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January 2017

January 1, 2017, First Day Hikes at Vermont State Parks
Start the New Year on the right foot with a hike in a Vermont State Park. Join a free, guided, easy, family hikes taking place in state parks and forests throughout the state. Hike leaders include professional guides and outdoor educators, sharing their knowledge and love of the Vermont outdoors. Don't need a guide? Then get outside at the state park or forest of your choice. They are always available and close by to all of us. Entry is free and you will discover a whole new world in the winter. Bring the whole family! Dress for the weather; brin snowshoes if there is a lot of snow. Bring some beverages and snacks. Dogs are welcome (on leash) unless otherwise noted. You don't need to pre-register, just show up. To check the status of the hikes call 802-249-1230. Update messages will be posted on December 31st and January 1st. Check out our website at  and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information and more hikes as they are added.

January 1, 2017, Resolve To Revolve- Fatbike Demo Day
This year, resolve to revolve… on a fatbike!!! If you’ve always wondered about those Fat Bikes, now’s your chance to try one out! Or maybe you’re in the market for a new one… kick the year off right! Bikes that will be available for 45 minute demo rides are the following in multiples of each size- even 24inch wheeled kids bikes. Cost is $15 for a non-Kingdom Trails Member $5 for a KTA Member.

January 1, Run Vermont’s Annual First Run 5k and Youth Fun Run.
Through downtown Burlington.. Presented by UVM Medical Center. Prizes awarded in several costume categories. (802) 863-8412.

January 1, Christmas at Billings Farm
Learn how Christmas was celebrated in late 19th century Woodstock in the farmhouse and linger in the cozy kitchen as treats are baked in the woodstove. Holiday programs and making historic ornaments. Horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides. Admission: adults $14, 62 & up $13, ages 5-15 $8, 3-4 $4, under 3 free. 10 am – 4 pm. Billings Farm & Museum, Rt. 12 & River Rd. (802) 457-2355.  , 

January 5, 2017, The Bolton Traverse on the Catamount Trail
Friday, January 5, 7:30am-5:30pm, $45, includes shuttle and Bolton Nordic pass. Join NorthWoods as we set out on a tour on the Catamount Trail, starting at the Bolton Nordic Center and ending at the Trapp Family Lodge. The Catamount Trail guidebook describes this tour as a "rugged, back-country tour climbing 1300 feet and descending 2300 feet, featuring a narrow trail in the spruce forest, a long descent through open forest and marvelous views in many directions." The NorthWoods guides will explore off-piste sections along the route. Suited for intermediate and advanced skiers accustomed to travelling by telemark or AT. Skins required.

January 7, 2017, Überwintern - Fat Bike Festival 2017
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EST), Stowe, VT. - The Stowe Mountain Bike Club and Mountain Bike Vermont are at it again in 2017, bringing you Vermont's best antidote to the winter blues—Uberwintern! What is Uberwintern you ask? It's a day of fatbike revelry on powder-packed single track for those souls brave enough to keep charging on two wheels through the depths of winter! Now in its fifth year, Uberwintern 2017 will be staged out of Sushi Yoshi, situated on the Stowe rec path and in close proximity to the Cady Hill Forest trailhead. Registration, group ride departures, demos, and lunch will be all take place at Sushi Yoshi, aka Uberwintern HQ.

JAN 7 - JAN 8, 2017, 24Hours of Stratton
Calling All Skiers and Snowboarders. Friends and Family. Colleagues. All Ages and Abilities Invited. Sign up as an individual, start or join a team of up to 12 and get ready to enjoy the non-stop fun that will energize your spirit and create memories to cherish for a lifetime! The fifth annual 24Hours of Stratton, a one-of-a-kind opportunity to ski or ride around the clock (choose a “shift” or go all-out). This family-friendly, ski and ride party puts the fun in fund-raising with live music, spectator events, fireworks, good food and great times.

January 12, Full Moon Snowshoe: Dashney Trail Nordic Center in Burke
Thursday, January 12, 7pm - 9pm, $10 includes snowshoes and s'mores. Join us under the moon light at the Burke Mountain Nordic Center for a guided snowshoe tour, followed by a campfire and s'mores. This is open to snowshoers of all ability levels and people of all ages! New this year, NorthWoods Stewardship Center is going to be operating the Dashney Trails that are located just outside the doors of the Burke Mountain Nordic Center.

January 12 - March 2 - Introduction To Fly Tying
Trout Unlimited MadDog Chapter and Vt Fish & Wildlife's Let’s Go Fishing Program are partnering to conduct two instructional fly tying courses. Each course will emphasize stream ecology, habitat management, angler ethics and the natural history of trout while teaching participants the art of fly tying. Introduction To Fly Tying: Thurs nights, 1/12, 1/19 and 1/26, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Berlin, VT. Intermediate Fly Tying: Thurs nights, 2/9, 2/16, and 3/2, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Berlin, VT. The cost is $30 to cover materials. To register, call 802-265-2279 or email  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

January 13th, Bunkhouse Grand Opening & Winter Trails Open House
12pm-7pm. This new addition to the NorthWoods campus features bunks for up to 16 people, a wood stove, shower/bath facility, and radiant floor heating. With the addition of the bunkhouse, more groups can access NorthWoods education and outreach programs, or plan their own Kingdom experience, with the bunkhouse as home base. Come celebrate this new community resource at the Grand Opening – with an open house on the winter trails, free rentals, and good food and music by Geoffery Goodhue and Nick Vandenberg to follow.

January 14, 2017, TorchLight Ski & Snowshoe
from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2059 Darling Hill Rd. Lyndonville, VT 05828. Check in at the Kingdom Trail Nordic Adventure Ctr. and then head out for a night time snowshoe or ski on the cross country ski trails. Solar torches will be your guide (but make sure that you have a headlamp) to a bonfire and hot chocolate. Great friends and family outing. $5 non/members- free for members.

January 20 - 22, 2017, 25th Annual Yankee Sportsman's Classic
Exibitors, Seminars, Speakers and more.

January 20-22, 2017, Smuggler's Notch Ice Bash
Kick-off party | Drytooling Competition | Clinics | Slideshows & Speaker Presentation | Raffle | Camaraderie! Free gear demos from the industries leading brands, clinics for the beginner to advanced climbers, multimedia slideshows by sponsored athletes, dry tooling competition and kick-off party, huge raffles and immense camaraderie in Vermont’s premier ice climbing destination, Smuggler’s Notch! The goal of the Smuggs Ice Bash is to promote the sport of ice climbing, to educate climbers, to exhibit and demo new gear, and to share a weekend of fun, challenge, and inspiration with other winter enthusiasts in one of Vermont’s most amazing places, Smuggler’s Notch. The Smuggs Ice Bash is managed by Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School 105 Briggs Street Burlington, VT 05401 802.657.3872

January 21 - 22, UVTA's Skate-a-thon 2017
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January 28, Bird Monitoring Walk
8:00am-9:00am, All birders welcome on the monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum's trails in forest and meadow. We often have coffee afterwards, indoors at our viewing window. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register with  or call (802) 434-2167

January 28, Free Ice Fishing Day and Festival
Saturday, January 28, 2017 is Vermont's free ice fishing day - a day when anyone, resident or nonresident, may go fishing in Vermont without a fishing license. A free Ice Fishing Festival will be held that day at Hoyts Landing in Springfield, Vermont. Vermont Fish & Wildlife staff will be there to help everyone, young and old, learn how to enjoy this unique and popular type of fishing.

January 28 2017 - Ice Fishing Festival
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Hoyts Landing, 1263 Charlestown Road, Springfield, VT 05156. Fish & Wildlife staff and Let's Go Fishing volunteers will help new ice anglers learn the basics of winter ice fishing. Plus, enjoy a fish fry and cocoa (bring your own mug if you can!)! All ages and genders are welcome! Bring your own gear, or borrow from us to learn. Pre-register now to avoid long lines at registration and get on the "fast pass" lane for ice fishing!

January 29, 2017, Tracking Winter Wildlife
10:00am - 4:00pm, Huntington, Vermont.  Join field naturalist Sophie Mazowita for a full-day immersion in tracking and trailing wildlife in winter. We'll start with an indoor presentation on the basics of track and sign ID, interpreting gaits and behavior, and understanding winter wildlife ecology and habitat. From there we'll head out to explore the forests, brook and beaver pond to find out who, why, when, and where wildlife is on the landscape. We will look to get on the trail of a fisher, fox, coyote, or bobcat and become intimately acquainted with its story as we walk in its footsteps.

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February 2017

FEBRUARY 4, 2017, Nordic Rendezvous and Back to the Barn Tour
Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton is hosting the Nordic Rendezvous. The event begins with the BACK TO THE BARN TOUR: x-c ski / FatBike / showshoe on scenic trails filled with woodland magic. You will wax poetic when the trail leads you to the cabin where Robert Frost wrote, tucked on a hillside at the edge of a snowy wood. Along the way you will be refreshed and energized by stops offering hot trailside treats. Then, as dusk settles, follow the luminaries and gather around the bonfire with some mulled cider. Make your way to the Bread Loaf Inn for a buffet of hot soups and chili, breads, salads and dessert. Local wine, beer and hard cider will be available at a cash bar. The festivities conclude with a rollicking old fashioned BARN DANCE in the historic Bread Loaf Barn where the great stone fireplace will be ablaze, keeping us toasty while we kick up our heels to the lively fiddle music.

February 4, 2017, Penguin Plunge
Burlington Waterfront Park - In 1996 a few hardy souls jumped into Lake Champlain during the Burlington Winter Carnival and raised $8,000 for Special Olympics Vermont. Today, the Penguin Plunge is Special Olympics Vermont's largest annual fundraising effort with events in North Bennington and Burlington. In 2016, 1,200 brave souls jumped into Vermont's icy lakes raising a record breaking $474,000 to support sports training and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities. The Penguin Plunge has become a highly anticipated staple of winter in Vermont and is widely recognized as a fun team building exercise for hundreds of families, schools, and businesses. Do you have 32 degrees of courage?

February 4, 5th Annual Polar Bear 8 Hour Obstacle Challenge
7:30 AM - 3:50 PM EST. Race at Shale Hill in Benson, Vermont completing as many laps as you can in 8 hours on our 10K obstacle course! PRO/ELITE with Cash Payout, Open, Youth, Masters and Journeyman Divisions offered. Contact us at (802)537-3561 for more details or register via

February 04, 2017, Family Trek at the Green Mountain Audubon Center
10:00am - 12:00pm, Huntington, Vermont.  We’ll explore the best spots of Audubon and stop for a snack and hot cocoa along the way (provided). Bring your adventurous spirit as we look for animal tracks, animal homes, and end our trek by working together to build a camp fire.
Dress in snow gear and bring extra warm layers. If you need help deciding how to dress yourself and children, please feel free to email our Education Manager for advice

Feb. 4 - 5, 2017, Barre Fish & Game Club Gun Show

February 4 & 5, 2017 , 8th Annual Vermont Pond Hockey Championship
Teams will be placed in division conferences with three other teams. On Saturday, teams will play three games against the other teams within their conference. Based on the standing from those games (wins, goals & goal differentials), the top eight teams in each division will be placed into the “Golden Sap Bucket” single elimination playoff. The remaining teams will be placed in the “Dented Can” single elimination playoff. Both playoffs will be held on Sunday and teams will be bracketed based on their team record, with tie-breakers being goals scored and goal differentials. Each team will have at least one, but up to three games on Sunday. The finale of the tournament will be the Golden Sap Bucket championship games to be played on Sunday afternoon.

February 10 - 12, 2017, Pond Hockey Classic
The Lake Champlain Pond Hockey Classic is returning for this winter. Located on Malletts Bay in Colchester, VT, the LCPHC provides it's participants with an unparalleled tournament experience. Presented by Labatt Blue this event is specifically tailored for the participants. When the days competition is over, participants head to Church Street in downtown Burlington to take in the nightlife and reminisce about the day on the "Pond." Don't miss out on this unique pond hockey experience, register your team today!

Feb 11, 2017,  FATSCUTNEY

February 11, 2017, Salomon Snowcross Relays
Skiers are invited to try winter trail running and runners are invited to try cross country skiing in a fun relay-style format. Racers can participate as individuals or teams in beginner, advanced, and kids categories. The event will begin with 1 ski leg, then enter a transition zone where you will either tag a teammate or swap from skis to running shoes, continuing on to 1 trail run leg and the finish.

February 11 - 12, 2017, 13th Annual Southern Vermont Primitive Biathlon
Sponsored by the Manchester Rod & Gun Club will be held on February 11th & 12th, 2017 at The Skinner Hollow Farm in Manchester, Vermont. This year we will be giving away three muzzle loading rifles in our grand prize raffle drawing. Tickets are available now through the event. Contact any Manchester Rod & Gun Club member to get yours before they sell out. You do not have to be present to win. We will also be giving away many fine door prizes at the event.

