Montpelier Sledding Hills
By: Willem Talbert, Montpelier high school student and Montpelier Alive intern
The city of Montpelier was built in a valley surrounded by the Green Mountains. The various hills and slopes that make up the valley provide locals and visitors alike an opportunity to experience some of the best sledding in Vermont. From the trails of Hubbard Park to the newly opened slopes of the Elks Club, to the warm delicious food and beverage served downtown, Montpelier offers people of all ages a fun sledding experience.
Hubbard Park owned and operated by the city of Montpelier offers hiking, skiing, shelters, and a 54-foot stone tower. In the winter when there is a suitable snow cover, Hubbard Park becomes one of the most popular sledding hills in the city. Its wide open fields and steep trails provide sledders with all sorts of levels of difficulty.
As of this year, circumstances have led to the allowance of public use of the former Montpelier Elks Club property. This means anyone can use the land of the Elks club for recreational activity. Along with cross-country skiing, the land has several good slopes that are also suitable for sledding. The former golf course has wide open fields to enjoy sledding down.
If you find yourself hungry and thirsty after a day, Montpelier’s vibrant downtown has you covered! Whether you are in the mood for Thai, Mexican, Vietnamese, or a warm caffeinated beverage, Montpelier’s downtown has something for everyone! Montpelier’s value of farm-to-table provides diners with fresh and healthy produce, leaving tired sledders with the nutrients they need.