Winter Activities Feed

Warm Up to Ice Fishing in Stowe

Early March is one of the best times of the entire year to ice fish Stowe!

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As Stowe, Vermont can annually find itself blanketed in snow for almost six whole months, ice fishing is traditionally-known as one of the top outdoor activities that both the young and young-at-heart can pursue. Whilst this type of outdoor fun in Stowe is prevalent throughout the colder months, the high point for the sport always seems to fall in late February and early March. Thus, now is the perfect time for you to start thinking about taking your very own Vermont ice fishing excursion.

What is the difference between ice fishing in Stowe and the warmer style of angling that many are more accustomed to? A LOT! If you have never tried your hand at ice fishing, don’t worry. Patience is the key to this sport and the professional instructors at The Fly Rod Shop right here in Stowe will ensure that you learn all of the essentials to catching some beautiful rainbow trout! They offer classes and instruction for the whole family, including special classes for younger children each Wednesday from the David Gale Recreation Center. All gear and bait will be provided by the Shop so you will be able to ice fish Stowe in no time.

For safety reasons, you need to watch the conditions of the ice as the days bring us closer to spring. Yet now, if you come to fish Stowe, you will be sitting along a hole in the ice with your rod or tip-up placed right in the icy water below, patiently waiting for a catch to come. Ice fishing in and around Stowe continues through the end of March, and if you plan on partaking in this icy angling, book a room with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Located in the heart of Downtown, let us be your comfortable home-away-from-home to return to. We’ll keep the fireplace roaring just for you!


Got Stick? The Hyde Cup Hockey Tournament Returns in March

The annual Hyde Cup hockey tournament is five full days on non-stop puck play for all levels of skaters.

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The ‘Great One’ coined the famous phrase “You miss 100% of the shots you never take”. Thus – follow Wayne Gretzky’s advice and plan on joining the entire greater Stowe, Vermont community for the annual Hyde Cup hockey tournament. An event unlike any other, this five-day hockey tournament is open to all levels of skater and stick-handlers. As with any large scale tournament, there are a few caveats, of course. To participate in this Vermont hockey tournament, you must be 18 years or older (no high school students). You must register for the Hyde Cup either in person or through a mail-in form. And – that’s it! Well… that is all you need to get yourself out on the ice for some hockey in Stowe starting on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Still, the Green Mountain Inn has a little more back-story on this annual tradition if you need extra convincing.

The Hyde Cup tournament is not about winning. Fighting is forbidden and will get you a lifetime ban. This tournament is all about fun! This may seem to be the polar opposite of the competitive nature hockey can bring out of you, but this tournament is about bringing together skilled and novice players, young and old, to foster the love of the game and a sense of community. Over the course of the five days, newbies and veterans will both have a chance to shine. What other hockey tournament gives the new players TWO points for every goal they score? That is just one of the little unique twists that make this Vermont hockey tournament so special. The tournament started in 1993 as the Jackson Cup but was renamed to honor one of the regular players after she lost her battle with cancer. Players came out to play in Leslie Hyde’s honor and thus a new sense camaraderie and community was formed, an aspect of the tournament that is still prevalent today.

So have either Mr. Gretzky’s words or our history motivated you to pick up the stick and get ready for puck drop? If you plan on coming to play a little hockey in Vermont, register for the tournament and allow us at The Green Mountain Inn to be your home-away-from-home for the five days of fun at the rink. Conveniently located only a half a mile away from Stowe Arena, the home for all of the Hyde Cup tournament action, our comfortable accommodations and upscale amenities will provide a perfect complement to your time on the ice. All it takes is all you’ve got – we hope to see you out on the ice this March!


Live by the Sun, Love by the Moonlight Snowshoe in Stowe!

Support Stowe Land Trust and make plans to join them for their Moonlight Snowshoe in Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest this March.

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Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars in the sky and makes this Stowe snowshoeing event truly special. If you feel that you were born to chase the moonlight or just want to get caught up in the last vestiges of our winter wonderland for yourself, be sure to keep March 6 open on your calendar! Snowshoeing in Stowe may always be a fun winter activity, yet this event will show you a different side of the natural beauty of our Green Mountain majesty. Hosted by the board members of the Stowe Land Trust (SLT), an organization that is dedicated to conserving our area’s scenic landscape, their Moonlight Snowshoe in Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest is a two-hour stroll with only the moon (and their expertise of the area) as your guide! It is not only a perfect chance to stay active in Stowe this winter – it is FREE and open to the public!

