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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, first-person snow reports and photos, ski travel and all-around snow culture tidbits from a couple of skiing enthusiasts. We don't work in the ski industry, so what you read in this ski blog is from people who just love to get out on the snow! This skiing blog covers alpine, backcountry and cross-country skiing in Vermont and beyond!

Sunday cruising at Vermont’s Bolton Valley Resort

What a sweet surprise today to have the sun come out while we skied at Bolton Valley Resort this morning! We could ski along with our shadows on many trails, and we’d soak up the sun on the ride up the Vista Quad to the 3,150-foot summit. Warm temperatures that reached into the low-40s and a lack of wind also meant you didn't have to bundle up to ski today. The snow was very edgeable because of it. Four lifts were open: Vista Quad, Mid-Mountain Double, Snowflake Double and the Mighty Mite....[Read more]

Sunday, January 31, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

 

Earning some turns to end the week

Lovely light on Friday afternoon! We ended the week by earning some turns on the backcountry ski trails at Bolton Valley, Vermont. It was a bit chilly, especially when the breeze came through, but the sun felt great when it found us. The snow is not real deep up there but it is light and fluffy (except where snowshoers had made craters along the trail). You do need to still watch for water bars and other obstacles. The cross-country ski trails look like they are better shape with the recent...[Read more]

Saturday, January 23, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Pow! A great morning of skiing powder at Smugglers’ Notch Resort

This week’s snow was followed by wind yesterday — and lots of it. So there were a number of closed lifts yesterday due to the wind. And what did that mean? It meant that we might find some untracked snow this morning.  The Skimeister and I jumped in the Subaru and headed for Smugglers’ Notch Resort. When we approached the base lodge to get a ticket, we waded through fluffy powder. This was a good sign. We booted up and headed for the Madonna I chair, which goes to the highest point of...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

 

A quick Nordic ski this morning

We were looking for some exercise today away from the weekend crowds on the slopes. We decided to ski around the Nordic trails at Bolton Valley. The sun was shining and we had on our light, waxless backcountry gear. We messed around in the snow for a while. Due to the temperature drop after yesterday's wet snowfall, trails that had been skied on yesterday were now hard-packed and iced over, and untracked areas were crusty. (Bolton Nordic says there isn't enough snow for them to groom yet.) I...[Read more]

Sunday, January 17, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Seeking out soft snow at Sugarbush, Vermont

Today we headed over to Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush Resort. We were in search of some soft, powdery snow. I recalled that Sugarbush was in a snow globe the other day when I checked out their webcams from my office. On today's snow report they said that the summits had received 14" of snow in the previous three days. This was worth investigating. The Skimeister and I road two lifts to reach the summit of Mt. Ellen (at 4,083 feet) and warmed up on groomed runs: Rim Run and Lookin' Good. We...[Read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Sugarbush

Scoping out the backcountry this afternoon in Bolton

To end the work week, the Skimeister and I took our first little backcountry ski outing this afternoon. It was windy when we arrived at Bolton Valley Ski Resort in Bolton, Vermont. We booted up in the Nordic Center and put climbing skins on our skis. It would be our first climb into the Bolton backcountry network and we weren't really sure what we would find. We skied up the well-packed Bryant trail toward Bryant Cabin and had to step over open water bars now and then. We need more...[Read more]

Friday, January 8, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

 

Getting some long runs in at Vermont's Stowe Mountain Resort

Blue skies, white-topped peaks and warmer temperatures. These were the things that persuaded us to head over to ski at Stowe Mountain Resort today.  There we had our choice of three lifts on the Mt. Mansfield side of the resort, including the high-speed quad and gondola which both access more than 2,000 vertical feet of skiing. The Mansfield side of the mountain featured mainly intermediate and expert terrain today. (The Mountain Triple was also open and tomorrow the Toll House Double...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Stowe

January learn-to-ski deals in Vermont for downhill skiing, riding and cross-country skiing

Learning to ski/snowboard in Vermont

January has become a great month to introduce a friend or family member to the joys of skiing or snowboarding. And, if Nordic skiing is not yet part of your repertoire, it's a great time for you to try something new, as well! Learn to Cross-Country Ski or Snowshoe Saturday, January 9, brings some free or greatly reduced learn-to-cross-country ski or snowshoe events to Nordic centers around the state of Vermont. Strafford, Rikert, Woodstock, Mountain Top, Ole's, Jay Peak, Craftsbury and...[Read more]

Saturday, January 2, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ticket discounts

New snow and snowmaking temperatures allow a couple more Vermont ski areas to open this week

Vermont skiing December 29, 2015

--UPDATE ON MORNING OF 12/31: A couple more Vermont ski resorts are reporting they will open New Year's Day and weekend. Check this post for more details, here.-- Old Man Winter made a visit this week and by Tuesday morning he has dropped 3 to 6 inches of snow on ski areas across Vermont — with more coming down today. Equally as important, we've had a decent window of weather for snowmaking. This has prompted a couple of ski areas to plan to open this week. They will join a roster of nine...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Pico, Stratton

 

Dear Santa: All we want for Christmas is some cold weather and more snow!

