Cross-country skiing

Our first ski today — on the road that goes through Smugglers’ Notch!

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 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

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

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

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

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

Dead River Run at Camel's Hump Nordic.

Great snow coverage on the trails.

Cross-country skiing through the woods near Camel's Hump.

Plenty of animal tracks in the woods.

Putting on the brakes on Lower Crow's Foot Trail.

The small hut at trailhead on Bert White Road, Huntington.

Skiing in the meadow near Windekind Farm.

Green trail signs keep skiers on track.

Among the spruce trees at the start of Bear Scat Draw.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fresh snow! We enjoyed it at Catamount Outdoor Center

We woke up to another morning of steady snowfall. Yes! Snow continued in many places in Vermont during the day.  We took advantage of the re-opening of the nearby Catamount Outdoor Center cross-country network in Williston, Vermont. It's been a tough month for this low-elevation Nordic center, so when we saw the new snow we decided to hit the trails there. At midday they had about five inches of fresh snow on the trails. The tree branches held fluffy snow and sometimes let...[Read more]

Monday, January 20, 2014 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Plenty of sun and animal tracks while Nordic skiing in Stowe today

I guess I needed to reapply sunscreen today, as now that I'm back from a long ski and some après ski, I see a red nose in the mirror! It was a beauty of a day to be outside. We looked at our options for cross-country skiing — which aren't stellar right now, unfortunately — and decided to take our sturdy, waxless touring skis to the Stowe Mountain Resort Cross-Country Center. There was just enough fresh snow recently to improve the trails that...[Read more]

Saturday, January 18, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

Quiet cross-country skiing in Stowe today

The Skimeister and I got on the snow today with a Nordic ski in Stowe. Work's been busy and after rain early in the week, with subsequent freezing, we weren't real keen on going downhill skiing. We needed a workout and today's cross-country ski delivered that in some nice temperatures, and no wind. The trails at Trapp Family Lodge were what I would call firm and fast. They'd done a good job with the Piston Bully tilling up the tough stuff and laying down skiable...[Read more]

Friday, January 10, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Blue skies and good tracks today at Ole's Cross Country Ski Center in Warren, Vermont

What a day to be out on the Nordic trails! The sun came out, the temperatures warmed up to “normal” wintertime numbers, and in the early afternoon there was not very much wind!  The SkiMeister and I took our skinniest classic skis to Ole's Nordic center in Warren, Vermont. Ole's trails don't have a huge base, in fact they need more snow to open their wooded trails, but what was open had good grooming and tracks. We kicked and glided and enjoyed the sunny scenery....[Read more]

Saturday, January 4, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ole's

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

Cross-country ski tour at Stowe Mountain Resort Nordic center

I got a good workout today in a lovely setting. I enjoyed a cross-country ski at the Stowe Mountain Resort / Mt. Mansfield Nordic center in Stowe, Vt. With warm temperatures on tap, I dressed in layers and found myself skiing in a light fleece on for the uphill portion of my ski. I carried a small backpack with water, dry gloves, ski scraper (in case I skied through a wet spot and it froze up on my skis), a can of glide wax and an extra jacket. I just needed my extra layer for...[Read more]

Saturday, December 28, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

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

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

A Nordic ski today as the snow clouds start to gather

I really needed to get out and exercise today, and with temperatures in the single digits, that meant I was going to do some Nordic skiing so that I would stay warm. I went to Waterbury, Vt., to do some holiday shopping and to grab a bagel. Then, I was off to Bolton Valley Nordic Center. They had just announced that they were opening today. Stowe/Mt. Mansfield Nordic Center, Grafton Ponds and Prospect Mountain Nordic also opened today. I knew the conditions would not be prime today...[Read more]

Saturday, December 14, 2013 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

My lunchtime cross-country ski: Good snow, lots of fog!

The temperatures got into the 30s today in Stowe and that made for soft snow and — apparently — lots of fog! As I drove from Burlington to Stowe I went from sunshine to overcast skies. As the Subaru climbed the hill toward Trapp Family Lodge Nordic center, I entered the fog zone! The first thought: “This damn fog is eating my snow!” Luckily as I ventured out on the cross-country trails, I found there was plenty of snow left. Only a few damp spots here and there and a...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Trapp Family Lodge

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

Warm weekend includes a walk up less snowy Smugglers' Notch road

We’re so glad that we took advantage of the fresh snow and cold temperatures earlier this week to go cross-country skiing on the road through Smugglers’ Notch. We went up there again today — this time from the Jeffersonville side of the notch — and a lot of snow had melted. We walked up this time and started on dry pavement, then hit slushy ice, then only at the top of the notch did we find areas of deeper snow in shady spots. Oh well, it is November! It was a cool walk just the...[Read more]

Sunday, November 17, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Rikert, Sailing, Smugglers' Notch

First ski of the year — on the Notch road in Stowe!

