Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor adventure is what has been luring folks to the Mad River Valley since the start and there is lots mor to do than skiing. Here’s a few suggestions;

Clearwater Sports Winter Outdoor Adventures

Guided Snowshoe Adventure
Explore winter’s beauty in the backwoods of the Mad River Valley with Clearwater Sports Guided Snowshoe Adventures.

Backcountry Skiing Adventure
an adventurous day of backcountry skiing in the solitude of the Vermont backwoods.  Unlike cross country skis, Backcountry skis are wider and handle deep, untracked snow with elegance and ease.

Full Moon Snowshoe Dinner Trips
Join in on this fun adventure and discover the unique pleasure of snowshoeing under the full moon followed by a delicious dinner at The Lareau Farm Inn. After working up an appetite enjoy a delicious dinner featuring local fare.

Rocket Sledding Self Guided Adventure
Carve and weave your way down 1,000 vertical feet on the famous Mad River Rocket sled. Locally born, this sled carves, floats and stops like no other. Snowshoe up into the scenic Green Mountains, then sled for over a mile with enough twists, turns and drops to truly excite the young at heart.

Mad River Glen Naturalist Program

Each and every Saturday and Sunday  join one of Mad River Glens Naturalists for a guided snowshoe trek tailored to your interests in the ecology and wildlife of Stark Mountain! Outings and content vary each week, depending snow conditions and participants. All Naturalist Programs are 1.5 to 2 hours in duration and are created as easy to moderate in terms of difficulty.Book your guided snowshoe tour now! 

October Siberians Dog Sledding Adventures

This is not just a ride in a dog sled, but an interactive experience of driving the sled.  The sleds are designed for two drivers with the Mushers maintaining full control while the second driver responds and adjusts for the sled to perform properly.  The second passenger gets to sit back and enjoy the ride in an enclosed sled bag with blanket. The sled can comfortably accommodate a family of four with two young children. Tours are located at Little River State Park in Waterbury, a scenic, short drive from the Mad River Valley. Get all the details.

Umiak Outdoor Winter Adventures

Slip, Slide & Dine
Umiak Outfitters has teamed up with the 1824 House Inn and Barn to offer a special package. The sledding hill is  at the quaint 1824 House Inn. Two hours of sliding and gliding on a private and scenic hill will only leave you wanting more! Warm-up by the fire, grab a drink, and enjoy a provided lunch! This is the perfect option for families and friends alike.

Chili Evening Snowshoe Tour
There is something about the quiet of a winter night, the crisp of the cold air whispering through the pines, and the warmth of good food and friends. Come explore the backwoods of Vermont with an interpretive snowshoe guide. We will guide you by headlamp or moonlight through the winter woods. When the adventure comes to an end, warm up by the fire and enjoy a hot chili meal provided by the Featherbed Inn. A great tour for all ages.

Mad River Valley Sled Dog Adventures
Have you ever felt the call? The call of the wild? Come join us for a bucket list opportunity in the heart of the Green Mountains. Our 2-hour program located in The Mad River Valley lets you experience the thrill and excitement of riding through the backcountry of Vermont with your own dogsled team. Our experienced and charismatic mushers have raced all over the world and are looking to share their passion with you. This informational adventure is unlike any other and one you will not soon forget!

Umiak Outfitters Winter Adventures
Offers Backcountry Ski, Dog Sled, Snowshoe and Sledding tours as well as all the rental gear you’ll need.

Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm Trail Rides

There is probably no better introduction to the remarkable Icelandic Horse than a trail ride at the Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm. They’ll match a horse to your level of experience, and then travel at a pace that suits you so that you can experience the horse’s gentle temperament and smooth gaits. You won’t believe how much action is possible underneath you while you feel the sensation, as Icelanders describe it, of “riding in an easy chair.” Their seasoned guide will lead you out along the quaint back roads of the Mad River Valley and, in season, across meadows and into the woods on the slopes of the Green Mountains.

Outdoor Adventure in the MRV

Clearwater Sports

4147 Main St, Waitsfield VT
(802) 496-2708
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Skatium: Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

40 Slow Rd, Waitsfield
(802) 496-8845
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Umiak Outdoor Outfitters

849 South Main Street, Stowe VT
(802) 253-2317
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Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

626 Mt. Ellen Rd., Warren Vermont
802.786.4991 ext. 26
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Vt Icelandic Horse Farm

3061 North Fayston Road, Waitsfield, VT, Waitsfield VT
(802) 496-7141
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