12 Vermont Winter Vacation Guide 2018/2019 icture a perfect day for shredding the slopes: fresh white powder, bluebird sky, après drinks near a roaring fire. Vermonters know these dreamy days aren’t just for shredding. When the sun has gone down or your legs have grown tired, the arts will be waiting for you. Snow Place Like It Stowe Mountain Resort has been a Vermont skiing staple for decades and the mountain village is noteworthy for its arts scene. On most Saturday nights, you can catch a performance at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center ’s barn-like venue, which strikes a balance between elegant and rustic, and boasts incredible acoustics. Just down the Mountain Road, Helen Day Art Center features visual art exhibitions and classes for both children and adults. Large works of visual art and sculpture can be found indoors and out at West Branch Gallery . The Mad River Valley is a mecca for winter sport enthusiasts and artists alike. Sugarbush Resort , in Warren, wel- comes both skiers and snowboarders to its 111 trails. Beyond skiing or boarding, visitors to this mountain have the arts at their feet. Offerings include Mad River Glass Gallery , the Artisans’ Gallery , and Walker Contemporary . There’s even the quirky Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design , which features an assortment of manufactured objects from toasters and toys to canoes. High Point Jay Peak Resort is Vermont’s northern- most resort. For on-site arts, look no further than the weekly après music series in the impressive Foeger Ballroom . If you venture outside the resort, a wealth of arts lies within an hour’s drive along scenic roads. Memphremagog Arts Collaborative (or MAC Center for the Arts) holds workshops and houses a gallery and artisan shop. The town of St. Johnsbury is home to numerous arts and cultural opportunities, includ- ing Catamount Arts , the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum , and Dog Mountain , where furry friends are allowed to roam freely in a chapel, art gallery and on acres of land. Some of Vermont’s best kept skiing secrets are unassuming local favorites. Richmond’s Bolton Valley plays up its reliance on mostly authentic snow with its simple motto “Vermont. Naturally.” Locals may come for its lower prices and less crowded slopes, but they’re sure to stay for the live music and arts events. For local shopping, Jericho’s Old Mill Craft Shop at the Old Red Mill and featur- ing works by “Snowflake” Bentley is just half an hour away. Continue on into Burlington, which offers dozens of ven- ues to view and purchase Vermont art, like Burlington City Arts, Frog Hollow State Craft Center, Bennington Potters , and SEABA Center Gallery . Music lovers will find just about any genre at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, ArtsRiot, Radio Bean , or Higher Ground . Flying South With southern Vermont's highest verti- cal drop of 2,200 feet and a trail net- work that spans five distinct alpine areas, Okemo Mountain Resort is one of Vermont’s best skiing and snowboard- ing destinations. Head to the city of Rutland, where the arts have taken hold. There are colorful murals scattered throughout the downtown, world-class acts at the Paramount Theatre , and stun- ning visual pieces can be found at both the Chaffee Art Center and the newly opened 77 Gallery . Don’t forget about the arts offered in the academic world! Castleton University has galleries in Rutland and nearby Castleton. Southern Vermont’s Mount Snow Resort is another popular skiing destination. Once you’ve fully explored all the ter- rain, head into Manchester for an artistic outing at Epoch Cooperative Art and Craft Gallery or the historical Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home . The outdoor grounds of the Southern Vermont Arts Center remain open year-round for cross-country skiing and snowshoe- ing among sculptures. Vermont Arts Exchange , which hosts a Basement Music Series through the winter, is roughly an hour’s drive from five different skiing venues: Stratton, Okemo, Mount Snow, Magic Mountain and Bromley . All offer excellent shredding and excellent prox- imity to the arts. Whether in the lodge or along a wind- ing road, whenever the chairlifts stop, Vermont arts will be waiting around every corner. Cozy up at intimate con- certs or stroll through gallery after gal- lery, and you may even find you enjoy those frosty nights! Before you know it, spring will be here. And that’s a good thing, says Vermont photographer and writer Peter Miller, “The same condi- tions that produce fancy maple syrup, cold nights, warming days, a deep mantle of snow makes the sweetest ski- ing of all.” P THE ARTS AWAIT YOU AND VERMONT IS YOUR STAGE. IMMERSE YOURSELF INCOLORFULMURALSANDCONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCES. Whether in the lodge or along a winding road, whenever the chairlifts stop, Vermont arts will be waiting around every corner. See page 68 for a list of Antiques, Art and Craft Galleries, State Craft Centers.