The first day of Spring in Vermont 2018 will be off to a cold start, with temperatures in the 30’s. However with that being said, an old, New England quote from Mark Twain’s certainly applies. He is reputed to have said, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.”
Much to the lament of skiers, snowmobilers and other winter activity enthusiasts, we know that warm weather will eventually arrive. The ice will melt away from Lake Memphremagog and buds will start appearing on the trees. It’s an annual ritual that is as certain as birth, death and taxes. The latter arguably being the most frightful of all.
Enjoy some great Spring skiing, Northeast Kingdom Style
Spring skiing is a delight for many when temperatures warm up and sunburns are plenty. Though the snow can be a bit grainy, ticket prices are often a bargain, so check out Jay Peak, Owl’s Head and Burke Mountain for possible savings.
Mid-March typically brings about the much anticipated Maple Open House Weekend. This year, it starts on March 24th, though some sugarhouses get started a bit earlier in the month. Sugarhouses in the Northeast Kingdom include locations in Newport, Derby, North Troy, Westfield, Barton, Newark and St Johnsbury, etc.
Fishing season is anxiously awaited by anglers of all ages
With a bounty of lakes, ponds, creeks and streams in the Northeast Kingdom, there’s never a lack of places to fish. Find a fishing hole and enjoy the day with family and friends.
As an added bonus, don’t miss seeing the steelhead rainbow trout jumping at the Willoughby River falls in Orleans Village. This usually occurs in April. If you want to see this spectacular event, courtesy of Mother Nature, keep an eye on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Facebook page for the best time and dates to see the fish jump.
Biking in the Newport area and Northeast Kingdom
As the snow melts away and trails begin to dry, biking enthusiasts will find plenty of places to enjoy themselves. In the Newport area, enjoy the Beebe Bike Path which is 6 miles long. It starts just down the road from the Newport City Inn & Suites, near the City Docks and passes along the shores of Lake Memphremagog, along a former railway line.
It is a packed gravel trail, so racing bikes might prefer to stick to the roadways but mountain and hybrid bikes should be fine. The trail is also recommended for walking and jogging.
For mountain bike trails, a bit further south, check out Kingdom Trail Association.