Vermont: A Fully Equipped Playground
Just what is it that gives Vermont its unmistakable sense of place? Perhaps it's what's not here: there are no billboards in the entire state. There's no Wal-Mart in Burlington, and Montpelier is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonald's. Seventy-seven percent of Vermont is composed of forestland.
It's not just that Vermont is picturesque, it's the whole picture: the values are different here, and that makes all the difference.
Go into the Wild
When you think Vermont, think 400,000 contiguous acres of the Green Mountain National Forest that includes three nationally designated trails (the Appalachian Trail, the Long Trail, and the Robert Frost Trail) as well as three alpine ski areas, seven Nordic ski areas and 900 miles of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, horseback riding and bicycling. Vermont's wide, meandering network of back roads, forest trails, bike trails and paths makes Vermont the ultimate location for nature lovers.
The trails of the famous ski resort in Stowe cut across the tallest peak on Mount Mansfield and Smugglers' Notch Resort has over 1,000 acres of all-terrain access. Then there's Stratton Mountain Resort with 92 trails on the highest peak in southern Vermont; Jay Peak in North Central Vermont with over 73 varied trails and glades; and only 45 minutes away from Champlain's campus in Burlington is Sugarbush Resort with 111 trails stretched across 53 mile area, including six peaks and two mountains. All Champlain students are rewarded with an (almost) free season ski pass to the East's best skiing at Sugarbush Resort. Pay just a $30 processing fee, and all-you-can-ski/board weekends are yours until the last flake falls.
Discover Champlain's Charted Waters
Dividing two countries and two states is the beautiful Lake Champlain. Stretching 125 miles at its longest point, the Lake provides countless activities to the Champlain community year-round. Lounge in the sun on North Beach. Cliff-jump at Oakledge. Kayak to one of the 80 islands. Rent a paddleboard for a day or take sailing lessons. Join Champlain's Dragonboat team or watch the Giant Pumpkin Regatta from the waterfront in October. Or maybe you'd rather wait for the winter to ice fish and participate in the Polar Plunge. Who knows? Maybe you'll find Champ, the lake monster.