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March 26, 2014

Trails in Hubbard Park will be groomed today as of 8:30 A.M. With temperatures above freezing in the near forecast, trail conditions for winter sports will decrease. Trail conditions today are expected to be good. Please be aware of mud present at the bottom of the park road. Roads have ice present but sand truck will make daily trips to the park making the road passable. 

March 17, 2014

Trails in both Hubbard Park and North Branch Park have not been groomed today. The groomer will be out of commission but hoping to be up and running by tomorrow. With the weekend's freeze and thaw spell, there might be trails that might be icy. Crews will be out and snow farming them as the week go on to keep trails safe. The frog pond will NOT be cleared off for the rest of the season. 

Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. Please remember that the parks have a Carry-in Carry-out policy. Please bring any trash out with you. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

March 13, 2014

As of 9 A.M. trails in Hubbard Park have been rolled. Parking areas and the road in Hubbard Park have been cleared of snow. Crossing of trail heads and plowed roads are continuing to be cleared throughout the day.  The frog pond will NOT be cleared off. Conditions for both Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are excellent. Today will remain cold with winds that will be blowing snow around, keeping a nice layer of powder on the trails. 

Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. Please remember that the parks have a Carry-in Carry-out policy. Please bring any trash out with you. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

March 10, 2014

Trails in Hubbard Park will be groomed as of 9 A.M. With a fresh inch of snow on the trails, conditions for cross country skiing are noted as good. With the snow storm for Wednesday and Thursday in the forecast, the conditions for all winter sports in Hubbard Park will be excellent. Trail conditions are good with some patches of ice here and there. The frozen over trail and culvert on the fitness trail closest to the park office will be receiving some attention to help decrease the amount of ice on the trail. 

Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. Please remember that the parks have a Carry-in Carry-out policy. Please bring any trash out with you. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

February 19, 2014

As of 10 A.M. Trails in Hubbard Park and North Branch Park have been groomed and tracks have been laid down. Trail conditions for both cross country skiing and snowshoeing are great! A dusting of powder from last night's snow is still on the trails. Snow banks in parking areas have been moved back. Road in Hubbard Park will also be widened today using the plow and tractor. Please watch for work vehicles on the road in Hubbard Park today. The pond is being clear off as of 10 A.M. this morning. Conditions for ice skating is great. Ice is mostly smooth. 

Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. Please remember that the parks have a Carry-in Carry-out policy. Please bring any trash out with you. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

February 14, 2014

Trails have been rolled in Hubbard Park this morning. Trails in North Branch Park will be rolled starting around 1:30 P.M. Trails will ONLY be rolled today and trail will be groomed this weekend. Parking areas and Roads have been plowed. The Frog Pond will be cleared off this afternoon starting around 1:30 P.M. Trails conditions for cross country skiing are excellent  with fresh powder. Trail conditions for snowshoeing are also excellent. Snow will continue to fall but not amount to more than 3 inches today keeping trail in excellent shape. 

Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. Please remember that the parks have a Carry-in Carry-out policy. Please bring any trash out with you. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

February 11, 2014 

As of 10:30 A.M. trails in Hubbard Park have been groomed. North Branch Park will be groomed as of 12 P.M. with tracks laid down. Conditions for cross country skiing and snowshoeing are good. Road ways and Parking areas are in decent shape. 

Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. Please remember that the parks have a Carry-in Carry-out policy. Please bring any trash out with you. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335 
 

February 10, 2014

As of 10 A.M. trails in Hubbard Park have been groomed and tracks have been laid down. North Branch Park will NOT be groomed today but will be groomed tomorrow morning. Conditions for cross country skiing are good in Hubbard Park. Roadways and Parking areas are in decent shape. 

