Enjoy Stowe’s Scenic Beauty With These 5 Winter ActivitiesJanuary 17, 2018
by STOWE AREA ASSOCIATION
While Stowe is known as a winter destination for world-class alpine skiing and snowboarding, there are an abundance of other fun snowy-weather activities for families, couples, outdoor enthusiasts and leisure travelers to enjoy. Check out some of our favorite ways to unplug among beautiful scenery while playing in the snow!
1) Nordic Skiing
Explore Vermont’s forests and countryside on Stowe’s world-class Nordic trail system maintained in part by Stowe Land Trust. Trapp Family Lodge is celebrating the 50-year anniversary of its Cross-Country Ski Center, which features 37 miles of groomed trails and 62 miles of backcountry trails suitable for cross-country skiers of all ages and abilities. The von Trapp Bierhall is a favorite resting place for cross-country skiers to enjoy European cuisine and a local brew with a view of Vermont’s tallest peak – Mt. Mansfield. Sign up for events like the Stowe Derby on February 25. Stowe Nordic organizes programs and events in the area. Tours and rentals are available.
Anyone who likes to walk or hike in the summer often enjoys snowshoeing in the winter. Stowe’s diverse trails make it the perfect destination for snowshoeing – a fun, healthy way to enjoy the winter outdoors. The Green Mountain Club, Vermont’s largest hiking organization, is a great resource for snowshoe hikes. Businesses in Stowe offer trail access, snowshoe rentals and guided tours. New, lightweight materials make it easier than ever and are available at area sporting good and apparel shops. Stop in and warm up with a locally brewed beverage along the Stowe Recreation Path that meanders along the Mountain Road.
An exhilarating way to get around town, snowmobiling is a popular winter activity in Stowe. Cruise miles of beautiful trails on fresh powder. Rentals are available, and tour guides take beginners and experts on several miles of trails. Stowe has an extensive network of Vermont Association of Snowmobile Travelers (VAST) snowmobile trails available for those with their own snowmachines.
Experience a unique adventure you’ll never forget. Dogsledding is another popular activity in Stowe in winter. Learn about aspects of managing the dogsled team while trekking into a winter wonderland. Schedule an interactive dogsled tour and make memories that last a lifetime.
If you enjoy biking you’ll love this awesome way to experience Stowe in winter. With wider-than-normal tires, fat bikes cruise smoothly over snow and ice (they’re also fun to ride any time of the year). Fat bikers are welcome on all the same multi-use town trails available to mountain bikers. Stowe Trails Partnership maintains and grooms several miles of trails and organizes fatbike events like Überwintern. Courtesy tip: In the winter, please be mindful of groomed cross-country ski tracks, avoiding them no matter where you ride.
Explore these and other winter activities in Stowe.