Craftsbury Outdoor Center

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Craftsbury Common, VT  US
Contact Info / Directions
(802) 586-7767 / 800-729-7751
KM of TRAILS 85/km
Trail Fee? Yes
Ski Rental? Yes

More About Craftsbury Outdoor Center

About

Craftsbury, located high in the hills of Vermont's "Northeast Kingdom", is blessed with some of the most consistent snow cover in the Northeastern United States. We are well known for having snow when most other areas are closed. We maintain and groom 85 kilometers of trail most of which is 10 to 15 feet wide and groomed for skating and classical technique with a Pisten Bully Snow Cat with a snow tiller. We are renowned for our snow farming efforts, collecting and moving snow to where it is needed with heavy equipment. We also offer skiing on two lakes which are skiable with very little snow. The bottom line is if you are going to make plans for a cross-country ski vacation, you are less likely to be disappointed by the snow in Craftsbury.

Craftsbury Outdoor Center is high in the hills of Vermont's famed Northeast Kingdom where snow is consistent from December through March. The Center is situated on the quiet shores of Great Hosmer Pond. Four lake-side cottages and two lodges accommodate ninety guests year-round. Our dining room with veranda, over-looking Hosmer, serves hearty home-cooked meals buffet-style. In the summer, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats on our private waterfront are available for our guest’s enjoyment. In winter our cross-country ski, skate, and snowshoe shop provides equipment, lessons, and access to our large multi-use trail system and skating pond.

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Trail Fees

Prices last updated 03/24/2009.
Weekend Weekday
Half Day Full Day Half Day Full Day
Adult - 10.00 - 10.00
Senior - 5.00 - 5.00
Junior - 5.00 - 5.00

Tickets - More Info
Craftsbury Outdoor Center house guests ski for free. Children under 6 ski for free. Season Memberships sell for $100 family, $50 adult, and 25 for juniors and seniors.

Ski Rental Prices

Skis Snowshoes
Adult - Standard Package 15.00 5.00
Junior - Standard Package 10.00 5.00
Senior - Standard Package 10.00 5.00

Information last updated 03/24/2009.

More About Rentals
Above ski equipment rental rates are for standard equipment. Performance equipment rental costs slightly more. We also rent (2 hours for $10) Pulk sleds to pull young children. Ice skates may be rented for skatng on our pond for $2 per hour.

Mountain Stats

Mountain Terrain Season/Hours
Trails Groomed Yes
Groomed for Skating Yes
Has Rental Skis Yes
Trail Fee? Yes
Summit 1,500 Ft / 457 M
Base 500 Ft / 152 M
Vertical 1,000 Ft / 305 M
km of Trails 85/km
Acres 340 Ac / 138 Hc
Annual Snow 150" / 381cm
Snowmaking 0%
2%
19%
79%
Season:
From 12/15/2008 to 3/25/2009
Sunday: 9-5
Monday: 9-5
Tuesday: 9-5
Wednesday: 9-5
Thursday: 9-5
Friday: 9-5
Saturday: 9-5
Mountain
Trails Groomed Yes
Groomed for Skating Yes
Has Rental Skis Yes
Trail Fee? Yes
Summit 1,500 Ft / 457 M
Base 500 Ft / 152 M
Vertical 1,000 Ft / 305 M
km of Trails 85/km
Acres 340 Ac / 138 Hc
Annual Snow 150" / 381cm
Snowmaking 0%
Terrain
2%
19%
79%
Season/Hours
Season:
From 12/15/2008 to 3/25/2009
Sunday: 9-5
Monday: 9-5
Tuesday: 9-5
Wednesday: 9-5
Thursday: 9-5
Friday: 9-5
Saturday: 9-5

Ski Lessons

The Nordic Ski Center has an expert skiing staff with some world class skiers. Lessons are offered from the beginner to the advanced level. Skating or classical technique lessons start at $30 for private to $45 for two skiers, to $60 for 3 to 8 skiers.

Ski Racing Programs

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is the home of the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club, one of the East's top racing clubs. Members of our ski staff are capable of providing lessons at the most advanced levels of ski racing. The Center annually puts on three different races including the TD Banknorth Craftsbury Marathon, the biggest and most popular nordic ski race in the Eastern United States.

Improvements This Season

This summer we have completely renovated our Day Lodge adding a second floor family room and much more space on the first floor.

Dining

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is famous for its hearty, healthy buffet of home cooked natural and vegetarian food. Our rustic wood-stove-heated dining room is very cozy and is the center of many activities.

Bars and Nightlife

The Center provides an ongoing schedule of activities for different age groups ranging from Kids and Family Fun to School and College Programs to Elderhostel. Organized activities include: movies, bonfires, moonlight snowshoe tours, contradances, lectures on local lore, and board games.

Lodging, Hotels, and Condos

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center has accommodations for up to 90 guests in 4 cottages and 2 lodges. Prices include three meals per day and skiing starting at $87 per person per day based on double occupancy.

Other Recreation Nearby

The Catamount Trail (Vermonts border to border ski trail) runs through Craftsbury Outdoor Center and is maintained and marked for back country skiing. Guided or self guided tours are available. Four major Vermont alpine ski ares are located within an hour drive of Craftsbury

Directions to Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Located at:
535 Lost Nation Rd
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

Map of Craftsbury Outdoor Center