The Skimeister and I got in our first ski of the year by cross-country skiing on the road that goes through Smugglers' Notch! This section of Route 108 is closed now because they don't plow it, and to our surprise it had actually been recently groomed! People were doing classic and skate skiing and enjoying what turned out to be a very sunny day. Some of the trees still had some snow on them, and to the sides of the road there were about five inches of light, fresh snow. It was like...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Mt. Mansfield, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

Vermont very well represented on 2013 US Nordic Ski Team

Vermonters Sophie Caldwell, Andy Newell, Ida Sargent and Liz Stephen, and other cross-country skiers who train in Vermont, have been named to the US Nordic Ski Team. The Green Mountain State is certainly well-represented during an Olympic year. This is going to be really fun to watch! Check out this Vermont-heavy cross-country ski team roster. -A Team- Name, Hometown, Ski Club Holly Brooks, Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski...[Read more]

Monday, October 21, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ski racing

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

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

An extra-special day to ski in the nearly-conserved Bolton backcountry trail network!

Isn't life funny sometimes? Just as I started my climb up the Bryant trail on the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network today, an email was received and waiting on my iPhone in my backpack. The email announced that the Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic & Backcountry and the Vermont Land Trust had done it: we successfully completed the fundraising campaign! You'll be glad to know that because of the effort and generosity of many Vermonters, the Bolton Valley Nordic &...[Read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Snowstorm on the last day of official winter

March 20th is the first day of spring and we're in the midst of a snowstorm today, the 19th. While some folks are lamenting more shoveling, we skiers and riders are psyched! This morning Vermont ski resorts were reporting 2 to 9 inches of snow had fallen already. Today the snow continues. The National Weather Service is forecasting a foot or more of snow to fall in many Vermont mountain areas by Wednesday morning. I love seeing double digits on their snowfall...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Bromley, Cross-country skiing

Surprise snow!

I think the snow that fell in the last day and a half was a bit of a surprise for Vermont ski areas. A welcome surprise, of course! Ski resorts are reporting a couple of inches of new snow to nearly 10 inches atop a couple northern Vermont peaks. Nice. Nordic ski centers also picked up snow in places like Stowe, where they report 2 - 5 inches. Check out our links to Vermont resort snow conditions. While it's sunny this morning, look for snow to move in this afternoon and evening. The...[Read more]

Friday, March 15, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Mad River Glen

Reflecting on a springy cross-country ski at Smugglers' Notch this weekend

Did you know Smugglers’ Notch has a Nordic trail network? Well they do, and it’s quite nice. On Sunday afternoon, after finishing some house chores, I took off for a warm, spring ski. I wanted a location that was rather high and not baked by the sun, so after getting a ticket and consulting the trail map, I set my sites on the highest trail in the network. It was mostly sunny and warm on Sunday, so I only needed a zip top on and I was not wearing gloves. I carried water and a snack,...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Smugglers' Notch

2013 NCAA Skiing Championships Women's Cross Country -- Middlebury, Vermont

The four leaders really stayed in the lead the whole race.

UVM skiers Linda Davind-Malm (16) and Anja Gruber (5).

UVM skier Janey McClelland.

The leaders approach a hill to cheers of the crowd.

UVM skiers working hard (5 and 16).

UVM's Anja Gruber (5) won NCAA Championship classic race on Thursday.

Race winner Joanne Reid of Colorado raises the CU flag.

Great sprint to finish for 2nd and 3rd place.

Eliska Hajkova of Colorado edged out Marine Dusser of U Alaska Anch.

Dartmouth's Mary O'Connell took 4th place.

Congratulations and hugs at the finish.

Midd students catchin' rays between the women's and men's races.

Congratulations to the ski racers at the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships! The races were contested on the slopes of Middlebury Snow Bowl and trails of Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vt. While things were looking very good for UVM to take another title this year, they finished on the podium in third place. U Colorado and U Utah beat them out on the last day. Sigh. The SkiMeister and I watched the last day of racing on Saturday. We saw the men's Nordic 20K freestyle and the...[Read more]

Sunday, March 10, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Rikert, Ski racing

Men's Cross Country 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships in Middlebury, Vermont

And they're off!

A gorgeous day to watch a Nordic race!

Into the woods they go!

Racers Havlick (2) and Oedegaard (4) would finish 1st and 2nd.

