Whether you live or play in Vermont, residents and visitors alike all seem to share a sense of adventure. Our beautiful state offers everything from skiing in the winter season to bungee jumping in the summer! While there are plenty of fun things to do, we highly recommend taking a hike. Picturesque mountain views and crisp New England air make each trek unforgettable. Here are some of our favorite Green Mountain hiking trails to explore.
Top 4 Green Mountain Hiking Trails
1. Hiking at Killington
Killington Adventure Center offers 15 miles of designated trails that venture to and from the mountain’s peak. These trails range in difficulty and length, making them suitable for a variety of ability levels. Easy trails are relatively short (under two miles) and only have a few pitches. Moderate trails are around three miles in length and climb continuously uphill, with few places to rest. Difficult trails tend to be longer than three miles and have steep vertical climbs exceeding 1,500 feet. Be sure to bring some water and a snack!
2. Mount Equinox Trail
Looking for a challenge? Try the difficult 6.6-mile Mount Equinox Trail in Green Mountain National Forest. Mount Equinox is the highest peak in the Taconic Range, but its gorgeous views are worth the uphill climb. You’ll even see a variety of beautiful wildflowers along the way. This trail is open year-round.
3. The Long Trail
The Long Trail is known as Vermont’s “footpath in the wilderness.” It’s the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the United States and follows the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts-Vermont line all the way to the Canadian border. With almost 400 miles of rugged terrain, streams, ponds, and hardwood forests, hikers will love this world-class trail.
4. Bucklin Trail
Panoramic views of the Green Mountains await on the Bucklin Trail. This 7.2-mile route goes straight up to Killington Peak and is moderately difficult. Start on the blue-blazed Bucklin Trail and follow it for 3.3 miles all the way to the junction with the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Turn right and follow the white-blazed LT/AT for just 0.1 mile, then turn left onto Killington Spur. This will take you to the summit. Once you reach the top, you’ll be able to see the Adirondacks in New York and the White Mountains in New Hampshire!
Pro Tip: The best time to hit any of the Green Mountain trails mentioned above is between May and October. Because of melting snow, mud can become worse on the trails in the early spring and fall.
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Now that you know about the best Green Mountain hiking trails, let us help you book your trip to Vermont! Our luxurious vacation rentals are located right here in Killington and have everything you need for a memorable getaway. Soak in your own private hot tub, curl up in front of the fireplace, or take a dip in the pool. Each of our accommodations provides peace and tranquility to help you rest up for another day of adventure. We look forward to having you!
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No summer vacation in Vermont is complete without a trip to Tweed River Tubing. Situated on the White River in Stockbridge, VT, this tube rental company is perfect for those who want to beat the heat. Cars with Massachusetts and Connecticut license plates come in droves to spend the day floating down the river, with lush forests and looming mountain peaks as a backdrop. Here’s why an adventure with Tweed River Tubing should be on your Vermont to-do list.
How to Experience Tweed River Tubing
About the Owner
Chad Merriss grew up tubing on the White River. He had dreamt about running a tubing company for years, and when he was told that Vermont Tubing Company was closing, he decided to make that dream a reality. Vermont Tubing didn’t shut its doors after all, but Merriss still went forward with his plan and established Tweed River Tubing in the summer of 2011. The two companies have been coexisting peacefully ever since.
Today, Tweed River Tubing is a Stockbridge hot spot where visitors and locals come to drift lazily down the river. On the hottest days, Tweed River sells more than 100 tubes. Merriss even accompanies guests as a special tour guide if he’s heading out for an end-of-the-day sweep of the river.
Tips For Your Trip
Located at the junction of Route 100 and 107, Tweed River offers the best tubes in Vermont as well as the most fun stretch of river. They even provide life jackets, paddles, and a free shuttle back to the start point. Below are a few tips to ensure that your day on the water goes smoothly.
- Upon arrival, park your car in the field out back and drive slowly. Be sure to watch for children and pets!
- You’ll need to sign a waiver stating that you are responsible for yourself and your belongings. To save time, consider downloading a printable PDF of the waiver beforehand and bringing it with you.
- We highly recommend wearing strappy sandals, water shoes, or another form of footwear that is secured to your feet. Flip flops may get lost!
