The Green Mountains, one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges, dominate Vermont’s horizon. The miles of old logging roads, forest paths, and frozen lakes and bogs can only be reached by a trek on snowshoes. Cross country ski centres, alpine ski resorts, sport shops and inns all over Vermont rent snowshoes for such lofty adventures. Go it alone or take a guided walk along the Long Trail, America’s first long-distance hiking trail, with the Green Mountain Club.
When the chilly winds become too much, there are still plenty of fun winter activities in Vermont to try out. Relive the summer by donning your swimsuit to surf, climb or float the Big River at The Pumphouse Waterpark at the Jay Peak Resort.
For kids (and the young at heart), check out The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, which has over 60 interactive exhibits. Or take a day trip to the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, where you can investigate upcoming snowstorms through its weather series. The little ones will also love the famous Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Tour in Shelburne and, right across the street, the Shelburne Museum delights art lovers with over 150,000 works including works by Monet, Manet and Degas.
As the nation’s leading producer of maple syrup, visiting Vermont in late winter means the sap is running and the sweet smell of maple fills the air. Dozens of sugarhouses are open for tastings, tours and a whole host of events throughout the season.