The Best Snowmobiling in Vermont
When it comes to winter sports and snowmobiling, Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom region is your best bet for plenty of snow and well groomed trails.
While some may prefer to read a book by a toasty warm, fireplace, there are more adventurous souls that prefer journeys through snow covered fields and woods, riding on snowmobiles. If that’s your passion, then you’ll fall in love with the Northeast Kingdom’s VAST trail networks, consisting of well-groomed trails.
The Northeast Kingdom is known as the snowmobiling epicenter of the state, with Island Pond named as “Vermont’s Snowmobiling Capital”
Founded almost 48 years ago, VAST is responsible for the organization of the sport of snowmobiling, maintaining and grooming over 5,000 miles of trails, and is one of the oldest snowmobiling organizations in the U.S.
Whether you’re staying at the Newport City Inn & Suites or our Derby Four Seasons Inn & Suites, you’ll love the convenience and access to the VAST trail network. After a cold day on the trail, the comfort and warmth of either of our lodging venues, will certainly be the prefect way to wind down in comfort!
You never know what you’ll see on the snowmobile trails!
What a great way to see wildlife and vistas that most people will never experience. In the video below, you may even be accompanied by moose on the snowmobile trails!
What you will need to ride your snowmobile in Vermont
The VAST snowmobile trails open in December and close ever year on April 15th. Trail passes are avaialbale for purchase through clubs and dealers, or you can purchase online (Early Bird, Regular Season and 3-Day and date restrictions apply). Be sure to check out trail maps and conditions, requirements and regulations on the VAST website. VAST also provides a wealth of other information that will make your snowmobile adventure fun and memorable.
Snowmobile Trail Report Hot Lines:
Derby – Orleans County – (802) 766-5506
Island Pond – Essex County – (802) 723-4316
Canaan – Essex County – (802) 266-8894
Groton – Caledonia County – (802) 584-4740
If you don’t have your own snowmobile or perhaps you’re anxious to try snow sledding for the first time, there are a several places in the Northeast Kingdom and Northern Vermont, where you can rent a snowmobile or enjoy a tour.
Don’t Drink and Ride!
Needless to say, operating a snowmobile responsibly is a must in terms of safety and for the enjoyment of all. Vermont has a very strict law about operating a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol and other substances. Stay alert and don’t put yourself and others in the path of danger.