- Refrain from bringing any glass bottles or containers as they can damage tubes and pollute the river.
Pricing & Hours
Tweed River Tubing offers tubing adventures from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Tubes are $18 Tuesday through Sunday and are just $15 on Monday. There are also special discounts for groups over 12. Call (802) 746-8977 for more information.
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After an unforgettable Tweed River Tubing excursion, head back to one of our Killington vacation rentals and unwind! Our properties are just a short drive from the river and provide unparalleled lodging in the Green Mountain State. Spend a cool summer night in one of our relaxing hot tub rentals, or enjoy the luxurious amenities at Mountain Green Resort. We even have pet-friendly properties for your furbaby! View our accommodations to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!
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Are you an ameteur skier looking to show off your skills? Consider competing in the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge! This highly anticipated event returns to Killington, Vermont in April and is one of the hottest on-snow parties the East Coast has to offer. The competition will heat up as skiers take to the slopes of Outer Limits to battle for a place in the finals. Whether you want to participate or prefer to watch from the beer garden, the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge will be an event you’ll never forget! Here are some things to know before you go.
Experience the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge
Mogul skiing is a freestyle skiing competition consisting of one timed run on a steep, heavily moguled course. On Saturday, April 8, 2017, competitors will head to the Outer Limits Trail at Killington Resort. Each participant will have one run before the top 32 men and 16 women compete in a sudden-death, dual-course challenge. Awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners, and their names will be engraved on the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge trophy.
The purpose of the Mogul Challenge is to recognize technical superiority and athletic ability. Males and females are scored separately in each age group, and each judge can award a maximum of five points for well-executed turns, aerial maneuvers, and speed.
Tips & Rules
- The Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge is an amateur competition. No USSA members registered as competitors will be allowed to race.
- Each participant must wear a properly fastened snow sports helmet during the competition.
- Be sure to scope out the course/venue before the event.
- Know your skill and ability level. This isn’t the time to try something you’ve never done before!
Registration for the 2017 Mogul Challenge will be open to the first 150 registrants. The competition fills up fast, so we recommend pre-registering to guarantee your spot! The entry fee is $50 for all divisions and online pre-registration will remain open until April 5, 2017 at 5 p.m. Click here to register.
Note: All competitors must check-in at the 3rd floor of Bear Mountain Lodge between 7 and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday to pick up their bibs.
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Now that you know all about the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge, it’s time to start planning your trip to Vermont! Our luxurious rentals have everything you need to relax after the race, and they’re all just minutes from the slopes. Enjoy amenities like comfortable bedrooms, gourmet kitchens, and spacious living areas throughout your stay. We even offer a number of vacation specials and packages to help you save on lodging! View our properties page to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!
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Killington, Vermont is famous for its snow-covered winters. But did you know that summertime often steals the show? Warm, breezy days and cool, clear nights make this mountain town perfect for a family getaway. From hiking and biking to sightseeing and shopping, the list of Killington summer activities is endless! Here are just a few of our favorites.
Top 4 Killington Summer Activities
1. Hiking & Biking
Once the snow has melted, there’s no shortage of great places to mountain bike in Vermont. Our region’s bike trails are surrounded by rolling hills, farms, and lakes, providing an ideal backdrop for cyclists. Feel free to rent a bike and take a guided tour, or pick up a trail map and head out on your own. You can even join the Killington Pico Cycling Club (KPCC) and enjoy club rides each week from April to October! Visit the KPCC website to become a member.
If cycling isn’t your thing, don’t worry! There are plenty of Green Mountain hiking trails to explore. Killington Mountain offers 15 miles of designated trails for guests who want to hike to or from the mountain’s peak. Each route ranges in difficulty and length, making them suitable for a variety of ability levels.
Looking for a great place to practice your swing? Head to the golf course at Killington Resort. This 18-hole championship course was developed by Geoffrey Cornish and is one of the nicest in the United States. It even has a full-size pro shop on site! With a 2,000-foot elevation and incredible views, Killington Golf Course provides an unforgettable golf experience.
