Hancock is located where VT Route 100 meets Route 125. It is ideally situated midway between Killington and Sugarbush ski areas and it is a small town with Hubbard’s Store and the Hancock Hotel as its anchors. Hancock is mostly woodlands and an ideal location to enjoy nature’s bounty.
In the winter, Hancock is home to Middlebury College Snow Bowl, a family ski area on Route 125. The ‘Snow Bowl’ is operated by Middlebury College and has been since 1934, when its first trails were cut. Skiers can enjoy 17 trails, 3 lifts, and access to 110 acres of winter terrain. Middlebury College Snow Bowl became the first carbon-neutral ski area in the United States in 2006. You can rent skis, get lessons, and purchase food in the lodge at very reasonable rates. Half day tickets are also available so you can split your day between skiing and exploring the region. And if you are interested in ski lessons, they have great group and private deals during the school vacations.
One of the nicest ways to spend a summer’s day in Hancock is to explore and picnic at Texas Falls. These falls are viewed from a series of pathways and bridges kept by the Green Mountain National Forest. They provide stunning opportunities to appreciate the power of water in nature, and the photo ops are amazing. Hikers can enjoy the nearby Robert Frost Interpretive Trail and the Long Trail, or just meander along the marked paths by the falls. There is ample parking and a covered picnicking area as well and dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed.