Winter Tours & Activities

Come enjoy the winter wonderland of Mad River Valley, Vermont! Choose from any of our winter tours this year, and you're bound to have a great time.

Rocket-Shoeing Adventure

Come and meet the infamous Mad River Rocketsled. Born in Warren, Vermont, this totally controllable sled allows you to carve down the mountains. We snowshoe up the Green Mountains along the Lincoln Gap road, which is closed during the winter due to the many curves and steep terrain, then we rocketsled the whole length down. You can choose your speed by the way you carve your way down. This fun and safe adventure will make you feel like an Olympic champion!

Cost: $55 per person
(Includes snowshoes and sleds)

Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Daily. Advanced reservations required  

Guided Backcountry Snowshoe Tours

We at Clearwater Sports pride ourselves in offering a true backwoods experience with our guided tours. This three hour-program will bring you to unmarked and off-trail areas, and feature a variety of loop trails. Choose a level of difficulty from beginner to a more strenuous level. We'll also provide plenty fun animal tracking and naturalist skills. Come join us for a truly wonderful Vermont winter experience!

Cost: $55 per person
(Includes snowshoes and poles)

Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Daily. Advanced Reservations Required

Full Moon Snowshoe Dinner Tours

Throughout this winter Clearwater Sports and the Lareau Farm Inn will be offering Full Moon Snowshoe dinner trips. Come join us on this infamous adventure and discover the unique pleasure of snowshoeing under the full moon followed by a delicious dinner at The Lareau Farm Inn. We will gather at Clearwater Sports at 5 PM to meet your guide, get your gear and then head off for the trails.  Once there we will explore the woods behind the inn for about an hour. After working up an appetite we will enjoy  a delicious dinner featuring local fare. After dinner you can head out to enjoy a roaring fire and homemade s’mores.  If the full moon dinner dates do not fit your schedule give us a call. We offer headlamp tours. Gather a private party of ten or more or come join a group for thisunique Vermont experience.  All equipment will be provided by Clearwater Sports. For more information visit our website at

Cost: $95 per person -Advance reservations required.
(Includes snowshoes and poles)

Time: 5:00 pm at  Clearwater Sports




Guided Snowshoe, Rocket Sled Tour To Lincoln Gap and Sunset Ledge

Strap on your snowshoes and grab the poles for a trek with us up the eastern flank of Mount Abraham on the famous Catamount Trail. Experience several sub-artic eco zones, follow moose and bobcat tracks across many waterfalls while wandering through one of Vermonts magical mountain notches. Challenge yourself with some good climbs. After mastering Lincoln Gap, you could choose to continue up to Sunset Ledge on Vermont's Storied Long Trail. Waiting for you at the top of the gap will be your locally-designed Mad River Rocket Sled. Hop on for a thrilling ride back down to the valley floor via the Lincoln Gap Road. These sleds are like no other.  This trip is rated moderate to challenging. Major bragging rights. 5.5 miles of snowshoeing, 1.5 miles of sledding.  Bring a snack, something to drink and appropriate outdoor attire.

Advanced reservations required.

Cost: $125 per person (includes snowshoes and sleds)

Time: 9:00am to 2:00 or 4:00pm from Clearwater Sports

Guided Snowshoe Trek to Burnt Rock Mountain

Challenge yourself to the ultimate winter experience in our neck of the woods. Climb Fayston's famed Burnt Rock via the Hedgehog Brook Trail. The first 2 miles are a good warm-up, winding over swift rivers and through Birch, Hemlock, and Maple forests. Notice the old stone walls and sugarbushes which mark settlements of yore. Then the trail climbs steeply upward to Vermont's famous Long Trail. We'll climb over the gap in the Monroe Range and up the last mile to the rocky, exposed summit of Burnt Rock. This comely mountain stands alone, above tree line, and affords stunning 360 degree views of the Northfield Ridge, the Green Mountains, Lake Champlain and the Champlain Valley, the Adirondaks of New York, and the Whites of New Hampshire. Truly spectacular and worth the climb. This trip is rated difficult, with steep climbs and exposed areas. 5 ½ miles round trip. Bring a snack, something to drink and appropiate outdoor attire.

Advanced reservations required

Cost: 95.00 per person (includes snowshoes)

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm. From Clearwater Sports.

Maple Sugaring Snowshoe Tours

Take an invigorating snowshoe tour through a beautiful Beech, Hemlock and Maple forest to learn what a real sugarbush is (no not the ski area).  What a great combination of snowshoeing and maple sugaring!  We will start at the beginnning of the sugaring operation at the tap lines and work our way down the hill to the final destination - The Sugaring Shack.

There we will learn about the final steps required to change sap into Maple Syrup,( It takes 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of maple syrup).  Enjoy a sample of the days fresh maple syrup and learn about the different grades of syrup.

Advanced reservations required

Cost: $55.00  per person (includes snowshoes)

Time: 3:00 pm to 5:30pm from Clearwater Sports

 Reservation and Cancellation Policy

All activities and equipment rentals require advanced reservations and prepayment. Individual cancellations must be made within 48 hours prior to the event/rental. Groups of six people or more must cancel 14 days in advance or payment will be forfeited. All camp, instructional programs and trips with meals require a 30 day notice of cancellation. 18% gratuity added to all trips involving meals. If Clearwater Sports cancels an event/trip, a full refund will be issued. We are not responsible for inclement weather, trips go rain or shine. Prices subject to change.



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