3. Killington Adventure Center
A trip to the Killington Adventure Center is perfect for a fun day out with the family. From bungee jumping and disc golf to a terra-maze and obstacle course, this facility is a must-see on your next summer vacation. Kids can search for treasure at Roaring Brook Mining while parents enjoy a relaxing, scenic ride on the K-1 Express Gondola.
4. Water Sports
When it’s time to cool off, head to Snowshed Pond in Killington and spend the day fishing, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding. The pond is accessible by both hiking and bike trails, and fishing is allowed from the shore around the pond. Swimming is not permitted. You can also check out Kent Pond, which is located just five minutes from Snowshed and is a bit larger. Both offer incredible views of Killington Peak so bring your camera!
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Now that you know about the best Killington summer activities, it’s time to start planning your getaway to Vermont! Our luxurious vacation rentals have everything you need for an action-packed summer, including outdoor fire pits, grills, private hot tubs, and more. We even offer a variety of specials and packages to help you save on your trip! View our accommodations to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!
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Flowing 112 miles from Green Mountain National Forest to Lake Champlain, Otter Creek is Vermont’s longest river. It’s an unbelievably diverse watershed that attracts fisherman from far and wide. Seven top spill dams offer great wading opportunities, and the creek’s mixed fishery allows you to target many different species. Whether you’re an avid angler or have never cast a line, fishing Otter Creek, VT is an exciting and fun way to spend an afternoon! Here are some things you should you know about the river.
Spend a Day Fishing Otter Creek, VT
Upper Otter Creek
The upper section of Otter Creek is brook trout water. Several streams flowing from the Green Mountains and the Taconic Mountain ranges form this section, and most of the streams are spring fed. These tributaries have excellent stream-bred trout reproduction and are also stocked by the state of Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
Mid to Lower Otter Creek
Lower Otter Creek is an interesting mixed fishery that starts in Rutland and flows north through Middlebury and Vergennes. Much of this section is inhabited by warm water species such as northern pike, smallmouth bass, and fallfish. It also offers some of the best winter trout fishing in Vermont. Be sure to check the fishing conditions before you head out.
When to Fish
Ask anyone about the best time to enjoy fishing Otter Creek, VT, and you’ll likely hear “anytime!” If you’re looking for trout, we recommend visiting in the spring. May is an especially exciting month because the fish feed on bugs on the surface of the water. Summer is also a great time to catch northern pike, large or smallmouth bass, or carp. Autumn can be fun because it’s technical and the water is low, and a mild winter in Vermont means the fish will stay active. Otter Creek is open for fishing year-round.
Attend The Otter Creek Classic
Want to try your hand at competitive fly fishing? Sign up for The Otter Creek Classic! This catch-and-release tournament is held in April and is the first event of its kind in the state of Vermont. It includes two days of fishing, a post-tournament BBQ, and an awards ceremony. All profits from The Classic are donated to the New Haven River Anglers Association.
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When searching for the perfect place to call home in Vermont, look no further than our gorgeous lakefront properties. Kamp Koby is a great place to unwind and is set on Lake Hortonia in the Vermont Lake Region. Swimming and fishing are just steps away from the camp, and there’s a country store nearby for snacks. Or book your stay in our Butternut Hill vacation rental which sits on 20 acres near Lake St. Catherine. This two bedroom condo has an open floor plan and offers beautiful views from the back deck. Guests have access to a community fire pit, private walking trails, and an outdoor pool. Check our availability and book your stay today!
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The Beast Mountain Coaster in Killington, Vermont is exactly what it sounds like – a total beast of a roller coaster! Open year round at Killington Resort, this thrill ride is fun for visitors of all ages. The 4,800-foot-long alpine coaster twists and turns through the woods, offering 360-degree corkscrews that are sure to surprise and delight. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a child-toting parent, “The Beast” is perfect for an afternoon of fun. Here are some things you should know about the ride.
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Take a Ride on the Beast Mountain Coaster
If you’re planning to visit in the summer, you’re in for a treat! You can experience the Beast Mountain Coaster in beautiful summer weather. You’ll shoot through green trees and down grassy hills, all while wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Plus, you’ll be right next to the Killington Resort Adventure Center which features awesome summer attractions like bungee jumping, a ropes course, and a 5,000-square-foot maze. Be sure to check it out!
