The winter of 2019/2020 has been a mild one in terms of extremely cold temperatures and that’s just fine with winter sports enthusiasts! With the month March, comes the signs of Spring such as longer and slightly warmer days. Though Winter still hangs tight, Spring is just waiting in the wings!

Snowmobiling enthusiasts are reveling in one of the best snowmobile seasons ever with great snow conditions and perfect riding temperatures!

The ski season has also been fantastic despite some icy conditions and strong, windy days. The extremely low temperatures have made it a necessity for even hard core ski and snowboarders to bundle up in multiple layers. With March arriving, “Spring skiing” will delight those who already to shed the parkas in favor of sweaters and even t-shirts!

Upcoming events

Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival
February 28, 29 and March 1, 2020

Register at Kingdom Games

25 Meter Breast Stroke and Hat Competition
25 Meter Freestyle
25 Meter Butterfly
50 Meter Freestyle
100 Meter Freestyle
200 Meter Freestyle
200 Meter Four Person Relay

Fees: $185 minimum. $30 for each additional event up to $335 maximum for the weekend. Fee’s include Saturday’s Buffet Dinner and Award Ceremony at The Eastside Restaurant and more.
All fees paid are non-refundable. We do allow participants to transfer their fees to another event in the same year or to apply 50% to an event in the following year, providing that the election is made more than 30 days prior to the event.

Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival

Qualifications: All swimmers in the 25 meter and 50 meter events must have swum at least 25 meters in water with a temperature of 41 F or less. All swimmers in the 100 meter event must have swum 50 meters in water with a temperature of 41 F or less. All 200 meter swimmers must have completed 100 meters in water with a temperature of 41 F or less.

10th Annual Hope On The Slopes at Jay Peak
Sunday, March 1, 2020
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
A day of fun on the mountain plus indoor activitites. An important opportunity for the community to come together and support cancer patients and their families with resources provided by the American Cancer Society.
The event is great for all ages and there is no team limit. Prizes for top team, youth and individual fundraisers which are given out before a FREE buffet dinner and live band.
Jay Peak Resort
830 Jay Peak Rd. Jay, VT.
(802) 988-2611

Vermont’s 183 Libraries
March 4th, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Vermont librarian Jessamyn West will discuss her adventures visiting all of the state’s public libraries in a talk at Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport on March 4 at 7:00 pm. Her talk, “Vermont’s 183 Libraries,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.
For more information on Newport’s First Wednesdays at the Goodrich Memorial Library please visit their First Wednesdays page.

Managing for Wildlife Habitat on NorthWoods Echo Lake Trail
Saturday, March 14, 2020
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
This guided tour of the newly-reopened Echo Lake Trail, we will visit forests and fields that have been intentionally managed to improve wildlife habitat. From bear-scarred beech trees to vernal pools to hayfield edges to timber harvesting with birds in mind, learn how NorthWoods and neighboring landowners have made the forest a better home for native wildlife.
Cost: $10 (includes trail use for the entire day) Rental skis/snowshoes available; please contact us to reserve yours ahead of time.
NorthWoods Stewardship Center
154 Leadership Dr., Island Pond, VT
(802) 723-6551

Bass Mountain 2 at Jay Peak Lift and Water Park Passes
March 20th – 22nd 2020
Join us March 20-22nd for another Raving Riders meetup like no other!
We have secured discount condo rentals, lift tickets, waterpark passes, and party space to host another outer space theme party at Jay Peak in Vermont! We are so excited to bring Bass Mountain back with our Tight Crew/Raving Riders Family, let’s shred some serious pow, get loose, and enjoy a mountain full of weirdos having the time of their lives!!! More info here.

Maple Sugar Open House

21st Annual Sugar on Snow Party and Maple Open House
Sat, Mar 21 – Sun, Mar 22
Our 21st Annual Sugar on Snow Party and Maple Open House will be March 21 & 22, 2020. We will be open from 10-4 both days. The event is a great way to celebrate spring and Vermont’s first crop of the year! The FREE, fun, family event includes sugar on snow, wood-fired maple pizza, maple specialty food sampling and tours. There will also be story time with Sugarmaker Steve and other children’s activities. Be sure to dress for the weather as most activities take place outside.
Jed’s Maple Products
259 Derby Pond Rd, Derby, VT

Paint & Sip Fundraising Event
March 29
Hosted by VFW Post 798 Auxiliary

141 Central St, Newport, Vermont 05855
The profits from this event will be going to help WMRHS JROTC class to Ellis Island and to explore museums in the area.

With Lake Memphremagog frozen over, ice fishing communities on the lake are a common site. The freezing temperatures certainly have helped ice fishermen around the Northeast Kingdom, enjoy their activities.
In addition to the above events, you’ll find a full range of winter activities for you to enjoy in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

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