February 17 -18, Great Ice Festival
The festivities kickoff Friday, February 17 th at 5:30pm with a Christmas tree bonfire on the ice in City Bay. Light food and beverage will be available at the North Hero House Pier, and a full Italian Dinner will be served starting at 6:30, call 802 372 4732 for dinner reservations. Saturday the 18 th starts the first full day of Great Ice! festivities, with free public skating all day, a snow building contest from 10a-1p, The Lake Champlain Islands Business Expo from 10:30a-3:30p, and pickup hockey on our large rink from 2-4pm. All Saturday events are free to the public.Start Sunday the 19 th off with the hearty FlapJack Breakfast from 8:30a-11:30a then put those calories to work with free public skating on our groomed rink in City Bay. When the hunger returns, head back to the village for the Chili Cook-Off from 12:30p-1:30p and fortify yourself for Sled Dog demonstration starting at 2pm. After the demonstration, strap in and enjoy a ride around our village pulled by an enthusiastic team of dogs and guided by an expert musher. Rides are $6 for children $10 for adults, the smiles are free.

February 17 - 20, 2017, Audubon Vermont's Great Backyard Bird Count
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature. Participation is free and easy. Bird watchers count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, then enter their checklists at All the data contributes to a snapshot of bird distribution and help scientists see changes over the past 20 years. Bird watchers from over 100 countries participated in last year’s count, documenting over 5,000 species-- nearly half the possible bird species in the world-- on more than 147,000 bird checklists.

Feb 18, 2017, Harris Hill Ski Jump Pepsi Challenge
Come celebrate a proud, 95-year winter tradition in beautiful Brattleboro, Vermont. The Pepsi Challenge promises breathtaking, heart-stopping ski jumping. Witness athletes as they soar from a 90-meter jump, reaching heights of 300 feet at 60 mph...Harris Hill Ski Jump, Brattleboro, VT.

February 18 - 19, Green Mountain Gun and Knife Show
Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 9am-2pm. CT Valley Auto Auction Bld. 1567 Route 14, White River Jct, VT.

February 18 & 19, 2017 Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition
Brattleboro, Vermont. Some of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers are set to fly at New England’s only Olympic-size venue Feb. 18 and 19 during the annual Harris Hill tournament in Brattleboro, VT. The nearly century-old competition will feature athletes from North America and Europe leaping off a 90-meter hill that’s one of just six of its size in the country. Since its start in 1922, the annual event attracts several thousand spectators who watch jumpers shoot at speeds of 60 mph before soaring more than 300 feet in the air.
This year’s competition will feature the annual Pepsi Challenge on Saturday and Fred Harris Memorial Tournament on Sunday. Harris Hill boasts a snowmaking system, so the program will take place regardless of ground cover in surrounding areas. Gates will open Feb. 18 and 19 at 10 a.m., with trial rounds at 11 a.m., opening ceremonies at noon and competition at 12:45 p.m. The family event offers food and beverage vendors, a bonfire, music, tailgating and appearances by Jumper the cow mascot.

February 18 – 20, 2017 – Fourth Annual Memphremagog Ice Skating Festival
1, 5, 21, and 42 km races on a 1 km oval plus a supported Adventure Skate on a cleared trail north up the lake as far as weather and ice conditions permit (Bring your passport, just in case.) The Festival is hosted by Kingdom Games with the friendship and support of Marathon Skating International, The Memphremagog Ice Skating Club, The Eastside Restaurant, 47 Landing Street, Newport, VT and Newport Inn & Suites. In 2017, we will offer three days of ice skating on Lake Memphremagog. The 1 and 5 km races on Saturday morning are free and open to the public. The charge will be $35 for each day’s activity, i.e, the 21 km race on Saturday, the 42 km race on Sunday, and the Adventure Skate on Monday. $90 for all three days.

February 19, 2017, 30th Annual Camel's Hump Challenge
Are you ready to ski 'round the Hump? Registration is open for the 30th Annual Camel's Hump Challenge! The Camel’s Hump Challenge offers a rigorous wilderness ski touring experience where spirited backcountry Nordic skiers traverse around the perimeter of Camels Hump - the third highest peak (4083’) in Vermont’s Green Mountains - to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Originally founded by the late Dr. Warren Beeken, the Camels Hump Challenge operates as a fundraiser to support the educational programs and services offered by the Alzheimer's Association, Vermont Chapter.

February 19, Backcountry Ski Series: Tour de Hor
9am-1pm, $15. The Northeast Kingdom Backcountry Coalition (NEKBC), a chapter of the Catamount Trail Association, has worked closely with the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation to create a new backcountry ski destination on Mount Hor, above magnificent Willoughby Lake. While many have enjoyed the groomed cross-country trails in this section of the Willoughby State Forest, the NEKBC has helped to make the steeper terrain more accessible to backcountry skiers. Bring a bag lunch, hot thermos, and plenty of warm layers, as well as alpine touring gear.

February 25, 2017, TorchLight Ski & Snowshoe
from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2059 Darling Hill Rd. Lyndonville, VT 05828. Check in at the Kingdom Trail Nordic Adventure Ctr. and then head out for a night time snowshoe or ski on the cross country ski trails. Solar torches will be your guide (but make sure that you have a headlamp) to a bonfire and hot chocolate. Great friends and family outing. $5 non/members- free for members.

Feb 25, Moving Up on Ice Workshops
Take your range of mountain skills to a new level. Integrating ice climbing skills into your climbing kit opens up a host of interesting alpine objectives both in the Northeast and beyond. Whether you've had your eye on a technical ascent of Mt. Washington's Huntington Ravine, considered Mount Baker's North Ridge in the North Cascades, or been tantalized by Peruvian gems like Alpamayo, this workshop will be a valuable tool in moving forward—and upward!

February 25, Bird Monitoring Walk
8:00am-9:00am, All birders welcome on the monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum's trails in forest and meadow. We often have coffee afterwards, indoors at our viewing window. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register with  or call (802) 434-2167

February 25 - Ice Climbing with Petra Cliffs
at 9 AM - 12 PM. Learn the exhilarating sport of ice climbing! Join the Green Mountain Club and Petra Cliffs for a full day of climbing in beautiful Smuggler’s Notch. With the guidance of a professional instructor, you will learn how to move over easy to moderate terrain while ascending frozen waterfalls. No climbing experience is necessary. Cost includes an AMGA certified ice guide and all technical climbing equipment. Group will meet in the morning for a boot fitting, harness sizing and introduction at the Green Mountain Club Headquarters in Waterbury Center.

February 25 & 26, The 45th Annual Great Benson Ice Fishing Derby
Sponsored by the Fair Haven Rotary Club. All Vermont Waters & Lake Champlain. Headquarters at Crystal Beach Lake Bomoseen, 3727 Rte 30 N, Castleton, VT. Over $10,000 in Cash Prizes, Paying 3 places in 5 Categories: Lake Trout, Other Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass. Plus a $300 prize for "Biggest Other". Kid's division pays 5 places for heaviest string of 3 Perch. $25 Adult Entry, $5 for Kids (under 12) For ticket information; . Contact; Jeff Larson 802-558-2561 or follow on facebook; 

February 26, 2017, TorchLight Ski & Snowshoe
from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2059 Darling Hill Rd. Lyndonville, VT 05828. Check in at the Kingdom Trail Nordic Adventure Ctr. and then head out for a night time snowshoe or ski on the cross country ski trails. Solar torches will be your guide (but make sure that you have a headlamp) to a bonfire and hot chocolate. Great friends and family outing. $5 non/members- free for members.


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March 2017

March 3 - 5, 2017, Third Annual Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival
Lake Memphremagog, The Eastside Restaurant & Pub, Newport, Vermont. In previous yearst, water temperatures were 30 to 31Degrees Fahrenheit and air temperatures ranged from 10 Degrees to 25 Degrees Fahrenheit. The swim is hosted by The Memphremagog Winter Swimming Society, a volunteer group of feisty winter swimmers operating in collaboration with and under the umbrella of Kingdom Games. The mission of the Society is to assure that winter swimming continues on Lake Memphremagog for years to come and establish friendships with other winter swimmers around North America and around the world. Space will be limited. On line registration is now open. Deadline for registrations is February 15, 2017 at noon.

March 3 - 5, 2017, Winter Doe Camp
A Winter Retreat for Adventurous Women at the Hulbert Outdoor Center. Fairlee, VT - Announcing a Winter Retreat for Adventurous Women! Vermont Outdoors Woman will soon begin registration for its Annual Winter Doe Camp at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT. Participants can camp out or stay in heated cabins at night and play in the snow all day. Spend the weekend learning winter outdoors skills while staying near the shores of Lake Morey! Classes such as archery, fire making, traditional winter camping, survival, cross country skiing, orienteering, spring turkey hunting, ice fishing and many more will be offered. Don't miss the opportunity to receive affordable outdoor education in a stress-free, supportive environment. The minimum age is 15 and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Cost for the all inclusive weekend program is $370. Gift certificates and day fee's are also available. Visit the website for more information:

March 4, 2017, Winterbike
On March 4, 2017, we celebrate the burgeoning fatbike culture by hosting an event and demo day. Group rides, vendors, bon fire, fun games, races and beverages. Kingdom Trails and MTBVT are scheming for some of the best Winterbike shenanigans yet!!! Technically, Winterbike is still a 1 day event on Saturday- but we have added a couple of extra activities around that one day of fatbike debauchery.

March 4, Green Mountain Club’s 21st Annual Winter Trails Day
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, At Long Trail Brewing in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. Try out winter hiking with experienced GMC leaders and join our great community for a fun-filled day at Long Trail Brewing in Bridgewater Corners. There will be guided group hikes, winter skills workshops, snowshoe demos, kids’ activities, and a bonfire all day. Then stay for the après party with food and drinks provided by Long Trail Brewing, and a big raffle! $10 suggested donation per person. Kids under 12 free.

March 4, 2017, The Frigid Infliction
The Frigid Infliction is an 8-hour winter adventure race for teams of two or three. This race is scheduled for Saturday, March 4th 2017 near Bolton Valley, VT. We’re taking a slightly different approach for 2017 to reduce the scope of planning efforts but still offer a challenging, navigation-laden event in the snow. This race features several winter disciplines as well as requiring you to continually navigate. If you have never done an adventure race before, this is the perfect one to start with. This was the first adventure race for about a third of the participants the past six years, so don’t be intimidated! Teams do not need support crews for this event. Outside of what is provided by the race organizers, teams must be self-sufficient. This is an adventure, after all!

March 10 - 11, 2017, Peak Snowshoe Marathon & Ultra with 6 miles distance too
Ultra Snowshoe Race – 100 miles and Snowshoe Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, and 10k Option. The course will be a rugged 6.5 mile loop in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Each loop has 1200 vertical.

Mar. 11-12 Green Mountain Gun and Knife Show
Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 9am-2pm. Franklin Center, 1 Scale Avenue, Rutland, VT.

March 11 - April 28, Special Snow Goose Harvest Opportunity

March 25, 2017, Penguin Plunge
Welcome to the 2017 Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge at Stratton Mountain. On behalf of the 1,500 Special Olympics Vermont athletes, Unified partners and their families, thank you for braving the icy waters. Your fundraising efforts help break down barriers for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and provide life changing sports training and competition opportunities. To learn more about all of the programs and opportunities that Special Olympics offers visit

March 25-26 - Craftsbury Spring Fling and Club Relay Championship
This festive weekend of racing will kick off with the first annual New England Club Relay Championship followed by the Craftsbury Spring Fling the following day. All relay participants will receive a $10 discount for the Spring Fling. The NE Club Relay Championship, hosted by Mansfield Nordic Club, will attract skiers of all ages and abilities and is perfect way to involve all club members in a fun and exciting event. The race format will be four legs of 5km (2 CL and 2 FS). The four person relay teams will be placed in two age group categories. Combined age of 200 years and over and combined age 199 years and under. Each official team must be from the same NENSA Club/team. Unofficial teams (unofficial:not from the same club/team) may enter as well, but will not score for the official club championship award. Team awards will also be presented to the top Male team, Female team, and mixed team (made up of at least two women) for the two age groups.


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April 2017

April 22, 2017, Rasputitsa Gravel Road Race
Rasputitsa is Russian for the mud season when roads become difficult to traverse. The Rasputitsa is a psychotic 40 mile, insane, drop to your knees and cry sufferfest with an absurdly section so difficult that people won’t believe your stories called Cyberia.

