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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.

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 in 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...[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

Vermont ski resort opening dates 2014-2015

Here's how Vermont ski resort opening dates are looking as of 12/18/2014. Opening dates are always difficult to pin down. Mother Nature has to cooperate with at least cold weather for snowmaking, if not a natural contribution of her own. Of course, these dates are tentative. Visit our Vermont Ski Resorts page for links to each ski resort's snow report for the latest. ALSO CHECK FOR EARLY-SEASON MIDWEEK CLOSINGS! 2014/2015 Ski Season Killington ResortOPEN Okemo Mountain...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

A little fresh snow, a little fake snow, and one resort to open this week

Sugarbush snow

November has made a nice and chilly entrance here in Vermont so a few resorts fired up snowmaking this weekend (Stowe, Okemo, Sugarbush, Killington...). Mother Nature did her part by bringing some light snow accumulation to our higher peaks. Above are a couple of photos to check out. Looks like the ski season will start with very limited skiing at Killington on Monday for pass holders and on Tuesday for everyone else. Killington plans to open 600 vertical feet of...[Read more]

Sunday, November 2, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Okemo, Stowe, Sugarbush

Vermont lift ticket discounts and deals for 2014 - 2015. More discounts = more skiing!

Updated January 23, 2015 Here’s the way we see it: The more lift ticket discounts you find, the more skiing you can do! We’re here to help with the search as we’ve scoured the Web to find some of the best lift ticket deals at Vermont ski resorts! With this blog post, we report on frequent skier cards, special discount skiing days, Vermont resident lift ticket deals, and the like. It does not cover season passes — so if you are going to ski for eight or more days at a...[Read more]

Friday, October 31, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Cochran's, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

On-mountain improvements at central & northern Vermont ski resorts for the 2014-2015 season

Snowmaking improvements in Vermont

Snowmaking. That's the most prevalent improvement at Vermont ski resorts for the 2014-2015 ski season. A big reason is a program with Efficiency Vermont that provided incentives to replace old, less-efficient snowmaking equipment with new, high-efficiency equipment. A $5-million rebate program from Efficiency Vermont helped initiate a $15-million investment in high-efficiency snow guns at resorts around the state. The resorts say that the new snowmaking guns can create a lot more snow in less...[Read more]

Friday, October 17, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Cochran's, Killington, Resort improvements, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

Vermont ski resorts with lift improvements this year

New chairlift at Okemo, Vermont

Among the on-mountain investments and improvements happening at Vermont ski resorts each year (we'll soon recap all that is new at each ski area for 2014-15), some of the most exciting changes are often lift upgrades and improvements. Here's the line on lifts for the coming season. Okemo Mountain in southern Vermont is now installing a six-pack, high-speed lift. That is, six people ride the chair together. I've been on a couple of these and it's a bit more challenging...[Read more]

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Killington, Okemo, Resort improvements, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Ski film showings in Vermont in 2014. Getting stoked for ski season!

Ski films shown in Vermont

Updated 11/17/14 This list will be updated as more details become available. Know of another ski film showing in Vermont? Drop us a note! September 15 Keynote Skier and Road to Zion by Phil Casabon and Henrik HarlautUniversity of Vermont (UVM), Ira Allen Chapel, at 6 p.m. September 18 - 20 IF3 Freeski FestivalCinema Imperial, Montreal (less than 2 hours from BTV) October 2 Less by Level 1UVM, Billings Theater, at 8 p.m. October 2 Less by Level 1Lyndon State College, Moore Community...[Read more]

Monday, September 15, 2014 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Ski movies

Vermont ski swaps in 2014!

Vermont ski swaps in 2014

Updated 11/7/14 It’s that time of year again. Leaves are starting to turn to splendid colors. Skiing magazines are crowding our mailboxes. Resorts are touting early-bird pricing on season passes. It’s time to start thinking about skiing and riding and what gear you will need this year! Here’s our annual compilation of benefit ski swaps held in the state of Vermont. THIS LIST GETS UPDATED AS DETAILS BECOME AVAILABLE. 2014 Ski Swaps in Vermont September 27      ...[Read more]

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Ski gear, Ski swaps

Exploring the mountains in Vermont — without the snow

View from Mt. Mansfield hike

I guess I adore mountains no matter the season. I love getting out in the woods and earning a view. On Saturday, one of my skiing buddies and I enjoyed a "triangle" hike on Mt. Mansfield. We went up the Frost Trail, where open, slabby rock areas afforded us great views to the south and west. (See photo above, looking south toward Dewey, Clark and Bolton Mountains.) We even enjoyed a few tiny blueberries! Then, we crossed the Rock Garden Trail which is very interesting — full of...[Read more]

Sunday, July 27, 2014 Filed in: Mt. Mansfield, Ski towns in summer

Magic Mountain ski area in southern Vermont has new owner

Magic Mountain (Vermont) ski area has new owners

Powder Magazine reports today that Magic Mountain in southern Vermont is under new ownership. They write: “...Just prior to the 4th of July holiday, an email was sent out to pass holders and members of the Magic Faithful Club that Sullivan would no longer be operating the resort. A new company called Magic Mountain Resort, formed by Tom Barker, a retired IBM and Lockheed Martin engineer who has had a business stake in Magic for more than a decade, would be taking over resort...[Read more]

Friday, July 11, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Magic

 

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