Winter Fun

There’s no better time to enjoy the top of Vermont that wintertime! Here’s just a sample of the fun things you can do while staying with us at the Phineas Swann!

Skiing Jay Peak

The Jay Peak Resort is rightly famous for its excellent skiiing, with the greatest snowfall amount in all of Vermont. We have a full page on our local skiing at Jay for you to explore.

Cross-Country Skiing

For awesome Cross-Country Skiing, you either can go to Jay Peak and ski over their beautifully groomed trails which travel over their landscaped golf course when it’s covered in snow, or you can experience some of the best cross-country skiing in New England at one of the many groomed trails maintained by the Hazen’s Notch Association.

To reach Hazen’s Notch, just go to the end of the road (towards the Baptist Church), cross over the bridge and turn left on Rte 58. The Hazen’s Notch Association Welcome Center is located on the left hand side of the road about 3 miles up They have trail maps, and lot’s of suggestions on the best routes depending on your experience. Rental of equipment is available at Hazen’s Notch Association, right in town at “First Trax” (326-7023).


Dogsledding is gaining in popularity, and our area now offers several choices to enjoy this exciting sport.

Eden Adventures is the area’s premier adventure guide service, offering Dogsledding and a variety of other winter and summer activities. Dogsledding rides last approximately one hour.


Vermont is the home of VAST, the Vermont Association of Snowmobile Trails. With hundreds of miles of trails throughout the farms and mountains of the Northeast Kingdom, snowmobiling is one of the most popular winter sports in Vermont.

Guided Snowmobile Rides

1 Hour Tours: 1 rider per sled, $120; 2 riders per sled, $150.

2 Hour Tours: 1 rider per sled, $179; 2 riders per sled, $229.

Reservations recommended at least 24 hours in advance


You can reserve a pair of snowshoes from the Phineas Swann for no cost. Make sure to call in advance to reserve.

Another option is the monthly Full (Cold) Moon Snowshoe Tour along Spruce Brook to the summit of Sugar Hill. Meet at the Welcome Center on the Hazen’s Notch Road, 7:00 PM. Adults $3, Children $1. HNA Members Free. Snowshoe rentals $4. Contact us about dates.

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides

They offer many types of sleigh rides, from large family get togethers to a romantic evening sleigh ride for two. They have four New England style sleighs to choose from. Evening rides, star lit rides, or fun day time rides are all available. Lajoie accepts Visa/MasterCard. Reservations are required. (802) 644-5347

Sleigh Rides
•  Couple Night Time Candlelight: 45 minutes to 1 hour – $125 per couple
•  Group of 4 Night Time Candlelight: 45 minutes to 1 hour – $150
•  Day Time: Same rates – includes picture taking opportunity

Lajoie is located just outside Jeffersonville, VT. Take Rte. 108 North. At the intersection with Rte. 15, stay on Rte. 108 North for 2.3 miles.  Turn left onto Pollander Road