If you have ever been snowshoeing in Vermont, you will have no problem with this two-hour winter walk through the rolling foothills of the Worcester Range. If this will be your first time, there are a few things to remember before you get out and decide you wish to explore Stowe by snowshoe. First, the event takes place on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 7:00 PM. Meant to be an ‘after-work outing’, the leisure walk through the Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest will take place no matter if it is clear or cloudy weather. You should dress in warm layers and bring any provisions you feel you need for the hike. Also needed – snowshoes (poles are optional though recommended due to the nature of the event).  

Ready to run and meet the moon? Even though the event is open to the public, SLT asks that you please register to let them know that you plan on joining them for one of their last Stowe winter activities of the year. After registering, keep planning your night to remember by booking a room us at The Green Mountain Inn. Conveniently located three miles away from the Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest, the starting point for the walk, we will have you to the moon and back to the cozy comfort of our accommodations just in time to snuggle up by our fireplace with all of the moonbeams still dancing in your head.  


Dash Through the Snow With These Private Sleigh Rides!

Come on, it’s lovely weather to still take a sleigh ride together this winter in Stowe!

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The holiday music may no longer be on your playlist, but the feeling of the season is still very much alive in Stowe, Vermont. If you flip through the catalog of cherished songs that we continually play each December, there is one tune that still rings true each and every week this winter in Stowe at the beloved Trapp Family Lodge. This institution of the community is always one of the top places to venture for winter activities in Stowe. And for three days a week, you can experience the picturesque beauty of the countryside by taking one of their cherished private sleigh rides!

Can’t you just hear those sleigh bells jingling? The Trapp Family Lodge Sleigh Rides are available by appointment only. On each and every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, you can schedule these professionally guided sleigh rides in Stowe by the half-hour with a maximum capacity of 8 people. Of course, adults and children are welcome on these Stowe sleigh rides and it is truly the perfect way to spend an afternoon taking in the scenery around these parts with your family, friends, or just that special someone.

Don’t miss your chance to experience this one-of-a-kind activity for yourself! Book today and when you do, plan on making The Green Mountain Inn the home-away-from-home in Stowe that you return to. Your cheeks may be rosy when you come through our doors but you will soon be comfy and cozy in the modern comfort of our historically charming accommodations. Located in the heart of downtown Stowe, we are less than five miles away from the Trapp Family Lodge. Take the road before you and join us for a winter rendezvous in Green Mountain style!


Stowe Is Your East Coast Home for Spring Skiing and Snowboarding

All of the fun without the frigid temperatures – you can still ski Stowe throughout March and April!

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When you picture Stowe skiing and snowboarding, do wintry weather conditions on the slopes and being bundled up in so many layers you can hardly grasp your poles or stay upright on your board come to mind? Throughout the winter months, many skiers and boarders take to the multitude of resorts to get in some shredding on fresh powder and brave frigid temperatures and the wrath of Mother Nature to do so. Did you know that if you really want to ski and snowboard Stowe, the spring months of March and April might be the most ideal options.

Spring skiing and snowboarding are not offered in all areas of the East Coast. The milder temperatures can make it harder to keep the snow on the slopes. Yet for many places throughout Stowe, Vermont, this is a challenge that is readily accepted! The higher elevations of the peaks and a little expert snowmaking skills have made our skier’s paradise open for spring skiing and snowboarding through April.

One of the most popular spots to ski or snowboard Stowe in the warmer months is Stowe Mountain Resort. With state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities that keep even their novice hill, Spruce Peak, open into the warmer months, along with the more difficult trails down Mount Mansfield (the highest peak in all of Vermont), you will not be disappointed! The variety of slopes that they keep open promise skiers and boarders of every skill level that they will be able to have fun in the great outdoors in Stowe! By the end of April, 80% of the snow may be manmade but that doesn’t make skiing it any less fun! Better yet, you will find discounts on lift tickets and rentals for equipment as it is considered the “off-season”!

For any of your Stowe outdoor pursuits, you will want a comfortable and convenient home base to return to after your day out in the snow (and sun) is done. Located in the heart of downtown Stowe, The Green Mountain Inn is just a quick eight-mile drive away from Stowe Mountain Resort. Be sure to check out our special offers to get even more value out of your trip!


Celebrate the Season of Carnival at the Mardi Gras Boogaloo

You don’t need to be in The Big Easy to throw a Mardi Gras Boogaloo!

