|Lodging for: Sugarbush - Mad River Glen - Mad River Valley - Waitsfield - Warren - Area Weddings|
Downhill skiing & snowboarding are all-time favorites in the Mad River Valley, with three mountains to choose from. Sugarbush Resort boasts 111 trails with 2,650 feet of vertical drop, plus 40 acres of tree skiing spread over some of the finest mountains in New England. Mount Ellen is just 2.5 miles from Weathertop, and Lincoln Peak a mere 5 miles away. Mad River Glen is only 3 miles west on Route 17. It is one of the most unique ski areas in the country, famous for its legendary expert terrain and single chair lift. But don't shy away...with 2,000 feet of vertical drop and 45 trails, there is plenty of terrain for all levels of ability. Riding is welcome at Sugarbush Resort, with 9 terrain parks and a superpipe added to it's 54+ miles of trails. Please be aware that the shareholders of the Mad River Glen Cooperative have elected not to allow snowboarding to preserve the area's unique character. Somewhat further afield, but within easy reach, are Killington, Bolton Valley, Stowe, and Smugglers' Notch, if our local trail selection isn't enough! Both Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen offer backcountry and telemark ski tours, as does Clearwater Sports.
The Mad River Valley has some of the most beautiful cross-country skiing in Vermont. Ole's Cross Country Ski Center, just 12 minutes away, offers 30 miles of moderately rolling trails groomed for classic skiing and ski skating. Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center, also minutes away, provides an additional 20 miles of gorgeous cross-country skiing terrain. Closer to Stowe, you will find the Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Skiing Center. You can ski there for days and not cover all of the terrain! All of these centers offer rental equipment and lessons. Looking for a backcountry experience? Try the Catamount Trail which winds its way through the Mad River Valley. The Catamount Trail can be reached via the Mill Brook Trail, right from the Weathertop parking lot!
There's more to do than just skiing! Snowshoeing is available all around the Mad River Valley, including the Mill Brook Trail which is just behind our inn. We offer our lodging guests complimentary use of snowshoes for local trails. Ole's Cross Country Ski Center, Sugarbush Resort, and Mad River Glen also offer rentals and snowshoeing trails. Local outfitters such as Clearwater Sports offer rentals and guided snowshoe treks.
If skiing and snowshoeing are not for you, consider a horse-drawn sleigh ride with Mountain Valley Farm in Waitsfield, or don some skates and go ice skating at the Skatium, a community recreation arena open to the public, also in Waitsfield. The Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm offers winter horseback riding. For something really different, try dog sledding with Rob Farley's October Siberians! You can also consider Atii Sled Dogs. With your own snowmobile you can enjoy 80+ miles of groomed and marked trails in the Mad River Valley. Check out VAST for more information. There are any number of hills on which you can go sledding & tobogganing. You might consider the legendary Rocket-Shoeing adventure trips guided by Clearwater Sports.
Want some indoor activities for those cold winter nights? How about professional basketball? You can see the Vermont Frost Heaves, who play at either the Barre Auditorium or Burlington's Memorial Auditorium. They are a member of the American Basketball Association (ABA).
You can also check out the latest in movies & music at Big Picture Theater, right here in Waitsfield. They've got a great soda fountain, as well as tapas & sushi to boot!!!