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The Skatium

The Skatium
We finally found a way to enjoy all of that New England ice.

The slap of a puck and scraping of skates on smooth ice can be heard at any time of day from the Skatium, an outdoor ice rink located in downtown Waitsfield, just off of Route 100. From adult-level pickup hockey games to five-and-under figure skating lessons, the Skatium offers something for everyone. Enjoy lamp-lit free skate time with the family, or come by one morning for a more competitive pickup game. Currently open in winters only, the Skatium is a great spot for winter sport lovers in Vermont.

Call 802-496-8909 for more information.

Big Picture Theater and Cafe

Big Picture Theater and Cafe
big picture theater
More entertainment than a theater, and more party than a cafe.

Stroll into the Big Picture Theater for a bite to eat, and stay for the feature of the day. With their $5 margaritas, karaoke, and live music, the Big Picture Theater is sure to satisfy any crowd. They offer daily specials like $2 pints, $1 beers, and live music every Wednesday. Affordable café selections include small plates like the Chilled Peanut Noodles ($5.50), an extensive sandwich selection, and features like “The Classic” Big Picture Burger ($12.50). As the credits roll, enjoy desserts like the Double Chocolate Cake or a Banana Split.

Icelandic Horse Farm

Icelandic Horse Farm
View Vermont from the saddle.

The 45-acre Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm is located just minutes from downtown Waitsfield. Trail rides and treks provide visitors and locals alike with a unique way to tour the Vermont landscape. Hearty Icelandic horses came to North America with the Vikings around 800 AD, and quickly adapted to life in a harsh, icy climate. They more closely resemble carnival ponies than tough, riding horses, but as you cross mountain streams, meander through densely wooded forests, and trot along classic dirt roads, you’ll see that they are indeed well adapted for a trek.

Extreme Sledding

Buy local. The Mad River Rocket Sled was invented in the valley, and is still manufactured right in Warren.

Replace your skis with a sled and take advantage of the winter road closures on Lincoln Gap with the whole family. Park as far as you can drive, and hike the rest of the way (about ¾ of a mile) up the snow-covered road. The knee board-like sleds fly at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour down the steepest sections, or more cautions sledders can wind slowly down the road. The Mad River Rocket has a negative keel that lets you steer and carve your way down the snowy mountain.

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