Riding the Beast Mountain Coaster in the winter gives you the chance to fly down the mountain in a completely different way. Take a break from skiing or snowboarding to enjoy the coaster, then try other winter activities like snowmobiling, tubing, or fat tire biking.
One of the best parts about The Beast is that you control your speed. Are you a full-speed-ahead kind of person? Go full throttle! If you prefer to have a little more control, no problem. Simply hit the brakes whenever you feel uncomfortable.
Single or Double Thrills
If you’re looking for adventures you can do as a couple, the Beast Mountain Coaster is fun to ride together. You can even take turns controlling the brakes. But if you’d rather go it alone (or if your significant other wants to go slower than you), you can go right after each other and watch the other person ride.
Children must be at least 36” to ride the Beast Mountain Coaster, and riders less than 52” must ride with an adult. Take your kids for the ride of their lives or let them head out alone!
We’ve already mentioned some seasonal thrills like bungee jumping and snowmobiling. But if you’re looking for even more fun, you’ve got to check out the SkyeRide. This ski lift/zip line combination takes you zipping along at a comfortable 30 miles per hour. It has seats for two and is perfect for couples or parents and kids!
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If you’re an adrenaline junkie, Killington, Vermont is the place for you! In addition to the thrilling Beast Mountain Coaster, we have some of the best skiing in the country and any outdoor activity you can imagine. When it’s time to relax, simply head back to one of our Killington vacation rentals and unwind. Our beautiful homes have amenities like jacuzzi bathtubs, fireplaces, full kitchens, and more! View our accommodations to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!
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Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure? Plan to visit the Thundering Falls Trail in Killington, VT! Part of the Vermont Appalachian Trail, Thundering Falls is an easy hike on a 0.4-mile boardwalk that leads to one of the tallest waterfalls in Vermont. From a viewing platform, visitors can watch in awe as the water cascades through a steep and narrow cataract. It’s a spectacular sight to behold! Whether you’re an avid hiker or just starting out, a trip to Thundering Falls will leave you with lasting memories. Here are some things you should know about the trail.
Your Guide to the Thundering Falls Trail
The Thundering Falls Trail is the first and only universally-accessible portion of the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. Built by the Green Mountain Club, this 900-foot boardwalk gets rid of a dusty road walk on Thundering Brook Road, adds great views of the Ottauquechee Valley and the falls, and makes a stretch of the Appalachian Trail available to people who use wheelchairs. Click here to view a trail map.
About the Falls
At 140 feet, Thundering Falls is the sixth tallest waterfall in the state. It’s part of Kent Brook which flows out of Kent Pond, just north of where the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail split. At high water, Thundering Falls offers a magnificent cascade as the stream tumbles to the ground. The falls are also the site of a historic mill that’s powered by the energy of the falling water. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
How To Get There
From the Appalachian Trail: Starting from the River Road parking area, the Appalachian Trail passes through open Ottauquechee River floodplain and crosses the Thundering Falls boardwalk. The trail then ascends to the falls viewing platform. From here, the Appalachian Trail continues its ascent through northern hardwood forest to Thundering Brook Road where a small parking lot can be found.
From GetAway Vacations: From the intersection of Vermont Route 100 and Route 4 in Killington, drive two miles east to the River Road intersection. Drive another 1.5 miles until you see the wheelchair-accessible parking lot on the left.
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After an adventure on the Thundering Falls Trail, head back to one of our Killington vacation rentals and relax! Our comfortable and luxurious properties are just minutes from the trail and have everything you need to unwind. New to hiking? We offer guided hikes in the summertime lead by Killington Mountain Guides! You’ll learn how to pack a backpack properly as well as some basic land navigation. Hikes generally last between one and four hours and are appropriate for guests of skill levels. Call us at (802) 438-8077 to learn more. We look forward to having you!
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If you thought that the mountains of Vermont were exclusive to skiers, think again! Vermont snowboarding is some of the very best in the United States, and with so much history, it’s easy to see why. Some of the country’s most renowned snowboarders got their start in VT. (Does Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White ring a bell?) Vermont is also home to Burton Snowboards, the world’s first snowboard factory, and Suicide Six Resort, the first resort to allow snowboarding back in 1982. So if you’re an avid rider, a trip to the Green Mountain State is a must! Here are some of our favorite places to plow through the powder.
