Vermont Winter in the Northeast Kingdom

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Vermont Winter in the Northeast Kingdom

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Ski It

Skiers have long known the joys of Vermont Winter in the "Northeast Kingdom" region of Vermont. The name refers to the corner of the state against the Canadian Border and the upper Connecticut River. Often known as "God's Country" because the area is full of pristine untouched landscape, the Northeast Kingdom is an outdoorsman's paradise.

Ski Mountains in the area include Burke Mountain, located about 30 minutes north of St Johnsbury and Jay Peak, located about 30 minutes west of Newport and only 20 minutes from the Canadian border. Both offer state-of-the-art snowmaking during the ski season.

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Snowboarding, as we know it today, began when a young man named Jake Burton Carpenter started manufacturing fiberglass snowboards out of his garage in 1979 in Southern Vermont.

Today, participants who ski or snowboard co-exist together on both, Burke Mountain and Jay Peak, observing a national Skiers and Snowboarders Responsibility Code. Snowboarding lessons are offered at both resorts, with professional snowboard instructors, and both resorts have terrain parks, where riders - even relative beginners - can learn and practice tricks.

Snowboarding in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Ride it.


Is snowmobiling your passion? The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) maintains a "vast" network of scenic snowmobile trails throughout the "Northeast Kingdom" region of Vermont. 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 "Northeast Kingdom" region include the Danville S-Ski-Mos; the Buckaroos of 302 in Groton; the Snowflake Ridge Runners in Hardwick; the Drift Skippers in Burke; the Lyndon Sno Cruisers; the Newark E-Z Riders; the Ryegate Rovers; the Caledonia County Snowmobile Trails Club in St Johnsbury; the St Johnsbury Sno-Blazers; the Waterford Ridge Runners; the Coles Pond Sledders in Walden; the Winter Wanderers in Wheelock; the Brighton Snowmobile Club; the Canaan Border Riders; the Moose River Rock Dodgers in Concord; the Connecticut Valley Sno-Riders in Guildhall; the Lunenburg Polar Bears; the Craftsbury Snowmobile Club; the North Country Mountaineers in Coventry, Irasburg, & Newport; the Drift Dusters in Derby; the Creek Runners in Irasburg; the Country Riders in Jay & Newport; the Hazen's Notch Snowmobile Club in Lowell; the Orleans Snow Stormers; and the Glover Trailwinders.

Snowmobiling in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Ride it.

Glide It

The "Northeast Kingdom" region of Vermont 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 have great access to cross country skiing, such as the WilloughVale Inn and Cottages on Lake Willoughby in Westmore, and some standalone recreation sites offer great cross country skiing during the winter months, such as the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, Vermont.

Cross country skiing in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. 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. In the Northeast Kingdom, visit the WilloughVale Inn on the shores of Lake Willoughby or plan a stay at the Fairbanks Inn, close to Burke in historic St. Johnsbury.

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 fields of snow, or glistening on the ice of Lake Memphremagog, the photograph in your mind will never go away. It's easy to say, "I love you" in Vermont Winter of the Northeast Kingdom.

Love it.

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