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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.

April skiing that amazed us today at Smuggs!

Wow — what a fun time on the hill today! The Skimeister and I teamed up with two other skiing-afflicted friends and had a blast in the corn snow at Smugglers’ Notch. Clearly most people have been turning their attention away from skiing now because of the warmer temperatures in town and the melting of snow on their lawns, but they missed out today. There's quite a deep base of snow and very few people skiing on it! We did not rush to the mountain this morning; we...[Read more]

Saturday, April 12, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Which resorts are still open for spring skiing in Vermont?

Here we are approaching mid-April and the question becomes: Which ski resorts are still open in Vermont this weekend? Open this weekend: Burke MountainJay PeakKillingtonMad River GlenMount SnowOkemoSmugglers' NotchStoweStrattonSugarbush Nordic ski centers (double-check on these before you go): Blueberry LakeCraftsburyHazen's NotchProspect MountainRikert Still a lot of choices! We're still considering where we will go on Saturday, which should be a very nice day to be...[Read more]

Friday, April 11, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing

Mad River Glen: Spring ski it while you can!

Bright sun and softening snow greeted us at Mad River Glen ski area in Fayston, Vermont, this morning. We did not rush out the door to get there when the lifts opened because we knew the snow would have to soften up a bit in order to be edgeable and enjoyable. We loaded the Single Chair for the first time at about 10:30 a.m. and on that first run we stuck to the groomed Catamount trail — enjoying gorgeous scenery along the way. From the top of the Single Chair (at 3,644...[Read more]

Sunday, April 6, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Mad River Glen, Spring skiing

 

Spring skiing in Vermont! Woot-woot!

It was soft. It was sunny. It was fun! I'm talking about our spring skiing runs at Bolton Valley Resort today! We felt like we had the resort to ourselves as we swished through the soft snow on Bolton Valley's slopes. We actually hit some trails that I have not been on in a very long time, including VT 200, Schuss, Sleepy Hollow Woods and Vista Glades. The snow was very soft but the coverage is still very good. Keep in mind that first thing in the morning, the spring trails can be...[Read more]

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Skiing at Snowbird: Snow, sun, wind & more in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains

When I think of my trip to ski at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah last week, I think of bookends. The ski trip was bookended by two snow storms, both dropping a foot or more of snow. In fact, my friends and I were hoping to be snowed in by the last storm on Sunday. But alas, that was not to be! The airport shuttle vans here have very good snow tires. (Darn it!)  The other bookends that I think of are the Bookends Bowl in Snowbird’s back bowl called Mineral Basin. You...[Read more]

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Utah skiing, Western skiing

Woodward Mountain Trail: Gorgeous backcountry glades — and plenty of climbing, too

I checked another backcountry ski tour off my long to-do list on Saturday! The Skimeister and I took on the Woodward Mountain Trail from Bolton to Waterbury, Vermont. This demanding six-mile backcountry ski trail featured beautiful glades, but also plenty of climbing up the peaks that dot the ridgeline that would lead us down toward the Little River State Park and Waterbury Reservoir area. The guidebook we had warned skiers that this was a committing ski and in fact it took us...[Read more]

Sunday, March 23, 2014 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

 

Super groomed trails and sunny backcountry trails at Rikert Nordic Center today

Today the Skimeister and I glided around the trails at Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vermont. The sun was bright and the temperatures were warming through the day. We just had to get outside! Rikert is owned by Middlebury College and it is situated on the Bread Loaf campus. If you were driving Route 125 you would recognize the Bread Loaf campus by its mustard-yellow buildings. They are rather stunning when surrounded by white snow and blue sky. We put on our classic...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Rikert

Deep snow in the woods at Sugarbush

Sugarbush powder day

I'm exhausted, and I couldn't be happier about it. Today the Skimeister and I gathered a posse of friends and went out to take on this week's new snow at Sugarbush Resort. The day started sunny and cold. We headed to Lincoln Peak, booted up and we were in the Super Bravo lift line prior to the first chair being loaded. Heaven's Gate lift was not open on Thursday due to a lift hold, so that's where we headed for our first run. We wanted to ski some untouched...[Read more]

Friday, March 14, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Sugarbush

Lotsa snow in northern and central Vermont!