Where To Go for the Best Vermont Snowboarding
With mega-carving terrain for all skill levels and styles, Killington has been named one of the best rides in North America by World Snowboard Guide. “The Beast” has a soft spot for snowboarders and offers seven mountains of steeps, bumps, fun-parks, and halfpipes, all serviced by a modern lift system. Killington has even hosted several snowboard events and competitions over the years.
Local Tip: Due to the sheer size of the mountain, riders can sometimes become lost while trying to get around. We recommend picking up a free Ride Guide, which will tell you everything you need to know about Killington from a snowboarder’s perspective.
Pico Mountain Ski Area was one of the first commercial ski resorts in the state. It’s located on the northwest side of Pico Peak and features 57 trails, seven lifts, and a 1,967-foot vertical drop. Experienced snowboarders will love the black and double black diamond trails, and first-timers can hone their skills on gentle learning slopes. There’s also a number of green and blue routes for riders of all levels. Be sure to view a trail map before heading out.
Ten rippin’ terrain parks and a superpipe make Mount Snow a snowboarder’s dream come true. It’s also a great place for newbies. Mount Snow offers snowboarding lessons and has excellent snowboarding instructors, a dedicated learning facility, specially-designed learning equipment, and a teaching process that helps guests develop the basics of the sport. You’ll have tons of fun and will be tearing up the mountain in no time!
Bolton Valley Ski Resort
For a totally unique snowboarding experience, check out Bolton Valley Ski Resort, home of Vermont’s most extensive night riding. Every Wednesday through Saturday, Bolton Valley keeps the lights on longer than any other Vermont ski area and offers well-lit night riding on ten fantastic trails. You can even explore the mountain until 10 p.m. on Fridays! For more thrills, test your freestyle skills at their Wednesday Night Riders Competition and see if you’ve got what it takes to win.
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Now that we’ve given you some insight into Vermont snowboarding, it’s time to get out there and have fun! Be sure to book your stay in one of our Killington vacation rentals during your trip. With amenities like jacuzzi bathtubs, fireplaces, full kitchens, and more, our properties have everything you need to relax post-ride. View our accommodations to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!
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Pico Peak is a 3,957-foot mountain in Killington, Vermont. It’s the northernmost summit of the Coolidge Range and is the second highest mountain after Killington Peak. Visitors to Pico can enjoy a variety of activities throughout the year including skiing and snowboarding, hiking, horseback riding, and much more. The next time you visit the Green Mountain State, plan a trip to Pico Peak and see what makes this mountain so special!
Some of the Best Things to Do at Pico Peak in Vermont
Skiing & Snowboarding
Pico Mountain Ski Area was one of the first commercial ski resorts in the state. It’s located on the northwest side of Pico Peak and features 57 trails, seven lifts, and a 1,967-foot vertical drop. Experienced skiers and snowboarders will love the black and double black diamond trails, and first-timers can hone their skills on gentle learning slopes. There’s also a number of green and blue routes for guests of all levels. Be sure to view a trail map before heading out.
With its cozy lodge and stone fireplaces, Pico’s central base area is a great place to rest and recharge. You’ll find a variety of culinary options including homemade waffles, sandwiches, kid-friendly meals and more. There’s also lunch and après entertainment on weekends. It’s the perfect place to wrap up a day of skiing in Vermont!
Did you know that Pico Peak is on the New England Hundred Highest hiking list? There are two main trails that reach the summit: Sherburne Pass Trail and the Long Trail. Both trails lead to Pico Camp, which is a great place to stop and rest for lunch. The summit is just 0.4 miles from the camp. Be sure to bring your camera – the surrounding scenery is spectacular during every season!
Each year when the weather gets warmer, Pico Mountain changes from a snow mecca to a summer playspace. The Pico Mountain Adventure Center offers non-stop family fun with guided horseback rides, mini golf, rock climbing, and more. Take a scenic chairlift ride to the top of Little Pico, then enjoy an exhilarating ride down the Alpine Slide. Or, head over to Power Jump where kids and adults can bounce, flip, and fly through the air. There’s even an 18-hole disc golf course that winds down Pico Mountain! The Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from late June through early September.
