Craftsbury Outdoor Center is in rural (as in remote) Vermont. It's beautiful. We rented Cabin B on the lake. 2 bedrooms. One with a full bed and one with two twins. One bathroom and one room that was a living room/kitchen combo. Never used the kitchen because all meals are include in the price. Cabin was spotless but not fancy. There are other bigger cabins on the lake and a lodge with rooms with shared bathrooms. Everything is spic and span.
But the reason to go to Craftsbury isn't for the rooms. It is in the name: Outdoor. We spent every minute we could outdoors because it is spectacular. The trails were not crowded; they were well groomed. You can ski all the way around a big lake right outside your door or go on trails through woods or pastures. The snow laden trees are beautiful. The small farms you ski by are perfectly Vermont. There is always someone to talk with in the dining hall. The instructors are helpful and fun. You can ice skate right outside the area where they rent the ski equipment and give lessons. There are serious ski instructors here for experienced athletes as well as beginners. We wish we would have spent more of our time here. At night, we enjoyed reading by the fire we built in our cabin and talking! Great way to get away from the ubiquitous presence of screens (TV, computer, cell phone). It's rare to find a place where you can unplug and not be camping. I would recommend checking snow conditions because VT often holds snow around Stowe first but even with just 25% of the trails open at Craftsbury, it was plenty to ski on. I heard the ideal time to go is later in January and February.
- Also Known As:
- Craftsbury Outdoor Center Common