April 29th, 2017, Muddy Onion Spring Classic Dirt Road Ride
Celebrate early spring in true Vermont style and come explore New England’s most beautiful, scenic and iconic dirt roads at this 34-mile fully-supported gravel ride. Then stick around afterwards for our famous post-ride barbecue—complimentary with registration! As for the ride itself, expect no less than chocolate-covered bacon, maple syrup shots, early season burning legs, and a little gravel magic along the way…see you all Saturday, April 29th! Start/Finish: The ride will start at 9:30am in the Onion River Sports’ parking lot. Finish and post-ride meal will be in the shop parking lot, and Langdon Street will be open to foot traffic only (closed to all vehicles except bikes!).



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May 2017

May 1, Regular Spring Turkey Hunting Season Starts.

May 7, 2017, The Middlebury Maple Run
This is one of New England’s “must-do” road races. The Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half has earned a reputation as being well-organized and friendly. Plus, we can’t resist mentioning the beautiful, scenic course that features vistas of the Green Mountains and Adirondacks.

May 20, 2017, Dandelion Run – Just for the Fun of It!
In Memory and in Honor of Terri Weed, Half Marathon, 10K and 4 Mile Run, Bike. or Hike. 9:00 am, Derby Beach House, 220 4 H Road, Derby, VT. The Dandelion Run is a competitive and recreational half marathon on back roads deep in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Don’t let the name fool you. The “Dandy” is a hilly, thigh-burning challenge. Your reward: a run that takes you through farms and forests, on dirt roads through uncut green fields blanketed with millions and millions of dandelions. The “Kingdom” is one of the first geotourism areas in the world, specially designated by National Geographic. And there is no more beautiful time of year than the height of dandelion season. It’s Spring! It’s time to run!! Just for the fun of it!!! The run also offers less hilly 10 k, 4 mile and 2 mile options for runners, bikers, and “hikers.” Pricing varies depending on the course.

May 21, 2017, Shires of Vermont Marathon
The Shires of Vermont Marathon was the first marathon I had ever run. I worked hard all winter to embrace crossing the finish line on that 90-something degree day. The shires has a place in my heart and as we go into the 6th year hosting just the marathon, I hope many who have run this race in prior years and those who have it on your running bucket list to participate will get the chance in 2017. Although the day will only consist of the marathon, it will be a day to remember of beautiful scenery, great support, and celebration finishing the Shires of Vermont Marathon. Join us Sunday, May 21, 2017 as many volunteers come together to share their communities' beautiful course.

May 26 - 27, 2017, Vermont City Marathon Sport & Fitness Expo
The Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, 870 Williston Road, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.
May 28, Vermont City Marathon and Relay

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June 2016

June 3-4-5, 2016, Strolling of the Heifers Weekend
JUNE 3, Gallery Walk & Street Festival, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Main Street and the River Garden, Food, music, dancing and fun at our annual downtown block party! JUNE 4:, The Strolling of the Heifers Parade, 10 a.m. sharp, up Main Street. The heifers lead the parade, so don’t be late! NO DOGS, PLEASE! Pre-parade entertainment! JUNE 5, Famous Farmers Breakfast, Tour de Heifer, Vermont’s most challenging dirt road cycling rides — 15, 30 or 60 miles (plus family-friendly 3-mile Round Mountain hike) Beginning and ending at Lilac Ridge Farm, W. Brattleboro.

June 4, National Trails Day

June 4, 2016, Vermont Gran Fondo
9 a.m. The Vermont Gran Fondo is a non-competitive ride through Vermont’s Green Mountains. This ride will test your fitness with its challenging climbs across Appalachian Gap, Moretown Mountain, Roxbury Gap and Lincoln Gap. There are amazing views at the top each gap—savor them for a moment before you speed downhill. Start/finish: Woodchuck Hard Cider, 1321 Exchange Street, Middlebury, VT 05753. The Vermont Gran Fondo is a non-competitive ride through Vermont’s Green Mountains. This ride will test your fitness with its challenging climbs across Appalachian Gap, Moretown Mountain, Roxbury Gap and Lincoln Gap. There are amazing views at the top each gap—savor them for a moment before you speed downhill. Three ride options: Gran Fondo: 105 miles, 10,000+ feet of climbing (all four gaps), Medio Fondo: 64 miles, 6,800’ feet of climbing (Lincoln & App gaps), Piccolo Fondo: 43 miles, 3,700’ feet of climbing (Baby App Gap).

June 4, Girls on the Run Vermont
5k Run/Walk @ Champlain Valley Expo. Anyone who has been to a Girls on the Run 5k knows that it is unlike any other running event. It is a celebration of and for the girls who are completing a ten week season of the Girls on the Run program. By the day of the 5k, their enthusiasm is so unbridled that they are running around before the race! Positive energy abounds as the girls dance to warm-up music, get their hair “happied” and “tattoos” on their faces, and gather with their teammates to hold hands as they head to the starting line. Our 5k is a non-competitive event (with each girl proudly wearing a “1” on her bib) that will bring a smile to your face. You will be so glad you joined us!

June 5, Onion River Race and Ramble
The 2016 Onion River Race and Ramble will be held on Sunday June 5th. Come join friends and neighbors and to enjoy a paddle along the Winooski River between Bolton and Richmond. It promises to be a day of excitement, camaraderie, and fun! Proceeds from the race will support river restoration initiatives in the watershed. The Race and Ramble has a paddling class for everyone! Want to paddle but not race? Be a Rambler. Want to paddle as a family? Sign up for the Youth/Family class. Want to race but don't have a long or fancy boat? Join one of the Recreational classes. And of course, there are classes for the fast and furious! We also have an option to compete as a 2 to 4 person team.

June 8, Moosalamoo Association Meeting
On behalf of the Moosalamoo Association (MA) we invite you, or a representative from your organization, to participate in a meeting/working session with us and other recreation-based and interested partners of the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area (MNRA) to be held on Wednesday June 8, 2016 4-6pm at Blueberry Hill Inn, Goshen, VT (Tel. 802-247-6735). Refreshments to be served. This will be an opportunity, particularly after this challenging winter, for all recreational organizations to discuss the current status and future of outdoor activities within the MNRA and how we can strengthen our collaboration to help realize the goal of making this area a world-class destination for visitors. Please RSVP by replying to  with the name of who is attending.

June 10–11, Northern Forest Canoe Trail Paddling Festival
Saranac Lake, N.Y. Organized by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the festival celebrates the kickoff of the summer paddling season and provides a setting for thru-paddlers—those who have paddled the entire 740-mile trail—to gather. Clinics and guided trips are suitable for beginner paddlers and are family-friendly. The event starts Friday night with a slideshow presentation at Mount Pisgah ski lodge about the 2015 thru-paddle by northern Adirondack residents Jim Sausville, Mike Peabody, Nick Gowans, and Chris Burnham. Saturday will begin with morning paddling clinics at Lake Colby, followed by afternoon guided trips on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. The day will conclude with a gathering at the Mount Pisgah ski lodge, where there will be a paddlers’ panel discussion, dinner, and slideshow presentation, “Paddling North American Waters” by Jack Drury and Doug Fitzgerald.

June 11, Vermont Bass Fishing Season Opens

June 11, Vermont’s Summer Free Fishing Day

June 12, EMS Kayak and SUP Demo Day
At Red Rocks Park in South Burlington on Central Ave. It will be from 10am-4pm, it is free of charge, and attendees will be given the opportunity to try out as many kayaks and SUPs as they would like and will also be receiving a significant discount offer if they are interested in purchasing.

June 16 - June 18, Killington’s Downhill Throwdown
2nd Annual Skateboard and Street Luge.

June 17-19, 2016, NEMBAfest
Celebrating Summer & All things Mountain Biking! Experience over 100 miles of unique trails and terrain that makes Kingdom Trails. Enjoy a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend of riding, camping, demo-ing the latest mountain bikes, checking out all the gadgets and gear, rockin’ to great music, and enjoying yummy local food & drink in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom! New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA),

June 18, 2016, 9th Annual Run for Empowerment
9:00 AM at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. 5K Walk/Run ~ 10K Run ~ 1K Kids’ Fun Run. June 17th from 11-7 at Skirack for early registration and bib pick-up. 1k Kid’s Fun Run will begin at 9:00 am. 5k Run/Walk and 10K Run will start as soon as the last child crosses the finish line.

June 18, Lake Memphremagog Swim
Kingdom Games hosts 2, 4 and 6-mile swims in Lake Memphremagog and can be used as a qualifier for other open water swims.

June 18, Switchback Bike for the Lake
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, Do your part for clean water, get some great exercise, connect with friends, and experience some of Vermont’s most stunning scenery all at the same time this summer at our annual Switchback Bike for the Lake supported ride! Funds raised from this event will support the work of Friends of Northern Lake Champlain on projects prevent nutrient pollution and ensure that we can still enjoy this natural treasure for many generations to come!

June 18th, Green Mountain Harley Rolling Bike Night - A&W Night
Middlebury, VT - Green Mountain Harley's first Rolling Bike Night is Saturday, June 18th, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Ride-in and purchase dinner and you will receive a small root beer float from for free. There will be raffles and give-aways. Meet at the dealership at 5:30 to ride to A&W or meet the group there at 6 p.m.

June 18-20, 2016, 35th Anniversary of the LCI Fishing Derby
Come Celebrate Family, Friends, and Fishing with LCI!

June 19, Worcester 4 Mile Challenge and 2 Mile Fun Run
10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Start at the intersection of West Hill Rd., Hampshire Hill Rd., and Minister Brook Rd. 4 Mile Challenge: An out and back course following upper Minister Brook Road. Up hill on the way out, down hill on return. 2 Mile Fun Run: Follows upper Minister Brook Road, turn around at Kimball Road. Race benefits the Worcester Historical Society. $10 ($5 if under 15). 

June 23, 2016, Bird Banding: Science in Action
7:00am - 11:00am, Join us at Green Mountain Audubon's bird banding station this summer. We'll walk you through the banding process, from mist nets to data sheets. Learn about Audubon's bird conservation and view wild birds up close. Bring a camera, mud boots, and a cup of coffee. Ages: All ages welcome. Fee: $5 suggested donation. Call ahead to the office: 802-434-3068

June 25, 6th annual Long Trail Century Ride
The annual Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is a recreational century ride that starts and ends at Long Trail Brewery on Route 4 in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. The first 500 participants to register will receive a lift ticket voucher to ski or ride Killington Resort during the 2016-2017season! In addition to the century, shorter rides of 60- and 20-miles plus a family-friendly 5K route allow participants to cycle through the towns of Killington, Pittsfield, Bethel, Barnard, Woodstock, Ludlow, Bridgewater, and Plymouth, Vermont. Quaint villages, the scenery of Route 100 and U.S. Route 4, the Crossroad of Vermont Byway, the seventh of its kind recently designated by the Vermont Transportation Board, are incorporated into the routes.

June 25, Piece Ride for Autism
10 a.m. - Williston, VT - The 4th Annual Piece Ride to benefit Camp Kaleidoscope at the Common Ground Center is Saturday, June 25th. Registration is at 10:00 a.m. at Roadside Motosports in Williston. Following the ride there is lunch and door prizes at the Backstage Pub and Restaurant. Your $25 entry fee includes one door prize ticket, an official ride t-shirt, lunch and lot's of fun! Proceeds from the ride will benefit Camp Kaleidoscope, a summer camp for families affected by autism. Camp Kaleidoscope was created by families for families and inlcudes unique features such as universally accessible activities, arts, nature and educational opportunities.

Jun 25, Newport Sprint Triathlon
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, The event consists of ½ mile swim, 13 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run. Race in and along the shores of the Memphremagog as an individual or relay team.

June 25, 2016, Missisquoi River Paddle-Pedal
Paddle and pedal with friends and family in northern Vermont! The Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal event celebrates recreation along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail PaddlePedalRichford 2014between Richford and East Berkshire, VT. The event combines 6.5 miles of flatwater paddling along the Wild and Scenic Missisquoi River and 4.5 miles of cycling back on an adjacent rail trail. This is a family friendly event for all ages, and includes an optional race class, for folks looking for some friendly competition!

8:00am-9:00am. Join fellow birders (and would-be birders) on the monthly monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars.
Free • Please pre-register  or call (802) 434-2167

June 25-26, 2016, Abenaki Heritage Weekend
Vergennes: This special weekend hosted by Lake Champlain Maritime Museum gives visitors an Abenaki perspective on life in the Champlain Valley. Members of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk and Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation, and the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association work with Museum staff to plan and present the event. The Native people at this event are experts in the living indigenous arts and traditions which they come together to share with one another and with visitors. They have inherited, researched, reconstructed, or apprenticed to learn the techniques with which they create outstanding beadwork, quillwork, basketry, pottery, woodworking and other items for personal use or for sale. Tribal members will also share songs, drumming, dancing, games, food preparation, and other life skills.

