The Best of Vermont: 2019 Black Diamond Award Winners
In 2012, Vermont Sports launched the Black Diamond Awards as a way to find out what you love about outdoor sports in Vermont. Since then, each year, we tabulate your answers and share them.
We love to get new entries (hello, Grundberg Haus and Sam’s Outdoor Retailers in Brattleboro!). We want to know what you like about Vermont Sports (“stories about local people doing extraordinary things”), and what you don’t like (“survey is too long” and “stop sharing our ‘secret’ spots!”). And we take to heart your suggestions (profile Airbnb’s in sports destinations, improve the paper and design).
Perhaps the answer we love the most? When we asked, on a scale of 1 to 5, how passionate you are about being outdoors, 72 percent rated yourselves a 4 or higher, telling us you’re “outside whenever I’m not at work” or that you “live to be outside.” That’s why we trust that you know what you’re talking about when you vote on who’s the best.
Find out the best in each category by clicking on that category:
BEST SPORTS TOWNS, TRAILS, GYMS AND CAMPING
BEST PLACES TO EAT, SLEEP, DRINK & STAY
THE PEOPLE WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE
Featured photo: Adam Morse in training at Kingdom Trails. Photo by Dave Trumpore