Seasons

  • At Small Vermont Ski Hills, Less is More
    At Small Vermont Ski Hills, Less is More

    In the early days of New England skiing, winter enthusiasts flocked to small Vermont ski hills like Northeast Slopes in East Corinth, Gilbert’s Hill in Woodstock (home of the first rope tow in the United States), and Prospect Mountain in Woodford. Vermont skiing has come a...

  • Lake Champlain Winter Swimming with the Red Hot Chilly Dippers
    Lake Champlain Winter Swimming with the Red Hot Chilly Dippers

    Katharine Montstream is a Burlington artist known for her colorful paintings, prints, and cards of Camel’s Hump, Warren Falls, downtown Burlington, and Lake Champlain. Montstream can often be found painting at her studio at The Soda Plant on Pine Street in Burlington or greeting customers at...

  • 6 Winter Outdoor Alternatives to Alpine Skiing
    6 Winter Outdoor Alternatives to Alpine Skiing

    Getting outside in winter feels more important than ever as the outdoors can boost our mood and create mindfulness. In Vermont, skiing is often the go-to for outdoor winter activities. But there’s more to Vermont winters than skiing. From wooded snowshoe trails to outdoor ice skating...

  • 4 Vermont Outdoor Centers Worth Your Time This Winter
    4 Vermont Outdoor Centers Worth Your Time This Winter

    In 1969, year-round Vermont outdoor centers weren't on Tony Clark's radar. Back then, Clark was hard at work creating a network of cross-country ski trails on his inn’s property in Goshen and on adjacent U.S. Forest Service land. For decades, the trails were part of the...

  • The Catamount Trail Offers Easy Access to Vermont’s Backcountry
    The Catamount Trail Offers Easy Access to Vermont’s Backcountry

    Vermont backcountry skiing will be a popular option for outdoor recreation this winter. For those looking for alternative ways to get outside in the snow, backcountry skiing along Vermont's Catamount Trail offers something for everyone, including beginners. “The woods in the winter are a really special experience,”...

  • Why Vermont’s Fall Foliage is Better than the Rest
    Why Vermont’s Fall Foliage is Better than the Rest

    Is Vermont’s fall foliage on track this season? Vermont Forests, Parks, and Recreation Commissioner Mike Snyder has three words for you: trust the trees. And if you want to know why Vermont’s foliage is the world’s best, Snyder says it comes down to variation, vibrancy, and...

  • Explore the Outdoors This Fall on These 6 Vermont Scenic Dirt Roads
    Explore the Outdoors This Fall on These 6 Vermont Scenic Dirt Roads

    An interesting but not surprising fact: Vermont has more dirt roads than paved ones. With more than 8,600 miles of unpaved roads across the state (compared to 7,151 miles of paved roads), Vermont has no shortage of scenic dirt roads to explore by car, bike,...

  • Beautiful and Unusual Places in Vermont
    Beautiful and Unusual Places in Vermont

    When you think of Vermont, what comes to mind? People will say Vermont reminds them of Ben & Jerry’s, fall foliage, maple syrup, or even Bernie Sanders. I love all those things, but Vermont is so much more. In fact, it's the unusual places in Vermont...

  • Get Outside: Tubing and Hiking in Manchester
    Get Outside: Tubing and Hiking in Manchester

    Tubing the Battenkill River and hiking trails in Manchester Vermont are ideal ways to enjoy summer in the Green Mountains. It’s been 137 years since Manchester first promoted itself as a summer destination. In 1883, Franklin Orvis, owner of the Equinox House (now Equinox Resort), marketed...

  • Where to Explore the Vermont Outdoors This Summer
    Where to Explore the Vermont Outdoors This Summer

    Tara Schatz is staying put in Vermont this summer to explore the outdoors. That suits Schatz just fine as she feels ultimately at home when she’s outside. The Bennington resident is an avid hiker, camper, and outdoor enthusiast who writes about her adventures on her blog, Back...