June 25 - 26, Ditch Pickle Classic Fly Fishing Tournament
Swanton, VT. - The 2016 Ditch Pickle Classic Fly Fishing Tournament on Lake Champlain! The 2016 DPC based out of Swanton, Vermont will be held on June 25th-26th on beautiful Lake Champlain. The DPC is open to anglers of all ages and skill levels. You don't need a big fancy bass boat to fish the DPC either! Kayaks, canoes and motor boats are all permitted. The DPC is a team event and we make every effort to pair people up with team mates and fill empty seats in boats. Each team will have 1-3 anglers and, if you want to be a 1-man team, you will be responsible for the team entry fee of $100. If you are your own 1-man team, you must still have a co-rider to assist with photographic documentation of your catch! We're allowing more than 1 team to fish from a boat as long as it's within reason. Spectators may ride along or pilot a boat for a team.

June 26, 42nd Annual Paul Mailman 10 Miler
8:30 am – 11:00 am. Starts and ends on Montpelier High School track. Flat to rolling out and back course over primarily dirt roads. Four water stations. Miles accurately marked. USATF certified course VT09004RF. Gift certificate/merchandise prize to top male and female and for top finishers in each age division. $12 pre-registration or $15 race-day registration. 

June 26, Central Vermont Cycling Tour
8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Fully supported dirt-road bike ride with food stops. All-you-can eat lunch. 13-, 33-, or 60-mile loops; register online or on the day of the event. $50 (free for under 17).

June 26, Festival of Fidos & 15th Annual 5K
These combined events benefit Lacey’s Fund: a fund for retired police dogs of the Vermont Police Canine Association. The 15th Annual 5K race will kick off in the morning with preregistration starting at 7:30 a.m. The Festival of Fidos will follow with food and vendors.

June 26 - 29 - Motorcycle Sport Touring Association - National Rally
Stratton, VT - The Motorcycle Sport Touring Association is having their national rally, June 26th - 30th in Stratton, Vermont at the Stratton Mountain Resort. The event will feature group rides, routes for self-paced rides, social gatherings, seminars and vendors. The Honda demo truck will be onsite throughout the rally, starting on Saturday June 25th. Demo's will include the latest bikes from the Honda line-up, including the much anticipated Africa Twin adventure bike. Demo rides will follow an extended, 15-20 mile format to allow participants amble time to sample the machines. There will also be a daily Lunch Run demo, where Honda will take a limited number of riders on a longer ride through the Vermont countryside and provide a hot lunch.


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July 2016

July 2, 2016, - Fairlee Forest Festival,

A celebration of Vermont's magnificent forests, Saturday July 2, 2016, 11-6 on the Fairlee, VT town common. Bring the whole family—rain or shine. There will be wildlife exhibits, “mountain” music all afternoon, children’s programs, Abenaki woodland songs and stories, skills workshops, presentations on topics ranging from birds to forestry, and booths by area organizations working in conservation and forest management, as well as producers of artisanal forest products, foods, and crafts. Presenters include two of Vermont’s favorite natural history centers, one of its last horse loggers, Abenaki cultural interpreter and author Michael Caduto, and experts from Audubon Vermont, the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, and the state agencies responsible for Vermont’s wildlife and forests. On Sunday July 3, visitors can join these expert interpreters on one of four guided hikes in Fairlee Town Forest. Admission to all events is free. For information on the forest and festival, visit

July 2, 2016: Son of a Swim
2, 4,and 6 mile swims in Lake Memphremagog. (Can be used as a qualifier for Kingdom Swim)(Cap of 10 on each swim).

July 3, Firecracker 5K
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Join the Town of Williston and the American Cancer Society as we partner to fight back against cancer and celebrate with pre-July 4th festivities! The run will begin at 6:00pm at the Williston Community Park (by the bathrooms), with registration opening at 5:00pm. After going along the bike path, the run will end on the Village Green with a live band, and ice cream greeting our runners! Every runner will receive a complimentary race shirt! All proceeds will benefit Relay For Life Nordic Style!

July 8, Bird Banding: Science in Action
7:00am - 11:00am Drop in any time. Stay as long as you like. Join us at Green Mountain Audubon's bird banding station this summer. We'll walk you through the banding process, from mist nets to data sheets. Learn about Audubon's bird conservation and view wild birds up close. Bring a camera, mud boots, and a cup of coffee. Ages: All ages welcome. Fee: $5 suggested donation.

July 8-10, 2016, Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
Come to the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival and let your spirit soar as more than 25 hot-air balloons fill the sky. Enjoy free admission when you stay at Stoweflake and don’t miss a single moment. View breathtaking launches, enjoy live entertainment, all while sitting back and relaxing with offerings in the beer and wine garden. Kick start your getaway with a Bloody Mary and delicious breakfast at Charlie B’s. Take a dip in our indoor swimming pool or venture out into the many shops of the Mountain Road Marketplace before the festival. You’ll be delighted by all the activities you can take part in all within walking distance of Stoweflake!

July 9, Mansfield Nordic Club Trail Run and BBQ
10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Mansfield Nordic Club hosts a 5km trail race through beautiful winding pasture fields and old sugar roads in Charlotte! This fundraiser is a low-key, hand-timed event and is open to all ages and ability levels. Post-race activities include lawn games, a BBQ, and raffle prizes from Skirack. All proceeds benefit Mansfield Nordic Club programs.

July 09, 2016, July Bird Monitoring Walk
7:00am - 9:00am Huntington, Vermont. Beginning birders learn bird song basics, intermediates fine tune their field mark identification, and experts share their passion for all things ornithological. Following a regular monitor route, we visit different bird habitats at the Audubon Center's Important Bird Area. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public.

July 9, Firewalk - Blazing your Trail to Soul
This evening is a 3-4 hour workshop in which we explore personal obstacles, fears and courage, goals and empowerment. You will be given all the guidance necessary to walk the fire at the end of the evening. There is no need to decide now if you will walk the fire, and you are not required to walk the coals to participate.

July 10, 2016, Green Mountain Dockdogs, Newbie Session
1 handler/ 1 dog per slot, Fee is $10 which can be applied toward your 2016 GMDD membership (valid same day only), Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT. Location: Splashes N Wags, 200 Phyllis Lane, Bennington, VT 05201. Our next newbie session. Also depending on demand, we will add more time slots as needed. See you on the dock!!

July 13 - 17, Summer Hunter Jumper Show
Three rings of competition in hunters, jumpers, and equitation. Book your stalls NOW- they will be going fast! Trainers, please send the Trainer Stabling Form with check or credit card number to hold your stalls. Schedule: Tuesday, July 12: Stables Open for arrivals. Wednesday, July 13: Warm-ups in all rings, Trail Adventure Challenge opens for the week. Thursday, July 14: UNRECOGNIZED Hunter Ring classes, Team Jumper Challenge, Lobster Bake, Equitation Warm-ups. Friday-Sunday, July 15-17: Summer Hunter Jumper Show- USEF “Local” Competition – NEHC “C” Rated – VHJA Affiliated – Marshall & Sterling Medals & Hunter Classics.

July 14, Bird Banding: Science in Action
7:00am - 11:00am Drop in any time. Stay as long as you like. Join us at Green Mountain Audubon's bird banding station this summer. We'll walk you through the banding process, from mist nets to data sheets. Learn about Audubon's bird conservation and view wild birds up close. Bring a camera, mud boots, and a cup of coffee. Ages: All ages welcome. Fee: $5 suggested donation.

July 16, Introductory Bird-Friendly Sugarbush Management
9:00am - 12:00pm, Sugarbushes not only provide us with maple syrup, they also provide nesting habitat for a variety of songbirds. The Green Mountain Audubon Center’s sugarbush will serve as an outdoor classroom for learning the principles of bird-friendly sugarbush management. Learn about bird species that commonly nest in “the bush”, what their habitat needs are, and practical forest management approaches to integrating bird habitat with sap production. Opportunities for getting involved with the Bird-Friendly Maple Project will also be explored. This workshop is geared toward beginner and/or hobby maple producers with limited knowledge of sugarbush management.

July 16-17, 2016, 28th Annual Vermont 100 Endurance Ride and Run
Location: South Woodstock area, - The Vermont 100 Endurance Race is one of the original 100 mile runs in the USA and a part of the Grand Slam Series of Ultrarunning. Each year, 300 runners attempt to finish this hilly race over beautiful Vermont back roads and trails under the 30 hour cutoff point, and a well-trained few finish in under 24 hours. The race proceeds support Vermont Adaptive.

July 17, Vermont Sun Triathlon
600 yard Swim | 14 mile Bike | 3.1 mile Run, Lake Dunmore, Vermont. Nestled against the Green Mountains, just below Rattlesnake Point is Branbury State Park. The lake region is a most spectacular and pristine place to swim, bike and run. Novice and advanced athletes alike marvel the beauty of our courses and enjoy the mountains, lakes and streams of Central Vermont.

July 17, 2016, Champ's Challenge for CF
The "Champ's Challenge for CF" is an opportunity to engage in practicing an active lifestyle, while also supporting the CFLF mission. This fundraising ride offers a 40-mile course for more advanced cyclists, an 8-mile course for more recreational riders and families, or a 5k Walk/Run for participants preferring not to ride. Hosted by the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, VT the event offers a full BBQ luncheon on the shore of Lake Champlain. Many cyclists travel from out-of-state to partake in the incredible ride enjoying lake and Adirondack views, and may utilize a provided list of accommodations in this site. But book early, as this is the most popular time of year to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Vermont!

July 22 - 24, Annual Vermont Mountain Bike Festival
Sugarbush Ski Resort, There's a reason others host their mountain bike festivals in Vermont... It's no surprise to us! The VMBA Annual Mountain Bike Festival is hands down the best festival value every year. VMBA chapters are incredible! The result? We keep the event moving, which means you get to learn about more trails, meet more cool people and save some dough for that upgrade you've been eyeing. Want to check out the scene as a non-rider? No porblem. VMBA doesn't charge for public curiousity - we encourage it! Register today and grab guided acess to a whole new network of trails. Get a bigger return from your festival time and keep it moving!

July 23, 38th Annual Bear Swamp Run
Middlesex, VT - A 5.7 mile loop course on mostly dirt roads climbs 450 feet first 3 miles, then gradually descends to the finish. $10, race-day registration available. 

July 24, 3rd Annual Car Show
3rd Annual Car show returns this year! It is on SUNDAY July 24th from 10-2. Food once again hosted by the Windsor Rotary Club. Prizes awarded for many categories! 841 US RT 5N, Windsor, Vermont 05089, Call 802-674-5506 or message this page/Frazer Insurance Group for more details!

July 28 - 30, Iron Adventure Run
Ludlow, VT - The 2016 Iron Adventure is July 28-30th at the Jackson Gore Inn, in Ludlow Vermont. The Iron Adventure Run is a five state Harley Owners Group rally, open to riders of all brands of motorcycles. The Quilts of Valor Project will be a part of the Ladies of Harley Room. Presentation of quilts will occur on Saturday, July 30, on the Green in Chester, Vermont. A Bike parade, fireworks, raffles, vendors and RIDES! RIDES! RIDES! as well as Biker Bingo, Biker Games and Ride In Bike Show will be a part of the 2016 Event. Preregistration is open through June 9th. for details including schedule of events.

July 30, AquaFest 2016
AquaFest will be held July 30th on the lawns at the Emory Hebbard State Building in Newport. More details to come.

July 30, 2016 – Eighth Annual Kingdom Swim
– 25 km, Border Buster, 10 mile, 6.2 mile, 3.1 mile, 1 mile swims for adults and youth, plus ¼ mile and 100 yard swims for youth. On Lake Memphremagog, Kingdom Swim 2016 will be the venue of the USMS National 10 Mile Championships as well asthe World 10 Mile Open Water Championship sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association. Join us Friday evening before the swim for our Pirate Proemenade and a great pasta dinner under the tents. No Lanes-No Lines-No Limits!

8:00am-9:00am. Join fellow birders (and would-be birders) on the monthly monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars.
Free • Please pre-register  or call (802) 434-2167

July 30 - 31, Burlington Maritime Festival
Don’t miss LCMM at the Burlington Maritime Festival, Saturday and Sunday, July 30 & 31, on the Burlington Waterfront! Tour the Schooner Lois McClure at her home berth of Perkin’s Pier, see traditional maritime skills demonstrations including log rolling and metal working, and go for a row in one of our Champlain Longboats with an expert LCMM guide!


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August 2016

August 2, Bird Banding: Science in Action
7:00am - 11:00am Drop in any time. Stay as long as you like. Join us at Green Mountain Audubon's bird banding station this summer. We'll walk you through the banding process, from mist nets to data sheets. Learn about Audubon's bird conservation and view wild birds up close. Bring a camera, mud boots, and a cup of coffee. Ages: All ages welcome. Fee: $5 suggested donation.

August 6, 2016, EFTA Mountain Bike Race at Craftsbury
We're stoked to host an EFTA Vermont stop for the third straight year. As has become habit, we have more trails for you to race on than the last time you were here. We've added another couple k, bringing us up to around a 6 mile lap featuring the full spectrum of New England riding from machine built flow to hand-hewn, rooty gnar. C'mon up, race bikes, then go ride long at Kingdom Trails on Sunday, keep heading north and cheer on Lea et al at Mt. St. Anne, or just check out our neighbors at the General Store, C Village Store, Pete's Greens or Hill Farmstead Brewery.

August 6, 2016 – Sixth Annual Seymour Swim
– 3.5 mile and 1.75 mile swimming only option but also part of Kingdom Triathlon. We figured, while we had the buoys up we might as well invite swimmers to join us in one of the most pristine lakes in The Americas.

August 6, Upper Valley Trails Alliance Stoaked Trail Race
Start time: 9 am A Western NH Trail Running Series race held on the rolling Oak Hill XC trails. The race course is very well laid out to basically include just about every facet of trail running. The first few miles are on the XC ski trails and climb all the way to the top of Oak Hill. Once you hit the single track we promise that you will be grinning from ear to ear as it really becomes fun, tight and fast! You will do a mixture of XC trails and singletrack all the way back to the start area where you will then continue on to the Rollercoaster loop around Storrs Pond to finish. Start / Finish Location: Storrs Pond Upper Parking Lot 50 Reservoir Road, Hanover, NH 03755

Aug 6, 4th Annual Vermont Veterans Ride
Registration: 9 - 10:45; Ride leaves at 11 a.m. - St Albans, VT. - The American Legion, Green Mountain Post #1 is having their 4th Annual Vermont Veterans Event to benefit Vermont Veterans Causes on August 6th. Join them on an escorted 100 mile ride through Vermont to support our service men and women. After the ride enjoy some good food with some great people! The ride meets at the American Legion Post #1 in St Albans. Registration is from 9 a.m. to 10:45. The ride leaves at 11 a.m. The cost is $30 per bike (includes passenger). There is a cash grill and bar after the event. The event is held rain or shine.

August 6, 2016, Family Paddle Day at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
Easy instruction on August 6 for families who are first-time paddlers. Swanton, Vt. – The Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge will be offering a family paddling day on Saturday, August 6 at the refuge at Louie’s Landing (Mac’s Bend Road) in Swanton, Vermont. Morning instruction will focus on beginner basics like how to fit a life jacket, how to get in and out of a canoe, and how to paddle. Participants can then test their new skills during an easy paddle on the Missisquoi River, and look for bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, and turtles. Check-in will be at 9:00 am. Space is limited; advance registration is required. Register for free at A free lunch will be provided at noon by the Friends of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge at the refuge visitor center. Instruction and use of canoes and gear are being generously donated by Montgomery Adventures. More details are at

August 6, Hatchery Day in Vermont
Hatchery Day, which will be celebrated by open houses and other activities at the state’s hatcheries, will also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bennington Fish Culture Station and the 125th anniversary of the Roxbury Fish Culture Station, a facility soon to be rebuilt following impacts from Tropical Storm Irene.

August 6, 2016, STOAKED Trail Run
Description: Part of the XTERRA STOAKED triathlon weekend. The STOAKED trail race takes place on the rolling Oak Hill XC Trail System. The race course is very well laid out to basically include just about every facet of trail running. The first few miles are on the XC ski trails and climb all the way to the top of Oak Hill. Once you hit the single track we promise that you will be grinning from ear to ear as it really becomes fun, tight and fast! You will do a mixture of XC trails and singletrack all the way back to the start area where you will then continue on to the Rollercoaster loop around Storrs Pond to finish. The last section does include the infamous "Field" section that folks either LOVE or HATE. It is an open field that allows you to see your competition and let you know whether or not you need to throw down on the last 1.5 miles to the finish. The finish to this race has one last hill and it is one that you will remember as you have to dig deep to get to the finish line. This is a Fun, Challenging and extremely rewarding experience that will ignite your passion for trail running! Start / Finish Location: Storrs Pond Upper Parking Lot 50 Reservoir Road, Hanover, NH 03755  Start Time: 9:00 am. Distance: 12.5 km trail run.

August 6, 2016, 9th Annual Fly Fishing Festival: A Taste of the Great Outdoors
10-4 p.m. Celebrate summer at our 9th Annual Fly Fishing Festival! Our signature event of the summer is back showcasing the joy of fly fishing with local vendors, demonstrations, and a gathering of people who are all equally enthused about the sport. This year, we’re kicking it up a notch and adding the celebration of local cuisine with our Taste of the Great Outdoors theme. Local chefs, food trucks, foraging experts, and farmers will partake in the celebration adding a fun element to an already exciting day.You won't want to miss this! Featuring: LIVE MUSIC from the Dear June band, Fly tying lessons from master freshwater and saltwater fly tyers, Casting competitions, Exhibitors such as GuideHire, Berkshire Rivers Fly Fishing, Why Knot Fishing, and more! Demonstrations on Atlantic Salmon fishing, conservation, cooking, and foraging.

August 6-9, MotoVermont Dual-Sport July Training Tour
Jay, VT - The Moto Vermont Three Day Adventure Bike, Dual-Sport Training Tour combines world-class instruction, challenging Vermont back roads and trails, and luxurious accommodations at Jay Peak Resort for a weekend long adventure that you will remember. Spend your days perfecting your off-road riding in mud, rocks and steep hills. Learn the proper techniques for hill climbing, water crossings and riding on rough terrain, while touring remote historic roads through beautiful Vermont. Breakfast, a trail-side lunch and dinner at the resort are included in this package. Dinners feature fresh, local ingredients like Vermont raised meats and Maine seafood. After dinner, relax by the fire with a warm cider or a Vermont microbrew, while recounting the day’s events with your fellow riders.

August 7, 2016, Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival
FIRE UP YOUR DRAGONS! Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont presents the liveliest event of the summer: the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival! It’s 1,600 dedicated Vermonters racing 41-foot long dragon boats for an unforgettable day of fitness, fun, and fundraising. Our community teams are made up of local businesses, non-profits, service groups, neighbors, and families like YOU who know that together we can make a real difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors with cancer. No experience necessary. Come join the fun!

August 8, 2016, Bird Banding: Science in Action
7:00am - 11:00am Drop in any time. Stay as long as you like. Join us at Green Mountain Audubon's bird banding station this summer. We'll walk you through the banding process, from mist nets to data sheets. Learn about Audubon's bird conservation and view wild birds up close. Bring a camera, mud boots, and a cup of coffee. Ages: All ages welcome. Fee: $5 suggested donation.

August 11-14, Vermont Challenge Bike Race
Now in its fifth year, the Vermont Challenge bicycle race returns August 11-14, 2016 with a series of multi-day tour options including a route on Saturday (8/13) that winds up with a four-mile climb to Stratton Mountain Resort in the only mountain-top Gran Fondo finish east of the Continental Divide. In addition to the 100 mile Gran Fondo, the Vermont Challenge will offer both the Medio (68 miles) and Piccolo (26 miles) Fondos so the entire family can enjoy the ride and weekend festivities.

August 13, Burke Mtn's 8th Annual Bike n Brew Fest
Don't miss one of the best bike events of the summer, Burke Mountain's Annual Bike n' Brew festival happening Saturday, August 13th. If you like to bike and you enjoy Vermont craft beers then this event is for you. Bike all day in the Burke Bike Park or enjoy our single track here at Kingdom Trails then head on over to the fest. Dual Slalom Race starts at 3pm with the Bike n' Brew festivities kicking off at 5pm. Live music, bike games including our favorites like the bunny hop, pit bike race, and huffy toss and lots of craft brew favorites will keep us entertained.

Aug. 13, 30th Annual Toy Run
Sat 11 AM · Montpelier, VT. - Show your support for Motorcyclists' Rights and help support the kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children, join us for the 30th Annual Toy Run this August. The 30th Annual Toy Run is Saturday, August 13, 2016. We stage at the Blue Cross parking lot in Berlin, VT starting around 9:00 am, please be there by 11:00 for staging. We leave for the State House in Montpelier at noon sharp. We've invited Lt. Governor Phil Scott to address us at the State House, he has said he wants to but hasn't been able to confirm yet.

August 13, Bird Monitoring Walk
7:00am - 9:00am. Meeting Place: Office Building, Green Mountain Audubon Center. Map:, Beginning birders learn bird song basics, intermediates fine tune their field mark identification, and experts share their passion for all things ornithological. Following a regular monitor route, we visit different bird habitats at the Audubon Center's Important Bird Area. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public. Ages: All ages welcome.

August 13, 2016, Crossbow Demo Day
R&L Archery will be hosting a free Crossbow Demo Day on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 10-4 at Whistling Arrow Archery Club. With the changes to Vermont’s crossbow regulations, hunters 50 years old or older are now allowed to hunt with a crossbow without a special permit. Join us for a day of trying out many different brands and styles of crossbows and talking with factory representatives and R&L pro-staff. This event is geared towards familiarizing all of the potential new crossbow shooters with the operation and limitations of crossbows, as well as an opportunity to try shooting a large assortment of crossbow styles to help determine which may be the best for each individual shooter. This is a free event that will be held rain or shine at Whistling Arrow Archery Club, 965 VT Rte 14, East Montpelier, hosted by R&L Archery in Barre. For more information contact R&L Archery at 802-479-9151 or

August 13 - 21, 2016, SWIM THE KINGDOM WEEK
9 Days –8 Lakes – 45 Miles – 4 Marathons, Swim one day or up to all eight with the option of shorter swims on each day and new this year, the option of doubling up on any day OR ALL 8!

August 14, Vermont Sun Triathlon
600 yard Swim | 14 mile Bike | 3.1 mile Run, Lake Dunmore, Vermont. Nestled against the Green Mountains, just below Rattlesnake Point is Branbury State Park. The lake region is a most spectacular and pristine place to swim, bike and run. Novice and advanced athletes alike marvel the beauty of our courses and enjoy the mountains, lakes and streams of Central Vermont.

Aug 19, Derby Day & Tailgaiting Party
South Woodstock, VT, Join us for a great day of jumping on GMHA’s classic derby course, brought to you by the Kedron Valley Inn! Come on out and grab a FREE ringside tailgating spot! Bring your friends, food, and beverages and enjoy a great evening of competition at GMHA. Tailgaters welcome anytime from noon to 7pm and beyond. Final schedule will be posted here two days prior to the event. When the horses finish, the derby course will go to the dogs! Come check out the Annual Doggy Derby- open to all.

August 20, Vermont Black Bears from A-Z
Saturday, August 20, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mountain Deer Taxidermy, Northfield, VT. This seminar covers basic bear biology, successfully hunting bears, and processing bear meat. Signup deadline: Wednesday, August 17.

August 20, Kingdom Farm and Food Ride
As part of Kingdom Farm and Food Days, we’ll be organizing a backroad bike ride. The vast majority of the roads around the Kingdom remain unpaved, and there’s few better ways to explore them and the countryside than from the seat of a bicycle. Cyclists will enjoy a scenic ride from Craftsbury thru the rolling farms and fields to Greensboro where we’ll quench our thirst at Hill Farmstead – and best of all, riders will enjoy a shuttle ride back to the start. More details to come!

August 20, Youth Waterfowl Hunter Training
Saturday, August 20, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sportsman Club of Franklin County, St. Albans, VT. The seminar will instruct young waterfowlers aged 12 to 17 in waterfowl identification, hunting regulations, duck and goose calling, decoy sets, and safe shooting techniques. Signup deadline: Wednesday, August 17.

August 27, Paddle Lake Memphremagog
Newport, VT. - Join trip leader Russ Ford on this lake that spans the Canada-U.S. border. Paddle from Newport, Vt. to Perkins Landing, Quebec. Skill level: Intermediate; 12 miles of lake paddling with possible waves. Passport or equivalent identification required for the border crossing.

August 27, Small Game Hunting Seminar
Saturday, August 27, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Randolph Fish & Game Club, Randolph, VT. The seminar will feature workshops on hunting rabbits with beagles, hunting ruffed grouse with dogs from former Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry, and squirrel hunting. The seminar will conclude with a shooting workshop hosted by Randolph Fish and Game. Signup deadline: Wednesday, August 24.

August 27, Centennial Celebration at National Park
It’s not every day that you turn 100. So, in honor of the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Site in Woodstock, Vermont is celebrating with a party on Saturday, August 27 from 10am until 4pm. There will be great fan-fair and fun for all ages to mark this special occasion. It's a birthday party for the National Park Service! Get a behind the scenes glimpse of our historical buildings, share your national park memories in our Story Booth, enjoy lawn games like bocce and croquet, golf or play tennis on the estate grounds, paint, picnic, and play in your national park. Check out  for more information, or call 802-457-3368 x222.

August 27 – 28, Wilderness Self Reliance
The Wilderness Self Reliance Weekend is a weekend course designed to cover the basic necessary knowledge one should have on even the most simple outing into the wild. Hunters, hikers, naturalists, travelers, or anyone doing anything in the back country will find this course a helpful compliment to their own skills sets and knowledge. We will cover preparedness, survival mentality, emergency shelters, fire starting through several modern and primitive methods, water gathering and purification, navigation, weather prediction, basic survival food gathering, hunting and trapping, and more. The goal of the course is to provide a practical primer for students so that they will feel more confident and ready to deal with meeting their own needs in the case of emergency.

August 27 - 28, Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car/Motorcycle Show
Friday Night, Ludlow, Vermont Saturday 10am-3pm Show Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts fields in Ludlow, VTSunday 10am-3pm followed by parade through Ludlow.

Aug 27, Bird Monitoring Walk
7:00am - 9:00am Huntington, Vermont. Beginning birders learn bird song basics, intermediates fine tune their field mark identification, and experts share their passion for all things ornithological. Following a regular monitor route, we visit different bird habitats at the Audubon Center's Important Bird Area. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public. Please pre-register,  or call (802) 434-2167

Aug. 28, Race to the Top of Vermont and Kids Fun Run
Stowe Mountain Resort. The North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont draws hikers, bikers, and runners from across the U.S. and Canada to climb the Mt. Mansfield toll road on Sunday, August 28. For some it's all about trying to achieve a fast time up this tough 4.3 mile course. For others - they come to test themselves, and to enjoy the spectacular views. Join us for the Catamount Kids Run for Fun, a .75km or 1.5km untimed mini hill-climb. 100% of the money raised goes to support the Catamount Trail Association.


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September 2016

September 1 - 30, Vermont River Cleanup Month
Many of Vermont's watershed groups and other community organizations organize events to clean up Vermont's rivers, streams and lakes.  Learn about your local watershed group.  Your participation will help make VT River Cleanup Month a success! Watersheds United Vermont helps to coordinate this effort by providing resources to organizers and outreach about VT River Cleanup Month. Together we can make 2016 VT River Cleanup a success!

September 1-25, Vermont Statewide Canada Geese Hunting Season
The daily bag limit is five Canada geese in the Connecticut River Zone and eight in the rest of the state during this September season. The purpose of the September season is to help control Vermont’s resident Canada goose population prior to the arrival of Canada geese migrating south from Canada. 

September 3 - 6, Osage Long Bow Building
The bow has captivated peoples' hearts and minds from the misty depths of time to the present. The Self Bow Building class will bring the student from a seasoned stave to a finished, hunting weight long bow. Although mostly workshop, a series of several short lectures will be given to expand on subjects such as: wood selection and harvesting, bow design and performance, tillering, and instinctive shooting. The class will cover primitive bow building on a conceptual level as well as each step in the technical process from peeling back the bark to twisting your own strings. We will also discuss the bow in the context of survival skills. This class is a tremendous experience whether you are a hunter looking to hunt with your own handmade tackle or a lover of archery and its long history looking for a new bow to enjoy and shoot.

September 4, 2016, 17th LCI Bass Open
Malletts Bay, Colchester, VT. $3000 guaranteed first-place prize! Cash prizes through 10th place* plus cash for the Lunkers. Save $50 by pre-registering. Register online by phone at 802-879-3466,

September 6, The Basics of Fishing, Free Fishing Clinic
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be hosting two free fishing clinics in September, both of which are open to people of all ages and levels of experience, including those who are completely new to fishing. The first clinic, “Basics of Fishing,” will be held on Tuesday, September 6, at the Shelburne Bay Fishing Access Area in Shelburne. The clinic will focus on general fishing techniques and equipment, and is tailored toward those who have little to no fishing experience. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. and run until 7:00 p.m. Fishing equipment will be available for use, or participants can bring their own. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for participation in either clinic. Anyone interested can register by emailing , or by calling 802-505-5562

September 9 – 11, 2nd Annual VT Fly Fishing Show
The Fly Rod Shop, 2703 Waterbury Rd, Stowe, VT. - Join us Friday for a Free Casting Clinic, Fly Tying Demos and Discounted Guided Trips. Don't miss Saturday, we'll have Reps, and Owners of some of the leading companies in the Fly Fishing World including Simms, Hardy, Sage, Winston, 3-Tand, Finn Utility, Regal Engineering and many more!!

September 10, “Intro to Trout Fishing,”
Takes place on Saturday, September 10, at the Waterbury Public Library as well as on the Winooski River in Waterbury. The clinic, which will concentrate specifically on trout fishing tactics, will start at 9:30 a.m. and run until 1:00 p.m. “For those looking to learn the basics of trout fishing with spinning equipment, this clinic is a great starting place,” said Hart. “We’ll cover a range of topics including habitat, life cycle, regulations, and fishing techniques. The course is designed as an introductory level course and will emphasize basic live bait techniques as well as strategies for using artificial lures.” Fishing equipment will be available for use, or participants can bring their own. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for participation in either clinic. Anyone interested can register by emailing , or by calling 802-505-5562.

September 11, 2016, 10th Annual Tour de Taste
Upper Valley Trails Alliance, 9:00 AM (EDT), Fairlee, VT. - A Pedaling Picnic. Like to eat? Like to ride? Join us for our very popular, scenic, progressive pedaling picnic through the Connecticut River Valley. Enjoy the autumn foliage and beautiful scenery at your own pace. Along the way you will meet local food producers and community members as you stop at local farms and restaurants to taste their delicious harvest bounty. Choose one of our three routes: the family-friendly Lake Morey Loop (6 miles), the Classic Loop (20 miles), or the River Road Extension designed for advanced riders (34 miles). Please see below for a synopsis of the three routes (when registering you will be required to identify which route you will be riding).

September 11, Wild Mushrooms of Autumn
1:00pm - 3:00pm. Amidst the falling autumn leaves, a mysterious and fascinating array of mushrooms fruit from trees, stumps and soil. Join Ari Rockland-Miller of The Mushroom Forager,  for a colorful presentation introducing gourmet and medicinal wild mushrooms of autumn. Then, we will head into the rich woods around the Green Mountain Audubon Center to pursue the distinctive and delicious mushrooms on the ForageCast, including porcini, lion's mane, yellowfoot chanterelles, and hedgehog mushrooms. Participants will receive a September ForageCast handout for the region, steering us towards a safe, targeted and fruitful foray.

Sept 16 - 18, Fall Doe Camp
Vermont Outdoors Woman is planning a sports weekend retreat for women of all ages. Instruction in hunting, shooting, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, survival and more classes are under development. We are pleased to announce the location will be at Jackson Lodge and Cabins, Canaan, VT, located in the heart of Vermont's backcountry. 

September 17, White-tailed Deer Hunting and Processing Seminar
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mountain Deer Taxidermy, Northfield, VT. The seminar will feature Vermont Fish & Wildlife deer biologist Nick Fortin, as well as Whitetail Tracker Brad Lockwood. Rodney and Theresa Elmer will demonstrate how to field dress, process, and prepare a deer for taxidermy. Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 14.

Sept 18, 2016 Del's Ride and Trail Run
At Sleepy Hollow Ski and Bike Center in Huntington VT. This mountain bike ride and trail run raises money to benefit Cure AHC: Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood. Del's Ride 2016 will have two loops for riders from about 7 miles to 20 miles, a new 5-6 mile strenuous trail run, as well as an expanded kids ride and activities. Registration is from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. BBQ follows run and ride. $75 minimum fundraising goal for ride and run.

September 18th, 2016 Tour de Farms
Bristol, VT. - TWO routes: the flagship 30-mile route and a brand new, family-friendly 14-mile route. The 2016 Tour features a 30-mile route with 9 farm stops and a 14-mile route with 4 farm stops. Over 25 local farms, food businesses and restaurants will be participating. Sample everything from organic fruit smoothies to grass-fed beef to Vermont's famous cheddar cheese! A Farm Bus is available for those who choose not to ride a bike. Share in the experience of sampling delicious, farm fresh food while enjoying the beauty of the landscape from the comfort of the bus. A concierge Farm Van will deliver purchased farm products to the Bristol Rec Field so riders don't need to carry extra weight with them. Please bring extra cash to purchase items direct on the farm to take home! A tasty Farm Stop on the 2015 tour de farms. it was a gorgeous day! Tour de Farms After Party- We'll have live music from The Doughboys, a food truck, FREE Farmhouse ice cream for ALL RIDERS, and drinks for sale by Shacksbury Cider, Hogback Mountain Brewery and Savouré Soda. Bring cash so you can enjoy these awesome food and drink vendors!

Sept. 18, 2016, Vermont Wildlife Festival
from 10:00am to 4:00pm. at MOUNT SNOW RESORT, 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, VT. FREE ADMISSION

September 18 2016, GMT Gnarly Adventure or the 6HOUR Challenge
Green Mountain Trails in Pittsfield, Vermont. About the Race: Our race’s diabolical origins date back to the 666 race eight years ago, which featured a short, but brutal, six mile loop ridden fir six hours up steep skidder roads and through our budding trail system, barely recognizable to what it’s grown into now. The other six may have stood for the beast that we roasted over a pit for the post race feast. Our trail offerings have quadrupled since then, and the contest has also morphed to take advantage of the boon, but we still retain the same wild spirit of that first race. A portion of the income from the race will benefit the stewardship and growth of the Green Mountain Trails.

September 21 & 22, 2016, 73rd Annual Vermont Conference on Recreation
"Ignite the Light" at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. Imagine a picturesque view of the Vermont fall foliage reflecting off the sparkling waters of Lake Morey as you enjoy your morning coffee before embarking on a day full of interactive sessions and quality networking. VRPA and the Conference Committee would like to personally invite you to join us this year for the 73rd Annual Vermont Conference on Recreation. Plan now, put the dates in your calendar, Conference Brochure will be out in July. Are you a commercial exhibitor? Do you offer programming? Does your business offer products for parks and recreation? If so, there is still time to reserve a booth for this year's exhibit hall. Register and pay before June 1, 2016 and save $50.

Sept. 23-25, ROOTS School Rendezvous
A three day gathering of earth based traditional skills. This gathering is grounded in the idea that we as people can become more conscious, stronger, effective, and capable stewards of the land by learning new and old skills of interacting with the natural world. These three days have multiple workshop blocks, ongoing demonstrations, and night time fires and celebrations. Bring along family and friends, and come have a great time with others who share a passion for the natural world and leave knowing more about the beautiful world we a part of. There are a variety of workshops to choose from.

Sept 24, Bird Monitoring Walk
7:00am - 9:00am Huntington, Vermont. Beginning birders learn bird song basics, intermediates fine tune their field mark identification, and experts share their passion for all things ornithological. Following a regular monitor route, we visit different bird habitats at the Audubon Center's Important Bird Area. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public. Please pre-register,  or call (802) 434-2167

Sept 24, Early Autumn Hike on Mt. Belvidere
Eden, VT. - Long Trail from Rt. 118 trailhead parking lot. Long-range views of two countries and three states from historic fire tower on the summit. Free, newcomers and non-members welcome. Sponsored by the Green Mountain Club, Montpelier Section. Difficult, 5.6 miles. Bring lunch and water. For meeting time, details, and place contact leader Cynthia Martin or George Longenecker at  or (802) 229-9787.

September 24, Advanced Bowhunting Seminar
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Chelsea Fish & Game Club, Chelsea, VT. This seminar will demonstrate advanced techniques for bowhunting, including equipment, hunting tactics, and tree stand safety. Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 21.

Sept, 24 - 6th Annual Ride for Life - Diabetes Research Foundation
At 11; KSU at 12 noon; dinner to follow ride, Milton, VT - The Eagle Riders Group of Milton is sponsoring the 6th Annual Ride for Life to benefit the Diabetes Research Foundation, Saturday September 24th. The two-and-half hour, 95 mile ride is followed by a chicken dinner and a 50/50 raffle. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and kick-stands-up is at 12 noon. Riders should meet at the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The cost of the ride is $20 for a ride or $30 for a rider and passenger.