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After an unforgettable adventure at Pico Peak in Vermont, take a short drive back to our Killington vacation rentals and relax! With luxurious amenities like jacuzzi bathtubs, fireplaces, full kitchens, and more, our beautiful properties have everything you need to unwind. View our accommodations to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!
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Killington, Vermont, is famous for its fantastic skiing and snowboarding. But if you’re looking to experience this region’s beauty on foot, you need to take a snowshoe tour! Located at the Clubhouse on East Mountain Road, Bear Trax Adventures offers a variety of guided snowshoe tours that explore Killington. You can traverse the rolling terrain of Killington Golf Course or trek trails on and off the mountain. Plus, snowshoes and poles are provided at no additional cost! Here are some of our favorite tours to try this winter.
Top 6 Killington Snowshoe Tours
1. Classic Killington Tour
The Classic Killington Tour is perfect for all levels of ability and meanders around Killington Golf Course. You may even follow a few trails through the woods, depending on snow conditions and group preference. Enjoy sprawling vistas of Killington Peak as you take on the course’s gradual ascents and descents. This tour is 90 minutes long and is offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
2. Top of Snowshed Tour
This intermediate tour explores the winding trails adjacent to the mountain. It includes an invigorating ascent to the top of the Snowshed and a stop at Killington’s Ledgewood Yurt for lunch. Following lunch, snowshoers will enjoy a gradual descent back to the Killington Clubhouse. Two-hour tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
3. Killington Peak Tour
For a challenging, heart-pumping tour of the mountain, sign up for the Killington Peak Tour. You’ll climb over 2,500 feet from the Killington Base Lodge to the Peak Lodge. Once you there, guests can relax at the peak and take the gondola back to base. This four-hour tour is for advanced climbers only and is available mid-week.
4. Ramshead Tour
This tour explores the trails around Ramshead Lodge and beyond. You’ll feel far from the busy ski trails as you trek through the quiet wooded areas adjacent to the mountain. The Ramshead Tour is available at 1 p.m. on weekends.
5. Moonlight in Vermont Tour
Enjoy a spectacular adventure under the stars! The Moonlight in Vermont tour allows guests to explore the snow after the sun has set. Hot chocolate or warm apple cider will be served afterward. These tours are offered at 6 p.m. and are appropriate for advanced beginners/intermediate snowshoers.
6. Private Tours
Are you seeking a more personalized experienced? Take a private Killington snowshoe tour! Private tours can be tailored to your skills and desires, ranging from gentle hikes to challenging excursions. Killington Mountain offers two-hour beginner, advanced beginner, and intermediate tours as well as four-hour intermediate and advanced tours. Contact Bear Trax Adventures for more information.
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After an unforgettable adventure, take a short drive back to our Killington vacation rentals and relax! With luxurious amenities like jacuzzi bathtubs, fireplaces, full kitchens, and more, our beautiful properties have everything you need to rest and restore. And they’re just minutes from Killington Resort! View our accommodations to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!
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Often referred to as the “granite backbone” of Vermont, the Green Mountain National Forest offers an unparalleled recreation experience near Rutland, VT. This 399,151-acre area is the biggest contiguous land mass in the state and is accessible year-round. The forest supports a variety of wildlife including beaver, moose, coyote, black bear, and white-tailed deer. It’s also home to eight cascading waterfalls. No matter what time of year you visit, a trip to Green Mountain National Forest will leave you with lasting memories. Here are some of our favorite things to do there.
Spend a Day in the Green Mountain National Forest
The Green Mountain National Forest is full of hiking opportunities for visitors of all interests and abilities. It contains three nationally designated trails, including parts of the Appalachian Trail, the Long Trail, and the Robert Frost National Recreation Trail. The forest also offers three alpine ski areas, seven Nordic ski areas, and approximately 900 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and bicycling. Be sure to download a trail map before heading out!
Points of Interest
Hapgood Pond Recreation Area: Hapgood Pond was the first land acquired by the Green Mountain National Forest and is a great place to spend the afternoon. It consists of a campground, open day-use areas, picnic spots with tables and grills, a 0.8-mile nature trail, and a beach for swimming. Drinking fountains and restrooms are also located throughout the area.