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The frog pond will be cleared off today after 12 P.M. and will be ready for ice skating. Conditions of the ice are good! Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. Please remember that the parks have a Carry-in Carry-out policy. Please bring any trash out with you. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335 
 

February 7, 2014

As of 10 A.M. all trail in Hubbard Park have been groomed. Trails that have not been groomed earlier this year have also been groomed! North Branch River Park will be groomed by 12 P.M. today. Parking areas and roads are still cleared.For the first time this year tracks have been laid down on the main trails! Cross country skiing, snow shoeing and ice skating conditions are all good. 

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Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. Please remember that the parks have a Carry-in Carry-out policy. Please bring any trash out with you. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

February 6, 2014

As of 10 A.M. trails in Hubbard Park have been rolled. Conditions for cross country skiing is excellent. North Branch is expected to be rolled this afternoon. Parking areas and the park road has been plowed and trail heads have been shoveled out for easy access. At the moment, the frog pond is being cleared off as of 10:30 A.M. for ice skating. Conditions of the ice on the pond are good! Bring out your skates and head up to the park! 

The frog pond has been cleared off this morning and will continue to be cleared off as the day goes on. Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. Please remember that the parks have a Carry-in Carry-out policy. Please bring any trash out with you. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335

Thank you! 
 

February 5, 2014

As of 10:30 A.M. trails in Hubbard Park and North Branch Park have been rolled. Conditions for cross country skiing is excellent with the new snow. Snow will continue to fall today to keep conditions for both cross country skiing and snow shoeing favorable. 

There is a large sheet of ice on a section of the fitness trail. This section has been blocked off until it is safe. Conditions will improve tonight and trail is expected to be safe again tomorrow. Please do NOT cross section of blocked off trail unless you have micro spikes! 

The frog pond has been cleared off this morning and will continue to be cleared off as the day goes on. Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. Please remember that the parks have a Carry-in Carry-out policy. Please bring any trash out with you. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

February 4, 2014

Trails at Hubbard Park and North Branch River Park are being groomed as of 8:30 A.M. Trails, especially under conifer trees, have some ice present. Please be aware of any ice.  We encourage the use of micro-spikes in icy conditions. Trail conditions will improve with tomorrows impending snow storm! Cross country skiing is fair and will improve with upcoming snow. 

Yesterday, Department of Public Works came up with a steamer to thaw out the culvert on the Fitness Trail closest to the office on the way to Seven Fire Places. There is still a large sheet of ice present. Park staff are keeping their eye on the culvert and conditions on that trail will be improved and safe tomorrow.

Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. Please remember that the parks have a Carry-in Carry-out policy. Please bring any trash out with you. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335

February 3, 2014

Trails have been groomed in Hubbard Park as of 8 A.M. this morning. Trails have ice present due to this weekend's freeze thaw conditions. Ice is located under conifer trees on trails. Places where trail crosses through hardwoods groomed up nicely. Cross country skiing conditions are fair. Trails at North Branch are hoping to be groomed today as well. 

Temperatures will be staying close to 26 degrees with cloudy skies leading in to partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. Tonight will be clear and cold with a high of 8 degrees. 

Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. Please remember that the parks have a Carry-in Carry-out policy. Please bring any trash out with you. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

January 31, 2014

As of 9 A.M. trails in Hubbard Park are being groomed. North Branch will not be groomed today. All trails are open but please be aware of any ice on the trails. If there is any icy spots that are of concern, please let us know! Cross country skiing conditions are fair. 

Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. Please remember that the parks have a Carry-in Carry-out policy. Please bring any trash out with you. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335

Thank you! Happy Trails!
 

January 30, 2014

As of 8:15 A.M., trails in Hubbard Park are being groomed. Being that North Branch was groomed yesterday, trails in North Branch will not be groomed today. All trails are open but please be aware of any icy spots in North Branch Park and Hubbard Park. Trail conditions for cross country skiing is good. Bring out your skis and enjoy the groomed trails! 

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Pond has been cleared off and is safe for ice skating! Temperatures will be warmer than in the beginning of the week with highs reaching to lower to mid twenties. Temperatures will be warming up throughout the rest of the week and dropping below freezing at night. Please be aware that this will cause icy spots. Skies should remain mostly clear today as well. 

Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. Please remember that the parks have a Carry-in Carry-out policy. Please bring any trash out with you. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335

Thank you! Happy Trails!
 

January 29, 2014

As of 9:30 A.M. Trails at North Branch River Park and Hubbard Park have been groomed. Due to freeze thaw cycles this winter, culverts have frozen leaving some water crossing sections of trails. Please be aware of any ice on trails on top of culverts. Crews will be out snow farming to help mitigate icy conditions near culverts this afternoon. Cross country skiing conditions are good. Grooming is to be expected every morning for the rest of the week. The pond is frozen and has been cleared off and is safe for ice skating.

Temperatures will remain cold today. Please dress appropriately for the cold for your safety. Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

January 27, 2014

As of this morning around 10 a.m. trails at North Branch River Park and most of Hubbard Park has been groomed. Cross country skiing conditions are good after trail have been groomed. Temperatures will be dropping today and wind gusts will be significant.  

Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

January 24, 2014

As of 10:30 A.M., trails have been groomed in Hubbard Park. Trails at North Branch River Park are expected to be groomed this morning as well. Cross country skiing is still under good conditions. Temperatures will be very cold today. Please dress warm and be prepared to be in the cold. The fog pond has been cleared off last night and is good for ice skating. 

Please be aware, cold weather brings streams and culverts freezing up. On the fitness trails, off of the road to the Seven Fireplaces, a culvert has frozen and water has flooded onto the trail. With the cold temperatures, the water has frozen and made for a large sheet of ice. Crews are out this morning snow farming and creating a safe walking surface. 

Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

January 23, 2014

Ice is still present under a layer of snow on trails. Please use caution on trails in both North Branch River Park and Hubbard Park. Crews will be out in this morning snow farming trails to make them safer and increase the conditions of cross country skiing. The snowmobile and groomer will be out on the trails this morning as well to groom snow on the trails. Conditions for skiing will be good after trails grooming.

Temperatures will be below zero this morning climbing to a possible high of 7 degrees. If you are planning to come out to the parks, please dress warmly! Pay close attention to your fingers, nose and toes. Under dressing in temperatures below zero could be dangerous. 

Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335

 

January 16, 2014

With last night's snow, there is a thin layer of snow on the trails. Ice is still present under the trails, please use caution. We encourage microspikes or snowshoes with crampons attached for traveling for your safety. Parking areas have been heavily sanded this week and are less icy than trails. Due to reduced amount of snow and increase of ice, trails are no longer able to be groomed. Cross country skiing is poor and will remain poor unless a good amount of snow falls.

Please stay OFF the pond while it is soft! If we get temperatures that dip below freezing, the pond will freeze up and will be great for ice skating. Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

January 15, 2014

Recent weather has been rough on trail conditions in Hubbard and North Branch park. This week's heavy rain and the freeze-thaw cycles have decimated snow amounts and has increased ice amounts everywhere. Due to reduced amount of snow and increase of ice, trails are no longer able to be groomed. Cross country skiing is poor and will remain poor unless a good amount of snow falls. Trails are icy!! We encourage microspikes or snowshoes with crampons attached for traveling for your safety. Parking areas have been heavily sanded this week and are less icy than trails. 

Please stay OFF the pond while it is soft! If we get temperatures that dip below freezing, the pond will freeze up and will be great for ice skating. Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

January 7, 2014

Trails are not able to be groomed today due to ice conditions. Cross country skiing is poor but snowshoeing conditions are moderate. Be aware of any ice on the trails, especially under conifer trees. Micro spikes will help keep you from slipping on ice and is recommended on the trails. There will be a volunteer group from Barre Technical Center today to help mitigate icy trail conditions. 