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Pre-Lenten (also known as Shrovetide) celebrations date back as far as the BC era. Yet in modern times, celebrating Carnival takes on a much more festive tone, culminating in one final party before the ritual fasting associated with the Lenten season. For all of us in Stowe, Vermont, Fat Tuesday is coming a little earlier this year when both Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas hit the stage at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center for a Mardi Gras Boogaloo! In honor of this festive event, we are proud to announce that Mardi Gras in Stowe will commence on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 PM!

If you are not in Stowe, Mardi Gras falls on the calendar on Tuesday, February 25. But that doesn’t mean you are unable to start celebrating a week earlier. New Orleans, our country’s most renowned haven for Carnival celebrations, starts on the day of the Epiphany (January 6). And now, with the traditional Creole sounds and “musical gumbo” of the New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Zydeco tinged jazz of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, The Green Mountain State is getting a chance to catch up on the celebrating! The concert will bring a little bit of The Big Easy to Stowe in the winter. Tickets are on sale now for this powerhouse double-bill of Louisiana musical icons that is sure to be one of the top Stowe events at Spruce Peak all year! 

If you are interested in celebrating the end of Shrovetide at the Mardi Gras Boogaloo 2020, don’t miss your chance to make it an unforgettable experience by booking a stay with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Conveniently located just a quick 8-mile drive from the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, we will make you feel right at home with our comfortable accommodations, upscale amenities, and the most courteous service that can even rival the warmest Southern hospitality found in New Orleans! Our Old World charm may be more New England-inspired, but the good times will roll with us this winter in Stowe! Laissez les bon temps rouler!


Bring On Some Kids Carnival Chaos!

Not everyone will walk away with prizes, but you’ll all be walking away from this family fun in Stowe as champs!

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Winter in Stowe is not all about the great outdoors. Sure, many come to Stowe in the winter to take to the slopes or try their hand at a little ice fishing, but there are many other pursuits that won’t leave you out in the cold. Stowe, Vermont is proud of our small-town atmosphere and quintessential New England charm, and some of the best moments we have throughout the year are spent enjoying the simple pleasures of life. A prime example of this enjoyable pastime is the variety of local winter carnivals that take place during the colder months. And while some Stowe winter carnivals may be country-known, others are more local affairs… but still just as fun!

One such lesser-known event is the Stowe Parks & Recreation’s Kids Carnival Chaos! Taking place this year on Saturday, January 25, 2020, you will be able to bring all of your family and friends to the Stowe Elementary School Gym for a day of fun carnival activities away from the chill of the winter air. This kids' carnival in Stowe is FREE to the public(tickets available for games and food) and starts at 1:00 PM! From costumed characters to face painting to games and the ever-popular bounce houses, you and your little ones will have a full day of family fun in Stowe.

The Green Mountain Inn is located in the heart of downtown Stowe, Vermont. If you are coming to the area for any of our area’s winter carnivals, booking a stay at our hotel ensures you a comfortable, convenient home-away-from-home for your event. Spend the day enjoying some Stowe fun and the night relaxing in the comfort of your spacious accommodations. We know you will enjoy your visit to our charming town!


Keep Your Holiday Celebrations Going at the Stowe Winter Carnival

Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean the holiday fun in Stowe has to end!

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As soon as the hectic schedule of celebrating the December holidays in Stowe ends, the magic of the winter season truly comes alive in our beloved town. If you have been in Stowe for the holidays in the past, you most certainly know that even though the calendar changes to the next year, our celebrations continue on. The winter weather may continue to be frightful at times, but the outdoor family fun in Stowe is always delightful, especially during the four-day traditional celebration known as the Stowe Winter Carnival!

Now in its 46th year, this long-standing Stowe Carnival is set to return to our historic town on Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, January 26, 2020. As per tradition, this beloved event highlights all of the reasons visiting Stowe in the winter should be near the top of your list, but with a theme tying many of the attractions together. Last year took us all “To Stowe and Beyond… 2019” and this year, organizers are still working on the perfect way to ring in this new decade while keeping all of our rustic heritage burning bright!

If you are in Stowe for the winter, this signature event, annually ranked by Country Living as one of the “15 Best Winter Festivals All Across the U.S.” is truly a can’t-miss celebration of Green Mountain traditions. With over 20 major activities and attractions from live entertainment, the professional and NICA sanctioned Ice Carving Competition, and a slew of inventive sporting competitions such as Snowgolf and Snowvolleyball, the final weekend of January is full of winter holiday fun in Stowe for all ages. And be sure not to miss out on the Ice Fishing Derby, celebrating another year-round favorite pastime of the area, with different levels of competition so even the youngest anglers in the family can get in on the fun.

