Southern Vermont and the Deerfield Valley is well known for its wintertime offerings. Skiing, boarding, tubing and ice fishing are a few of the activities available in this beautiful area during the winter months. Although skiing is one of the most popular wintertime activities in the Deerfield Valley, with close proximity to Mount Snow, Stratton, Bromley, Magic Mountain and Hermitage you may want to break from the adrenaline rush and try snow shoeing. Southern Vermont has a lot to offer by way of a quiet outdoor activity. The Deerfield Valley is full of opportunities to explore winter by foot.
CROSS TOWN TRAIL SYSTEM
Staying at Basecamp offers very convenient access to some great trails perfect for snowshoeing. Basecamp Condominium at Mount Snow is located on the Valley Trail which connects West Dover with Wilmington. Basecamp is approximately 1/2 mile from the Cross Town Trail System located at the corner of Cross Town Rd and Country Club Rd which is next to the Mount Snow Golf Course. Although walking distance from Basecamp to the trail head many people park at the corner if space permits. Some of the trails are shared with snow mobile’s but many are motor free and proved a quiet walk through the forest. The trails are marked very well and have information posted of the local wildlife.
TIMBER CREEK CROSS COUNTRY SKI CENTER:
If your visit to the Deerfield Valley is rooted in Mount Snow, there are plenty of snowshoeing options just a hop and a skip from the slopes. Across from the Mount Snow Resort, you can visit Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center, which has a system of trails for cross country skiers and snowshoers to explore. Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center’s trails loop through the woods for a peaceful and exciting adventure. Snowshoe rentals are available for full day, half day, and overnight rentals. In addition to rental fees, a small trail maintenance fee is required as well.
Mount Snow, one of the most popular winter destinations in Southern Vermont, offers a ton of activities beyond downhill skiing, including guided snowshoe tours. The guided tour lasts about an hour and a half and is $45 per person. Guided tours can even be paired with a massage at the resort’s spa, if you’d like to give yourself a full day of peaceful retreats and relaxation. If a guided tour isn’t your speed, you can also venture onto the resort’s snowshoe trails on your own by purchasing trail passes at Mount Snow Sports at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel. Rentals are also available.
If you’re looking for a remote retreat, Section 3 of the Catamount Trail, which is nestled in the Deerfield Valley and goes from Route 9 to the Somerset Reservoir, may be your answer. The section is just under 8 miles long and provides a moderately difficult adventure. Though a large portion of the trail is flat, it is un-groomed and has some steep ups and downs as well as some small streams to cross. Access points are limited and can be found to the north and south of the trail. For more information on how to access the trail, visit its website.
SNOWSHOE RENTALS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT MOUNT SNOW FOR THE MOUNT SNOW TRAILS AND AT TIMBER CREEK CROSS COUNTRY SKI CENTER FOR THE TIMBER CREEK TRAILS.