Temperatures will be cold today not breaking above 10 degrees. Gusts of wind up to 25 miles per hour can be expected today and will be blowing lose snow around. With cold temperatures, please be dress warmly and bring layers to help break the wind. 

With yesterday's rain, we are asking everyone to stay off the pond until completely frozen! This will help to create a smooth surface for ice skating and broom ball! Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335

January 6, 2014

**Special Update 11 A.M.**

Trails are walkable at the moment but in slush Conditions. They are wet and waterproof boots are needed! Please be aware that with temperatures going below freezing tonight, the slush on the trails will freeze and turn to ice. Be prepared for icy trails tomorrow morning and for the rest of the week. Crews will be out when available to snow farm dangerous sections of trails.
Thank you


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Please use caution when using the trails this morning. Last night's freezing rain has caused slick trail conditions. Using micro spikes is urged to help navigate trails safely. Roadways and parking areas will be slick until sanding is done. The park road was sanded this morning around 8:30 A.M. but Department of Public Works. As of 8:45 A.M. a crew went out to sand the parking areas. Due to warm temperatures, the trail groomer will not be able to groom the trails today. Grooming conditions will improve tomorrow.

Temperatures will be warm today hitting highs of around 42 degrees with periods of rain. Some rain might be heavy at times. Winds will be picking up to 10-15 mph during the day. Tonight temperatures will plunge to about 3 degrees which will cause wet surfaces to freeze. 

All trails are open at this time.At this time please stay off of the frog pond. With current rain, and cold temperatures tonight, we are hoping for the surface to freeze smooth in order for ideal conditions for ice skating. Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

January 2, 2014

1 pm Best trail sections to ski right now are:
1. The North Branch Trail that goes along river and loops in the North Branch Nature Center Field
2. Trail from Hubbard Park Drive to Tower.


  We have started to groom trails as of 9:30 A.M this morning. Be aware of icy spots on the trail below conifer trees and high traveled areas. The middle of the wide trails has numerous hard and icy spots we are unable to groom. The sides are most often easier to groom then the middle. Current snow falling should cover up the ice spots and make conditions a bit more favorable in long term but will hide slippery spots in the short term.. To help keep you safe when traveling on icy trails, use micro spikes while hiking. Snow conditions for cross country skiing are still bordering on poor. Snowfall today should improve the skiing conditions.

Temperatures will be cold today staying around 5 degrees today with a 70% chance of snowfall. Snow is already falling in Hubbard Park with accumulations expected to be about 1-3 inches during the day and 1-3 inches during the evening hours. Please dress for warm weather if you will be outside today. 

All trails are open at this time. Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park.  If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

December 30, 2013

With trail conditions being icy due to recent rain, the trail groomer will not be out on the trails until 10:30 A.M. Use caution when on the trails, especially under conifer trees, for slick and ice patches. MIcro spikes and Yak Tracks will help to mitigate icy trail conditions. Snow conditions are crusty making cross country skiing are bordering on poor. 

Weather today will be in the below freezing today, hovering around 18 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Wind may be present with gusts up to 10 to 15 mph. Temperatures will be falling below zero tonight (-7 degrees) causing any water on the road and trails to freeze. The park road has been sanded this morning. Pond is not usable at the moment due to weather conditions. Please do not skate on the pond until conditions improve. 

All trails are open at this time. Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. The road behind the New Shelter and the road up to the Old Shelter are closed for the winter season. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
  

December 26, 2013

Given recent rain the trail conditions are not great, icy and slippery in sections. Additionally we have been unable to get the groomer to work properly. As a result skiing conditions are poor. Walking is better then one might expect but still micro spikes are helpful to avoid hard falls.
Happy Holidays!



December 30, 2013

With trail conditions being icy due to recent rain, the trail groomer will not be out on the trails until 10:30 A.M. Use caution when on the trails, especially under conifer trees, for slick and ice patches. MIcro spikes and Yak Tracks will help to mitigate icy trail conditions. Snow conditions are crusty making cross country skiing are bordering on poor. 