Sept 24, Atlati Championship
For this Vermont archaeology month event participate in or watch this annual event testing skills in accuracy
and distance. The sport of using the atlatl to throw darts is based on an ancient hunting technique. Newcomers to experts welcome. Children’s activities. Workshops and demonstrations on flintknapping, woodland pottery, and other crafts and skills. 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. Chimney Point State Historic Site, 8149 Rt. 17W. (802) 759-2412.

September 24, The Color Run Tropicolor™ World Tour
10:00 a.m. - Join us at the start line to be whisked away to paradise. The Color Run Tropicolor™ World Tour has more fun, more sun and even more color for you and your friends to experience together and it’s coming to Burlington! The Color Run is known as the ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet,’ and is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality. The Color Run Tropicolor World Tour will combine the enjoyment of a 5k with all the fun leisure of an island-style vacation–full of unforgettable memories, music, and colors. It will take place on Saturday, September 24 at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center starting at 10:00 a.m. Participants will experience an all-new Tropicolor Zone™ on course, where they will be bathed in a tropical array of colors and delicious island scents as they pass through the shade of palm trees, arches, and island-style music. At the Finish Festival, Color Runners will enjoy even more fun at Rainbow Beach, an interactive island featuring music, dancing, unique photo opportunities, and massive color throws. The run will benefit Chill Burlington, an organization that provides opportunities for underserved youth to build self-esteem and life skills through snowboarding and other board sports.

Sept 24, East Burke Annual Fall Foliage Festival
Parade starts at 10 am. BBQ with burgers, hot dogs, sausages and more! Rubber duck race. Kids area with a jump house, face painting and more. Horse-drawn wagon rides. Farm animal petting zoo. Cow plop bingo. Craft show opens at 9 am – 3 pm featuring 75 vendors! Silent auction inside the library featuring work from local artists & crafters, unique historical items and antiques. Bird of Prey interactive show from Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Chickweed performs from 12:30 - 2:30 pm at the Gazebo. Beer & wine tent open from 11 am – 6 pm at Mike’s Tiki Bar. Live music from Tritium Well, 3 - 6 pm at Mike’s Tiki. On the green at the Burke Mountain Clubhouse/East Burke Library. burkechamber@burkevermont,  com.

Sept, 24 - Tour de Kingdom 2016
THE MOOSE REDUX, Saturday, September 24, 2016. We have a great route, recently repaved, with wide roads, long stretches, few intersections, light traffic, and some beautifully scenic stretches, especially along the upper Connecticut River. We ran this “race” in June. It was SO MUCH FUN we decided to REDUX it in September. We start in East Burke at Mike’s Tiki Bar, head north on Route 114 through Island Pond, Norton, and Canaan, then South along Route 102 and the Upper Connecticut River, then back to Burke on Routes 105 and 114. Here’s the map of the ride. The Moose. We’ve been waiting for years for these paving projects to be completed and we are happy to report that the roads are now ready for us. Time to Ride.

Sept 24, Vintage Car Rally
Windsor, Vermont automobile enthusiasts will be stopping at the museum as part of their 2016 ‘run.’ Visitors will be able to see a fabulous collection of vintage automobiles with their owners. 11 am – 3 pm. American Precision Museum, 196 Main St. (802) 674-5781.

Sept 24, 2016, 6th Annual Ride for life for the Diabetes Research Foundation
At the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 42 Centre Dr. Milton, VT 05468... Sign in 11AM-Stands up 12PM... Rain Date Sept 25, 2016... $20 Rider- $10 Passenger... Includes 2 1/2 Hour Ride 95 Miles & Chicken Dinner After Ride- also 50/50...Riders Group Milton VT Aerie 4218... Contact Information, Jim 802-238-3246

Sept 24 - 25, Woodstock, VT - Vermont Woodworking Forest Festival Weekend
At Billings Farm & Museum. Vermont woodworking crafters will show their carvings, home accessories, jewelry, bedroom or dining furniture and toys and games. Their work is sponsored by Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association. In the barns, see farm work first-hand, including care of the Jersey herd, draft horses, sheep, oxen, and chickens. Explore the horse barn, calf nursery, milk room, and dairy barn. Admission: adults $14; over 62 $13; children 5-15 $8; 3-4 $4; under 3 free. 10 am – 5 pm. Billings Farm and Museum, 5302 Old River Rd. (802) 747-7900. . 

September 24 and 25, Vermont’s Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend

September 24 - December 31, Vermont's Hunting Season for Ruffed Grouse

Sept 25, Lake Champlain Bridge Guided Walk
This Vermont Archaeology monthly event is about the history surrounding you as you walk across the Lake Champlain Bridge. Chimney Point site administrator Elsa Gilbertson and Crown Point site manager Michael Roets lead this guided roundtrip walk. Rain or shine, dress for the weather. Fee $6. 1-3 pm. Chimney Point State Historic Site, 8149 Rt. 17W. (802) 272-2509. 

Sept 28, Groton Bike Ride
Explore an old railroad bed from Ricker Pond to Bailey Pond. Check out as many as four other ponds along the way. Meet at Ricker Pond outlet at 1 pm. Free, newcomers and non-members welcome. Sponsored by the Green Mountain Club, Montpelier Section. Helmet required. Moderate difficulty, 16 miles. For meeting time and place, contact leader Steve Lightholder at (802) 479-2304 or steve. ,

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  October 2016

Oct. 1, Vermont Woodcock Hunting Season

Oct. 1,  Woodcock Season, Archery Moose Season

Oct 1 - 28,  Vermont’s Archery Deer Season

Oct. 1, 2016 - Craftsbury Women's Mountain Biking Weekend
Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827. This is a fundraiser for our scholarship fund. We want to improve your riding skills. All skill levels and abilities are welcome! We will be staying in Craftsbury’s new lodging, LED certified facility. What’s included: Locally sourced breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Wine and cheese, Campfire, Double occupancy lodging (please email  with rooming requests) Mountain bike instruction for all levels and abilities, Time to relax. 

Oct. 1, Dead Creek Wildlife Day
Activities at Dead Creek Wildlife Day are especially for people who enjoy hunting, fishing, birdwatching, or learning about Vermont’s diverse wildlife. The event will be held at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Route 17 west of Route 22A. Early risers can begin the day with bird banding demonstrations at 7:00 a.m. Two large tents at Dead Creek WMA headquarters will open at 9:30 a.m. featuring wildlife-related exhibits and activities such as decoy carving, building bluebird boxes and wildlife photography. One of the highlights of the festival this year will be a fun and friendly waterfowl calling contest with prizes in honor of the thirtieth anniversary of the Vermont Duck Stamp program. There will also be a presentation on the successes of the Duck Stamp program by waterfowl biologist David Sausville, who will highlight the nearly 12,000 acres of wetlands conserved in Vermont by funds raised from the sale of the stamp.
Nature walks, illustrated talks, live wildlife presentations, hunting dog demonstrations, fishing and hunting tips, and much more will be held until 4:00 p.m. All events are free, and a free shuttle bus will provide regular access to nearby field events throughout the day.

October 1 - 2, 2016, VT Ski & Ride Expo
Burlington, VT - Winter's biggest party starts Oct. 1 with door prizes (including season passes), 4 bands, ski films, a beer tent and more. And these resorts will be there: Sugarbush Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, Killington Resort, Bolton Valley, Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Rikert Nordic Center, Jay Peak Resort, Smugglers' Notch Resort plus all the latest winter gear from your favorite #Vermont shops and brands.

October 2, 2016, Fly to Pie – Kingdom Marathon
Run it – Bike it – But do it. Doin’ the dirt through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom. 26.2 miles, 17 miles, 13.5 miles, 6 Miles. Registration is also now open for October 8, 2017. Hosted by Lakeview Aviation and Parker Pie, West Glover. Start: Newport Airport and Lakeview Aviation, 2628 Airport Rd, Newport, VT 05855. Finish: Parker Pie, 161 County Rd, West Glover, VT 05875, Party at Parker: All the pizza you can eat, Music by Beg, Steal or Borrow, Cash Bar with Hill Farmstead and other local beers on tap. Shuttle back to the Start provided by Jay Peak. Start Time: Runners: 9 am. Irasburg Walkers: 10 am. Bikers: 10:30 am. Sign-in opens at 8:00 am at Lakeview Aviation.

Oct. 2, Foliage 5 Miler
Union Village Dam Recreation Area, East Thetford, Vermont 05075. Join us for a fun, tree-lined course during peak foliage season. Billed as 'The Best Dam Race', you'll find lots of perks and all proceed will go towards a new scholarship fund for local graduating high school runners. Fun, modest rewards for overall male and female and top 2 in each age category, plus fun raffles throughout. Free fun run at 1:30 pm for kids and adults that don't want to tackle the main event. $10 registration through Sept 28th (afterwards, $15). There is an optional Tshirt available for an additional $10 while supplies last (register now to be sure you get yours)

October 8, 2016, James Wakefield Rescue Row
On December 9th, 1876, the crew of the canal schooner General Butler was stranded atop the breakwater in Burlington, VT, after their boat sank during a terrible winter storm. They were rescued by James Wakefield and his son, who rowed out to save them. Every year, the Champlain Longboats program commemorates this heroic event with a youth rowing race on Lake Champlain, traditionally held in Burlington, VT; over one hundred participants! Races begin at 9:30am. Contact Nick Patch at (802) 475-2022 x113 or  for details.

October 8, Missisiquoi River Homemade Raft Race
Join our friends the Missisquoi River Basin Association for Missisiquoi River Homemade Raft Race! This event will take place at Davis Park in Richford, VT from 11am - 3pm. Registration for the race opens at 11am and the race will start at noon. There will be games, activities, contest, great raffle items, and authentic Japanese ramen available in Davis Park during the event. Visit  for more information.

October 8-9 - Oktoberfest 2016
Save the weekend! Craftsbury Oktoberfest will once again feature a selection of active celebrations of fall, anchored by Oktoberfest Dinner. Saturday: Morning- Black River Beatdown Trail Race: 10k run, 10/20mile bike Afternoon- Checkpoint Challenge: fun, team adventure race Evening- Oktoberfest Dinner: the Dining Hall celebrates the local harvest. Sunday: Morning- SingleTrack Shootout biathlon: run/shoot or bike/shoot.

Oct 9, Mad Dash and Kids Fun Run
Sun 10 AM · Meadow Rd, Waitsfield, VT. 5K & 10K Road Race; 5K Fitness Walk, and Kids Fun Run. Event registration includes: a tee shirt, delicious food, raffle entry (pre-registered participants only); silent auction and music by the Phineas Gage Project.

October 15, Trapp Mountain Marathon
A challenging half and full marathon distance trail run in the heart of the Green Mountains at beautiful Trapp Family Lodge. Fall is the best time to visit Vermont and we think that running through crisp, colorful, fall foliage on the Trapp Lodge trail system is just the way to do it. October is a particularly special time to be in Stowe, winter is just around the corner and Oktoberfest is in full swing in and around town.

Oct. 29, Bird Monitoring Walk
7:00am - 9:00am Huntington, Vermont. Beginning birders learn bird song basics, intermediates fine tune their field mark identification, and experts share their passion for all things ornithological. Following a regular monitor route, we visit different bird habitats at the Audubon Center's Important Bird Area. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public. Please pre-register,  or call (802) 434-2167

Oct 31, Trout and Landlocked Salmon Season ends

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November 2016

November 1 - December 1, 2016 - 12th Annual Northern Forest Canoe Trail Online Auction
The 12th Annual Northern Forest Canoe Trail Online Auction will run 11/1/16–12/1/16. Top-brand paddlesport and camping gear, plus trailside lodging, dining and shuttle services, will be available. Proceeds will benefit the 740-mile water trail. The event is being hosted by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and is sponsored in part by The auction website is at

November 3, 4th Annual VT Backcountry Forum
to Highlight New Huts Initiative, BC Zones, Conservation. Green Mountains, VT – On Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 6pm, the doors will open at the Pierce Hall Community Center in Rochester, VT, for the 4th Annual Vermont Backcountry Forum & Celebration, co-hosted by the Catamount Trail Association (CTA), its Vermont Backcountry Alliance - VTBC, and RASTA - Rochester/Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance, a chapter of the CTA. In its fourth year, the event is a fun opportunity for Vermont’s growing community of backcountry skiers and riders to connect and learn about backcountry projects and programs around the state, and celebrate the coming winter season.

