Resorts & Mountains in Vermont > Smugglers' Notch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Springtime rituals include Easter sunrise services (and first tracks!) & egg hunts

A pastor skis downhill with his guitar.

Easter is hopping closer! This year it falls on Sunday, March 31. Vermont ski resorts often have Easter-themed events to get families out on the snow. Some ski areas also hold mountain-top sunrise services, where you can get some first tracks after the service. Call or visit the ski resort websites to confirm that the details haven't changed! Stowe Mountain Resort: Easter Sunrise Service & Easter Egg Hunt A non-denominational service atop Mt. Mansfield. Free...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Magic, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch

Pretty March afternoon on slopes of Smugglers’ Notch

Occasional midday flurries made way for clearing skies this afternoon at Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont. My friend and I skied off all three main lifts and enjoyed fast groomers and challenging moguls and glades. The ski area received 2 - 3 inches of snow over the last day. It was light, fluffy stuff that helped the ski conditions. The trees were white with snow and the temperatures were cool. We sought out moguls, and they often had some soft snow on their crests. The bumps were...[Read more]

Saturday, March 16, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch

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

Busy Friday on the snowy slopes

With about 18 inches of snow falling around the Green Mountains in Vermont in the last two days, it was clear that I had to do everything in my power to get some runs in today. I was able to take off for a half day of skiing at Smugglers' Notch Resort and found that I was not alone — many other people had the same idea on this day after the storm. I heard that Bolton Valley was bustling, as well. I enjoyed runs on packed powder and broken powder, as well as some turns in the glades....[Read more]

Friday, December 28, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Which resorts are open for Thanksgiving weekend 2012?

A gaggle of Vermont ski resorts plan to open this long holiday weekend! They join the four ski resorts that are already spinning their lifts: Killington, Okemo, Stowe and Sugarbush. The new group consists of Stratton Mountain, Mount Snow Resort, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Bromley Mountain and Jay Peak Resort. Find out when each opens at this blog post about opening dates, which we've been keeping updated. So, that makes nine ski resorts to choose from this weekend. Cool! Happy...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Filed in: Bromley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Improvements in snowmaking, trails & facilities at Vermont ski resorts

Last season featured new chairlifts at three Vermont ski resorts (at Burke, Mount Snow and Stowe — read about it here), while this year only Jay Peak has a new lift. Investments were mostly steered toward snowmaking, trails and facilities at Vermont ski resorts for the 2012 - 2013 ski season. Here's a look at on-mountain investments that you'll see this season. Bolton Valley no on-mountain improvements announced Bromley Mountain base lodge renovations for the upcoming season60 new HKD...[Read more]

Sunday, November 18, 2012 Filed in: Bromley, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Resort improvements, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton

Tentative opening dates for 2012 - 2013 at Vermont ski resorts

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE 2013-2014 POST ABOUT OPENINGS>> Updated 12/22/2012 PM When are Vermont ski resorts opening? Ski Vermont has released a list of the tentative opening dates for Vermont ski resorts. Remember that during early season there are often a select few trails open to start; check to see which trails and what ability level they are. These may change due to weather, of course, but here's what the ski resorts are thinking: Killington Resort: Monday, November 5,...[Read more]

Thursday, November 1, 2012 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Burke, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton

2012 – 2013 Vermont lift ticket discounts and ski ticket deals for Vermont residents and our friends everywhere!

Lift ticket discounts in Vermont

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2013 - 2014 VERMONT TICKET DEALS POST!>> Updated 3/15/2013 Finding the best lift ticket values takes a little bit of poking around. We’re here to help as we’ve scoured the Internet to find some of the best lift ticket deals at Vermont ski resorts! This list covers Vermont 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...[Read more]

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Filed in: Bromley, Killington, Mad River Glen, Magic, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

Vermont 2012-2013 season pass deal deadlines are approaching

Skiing at Jay Peak Resort.

