1995 found a group of Traditional Northern Winter Travelers gathering at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont. Their idea was to share stories, trip routes, ideas about equipment, trail skills, and northern culture. Their goal is to see old friends, and meet new friends, and have a good time talking about their passion, the North and winter. This was the beginning of the Snow Walkers Rendezvous which is held every November at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT. The event has grown and expanded but maintains a feeling of a comfortable and relaxed group. Presentations and Workshops vary in subject, but all focus on traditional travel and winter. We have "traveled" on local weekend winter camping trips all the way up to three month expeditions in the North.
The weekend is organized by a committee of volunteers who are always scouting for ideas.
For more information or to share your ideas, email us here.
The 24th Snow Walkers Rendezvous will be held on November 9-11, 2018.
Registration information will be available soon.
Previews of two of the presentations for the 24th Snow Walkers Rendezvous.
Marilyne Marchand, "Wrong Partner Selection, Please Try Again" - How a duo ski crossing of the Ungava Peninsula ended up being a solo ski tour to the Pingualuit Park and back.
Steven Smith and Diana Kushner are discussing their film "albedo", part of their project called Enduring Ice. "Five hundred miles from the North Pole, a scientific expedition is beset by the sea ice it has come to study......"
Partial Listing of Speakers and Activities from the last few years:
Louise Abbott, Quebec “Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story”
Alexandra Bennett Conover, Maine “What’s in your Winter Backpack?”
Louis Falank, Maine "Building Life Skills with Kids of all Ages"
Jake Hoeksema, Wisconsin "Winter camping in Quetico"
Ruth Heindel, Vermont “Stories from the Poles: Science and Adventure in Greenland and Antarctica”
John Houston, Nova Scotia “Voices of the Inuit Elders: Filmmaking in the Canadian Arctic”
Kroka, New Hampshire "Kroka Expeditions: 11 Years of the Vermont Semester”
Hugh Stewart, Quebec "Billy Hoare: Snowalking for Jesus and the Canadian Government"
Don Tedstone, Quebec "Winter travel in Les Monts Groulx"
Integrating Wild Harvested Foods
Reconnecting to the World Around Us
Working with Sil-Nylon
Build Your Own Toboggan Workshop