Vermont snowstorm powder Vulcan

Northern and central Vermont won out on this storm. Up to two feet of snow is being reported in the mountains! And it was still snowing this morning. Unfortunately southern Vermont didn't fare as well due to warmer than expected temperatures. Resorts down in the southern-most part of the state got less than a foot of snow because sleet and rain were mixed in. Check the snow reports at your favorite ski resorts here: http://www.skimaven.com/vermontskiresorts/ As is often...[Read more]

Thursday, March 13, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Burke, Cross-country skiing

 

The snowstorm has started in Vermont!

So, if the weather experts are right, we're going to get quite a dump today and Thursday! This morning as I watch snowflakes fall outside the window, the National Weather Service says 12 to 20 inches of snow will fall across the state of Vermont. Woot-woot! Check this webpage for updated snow forecasts: http://www.weather.gov/btv/stormtotalsnow Here's what the graphic looked like this morning. Pink = one to two feet!   Visit our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to snow...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Sunny Sunday skiing at Smuggs

It was much too nice of a day to pass up the chance of taking runs at Smugglers' Notch Resort today. I slathered on sunscreen, bundled up, and hit the slopes. The warmth of the sun was great but it did not turn the ski conditions into spring snow. It was still winter temperatures and we were skiing on wintry snow. When I was zooming down a groomed run I had to pull my balaclava up a bit over may face to keep warm. I enjoyed skiing off the Madonna I and II chairlifts. The shorter “M2”...[Read more]

Sunday, March 9, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

A warm, bluebird day and lovely trails at Camel's Hump Nordic

Camel's Hump Nordic trail network

What a gorgeous Friday to explore the twists and turns of the Camel's Hump Nordic trails! This volunteer-run Nordic trail network has a lovely setting in the quiet woods of Huntington, Vermont. As its name suggests, the trails are near Camel's Hump, Vermont’s third highest peak. However we did not see the Hump where we were skiing; a ridgeline was in the way. We started our tour in the new skier parking area on Bert White Road, at approximately 1,300 feet in elevation. This...[Read more]

Saturday, March 8, 2014 Filed in: Camel's Hump Nordic, Cross-country skiing

 

Fresh snow followed by sunshine today at Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont

Fresh snow followed by sunshine — is it a dream? No, that was today at Bolton Valley Ski Resort! Today all six lifts were spinning and there were 64 trails to choose from. The resort received about 3 to 4 inches of fresh, light snow overnight. I had to go play in it! I only took the main lift, the Vista Quad, one time. I have skied off that chair earlier this season so I wanted to focus on the Timberline part of the mountain and the Wilderness chair while both...[Read more]

Sunday, March 2, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Saturday cruisin' on skinny skis at Sleepy Hollow Ski Center

Such a great day to hit the Nordic ski trails at Sleepy Hollow in Huntington, Vermont. This cross-country center has a mellow feel to it and we didn't pass many people on the trails. Here you are not near any roads — you are out in the woods — so all we heard today was the wind. And today it was windy enough to wear a neckwarmer! The Skimeister and I skied the intermediate-rated Ridge Road loop and then we climbed the Bishop Trail to the rustic Butternut Cabin. There we...[Read more]

Saturday, March 1, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Sleepy Hollow

Snow and warm temps in Stowe, Vermont's Sterling Forest

Backcountry ski tour in Stowe, Vermont

We knew that Friday’s weather was going to be gloomy, so the Skimeister and I took time on Thursday to do a backcountry ski tour in Stowe’s Sterling Forest. We wanted to enjoy the snow before it got bogged down by warm temperatures and rain. <Sigh.> The morning featured spectacular blue skies. We found rather deep snow to ski through and as the morning turned into afternoon the snow was definitely getting heavier due to the warm temperatures and the warmth of the sun. Sometimes I would...[Read more]

