Snowboarders, who were often banned from ski areas, would tote their snowboards on their backs and use snowshoes to break trail to where the snow ran deep. Soon, snowshoes became a requisite part of the winter sports arsenal. Ski areas blazed trails and led snowshoe tours in order to provide another way for people to have winter fun.
Now, snowshoeing has entered a whole new phase as trends like ecotourism and adventure tourism are making the sport trendy again. Nature hikes and moonlit tours have become common offerings in Vermont. Snowshoe racing has also started clattering its way through the snowshoe culture with races ranging in length from 3K to full marathons, they’ve become a way for dedicated runners to enjoy the long winter months.
If you’re more of a traditionalist, there are plenty of wonderful, peaceful trails all over Vermont. Check here for a list of the Green Mountain Club’s top 14 choices of trails, divided by range of difficulty.
We also suggest catching up on these snowshoeing tips from Vermont snowshoe expert Andy Weinberg before you go.