Time
    After More than 85 Years, Vermont Rope Tows Stand the Test of Time

    In January 1934, the first rope tow in the country began pulling skiers up a hill on Clinton Gilbert’s Farm in Woodstock. Powered by a Model-T truck engine, the tow took five days to build and cost $500. Skiers paid one dollar to ride the...

  • Cabin Fever in Vermont’s Backcountry
    Cabin Fever in Vermont’s Backcountry

    RJ Thompson wants more people to enjoy the outdoors. An avid backcountry skier, mountain biker and hiker, Thompson knows just how much Vermont has to offer. Now he wants to help make it easier to enjoy those kinds of outdoor activities by creating a Vermont backcountry...

  • Twelve Years in Vermont: The Good, the Bad and the Best
    Twelve Years in Vermont: The Good, the Bad and the Best

    This time of year always reminds me of the importance of taking chances, pursuing happiness, and loving yourself even when life is hard. Twelve years ago this week, on November 1, 2006, I returned to my home state of Vermont after spending six years in Boston....

  • 10 Things to Do Outside in Vermont This Summer
    10 Things to Do Outside in Vermont This Summer

    *updated May 21, 2019* Summer in Vermont is short, so there’s a lot to pack in. Whether you feel like hiking, biking, swimming or catching a live performance, there are endless possibilities for soaking up Mother Nature. Here are ten ways to make the most of...