If there’s one thing that the Northeast Kingdom is famous for it’s winter events and activities.
Winter often lingers around a bit longer in the northern regions of Vermont, to the delight of winter sports enthusiasts. Island Pond is well known as the “snowmobiling capital of the northeast” for very good reasons. Discover just a few of the activities and things you can do to enjoy winter in the Northeast Kingdom.
Check out February 2020 Events & Things to Do in the Newport area
Souper Bowl Funday
Sunday, February 2, 2020, 12:30 PM
Vermont Quilter’s Schoolhouse
6529 Vermont 100, Troy, VT
More info here
Friday, Saturday & Sunday February 7, 8 & 9, 2020
Girls will always remember their first date, especially when it’s with Dad. The Father Daughter Dance is a magical night for her filled with dancing, laughter and lifetime memories. Check your coat at the door and proceed to the dance floor where DJ Double Trouble will be mixing up fun dance songs like “The Funky Chicken,” and sentimental ballads like “Butterfly Kisses” to touch Dad’s heart. Admission includes fun party favors, delicious and fancy refreshments, craft activities and a professional photo opportunity for one father and one daughter. Advance tickets are required for this event. Tickets on sale January 6th 2020. Read more here…
Benefit Talent Show (2nd Part of “The Kingdom’s Got Talent?”)
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 6 PM – 9 PM
American Legion Newport Vt
35 Veterans Ave, Newport, Vermont 05855
Public · Hosted by Joshua House NEK VT and Catamount Film and Arts
More info here
Winter Snowshoe in Troy
Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 9 AM – 11 AM
5962 River Rd, North Troy, VT 05859
Public · Hosted by Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild & Scenic Committee
UMATR wild and scenic is offering a free guided snowshoe tour on February 22nd. We will be meeting at the Middleton Property on River Rd in Troy at 9:00 am just south of the Missisquoi crossing at Chase Dam /Bakers Falls. We will be snowshoeing and exploring this School owned property. More info here.
19th Annual Collectors’ Fair
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Newport Municipal Building
Newport, Vermont 05855
Public · Hosted by The Old Stone House Museum
More info here
Newport Winter Festival
Age: All Ages
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2019
Location: Prouty Beach, Newport, VT
Admit/Rate: Donations support the event
The Winter Festival is a nostalgic visit from the past. We use the weekend to celebrate timeless Vermont traditions like snowmobiling, ice skating, sledding, and bonfires. Nothing chases the frostbite blues away like heartwarming time spent with family and friends. Whether you’re participating in activities or simply watching, you’re going to love this winter wonderland weekend.
Complete details here
Story Walk at the Newport Winter Festival
Sat, Feb 29, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
386 Prouty Beach Rd, Newport, VT
Join us at the Newport Winter Festival for a story walk around Prouty Beach Campground. We’ll read, craft, spot tracks, and enjoy a sweet snack. Make sure to wear your snow boots, and bring a flashlight or headlamp so you can read along. We’ll provide copies of the book to borrow and share for the evening. Meet us at the Vermont Land Trust tent at 5:30 p.m. so we can embark on this exciting literary walk together. Please note that there will not be seating along the story walk, but we will make stops as we move from station to station. Please email questions to Katherine, or call (802) 745-6304.
More info here
Memphremagog Winter Swimming Festival
Join Kingdom Games as they embrace winter and the growing sport of cold water swimming in North America. Each year they cut a 25 meter, two lane pool in the ice on Lake Memphremagog by the Eastside Restaurant and offer 25, 50, 100 and 200 meter competitions, and the fiercest of hat competitions. Join our growing tribe of winter swimmers or enjoy the event as a spectator sport on February 29th. This is the only 25 meter winter swim pool in North or South America – right here in Newport! More details here.
Adult Sports & Programs
Newport Parks & Recreation believes in healthy and active lifestyles for all ages. Adult programs are hosted in partnership with community organizations and volunteers who have a passion to share. Check out this page for more information and the programs offered.
The Northeast Kingdom offers some fantastic opportunities for sledding with VAST trails and clubs in just about every town. You can purchase trail passes online, take part in VAST events and safety courses and much more.
Downhill ski and snowboard deals
Affordable family skiing, just 40 minutes from Newport. Budget priced Tuesdays and Wednesdays are only $25 instead of $58.
Cross Country Skiing and Fat Biking in the Northeast Kingdom
Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation grooms about 40 km (24 miles) of cross-country ski trails at the southeast end of Lake Memphremagog. All the trails are groomed for skating, including 20 km that are groomed for both classic and skating. The trail system is composed of 20 km loop connecting the Beebe Spur Rail Trail (bike path) along the lake shore, the Primeau Loops and the Quarry Loops. The Derby Connector is an additional 15 km (out and back) option. Check out trail maps for the Bluff Farm Trail, Eastern and Western trail maps.
For cross country skiing south of the Newport area, check out Kingdom Trails
Lyndonville’s Darling Hill, said to be the “prettiest mile in Vermont”, has 15 kilometers of skating and classic trails that wind through field and forest. You can’t beat the vista from these trails, looking out at Willoughby Gap as you tour next to historic barns, quaint inns and majestic Victorian houses. The Nordic Adventure Center is located at 2059 Darling Hill Road and the building is a yurt- a round tent originating in the middle east.
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center also offers some spectacular cross country skiing as well. Check out their nordic skiing and fat biking trails.
Winter Fat Biking/Snowshoe Trails can also be found at Kingdom Trails
Encouraged by the growing popularity of winter biking you will find a selection of trails to get out there and pedal a fat bike in the snow. This year, they are snowmobile and snowshoe packing the entire network of single track mountain biking trails on the East Side of Darling Hill as well as a portion of the West Side. Summertime favorites such as Pines, Ridge to Rim, and Riverwood can be enjoyed on your bike all winter long now too!!!
From December to March, locals and visitors flock to Gardner Park and the “Skate Shack” to enjoy beautiful ice rinks, free skate rentals, hot cocoa and restrooms. The park features 3 separate ice surfaces connected by frozen skating paths. The contained Hockey Rink is open for casual stick and puck while the Rec Rink on the south end offers public skating. Weather permitting, open areas and trails on the lake are also maintained for natural skating in the bay. During the winter, the rinks are open Monday-Friday 3:00 – 8:00PM, and noon-8:00PM on Saturday & Sunday. For rink conditions, check out the Facebook Page.
Some really unique Winter activities…
Dog Sledding Adventures
For a unique experience, check out dog sledding. Kids of all ages will get a thrill leading a team of sled dogs through the beautiful white landscape of a Northeast Kingdom winter. Montgomery Adventures by Mountain Haven Sled Dogs offers sled dog tours for all ages and price ranges. You can even try your hand at being a musher with the help of a pro or enjoy a Moonlit Tour. Of course, there’s hot cocoa and biscuits (for the pups) afterwards.
Ice Climbing at Lake Willoughby
For the more adventurous in spirit, check out ice climbing on the cliffs of Mt Pisgah at Lake Willoughby. Get instruction in rock and ice climbing, mountaineering and much more. You can checkout rates for learning to ice climb and more at Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides.