For many Vermonters, we love the cold weather because it means skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and so much more. But even the best of us can find ourselves counting down the days to boating on our lakes, jumping in a swimming hole, and warm sunshine. To help get you through, we’re sharing some of our best tips on surviving these cold winters in Vermont.
One question we are frequently asked is how we travel in the winter months when there is exceptionally bad weather. Our simple answer: studded snow tires. Studded snow tires can be costly but are necessary for winter traveling and are definitely worth the investment. Vermonters drive a wide range of different types of vehicles, all of which handle differently in the snow, but having a set of studded tires will make the world of a difference when driving on our snow and icy roads. Speaking of cars, always make sure to leave a minimum of ¼ tank of gas in the car to avoid frozen fuel lines and brush off all the snow from your vehicle before driving.
Lots of layers!
We mean this one. Whether you are just going outside to go sledding or a long car ride, bring lots of extra layers. Winter in Vermont can be very unpredictable, and it is important to make sure that the entire family has enough layers for any type of adventure – planned or not. In fact, we recommend leaving an extra set of layers in the car all the time, just in case.
Keeping your homes at an appropriate temperature during the winter is incredibly important and can also be a high expense. It is so important to make sure that you are keeping your home warm enough – even when you aren’t going to be around. Temperatures can reach really low numbers which can lead to frozen pipes in your home, and that isn’t fun for anyone. While you have your temperatures higher inside for the colder months, it often means your home can get dry so purchasing a humidifier (or two!) will make the world of a difference.
There are a few different ways you can handle snow removal at your home. Many residents take care of their sidewalks and driveways themselves, while others hire a local business to come to plow out their driveway. Others will purchase their own plows, snowblowers, tractors, or just a few shovels and get some extra exercise. You might also be able to find a high school student looking for some extra gas money who is willing to come shovel for you!
There are many different types of advice to best handle winters in Vermont, but these few tips will make a huge difference for you as you make your way through your first Vermont winter. As you continue to navigate life in Vermont, we always encourage you to ask a friendly neighbor, your town clerk, mechanic, or supplier for fuel oil. You will find we are all working through the cold winters together!