Snowshoeing has existed for time out of mind and, like skiing, evolved into a leisure-time sport out of a need for traversing fields of snow with greater ease. As a winter sport, snowshoeing extends the hiking season into winter and combines a good, low-impact workout with a more contemplative way to enjoy those snow-blanketed woods and fields.
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Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center (the sign out front has “Snowshoeing” in between “Country” and “Center” but everyone just calls it “Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center”) is a scenic, no-frills – and thus affordable – ski center right here in Mad River Valley.
Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center features 33km of regularly groomed, sheltered trails for Nordic skiing, skating, or snowshoeing; 11 trails, easy to expert, and designed with the average skier’s enjoyment in mind.
There’s a comfortable, homey feel to the place that really makes you feel welcome: handwritten signs and the woodpile that fuels the modest center’s wood stove. The trails opening up on those lovely, Mad River meadows and up scenic, forested hills.
If you like dogs, Blueberry Lake is the place to be as many of the skiers and snowshoers bring theirs along with them—however like the people in the Mad River Valley the dogs are friendly and just enjoy being out in the snow!
The center was opened in 1983 by former dairy farmer, logger, equipment operator, and road town commissioner, Lenord Robinson. Well into his 80’s, Lenord still skis, participates in races, and helps to maintain the trails at Blueberry Lake. That’s Mad River Valley style right there.
Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center offers lessons (if you call ahead) and rents skis and snowshoes.
Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center
For directions, trail conditions and more, please visit: www.blueberrylakeskivt.com
And for breakfast …
Nothing completes – or begins – your Mad River Valley skiing vacation like a stay at West Hill House B&B with our hot and filling breakfasts: scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, and more, all done in our own delicious way so that you will have a great and nutritious start to your day!
There’s nothing wrong with skiing, sledding, or taking the car out for a literal spin on the ice (okay – maybe there is something wrong with that last, there) but sometimes you may find yourself craving something a little slower and more nature-intimate in your outdoor, wintertime activities – in that instance, may we recommend snowshoeing Mad River Valley?
West Hill House is teaming with Clearwater Sports to offer an invigorating snowshoe tour through a beautiful Beech, Hemlock and Maple forest to learn what a real Sugarbush is (no not the ski area). What a great combination of snowshoeing and maple sugaring! You will be guided from the beginning of the sugaring operation at the tap lines and work your way down the hill to the final destination – The Sugaring Shack. There you will learn about the final steps required to change sap into Maple Syrup. (Can you believe it takes 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup)
Enjoy a sample of the day’s fresh product and learn about the different grades of syrup from this important Vermont industry. You will appreciate your waffles and pancakes all that much more with the knowledge gained from this fun and educational tour. Maple Syrup will be available to buy after the tour – or back at West Hill House.
Available daily 3:00- 5:30PM and must be reserved ahead – subject to availability. $55 per person
Special offer: Stay with us 3 nights during the sugaring season and we will INCLUDE this great outing for two at no extra charge. (Can’t be combined with any other offer.)