Alpine / downhill skiing

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

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

Views from atop the Gadzooks trail off Gad 2 Quad.

A tree run off of the Gad 2 Quad.

The Tram crosses over double-black diamond runs.

A snowy whiteout makes things challenging in Little Cloud Bowl.

An on-mountain break can be found at Mid-Gad Lodge.

Views through tall Mid-Gad Lodge windows.

The brick deck next to the Tram at the Snowbird Center.

Looking down Peruvian Gulch from the top of the Peruvian Quad.

A look at some of the steep tree runs in the Gad 2 area.

More trees to ski between in Ski Patrol Gully in Mineral Basin.

Looking up Mineral Basin at the Bookends Traverse (at top of view).

Looking at the bowl beneath the Road to Provo traverse (at left).

Dining with a mountain view atop the Cliff Lodge.

Nice sunny view from our lodging at base of Snowbird.

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

Deep snow in the woods at Sugarbush

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

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

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

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

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

Killington at dawn.

Morning sun hits snowy Killington Peak.

Sunny trails on Snowdon Peak.

A family skis on Killington Peak.

Snowboarding on fresh morning corduroy.

Views abound on a sunny day.

Heading for the Great Northern trail.

Empanandas next to the Skyeship Gondola mid-station.

The shiny, new Peak Lodge with lots of windows.

A family enjoys Snowshed trails on a quiet afternoon.

Great cruising trails off the North Ridge Triple.

An afternoon ride on the Skyeship Gondola.

The North Ridge Triple chair.

Two sunny days to explore Killington.

Carving up groomed trails.

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

New snow makes skiers & riders happy this weekend!

Did you get out on the snow this weekend? There was fresh snow at most Vermont ski resorts, and people were loving it! We had time to ski on Sunday, and with the cold temperatures and strong wind we headed out for a heat-inducing cross-country ski. Many alpine and Nordic resorts announced they could open more terrain due to the new natural snow. And, the temperatures have been cold so snowmaking has continued in ernest. Both of these things were true at Trapp Family Lodge...[Read more]

Monday, January 27, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Night skiing under the lights at Bolton Valley Resort

Work was done and there was some fresh snow on the ground. It was the right time to hit night skiing at Bolton Valley. The resort had been reporting a couple inches of fresh snow today and after some recent nasty weather that included rain, we were psyched to get outside and play. We arrived in time for twilight, when the clouds were moving around the summit as the sky darkened. We weren't alone. Buses brought local kids to the ski area for their weekly after-school skiing....[Read more]

Thursday, January 16, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

January deals in Vermont for learning to ski, snowboard, and cross-country ski

Vermont has enjoyed some fresh snow over the last couple of days, so it's time to get EVERYONE out there — even the newbies! Here are a couple of deals that may help you convince a friend or relative to to try skiing, snowboarding or Nordic skiing this month. Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month. For $29, beginner skiers and snowboarders get a special package including a lift ticket for beginner terrain, a lesson and...[Read more]

Friday, January 3, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ticket discounts

Good snow at the top of Sugarbush's Mt. Ellen on a cold winter's day

Today was all about elevation.  The Skimeister and I made our way over to ski at Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush on this first day of 2014. Mt. Ellen is the northern half of the ski resort. I wasn't quite sure what to expect in terms of crowds or snow conditions. What we found were no crowds, despite being a holiday. It was cold—no doubt about it—but those intermediate and expert skiers who braved the cold and took the lift to the summit of the mountain were rewarded. The snow...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Sugarbush

Skiing on Madonna Mountain at Smugglers' Notch today

The Skimeister and I got up early today to get some morning runs in at Smugglers' Notch. We skied exclusively off the Madonna I chair, which ascends to the highest point of the ski resort: 3,640 feet. Driving through the town of Cambridge on the way to the mountain it looked very wintry. Last weekend's ice storm had struck here, as evidenced by bowing trees and branches, and the recent new snow made all the trees very white. Beautiful. It was snowing as we took to the...[Read more]

Friday, December 27, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Ski areas blasting the snowmaking after nasty weekend of weather

Snowmaking at Vermont's Stowe Mountain Resort

Vermont ski areas took a hit this past weekend with nasty weather that included warm temperatures and rain, and even an ice storm up here in northern Vermont. Now that temperatures have fallen back down to those appropriate for the wintertime, the ski resorts are talking up how much snow they are making to bounce back from the weekend. Blast away! A look at snow reports today reveals terms such as hard pack, frozen granular, machine groomed and loose granular. If you are going to hit the...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Warmer temps, wind and high-speed lifts at Sugarbush Resort today

As warmer temperatures moved into the region, so did the wind. We had a breezy, easy-going ski at Sugarbush today. The Skimeister and I made turns off the Super Bravo quad and the Gate House quad — both high-speed lifts on the Lincoln Peak side of the resort. (The Mt. Ellen side of the resort is slated to open tomorrow, just in time for Christmas break.)  It turned out that the Heaven's Gate chair, which serves the summit of Lincoln Peak, was closed...[Read more]

Thursday, December 19, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Sugarbush

Snowflakes and packed powder turns at Bolton Valley today

I skied in the midst of fluffy, light snowflakes today at Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton, Vermont! It was a great day to get out of the office and take some runs during the midday. We've been in the grasp of very cold temperatures lately, so today's temps in the teens seemed almost balmy. I enjoyed skiing on an inch or so of fresh snow. On the trails that had a snowmaking base, the snow felt great. The coverage was really good and there weren't many people on the mountain; I...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Still snowing...

The National Weather Service reported 4 to 14 inches of snow around Vermont this morning, and it's still snowing. Keep an eye on snow totals here, and here for the two southernmost counties in Vermont. You'll find the snow forecast here. Here's a shot from Bromley Mountain's Facebook page this morning. Sweet! [Read more]

Sunday, December 15, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Bromley, Cross-country skiing

More ski areas opening this weekend, and sounds like snow!

Mount Snow, Vermont

We should reach a total of 14 open ski resorts in Vermont this weekend. Bolton Valley and Middlebury Snow Bowl open today (Friday) and Pico opens to passholders today. Pico's public opening is Saturday and they have a good ticket deal this weekend. (See our Vermont ticket deals list.) Burke Mountain opens Saturday, and Magic Mountain hopes to do the same if they can lay down enough snowmaking. As for the natural-snow-dependent Mad River Glen,...[Read more]

Friday, December 13, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Mad River Glen, Magic, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Pico

First lift rides and fast turns at Smugglers' Notch today

On the eve of some expected precipitation (we may end up with about six inches of snow in the mountains by Monday night), the Skimeister and I hit Smugglers' Notch Resort for some lift-served skiing. We figured Sunday morning might be less busy than Saturday and I think we were right. We enjoyed a relatively uncrowded first day at the ski area. I would be making my first alpine turns of the season in a brand new pair of boots. If you've bought new boots lately, you probably...[Read more]

Sunday, December 8, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Thanksgiving week starts with good snowmaking temps — wintry mix to follow

Snowmaking at Sleepy Hollow cross-country center

Snowmakers are earning their keep these recent cold days and nights. Resorts are pumping out a lot of snow in anticipation of Thanksgiving weekend, as well as some December opening days. (Who's open? Check here.) It sounds like Mother Nature will get into the act on Tuesday night and Wednesday, with a wintry mix that should include rain, sleet and snow accumulation. We'll see how it pans out. Check the Burlington National Weather Service report. Even a few Nordic ski...[Read more]

Monday, November 25, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Rikert, Sleepy Hollow, Trapp Family Lodge

Nine Vermont ski areas will be open this weekend

Mount Snow opens in Vermont

Thank goodness for good snowmaking weather! Hats off to snowmakers who will allow skiers and riders to enjoy a choice of nine Vermont ski resorts this weekend. Here’s who will be open: Okemo Mountain ResortMount Snow ResortBromley MountainStratton MountainKillington ResortStowe Mountain ResortSugarbush ResortJay Peak ResortSmugglers’ Notch Resort Check our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to their snow reports to see what kind of terrain will be available.  Other resorts...[Read more]

Thursday, November 21, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

When do Vermont ski resorts open?