Robert Frost Interpretive Trail: This unique hiking trail commemorates Robert Frost’s poetry. Several of his poems are mounted along the trail, and blueberries and huckleberries grow in an old field at the far end of the trail. It’s an interesting and easy walk for guests of all ages so be sure to check it out!
Thundering Falls: Thundering Falls is the sixth tallest waterfall in Vermont. It tumbles 140 feet through a steep, narrow cataract and offers great views of the Ottauquechee Valley from the top. The falls are also the site of a historic mill that’s powered by the energy of the falling water. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Start Planning Your Trip
Not sure when to visit the forest? Getaway Vacations has you covered. The most popular season is autumn when the mountains are ablaze with color. We recommend taking a scenic drive to admire the area’s spectacular beauty. Summer is ideal for camping, hiking, fishing, and canoeing, and winter attracts colorfully-clad skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoe enthusiasts. When spring rolls around, grab a picnic basket and enjoy eating lunch amongst the blooming wildflowers. With so much to do and see, any time is a great time to visit the Green Mountain National Forest!
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When searching for the best lodging in Vermont, look no further than our Killington vacation rentals. Our beautiful properties have everything you need for a fun mountain getaway, and they’re just a 45-minute drive from the forest! Enjoy comfortable accommodations, luxurious amenities, and picturesque views throughout your stay. We look forward to having you!
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The breathtaking mountains of Vermont are famous for offering incredible skiing and snowboarding. They’re an ideal destination for those searching for fresh, powdery snow and smooth, exciting rides. If you’re looking to experience a rush of adrenaline, these jagged peaks have you covered. Here are some of the best ski mountains in Vermont that are sure to get your blood pumping.
Shred These Incredible Ski Mountains in Vermont
1. Killington Mountain
Often referred to as “The Beast of the East”, Killington Mountain is the second largest mountain in Vermont. It boasts six stunning peaks and has an elevation of 4,000 feet. This unique mountain offers exceptional views and has 73 miles of thrilling ski trails. Killington Ski Resort is the largest ski area in the Eastern US, with alpine trails that vary from easy to difficult. The resort even offers multiple freestyle areas. With high-quality snow and exciting terrain, Killington guarantees a perfect ride every time. Check-out our list of the best ski-on, ski-off vacation rentals in Killington before you even buy your Killington lift tickets!
2. Mount Mansfield
At an elevation of 4,393 feet, Mount Mansfield is Vermont’s highest peak and should be tackled in the most extreme way possible – by helicopter! Heli-skiing on Mount Mansfield gives guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ski uncharted territory. You’ll be taken to the peak by helicopter and can blaze your own trail down the mountainside. This exciting sport provides a magical bird’s-eye view and has become a popular activity for guests, enticing more skiers and snowboarders every year.
3. Okemo Mountain
Some of the most prominent ski features of Okemo Mountain are its freestyle terrain parks, which offer creative, next-level equipment for both expert and novice riders. The terrain parks contain challenging obstacles like jumps, ramps, rails, and more. Okemo even offers the longest superpipe on the East Coast. Other constructed or natural terrain features help guests build their skills while having a unique riding experience.
4. Mount Ellen
This mountain’s casual feel is perfect for ski bums, but don’t let the laid-back atmosphere fool you. Mt. Ellen is home to Vermont’s highest chairlift, a wild terrain park, and acres of backcountry woods that make for a fantastic day on the slopes. Plus, Mt. Ellen is home to some of the most unique and intense cat skiing in Vermont! Snowcat skiing is an alternative to heli-skiing that uses a snowcat to transport guests to deep powder areas on land. Bring your most adventurous friends and family and experience Mount Ellen like never before.
Book Your Stay with GetAway Vacations!
Ski season will soon be in full swing here in the Green Mountain State, so hurry to our website to book your stay! Our beautiful Killington vacation rentals have everything you need for unforgettable mountain getaway. We even offer a variety of vacation specials and packages to help you save on your trip. We look forward to seeing you take on the mountains this winter!
Looking for other outdoor activities? Read our blog about the best things to do in Vermont besides skiing!
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