What better way to spend a winter afternoon than to pack up the kids, lace up the skates and head to the nearest frozen lake, pond or skating arena. Chester Arenain Lyndonville offers public skating on weekends and more often during holiday weeks. In St. Johnsbury the Recreation Department maintains two outdoor rinks. One is at the Four Seasons Park at the corner of Main and Winter Streets. The other is on Portland Street near the Concord Avenue intersection. If you’re headed further North, visit the Newport City Skating Rink on Gardner Park Rd. in Newport.
Snowshoeing in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom
There are several nordic centers in the Kingdom that machine-groom miles of tracks for classic and skate skiing — and snowshoers are always welcome!
Kingdom Trails in East Burke offers beautiful views and 25 kilometers of trails, visit Kingdom Cross-Country Trails on nearby Darling Hill Rd.
You’ll find 85 kilometers of trails at Craftsbury Outdoor Center in scenic Craftsbury. In Montgomery, Hazen’s Notch Trails feature 40 Miles of groomed and marked trails that pass through 2,500 acres of mixed maple, birch and evergreen forest and across gentle, open meadows. If you’re in the mood for a moonlit snowshoe trek, visit Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston.
The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers VAST currently provides 3,549 miles of groomed trails and more that 1,500 miles of secondary and feeder trails throughout Vermont, the Green Mountain State. Vermont’s snowmobiling capital is Island Pond, with trail connections linking in all directions.
Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is home to 25 local clubs. To ride in Vermont, just purchase a trail pass for your legally registered snowmobile through a local club and you’re on your way.
For snowmobile rentals or tours, contact NEK Adventures in St. Johnsbury.
A typical snowmobile season in Vermont runs from December 1 through April 1. Riders who have been coming to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom for many years say it is the best snowmobiling anywhere. Many of our terrific inns, B & Bs, and motels are next to VAST trails.
Snowmobile Trail Report Hot Lines:
Island Pond – Essex County – (802) 723-4316
Canaan – Essex County – (802) 266-8894
Derby – Orleans County – (802) 766-5506
Groton – Caledonia County – (802) 584-4740
Downhill Skiing (Alpine Skiing)
For downhill skiing, telemark and snowboarding look to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom for fun on the slopes. Our region offers two major ski mountains, Jay Peak and Burke Mountain, as well as many smaller “ski hills” which are perfect for casual skiing and family ski vacations. Jay Peak receives the greatest annual snowfall in the state and keeps it the longest. Family-friendly Burke Mountain offers a variety of terrain for all abilities, glade runs, sweet vertical, bumps and jumps.
Cross-Country Skiing in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom:
There’s exceptional X-C skiing in the Kingdom. Blessed with abundant snowfall, Craftsbury Outdoor Center is known as Vermont’s granddaddy of Nordic skiing. In the town of Montgomery, Hazen’s Notch grooms trails at the top of the world and offers full moon snowshoe tours. Kingdom Trails grooms 25 km of trails with views to die for. In East Charleston, Northwoods Stewardship Center has 30 kilometers of signed skiing trails that wind their way through nearly 3,000 acres of forested and open landscapes. Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation maintains and grooms cross-country ski trails in Derby and on Mt. Hor in the Willoughby State Forest. MSTF trails vary from railroad flat to precipitous, with skate and classic machine grooming on the core network.
Before you head out on your winter adventure, check the Winter Trail Reports.