The weather has been kind to Vermont’s ski resorts and trails over the final weeks of 2017, dropping close to three feet of snow at skiing and snowboarding destinations. The heavy snowfall, combined with an ongoing stretch of cold weather, ensures that conditions for skiing, riding, snowmobiling and other winter sports will be excellent as we enter the new year.
For updates on the trail conditions at Vermont’s alpine and Nordic skiing destinations, please visit the Ski Vermont website for daily conditions. For snowmobile passes and information, please visit the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) website.
In addition to winter sports, the arts and seasonal festivities will be among the events for people to enjoy during the first month of 2018.
Below are some of the top events for January in Vermont:
First Day Hikes
Jan. 1, Multiple Vermont State Parks
Start the new year on the right foot with a hike in a Vermont State Park. On January 1, everyone is invited to join a free, guided, family-friendly hike taking place at many state parks and forests across Vermont. Hikes will be led by professional guides and outdoor educators eager to share their knowledge and love of Vermont’s outdoors.
Michael Arnowitt: Aaron Copland’s America
Jan. 10, Trinity Episcopal Church of Rutland, Rutland
Pianist Michael Arnowitt performs and discusses the iconic and distinctly American music of Aaron Copland—including music from Four Piano Blues, Piano Variations, El Salon Mexico, Conversation at the Soda Fountain, his famous Appalachian Spring, and music he wrote for the film version of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. This event is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series.
24 Hours of Stratton
Jan. 6-7, Stratton Mountain Resort, Stratton Mountain
The sixth annual 24 Hours of Stratton is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to ski or ride around the clock. This family-friendly, ski and ride party puts the fun in fund-raising with live music, spectator events, fireworks, good food and great times. It’s a chance to ski under the stars.
Stowe Winter Carnival
Jan. 13-27, Stowe
Stowe shines with over 20 activities scheduled for both young and old, including zany sports events, ice carving competitions, ski movies, and a children’s carnival. Tour the town, while watching professional ice carvers create elegant and masterful ice carvings on Demonstration Day, and experience the 18th Annual NICA sanctioned Ice Carving Competition.
Sleigh Ride Weekend
Jan. 13-15, Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock
Guests can climb aboard a horse-drawn sleigh and enjoy a scenic ride through frosty farm fields and visit the dairy farm for interactive programs. Horse-drawn sleigh rides around the Billings Farm, programs and activities for all ages, and the award-winning documentary, “A Time for Justice,” will all be featured.
Jan. 13, Barre Opera House, Barre
Vermont-based musician Neko Case is well known in the U.S. and Canada for her work with the New Pornographers band, as well as her solo career. This Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter’s music spans indie rock, alt country, and folk rock, and seven studio albums. Opening for Neko Case is the up-and-coming band Mt. Joy.
Wycliff Gordon’s International All Stars
Jan. 13, Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro
Jazz trombonist Wycliff Gordon’s latest album is a tribute to Louis Armstrong. He recently completed a week at the Blue Note with David Sanborn, and a tour to celebrate the centennial anniversaries of Ella, Monk, Mongo and Dizzy. He has recorded 20 albums as leader and appears on over 300 recordings, with Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Merchant, Paul Simon, and many others.
Mount Snow Torchlight Parade and Fireworks
Jan. 14, Mount Snow, West Dover
Join Mount Snow Ski & Snowboard School instructors as they descend the Canyon ski trail in a beautiful torchlight glow. Immediately following they’ll light up the sky with a huge fireworks display. The best place to watch the instructors descend Canyon trail is between the Clocktower and the Cape House.
The Hot Sardines
Jan. 19, Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury
This talented New York-based ensemble brings to life music first made famous decades ago. Brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and stellar vocals transport listeners to a different era. During the last two years, the Hot Sardines have been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival and have sold out more than 150 performance dates from Chicago to London.
Winter Exhibition Opening Reception
Jan. 19, Burlington City Arts, Burlington
Join BCA after the opening reception for three new contemporary exhibitions featuring the work of Vermont-based artists Dusty Boynton, Edwin Owre, and Elise Whitemore. During the evening, BCA will announce the winner of the 2018 Barbara Smail Award.
Capital City Concerts Presents the French Connection
Jan. 21, Unitarian Church, Montpelier
This concert, a tribute to Louis Moyse, features Grammy-nominated flutist Karen Kevra and pianist Jeffrey Chappell performing Michel Blavet’s Sonata ”L’Henriette”, Poulenc’s Sonata for flute and piano, and a short work of Louis Moyse. The second half of the program will feature works from Moyse’s collection “Flute Music by French Composers.”
Telemark World Cup
Jan. 25-27, Sugarbush Resort, Warren
The Telemark World Cup brings its globe-trotting trek to Vermont with a stop at Sugarbush Resort. This three-day event features world-class, international competitors. Racers will participate in classic, sprint and parallel sprint races throughout the weekend.
Wounded Military Heroes Weekend
Jan. 27-28, Bromley Mountain Resort, Peru
The Bart Center will host the 12th annual Wounded Military Heroes event. This weekend is dedicated to service veterans who have been wounded in action, and gives them an opportunity to experience the sport of skiing or snowboarding with some of the best instructors in the business.
Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty
Jan. 27, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia returns to Stowe to perform Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, the timeless fairy tale of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years but awakened with a kiss. The traditional Petipa choreography is brought to life by the company’s 50 dancers in a celebration of true love and artistry.
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