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2013-2014 POST ABOUT SEASON PASS DEAL DEADLINES!>> Updated 10/31/12 It’s mid-August and the summer in Vermont has been mighty fine, but many a skier and rider are already thinking about where they will ski this winter. Season passes are just one of the ways you can save some dough on the Vermont slopes. But, you have to estimate how many days you will ski at a resort to see if the math works out to your advantage. Frequent skier cards, Vermonter lift...[Read more]

Thursday, August 16, 2012 Filed in: Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Season pass, Smugglers' Notch, Stratton, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

Farmers’ markets in Vermont's ski towns

Farmers' market in Stowe, Vermont

It’s veggie time in the mountains of Vermont! Vermont's ski towns are among those that have weekly farmers' markets when the snow is not flying. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture produces a handy website that has a statewide schedule of many farmers’ markets. The list includes these markets which I selected because they are located somewhere near a Vermont ski resort or ski town that you may be visiting during the summer months: Northern Vermont Farmers’ Market Schedule In/Near Ski...[Read more]

Monday, July 16, 2012 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Bromley, Food, coffee & après ski, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Okemo, Ski towns in summer, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

With whacked-out, summer temperatures, the season is winding down

Vermont has experienced summer-like temperatures over the last week. We've been wearing shorts and t-shirts. The sun has shone brightly as well, and while this makes for lovely weather to recreate in, it hasn't been kind to the snow. Some ski resorts have thrown in the towel for the season, while some others will call it quits this weekend. Some mention that bare spots can be encountered any time and walking may be required at the top and bottom of trails. Others mention that...[Read more]

Friday, March 23, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Pico, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Sunshine skiing above the clouds

The Skimeister and I went skiing at Smugglers’ Notch this morning, and we were delighted to find that we’d start by skiing above the clouds! The conditions were spring-like. It was very hard/frozen first thing in the morning, but then as the sun hit the trails things softened up quickly. Check out some photos from our morning atop Madonna and Sterling peaks. And enjoy this sunny weather![Read more]

Saturday, March 17, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Ringing in March with a powder day!

Thank goodness for days off during the midweek! My friend and I were lucky enough to enjoy a wonderful powder day at Smugglers' Notch today. It was super-fun! With a lot of new snow to play in from the past week, and more that fell last night and during the entire day today, we were in seventh heaven. We headed for gladed runs as much as possible. We made the rounds of Bermuda, Shakedown (twice), Doc Dempsey's, Pirate's Plank and more. We also enjoyed powdery conditions on...[Read more]

Thursday, March 1, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Sunshine and zippy groomers today

I haven't been on the alpine boards for over a week so I took advantage of the sunshine and blue skies and I skied at Smugglers’ Notch this morning. Despite putting on sunscreen when I left home, I think I ended up with a bit of a sunburn! It was bright out there today and the views were gorgeous. I skied off the Madonna I chairlift to the summit and my first run was a good choice. I noticed on the snow report that they had groomed both upper and lower FIS (it’s usually a mogul run). It...[Read more]

Thursday, February 9, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

More snowy surprises for central and northern Vermont

Ski resorts in the northern and central parts of Vermont picked up another round of unexpectedly high snowfall yesterday. Depending on location, it was on the order of 6 to 12 inches of snow! (Check the snow reports on our Vermont Ski Resorts page for details.) Base areas first experienced some rain and then it changed to snow as the temperatures dropped through the day and, well, it just kept snowing! Today we have cold temperatures that are surely helping with snowmaking, as...[Read more]

Thursday, December 29, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Pico, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

First turns of the season today!

