The Great Outdoors
The Carroll & Jane Rikert Nordic Center is located on Route 125 in Ripton, Vermont, at the historic Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College 3 miles from The Chipman Inn. 50 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails have terrain to satisfy skiers of all abilities, from beginners to collegiate and master racers. Hop on Vermont’s Catamount Trail, which runs through their trail system, or make your way through the woods to Robert Frost’s cabin.
Snowshoers will find easy access to new snowshoe trails, allowing them to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Vermont woods. See Map below
Cross Country Skiing in Vermont is tradition at the Chipman Inn. We are located in the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest and the perfect location to enjoy 45 kilometers of groomed trails — 5 km with snow-making — at the Rikert (Bread Loaf) Nordic Center 2 miles east by car, 7.6 miles by trail. You can ski right out the back door on our connector trail to Rikert. Or you can ski from Rikert to the inn to a warm fire in our taproom. Guests have direct trail access to the best Nordic Skiing and Snow Shoeing in New England.
Middlebury Snow Bowl, site of the 2013 NCAA Championships and home to the storied Middlebury College Ski Team, is small enough to be family friendly and challenging enough for top athletes to train and race. A mountain steeped in history, trails were first cut here 1934, making the Snow Bowl one of Vermont’s earliest ski areas and clearing the way for a legacy of champion Middlebury College ski teams and a host of Olympians. Today three chairlifts-two triples and one double-serve 17 trails, plus several gladed areas for skiing and riding in the trees. State-of-the-art snowmaking ensures quality snow even when Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate. The Snow Bowl is 4.9 miles from The Chipman Inn.
The Robert Frost Interpretive Trail is a National Recreation Trail that commemorates Robert Frost’s poetry; several of his poems are mounted along the trail in the woods and fields. Blueberries and huckleberries grow in an old field at the far end of the trail. The Forest Service maintains all of the old fields along this trail with prescribed fire to preserve the scenic, open appearance of the area. The trail is an easy walk, and crosses a beaver pond boardwalk out to the South Branch of the Middlebury River. The trail is 2 miles from The Chipman Inn.
For other Green Mountain National Forest Trails visit www.fs.usda.gov/greenmountain
Robert Frost Interpretive Trail Recreation Opportunity Guide
Moosamaloo National Recreation Area One of Vermont’s best-kept secrets, Moosamaloo, located in Goshen, Ripton and Salisbury consists of more than 20,000 acres of forest, cliffs, vistas, lakes and streams, stretching from the western ridge of the Green Mountains to Lake Dunmore, and from Middlebury Gap to Brandon Gap. Moosamaloo has more than 70 miles of well-maintained trails and quiet country roads offering easy access all through the year
Addison County Transit Resource (“ACTR”)
ACTR is the county bus transportation system whereas for a $1 fare, riders can take the ACTR from Burlington to the north of Ripton, from Rutland to the south, or from Middlebury to the west of Ripton to the center of Ripton near the Chipman Inn or the Middlebury College Snow Bowl. The bus runs daily with expanded hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7:00 am to 6 or 7:00 pm with stops at the Ripton Town Offices adjacent to the inn, Breadloaf and Rikert Ski Touring Center, Middlebury College Snow Bowl and Middlebury Gap.
Rikert Nordic Ski Touring Center Trail Map