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.

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Visiting Vermont in the winter is 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 is beautiful.

Pack your layers and get ready for snowy outdoor adventures – from sleigh rides across open fields to skiing and snowboarding at the state’s best resorts.

Best places to go skiing in Vermont

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Vermont is a popular ski and snowboard destination with over 20 ski areas. At the top of the list are Stowe Mountain Resort, Okemo Mountain Resort and 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 looking to get lost in the deep powder of the East Coast should head to Jay Peak Resort, which claims “the most snow in eastern North America” ​​and a lenient policy within the limits (which means you can hunt untouched powder reserves).

Families will want to head to Smugglers’ Notch Resort, aka “America’s Family Resort,” which offers an excellent ski school, childcare program, and plenty of off-mountain activities, including winter carnivals, bonfires, and more. joy and ice skating.

More winter activities in Vermont

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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. Probably one of the coolest places to go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing is the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, which has over 60 miles of trails, or the equally sprawling Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury.

Other winter experiences include horse-drawn sleigh rides (Gentle Giants in Stowe and Rainbows Edge Farm in Sutton are two solid options), dog sledding and, of course, tubing and sledding.

If you’d rather stay warm and cozy than brave the elements, take a trip to the 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 Savu, and for a more traditional spa day, head to Topnotch Resort in Stowe for a full day of treatments.

Where to stay in Vermont

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For a cozy boutique experience, book a room at The Hermitage Inn, a historic property that’s been recently renovated and offers a handful of Green Mountain adventures — from cross-country skiing and ice skating to cooking classes.

To the north, Woodstock Inn & Resort in the town of Woodstock offers 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 at nearby Saskadena Six. ski station.

And finally, for a five-star all-inclusive experience, head to Twin Farms in 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, down jackets, long underwear, and boots, plus a cozy fireside outfit). Don’t underestimate the power of a warm hat, woolen socks and layers of clothing.

Things to know before you go

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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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