Outdoor Adventure in Vermont

If you enjoy being active and outside, then you'll love living in Vermont. Vermont consistently ranks in the top 5 healthiest states, and our tremendous variety of activities make it easy to have fun while getting some exercise.

In the winter, Vermonters have access to some of the best alpine skiing and snowboarding in the world. Many areas offer special season pass deals for students and residents, and within roughly an hour’s drive you can find yourself on the slopes of resorts like Stowe, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, Bolton Valley, and Jay Peak.  If you’re teaching young people to ski, take a look at Cochran’s Ski Area.

Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, rock climbing, ice climbing, ice fishing and snowmobiling are all popular activities and are easily accessible from Burlington. If the weather isn’t cooperating, indoor rock climbing is available at Petra Cliffs and MetroRock.

In the fall, Vermont's spectacular foliage arrives as the hills come alive with color. And in the summer, Vermont offers some of the nicest weather you'll find anywhere.

Down on Burlington's waterfront, you’ll have a great view of Lake Champlain - America's largest lake outside of the Great Lakes.  Lake Champlain offers a great spot to fish, sail, kayak and swim. Burlington offers a Community Sailing Center where you can rent a variety of boats, and the city's bike path stretches along the shore all the way to Grand Isle. In fact, Vermont is considered a cyclist's paradise for road and mountain bikers alike.

Burlington also hosts a large annual marathon and several triathlons are held in the area. And, of course, the Green Mountains offer countless hikes across the roof of Vermont. Need to cool off?  Check out the Penguin Plunge, a fundraiser for the Special Olympics that finds hundreds of people swimming in Lake Champlain every winter.

When you take it all together, you begin to understand why so many people are passionate about being outdoors in Vermont. There's always something new here to experience - you just need to get out there and give it a try.