It's been a rough start to the ski season. Abnormally high temperatures have made snowmaking difficult to sustain. Vermont's larger and higher-altitude resorts made snow early on and have worked diligently to retain and expand coverage. We enjoyed some spring-like skiing at Smugglers' Notch over a week ago, for example. Today you can make turns at eight Vermont ski resorts. (See our post about ski resort opening dates, here.) Two Nordic ski areas are also offering very limited skiing due to...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Magic, Mount Snow, Pico, Rikert

Our first turns of the season come with spring conditions

The Skimeister and I made our first turns of the season today and boy did it feel like spring! The weather was warm and the snow was soft. We got our legs reacquainted with turning left and right on the slopes of Sterling Peak (top elevation 3,040 feet) at Smugglers’ Notch in northern Vermont. Smuggs had basically two main ways down the mountain. We warmed up on the intermediate Upper and Lower Rumrunner, then we also threw in Lower Treasure Run to Lower Exhibition. I was working on short...[Read more]

Friday, December 11, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Pico, Smugglers' Notch

Mt. Ascutney in Brownsville, Vermont, will see skiers again this winter

Ascutney Trails rope tow in Vermont

Mt. Ascutney in Brownsville, Vermont, will return to life this winter with a new rope tow and backcountry skiing. A community group called Mt. Ascutney Outdoors / Ascutney Trails has been brush cutting on some trails and they recently installed a new rope tow to service three novice trails. They will also offer backcountry skiing trails to those who want to climb uphill to earn their turns on steeper terrain. Did you learn to ski at a small ski hill? Or how about on a rope tow?...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ascutney, Backcountry skiing

The question everyone is asking: When will Vermont ski resorts open?

2015 Opening day at Stowe, Vermont

-Updated 1/8/2016 AM- When will ski resorts in Vermont open for the 2015-2016 season? This question has been hard to answer. We've seen a warmer-than-normal November and early-December so snowmaking conditions have not been steadily optimal around the state. However, things were cool enough to allow several Vermont ski resorts to open Thanksgiving week or weekend. The trade group called Ski Vermont put out a list of opening dates on November 18, and we've updated them where possible. All...[Read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Vermont lift ticket discounts and deals 2015 – 2016. Come & get your skiing deals!

-Updated 1/29/2016- We all want value when we make a purchase. Buying a ski ticket is no different. We've searched for the best lift ticket deals, special discount days, resident discounts and frequent skier deals in Vermont. We don't really cover season passes here. If you are considering skiing at one resort more than six times this year, take a look at what is offered for you in a season pass. The math may work out, especially for young adults under 30 who are being courted by several ski...[Read more]

Friday, October 30, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

Cold temps and snowflakes in forecast this weekend -- and a ski area will open, too!

Things are awfully colorful around here these days, but don't let that fool you. Snowflakes are part of this weekend's chilly October forecast. (Yes!) Plus, with the colder temperatures nipping at our collective noses, a Vermont ski resort has just announced they will get a lift up and running for some very early-season turns. Killington reports that they will open a lift on Sunday afternoon for passholders and on Monday morning to the general public.  Here's the link to an expected...[Read more]

Thursday, October 15, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Killington

A pre-season tradition: Ski films showing in Vermont in 2015

-Updated 10/28/2015- Taking in a ski film before the snowflakes fly is a pre-season tradition for many skiers and riders. Here's a growing list of ski movies that will be shown around Vermont this fall and early winter. Check with the venue for details on the time of the show and ticket information.  This list will be updated as information becomes available on more shows. 2015 Ski Films Showing in Vermont September 24 - 26 IF3 Freeski FestivalCinema Imperial, Montreal (less...[Read more]

Thursday, September 17, 2015 Filed in: Ski movies

It's ski swap time! Here's the list of 2015 Vermont ski swaps!

-Updated 11/18/2015- Text and images © SkiMaven.com. If you would like to share this list with others you must include a link to http://www.SkiMaven.com. Yes, indeed. We are inching toward fall and you know what comes after that. It's the best season of them all: ski season! Time to look at your gear and see what you and your family need to hit the slopes this winter in Vermont. This list is updated as details become available. If you know of other ski swaps in Vermont...[Read more]

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Filed in: Ski gear, Ski swaps

Summer in Vermont ski country

For many of us snow-crazed individuals, summer is "off season." But if you are going to have an off season, it's tough to beat Vermont. Here are a few shots of summertime fun that we have in northern Vermont. We'd love to know what you like to do here in the non-snowy months! In the summer is it all about the mountains? Or do you prefer the lakes and rivers? And what about the festivals and farmers markets?[Read more]

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Filed in: Sailing, Ski towns in summer

Vermont ski areas report a banner 2014 – 2015 ski season

Did you ski a whole bunch at Vermont ski resorts this past season? If you did, you helped the state's ski areas post 4.67 million skier visits. The 2014- 2015 total bested the winter of 2001 to claim the most skier visits ever recorded in a season in the Green Mountain State. The trade group called Ski Vermont reported that number was enhanced by both early openings and extended season operations at the downhill ski areas. As you will recall, we had a cold winter and the snow that was made and...[Read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing

And the last resort standing is...

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

Lifts will still be spinning this first weekend in May

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

Sweet spring skiing at Sugarbush on Thursday

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

 

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