What a nice, sunny weekend. And it featured some first-of-the-season happenings today: Stratton opened for the season  Smugglers’ Notch opened for the season  I got my first turns of the season today!   While it was a windy day, and lift holds were apparently an issue at Sugarbush, I was able to get some morning runs in at Smugglers’ Notch for the first time this ski season! Smuggs opened its Sterling Lift and and essentially one long run today. I heard some...[Read more]

Sunday, December 4, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch, Stratton, Sugarbush

Snowmaking resumes and ski lifts will turn this weekend

Snowmaking at Killington ski resort, Vermont

This time of year can really try a skier's patience. Temperatures rise and fall. Rain can sneek in, rather than snow. And sometimes we can get a blizzard. You just never know. As we turned our calendars to December this week, some colder temperatures returned to the region — thankfully — after a warm spell. Snowmaking guns and fans could be heard at several of Vermont's ski resorts. Small armies of snowmakers were painting the ski trails white. This weekend Stowe, Okemo and...[Read more]

Friday, December 2, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

Snow may be on its way in time for more Vermont ski resorts to open for Thanksgiving weekend

I flew in over a frosty-topped Camel's Hump yesterday afternoon after a trip out of town. I soon heard that the forecast calls for a winter storm tonight into Wednesday! Could be a few to several inches of snow accumulation, or a mix of rain and snow depending where you are in Vermont. [See forecast.] The new colder temperatures and potential snowfall may help those Vermont ski resorts that want to open this Thanksgiving week and weekend. Stowe has confirmed that they will...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Vermont ski ticket deals, discount lift tickets for 2011 - 2012 for Vermont residents and all skiers & riders!

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2012 - 2013 POST ABOUT VERMONT LIFT TICKET DISCOUNTS!>> Updated 3/5/2012 When it comes to the 2011 - 2012 ski season, are you wondering what’s new for lift ticket discounts in Vermont? We’ve been compiling our annual list of what we think are some of the better lift ticket deals and promotions so that you can start shopping around. As usual, we’ll update this blog post as new ticket discounts are announced throughout the fall...[Read more]

Friday, October 21, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

Hiking up to Sterling Pond and top of Sterling Lift in Smugglers' Notch

What a gorgeous weekend! I took advantage of ample sunshine by biking a loop around Stowe, Vermont, on Saturday, and then hiking in Smugglers’ Notch on Sunday morning. Some trees are starting to change color already. Pretty soon we'll be hiking through technicolor woods! Our hike on Sunday took us up the very popular Sterling Pond trail which departs from the base of the cliffs in the dramatic Smugglers’ Notch — midway between Stowe and Smugglers' Notch ski resorts on Route...[Read more]

Monday, September 12, 2011 Filed in: Ski towns in summer, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

Deadlines, deadlines … Early bird often gets best Vermont season pass deals

Burke Mountain in Vermont.

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2013-2014 SEASON PASS DEAL DEADLINE POST!>> Hello skiers, in case you haven’t noticed: It’s nearly fall! It’s time for county fairs, back-to-school sales, and now season pass deal deadlines! Some Vermont ski resorts have early-bird deals on season passes and often the deadlines roll through the fall – with the best deals for those willing to make their investment early on. Nowadays, online purchasing allows you to get the pass you want without driving to...[Read more]

Sunday, August 28, 2011 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Season pass, Smugglers' Notch, Stratton, Ticket discounts

Farmers’ markets in Vermont — veggies (and more) in the mountains!

After a snowy winter and wet spring, we are enjoying farmers’ market season in Vermont! At recent markets that I went to I saw lots of leafy vegetables, tomatoes, beans, peas, beets and more. Can’t wait until the sweet corn is out, too! The Skimeister and I started our garden a bit late due to an extremely wet May and some early-June travel. But with some recent heat and sun, things are really starting to grow (eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, for example). But I’ve been picking up...[Read more]

Friday, July 15, 2011 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Bromley, Food, coffee & après ski, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Okemo, Ski towns in summer, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

Spring skiing in Vermont. Got sunscreen?

