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Slope and Trail Report for Northeastern Vermont

A Reminder of the Spring 2015 Season

"Monday, April 13, 2015.  Folks, with the temperature at 65 degrees, the snow is now melting at a good pace.  Most of the VAST Trail was open through this past weekend, however, as of today, the season appears to have drawn to a close.  Thanks for a great year and see you next winter!!"


The VAST Trail Report for  the NEK

December 16th is opening day for snowmobiling in Vermont officially, but that is just our open season date, that does not mean the entire state system is open for riding. Each club is in charge of managing their own part of the trail system. This is important because snow levels and snow conditions vary. Not only are they in charge of making sure they protect their grooming equipment, but also the land we are given to use by generous landowners. So if you plan to ride on this opening weekend, do your research and check out club websites, Facebook page, download the free VAST Map App from your phone's play store, go to our trail map on our website and see below for county updates as well.


From what we know there are clubs packing snow and opening limited trails in Bennington County, Windham County, Essex County and Windsor County. NOT ALL CLUBS IN THESE COUNTYS HAVE OPEN TRAIL THOUGH! This is extreme early season riding, so take it slow, and know that you very well may encounter: open water bars, rocks, trees and branch, ice, dirt and other folks just as desperate as we all are to get out there and do a bit of riding.

Caledonia County, Essex County and Orleans County in Northeastern Vermontsnowmobilepph1.jpg


Caledonia County

Coles Pond Sledders in Caledonia County Snowmobile Club

Caledonia County Snowmobile Trails Club

Essex County

Brighton Snowmobile Club

Canaan Border Riders

NEK Snow Blasters

Canaan Border Riders

Connecticut Valley Sno-Riders

Lunenburg Polar Bears

Brighton Snowmobile Club

Orleans County

Country Riders

North Country Mountaineers Snowmobile Club

For more information visit Source: www.vtvast.org

The Trail Report at the Jay Peak Resort

Tuesday December 16, 2017 

Unexpected blizzard conditions have deposited 6-8" of blower powder on the hill since early this morning. It's still nuking now, and after a few test laps off of the recently reopened Aerial Tram (the only one in VT), we can testify to how deep it is out there. 



It's about 19F at the base and climbing, and our base temps should creep into the 20s soon. Our summit will likely stay in the high-teens for the rest of the day.

Ski and ride today on 74 out of 79 trails. Upper mountain access started at 8:30 AM this morning by way of the Green Mountain Flyer, the Jet Triple, and Vermont’s only Aerial Tram. Lower mountain access started at 8:00 AM with the Taxi Quad, the Metro Quad, and both the Stateside and Tramside Moving Carpets.

Looking to stay with us this December? CLICK HERE to get the skinny on our current lodging packages.

Jay Peak Resort Conditions & Weather Report

The Trail Report at the Burke Mountain Resort


burkeski22.jpgBurke Mountain Report

December 16, 2017

Welcome to the weekend! Mother nature has been hard at work this week bringing us snow, bluebird days, and low mercury readings on the thermometer….perfect for snowmaking and getting us over 80% open on the trail count. The Sherburne Express makes its debut this morning spinning for the first time this winter from 9am-4pm.  The Sherburne Express will service newly opened trails Binney Lane and High Meadows Pass.

We will see a relief (somewhat) from the cold with temperatures climbing into the twenties followed by a chance for more snow accumulation through this evening.  Forecast is currently calling for 1-2 inches possible, refills for breakfast?  Yes, please!

Speaking of breakfast Willoughby’s restaurant is now open for the season serving an ala carte breakfast menu Saturday and Sunday’s from 7:30-10:30.  Click here to view there breakfast menu.   

Today’s groomers included: Upper Willoughby, Lower Fox’s Folly, Lower Warren’s Way, and Lower Bear Den, High Meadows Pass and Binney Lane.

Ticket prices return to regular price for the remainder of the season:  $69/adult and $49/junior.  Visit skiburke.com/tickets to save by purchasing your tickets ahead of time and to see where other savings might exist with deals like our Vermonter tickets, other mountain pass, and the Canadian BOGO.

The Christmas deals continue with Deal 4: 25% OFF ALL BURKE LOGO'D APPAREL in the Vertical Drop or Trailside retail stores. Vertical Drop is located next to Edmund's Coffee Shop on the 2nd floor of Hotel, Trailside is located in the Sherburne Base Lodge.

Season pass holders join us TODAY in the Witherell Conference Room at the Burke Hotel for the first season pass holder meeting beginning at 4:30pm.

Come celebrate and support a great cause with the annual Kick off your boots and dance party sponsored by Northwoods Stewardship Center happening in the Bear Den.  Doors “open” at 6pm with a $10 donation accepted at the door.  Live music by Ben Farney and Friends will get the evening going with chili and cornbread available for purchase.

Burke Mountain Resort Weather & Conditions



Rails to Rails Moves Forward

Travelers May Enjoy The Connect

Here, in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, green goes mobile as the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail extends its reach from St. Johnsbury to Danville, VT. 

A project designed to revitalize the economy by way of recycling an existing rail trail into a four season tourist trek for hikers, bikers, horseback riders, snowmobilers, cross country skiers and the like, is picking up steam.

The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail organization oversees this effort and the combined work of the VAST organization and VT Transit Authority who made this project possible.

This October 11th a 75 foot bridge was lowered over Vernon St. in St. Johnsbury that connects the town to West Danville via trail. 

The trail is currently available to non motorized travelers who may walk, bike or horseback ride its .4 gradient elevation south to West Danville. Those who enjoy a long walk might appreciate the trail's modest slope that will encompass most of its length.

This winter, snowmobilers, cross country skiers and snow shoe-ers may travail this path for the first time.

In west Danville, another bridge is expected to be completed this month. This spring, the work will continue its reach towards Hardwick, VT.

Construction began this spring with these two bridges, as the LVRT received its ACT 250 permit for the first phase of this three phase project. 

The project, when completed, will allow a 93.2 mile trek from St. Johnsbury to Swanton, VT. It’s $9.5 million cost is funded, in part, by the VAST Organization and a 5.2 million Federal grant with supporters covering 20%.

The project is expected to bring business to towns and businesses via the connect as travelers will enjoy the hotels, inns and restaurants along the way.

This effort is a part of a country wide effort to revitalize regions by way of existing rail trails no longer in use.

Marcia Horne 10/20/2013

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