Offering a unique experience in cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the heart of Vermont's beautiful Green Mountains, the Carroll & Jane Rikert Nordic Center is located on Route 125 in Ripton, Vermont, at the historic Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College.
Our 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 our trail system, or make your way through the woods to Robert Frost's cabin.
The 86th annual Middlebury College Winter Carnival, the oldest and largest student-run — and only carbon neutral — winter carnival in the country, will take place Thursday, Feb. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 22. The public is invited to attend the ice show, both Nordic and alpine ski competitions, and various outdoor events such as fireworks, broomball and snow sculpting.
Beginning on Thursday, Feb. 19, the public is invited to attend a bonfire and fireworks show on Battell Beach, located behind Battell Hall on College Street (Route 125). The bonfire will begin at 8 p.m., and the fireworks will take place around 8:45 p.m.
On Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 21, snowsculpting and broomball games will take place throughout the day on McCullough Lawn outside McCullough Student Center, located on Old Chapel Road off College Street (Route 125).
Also on Friday and Saturday, some of the finest collegiate skiers will compete in Nordic and alpine races that are regional qualifying events for the NCAA. Competitions take place at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl in Hancock and the Rikert Ski Touring Center in Ripton, both located on Route 125.