Top Winter Things to Do

Top Winter Things To Do


Embrace the Outdoors.

There’s only one way to do winter. Go for it. Strap on the skis. Buckle up the snowshoes. Bundle up from head to toe and chase that gorgeous powder. Whether you want to fly down the slopes or wind through the trees, Vermont has you covered.


Take to the trails with a gorgeous snowshoe hike around Equinox Preserve or across the campus at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home.  Rentals are available at Hildene or you can treat yourselves to a pair of your own at The Mountain Goat. If you’re heading to Stratton with the crew and don’t want to ski, check out the Nordic Center in the Sun Bowl. Moonlight guided snowshoe hikes, too!

skiing at bromley mountain

Photo Courtesy Paul Orr

Alpine Skiing

What would a winter vacay be without a few runs down Vermont’s finest slopes? Here in Manchester, we’ve got three excellent choices at our doorstep. Choose family-friendly Bromley, soulful Magic, or expansive Stratton. Day passes and rentals are available at each location for a day full of fun for all ages and levels.

Nordic Skiing

When the weather promises snow, Wild Wings Ski promises fun. Miles of groomed trails through the beautiful Green Mountain forests. All ages and abilities are welcome any day of the week! Their website is updated regularly with weather conditions and hours so have a look before you head. MVT Tip: Hit JJ Hapgood General Store for lunch on the way or Johnny Seesaw’s for après on your way out. 

Merck Forest Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Riding

A simple, elegant trot through the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh at Londonderry’s Taylor Farm makes for unforgettable memories. Best for groups! Complimentary s’mores and fresh cider are your rewards at the end. Call ahead to book and note recommendations for dress, arrival, and weather conditions. If you’re a couple looking for a romantic escape, opt for a reservation at Merck Forest in Rupert. Their cozy Sweetheart Sleigh carries just two past the most incredible views.


Snowmobiling is big time adventure and our town welcomes it! After a great day of cruising the trails, you can pull right up to Raven’s Den Steakhouse & Taproom for a nice break and some great food. (They let you park your snowmobiles in the lot) Find trail info, rentals, and everything else you need to know at Vermont’s official site.

winter hiking

Winter Hiking

A stroll around the Equinox Trails is just what the doctor ordered. Well kept and beautiful, there are all levels of trails to take depending on your comfort and needs. Maps are available at the starting point by the pond, parking is available at the top of Union St.

land rover driving school manchester vermont

Off Road with Landrover

At Manchester’s Land Rover Experience, expert instructors customize classes to match your skills and schedule. Drive for an hour or spend the entire day. Book ahead and buckle up!

riley rink ice skates ice skating

Indoor Skating

Looking to remain indoors, but still want to enjoy some classic winter activities? Ice skating is available at the Northshire Civic Center’s Riley Rink for all ages. Feel free to walk-in and get your rentals today!

winter shopping

Shopping is a Sport

You don’t have to go out and explore the woods to have a great winter vacation. Shopping around the town of Manchester is an experience unto itself. With dozens of top-notch outlets, independently owned boutiques, and little cafes around every corner, you’re in for a treat of a day.

Okay. So there are plenty of indoor *things to do* when you need a break from the snow. Duck in for a yoga class at Heart of the Village. Grab a facial or a relaxing massage at the Equinox Spa. Hole up in a cozy corner at Northshire Bookstore. Catch a flick at Village Pictures Shows. Take a stroll through our galleries. But, once you’re feeling fortified, bundle up again and hit it. This is an incredible season in Vermont and you don’t want to miss a minute!

Special thanks to our Guest Contributor Becca Vaughan for compiling this list of excellent adventures. Becca lives here in Manchester with her truly fab Fam. When she’s not blogging for MVT you’ll find her at Copper Grouse or out exploring Vermont.


Questions, comments, and suggestions welcome about anything and everything Manchester VT!

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