Winter Activities at West Hill House
Winter is what the Mad River Valley is all about! Once the snow flies, the excitement starts. Check our Places to Visit for even more ideas. Or book a West Hill House Ski and Stay package for a really great deal.
Skiing And Riding At Sugarbush
Sugarbush is home to the most diverse and celebrated terrain in the East, and it’s no secret that many of the world’s top skiers and riders began their careers here. It was Ranked #1 in Terrain Variety by SKI Magazine for 2010. The slopes are only a couple of minutes from our front door, and the ski shuttle will whisk you door-to-door if you prefer. Sugarbush also has the reputation of being the friendliest and among the least crowded of the top ski resorts in the north-east.
For something really special let us book you on a first-tracks tour that leaves from the base of Lincoln Peak, and gets you to the best terrain before the lifts start spinning. The path of the cat that takes you up the mountain will be determined by conditions-tours may go to the top of Heaven’s Gate, the top of North Lynx, into the Slide Brook Wilderness Area or elsewhere, based on the judgment of the guide. The tour includes an en route pastry breakfast from Timbers Restaurant, a movie to get the adrenaline pumping, Sugarbush guides and one or two cat-served runs. (First Tracks-trips are available for advanced skiers and riders only.)
Check our Ski & Stay Passports for some special deals. (Not available during holiday periods.)
Skiing At Mad River Glen
Mad River Glen is a ski area like no other. It is probably the only large co-operatively owned ski area in North America where the skiers own the resort. It’s a place where skiing remains an outdoor adventure in a pristine, natural setting. It is also home of the historic – and now restored – single chair lift. Best to come weekdays if you can, and we have special deals (although not during holiday periods) – check our Ski & Stay Passports for details. However even on busy weekends it is a lot fun given how friendly everyone is!
And don’t be intimidated: their slogan “Ski it if you can” means you need to get here to ski it, not that you need to be an expert! Hey – that’s us in the photo near the top of the single. (But no snowboards please.)
Snowshoeing And Sledding
Our friends at Clearwater Sports are the experts when it comes to taking you out snowshoeing, sledding or back-country skiing. They have great organized expeditions – note that advance reservations ARE usually needed. They offer a true backwoods snowshoe experience on unmarked and off-trail areas, and on special dates you can snowshoe through the scenic Mad River Valley forest to a secluded log cabin nestled into the woods. A warm fire and delicious hors d’oeuvres followed by a hearty, down-home Vermont dinner is waiting for you.
Clearwater sports can also introduce you to the infamous Mad River Rocketsled. Born in Warren, Vermont, this totally controllable sled allows you to carve down the mountains. They will take you up the Green Mountains along the Lincoln Gap road, which is closed during the winter due to the many curves and steep terrain, on snowshoes, then rocketsled the whole length down. And you can also try a guided back-country skiing outing.
And for the less adventurous you can of course snowshoe and Rocketsled right from West Hill House on the adjacent golf course – we can lend you the equipment.
Sled Dog Adventures offers a truly magical experience. October Siberians Sled Dog Adventures – one of Vermont’s best kept secrets – offer tours in the historical Little River State Park in Waterbury Vermont, which is conveniently located just about 30 minutes from West Hill House. Their Siberian Huskies are friendly, energetic, hard working dogs that could transport you back to a time long ago when man and dog depended on each other for more than companionship.
This is not just a ride in the sled but an opportunity to be part of the team and have hands on experience running a dog team. We can book the adventure for you and you can share the beauty, peace and history of the Green Mountains through the sport of Mushing.
It is important to let us know ahead of time so that we can book it for you as there is only limited availability and outings are weather dependent.
West Hill House is also conveniently located for Nordic skiers. Awaiting cross country country skiers are Ole’s, and Blueberry Lake. Both are nearby in Warren and feature 30 or more km of groomed trails each, both for classic and skate skiing.
For back country skiers the Catamount Trail offers some great challenges as well as some relatively straight forward skiing, in some beautiful and peaceful settings. The trail passes right behind West Hill House.
And for a more causal outing go right outside our door and ski on the adjacent golf course. If you go out early after the new snow falls you make your own trails. If you wait awhile, someone else will have broken trail for you!
After your activies we have several excellent suggestions for you to relax for the rest of the day:
- Put your feet up in one of our comfortable chairs, either on the patio or inside, and enjoy a glass of wine before dinner.
- Let us arrange a massage for you to relieve any aches and pains!
- And of course make plans for dinner at one of our excellent local restaurants - we’ll be happy to arrange the reservations for you.