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
1 Clubhouse Road
Fairlee, VT, 05045
Skate forever on the longest skating trail in the US
Vermont in winter is made for adventures on ski slopes, Nordic and snowmobile trails. The Lake Morey Resort also offers outstanding ice skating. The resort grooms and maintains the longest skating trail in the United States, a 4.5-mile loop around the lake, an amazing experience that’s not to be missed. Directly in front of the resort there are smaller rinks for skating and pick-up hockey games. For a small fee, both hockey and figure skates can be rented and skates can be sharpened as well. Come indoors and relax in the spa or game room. Year round, the Lake Morey Resort offers a beautiful natural setting on the shores of a 600-acre lake amidst Vermont’s verdant and snow packed hills.
195 Mountain Top Road
Chittenden, VT, 05737
The Mountain Top Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center has served the skiing public for over a quarter century, 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 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 Trail. 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.
Stowe Mountain Resort
5781 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT, 05672
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.
Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center
783 Townshend Road
Grafton, VT, 05146
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.