Skate Trail is Open for the Season
Estimated at 4.3 miles, the Lake Morey Skate Trail is the longest in the United States. The loop skirts the shores of the lake and provides adventurer's panoramic views and opportunities to spot the occasional bald eagle. Trailheads are available at both the Lake Morey Resort, where skates and skate accessories can be rented, and the Fairlee Town Beach. The trail is free to use by skaters, although donations are appreciated.
Skating has inherent risks and skaters should take precautions as natural ice conditions can change unpredictably. Our daily ice report can be found on our Facebook page. Skaters should be aware of Vermont's safety mandates as it relates to mask wearing and social distancing while both accessing the ice and skating. Further information on Vermont's and the Resort's safety measures are available here.
Skate and skate accessory rentals are available. New this year, rentals will be available in the Terrace Ballroom, located in the west wing of the Resort. Renters should enter through the lobby of the resort, direct themselves to the Terrace Ballroom for their rentals and then exit to the ice via the Terrace Patio once they are outfitted with their skates. All renters must familiarize themselves with our safety protocols before arriving at the resort; available here (scroll to Skate Rentals). Rentals are available Wednesday - Sunday beginning at 10am for the general public. Resorts guests have access to rentals seven days a week beginning at 9am. All rentals must be returned by 4:45pm. Rental pricing is available here.
It's a passion; help us share the love of the outdoors. Donations, at any level, help support ice trail maintenance, daily reporting of ice trail conditions, creation of trail signage, maintaining trail maintenance equipment, and helps protect the enjoyment of the stake trail for you and all those in the region. Your support will help us plan current and future trail improvements and expansions, including an adjoining walking trail for snowshoers.
Green Trail: $100 donation. Receive a LMR shot glass and $10 in Morey Money* to be used across the resort from gifts to food.
Blue Trail: $200 donation. You will receive a pair of LMR sunglasses, LMR branded neck gator, and $20 in Morey Money*.
Black Trail: $300 donation. As our thank you, we'll gift you a LMR cinch backpack, waterproof phone sleeve, LMR neck gator, and $30 in Morey Money*.
*Morey Money can be used toward purchases across at the Resort through March 2021. No monetary value. Cannot be used toward purchase of alcohol. Morey Money cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.
Lake Morey was once known as Fairlee Pond and was renamed after Samuel Morey who in 1795 was awarded a patent for the first paddle-wheeled steamboat built in his workshop adjacent to the lake. The first seasonal cottages sprung up along the shores of Lake Morey in the 1800s followed by inns and camps. Our guided pontoon tour of the lake will highlight the historical camps and cottages remaining along the shores. For a change in perspective, borrow a resort road bike and peddle around the lake for a new view of the changing landscape and capture the local character with views of the cottages hidden in the hillsides.
Jump into the clear pristine water of Lake Morey for a quick swim, play on a paddle board or tour the lake in one of our kayaks or canoes, each available from our boathouse along the lakefront of the resort. Those wanting a bit more speed and thrill can rent our speedboat with our licensed driver for an opportunity to waterski, wakeboard or tube – rentals available by the half-hour and hour and include basic instructions – reservations made at the Front Desk or at the boathouse on the lakefront.
A network of organizations and volunteers help preserve the beauty and serenity we enjoy in and around Lake Morey. Through the efforts of the Lake Morey Foundation, Friends of Fairlee Forests, Lake Morey Protection Association, Cross Rivendell Trails Association, and the Upper Valley Trails Alliance our guests continue to gain access to extensive networks of well-maintained trails throughout the hillsides surrounding the lake. After stopping by our Front Desk for a map of the area trail networks, venture into the steep hillsides in the lookout for waterfalls and birds-of-prey or join a guided hike of the Palisade Trail as part of our scheduled resort activities throughout the summer.
Collect your Passport to Lake Morey Resort and enjoy all the resort has to offer.