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Vermont Winter in the Middlebury-Vergennes Region



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Ski It

Take your winter visit to Mid Vermont, where the wonderful small towns of Middlebury, Bristol, and Vergennes are located, and you can ski at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl in Hancock.

Other mountains near this area include Mad River Glen, and Sugarbush Resort, both less than an hour from Middlebury, and Killington Resort, about 1.5hrs from Middlebury. Each mountain has its own flavor, charm, and degrees of difficulty. Most are family-oriented, and some carry the partying into the wee hours of the night.

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Ski it.

 
Ride It - ON SNOWBOARDS

It wasn't just skiing that has roots in Vermont. Snowboarding, as we know it today, began when a young man named Jake Burton Carpenter started manufacturing fiberglass snowboards out of his garage near Stratton Mountain in 1979. Of course, Jake is the namesake of the market-leading Burton Snowboards Company, with its headquarters in Burlington, located just north of the "Mid Vermont" region.

Today, participants who ski or snowboard co-exist together at Middlebury College Snow Bowl, observing a national Skiers and Snowboarders Responsibility Code. Snowboarding lessons are offered, with professional snowboard instructors.

Look for terrain parks at most resorts. These are fun places on the mountain slopes where riders - even relative beginners - can learn and practice tricks.

Snowboarding in Mid Vermont. Ride it.

 
Ride It - ON SNOWMOBILES

Is snowmobiling your passion? The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) maintains a "vast" network of scenic snowmobile trails throughout the "Mid Vermont" region. Eighty percent of the VAST trails are on private land, so staying on those trails is very important. Snowmobiling on these private lands is indeed a privilege to be respected.

It's easy to access VAST's trails. You will need a valid trail pass, state registration, and insurance. You can also take a guided tour from one of Vermont's many snowmobile tour operators. You do not need to re-register in Vermont if you are already registered in your home state or province, but you must join a local club and purchase a trail pass.

Snowmobile Clubs of the "Mid Vermont" region include the Bridport Sno-Birds; the Hogback Hillcats & Mount Abe Sno Sports in Bristol; the Shellhouse Nostalgic Mountain Jumpers in Ferrisburg; the Foote of the Mountain Sno-Travelers in Middlebury; the Little Otter Scramblers & Otter Creek Sliders in Vergennes; the Weybridge Trail Blazers; and the E.A.S.T. in Orwell.

Snowmobiling in Mid Vermont. Ride it.

 
Glide It

The "Mid Vermont" region is a great place to enjoy cross country skiing. Gliding across pastures, fields, and through the woods on cross country skis is as serene or exciting as you want it to be.

Some wonderful old New England inns are located just minutes to cross country skiing, such as the Waybury Inn, Middlebury's most famous inn - home of the Bob Newhart show and once frequented by Robert Frost.

Cross country skiing in Northern Vermont. Glide it.

 
Love It

You can choose to unwind or windup after your day in one of the most relaxing and romantic places in the world. Classic inns such as the Middlebury Inn make a visit to Vermont's "Mid Vermont" a real treat.

Most winter days are pleasantly cold. Enjoy the sun when it pokes through beautifully once March rolls around, offering a truly delightful spring skiing experience.

And when you see the sun or moon sparkling on the Mid Vermont fields of snow, or glistening on the ice of Lake Champlain, the photograph in your mind never will go away. It's easy to say, "I love you" in Vermont Winter.

Love it.


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