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  • The Lure of Ice Fishing in the Champlain Islands
    The Lure of Ice Fishing in the Champlain Islands

    Bruce Batchelder was a child when his parents moved from Island Pond to the Champlain Islands. Ice fishing is a big deal in the islands, where the land is flat and surrounded by Lake Champlain. For Batchelder, ice fishing has been an essential part of...

  • Six Vermont Community Ice Rinks to Skate This Winter
    Six Vermont Community Ice Rinks to Skate This Winter

    Vermont community ice rinks are popping up in every corner of the state. Skaters are lacing up at newer outdoor rinks in Peru, Greensboro, and Londonderry, while more established rinks in towns like Sharon, Proctor, and Rochester are as busy as ever. Vermont community ice rinks offer an...

  • Selling Christmas Trees is a Family Affair at Russell Farm in Starksboro
    Selling Christmas Trees is a Family Affair at Russell Farm in Starksboro

    Russell Farm in Starksboro has been in the Christmas tree business for 40 years. The family-owned farm is where visitors flock to every holiday season for Christmas trees. Dave and Janet Russell bought the farm from Janet’s parents in the 1970s. The farm was a dairy...

  • Vermont Winter Hiking in March Means Longer, Warmer Days on the Trails
    Vermont Winter Hiking in March Means Longer, Warmer Days on the Trails

    Mud season is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you need to hang up your microspikes just yet. In fact, late winter and the early days of spring can be an ideal time to hike Vermont’s mountains. Vermont’s winter hiking season is weather-dependent but...

  • At Small Vermont Ski Hills, Less is More
    At Small Vermont Ski Hills, Less is More

    In the early days of New England skiing, winter enthusiasts flocked to small Vermont ski hills like Northeast Slopes in East Corinth, Gilbert’s Hill in Woodstock (home of the first rope tow in the United States), and Prospect Mountain in Woodford. Vermont skiing has come a...

  • Lake Champlain Winter Swimming with the Red Hot Chilly Dippers
    Lake Champlain Winter Swimming with the Red Hot Chilly Dippers

    Katharine Montstream is a Burlington artist known for her colorful paintings, prints, and cards of Camel’s Hump, Warren Falls, downtown Burlington, and Lake Champlain. Montstream can often be found painting at her studio at The Soda Plant on Pine Street in Burlington or greeting customers at...

  • 6 Winter Outdoor Alternatives to Alpine Skiing
    6 Winter Outdoor Alternatives to Alpine Skiing

    Getting outside in winter feels more important than ever as the outdoors can boost our mood and create mindfulness. In Vermont, skiing is often the go-to for outdoor winter activities. But there’s more to Vermont winters than skiing. From wooded snowshoe trails to outdoor ice skating...

  • 4 Vermont Outdoor Centers Worth Your Time This Winter
    4 Vermont Outdoor Centers Worth Your Time This Winter

    In 1969, year-round Vermont outdoor centers weren't on Tony Clark's radar. Back then, Clark was hard at work creating a network of cross-country ski trails on his inn’s property in Goshen and on adjacent U.S. Forest Service land. For decades, the trails were part of the...

  • The Catamount Trail Offers Easy Access to Vermont’s Backcountry
    The Catamount Trail Offers Easy Access to Vermont’s Backcountry

    Vermont backcountry skiing will be a popular option for outdoor recreation this winter. For those looking for alternative ways to get outside in the snow, backcountry skiing along Vermont's Catamount Trail offers something for everyone, including beginners. “The woods in the winter are a really special experience,”...

  • Prospect Mountain Ski Area Preserves its Character and Looks to the Future
    Prospect Mountain Ski Area Preserves its Character and Looks to the Future

    The winters are long at Prospect Mountain Ski Area. That’s because Prospect Mountain, located off Route 9 in Woodford, has elevation in its favor. The rugged, small town of Woodford in Bennington County has the highest elevation of any Vermont community. At Prospect Mountain, the base...