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Lake Morey Ice Skating Trail

Lake Morey Ice Skating Trail

Town: Fairlee

Uses: Cross Country Skiing Ice Skating Snowshoeing

Amenities: Parking

Length: 4.5 miles

Surface: Groomed Ice Trail


From I-91 take exit 15 in Fairlee. Off the ramp: turn west and take Lake Morey Rd West. Follow signs to the Lake Morey Resort. Park on west side of resort and walk around building to Ice Trail entrance.


Features: Groomed Ice Skating Trail. Longest groomed skating trail in the United States.


The Lake Morey Ice Skating Trail is the longest ice trail in the United States, when ice conditions permit its full operation. Crossing the entire lake from north to south, or some winters circling the lake’s perimeter, the trail offers panoramic views and the chance to spot a bald eagle. The Ice Skating Trail is the site of an annual Skate-a-thon in January, weather and ice conditions permitting. Please check the Upper Valley Trails Alliance web site for event updates at Nordic ice skates may be rented from Nordic Skater in Norwich, VT or at the Lake Morey Resort's Skate Shack.

Current ice trail conditions can be found at

Webcam Lake Morey Skating Trail article

Skating Access Points: The Lake Morey Skating Trail is open to the public - afterall the lake is considered a public place. Lake Morey Resort allows anyone wishing to access the trail to cross their lakefront to access the trail. You may use the Resorts west parking lot and walk on their lakefront access driveway to reach the lake. Some weekends are very busy at the Resort and parking spaces may be at a premium. Alternately you can access the trail via the State boat launch and parking area on the west side of the lake. The trail is maintained by Lake Morey Resort in partnership with the Upper Valley Trails Alliance.

Skate-a-thon 2014 was held on January 19 with over 200 participants.

Last updated on 1/21/14


Upper Valley Trails Alliance

Contact: Russell Hirschler
PO Box 1215
Norwich, VT 05055


Lake Morey Resort

Contact: Christine Cecchetti
1 Clubhouse Road
Fairlee, VT 05045


Russell Hirschler
Lyme, NH

I just heard that the Lake Morey Resort has purchased a Zamboni for clearing the snow from the ice trail. Bring on the cold!

Jared Pendak
Bradford, VT

Does anyone aside from those staying at Lake Morey Resort use the trail?

John Taylor, UVTA
Norwich, VT

The Lake Morey Skating Trail is open to the public - afterall the lake is considered a public place. Lake Morey Resort allows anyone wishing to access the trail to cross their lakefront to access the trail. Alternately you can access the trail via the State boat launch and parking area on the west side of the lake. The trail is maintained by Lake Morey resort in partnership with the Upper Valley Trails Alliance and the Hulbert Outdoor Center.

John Taylor
Norwich, VT

Ice Skating Trails is now open. Get out and have some great outdoor fun on the longest skating trail in the country.

John Taylor
Norwich, VT

The lake began to freeze over on Dec. 30th and then snow fell which insulated and slowed ice formation. As of 1.2.2013 there is not enough ice to bring equipment onto the lake to clear a trail, however, cold temperatures tonight in the -10F range and single digit temperatures tomorrow will create some great ice building conditions. I\'ll comment here when trail is set for some winter fun.

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