Dartmouth's Sam Tarling (5) would finish 7th.

UVM's Joergen Grav broke a binding, got a new ski & finished strong!

The leaders.

UVM's Scott Patterson.

At the finish, Havlick of Utah out-sprinted Oedegaard of Colorado.

Tarling of Dartmouth just edges out Ben Lustgarten of Middlebury at finish.

UVM's Rogan Brown nears the finish line.

Hope no one needed a moving truck; they became wax vans at NCAAs!

The SkiMeister and I watched the last day of NCAA Skiing Championships racing on Saturday. Here' you'll find photos of the men's Nordic 20k freestyle at Rikert Nordic Center at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf campus. Top 10 finishers in the men's race. 1 HAVLICK, Miles /U Utah 2 OEDEGAARD, Rune /Colorado U  3 ULSUND, Einar /U Utah  4 SODERMAN, Erik /Northern Michigan U  5 PERSSON, Niklas /U Utah 6 RESALAND, Mats  /U New...[Read more]

Sunday, March 10, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Rikert, Ski racing

Deer, hare, owls & more at Trapp Family Nordic Center

I had a first today: I saw deer roaming in the forest while I did a cross-country ski tour at Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center in Stowe, Vt.! We saw three of them in the woods between the Russel Knoll Trail and Sugar Road. They saw us, but didn't raise their tails and take off—we were quite a distance away. How cool is that?!  As for the other animals I mention in the headline, they made up some of the trail names that we encountered today. Our rather long ski tour...[Read more]

Saturday, March 2, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Trapp Family Lodge

New snow to close out February

Three to 14 inches of snow being reported this morning at Vermont ski areas! Amounts varied by location, with Burke Mountain reporting the three inches. Check out our Vermont ski resorts page for links to the snow reports at your favorite hill or cross-country center. Nice way to close out February, eh?[Read more]

Thursday, February 28, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing among the snowflakes

Here are a couple shots from our cross-country ski today in Stowe, Vt. Soon after we started out, big flakes began to fall. They continued through our midday ski. Thank goodness I brought sunglasses with me so my eyes weren't pelted by snow on the downhills! Hope you get out on the snow this weekend, too![Read more]

Saturday, February 23, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing

J'aime la neige!

I'm happy to report that we're picking up some snow this week! This morning Vermont ski resorts were reporting between 3 and 6 inches of new snow. Now the National Weather Service is saying: "A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for portions of northern and central Vermont for 4 - 8" of upslope snow from this afternoon through Thursday." The ski areas in the Green Mountains are pleased with this news. And I bet you are, too! Check out the NWS Burlington's snow info page,...[Read more]

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Afternoon cruisin' at the Woodstock Nordic Center

I travel up and down Interstate 89 quite frequently, but rarely do I have time to get off the highway to explore. Yesterday was the exception to the rule. I had time to ski in the afternoon before returning home so I decided to check out the Woodstock Nordic Center. I've visited the quaint village of Woodstock, Vt., a number of times — but never in the winter. The Woodstock Inn's golf course is transformed with a blanket of white snow to become the base for...[Read more]

Friday, February 15, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Woodstock

Sunny Sunday skinny skiing at Catamount

Who was able to find some good skiing in Vermont this weekend? Anyone? Yesterday's powdery backcountry tour was cold but beautiful, and today I did an afternoon cross-country ski at Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston, Vermont. The sun and temperatures were gorgeous! The views weren't too shabby either! Williston didn't seem to get too much snow out of this storm — perhaps six inches or so. There are some thin spots and grassy spots on the trails,...[Read more]

Sunday, February 10, 2013 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Nor'easter will bring snow to Vermont ski country

Skiers and weather forecasters are all in a tizzy about the impending snowstorm! As of Thursday evening, it looked like Vermont could get anywhere between 4 inches and 14 inches of snow. Things may change, of course, but it looks like southern Vermont will win the prize on this one. Because of the strong coastal storm, southern Vermont should get more snow than northern Vermont. We'll see what happens. We'll take as much snow as Mother Nature feels like dumping on us! Please...[Read more]

Thursday, February 7, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing

Frozen granular Nordic skiing; Delish après skiing

You’ve heard the term “frozen granular,” right? Well I was on the definition of frozen granular today while doing some cross-country skiing. The Skimeister and I went for a ski at Stowe Mountain Resort Nordic Center and they had done their best to chop up previously frozen snow, mixed in with a dusting of new snow. It was fast stuff! It was great to get outside, and we were very thankful that a few cross-country centers have held on to their snow. We skied across a bunch of wind-tossed...[Read more]

Saturday, February 2, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Groomers and snowmakers are busy again

After another thaw that closed out January — this time hitting us on Wednesday and into Thursday — we're now heading back into winter weather. A couple of ski areas closed on Thursday to help retain the snow they had on their trails. As temperatures dropped on Thursday, the ski resorts were turning their snowmaking guns back on and planning their grooming attack on the trails. Rain turned to snow, as well. A few resorts are reporting 2 - 3 inches of new snow...[Read more]

Friday, February 1, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing

A sunny, chilly cross-country ski at Ole's in Warren, Vt.

