Thanksgiving surprise for the Northeast Kingdom

This certainly has been an unexpected November turn in the weather. It was only weeks ago that record high temperatures were delaying the colors of autumn.

No one could have predicted that this November would be one of the coldest on record and that snow storms would arrive prematurely, blanketing the Northeast Kingdom and obscuring the remnants of red and orange leaves. As a matter of fact, some of the leaves had not even completely fallen off the trees!

If you’ve lived in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom long enough, you would know that unusual and tricky weather is a common occurrence. This year was just a bit more uncommon as we jumped from hot, summer like weather to frigid winter conditions with a brief visit from autumn and “stick season” skipped altogether.

Good news is for skiers and winter sports enthusiasts

An extended season for winter activities across the board with local downhill and cross country ski areas delighted by the recent snowfall. Also, some of the local cross country ski trails are now allowing “fat bikes” to use the trails as well.

Speaking of fat bikes, Mountain Bike Vermont and Kingdom Trails have partnered once again for the 8th annual WinterBike Fatbike Festival on March 2, 2019. Get full information here.

A Lake Memphremagog Women’s Pond Hockey Tournament will take place February 9 and 10, 2019 at The Eastside Restaurant and Pub, located at 47 Landing Street, Newport, VT. , followed closely by the Memphremagog Winter Swimming Festival on February 23, and 24, 2019, also at The Eastside Restaurant and Pub. Additional information and Winter Events will be posted at the Kingdom Games website.

Snowmobilers will find a number of Winter Events and snowmobile safety courses coming up soon on the VAST website.

On December 8th, the Derby Light Up The Night Holiday Parade will take place, starting at the Derby, VT Price Chopper.

Newport Winter Festival

The Newport Winter Festival is a nostalgic visit from the past. We use the weekend to celebrate timeless Vermont traditions like snowmobiling, ice skating, broomball, bonfires and fireworks. Nothing chases the frostbite blues away like heartwarming time spent with family and friends. Whether you’re participating in a tournament or simply watching, you’re going to love this winter wonderland weekend.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Don’t miss the hysterical Hoagie’s pizza eating contest and Chuck-a-Puck 50/50 fundraiser too. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated to support the event.
  • Fire & Ice Snowmobile Radar Runs
  • Sweetheart-of-a-deal Vendor Fair
  • Crowning of the Snow King & Queen

Here’s a video from a past Newport Winter Festival:

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