Weather today will be in the below freezing today, hovering around 18 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Wind may be present with gusts up to 10 to 15 mph. Temperatures will be falling below zero tonight (-7 degrees) causing any water on the road and trails to freeze. The park road has been sanded this morning. Pond is not usable at the moment due to weather conditions. Please do not skate on the pond until conditions improve. 

All trails are open at this time. Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. The road behind the New Shelter and the road up to the Old Shelter are closed for the winter season. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

December 19, 2013

With temperatures above freezing, trails will be unable of being groomed. Rain will fall today in Montpelier freezing to surfaces later tonight. Temperatures will be able 34 degrees falling to about 32 tonight. Parking areas and the road in the park has been widened and plowed this morning. A half-pipe has been installed at the bottom of the sledding hill today to ensure sledders do not go into the road! The sledding hill has been active! Be sure to use caution. 

The pond has been cleared off of snow and will continue to freeze. Bumps might be present in the ice as of now. Freezing rain will help mitigate bumps and smoothen out the surface. Be careful of any frozen surfaces in the park on the trails and roads. Be sure to also dress for cold, damp weather. 

All trails are open at this time. Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. The road behind the New Shelter and the road up to the Old Shelter are closed for the winter season. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335

Happy Trails!
 

December 18, 2013

Temperatures will remain under freezing staying at around 22 degrees with partly sunny cloudy skies with a few snowflakes falling here an there. Trails have not been groomed today due to the groomer at the park being down. The groomer is currently being worked on and an alternative method of grooming will be figured out today in order to keep trails in top condition for cross country skiing. 

The pond is currently being cleared off of any snow. Ice under the snow is soft and there is water present. Please stay OFF the ice until the ice is fully frozen. This will reduce bumps and uneven surfaces. Smooth surfaces are best for ice skating and broom ball! Crews will also be moving snow onto trails to even out dangerous slopes and curves. This will make trails safe for crews to groom and for skiers. 

All trails are open at this time. Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. The road behind the New Shelter and the road up to the Old Shelter are closed for the winter season. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335

Happy Trails!
 

December 16, 2013

With almost a foot of snow that fell during the weekend, trails are finally ready to be prepared for cross country skiing. Trails were rolled over the weekend to pack down the fine powdery snow that fell Saturday. Trails were semi-groomed this morning. The groomer is out of commission until further notice but trails will be treated to keep trails skiable. 

Temperatures will be cold today with a high of 7 degrees with a low of -12 degrees tonight. Today's skies will be blue and partly cloudy. Parking lots have been cleared and trail heads will also be cleared. Frog Pond will be cleared off today. If on the ice please be careful of any soft spots in the ice. Cross country Skiing is good at the moment. Snowshoeing is marginal due to powdery snow. 

All trails are open at this time. Please remember NO DOGS EXCEPT ON LEASH are on allowed on in deer yards in Hubbard Park. The road behind the New Shelter and the road up to the Old Shelter are closed for the winter season. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

December 9, 2013

Today's temperatures will be staying around freezing temperatures with light snowfall.  Snow accumulations are expected to be between 1-3 inches. Wind of 10-15 mph should also be expected today. Tonight temperatures will slightly fall to 24 degrees. Be aware, trails in Hubbard Park and North Branch Park are icy! Make sure to bring crampons or other ice gripping gear if you are going out on the trails. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are still poor due to lack of snow and presences of ice. Trails are still unable to be groomed due to no snow and presence of ice. 

All trails are open at this time. The road up to the Old Shelter is closed momentarily due to slick conditions and snow on the road. Please do NOT drive up to the Old Shelter until road is plowed and maintained. Please note that the Frog Pond has NOT frozen all the way. We are asking everyone to please stay off of the pond. When the ice is thick enough, park staff will shovel off the ice for skating. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

December 6, 2013

With this week's freeze-thaw cycle, trails and park road will be icy in spots. Be cautious especially under conifer trees where large ice spots will show. Park road has been sanded and will continue to be sanded as needed. Parking areas will be sanded after noon today. Cross country skiing and snowshoe conditions are poor. Trails are still ungroomed due to lack of snow and presence of ice. 

