Ice skating rinks & equipment offered at resorts, ski areas, sports centers

Vermont’s winter air and scenery are hard to beat. But the experience is enhanced when you slip on a pair of skates and step out on the ice on a pond, a lake, or an indoor/outdoor rink especially prepared for you. You can skate forever here on the longest skating trail in the U.S. Take to smaller rinks for some relaxed skating or pick up hockey games. Look for skating centers through the Green Mountain State, where skating venues abound and equipment is available to rent or purchase. Kids love skating when they learn early, and, remember, it’s a romantic sport, too.

195 Mountain Top Road Chittenden, VT, 05737 Phone: 802-483-2311

The Mountain Top Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center, one of the first commercial cross-country ski touring centers in the East, has served the skiing public for over a quarter century. We pride ourselves on delivering some of the best cross country skiing on 60km of trails (40km groomed), with classical ski track and skating lanes. Our snowmaking system covers a 1.5km loop and our ski shop, located in a renovated horse stable, has the latest in ski and snowshoe rentals. The ski school is staffed with a friendly and knowledgeable staff of instructors for all skill levels. Easy access to the Catamount Trailfurther extends the number of trails that you will enjoy. In addition we offer horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowmobiles, ice skating, the best sledding hill around.

After you've worked up an appetite on the trails, the Nordic Center offers hot drinks, lunches and a place to put your feet up with friends and family. Or visit the Highlands Tavern, serving casual bistro fare for lunch or dinner. Come for the day...and why not stay overnight? To learn more please call 802-483-2311 and ask about our seasonal packages and room rates.

Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center

783 Townshend Road Grafton, VT, 05146 Phone: 802-843-2400

Groomed and backcountry trails; snowshoeing, snow making, snow tubing; lessons and rentals

This is a year-round outdoor recreation center. Winter offerings include Nordic (cross country) skiing, snowshoeing, and snow tubing hill in the winter. Snow making is done starting in mid-December. The 15 km groomed cross country trail network is supplements with snow making; there is an addition 15 kms of backcountry terrain. Snowshoeing is offered on 10 kms of trails, and the organization offers guided snowshoe tours. A biathlon course offers a tremendous workout. There is a 600-foot snow tubing run.

A base lodging offers rentals and lessons and repairs. Dogs are welcome on the property on Mondays and Thursdays. Half-day and full day trails passes range from $5 to $18. Season passes are sold. A midweek special offers a trail pass, rentals and a group lesson for $60. Lessons are $25 to $60.

Stowe Mountain Resort

5781 Mountain Road Stowe, VT, 05672 Phone:

116 trails; 6 glades; 3 terrain parks; 485 skiable acres; cross-country skiing; 2,160-foot drop; annual snowfall 28 feet; 80% snowmaking; night skiing

Skiing & Snowboarding -- This is a high-luxury ski area, with plenty of trails, glades, snowboarding, and Nordic skiing for people of all abilities. Among its other lifts, a gondola transports guests between Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, creating lots of interchange between these ski areas. This standing gondola spans Route 108. Stowe Mountain Lodge is a luxury hotel and spa, with all the finest amenities. Expensive
Everything Else -- Luxury lodgings; child care; lots of dining on the mountain and in town; shops; ski rentals and lessons; sleigh rides; dog sledding; ice and rock climbing. Live entertainment at the Performing Arts Center at Spruce Peak.