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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.

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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.