Snowmaking at Okemo, Vermont

Updated 12/17/13 For the 2013-2014 ski season in Vermont, here's a list of opening dates. These may change according to weather patterns, of course! Visit our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to snow reports. Photo of snow on November 11 at Sugarbush and its access road. Photo from Sugarbush. Opening Dates in Vermont  Killington Resort: Currently openOkemo Mountain Resort: Currently openMount Snow Resort: Currently openStowe Mountain Resort:...[Read more]

Thursday, November 7, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Fall & Early season, Killington, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch

SkiMaven's annual Vermont lift ticket discount post for 2013 - 2014. Bring on the skiing deals!

Updated 3/16/14 Everyone wants to find a good deal once in a while and skiers and riders are no different. We've taken a look around the Web to locate some of the best lift ticket deals at Vermont ski resorts. This list covers frequent skier cards, special discount skiing days, Vermont resident lift ticket deals, and similar. It does not cover season passes — so if you are going to ski for eight or more days at a single Vermont ski resort, also compare season pass pricing at that resort. If...[Read more]

Thursday, October 31, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

Southern Vermont ski resort improvements for 2013 - 2014

Recently we recapped central and northern Vermont ski resort improvements for the 2013 - 2014 ski season. Now up: ski areas in southern Vermont. Here are some changes you can expect this winter.  Bromley Mountain Bromley invested in some new snowmaking guns, pipe, an air compressor and a Prinoth BR350 groomer. The installation of the new centrifugal air compressor replaces three older models and increases snowmaking efficiency. In the base lodge, you'll notice some renovations and...[Read more]

Saturday, October 26, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Magic, Mount Snow, Okemo, Resort improvements, Stratton

A few October snowflakes, dropping temps, and Killington will open this weekend!

It didn't take long for Killington to jump on the cold temperatures that have just arrived in Vermont this week. After making some snow last night, Killington announced today it will offer some very limited skiing (the Rime trail) on Friday to pass-holders and they expect to open to the public on Saturday. Also this week we saw a few snowflakes on Vermont's highest peaks. Enough to get us all in the mood for the switch over from fall to ski season! Woot! Above, a sprinkle of snowflakes on...[Read more]

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington

What’s New? Central and northern Vermont ski resort improvements for 2013 / 2014

New base lodge at Jay Peak ski resort in Vermont

As a skier or rider, it’s good to know about the changes you can expect at Vermont ski resorts this winter. Here’s a look at on-mountain improvements that have been announced at northern and central Vermont ski resorts for 2013 - 2014. An upcoming post will cover southern Vermont ski areas.  Bolton Valley Resort Bolton Valley is replacing 6,000 feet of snowmaking pipe. They are also updating one-third of the ski and snowboard rental fleet with new equipment. In the base lodge, look for a...[Read more]

Monday, October 14, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Jay Peak, Killington, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Resort improvements, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

2013 - 2014 Season pass deal deadlines in Vermont are approaching

Smugglers' Notch Resort, Vermont

Updated 9/11/2013 The Farmers’ Almanac has spoken, and it said we are in for a wintry winter. Are you ready? It’s time to consider whether you are buying a season pass this year and if you are, the deadlines for the best season pass deals in Vermont are approaching. Estimate how many days you will ski at a resort to see if a season pass works out to your advantage. Frequent skier cards, Vermonter lift ticket discounts, and a variety of special event ticket deals are also options, and we...[Read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Season pass, Ticket discounts

Cool off with frosty snow photos — from the southern hemisphere!

We're having a heat wave this week in Vermont so it seems appropriate to share some frosty images of skiing in the southern hemisphere! Has anyone out there actually skied south of the equator? If so, where did you ski and was it worth the trip? Here are some snowy shots from this month. Hope they help cool you down! Photos are from their Facebook pages. Even though they are far away, it's fun to follow them to see how their upside-down ski season is going![Read more]

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing

Freak late-May snow on highest Vermont peaks

No, this post is not dated incorrectly. It is in fact Memorial Day Weekend and the images you see do indeed show fresh snow atop some of Vermont's highests peaks! After several days of rain (we were ready to build an ark), the temperature dropped and so did some snow! I saw photos of people who hiked for turns. For May, that's pretty cool. This was also the last weekend for Killington's ski season. It's time to enjoy Vermont in the “off-season” — and there's plenty to...[Read more]

Monday, May 27, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington

Which Vermont ski resorts are still open in mid-April 2013?