With temperatures expected to rise to 10 degrees or more today, and a bright, sunny start to the day, it was clear that I had to get out and hit the trail! On colder days I really prefer to stay warm while I ski. This typically means backcountry or cross-country skiing. I checked the snow report at Ole's Cross-Country Center in Warren, Vt., and headed out in the late morning. When I stopped in to get my trail pass, a helpful staff member gave me the low-down on conditions. One section of...[Read more]

Saturday, January 26, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ole's

Some crazy weather; some good skiing on the cross-country trails

We have had a Stowe kind of week. The two biggest Nordic centers in Stowe held on to much of their snow after last week's thaw, so we ended up skiing there again on Saturday. My friend and I enjoyed a loop at the Mt. Mansfield (Stowe Mountain Resort) Cross-Country Center. We made use of a Catamount Trail Association coupon for two-for-one skiing in the afternoon. (Gotta love that member coupon book!) Stowe had received 2 - 3 inches of fresh snow Friday night into Saturday morning,...[Read more]

Sunday, January 20, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Cross-country skiing in Stowe still nice despite thaw

We drove to the Stowe area to do some cross-country skiing today after lunchtime. We had heard that the Stowe Mountain Resort and Trapp Nordic centers got about two inches of snow in the last day, so we thought we'd check it out. We lucked out as the afternoon grew sunnier and we skied under bright blue skies. The trails were well-covered at the Trapp Family Lodge cross-country center despite the recent January thaw. The snow is definitely firm underneath the groomed...[Read more]

Thursday, January 17, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Slideshow, skiing & snowshoe tours on tap for campaign to save Bolton backcountry

The Vermont Land Trust and Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry have planned some fun events this winter as part of the campaign to save the Bolton backcountry land from development. Two of the events take place this week and weekend, and they include a chance to get out and experience the property in wintertime with some folks who know it well. The most recent communiqué from the land trust reported that we're 95% of the way to the fundraising goal, with $93,000 left to raise...[Read more]

Monday, January 14, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Spring-like cross-country skiing at Rikert Nordic Center today

Spring was in the air and in the snow today as we visited Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vermont. It was Winter Trails Day and Rikert (pronounced rye-curt) was offering free skiing, rentals and a group lesson. Can't beat that deal! The Skimeister was helping with the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association's free sit-ski clinic. I took a tour that would bring me in a clockwise triangle of sorts through the Nordic network, which is based at Middlebury's Bread Loaf...[Read more]

Saturday, January 12, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Rikert

Warm up on tap for Friday through Monday

As luck would have it, after compiling a nice depth of powdery snow over the last couple of weeks, we are now in a warming pattern. Call it a January Thaw if you'd like.  The Skimeister and I took a quick cross-country ski today to get some exercise in the bright sunshine. Here in the Champlain Valley the sun was warm and the snow was soft. Friday or Sunday may provide unpleasant precipitation; it may be warm enough for rain up in the hills. Aargh. But hopefully it...[Read more]

Thursday, January 10, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing at Sleepy Hollow Ski Center

One of the benefits of buying a season pass to a Vermont Nordic center is that typically you get one free pass to most of the other cross-country centers in the state. It is a good incentive to try new Nordic centers or revisit those you haven't skied for years. The latter was the case for me as I drove to rural Huntington, Vermont, today to ski at Sleepy Hollow Ski Center. Nordic centers are reveling in all the snow that dropped during the holidays. The skiing is great pretty much...[Read more]

Sunday, January 6, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Sleepy Hollow

Deal alert: January learn-to-ski-and-snowboard deals & free XC skiing

The snow continues to be great thanks to Mother Nature serving up frequent “refresher” snows overnight. Today was a cold one (a good day to get work done), but the temperatures will warm up for tomorrow and the weekend so you can be sure we'll be playing in the snow! Here are a couple of events that can help you try out a new sport, or get a friend introduced to your favorite snowsport. Winter Trails Day On January 12, some Vermont Nordic centers are offering special lessons or...[Read more]

Thursday, January 3, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ticket discounts

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