We moved rather rapidly from winter to early summer here in lower elevations of Vermont. Green stuff is growing like crazy and flowers are blooming. I may have to mow soon.
With the warm weather, Jay Peak has decided that this past Sunday (May 3) was its final day of skiing. Sugarbush also closed on Sunday. In Vermont, only Killington remains for weekend lift-served skiing (Friday - Sunday), as long as the stockpiled snow allows.
Image: Snow depth chart for the stake atop Mt. Mansfield. As of...[Read more]
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Filed in: Jay Peak, Killington, Mt. Mansfield, Spring skiing, Sugarbush
Here's the scoop on which Vermont alpine ski resorts are still open and which resorts have closed for the season.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Spring skiing, Sugarbush
With freshly waxed skis in tow, we headed to Lincoln Peak at Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vermont, on Thursday. The forecast was flawless; we just had to go!
Three lifts opened at 10 a.m.: The Super Bravo Quad, the Heaven's Gate Triple and the Castlerock Double. We enjoyed runs off of all three. With warm temps and sunshine, I commented that the most chill I got was while riding the zippy, high-speed quad! The rest of the time we were working our way down corn-snow-covered bumps and doing corny...[Read more]
Friday, April 17, 2015
Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Spring skiing, Sugarbush
Wow we skied lots of big, soft bumps this afternoon at Mad River Glen! The Single Chair and Sunnyside Double lifts carried happy skiers up the hill to swish their way down through the corn snow. The sun was intense. Some people were skiing in t-shirts.
The advanced trails that we skied featured wall-to-wall moguls. The snow has been soft and it has been skied enough to make some rather large bumps. In fact, I fell in a mogul field and the Skimeister didn't know at first because I was well...[Read more]
Monday, April 13, 2015
Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Mad River Glen, Spring skiing
With my light backcountry skis attached to my feet, I sat in a tree today and soaked up the sun. The small tree had a crook in it that allowed me to kick back without getting my ski pants damp. I enjoyed a delicious bagel with a view of snowy woods, sunlit trees and blue skies. The only noise I heard was the soft fluttering sounds of old beech leaves and loose birch bark on trees nearby. That's my kind of Sunday brunch!
This brunch was served near the Gardiner's Lane backcountry ski trail up...[Read more]
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing
On Tuesday afternoon, the sun and snow beckoned. The Skimeister and I headed for Smugglers’ Notch Resort to get in some spring turns. It has been snowing over the last few days so there was some newer snow on top of the ample base. With Tuesday's sunshine, the snow softened up but only got wet in some spots at the bottom of the mountain.
We took laps on the Madonna I chairlift to the top of Madonna Peak. We dove into some fun, sun-soaked glades such as Shakedown, Bermuda and Doc Dempsey's. We...[Read more]
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing
UPDATED APRIL 29, 2015
If you haven't noticed, Old Man Winter didn't seem to want to let go of his hold on the Green Mountain State. We've been doing a whole bunch of skiing in Vermont.
As of APRIL 29, 2015, here's the list of which Vermont alpine ski resorts are still open and which resorts have closed for the season.
Vermont Ski Resorts That Are Still Open
Jay Peak plans to re-open for May 2 & 3. May 3 may or may not be the final day of the season.Killington is open...[Read more]
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing, Stowe, Stratton
We hit the lifts at Bolton Valley Resort this afternoon and found great snow on the trails and especially in the woods. Not April snow, but more like mid-winter snow!
One of the benefits of skiing at Bolton Valley is that it faces west, toward the setting sun, Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. At this time of the year that means you can ski in the sunshine into the early evening. We skied in bright sunshine from 3 to 6 p.m. before heading home for dinner. (Earlier in the season, the lights...[Read more]
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing
The Skimeister and I got out to backcountry ski on Saturday afternoon and it was so much fun, we went for a second helping on Sunday!
Saturday was the cooler of the weekend days and some fresh snow from earlier in the week was blanketing the trees in northern Vermont's higher elevations. We headed for the backcountry trail network at Bolton Valley, Vermont. It looked like mid-winter as we used climbing skins to ascend about 1,500 feet to our destination: the Stowe View overlook at 3,000 feet....[Read more]
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski, Spring skiing
Spring sunshine and temperatures were forecast today so we made plans to enjoy the day outside. We put a couple pairs of Nordic skis in the car and headed to Ole's Cross-Country Ski Center in Warren, Vermont. We hadn't been to Ole's this winter for some reason, so we wanted to get there before the season ends.
We started for the Deer Run Trail, first crossing the wide-open expanse that serves as a runway in the summertime. (Ole's is located at the seasonal Sugarbush-Warren Airport.) The...[Read more]
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ole's, Spring skiing
Here are a half dozen shots from today at Stowe Mountain Resort! The day was more lovely than expected. It started with sun, then offered clouds, but then brought sunshine again to end the ski day. Plus — no wind! It was a great day to be on the mountain.
Stowe Mountain Resort at a Glance
Located on Route 108 / Mountain Road, Stowe, VermontTwo main mountain areas: Mt. Mansfield and Spruce PeakMt. Mansfield highest skiing elevation: Top of gondola at 3,625 feetMt. Mansfield lowest skiing...[Read more]
Friday, March 20, 2015
Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Stowe
The Skimeister and I skied through a small snowstorm today in northern Vermont. At midday at Sleepy Hollow Nordic Ski Center in Huntington, Vermont, it was really coming down. The snow had covered up the morning's grooming and was filling in the classic tracks.
I prepared myself for skiing in the falling snow by putting a bandana around my neck and wearing light-tinted sunglasses. (It's not pleasant to let your eyes be pelted by the snow when you are going downhill!)
We skied two loops at...[Read more]
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Sleepy Hollow
What do you do when you have a business meeting planned in Stowe? You make time for a ski, of course!
We each brought two pairs of skis because we weren't sure exactly what the snow conditions would be like. Early this week we had warmer weather, which was quickly followed by winter temperatures. We were thinking things would be quite firm.
The snow was firm, but because of the Trapp Family Lodge's great grooming it was very skiable. The Skimeister had prepared our classic skis well with...[Read more]
Friday, March 13, 2015
Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge
With temperatures in the “balmy” 20s and the sun trying to come out, it was a good day to hit the backcountry and earn some turns.
The Skimeister and I headed for Underhill, Vermont, on the west side of Mt. Mansfield. We parked at the Stevensville trailhead— a popular trailhead where parking often gets tight — and we put climbing skins on our skis. Here you can ski up to Nebraska Notch or the Overland Trail (also called the Underhill Trail by longtime skiers of this area). We had...[Read more]
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Mt. Mansfield
The Skimeister and I joined up with six other skiing buddies to explore the cross-country trails at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center last weekend. Located in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom — about 1.5 hours northeast of Burlington, Vermont; 1 hour north of Montpelier; and 1 hour northwest of St. Johnsbury — this place is a Nordic skier's dream.
The grooming is impeccable and the classic tracks are bomber. The center uses large Pisten Bully grooming machines to churn up the snow, smooth it...[Read more]
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Filed in: Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing
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
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
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
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
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
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