Snowshoeing has been prevalent in Vermont's Green Mountains for over two centuries, and was once relied upon heavily as a means of travel throughout northern New England. Now, snowshoeing is an excellent recreation and an outstanding way for non-skiers to enjoy Vermont's snowy winters. Vermont has some outstanding snowshoeing destinations and snowshoe touring operators. Browse the list below and please mention you found them in VTLiving.com - Vermont's Internet Magazine.
The Wildflower Inn, Darling Hill Road, Lyndonville, VT 05851 Phone: 1-800-627-8310.
Snowshoeing at the Wildflower Inn “rewards us with a panorama of distant trees, …a thousand blinking diamonds on the surface of the snow… and rising mountains”. Boston Globe, January 2004. With on-site snowshoe rentals and an extensive network of trails, this family-friendly country resort on 570 acres is perfect for a snowshoeing getaway! Comfortable rooms and suites, mountain views, cozy sitting rooms with woodstoves, and a casual atmosphere. Onsite x-country skiing, sledding, skating, bonfires, petting barn, kids’ playroom, hot tub, and sauna. Burke Mountain is just 3 miles away for downhill skiing. Country breakfast included. Guided Snowshoe Walks are available. www.wildflowerinn.com
Vermont Adventure Tours, 223 Woodstock Ave. Rutland, VT 05701 Ph: (802) 773-3343.
Interested in exploring Vermont's Winter Wilderness? We offer 1/2 day backcountry snowshoe trips of all ability levels. Snowshoes, poles, and instruction are provided on every trip. 4 hour tours are the norm...but we will customize a trip to any time or distance you want (price reflective of time.) We can take you to beautiful areas, with amazing views only minutes from the vehicle, or hike for miles through remote mountain terrain. www.vermontadventuretours.com
Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Chittenden, VT 05737 Phone: 1-802-483-2311.
Four-season resort on 350 acres, eleven miles from Killington. Breathtaking views, endless adventures for couples and families. Renown Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center, 60km of trails, elevations to 2100ft. 40km groomed for classic. Trails for all abilities. Lessons and rentals. Lodge rooms, pet friendly cabins. Fine & casual dining. www.mountaintopinn.com
The Inn at Mountain View Farm, Darling Hill Road, East Burke, VT 05832 Phone: 800-572-4509 or 802-626-9924.
"...nobody enjoys winter more than The Inn at Mountain View Farm" Yankee Magazine. This is an outstanding place to cross-country ski or snowshoe. Access right from the inn to 35 km of on-site trails with rolling hills, pristine lakes and spectacular views that network into 100 miles of the renowned Kingdom Trails. The historic Creamery Building, groomed trails, and accommodations. www.innmtnview.com
With the invention of the snowmobile, snowshoeing became less common, being looked upon more as an activity one would do only out of sheer necessity. That is, until the concept of snowshoeing changed, making it a 'sport' rather than a means of transportation. Snowshoeing races are now an annual event in Killington, and other Vermont vacation resorts. A leisurely walk through the woods on a pair of snowshoes can be an exhilarating experience, and something the entire family can enjoy.
Enjoyed by visitors of all ages, Vermont snowshoeing venues are as varied as the terrain they traverse. From easy to moderate treks over meadows and mountains, to Burlington's 300-mile Catamount Trail, Vermont offers snowshoeing terrain for all ages and skill levels.
Many of Vermont's mountains have easily accessible peaks affording panoramic views of snow-covered New England countryside - even as far as Canada's distant mountains.