Downhill Skiing Close to the Goat
A Few of our Favorite (Mountains)
Stowe Mountain Resort is a world-class, family-friendly destination in a quintessential New England town. Closest to the Lonely Goat, Greg is a pass holder and Jane loves the Spa.
Sugarbush Resort is a ski resort located in the Mad River valley in Warren, Vermont. It is one of the largest ski resorts in New England and an easy drive from The Lonely Goat.
Mad River Glen
Ski it if you can... High in the mountains of Vermont, this ski area is like no other with only natural snow. The now famous Single Chair was first launched on Dec. 11, 1948.
Learn to ski and ride without breaking the bank. Not quite as fancy as other resorts, but a great place to have a budget-friendly experience with nice terrain. Jane loves skiing here.
Nordic Skiing Near the Goat
Some are FREE or Super Cheap if you have Cross-Country Gear!
Von Trapp Lodge
Trapp Family Lodge is home to the first cross-country ski center in the country, and it’s the largest in Stowe. Jane is a passholder here because it is only 15 mionutes away and awesome! But cross-country skiing isn’t the only winter activity you can enjoy here; backcountry skiing and snowshoeing are also popular activities. On the weekend, it is very popular to ski all the way to the Cabin and back, where they serve hot soup and you can warm by the fire! Bring cash for soup.
Ski The Notch
This is what the locals do! If you have your own gear, it is the best free snow in Vermont because of the higher elevation (less icey). The road is closed to traffic in the winter, so everyone skis, hikes, showshoes and walks their dogs along the beautiful Notch Road connecting Jeffersonville to Stowe in the winter, through gorgeous boulders and icey cliffs where you will often see actual ice climbers. Instead of turning into the main parking lot on the left at Stowe Mountain, park in the smaller lot straight ahead at the road entrance.
Stowe Rec Path
In summer, the Stowe Rec Path is a wonderful 11 mile recreation path starting at the Church and winding through all of Stowe with several bridges, including a famous historic covered bridge at the very end on the mountain side. In the winter, it is a fanastic place to cross-country ski or snowshoe. This is FREE and the flattest place to ski for beginners, you just need your own gear since there are no rentals. The snow tends to be icier on the rec path than the Notch, but Jane skis here all the time.
Craftbury Outdoor Center
The Craftbury Outdoor Center is so lovely that Jane drives the 45 minutes to get there a few times a year. Ski through farms, fields and forests on 105k of meticulously groomed trails. Their perfectly groomed trails and deluxe nordic center make you feel like you took a vacation to Norway! Highly recommend and super cheap for a trail pass, plus they have a rental shop and cute cafe.