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New Winter Cross-Country Ski Vacation: Yellowstone National Park

Cross-country skier on Old Faithful Trail.

Although most of you are enjoying a nice blast of summer heat, we here at the Bristol, VT headquarters woke up to quite the chilly morning today – it even hit 33 degrees at nearby Saranac Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. Naturally this got us thinking about our brand new cross-country ski vacation we are offering in 2014  into the vast wilderness of Yellowstone National Park in the quiet of winter.

Yellowstone in the Winter: Skiing America’s First National Park
Bull buffalo staying warm along the Firehole River, Upper Geyser Basin. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.On this vacation, recently featured in the Travel section of the LA Times travelers can experience Yellowstone’s snow-covered splendor in the hush of winter. Few winter wilderness experiences match it and this winter wonderland is perfect for exploration by cross-country ski. Garrott Kuzzy, VBT’s resident Winter Olympian and Skiing Product Manager, can’t wait to show you all the delights of skiing right here in the US. “After an outstanding first season of our cross-country ski tours, we’re excited about the tours closer to home” Kuzzy says, “imagine the steam coming off of Old Faithful as it hits the crisp winter air or viewing bison, elk, bear and even wolves in their natural habitat on a sunrise jaunt to the Lamar Valley.” And there is a whole world to discover off the trails too. Relax by the fire or a take a rejuvenating soak in the hot tub at the two comfortable, amenity-filled Park lodges you’ll stay at. Perhaps you’ll want to rent ice skates and twirl around under the stars after a hearty meal of Bison short ribs or wild Alaskan salmon.

We believe that cross-country skiing is a winter pastime that everybody can enjoy, even if you’ve never tried it before. There is even a beginners only departures for this trip! VBT’s Trip Leaders will fit you with the best equipment for your ability and provide lessons, tips, and recommend which trails are right for you. Remember, like walking or biking, it’s not a sport that requires exceptional balance, dexterity or stamina—anyone can do it! So join us this winter and don’t let the cold keep you indoors, there’s a whole new world waiting for you just outside!

Lake Champlain’s Island Line Trail & Bike Ferry Reopens After Extensive Flood Damage

In 2011, record flooding in Vermont severely damaged the Colchester-South Hero causeway section of the Island Line Trail – a 12.5 mile stretch of rail trail that runs from Burlington to the Champlain Islands open to bicycling, walking and inline skating.  After two years of arduous work and generous support from the community, the trail has reopened along with the Bike Ferry that serves as the final link to connect the trail with the island town of South Hero.

VBT's Gregg Marston with Local Motion's Chapin Spencer

VBT’s Gregg Marston with Chapin Spencer of Local Motion

On Saturday June 15th, community members and businesses gathered on a sunny morning to celebrate the success of The Big Fix campaign and the resumed operation of the Local Motion Bike Ferry. VBT is proud to be the premier sponsor of the Bike Ferry including having given a substantial donation towards the purchase of a new ferry boat. Our President, Gregg Marston, was on hand to address the crowd and celebrate the grand reopening. Now all we want is for all of you to do your part and get out there and ride this one-of-a-kind Vermont trail with breathtaking views of Lake Champlain and surrounding mountains!

Local Motion’s Pictures from the Event

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