Nov. 4, Wild About Vermont! Game Dinner
Hotel Vermont, Lake Champlain International, and the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife have partnered to bring you the second annual Wild About Vermont Game Dinner. Read more about last year's dinner here.
Traditionally a way for Vermonters to share the harvest before winter sets in, game dinners have been a Vermont ritual for centuries. The menu will be finalized based upon offerings from Vermont Fish & Wildlife, with Hotel Vermont Executive Chef Doug Paine offering a new spin on the classic menu. We hope to see deer, moose, pheasant, fish, and possibly bobcat and bear. Meats will be paired with local vegetables for the best of traditional cuisine. Proceeds from dinner will benefit the conservation efforts of Vermont Fish & Wildlife and Lake Champlain International, partners in protecting and restoring the Vermont landscape.

November 5, 2016, Fallen Leaves 5k Race Series #1
The first in a low-key, three-race series on a flat and fast 5K race course that begins and finishes on the Montpelier High School track, and incorporates the Montpelier bike path. $5, race-day registration only. 

November 5, 2016 - Green Mountain Showdown
Vermont’s bike culture variety show. Mountain Bike Vermont ( has announced its fifth annual Green Mountain Showdown event will be held Saturday, November 5th, 2016, at the Rusty Nail in Stowe, Vermont. As in years past, the Green Mountain Showdown event showcases locally produced MTB video shorts, video slideshows, and spoken word pieces dedicated to all facets of mountain biking from bike fabricators to downhill competitors.

November 5 -November 6, Youth Deer Weekend

November 12-27, 2016, November Deer Rifle Season

November 18 - Craftsbury Outdoor Center - Winter Lodging Opens
Reserve your spot to come stay and enjoy early season snow! Lodging opens Nov 18 including rooms in the new Hilltop Cabins, as well as in Cedar Lodge and the Lakeside Cottages. More info on lodging and early season deals at the website. Along with the expected manmade snow loop, Craftsbury is well situated for early dryland training as well with access to SkiErgs, the gym, prime running and biking trails and roads as well as roller skiing routes.

November 19, 2016, Westford Turkey Trot
Join us to run or walk on the beautiful rolling hills of Westford. We offer a 10k run, 3k walk/run and a free 100 yd Tot Trot. We’ll have homemade treats, chili and cornbread for sale, prize drawings for all participants and handpainted medals for age groups and overall winners. Pay only $12 when you pre-register by November 17 or pay $15 the day of the race. Registration begins at 8:30am and the racing begins at 10am. All proceeds benefit Westford’s children and families.

November 19, 2016, Fall Bird Monitoring
8:00am - 10:00am, Ready to take your birding to a whole other level? Join us for Fall Bird Monitoring. Following our regular monitor route, we will search for birds in various habitats at the Audubon Center. Intended for those with experience using binoculars and listening to bird song. We will identify as many as possible of the late fall and early winter birds we see or hear, and record counts of their population numbers. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public.

November 19, 2016, The Big Kicker
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The Mad River Valley’s two ski areas start the winter season with a rail jam at American Flatbread along with food, drinks and giveaways. Kick off the 2016/17 winter season with Mad River Glen and Sugarbush at American Flatbread in Waitsfield. The unmatched ski-mountain duo throws a freestyle party with rail jams, DJ, ski movies, bonfire, S'mores, local food and libations, appearances by The High Fives Foundation, the Flyin' Ryan Hawks Foundation, and more.

November 24, 2016, Annual Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K
Bring your friends, family and a funny costume and jump start your Thanksgiving with a run through the resort, starting at 9 am. The course starts at the Clocktower and takes runners, walkers and turkey-trotters through the Village and around the resort before finishing back at the Clocktower. Pre-Register: $35 (see below) Day of registration: $55. Check in: East Wing of the Main Base Lodge from 7:30-8:30am. First 200 Race participants receive a t-shirt. Awards are given for overall winners in the Courtyard directly following the race for best costume and youngest & oldest runners. 

November 24, 2016, 15th Annual Turkey Trot
In memory of Melissa White. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Barton VT. The event is a 5k for runners as well as walkers. The proceeds of the race go to the UVM Medical Center/98-Miles Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis. This event was established in November 2002 to help with expenses for a young Barton woman, Melissa White, who was in need of a double lung transplant. The race has grown every year and is well supported and loved by both local and visiting runners and walkers. Everyone looks forward to a little exercise before their “big Thanksgiving dinner” and the feeling of giving and support for a cause.

November 25, 2016, Turkey Hangover Hillclimb at Mount Snow Resort
Burn off some of those turkey day calories and get your legs in shape for a great winter of skiing by coming out for our annual fun run! Meet by the Grand Summit Express for a run, walk, or sprint up the mountain. This event is FREE!!! Beginners will climb to the bottom of Yard Sale. Intermediates will climb to the top of Yard Sale using the Exhibition trail. Experts will climb to the top of Yard Sale using the Exhibition and Yard Sale trails. There will be prizes for top finishers as well as for the best costumes. Bragging rights for all! *Children under 18 must have a parent/guardian present.

November 26 - 27, 2016, Audi FIS Ski World Cup At Killington
Join us this Thanksgiving weekend, November 26-27, 2016, when Killington Resort proudly hosts the Audi FIS Ski World Cup. This World Cup event will include the women’s giant slalom and slalom races and is expected to bring U.S. Ski Team superstars Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn to compete against the best women’s technical alpine skiers in the world. Although the grandstands, VIP Area and preferred parking are now sold out, there will be plenty of free standing room access near the base of the Superstar trail with a jumbo screen for viewing the course. Free parking served by expanded shuttle service will also be available for the entire World Cup weekend.

November 27- Craftsbury Opener Race
9:00am, Whether you're here for Thanksgiving training week or just looking to hop in a race, make sure the Craftsbury Opener is on your calendar! Freestyle individual start, 10k men/women, 5k juniors, as well as a BKL race. Keep up to date at the Opener.

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December 2016

December 1, 2016 - Got Gulls?
THEY ARE AMONG THE MOST SUCCESSFUL birds on Earth, living from polar regions to parking lots, along shorelines or at sewage ponds. They can be elegant or brutish, ambitious or lazy. And even as they pose for us in plain sight, they can be notoriously hard to identify — but not any more. Getting Gulls, my new workshop, debuts Thursday, December 1 at 6:30PM in the Essex High School auditorium in Essex, Vermont. Brought to you by the good folks at Green Mountain Audubon, this program is free to students and open to everyone for a suggested donation of $5. Bring your binoculars and exuberance. And for those of you game enough, I’ll add an extra hour or so on intermediate and advanced gull identification starting at 7:30PM.

December 3-11, 2016, Archery Deer Season

Muzzleloader December 3-11, 2016 Muzzleloader Deer Season

December 8, 2016, Predator Prowl
9:00am - 10:30am, Huntington, Vermont. Can you crunch with your canines, catch with your talons, and munch with your mandibles? If so, you might be a predator! We’ll forage for food, sniff for a snack, and hone our hunting skills. Let’s howl, growl, and prowl! Ages: 3-5 with adult companion. Fee: Members $8 adult-child pair, $4/additional child. Non-members $10 adult-child pair, $4/additional child. Pre-registration is required: 434-3068. email

Dec 10, 2016, Okemo Moonlight Snowshoe Hike
This guided snowshoe hike up the mountain will offer a nighttime perspective of Okemo’s Jackson Gore under the light of a nearly full moon. Return to the fire pit at the Jackson Gore Inn to roast marshmallows and share stories. Okemo Mountain Resort. Ludlow, VT

December 11 - 12, 2016, Test Fest
Test out the latest ski & snowboard gear at the 2-day on-snow demo event. It's going to be a party with on-snow demoing and an Outside TV and Monster Energy after party at the Wobbly Barn. The on-snow demo event will feature premiere snow sports brands showcasing the best gear for the 2017 season. Come test the latest and greatest equipment at The Beast!

December 15, 2016, Backcountry Film Festival
Mount Snow - ome join in on the fun! The Dover School Club has partnered with Winter Wildlands Alliance to bring you the Backcountry Film Festival at the Snow Barn on Dec 15th from 6-9. This 90 min program will show pilots from seven Backcountry films that will be released in 2017. Raffle prizes from Abler, Mountain Kakis, Mount Snow and more will be raffled away throughout the night. Half price pizza will be sold all night and the cash bar will be open for drinks. This is a family friendly event open to all ages. Tickets are $10 and can be bought online or at the door. All door proceeds will go to the Dover School Ski Club.

Dec 15, 2016 - Jan 2, 2017, Audubon Christmas Bird Count
This holiday season marks the 117th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, a favorite tradition among Vermont’s birding community. Birders in Vermont are encouraged to participate in the count, which is happening in Vermont from December 15 to January 2. Even novice birdwatchers can participate because every event is led by an experienced birder. Organizers and participants include birders and biologists from Audubon Vermont, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, and many other groups.

December 17, 2016, 6th Annual Mount Snow Film Festival
Come out and enjoy some of this year's best videos and get yourself stoked for the season! FREE ENTRY• FREE RAFFLE.

December 17, Vertical Challenge
Location: Clock Tower Base Area, Bull Run, Okemo kicks off this popular eastern race series. The free, fun race on Okemo’s Bull Run is open to all ages and abilities. Race registration starts at 8am. The Vertical Challenge Race starts at 11am. Race awards and victory party begins at 3pm. Visit  to learn More.

December 17, 2016, Rock The Hills Snowmobile Hill Climb
Bolton Valley Resort - Join Rock The Hills for a snowmobile hill climb. This event will be held at Timberline. Look for more information and registration soon.

December 17, 2016, Rails 2 Riches
The East Coast's most premier rail jam is back! Competitors will drop in on an exclusive, custom built rail venue in an attempt to snag a piece of the $25,000 cash purse. Those who have what it takes to impress the judges will walk away with ultimate bragging rights for the season. Come watch the action unfold as top athletes battle it out under the lights.

December 17-18, 2016, 2016 NENSA Eastern Cup Openers at Craftsbury
For the opening Eastern Cup, Craftsbury is bringing back a classic race format, the two-day pursuit. Saturday will be a standard interval start classic race, while Sunday will be a pursuit start. On Sunday the top 80 racers in the men’s and women’s open classes (U18 and up), along with the top 30 racers in the boys’ and girls’ U16 classes, will be started based on their time back from the respective winners of Saturday’s classic individual start. After 80 racers are pursuit started, the rest of the field will be started in waves of 5 racers at 30 second intervals. Sunday’s winners will be the first racer across the line in each category. Sunday’s races will, however, be scored by USSA by time-on-day result (as if the race were an individual start skate) for the purposes of JNs qualifying. This is done in an effort to make sure JNs qualifiers get two individual start races on the weekend. Racers should plan on racing BOTH days, as this is a two-day pursuit style race. If you only want to race one day - pick Saturday. NO one-day only Sunday racers will be allowed, as the Sunday interval starts are based on your time back from Saturday races.

Dec 24, 2016, Christmas at the Farm
Learn how Christmas was celebrated in late 19th century Woodstock in the farmhouse and linger in the cozy kitchen as treats are baked in the woodstove. Holiday programs and making historic ornaments... Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, VT.

Dec 26, 2016, VINS Raptor Encounter
- 7:00 pm, Killington Grand Hotel. Free interactive raptor encounter with Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS). Live falcons, hawks and owls provide the lens through which we examine food webs, predator-prey relationships and the interdependence of the systems that support life. This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the defining characteristics that make a bird a raptor and their adaptations for life as a predator on the wing. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials round out this special experience.

December 27, 2016, Grommet Jam #1
#1 of 3 Grommet Jam events for our 12 and under skiers and riders. This event series is a great way for kids to get out and learn a few things from our coaches and ski school instructors. Coaches and instructors from our Training Center and Ski & Snowboard School will help out our little jibbers in our Grommet park at Carinthia in the morning and after a lunch break (not included) we'll have a fun park competition with an awards ceremony to immediately follow. Prizes and raffle for participants immediately following the competition at the Carinthia Base Lodge.

December 28, 2016, Photography Outback Tour
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Admission: Sugarbush Ski & Ride School: 888-651-4827. Experience and capture the beauty of Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley with our guided photo hike. Our photography workshops are centered on the incredible landscapes that we hike through at our mountain. Enjoy our favorite trails equipped with a DSLR or an iPhone, while our experienced guides teach you the ins and outs of digital photography.

Dec 30, 2016 - Jay Peak Demo Days
9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Take a spin over to Alice’s Table Patio to check out, and try-out, current and future skis & snowboards from some of the industry’s top brands. Each Demo Day features a rotating line-up of some of our favorite companies; enough gear to appease even the pickiest of consumers. All demos go out at 9:00 AM and must be returned by 3:00 PM. Who knows, you might even be able to BUY the pair of skis or snowboard you loved the most; just ask the brand rep and maybe buy them a beer or two.

December 31, 2016, BIRD MONITORING WALK
Join fellow birders (and would-be birders) on the monthly monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register  or call (802) 434-2167


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