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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.

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 December 10, 2014 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

Vermont sees 4.5 million skier & rider visits in 2013/2014 season

Ski Vermont reported today a total of 4,503,269 skier and rider visits for the 2013/14 ski season, nearly identical to last year’s numbers. (Last season brought 4,513,041 skiers and rider visits.) When it comes to these numbers, Ski Vermont says the Green Mountain State ranks number one in the East and number three in the country. I'm guessing Colorado and Utah out-rank us. And I'm very much OK with that. So after some tough weather times early in the...[Read more]

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing

May Skiing: And then there was one...

May skiing at Killington

Three Vermont ski resorts had chairlifts running in May 2014. They were Killington, Jay Peak and Sugarbush. Now, however, only one remains. Killington will run a lift on weekends as long as the soft snow and bumps hold out. Here's a shot from Mother's Day. Jay Peak celebrated their final day of skiing on Sunday. (Here's a link to some of their closing day photos, too.) As for me, I just put away my ski boots (sigh) and need to get some summer wax on my skis. It's time for summertime...[Read more]

Monday, May 12, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Which resorts are open for skiing in Vermont this last weekend in April?

April spring skiing in Vermont 2014

Have you had enough skiing yet for this season? For those who still need some warm wind on their face and cold snow at their feet, you can hit up one of these ski resorts in Vermont. They will run lifts through this weekend — and perhaps beyond! These resorts are open for skiing in Vermont this weekend, April 25 - 27, 2014: Jay Peak ResortKillington ResortSugarbush Resort Check our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to their snow conditions before you go. Typically at this...[Read more]

Thursday, April 24, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Easter sunrise services at Vermont resorts on Sunday — then take some runs!

The Skimeister and I went to a sunrise service on Easter 2009. We got up very, very early and headed to the mountain and I recall it was strange to ride the lift in such faint morning light. We enjoyed being on top of the mountain as the sun came up and the pastor made some nice remarks and played his guitar. Here's a shot of the pastor skiing down with his guitar slung over his shoulder after the service. Some people skied down while others snowshoed down the empty trails. Each of...[Read more]

Saturday, April 19, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing

Lifts are still spinning!

So we had some warm weather and rain and then it snowed again this week! The five open ski resorts in Vermont were reporting two inches of new snow (Killington) to eight inches new (Smugglers' Notch) on Wednesday morning.  You can choose from these five resorts to ski in Vermont this Easter weekend:  KillingtonSugarbushStoweSmugglers' NotchJay Peak  Both Smugglers' Notch and Stowe will celebrate their closing days this Sunday, April 20. Check our Vermont ski resorts page...[Read more]

Thursday, April 17, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing, Stowe, Sugarbush

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

 

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