Friday, February 21, 2014 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Lots of friends—and their valentines—on a powder day at Mad River Glen

You know the saying—no friends on a powder day. Well, while the SkiMaven was in Colorado, the Skimeister and friends traveled through a classic Valentine's Day blizzard to share Mad River Glen on an epic Vermont powder day. Despite 30-minute lift lines for the single chair, we got in all the fresh turns that our quads and knees could handle! The big draw was of course all the fresh snow (16" - 20"), but a Valentine's Day "Kiss Your Honey" lift ticket...[Read more]

Saturday, February 15, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Mad River Glen, Ticket discounts

Lots of snow, views and bowl skiing at Vail Mountain in Colorado this week

On Monday morning, I caught myself giggling loudly while taking my first run through the powder at Vail Mountain. As I caught my breath, I looked around to see if anyone heard me or saw my giant grin. But alas, I had this part of the Sun Down Bowl to myself! I kept moving, and kept laughing! I've been on a road trip to Vail this week and enjoyed skiing during a Colorado ski season that has featured a lot of snow — even for western standards. I couldn't get...[Read more]

Thursday, February 13, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Western skiing

Snowstorm — incoming!!!

Snowstorm February 13, 2014

The National Weather Service is calling for beaucoup snow through tomorrow. The latest graphic calls for 10 to 20 inches of new snow to fall across Vermont! Keep an eye on the forecast here:  National Weather Service - Burlington  National Weather Service - Albany (for southernmost counties in Vermont)  Woot-woot!  [Read more]

Thursday, February 13, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Light, fluffy powder at Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont this morning!

The Skimeister and I woke up early today so that we could get some morning powder runs! We went to Smugglers’ Notch Resort, which was reporting 11 inches of snow in the previous 24 hours. The temperatures were cold — in the single digits — but that made for light and fluffy powder. Plus, we saw blue skies for much of the morning! Bonus! The whole state of Vermont was in on this storm. From south to north, the ski resorts were reporting powder or packed-powder...[Read more]

Thursday, February 6, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Pico Mountain in Vermont — Killington’s kid sister

Pico Mountain, Vermont

After skiing Killington, and before heading back to the “real world,” we skied a half day at Pico Mountain on Friday. This ski area is just seven miles from its big-sister resort and offers a nice change of pace. On this Friday, it was rather quiet with no lift lines. We took two high-speed quads to get to the summit, which is at an elevation of 3,967 feet. Just as you get off chair you get a view of nearby Killington. We enjoyed runs on Forty Niner and Sunset 71—intermediate runs with one...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Pico

Cross-country skiing in heavy, new snow in Stowe's Wiessner Woods

Cross-country ski in Stowe

You know what they say about heavy, damp snow: It's good for the base! Higher elevations in northern Vermont received a handful of inches of new snow overnight on Saturday. On Sunday, I did a ski tour through the damp snow — the kind that is good for snowballs — in warm temperatures. I was sure to have a ski scraper in my pocket in case the snow clumped onto my waxless skis. It was the first time I took skis into Wiessner Woods in Stowe — 79 acres of wooded land that...[Read more]

Monday, February 3, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

Gondolas and Groomers: Skiing this week at Killington Resort, Vermont

At Killington Resort this week, I gained a greater appreciation for gondolas. It's been cold in Vermont recently and Wednesday and Thursday of this week followed suit. We bundled up to hit the slopes on two stunning bluebird days. The temperatures were in the single digits the first day so the Skimeister, Mother Skimeister and I had a plan: to ski off of Killington's two gondolas as much as possible. The snow was cold and squeaky, and in the morning much of it was like a pair of starched...[Read more]

Saturday, February 1, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Killington

 

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