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  • Small Vermont Ski Hills Offer Affordable Winter Fun
    Small Vermont Ski Hills Offer Affordable Winter Fun

    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...

  • The Lure of Vermont Ice Fishing on Lake Champlain
    The Lure of Vermont Ice Fishing on Lake Champlain

    Bruce Batchelder was a child when his parents moved from Island Pond to the Champlain Islands. Vermont 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...

  • Seven Vermont Community Ice Rinks to Skate This Winter (Updated)
    Seven Vermont Community Ice Rinks to Skate This Winter (Updated)

    Vermont community ice rinks can be found in every corner of the state, from Greensboro to Sharon to Peru. Vermont community ice rinks offer an easy, affordable way to combat cabin fever and enjoy the outdoors. Here are seven public rinks, many of them run by...

  • A Family Affair at Russell Christmas Tree Farm in Starksboro
    A Family Affair at Russell Christmas Tree Farm in Starksboro

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

  • 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...

  • 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...