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Well, you've come to the right place. Here you'll find information and views about Vermont skiing and riding, powder dumps, Vermont ski resort reviews, ski travel tidbits and all-around snow culture from a Vermont skiing enthusiast. I don't work in the ski industry, so what you read in this ski blog is from someone who just loves to get out on the snow! This Vermont skiing blog covers alpine, backcountry and cross-country skiing.

Blue skies, bumps and birches at Burke Mountain

We have not been to Burke Mountain for about seven years. That's a long enough time to test our memory, for sure, but we did recall liking the mountain. We rustled up some friends to ski in the Northeast Kingdom this past weekend and we became reacquainted with this little gem of a mountain on Friday. It was nearly a two-hour drive from the Burlington area over through Montpelier and Lyndonville to East Burke. We stepped out of the car and were pleased to see the temperatures had risen a...[Read more]

Monday, March 2, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke

 

Climbing in the cold to earn some fun turns in Stowe

Yes, another chilly day. But when you have things to do this coming weekend, you head for the trailhead anyways! The Skimeister and I skied in the Sterling Forest in Stowe. We parked at the gorge and watched the wind whip up the snow as we put our boots on. Once the car was locked up I was on a mission to get into my backcountry skis and get across the open meadow as quickly as possible. I was relieved to find less wind in the forest on the Marston Trail. We fell into the rhythm of climbing...[Read more]

Friday, February 20, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Stowe

Skinny Skiing: Enjoying frosty Vermont days by Nordic skiing

Sunset cross-country skiing

I love downhill skiing but on the coldest day it's just downright challenging to keep your extremities from freezing as you dangle on a chairlift and create extra windchill during your descent. What's an avid skier to do? Whether it's cross-country skiing on your skinny skis at a groomed Nordic center or backcountry skiing in fresh snow in the woods, you can generate plenty of heat by Nordic skiing! The Skimeister and I have been skiing before or after work this past week at Catamount Outdoor...[Read more]

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

 

A few photos from the backcountry network at Bolton Valley

These shots are from Tuesday, when we skinned up into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network. Lots of snow. Not as fluffy as Saturday, but lovely. And a bonus: The sun came out![Read more]

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Holy powder, Batman!

This morning I came across some northern Vermont snow reports touting between 4 and 12 inches of new snow overnight. I looked outside my window and only saw 1 or 2 inches and I had to double check what I read. It became clear to me: I needed to go investigate this news by earning some turns! After lunchtime I skinned up into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network and noticed everything was whiter and the trail seemed higher than the last time I was here (more base!). I started poking my...[Read more]

Saturday, February 7, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Mogul runs, powdery stashes & smooth groomers at Mad River Glen

We rustled up some friends, waxed our skis and drove up to Mad River Glen today. Vermont has been piling up a lot of snow lately and it was a good day to enjoy a deep base of snow at this unique ski area. We skied pretty hard and that kept us warm despite really cold temperatures (it was below zero during our first ride of the Single Chair at 9 a.m.). We're getting good at dressing for the cold with several layers, balaclava, boot gloves and hand warmers. Being prepared for the cold allowed us...[Read more]

Friday, February 6, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Mad River Glen

 

Cold, dry snow and powderhounds at Smugglers' Notch today

It’s been snowing lately so we just had to rearrange our work schedule to ski Smugglers’ Notch this morning! (Haven’t I mentioned that I’m spoiled rotten?!?) Monday’s snowstorm dropped between five inches to more than a foot of snow around Vermont. Smugglers’ Notch was reporting eight inches of new snow. Despite downright chilly temperatures this morning (like zero Fahrenheit) the Skimeister and I had a bunch of fun finding powder stashes off the Madonna I chairlift. I don't ever...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Sun and snow on backcountry trails today

