Snow, snow, snow: if there is not a lot here in the valley, then look in the mountains!
We can get up to 120 inches of snowfall annually and the average temperature is around 22 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a great place to ski, snowshoe, or snowboard.
The Middlebury College Snow Bowl is an excellent location for great family skiing offering terrain for all skill levels. But if you want big mountain, Mad River Glen, Sugarbush, Okemo, Pico, or Killington are less than an hour’s drive away.
Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing
Vermont features many cross country ski areas. Twelve miles from Swift House Inn is Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Center. The Center provides a winter recreation area for enthusiasts wanting to cross country ski, fat bike, or snowshoe. Located adjacent to the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area and the Green Mountain National Forest, offering unspoiled natural beauty, the Nordic Center offers 55 kilometers of prepared trails, both picturesque and challenging, for every level of ability and several kilometers of snow making. A short distance from the Rikert Center is the Blueberry Hill Cross Country Center, which offers 50 kilometers of ungroomed trails. Both centers have a pro shop, rentals, and lessons. Even if you’ve never enjoyed the beauty and serenity of winter in Vermont, these centers are the perfect place to start.
Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Center
Groomed trails. Ski shop, rentals, lessons. Bread Loaf, VT. Information 802-443-2744.
Blueberry Hill Cross Country Ski Center
50 kilometers of ungroomed trails. Ski shop, rentals, and lessons. Goshen, VT. Information 802-247-6535.
The mountains of the East Coast receive more than 300 inches of snow a year, so plan a Vermont ski vacation this winter. Swift House Inn offers an “off-the-mountain” Vermont village setting, which is close to many ski areas.
Just 13 miles from the Inn in the Green Mountain National Forest at the top of the Gap is Middlebury College’s Snow Bowl. This is a quiet, inexpensive, family-oriented ski area. If you don’t need a “big mountain” to challenge you, then this is an ideal spot, with well-groomed trails, glades, and slopes that are not crowded. Need a bigger challenge? Then head to Sugarbush or Mad River Glen, which are within 35 miles of Middlebury.
Some of the better-known ski areas like Killington and Stowe are within 50 miles.
Richmond, VT. Information 802-434-3444.
Bromley Mountain Resort
Peru, VT. Information 802-824-5522.
East Burke, VT. Information 802-626-7300.
Jay Peak, VT. Information 800-451-4449.
Killington / Pico
Killington, VT. Information 800-621-MTNS.
Mad River Glen
Waitsfield, VT. Information 802-496-3551.
Middlebury College’s Snow Bowl
Hancock, VT. Ideal for novice and expert; provides two double and one triple chair lifts, and snowmaking. PSIA ski school, rentals, repair shop, snack bar. Information and Ski Reports 802-443-7669.
Mount Snow Resort
West Dover, VT. Information 800-245-SNOW.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Ludlow, VT. Information 802-228-1600.
Smuggler’s Notch Resort
Jeffersonville, VT. Information 800-419-4615.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe, VT. Information 888-253-4849.
Stratton Mountain Resort
Stratton Mountain, VT. Information 800-STRATTON.
Warren, VT. Information 800-53-SUGAR.
Pomfret, VT. Information 802-457-6661.
There is something romantic about staying at a Vermont inn and taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Plan to spend the holidays or a winter getaway at Swift House Inn, and choose from the following providers for that special sleigh ride through a winter wonderland of snow-covered pastures or mountains.
Middlebury, Information 802-388-6232.
Mountain Valley Farm
Waitsfield, VT. Information 802-496-9255
Top of the Hollow Farm
Orwell, VT. Information 802-948-2174
Shelburne, VT. Weekends only. Information 802-985-8442
Enjoy Vermont snowmobiling when you spend a winter vacation at Swift House Inn. Contact one of Snowmobile Vermont’s locations for more information on rentals and guided tours.
When you spend a winter vacation at Swift House Inn, you may be interested in an ice skating facility:
Memorial Sports Center
Middlebury. Call for hours 802-388-1238.