Winter Wonderland: Top Skiing and Snowshoeing Spots, VT

While many places around the country may be enjoying pleasant temperatures and sunshine, there are others…many others…who are buried under snow! There is an old proverbial phrase that was actually coined in 1915 that says, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” So, when life brings a whole bunch of that fluffy white stuff, we need to get out and enjoy it! Close to Swift House Inn, our bed and breakfast in Middlebury, VT, there are two fantastic places to enjoy some cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.

Rikert Nordic Center

Located in Ripton, VT, Rikert Nordic Center is a great local place to enjoy the beauty around Middlebury College. There are over 50 km of trails to explore. Ski past Robert Frost’s summer cabin or try your skills on the Tormondsen Family Racecourse. There are a lot of fun events coming up such as the Ski and Ride for HOPE on February 21, 2015 and the Family Fun Day on February 22, 2015. The Nordic Center also has a full service shop and a place to relax with food and warm drinks. Call (802) 443-2744 for further information.

Blueberry Hill Cross Country Ski Center

Located in Goshen, VT this ski center offers a myriad of trails of different lengths that are great for the beginner or the seasoned outdoorsman. The center offers a comfortable, warm place to relax and warm up. Order soup and hot drinks or take advantage of their ski and show shoe rentals. The Beaverdam Loop at 2 miles long is perfect for snowshoeing. The Hogback at 5 miles long is the most popular and has skied in tracks. If you are looking for a bit more of a workout, try the 15-mile Catamount Trail from Rickert to Blueberry. A donation of $10 is suggested to help with the upkeep of this great place. Call (802) 247-6535 for more information.

After a day on the trails, there is no sweeter feeling than relaxing in a luxurious, cozy, private room at a gorgeous bed and breakfast. Swift House Inn has every amenity you would need to feel at home plus we are the only accommodation in Middlebury, VT where a full breakfast is included. Contact us at (866) 388-9925 or book directly online.

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