Vermont Trade Winds Farm is a family farm specializing in all things made with Vermont maple. Their outdoor farm stand features their own raspberries, peaches, and during the holidays, a large assortment of balsam fir wreaths and trees (cut-your-own and pre-cut). Their on-farm trails can also be used for cross country skiing and walking Thanksgiving - April. Learn more about Trade Winds Farm.
In addition to maple sugaring and Christmas tree growing, opening the farm up for skiing and snowshoeing is a way to diversify and further utilize the farm during the off season.
Cross-country skiing on 6KM of groomed trails, snowshoeing, skating on a lighted ice rink, hiking, sledding through our sledding pipe.
The farm's Ski Trails, Sledding Hill, and Ice Rink are open to Trade Winds Farm customers. Please fill out a season pass form at the farm store. For individual or a whole family the cost is $20 for the whole season.
- There is a trailhead in the main parking lot with a map, or ask in the farm store. More information including trail and ice rink conditions can be found online: skiattradewindsfarm.com.
- The trails go through a mix of terrain including open meadows, pine forests, and their hardwood sugarbush.
- MAP: color-coded Ski Trail Map online.
- Usually 2-6km are groomed for skate skiing with about 2km also including tracks.
- During the sugaring season of late February to April some trails are one way.
- Watch for a few hazards, such as low hanging sap lines and narrow bridges.
The farm's cross country ski trail parking is 3/4 of a mile west of their maple farmstand.
Amenities & Other Info
- Dogs and bikes are welcome.
- Restrooms in the farm store are open 9:00am - 5:00pm before Christmas and 10:00am - 4:00pm after Christmas.
- There is some cell service depending on your carrier.
We have an all-things-maple farm store. A big highlight of the store is that we have up to 10 different grades and flavors of maple syrup On Tap. Bring a container to fill up with maple syrup! Also at holiday time we have a full offering of Christmas wreaths and trees.
Located in the Champlain Valley, near Middlebury College, there is also an amazing number of orchards, breweries, vineyards, and revolutionary war historic sights within 15 minutes drive.