recreation

  • Happy Vermonters: Angus McCusker Finds Peace and Community in the Backcountry
    Happy Vermonters: Angus McCusker Finds Peace and Community in the Backcountry

    Deep in the woods of Brandon Gap, Angus McCusker skis the backcountry and feels right at home. McCusker, a co-founder and executive director of the Rochester & Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance (RASTA), skis over 100 days a year. Many of those days are spent in the...

  • 6 Vermont Town Forests to Explore this Fall
    6 Vermont Town Forests to Explore this Fall

    Fall hiking in Vermont isn’t just about climbing 4,000-foot peaks. Hiking in Vermont town forests is another way to enjoy the outdoors during fall foliage season. Vermont towns have a long and proud tradition of owning and managing forests for public benefit. The tradition of towns...

  • Kingdom Trails Mountain Biking Celebrates 25 Years
    Kingdom Trails Mountain Biking Celebrates 25 Years

    -Kingdom Trails mountain biking features more than 100 miles of singletrack on private land. John Worth started selling mountain bikes at East Burke Sports to earn extra cash in the summer. There was just one problem—there was nowhere to ride. Worth, who opened East Burke Sports in 1988...

  • 6 Vermont Swimming Holes to Explore This Summer
    6 Vermont Swimming Holes to Explore This Summer

    Update July 13, 2020: the Dorset Quarry is closed until further notice. Vermont swimming holes hold a special place in the heart of locals and visitors.. If you’re looking for a place to jump off rocks or wade in shallow waters, Vermont is home to dozens...

  • 10 Things to Do Outside in Vermont This Summer
    10 Things to Do Outside in Vermont This Summer

    *updated May 21, 2019* Summer in Vermont is short, so there’s a lot to pack in. Whether you feel like hiking, biking, swimming or catching a live performance, there are endless possibilities for soaking up Mother Nature. Here are ten ways to make the most of...

  • Swim in Vermont: 9 Lakes, Ponds and Swimming Holes for Cooling Off
    Swim in Vermont: 9 Lakes, Ponds and Swimming Holes for Cooling Off

    Now that summer is in full swing, it’s a good time to map out places to go kayaking, canoeing, and swimming in Vermont.  Here are nine lakes, swimming holes, and ponds worth visiting this summer in Vermont. (By no means is this a complete list,...

  • A Plan to Save Mount Ascutney Ski Area
    A Plan to Save Mount Ascutney Ski Area

    Ascutney Mountain may not be a lost ski area for long. The West Windsor ski area, which went bankrupt and closed in 2010, could be turned into a community recreation area offering backcountry skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The town just needs to raise...

  • The Art of Teaching Kids to Ski
    The Art of Teaching Kids to Ski

    This winter I was a guest contributor for Ski Vermont’s All Mountain Mamas blog. My final post in a three-part series includes a Q&A with Olympian Barbara Cochran about keeping kids interested in skiing. It's not as easy as you think! In the end, my 3-year-old...

  • 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...

  • World-Class Ski Jumping at Harris Hill Competition in Brattleboro
    World-Class Ski Jumping at Harris Hill Competition in Brattleboro

    Updated Jan. 10, 2020 The Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition in Brattleboro represents a unique opportunity to witness future Olympic hopefuls up close in Vermont as they launch from the takeoff at speeds of 60 mph on a the Olympic-sized 90-meter jump. This year’s event on Feb....