Trip at a Glance

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We raft the West River on scheduled dam releases provided by the Army Corp of Engineers. The West offers a unique trip combining eight miles of continuous Class III intermediate action with some bigger whitewater in rapids such as “Landslide” and “The Dumplings”. We meet our trip at Mount Snow Ski Resort and end the trip there with a delicious cookout and slide show of the day’s raft trip.

We begin our trip by walking to the top of Ball Mountain Dam. Views from atop the dam are breathtaking as we look down at the first rapid and back across the reservoir at Stratton Mountain Ski Area. We then descend to the river and practice paddling for the upcoming action. The first half of the trip runs through beautiful Jamaica State Park and includes a half-mile rapid called “Landslide” and the feature rapid of the day, “The Dumplings”. “The Dumplings” is a tight S-turn where strong team paddling is necessary to avoid giant boulders and hit the biggest waves. After a quick snack, the second half of the trip has several more Class II-III rapids like “Tornado Alley”, “The Ledges” and works back toward our base camp at Mount Snow.

The West has an unbeatable combination of action and scenery which is universally loved by both veteran and new rafters.

2019 Schedule: May 4, 5, September 21, 22

Includes: Pre-trip safety instruction, professional guide, PFD and helmet, transportation to and from river, cookout at Mt Snow after trip (chicken, fish or vegetarian option), photo presentation of your adventure.

Why Choose Crab Apple For Vermont White Water Rafting?

We Are Family Owned and Operated

We are a three-generation family-owned company and we love what we do! Since our inception in 1983, our family has been imbedded in every aspect of our business. We are the reservation takers, the guides, the guide trainers, and the customer service specialists. Every detail of our business is infused with our fun vibe and family-oriented atmosphere. As a result, we have grown exponentially and we are proud to have the largest New England white water rafting operation.

We Have Excellent Rafting Base and Easy Access to Lodging

Crab Apple’s seasonal rafting trips are set up beautifully at Mount Snow Ski Resort. We take over the centrally located Sundance Base Lodge for the weekend. Drive in and meet us or stay at Mount Snow and walk to the base lodge before your trip. After rafting we return to Sundance for a delicious cookout on the huge outdoor deck overlooking the ski slopes.

We Value Your Safety and Comfort

As much as we love having fun, we always keep your safety a priority. We have over 100 rafts and inflatable kayaks of different sizes to ensure the best experience on the river. Our stock of over 400 wetsuits and lifejackets are continuously upgraded and come in a vast array of sizes to fit you comfortably and keep you safe.

West River Map

Click a pin to explore more about a particular part of the river.

Interactive map of Vermont showing West River.

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