Winter in the NEK

There's skiing in Vermont. Then there's skiing in the Northeast Kingdom.

Check out NEK’s trails for every kind of sking adventure: Groomed, backcountry, nordi, and alpine.  Ski from town to town, or stay slopeside. 


The Eastern Trek is home to Kingdom Trails, Burke Mountain, and the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, each drawing visitors from across the East Coast.

Lyndon Outing ClubLyndonville, VT

ALPINE – The Lyndon Outing Club offers the only night skiing in the Northeast Kingdom! The LOC was established in 1937, founded by an active group of local skiers. In its heyday, the LOC was home to a competition ski jump and once served as training grounds for Olympic ski hopefuls. It is one of the only remaining ski areas with a functioning rope tow.

Burke MountainEast Burke, VT

ALPINE & NORDIC – With 53 trails and glades, Burke Mountain has plenty of downhill skiing terrain to explore.  If you’re looking for a different ski experience, make your way over to Dashney Nordic Center to enjoy 9 miles of groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails.

Kingdom TrailsEast Burke, VT

NORDIC – Enjoy over 7 miles of skate and tracked classic Nordic ski trails. Located on Darling Hill, said to be the “prettiest mile in Vermont” the trails wind through field and forest with amazing vistas of mountain ranges as well as historic barns, quaint inns and majestic Victorian houses.

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail St. Johnsbury to Hardwick, VT

NORDIC – The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail is a historic treasure extending across some of Northern Vermont’s most beautiful landscapes. To date, 33 miles have been opened. In the winter, the snowmobile groomed trails are open to all non-motorized recreationists.  

NorthWoods Nordic Trails – Island Pond, VT

NORDIC – NorthWoods offers a variety of terrain with over 12 dog-friendly miles of groomed and backcountry trails for skiing and snowshoeing. Maps are available at the self-serve kiosk and at selected trail locations.


Explore the rolling hills and valleys of the Farm & Field area, home to Craftsbury Outdoor Center.

Craftsbury Outdoor CenterCraftsbury, VT

NORDIC – Ski on 65 miles of groomed trails that cut through farms, fields, and forests connecting you to neighboring towns in the Northeast Kingdom. Craftsbury also supports snowshoeing, fat biking, and over 12 miles of groomed trails for you and your dog to enjoy.

Willoughby State ForestHardwick, VT

NORDIC – Willoughby State Forest offers a network of 7.4 miles of groomed cross country ski trails and an additional 5.2 miles of backcountry skin tracks and gladed ski runs. The Nordic trails utilize the CCC and Bartlett Mountain Roads (closed to car traffic in winter) along with connecting ski trails. The trails are generally intermediate and groomed twice a week from mid-December through mid-March.


If your travels lead further north to the Mountain & Lakes Getaway, explore adventures slope side.

Jay Peak ResortJay, VT

ALPINE & NORDIC – With 81 trails, glades, and chutes, Jay Peak offers over 385 acres of skiable terrain. Or, if you’re eager to get off the slopes, enjoy 12 miles of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing for novices and experts alike.

Memphremagog TrailsDerby & Newport, VT

NORDIC – Offering over 18 miles of groomed cross country ski trails, Memphremagog allows skiers of all levels and disciplines to have a blast. The lower loops offer fast skate skiing or cut-in tracks for classic. Head across the road for a multi-hour tour up to some of the best views in the Kingdom.

Jay Community Recreation CenterDerby & Newport, VT

NORDIC – Jay Community Recreation Center has over 16 miles of safe, well-maintained multi-use trails spread over 240 acres of beautiful terrain.