Guided Winter Tours

We can highly recommend these activities that are provided by Clearwater Sports. We’ll be happy to make reservations for you. Guided tours require a minimum 24 hour advanced reservations, and booking further ahead is recommended.

Clearwater Sports, Waitsfield, Vermont

Guided Snowshoe Tours

Explore winter’s beauty in the backwoods of the Mad River Valley with Clearwater Sports Guided Snowshoe Adventures. Experience the soothing quiet of the winter forest, breath clean fresh air and relax for a few hours.  Whether you are looking for a rolling trek on the Valley floor or a spirited hike to the top of one of our majestic peaks, Clearwater Sports has the experienced guides and equipment for an unforgettable, safe and educational adventure. Come join us for a wonderful Vermont winter experience.

Time: 11:00AM to 2:00PM. Price $55.00 per person  (includes snowshoes and poles)

Backcountry Skiing Guided Tours

Join Clearwater Sports for an adventurous day of backcountry skiing in the solitude of the Vermont backwoods.  Unlike cross country skis, Backcountry skis are wider and handle deep, untracked snow with elegance and ease.  Once our guides help you perfect your form, we are off to parts unknown to see what we can find in the untracked wilderness of the Mad River Valley.
Rocket Sledding with Clearwater Sports
Time: 11:00AM to 3:00PM. Price: $85.00 per person

Rocket Sledding  Adventure

Carve and weave your way down 1,000 vertical feet on the famous Mad River Rocket Sled.  Locally born, this sled steers, floats and stops like no other. Snowshoe up into the scenic Green Mountains, then sled for over a mile with enough twists, turns and drops to truly excite the young at heart. Bragging rights are earned by all that experience this exhilarating adventure. (As seen in the Boston Globe, New York Daily News and TV’s “Chronicle”)

Time: 11:00AM to 2:00PM. Price $55.00 per person  (includes sleds and snowshoes)

Guided Snowshoe Trek to Lincoln Gap and Sunset Ledge – full day

Strap on the snowshoes and grab the poles for a trek with us up the eastern flank of Mount Abraham on the famous Catamount Trail.  Experience several sub-artic eco zones, follow moose and bobcat tracks across many waterfalls while wandering through one of Vermont’s magical mountain notches.  Challenge yourself with some good climbs.  After mastering Lincoln Gap, you can choose to continue up to Sunset Ledge on Vermont’s storied Long Trail.  This trip is rated moderate to challenging.  Major bragging rights. At least 7 miles of showshoeing,  Bring a day pack, snacks, something to drink and appropriate outdoor winter clothing and footwear.

Time: 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Price: $125.00 per person (includes snowshoes)

Guided Snowshoe Trek to Burnt Rock Mountain – full day

Snowshoeing near West Hill HouseChallenge yourself to the ultimate winter experience in our neck of the woods.  Climb Fayston’s famed Burnt Rock Mountain via the Hedgehog Brook Trail.  The first 2 miles are a good warm-up, winding over swift rivers and through Birch, Hemlock, and Maple forests.  Notice the old stone walls and sugarbushes which mark settlements of yore.  Then the trail climbs steeply upward to Vermont’s famous Long Trail.  We’ll climb over the gap in the Monroe Range and up the last mile to the rocky, exposed summit of Burnt Rock.  This comely mountain stands alone, above tree line, and affords stunning 360 degree views of the Northfield ridge, the Green Mountain’s, Lake Champlain and the Champlain Valley, the Adirondack’s of New York, and the Whites of New Hampshire.  Truly spectacular and worth the climb.  This trip is rated difficult, with steep climbs and exposed areas.  5 ½ miles round trip. Bring a day pack, snacks, something to drink and appropriate outdoor winter clothing and footwear.

Time: 9:00AM to 3:00PM.  Price: $100.00 per person (includes snowshoes)

Tours normally leave from and return to Clearwater Sports in Waitsfield.