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Woodstock VT Winter Village

From The Blog Winter In Woodstock: What To Do When You Don’t Ski

Skipping the slopes? While Woodstock, Vermont is a perfect ski destination with family friendly Saskadena Six and Ski Quechee, plus the larger Killington Mountain nearby, there’s so much more than skiing during winter in Woodstock! Looking for an everyone-in-the-family activity? Or an outdoor option a little more your speed? What about some indoor exercise? Or maybe you want to winter in Vermont so you can sit by the fire and watch the snow fall. Read on to find out what we love to do when we aren’t carving downhill.

VINS Outdoor Center
VINS via Instagram

For the Animal-Lovers

It’s time to kiss a cow! Billings Farm & Museum, located right in Woodstock is one of the country’s best educational farms. Their fully operational dairy program teaches you the process of milking and beyond and their museum takes you back in time to learn about the history of Vermont’s agriculture. Petting the friendly cows and other animals is sure to be the highlight of your visit!

Ready for something wilder? The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) allows you to get up close to raptors like eagles, owls, and falcons! Learn about the similarities we can find between birds and dinosaur skeletons and then head inside to their reptile room to see snakes and turtles. From the adventurous forest canopy walk to the amazing animals, there is so much winter fun to have at VINS.

Upper Valley Aquatic Center
Upper Valley Aquatic Center via Instagram

Indoor Options

Swim while the snow falls. Kids will love the Upper Valley Aquatic Center and their splash park! A lazy river with waterfalls, small kids pool, and the ultimate adventure: a 110-foot corkscrew slide that extends outside and back into the pool! Their larger warm water pool with basketball and lap lanes is always a balmy 86-89 degrees. Day passes, swim lessons, aquatic classes, and more offered.

Snowshoeing in the Mountains
Woodstock Nordic Center

Snowsport Options

For those who want to reach a mountain top or explore a snowy trail at their own pace, snowshoeing is the winter sport for you! Two of our favorites winter hiking spots are Mt. Peg and Mt. Tom, they’re right in the village and lead to sweeping views of the valley. Trail passes and snowshoe rentals are available at the Woodstock Nordic Center, or bring your own equipment and explore other local networks at no cost!

Ready to slide & glide? Ice skating is another classic winter sport that we love. Indoor skating is available at our local Union Arena, they offer public skate times, pick-up hockey, and skate rentals. Outdoor skating is offered at a man-made rink right in Woodstock at Vail Field or down the road in Barnard at Silver Lake.

Artistree in snow winter

For the Artist

Just one town over in South Pomfret you’ll find the beautiful Artistree Community Arts Center. With classes, exhibits, and even their own theater, you will find something for any artistic expression! Sculpture, ceramics, music, writing, and more for all ages is hosted in their beautifully renovated barn workshop and gallery. Have someone who wants to ski? Saskadena Six Ski Area is right across the street!