Department of Labor Trainees and AmeriCorps members stationed at the parks will be out woodchipping trails today at the Softwood Stand trail. Be sure to thank them if you pass them! Dog waste stations were emptied yesterday and new bags were put in. 

Today's temperatures will remain above freezing with overcast skies. Occasional snow showers will occur tonight with little accumulation with temperatures around 23 degrees. Plowing of park road due to snow accumulation will be done if needed. 

All trails are open at this time. The road up to the Old Shelter is closed momentarily due to slick conditions and snow on the road. Please do NOT drive up to the Old Shelter until road is plowed and maintained. Please note that the Frog Pond has NOT frozen all the way. We are asking everyone to please stay off of the pond. When the ice is thick enough, park staff will shovel off the ice for skating. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335
 

December 4, 2013

Today temperatures will be hovering around freezing with overcast skies for most of the day. Please be aware of any ice on the roads and on trails due to freeze-thaw conditions. Cross country skiing continues to be poor with no trails being groomed until we receive more snow. Roads are being sanded in the morning by the Montpelier Department of Public Works. Thank you DPW! Parking areas will be sanded by Parks Department as needed. 

A large maple that is dying and will become a hazard will be taken down at the Summer Street Park this morning and afternoon. Please be aware if you are planning to spend time at this park today of work happening at summer street park. Parks staff will be working quickly to get the tree down safely.

All trails are open at this time. The road up to the Old Shelter is closed momentarily due to slick conditions and snow on the road. Please do NOT drive up to the Old Shelter until road is plowed and maintained. Please note that the Frog Pond has NOT frozen all the way. We are asking everyone to please stay off of the pond. When the ice is thick enough, park staff will shovel off the ice for skating. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335

Happy Trails!
 

December 3, 2013

Weather calls for freezing fog today with temperatures raising from 30 degrees to about 36 degrees with skies clearing. Snow will be packing down as the day goes on from walkers and from melting temperatures. Cross country skiing remains poor. Temperatures will fall below freezing tonight causing slippery and/or icy conditions on trails and on the park road in the morning. Use caution. Grooming is still on hold due to lack of snow. 

Barre Vocational Tech Group spread a layer of woodchips on the trails from the New Shelter towards the Acorn Trail. Woodchips will continue being spread throughout the next two weeks by volunteer groups. If you see them working on the trail be sure to thank them!

All trails are open at this time. The road up to the Old Shelter is closed at this time due to snow and ice on the road. Please stay OFF of the Old Shelter road with vehicles until further notice. Please note that the Frog Pond has NOT frozen all the way. We are asking everyone to please stay off of the pond. When the ice is thick enough, park staff will shovel off the ice for skating. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335.
 

December 2, 2013

Temperatures will climb above freezing today causing snow to melt. A estimate of 2-3 inches of snow are on the trail. Cross country skiing conditions are poor due to lack of a base. There is not enough snow to groom trails just yet! Use caution this week as snow will be melting and re-freezing at night, especially under Hemlock and Pine trees. Snow conditions like this are great for wildlife tracking! Keep your eyes open for tracks through the park. Common animals are White-Tailed Deer, Red Squirrel, and Northern Raccoon. 

All trails are open at this time. The road up to the Old Shelter is closed momentarily due to slick conditions and snow on the road. Please do NOT drive up to the Old Shelter until road is plowed and maintained. Please note that the Frog Pond has NOT frozen all the way. We are asking everyone to please stay off of the pond. When the ice is thick enough, park staff will shovel off the ice for skating. If any downed trees or damage on trails are found, please call the park office at 802-223-7335. 

Thank You and Enjoy!