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Blog :: 01-2012

Snow Touring on Vermont Snowmobile Trails

It could be argued at that the best way to experience winter in Vermont is from the seat of a snowmobile. Winding through beautiful hillsides and flying across open fields in fresh snow at speeds over 50 miles per hour is a feeling like no other. Vermont snowmobile trails are expansive to say the least and some of the best riding in the state is right here in Wilmington.

Snowmobilers know there's a sense of community that comes from mounting up on the leather seats of their Ski-Doo, Polarias or Arctic Cat sled. No matter what you ride, there's a bond shared by those who travel on snow. Snowmobile riders love to swap trail stories, share tips and brag about the top speed of their brand new machine. And whether you ride in a club with friends or prefer to hit the trail solo to explore the scenic backcountry, there's a wealth of riding on the vast network of Vermont snowmobile trails.

VAST (Vermont Association of Snow Travelers) is an association responsible for the organization of the sport, maintaining and grooming Vermont snowmobile trails all throughout the state. It was formed nearly 40 years ago, so it's safe to say they know their way around. This makes them the best source for finding current and updated Vermont snowmobile trail maps as well as useful information on trail conditions, safety classes and clubs.

Deerfield Valley Stump Jumpers maintain and groom the local trails in Wilmington. Photo Courtesy of DVSJ.

There are dozens of Vermont snowmobile clubs like the Deerfield Valley Stump Jumpers, who are responsible for Wilmington trail maintenance. They also organize local events for snowmobilers in the area, like group rides and radar runs. So grab your snowgear, fire up the sled and go tour the miles upon miles of Vermont snowmobile trails this winter.

The local VAST trails in Wilmington run right to the door of warm retreat of Chimney Hill's winter rental homes. There's nothing better after a cold day on the trail.


  1. Tim Minoughan on

    Hi, Were looking for homes in Chimney Hill and wanted to find out more about the VAST System. Thanks
    • Patty Killion on

      Hi Tim, portions of the VAST system do run through Chimney Hill, so if you own a home here or are staying in one, you have easy and direct access to the system. Our map has the VAST trails marked on it. To use the trails, you do need to have a VAST Trail Pass; more information on that can be found on the VAST website. Good luck with the search, and we look forward to welcoming you to the neighborhood.
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        A Beautiful Deal: Shopping Outlets in Vermont

        Vermont offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether it's to enjoy the ski areas, admire the views of fall foliage or just enjoy the slower pace of things, there is nothing more relaxing than a trip to the Green Mountain state. Sure, there may be less shopping malls and high-rise department stores, but there's no shortage of charming country stores and Vermont outlets to tour on a beautiful day.

        Vermont outlets offer more than just maple syrup. In fact, they're the best of both worlds; great discounts on name brand clothing, footwear, accessories and home goods, plus the gorgeous backdrop of rolling mountains and a country landscape. The deals are out there, it's just a matter of knowing where to find them.

        Here's a guide to great shopping at outlets in Vermont.

        Manchester Outlets, Downtown Manchester, VT

        HOURS: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 7 pm; Sunday 10 am - 6 pm

        BRANDS: Ann Taylor, Ben & Jerry's, Brooks Brothers, Crabtree & Evelyn, Escada, Giorgio Armani General Store, J. Crew, Jones New York, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, Not Your Daughter's Jeans, Polo Ralph Lauren, Theory, Yankee Candle and more.

        In addition to these great designer outlets, you'll find outdoor gear supply stores like The Mountain Goat and Eastern Mountain Sports. Plus, a huge selection of books, magazines, calendars and more at the Northshire Bookstore and cafe.

        On your way to the Vermont outlets in Manchester, swing through Bennington Potters to find beautiful and functional handmade stoneware pottery.

        Brattleboro Outlet Center, Exit 1, Brattleboro, VT

        HOURS: Monday - Thursday, Saturday 10 am - 6 pm; Friday 10 am - 7 pm; Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

        BRANDS: Bali, Bass Shoes, Carter's (kids), Cream of the Crop (consignment), Hanes, Leggs, Northeast Mountain Footwear, Playtex, Van Heusen

        Found something great at one of the Vermont outlets that needs a little tailoring? Bring it to Jumi for alterations, located right in the outlet center in Brattleboro.

        A long day of trying on new clothes can be tiring. Thankfully, the rental homes on Chimney Hill offer a comfortable place to relax, unpack and sift through the day's bounty. Plus, they're located in between the Brattleboro and Manchester, Vermont outlets.


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