Best Places to Snowmobile in Vermont

Vermont is one of the top snowmobiling regions in New England and has many trails and public land options to ride around. The state gets decent snow on a good year, and the trails are well-maintained for easily accessible adventure all winter long. 

I’m Chaz, a life-long snowmobiler who has been riding in various North American locations for almost 30 years. I have yet to ride in Vermont, but I spoke with a few good friends who know the region well. 

This article will list the best places to snowmobile in Vermont based on some seasoned riders’ experience and opinions who live in this state. 

Load up the truck, and let’s get out there. 

1. The Northeast Kingdom

It sounds like a pretty bold title for a section of a small state, but Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is the favorite spot to ride for many of the snowmobilers who reside here. This area covers the entire northeastern section of the state. 

There are plenty of trails to access here, and you can stick to the local options or dive into the VAST trail network that covers the entire state. The snow is consistent, and the weather conducive to high-quality riding all winter long. 

You can take advantage of some excellent guided tours in the Northeast Kingdom if you don’t know the area well enough yourself. Snowmobiling is a way of life up here, and the guides are willing and eager to share their knowledge with anyone who comes to visit and join in the fun. 

The Northeast Kingdom Snow Blasters is the local snowmobiling club, and they are a great reference when you want to know about trail or weather conditions. The club also has meetings and events throughout the year. 

2. Killington

Killington is a well-known winter sports region with one of the best ski resorts in the Eastern US. It’s also home to some amazing snowmobiling possibilities and has a wide range of terrain and trails to explore. 

If you want to explore some of Vermont’s backcountry, you can access it in the area surrounding Killington. There isn’t a huge amount of public land out here compared to the West, but it still has plenty to offer. 

A guided tour will give you access to private trails and areas you might not be able to ride in otherwise. Snowmobile Vermont is one of the oldest guiding services in the state and a recommended option to use when in Killington.

You can expect enough variety in terrain and ability level to keep any type of snowmobiler occupied here. From groomed trails to technical ascents, Killington has a lot going on and is worthy of making the list. 

3. Waterbury/Montpelier

Centrally located smack dab in the middle of the state, the Waterbury/Montpelier region is another great spot to ride. It’s easily accessible since it’s close to the largest city in Vermont, and you can be on incredible trails within a short drive of town. 

Another benefit of this area is that it’s close to the airport, so you can be on your sled quickly after arrival. Hooking up with the VAST network here will give you access to the entire state, and you can explore as near or far as you’d like to. 

Some of the biggest mountains in New England can be found in this region, making for quality ascents and backcountry lines. Sugarbush has around 2,000 acres of open terrain you can explore and is a fun location to ride. 

Waterbury/Montpelier is also a good spot for beginner riders or family vacations. You have access to many different amenities, and there is plenty to do when you are not on your sled. From good lodging to great food, it has something for everyone.

4. Mount Snow

Mount Snow is another ski area destination with quality snowmobiling opportunities nearby. This is an excellent location to get all of your winter sports accomplished in one place. You can spend a day skiing and then a day riding trails on your sled. 

Mount Snow is a well-known and heavily visited area, which means you’ll deal with a few crowds, especially on weekends or holidays. But people flock here for a reason, and one good day in the snow will let you know why. 

There are plenty of guide services here that operate during the winter months. I’d recommend using one of these to learn the best trails and history of the area. You’ll also get a quality machine if you need to rent. 

Another good thing about visiting Mount Snow is that if the snow conditions aren’t great, you can still catch a tour to the summit and get a taste of the mountain via other means. It’s a good backup plan in warmer months or bad winters. 

5. Bennington/Windham Counties

For the best snowmobiling in southern Vermont, check out Bennington and Windham Counties. These are located right next to each other and offer access to many miles of trails that extend throughout the region. 

If you drive Vermont from other states, this area makes for a good first stop before venturing further north. You can find many trails around the town of Bennington, and you’ll also have good lodging and food here. 

There isn’t much backcountry access here, and it doesn’t get quite as much snow as other areas of the state. But you will still have the chance to ride through some beautiful country if there is enough coverage, and it’s all easily accessible. 

Final Thoughts

Vermont is a small but mighty snowmobiling destination. The VAST trail network gives you access to nearly 5,000 miles of snowmobile trails. You can ride for days and never go on the same trail. 

The state has some of the most snowmobile-specific regulations in the US, so check that you have the necessary insurance and registration in place before hitting the trails.

Have you snowmobiled in Vermont? Where did you go and how was the experience? Let us know in the comments below.

About Chaz Wyland
I’m a snowmobile fanatic. I live for riding and am out on the trails or backcountry as often as possible during the winter months. I was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains and have snowmobiled in dozens of North American locations. When the snow is falling, you’ll find me on a sled.

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  • John

    I’m from Minnesota and I can’t wait to ride this season. Doesn’t look great with the warm weather and the snow predictions. This article makes me want to do a ride in Vermont. How is Maine? Better than Vermont?

    Do you have any riding experience in Canada?

    • Chaz Wyland

      It’s always exciting thinking about planning a sled trip, right?! I’ve only been to Maine a few times and have had great experiences. I think Vermont might be a bit more accessible, but if you’re down for an adventure, that shouldn’t stop you from going a little further north. I don’t have a ton of experience in Canada, only a few trips. But would love to explore more up there soon. Cheers to a good winter!

  • Tricia

    We love snowmobiling in Island Park Idaho and West Yellowstone. We love the people and that it is not crowded in the area. The scenery is unbelievable. We rent snowmobiles that are delivered to our cabin. Do you have any other recommendations for other states fir snowmobiling that sound similar to this?

    • Chaz Wyland

      Hi Tricia! Idaho and West Yellowstone are amazing places to ride for sure! I’m not sure about other areas that deliver sleds right to your cabin, but I bet you can find a place in Utah or Colorado with similar terrain that offers those services. I usually use my own sleds so I can bring those with me anywhere. Have fun out there!