How to Plan a Magical Winter Vacation in Vermont – Luxury Hotels, Ski Resorts and Off-Mountain Activities Included
Here’s how to make the most of your cold weather vacation in Vermont.
To visit Vermont in winter it’s like stepping into a snow globe. Cozy villages blanket themselves in snow, covered bridges cross icy streams, and children in brightly colored snowsuits sledge down hills. The temperature is getting brisk, snow is almost always falling, and everyone is a bit more cheerful. And why shouldn’t they be? Winter in Vermont is as fun as it gets beautiful.
Pack your layers and get ready for snowy outdoor adventures – from sleigh rides across open fields to ski and snowboard at the best resorts in the state.
Best places to go skiing in Vermont
Vermont is a popular ski and snowboard destination with over 20 ski areas. Topping most lists are Stowe Mountain Station, Okemo Hill Stationand Killington Resort. The former two are on the Epic Pass, making them easy to access during your trip, while the latter boasts the largest area in the East and the greatest drop in elevation in New England.
Those who seek to lose themselves in depth East Coast Powder should head towards Jay Peak Resortwhich claims “the most snow in eastern North America” and a lenient in-bounds policy (meaning you can hunt untouched powder reserves).
Families will want to head to Smugglers’ Notch Stationaka “America’s Family Resort”, which has an excellent ski school, childcare program and plenty of off-mountain activities including winter carnivals, bonfires and ice skating.
More winter activities in Vermont
If you’re not into downhill skiing and snowboarding, don’t worry because Vermont has plenty of other things to do. The state is mostly covered in cross-country and snowshoe trails, including those found at resorts like Stowe and Smugglers’ Notch. One of the coolest places to go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing is probably the Trapp Family Lodge to Stowe, which has over 60 miles of trails, or the equally sprawling Craftsbury Outdoor Center at Craftbury.
If you’d rather stay warm and cozy than brave the elements, take a trip to Vermont Salt Cave in Montgomery. You can start with a warm-up session in the salt cave, followed by a visit to the infrared sauna and a massage. For a sauna experience with a view, book a private session at Knownand for a more traditional spa day, head to Top notch complex to Stowe for a full day of care.
Where to stay in Vermont
For a cozy boutique experience, book a room at The Hermitage Inna historic property that was recently renovated and offers a handful of Green Mountain adventures — from cross-country skiing and ice skating to cooking classes.
North, Woodstock Inn & Resort in the town of Woodstock offers guests lavish accommodations in a walkable (and wildly scenic) Vermont village. The property has four distinct restaurants, an expansive spa, and an activity center that helps guests get their bearings with snowshoes, fat bikes, and cross-country skis, as well as get ready for a day of downhill skiing and snowboarding nearby. Saskatchewan 6 ski station.
And finally, for an all-inclusive five-star experience, head to Twin farms at Barnard. This circa-1795 farmhouse has been transformed into a beautiful hotel where guests can enjoy farm-to-table meals and access to a spa with glass-brick steam rooms. To kick your trip up a notch, book one of the suites or cottages with stone hot tubs.
What to pack for Vermont
Winter in Vermont is all about getting outside, even when it’s near freezing. That said, you’ll want to pack your outdoor gear (think Gore-Tex shells, Casual jacketslong underwear and boots, in addition to a comfortable outfit by the fire). Don’t underestimate the power of a warm hat, wool socksand layers of clothing.
Things to know before you go
In winter, average temperatures range between 2 and 12 degrees Fahrenheit. Low temperatures coupled with relatively high humidity can make for a chilly day – especially when the skies are gray – but once you bundle up and start moving, you’ll be glad you did.
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