Jan 062009
 

 Winter in Vermont can be beautiful and awesome but you need to be prepared and take the cold weather seriously.  Travel in Vermont during snowy icy conditions can’t always be predictable. So play it safe and be a good Girl/Boy Scout and be prepared. Travel with extra clothes, blanket, boots, hat, gloves and snow shovel. Better to be safe than sorry!

Check out this information provided by Lois Friedland at About.com

Learn to Snowshoe or Cross-country Ski Free in January – During one day every January approximately 100 ski areas across the country offer free learn to downhill-, cross country skiing- and snowshoe lessons. The rest of the month you can get great deals on learn-to-ski or ride lessons at many resorts. Some of these deals include a season pass.

During the 14th annual Winter Trail Day, January 10, 2009, you can learn to cross country ski or snowshoe free on trails at dozens of resorts. Choices range from Kirkwood XC Area and Snowshoe Center in Kirkwood, CA, to Echo Mountain Park, CO to Catamount Outdoor Center, VT. Some of the areas also offer guided nature hikes on Winter Trail Day.

During the rest of the month, the learn-to deals for first-time and novice downhill ski and snowboard lessons range from the Discover Michigan Skiing Value voucher to three-day packages with lessons, lift tickets and rental equipment.

Get Outdoors Now! The Winter Feels Good website is an excellent starting point for getting outdoors more in the wintertime. Here, you can find the Learn-a-Sport Tool Kit, which tells parents how to clothe, prep to enjoy, and take elementary-school kids snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The Winter Feel Good site also links you to the Snowmonsters, a popular website for kids who enjoy snowsports, and gives you access to purchasing such CDs as “Learn to Freeride” or the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association CDs with training method used for national teams.

Where to Find More InfoVisit Winter Feels Good for all sorts of information about getting yourself into various outdoor winter sports. The site lists the annual Winter Trail Day dates, and has links to the many resorts and ski areas offering free ski lessons in January. Events are updated regularly. ”

      OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES!

In addition to skiing and snowshoeing at the local ski areas, GMHA (Green Mountain Horse Association) in S. Woodstock holds fun spectator competitions during the snowy Winter and it looks like Mother Nature is providing adequate snow this season!  The competitions are called sleigh rallies and besides the skill of the drivers and horses involved, there is the beauty of the different style sleighs and decorative outfits of the drivers and their trusty steeds, especially in the class called Currier and Ives. At the moment the GMHA calendar shows sleigh rallies on Jan. 17th and Feb. 7th. There are also Sleighing Combined tests scheduled for Jan. 21st and Feb. 21st which emphasizes a lot of additional driving skills.

GMHA 2008 Sleigh Rally

GMHA 2008 Sleigh Rally

  John Greenall at 2008 Sleigh Rally

Your own personal sleigh ride at GMHA can be booked with Kedron Valley Stables.

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

If you’d rather find something to do inside check out ice skating in Woodstock at Union Arena (www.unionarena.org), movies or special entertainment in Woodstock sponsored by www.Pentanglearts.org or other arts activities in the area like: www.hop.dartmouth.edu , www.lebanonoperahouse.org, www.operanorth.org

 Winter in Vermont  January 6, 2009  Vermont

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