Monday, you could wade into Lake Champlain

Monday, you could wade into Lake Champlain, but four years ago this week, people were walking their way across the water. That’s the last time the lake connecting Vermont and New York completely froze over. But this year, a warm winter brought dangerous ice conditions on Lake Champlain. Experts say we’re well below average on ice coverage. Some other bodies of water are iced in– at least for now– and that’s good for a Vermont tradition. Joe’s Pond is still covered in ice and snow. The Danville body of water is home to the famous ice-out challenge that marks the unofficial end of winter. Michelle Walker of Cabot says the ice on Joe’s Pond has been OK so far this year, offering plenty of recreation. But there’s a growing conversation among organizers. The earliest the block has dropped is April 5.