So this is what I've got on the topic of which Vermont ski resorts are still open now that it's mid-April... Many mountaintops were still looking white today. It's not too late to get some turns in! Still OPEN in Vermont: Jay PeakKillington (plans to be open daily through daily through Sunday, May 5)Stowe (plans to be open daily through this Sunday, April 21)Sugarbush (plans to be open daily through Sunday, April 28)Mt. Snow is closed this week, but will re-open for a final...[Read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Spring skiing, Stowe, Sugarbush

Beaver Creek, Colorado: Spring skiing down memory lane

Years ago I taught skiing at “The Beav.” That's what the locals called Beaver Creek Resort back in the day. It’s a sunny Colorado ski area with about 1,800 skiable acres located 10 miles west of its sister resort, Vail Mountain. Early last week I was able to take a ski down memory lane on the slopes at Beaver Creek. My companion was a speedy 7-year-old; I like to call him SpeedMeister. We skied on a day when a spring storm was moving from the west into the Vail Valley. The clouds looked...[Read more]

Sunday, April 14, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Spring skiing, Western skiing

Vail powder skiing this week was more like mid-winter in Colorado than April!

This week SkiMaven continued a Colorado skiing adventure by heading to Vail Resort and Beaver Creek Resort. (I think I've mentioned that I'm spoiled rotten, right!?!) Located on Interstate 70 about two hours west of Denver, these resorts are 10 miles apart and are operated by the same company. In this post, I'll recap my two days of skiing at the enormous Vail Resort—with fresh snow on both days! On my first day at Vail we skied in about five inches of fresh snow! The forecast called for...[Read more]

Friday, April 12, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Spring skiing, Western skiing

Copper Mountain: Bowls, spring bumps, broad cruisers & solid snow coverage in Colorado's Summit County

SkiMaven took a field trip this weekend to Copper Mountain in Colorado's Summit County! I've skied there two days before – many years ago – and I recalled that I enjoyed this sizeable ski resort, but I needed to jog my memory as to exactly why I liked it. I teamed up with a couple of friends to explore the ski area, which is conveniently set up to cluster many of its expert slopes on the eastern end and back bowls of the resort, while many intermediate runs are found in the center of the...[Read more]

Monday, April 8, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Spring skiing, Western skiing

Winter is not letting go — Are you skiing this first weekend of April?

Winter is resisting the change of seasons, and it’s alright with me! The last couple of days brought some fresh snow fall on northern Vermont mountains. The temperatures also stayed cool. Although this will be the first weekend of April, we should see some nice snow coverage! Check our Vermont ski conditions links on this page to see how the snow is at your favorite ski resorts. Visit this page for Vermont cross-country ski condition links. Also this weekend,...[Read more]

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing

More springtime fun: Spring skiing at Jay Peak & pond skimming!

Had a great spring skiing day at Jay Peak today. The snow was soft and plentiful, and the weather turned out to be much better than predicted! We enjoyed a mix of sun, snowflakes and clouds. We skied in the glades as much as possible and we weren't disappointed. There was plenty of snow and bumps, and much fewer people to avoid than on the trails. Jay has a broad selection of tree runs — from Timbuktu off the Jet Triple Chair all the way to Beaver...[Read more]

Friday, March 29, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Okemo, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Snowy and sunny Friday at Stowe Mountain Resort

Here are a few shots of a great ski day at Stowe, Vermont, on Friday. I joined some friends at Stowe Mountain Resort for a half-sunny, half-snowy day. We enjoyed some great, light powder all around — especially in the woods, where it was quite deep. (The one place we did find heavier powder was in the woods next to Chin Clip, off the Gondola. That slope faces the sun more than the slopes on the Quad side of the mountain.)  After a sunny morning, fat snowflakes...[Read more]

Saturday, March 23, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Stowe

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