I met up with a couple ski buddies at Smugglers' Notch on Friday for an afternoon of sun and snow and smiles. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there really is a lot of snow up in the mountains in northern Vermont! (I believe there are over 90 inches of snow at the stake atop Mt. Mansfield, for example.) We like skiing in the glades so we hit up several of them including Shakedown and Bermuda. We only had to avoid an occasional stump or rock. It really is amazing for April. Get...[Read more]

Saturday, April 9, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Wonderful winterish - spring skiing on Saturday

Had a great time skiing with some ski buddies at Smugglers' Notch, Vermont, on Saturday. We enjoyed about 3 to 4 inches of new snow on top of a very strong base of snow. We kept remarking how good the coverage was despite this late date! I especially enjoyed the terrific conditions in the glades. Not many rocks or stumps to avoid. Add some sun, some dramatic clouds, short lift lines and very comfortable temperatures and you couldn't have asked for a nicer day on the slopes! A few Vermont ski...[Read more]

Sunday, April 3, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

It's still winter in the mountains!

I skied at Smugglers' Notch ski resort on Friday, and I have to tell you: It's still winter up on the hill! We skied in three inches of fresh powder, on top of the snow they got earlier this week. The coverage was very good for the end of March. In fact, it felt more like late-February! I was skeptical about what we would find in the woods, because we had warm temperatures last week and then it's been cold since. But it was even good where they hadn't groomed! The glades were great! The...[Read more]

Saturday, March 26, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Beaucoup snow, beaucoup sun at Smuggs on Mardi Gras

The good times certainly rolled today on the mountain. With more than two feet of new snow, warm temps and bright blue skies, today was an amazing day to be skiing in northern Vermont! At Smugglers' Notch, I met up with a friend who had the same idea that I had: to rearrange the work schedule to accommodate some powder skiing. It felt like I was back skiing in Colorado. The sun came out bright and strong just a day after a really big snowstorm. So sweet! I woke my feet up by taking my first...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Big March snowstorm in northern Vermont

The snowstorm that is currently hitting Vermont has been most ferocious in the northern part of the Green Mountains. (It's about time! Several of the storms this season favored southern Vermont!) Here's what Vermont ski resorts are reporting for snowfalls via social media as of 7 and 8 am Monday morning. And it's still snowing in northern Vermont. Note: Check with the resort before you drive there. Some are indicating late openings or ice (southern Vermont) and weather-affected lift...[Read more]

Monday, March 7, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Smugglers' Notch, Sugarbush

Longtime alpine skier takes a telemark lesson to learn to really free her heel

Oliver, the Smugglers' Notch telemark instructor who coached me this week, seems to have the same skiing philosophy that I do. Why stick only to skiing on the trails and why stick to just one kind of skiing? Branching out and trying something new will keep skiing forever fun and interesting! This is what I've been doing for the last eight years or so. This lifelong alpine skier married a former nordic ski racer, so guess what new sport I picked up? Then I was introduced to...[Read more]

Friday, February 18, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Smugglers' Notch

A nordic kind of January: Winter Trails Day & the Tour de Stowe

Ever wonder what all the fuss was about when it comes to cross-country skiing or snowshoeing? Well it's about time you found out. Winter Trails Day Eight nordic centers in Vermont are offering special events or freebies as part of Winter Trails Day on January 8. The goal: to get people out on the trails in the wintertime to see what they've been missing! These are the nordic centers in Vermont that will participate in one way or another. Visit this site to read up on the details. Call the...[Read more]

Monday, January 3, 2011 Filed in: Blueberry Lake, Bolton Valley, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Mountain Top, Ole's, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Ticket discounts, Trapp Family Lodge

"Spring" skiing on the cusp of the new year!

We were starting our countdown for the new year, but we were also doing some "spring skiing" at Smugglers' Notch. After a dark morning with a few rain sprinkles, the weather started shaping up nicely as the day moved on. By late morning we were enjoying sunshine and spring-like temperatures. The warm weather made for soft bumps, soft and smooth groomed runs, and mashed potato-like snow on the sides of the trail and in the trees. I caught up with a few friends and we enjoyed runs on...[Read more]

Friday, December 31, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Bluebird skiing day at Smugglers' Notch today

I feel rather guilty for having such a nice day on the slopes today, while some skiers at Sugarloaf, Maine, were part of a terrible lift accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were injured. (See this Associated Press article.) But the sky was blue and the snow rather plentiful today at Smugglers' Notch in Vermont. They had reported up to 10 inches of new snow over the last couple of days, and it was fun to ski in, even if I wasn't getting first tracks. My warm-up run (ha!) was...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch

Lots of snow! Lots of wind!

