Seasons

  • Winter Fat Biking on Lake Champlain
    Winter Fat Biking on Lake Champlain

    It's not every day you go biking in ski pants on a frozen lake in Vermont. But last week, that's exactly what I did. After seeing dozens of Instagram and Facebook photos of friends and acquaintances walking, skating, and ice fishing on Lake Champlain, I decided...

  • Farm to Ski at Strafford Nordic Center
    Farm to Ski at Strafford Nordic Center

    Friendship and farmland are at the heart of the Strafford Nordic Center. The 700-acre cross-country ski area is located on two adjoining Upper Valley farms and operated by three lifelong friends – Jeremiah Linehan, Rett Emerson, and Earl Ransom. The base lodge, trail head, and scenic trails...

  • Learning to Ski with Olympian Barbara Ann Cochran
    Learning to Ski with Olympian Barbara Ann Cochran

    I'm very excited to be a guest contributor to Ski Vermont's All Mountain Mamas blog. My second post in the series is about learning patience and perseverance from Olympian Barbara Cochran at Cochran's Ski Area in Richmond. I hope you'll follow my adventure as I...

  • Vermont Winter Yurts At Maple Wind Farm Offer Backcountry Access
    Vermont Winter Yurts At Maple Wind Farm Offer Backcountry Access

    The winter yurts at Maple Wind Farm attract people from all walks of life. Over the past 16 years, the yurts have served as a weekend getaway for outdoor enthusiasts, families with young children, and groups of friends. The 140-acre farm, located at the end of...

  • Learning to Teach My Daughter to Ski at Cochran's
    Learning to Teach My Daughter to Ski at Cochran's

    I'm very excited to be a guest contributor to Ski Vermont's All Mountain Mamas blog. My first post is about gearing up to start teaching Phoebe how to ski at Cochran's Ski Area in Richmond. I hope you'll follow my adventure with Phoebe this winter! Our...

  • A Festival of Lights at Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial
    A Festival of Lights at Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial

    Need to get into the holiday spirit? Travel to a hilltop in South Royalton, where 200,000 holiday lights twinkle in the snow. The Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial showcases one of the most festive holiday displays in Vermont, with trees, bushes, and buildings illuminated in red, green,...

  • A Return to the Slopes of Vermont
    A Return to the Slopes of Vermont

    Bromley Mountain is where I first learned to ski in the 1970s. Shortly before my fourth birthday in December 1974, I wrote a letter to Santa Claus that was published in the local newspaper. In the letter, I asked Santa for a tea set, a...

  • 5 Easy Vermont Hikes to Explore this Fall
    5 Easy Vermont Hikes to Explore this Fall

    Fall is the best time for easy Vermont hikes, especially with kids. The bright foliage and cooler weather make it an ideal time to climb the Green Mountains and enjoy incredible views from the summit. But what if you have young kids in tow or want...

  • Kelley Stand Road: Gateway to the Green Mountains
    Kelley Stand Road: Gateway to the Green Mountains

    Kelley Stand Road between East Arlington and Stratton is more than just a scenic drive in southern Vermont. This beautiful dirt road through the Green Mountains offers incredible access and options for hiking, camping, mountain biking, and sight-seeing. Three years after Tropical Storm Irene washed Kelley...

  • Best Places to Find Glorious Northeast Kingdom Foliage
    Best Places to Find Glorious Northeast Kingdom Foliage

    Fall comes a little early in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.  The state’s most rural area—Caledonia County, Orleans County and Essex County—starts seeing fall foliage as early as mid-September, with peak color arriving around Oct. 1 (sometimes earlier). Up along Route 114 and Route 105 in the far...