1/10 Montpelier's parks are a true winter wonderland right now. We have ~6 inches of fresh snow on the ground. Trails have been groomed in Hubbard Park and North Branch Park, but are getting fresh snow on them fast. Stay safe and enjoy!
Our trails are shared by skiers, walkers, dogs, sledders, snowshoers and many people of all ages and abilities. We ask that walkers stick to the harder packed snow at the center of the trail and leave the edge to the skiers. If we have enough powder we lay cross country classic ski tracks (parallel grooves in the snow) along the edge of the trails, and we ask that walkers, snowshoers and dogs be especially careful not to walk in the tracks. Of course, safety comes first so please be aware of ice and wear ice spikes when conditions are appropriate.
If you are looking for freshly groomed trails, we most often groom in the morning off-peak hours (between 9 and 11am), then sometimes again if the conditions require it in the afternoon off-peak period (between 1 and 3pm). We occasionally also groom at night or in the early morning once we get some nice snow over a good base. We try to update this page and our facebook page directly after grooming. The North Branch Nature Park is groomed less frequently. In fact, we like to leave more un-groomed trails in that park for the folks who like skiing through powder.
After a fresh snow:
We groom parts of Hubbard right away, but may leave North Branch Park for people who enjoy skiing in fresh powder for a day. After it is tracked out some we make it over to the North Branch. When there is enough fresh snow we lay cross country skiing tracks on each side. If the weather prediction for the near future includes temperatures rising above freezing we limit grooming as the packed snow, after it warms, can then turn to pack ice. If left alone, it works much better to groom after it gets cold again.