cross-country skiing

  • Prospect Mountain Ski Area Preserves its Character and Looks to the Future
    Prospect Mountain Ski Area Preserves its Character and Looks to the Future

    The winters are long at Prospect Mountain Ski Area. That’s because Prospect Mountain, located off Route 9 in Woodford, has elevation in its favor. The rugged, small town of Woodford in Bennington County has the highest elevation of any Vermont community. At Prospect Mountain, the base...

  • 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...

  • Unplugging at Amity Pond Natural Area in Pomfret
    Unplugging at Amity Pond Natural Area in Pomfret

    On our way to my sister’s house last week, we took a detour through the back roads of Windsor County. I was searching for Amity Pond Natural Area State Park in Pomfret, which was donated to the state 45 years ago. As my husband drove,...

  • Rikert Nordic Center: Ski Country in Vermont’s Middlebury Gap
    Rikert Nordic Center: Ski Country in Vermont’s Middlebury Gap

    -Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton When people ask me about good mountains for alpine skiing, I'll often suggest places like Jay Peak, Sugarbush, Stowe or Bromley. For Nordic skiing, I'll tell them to visit Trapp Family Lodge, Wild Wings or Ole's Cross Country Ski Center. All...

  • Scenic Smugglers Notch: Exploring Route 108
    Scenic Smugglers Notch: Exploring Route 108

    The opening of Route 108 through scenic Smugglers Notch is a rite of spring in Vermont. This scenic road that winds through a narrow pass between Mount Mansfield, Spruce Peak and Sterling Mountain is closed to traffic during the winter months. Located near Vermont's tallest...

  • Merck Forest and Farmland Center

    The first time I visited Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert, Vermont was in the early 1980s during an elementary school field trip. I've returned to the 3,100-acre forest over the years, but never in winter. On Saturday I stopped by and saw quite a...

  • Fingers Crossed for Snow

    I was expecting at least a little bit of snow to blanket my yard in northern Vermont this weekend. For the past two years, we've had at least one major storm around Thanskgiving, so I figured we were due for a big winter blast.My plan...

  • Protected Places: Mills Riverside Park

    Mills Riverside Park in Jericho is enjoyed year-round for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, and local community events. The park, located off Route 15, includes 216 acres of open meadows and forested hillside.Established in 1999 by the Jericho-Underhill Land Trust, the park preserves one of...