We took advantage of warm temperatures and sunshine today by hitting the trail around lunchtime! We put on our plastic backcountry boots and skins on our skis and up we went. We climbed into the Bolton backcountry trail network and found lots of snow. It was so warm I was down to a light fleece top for the climb. Later I would don a jacket and a helmet for a tour around Birch Loop and a descent on Gardners' Lane. The trails had narrow, packed tracks from other skiers over the last couple of...[Read more]

Thursday, January 29, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Sunday fun day: A morning at Bolton Valley Resort

The Skimeister and I drove up into winter by driving up to Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton, Vermont, this morning. It's the closest big ski area to the Burlington area. While we've had some melting in the Champlain Valley, the higher elevations at Bolton Valley have been enjoying snow. We arrived to see frosty-white trees and about three inches of new snow on the trails. Our plan was to do some laps on the Wilderness Chair, which is typically open only on weekends. For much of the morning the...[Read more]

Sunday, January 25, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

 

Lunchtime cross-country skiing in this week’s new snow

Cross-country skiing in Vermont

The Skimeister and I got out at lunchtime for some exercise in the brilliant sunshine. We played around in the powdery snow that is in the fields at Catamount Outdoor Center in Williston, Vt. Our skis plowed through about four inches of powder as we made loops under blue skies.  Central and northern Vermont were blessed with snow recently, with more than a foot falling at higher elevations during the last week. Southern-most Vermont didn't fare as well this time, but other times they...[Read more]

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

A sweet little powder morning at Sugarbush

Skiing at Sugarbush, Vermont

Well my friend and I hit Sugarbush at the right time on the right day. We arrived at Lincoln Peak just as a snow squall was starting to affect driving in the area. We booted up and were two of the first people on the Super Bravo Quad. And we were among the first to ride the Heaven's Gate lift and enjoy silky smooth powder runs on Ripcord. It had been groomed overnight and had picked up three inches of snow in the morning. It was super-fun! I could hear my skis rumble along the corduroy beneath...[Read more]

Friday, January 16, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Sugarbush

Soft, natural snow on the trails of Mad River Glen today

Midweek skiing is the way to go when you can make it happen! We enjoyed a half day of broken powder, bumps, powder, and groomed packed powder at Mad River Glen today. There were no lines at all and the trails were ours for the choosing! Mad River is one of the Vermont ski areas that has been accumulating some snow lately — most recently a reported eight or more inches on Monday. The cold has kept traffic light during this midweek but today the temperatures, sunshine and lack of wind made...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Mad River Glen

Cross-country skiing in Stowe, Vt., in a heavy snow squall today

Nordic skiing in fresh powder in Stowe

Yay! It felt so good to get out on snowy trails today after a long week of work and frigid temperatures. And, when I took to the cross-country trails, I suddenly was skiing through a mini-snowstorm! A squall of heavy snow dropped more than an inch of snow while I was classic skiing. Then, the sun broke through the clouds again. The trails at Stowe Mountain Resort / Mt. Mansfield Nordic Center seemed well covered when I started, and they are even more so now.[Read more]

Friday, January 9, 2015 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

Smugglers’ Notch skiing today — and an ode to a favorite piece of ski gear

In celebration of the humble balaclava. Oh, how I love you, my balaclava, on a cold day of skiing. Simple, yet thoughtfully designed, you keep my neck, face and ears warm, and you fend off ice-cream-headache-inducing wind that can slip through above my goggles. I love how you offer just a thin layer of fabric under my helmet, but a double layer of soft fleece for my face. (My tender nose especially appreciates you.) Thank you, oh thank you, my black balaclava — you...[Read more]

Saturday, January 3, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ski gear, Smugglers' Notch

Spring conditions at Bolton Valley today — but winter temps return

Skiing at Bolton Valley, Vermont

I took advantage of warm temperatures and clearing skies to get in some runs at Bolton Valley Resort today. It was very much like spring skiing and it was fun! The snow had corned up in the well-traveled areas, the sun came out at midday, and people were enjoying not being bundled up. Also, you had to ski around typical springtime obstacles such as grass and dirt spots, occassional rocks and water hazards. (Although I did see one pre-teen ski right over a rock. On...[Read more]