While the daily schedules and full information regarding the Stowe Winter Carnival will be posted soon, you can never start planning too early! Get ready to enjoy exhilarating days and evenings at the variety of attractions, then plan to come back, kick off your snow boots, and relax in true home-away-from-home comfort at The Green Mountain Inn. Take advantage of not only our convenient location in the heart of downtown Stowe, Vermont but our spacious, modernly-appointed accommodations in a variety of spaces designed to suit each and every guest’s needs.


Party with Pride During the 2020 Stowe Winter Rendezvous

Live your best life at one of the top LGTBQ Events in Stowe in 2020!

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It may not be June, but one of the top LGTBQ Events in Stowe is set to return to our slopes this January. Celebrating Pride is an all-year-round occurrence in the Green Mountain State and for the 36th straight year, Stowe’s Winter Carnival Festival will feature one of the top gay ski events in the entire country! This celebration of Pride in Stowe, which is also the longest-running gay ski week in the Northeast known as Winter Rendezvous, will give skiers a chance to hit over 40 miles of terrain while also enjoying a variety of activities and entertainment celebrating Vermont in the winter. This year, the Winter Rendezvous in Stowe kicks off with a Karaoke Party at the Backyard Tavern on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and ends with some last bit of slope shredding on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

If you plan on visiting at any point during this year’s Stowe Winter Rendezvous, there are few special events that you may want to pencil in on your calendars. Even though it may be winter in Stowe, that doesn’t mean all of the fun is exclusively on the slopes. On Thursday, January 23 at the Trapp Family Lodge, there will be a Pool Party featuring music spun by DJ Keith James. Not to be outdone, Friday night at the Golden Eagle Resort, Stowe, Vermont will be on fire… literally at the Cocktail Bonfire Reception for the Rendezvous. And although it may signal the end of the festival for the year, Stowe Pride cannot be outdone and is on full display at our town’s largest LGBTQ dance party of the year on Saturday night!

The full itinerary is available as the organizers continue to put the finishing touches on all of the fun that will be happening in and around Stowe this year. If you plan on being one of the hundreds of LGBTQ winter enthusiasts coming to Stowe, Vermont for the event, start off your rendezvousing in style by booking a room with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Our home-away-from-home comfort and convenient location in the heart of Downtown ensures that you will have a perfect home base for all of your winter fun in Stowe!


The Historic Stowe Derby Turns 75!

Wintertime in Stowe never seems complete without this bet-turned-traditional race down Mt. Mansfield!

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2019 saw the return. 2020 will see its unique skiing greatness truly take flight once again! For three years, the Stowe Derby was canceled due to severe weather conditions. After the third heartbreaking cancellation, organizers knew a change needed to be made. The Stowe Winter Derby is one of the oldest and unique ski races in all of North America and not having it for three straight years was a bitter pill for many in the Green Mountain State to swallow. In 2019, the race was pushed back further into the winter in Stowe and Mother Nature fully supported the effort. Mark your calendars and get ready to race on Sunday, February 23, 2020!

Beginning as a bet between two amazing skiers in 1945 – race from the top of the highest peak in Vermont to the historic Stowe village on one pair of skis – the Stowe Derby continues to attract hundreds of skilled competitors to Stowe, Vermont each year. Over the years, this winter fun in Vermont has added new aspects of the event. In addition to the tradition Long Course, the Derby now features a Fat Bike Race, a Derby Meister for those seeking an extra challenge, and the Short Course designed for children. Whether on skis or fat bike, the traditional course will take you over the hillside terrain of the mountain’s façade then wind you down to the scenic Recreational Path before finally crossing the finish line in the center of Stowe Village.

The historic Nordic pursuit of the Long Course is still the standard-bearer of the event. Descending the full 2,600 vertical feet, covering over 12 miles of downhill and cross-country track, the challenging race is always a memorable event and test for racers of all ages. The elite of the elite will finish the course close to 40 minutes from their descent while recreational skiers will spend upwards of a few hours on the slopes. Don’t let the air of competition fool you – this annual (fingers crossed) tradition is all for fun and fun for all in Stowe, Vermont!

The deadline to register for the race is Saturday, February 15, 2020. At that time, you will have to decide which Derby pursuit you wish to pursue. Start your Derby weekend off right by booking a room with us at The Green Mountain Inn. After racing down the highest peak in our entire state, Mt. Mansfield, you will need a warm and cozy home-away-from-home to return to. Nestled in the heart of downtown Stowe, we have everything you could desire to help you warm up, recharge, and celebrate your achievement in true Green Mountain style!