Holy coastal blizzard, Batman! Southern Vermont got dumped on thanks to this storm that made its way up the East Coast. Resorts were reporting one to two feet of new snow. Nice! As you head north in Vermont, the snow totals diminished. Even still, places like Smugglers' Notch and Bolton Valley reported several inches of new snow. The only problem — and it's an all-too-common one — is the damn wind. Why does wind always seem to come to visit when the snow does? So today some ski resorts were...[Read more]

Monday, December 27, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Magic, Smugglers' Notch

Hello winter! A recap of my first runs of the season today at Smuggs

I caught myself grinning underneath my balaclava today. I was riding the Sterling Summit chair at Smugglers' Notch for my first runs of the season, looking left, right, up and down when I realized I was grinning like a fool. I was surrounded by winter! The trees on the top half of the mountain were encrusted with snow. When you were far enough away from the sound of snowmaking, you could hear the branches clink together as they swayed in the wind.It was snowing — dropping big fluffy flakes —...[Read more]

Monday, December 6, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch

Nine Vermont ski resorts are open December 4; some snow in forecast

Add Bromley Mountain to the list of Vermont ski resorts that plan to be open this weekend. They plan to start spinning their lifts on Saturday. Here are your choices for Vermont ski areas open this first weekend in December: BromleyJay PeakKillingtonMount SnowOkemoSmugglers' NotchStoweStrattonSugarbush Visit our Vermont ski resorts snow conditions links page to check on what lifts and terrain are available. At many resorts only intermediate and expert skiing terrain are available at this...[Read more]

Friday, December 3, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton

When do Vermont ski resorts open for the 2010 – 2011 season?

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE 2013-2014 POST ABOUT OPENINGS>> Updated 12/3/10 AM It's that time of year: Vermont ski resorts are planning their opening days and making snow to make those opening dates a reality, Bring on the ski season! Here's a review of opening dates for skiing at Vermont ski resorts. This information was gathered from the resort Web sites. Do check with the resorts directly to confirm lift operation before you drive there! You can find links to the ski...[Read more]

Sunday, November 14, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

2010 – 2011 Season pass discount deadlines for Vermont ski resorts

Think snow!!! Skiing the trees at Jay Peak.

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2012-2012 SEASON PASS DEAL DEADLINE POST!>> Updated 9/1/2010 It’s inching closer to Labor Day, school time and the colors of fall — and it’s time to think about season pass discounts! Here are important deadlines to keep in mind while you decide what Vermont ski resorts you might ski this winter, and whether a season pass is a good deal for you. (Do the math!) The earliest discount deadlines are between August 30 and Labor Day! Some resorts are...[Read more]

Friday, August 20, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ascutney, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Cochran's, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Magic

Warm weather, and Easter sunrise services at Vermont ski resorts

After some wet weather (and some snow at higher elevations) we are heading into a really warm and sunny stretch of weather in Vermont. In the coming days you'll want to ski in the morning because it will get very warm, and slushy, by afternoon. Oh, and wear your sunscreen. You'll need it. These Vermont ski areas have succumbed to spring. They are now closed for the season: Suicide SixAscutneyMiddlebury Snow BowlCochran's Ski Area Easter Sunrise Services at Vermont Ski Resorts This Sunday is...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Filed in: Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Spring skiing abounds, and beta on good eats near Smugglers' Notch

Sunny spring skiing continues in Vermont today and Saturday. Wow, it's been an incredible stretch of sun and soft snow. All this corn snow can make a skier hungry! A local weekly newspaper is talking up a small dining renaissance in Jeffersonville, Vermont, the home of Smugglers' Notch ski resort. Seven Days recently wrote about some interesting new restaurant options and menu changes at the Mix Café and Bakery, Stella Notte, Hearth and Candle and The Brewski:...[Read more]

Friday, March 19, 2010 Filed in: Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch

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