Sunday, December 28, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Stunning, sunny day at Sugarbush

Skiing at Sugarbush, Vermont

We enjoyed blue skies, warm sunshine and NO wind atop Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush today. It was a gorgeous day to play on the mountain! The views from the 4,083-foot summit were spectacular. It was super-clear in the morning as you looked to New Hampshire's White Mountains. Then, without warning at midday, people were mesmerized by localized clouds forming on the western edge of the ridge. The cloud spilled over a bit to the eastern side of the ridge and we skied through it for...[Read more]

Saturday, December 20, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Sugarbush

Skinning up for some powdery turns in the Bolton backcountry trail network

Backcountry skiing in Vermont

Wow. It felt more like February skiing today than December skiing! The Skimeister and I earned some turns on the trails of the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network. We put skins on our skis and climbed up through the trees that were pasted with snow. We then got to enjoy powdery turns through this week’s nearly two feet of new snow! There has been enough snow to cover many potentially wet areas of the trails. Still, we needed to keep our eyes open for water and water bars. The other...[Read more]

Saturday, December 13, 2014 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Lots of snow in Vermont and it’s only early December!

Skiing in a new snow in Vermont

Today my day started with a lot of snow, and ended with a lot of snow. I started by shoveling my driveway — OK, not so fun — but it ended with a lovely, snowy ski at the Catamount Outdoor Center in Williston, Vt. This Chittenden County Nordic center opened for the season today thanks to abundant snowfall this week! Much of Vermont got dumped on over the last couple of days (see the NWS for snowfall totals — hello, double digits!). There are now 30 inches...[Read more]

Thursday, December 11, 2014 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

Heavy snow falls on Vermont — good for base-building

As of Wednesday morning, we're part way through a major winter storm in Vermont. It has brought wet, heavy snow that will help with building a base on which to ski — whether you ski at resorts, in the backcountry or at Nordic centers. Here's an image from the National Weather Service that forecasts the total storm snowfall through 1 a.m. on Thursday. Don't you love seeing double digits!?! Click here to see the updated NWS snow information and graphics. Or, follow this link for the two most...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

Fresh edges, fast turns and sun at Smugglers’ Notch on Sunday

I took my freshly tuned skis to Smugglers’ Notch Resort today and enjoyed fast turns under blue skies! We got our first alpine runs of the season off the Sterling Mountain double chair, which ascends to 3,040 feet and gives skiers a gorgeous, frosty view of neighboring Mt. Mansfield and Madonna Mountain. The trees were covered in rime and the trails were covered well with manmade, frozen granular. There were a few inches of natural snow under the lift, but not enough to ski on. Upper and Lower...[Read more]

Sunday, December 7, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch

Third ski outing of the season in fluffy snow

What a treat to have it look like winter over Thanksgiving weekend! We snuck in a short cross-country tour in fresh snow before eating turkey on Thursday, and this morning we skied up the CCC Road at Underhill State Park. This is located on the western side of Mt. Mansfield, and the mountain was in view through the trees as we ascended. The fluffy, white snow against a super-blue sky was gorgeous! Yes, it was chilly this morning, but after just a few minutes of climbing up the road...[Read more]

Saturday, November 29, 2014 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Mt. Mansfield

Our first ski today — on the road that goes through Smugglers’ Notch!

Skiing the Smugglers' Notch road

Woot-woot! We got out on the snow for the first time this season! There's been quite a bit of natural snow falling in the higher elevations of northern Vermont (13 inches now at the stake atop Mt. Mansfield), so we headed for the Stowe - Smugglers’ Notch area. We thought the skiing should be good on Route 108 going through Smugglers’Notch, and we were right! This section of the road is closed in the winter because it's too tough to plow through tight corners and rocks that...[Read more]

Saturday, November 22, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Food, coffee & après ski, Mt. Mansfield, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

 

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