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Hard'ack Recreation Area (Winter)

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Hard'ack Recreation Area (Winter)
179 Congress St
St. AlbansVT 05478

Ages: 1 and up

Cost: Free

Parking: Yes - Plenty of spaces. About a 150 feet walk to the fun.

Features: Dog Friendly, Snack Stand

A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Charitable Organization, Hard'ack's mission is to provide recreation to Franklin county residents through skiing, snowboarding, sledding, wilderness trails and sports fields.

A big and steep hill that has a toe rope and lights for the weekends and holidays (not always in operation, check before you go). They also have a smaller hill for the little kids and cross-country ski trails and fields. Located right off Route 89 so it's easy to get to.

During the winter months look for these activities at Hard'ack:

  • Downhill Skiing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowboarding - rails and jumps
  • Sledding - big and little hills
  • Outdoor Skating - boards and nets
  • Snowshoeing
  • Nature Trails


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  • 5

Reviewed on 01/18/2009

What a great place to enjoy all of your favorite winter activities. Whether the little ones want to slide down some of the small bumpy hills, your teens watch or partake in some of the impromptu rail jam competitions, or mom/dad take a fast and furious run down the sledding hill, there is something for everyone. The hills are groomed to perfection and there is even snow making! And when everyone needs a break, just jump into the warming hut for some hot chocolate (75 cents) or warm snacks like a hot dog ($1.50). And if you forget some hand warmers they have them too. This is a great way to spend a few hours with the family and enjoy the outdoors in the winter.

Access to Hard'Ack is free, but they sure do appreciate donations to keep this northern Vermont gem alive and kickin'.

Hard'ack Recreation Area (Winter)


  • 5

Reviewed on 09/15/2015

I had always seen this place from the highway and finally took my dogs this morning. What a wonderful place to hike or just walk leisurely. Well groomed trails crisscross throughout the mountain so there is both sun and shade. Dogs loved it! I loved it! And THANK YOU to Hard'ack Recreation people who maintain it.

Hard'ack Recreation Area (Winter)


  • 5

Reviewed on 08/16/2011

I agree with missmagpie! Hard'ack has something for everyone! Large hills for us "big" kids, small hills for the kiddies, and fun activities for those wanting to partake in more exciting and adventurous activities such as snowboarding, etc. Great place for winter fun!

Hard'ack Recreation Area (Winter)