Much of northern Vermont is within the path of totality for the April 8 solar eclipse, making this an ideal place to witness the rare natural event. State agencies are planning for thousands of people to visit Vermont to view it (see 2024 Total Solar Eclipse in Vermont), and towns and cities of all sizes as well as tourism-focused organizations are planning local events.
Join us every two weeks from January 25 to April 4 to learn and share about community-level plans as well as what the state has planned, so you can better anticipate how all these plans might intersect (or conflict!).
VLCT will have a seat at the table in the state-level planning efforts and wants to be your voice, so please join us!
If you want to attend these check-ins and have yet to register, register here.
Please note, the Zoom live event is only open to VLCT members.
Katie Buckley, Director, Federal Funding Assistance Program, VLCT
Bonnie Waninger, Federal Funding Assistance Program Specialist, VLCT
As VLCT gathers answers to 2024 Total Eclipse questions that are frequently asked by it members, we will post them below:
The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing has an excellent webpage loaded with information. You can check it out by following this link: https://www.vermontvacation.com/plan-your-visit/events/2024-total-solar-eclipse-in-vermont.
On April 8, 2024 (Monday):
- 2:14 p.m. - a partial solar eclipse will begin
- 3:26 p.m. - a total eclipse will darken Vermont's daytime sky, lasting 3 minutes 36 seconds. The phenomenon will continue as a partial eclipse
- 4:37 p.m - the eclipse will fully complete
The path of totality during a solar eclipse is the path that the moon's shadow falls into Earth. In simple terms - it is the area you need to be in to see the total solar eclipse. Outside of the path of totality, you will only see a partial eclipse.
The path of totality for the 2024 Total Eclipse is 40 miles wide, 20 miles of which are in northern Vermont; 109 miles in the path of totality. This will impact the following counties: Addison, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orleans, Washington.
Of Vermont's ~647,500 population, ~399,000 live in the path of totality.
No. Due to an overwhelming response for eclipse glasses, Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing are currently oversubscribed and have turned off the form. If you have already filled out the form, they will be in touch to let you know next steps. If you have any questions, please email Katharine Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vermont Emergency Management has created a A guide to assist municipalities in emergency management planning for large events that can be help keep you organized and prepared should your municipality anticipate a surge in visitation to your community.
No. The State of Vermont is not hosting any events in support of the eclipse. The State is planning and preparing for a significant increase in visitors to Vermont for events and activities hosted on the local level - resorts, businesses, community groups, municipalities, etc.
The Green Mountain Club developed the following language that municipalities can use for their solar eclipse messaging. Please feel free to include it when distributing eclipse glasses and post it in communication venues that your municipality uses, such as Front Porch Forum and your website.
With the eclipse coming up quickly on April 8, you may be looking to solidify plans for Monday afternoon. The Green Mountain Club is offering guidance on avoiding the backcountry for your safety and the protection of the vulnerable natural environment. Here’s why:
- Anywhere you can see the sun, you can see the eclipse. Wide expanses like fields, parking lots, and lakefronts offer an excellent view.
- Winter conditions, including snow- and ice-covered trails and extreme temps or precipitation, may persist at high elevations in April. Winter experience and winter-specific gear is a necessity.
- April is mud season, so trails (and dirt roads to reach trailheads) may be an impassable mess. Trails on state land, including those on Mount Mansfield, Camel’s Hump, Jay Peak, and others are closed.
- Cell service and first responder/search and rescue resources may be taxed on eclipse day, so if you do venture into the backcountry, you must have the experience and equipment to self-rescue if necessary.
- Vermont is home to some rare and special natural environments, including alpine zone vegetation. Impact from human footsteps can easily damage and kill these plants, and crowded trails increase the chance of people inadvertently stepping or walking off trail.
- For more on mud season and eclipse hiking guidance, visit the Green Mountain Club’s eclipse guide and help spread the word about personal safety and mountain stewardship.