Winter Fun In Brattleboro!
Get out there and enjoy all that the season has to offer!
Brattleboro’s Living Memorial Park is home to a couple of beginner to intermediate downhill skiing and snowboarding trails. They provide a great place for the beginner to practice and a fun practice place for the family. There is a working t-bar and a day pass will run you only $5 with children under the age of 5 being free. Some great sledding is available as well! Brattleboro has a really fun indoor ice skating rink courtesy of the Nelson Withington Skating Facility at the park as well. Check it out!
Take a walk across the river into New Hampshire and snowshoe Wanastiquet Mountain, which offers an amazing view of not only Brattleboro but a great deal of southern Vermont as well, with views beyond Mt. Stratton and Mt. Okemo available on almost day of the year. It’s a beginner to intermediate hike, that without snow, can be accomplished in about 45 minutes to an hour.
Nordic skiing and snowshoeing can be done nearly anywhere when conditions are right, but we recommend checking out The Brattleboro Outing Club’s 25 km of groomed trails. The trails are open to the public for a small fee and equipment rentals and lessons are available. For more info, call the hut at 802-254-4081 between 9am and 4pm, weekends.Brattleboro may not be a nestled directly under one of Vermont’s many ski mountains but there is still plenty to do for the winter sports enthusiast.
Vermont offers some of the best snowmobiling trails anywhere. The Vermont Association Of Snow Travelers (VAST) maintains over 5000 miles of snowmobile trails throughout the state. The closest access is in Guilford and you can view trail maps here. VAST trails offer a unique view of the gorgeous winter Vermont landscape across woods others seldom see.
And just because the water has frozen over doesn’t mean the fishing has to stop! Vermont’s ice fishing season starts January 21st and while there are a number of spots for ice fishing in the area the most popular by far is the area near The Retreat Meadows where the West River meets the Connecticut River. Traveling on either Route 30 near The Retreat Farm or on Putney Road as it crosses the West River will give you a fine view of the impromptu village the ice shacks create when the fishing gets underway. Access is easiest on Route 30. You will need a valid Vermont fishing license to fish at this location.
Mt. Snow is the town’s nearest ski resort, but Mt. Stratton, Okemo, and Bromley are all within an hour’s drive of Brattleboro. Killington is a bit further out from town but enjoys a famous reputation.