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Blog :: 02-2015

The 5 Best Mount Snow Bars for Apres Ski

After taking advantage of great deals on lift tickets and tearing down the slopes all day, chances are you could use a comfortable seat and some refreshment. Or maybe you want a place to take your family for some snacks – or somewhere to meet that cute snow bunny you sat next to on the ski lift earlier. The reason doesn’t really matter – but the location does. Here are some of the best Mount Snow bars for après ski food and fun.
Valley View Saloon Vermont Bar

The Dover Bar and Grill

Known to the locals as DBag, the Dover Bar and Grill is your classic ski town dive. It’s long been a favorite spot for skiers and snowboarders to kick back, relax, and have a good cold beer or mixed drink after a long day on the slopes. Pool, air hockey, and foosball are the evening’s entertainment, along with sports on TV and live music on select evenings. If you’re looking for a no-frills space to hang out and cut loose, then the Dover Bar and Grill should be at the top of your list.

Valley View Saloon

Another popular local hangout, the Valley View Saloon, or just “The Saloon,” is one of the best Mount Snow bars for a night out. Located just a few miles south of Mount Snow itself, The Saloon is a great place to grab a beer, a burger, and some good company. Valley View Saloon is also popular with the local snowmobiling crowd and lies close to some of the major trails in the area, so if you get tired of skiing you know where to go next.

Cuzzins Bar & Grill

Looking for something a little closer to the slopes? Need a place to refuel mid-day after a morning on the mountain? Cuzzins Bar & Grill is the perfect place for a pit stop. This Mount Snow bar and grill offers delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner food, plus beer on tap and specialty cocktails to keep your blood flowing. However, the action doesn’t really get started until the sun goes down: Cuzzins is known as one of the top après ski spots in the region. Plus, since it’s right inside the main Mount Snow lodge, you won’t even have to take your ski boots off to get there.

The Snow Barn

Mount Snow Bars Vermont Apres SkiPart bar, part concert hall, the Snow Barn is one of the best places to see live music and enjoy the nightlife around Mount Snow after a day on the mountain. Popular local bands and DJs take the stage every Friday and Saturday night, and you can also take part in events like raffles and concert series as well. You’ll also find great deals on pizza and drinks throughout the day and night, making the Snow Barn one of Mount Snow’s top après ski locations.

The Last Chair Bar & Grill

While après ski is often seen as the domain of the 21 and over crowd, we know that families and kids need a way to unwind after a long day on the slopes, too. At The Last Chair, that’s exactly what you’ll get. The large menu has tons of options for picky eaters, and the Kids Zone arcade area will keep the young ones entertained for hours as they compete to win tickets and earn prizes. Mom and Dad can also enjoy themselves with 12 craft beers on tap, wines by the glass or bottle, and a large open grill room that serves up plenty of delicious food.

Chimney Hill

Sometimes after skiing or snowboarding all day, the best après ski option is the one that puts you in a comfortable chair in front of a warm fire and a TV playing your favorite movie. A winter rental house from Chimney Hill can easily give you that home-away-from-home experience, ensuring you’re bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for another day on the mountain tomorrow.

Seven Places to Try Snowshoeing near Wilmington, VT

So you've considered our six reasons to try snowshoeing in southern Vermont and you've decided: now is the time to strap a couple of these frozen-water flotation devices to your feet and hit the trails. The only question remaining is where to start. Luckily, you'll find plenty of trails, parks, and other places to showshoe near Wilmington, VT, right out your back door from Chimney Hill. Here are six of our favorites. 

Snowshoeing near Wilmington VT - Marlboro College

Marlboro College Trails 

Just fifteen minutes to the east of Wilmington lies Marlboro College, a small liberal arts institution made up of classic Vermont farm buildings on a hillside. Marlboro shares a great deal of its resources with the local community and welcomes the public to enjoy over six miles of trails that run between the Marlboro town center and the campus. Keep an eye out for the Wendell-Judd Cup, a fun, semi-competitive community race held on the Marlboro College trails every February. 

Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center

Mount Snow might be the big attraction for downhill skiers in southern Vermont, but Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center is right across the road and every bit as fun. This is a great place for snowshoers of any ability level to explore Vermont’s forest trails and enjoy the cool winter air. They offer equipment rentals for children and adults and only require a small trail maintenance fee to use their trails and facilities all day.

Grout Pond Trails - SnowshoeingGrout Pond Loop Trail

The Grout Pond Recreation Area, about 13 miles north of Mount Snow, has more than 10 miles of multipurpose trails that are perfect for snowshoeing all winter long. The trails circumnavigate the pond and offer varied terrain from easy to moderately difficult, which makes this a perfect place for the whole family to enjoy some snowshoe fun.

Mount Olga Trail

Part of Molly Stark State Park, Mount Olga trail takes hikers up the side of a 2,400-foot mountain to a fire tower at the peak, giving excellent views of the surrounding Vermont countryside. Surfaces here aren’t groomed and the mountain gets steep in places, so this trail is a good next step after getting comfortable with snowshoes on flatter terrain.

Catamount Trail

The remote and secluded Catamount Trail allows visitors the chance to cross the entirety of Vermont on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Section 3, the one closest to Mount Snow, is about 8 miles long and moderately difficult, especially considering it only has a few access points. However, it also offers amazing views and secluded, peaceful snowshoeing.

Mount Snow Guided Treks

To pack a little more into your snowshoe experience, check out Mount Snow’s guided snowshoe treks. Their experienced instructors and guides can offer technical pointers and and a local’s perspective on the natural surroundings. Don’t be afraid to push yourself here — you can pair these snowshoe trips with a massage to relax and work out any kinks at the day’s end.

Right Here at Chimney Hill

You don’t even have to get in the car to access great Vermont snowshoeing trails right here at Chimney Hill. Just steps away from your southern Vermont rental home lies the Birchwood recreation area, with trails adjacent to our skating rink. Though some areas are for snowmobiles, you’ll find non-motorized-use trails on a large piece of land bordered by Haystack Road and Route 9. The Ridge Trail is a favorite hiking-only option. 

  • P.O. BOX 415, 9 Haystack Road, Wilmington VT 05363