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

Fun under the spring sun

A couple more Vermont ski resorts closed this weekend, but not before skiers and riders hit the slopes for springtime fun under the sun. Here are a few shots from this weekend that we found on Facebook. You can still catch a lift this week at Jay Peak, Killington and Sugarbush in Vermont. [Read more]

Monday, April 22, 2013 Filed in: Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Spring skiing, Stowe, Sugarbush

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 springy up high

I took a short backcountry ski up at Bolton Valley on Wednesday. It was around lunch time and the sun was shining brightly. There is still a lot of snow up on the trails! I stuck my pole in the snow near Bryant Cabin and there was at least a foot. The only thing is that now we have spring conditions, so if it's cold at night, the snow is still going to be frozen in the morning. The higher daytime temperatures then soften things up. I mostly skied where others had made tracks to...[Read more]

Thursday, March 28, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

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

Crazy April snowstorm in the mountains

More than a foot of snow reported at top of Mt. Mansfield, Jay and Killington! It's been snowing up high for over a day. Killington and Jay Peak are open and they are reporting 15+ inches of new snow at their higher elevations. Crazy! Here's a shot from Jay Peak ski resort today, which they posted on Facebook. [Read more]

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Filed in: Jay Peak, Killington, Mt. Mansfield, Spring skiing

Die-hard skiers still getting some turns

For the extreme die-hards out there: Killington and Jay Peak are still open. Sugarbush has been closed during this midweek and they said: “We will open for certain this Saturday with skiing and riding on Stein’s off the Valley House chair on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. We will assess midday to see if the snow is holding up so we can also open on Sunday.” A couple of resorts are offering Easter sunrise services. They include Killington and Stowe, even though Stowe...[Read more]

Thursday, April 5, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing

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

Ridiculously blue sky day; Might be my last nordic ski

The Skimeister and I did a mellow tour up on Bolton Valley’s backcountry trails today. You’ll see that it was so sunny and warm that he was in a t-shirt. Snow is melting very fast in the lower reaches of the nordic trail network, but the coverage gets better when you get up to Bryant Cabin and beyond. Rivers and puddles are showing and it makes you keep on your toes, especially as you descend the Gardiner’s Lane or Bryant trails. While there is quite a bit of snow depth in...[Read more]

Sunday, March 18, 2012 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, 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

A spring skiing day in every sense of the word

My friend took the day off to score a $17 ticket at Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush. (It was a pre-St. Patrick’s Day deal). It would have been rude of me to let her go alone, so I joined her despite a dismal forecast. We skied in occasional rain in clear, plastic ponchos (thanks for donating them to us, Sugarbush customer service!) and we had a ball. We did a lot of bumps. They were super-soft, corn snow bumps. And the snow coverage on the trails that were open was quite good considering recent...[Read more]

Friday, March 16, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

I feasted on corn snow at Sugarbush today!

After a delicious lunch stop at the The Mad Taco in Waitsfield, I headed up to Sugarbush for an afternoon of sunny spring skiing. I feasted on corn snow — that super soft, granular snow that we get to enjoy in the spring. I tackled lots of bumps on runs such as Organgrinder, Paradise and Murphy's Glades. The moguls were like heaping spoonfuls of mashed potatoes. The only thing that threw me was some unexpected ice while descending Paradise, an expert trail off the Heaven's Gate Triple. This...[Read more]

Friday, April 22, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Three ski resorts remain open in Vermont

You can still ride the lifts at three ski resorts in Vermont: Sugarbush, Jay Peak and Killington. And the weather looks nice for Friday and perhaps Sunday, which is Easter. Are you going to hop to it and get in some of your last runs of the year? I think I'll have to get out there one more time! I'll let you know where I end up. I'll also continue to update my post about which ski resorts are still open in Vermont.[Read more]

Thursday, April 21, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Spring skiing, 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

Forecast calls for April Fools snowstorm in Vermont, April 1

So I guess it's no joke: Forecasters are still calling for a lot of snow on Friday, April 1! A look at the National Weather Service forecast shows that they are now expecting 8 to 14 inches of snow in the mountains of Vermont. We can expect much of the snow to be rather heavy, especially in lower elevations. Hopefully it doesn't knock out power to the ski lifts! It's ok if it knocks out power at my office :) Check for Friday, April 1, skiing deals in Vermont at this blog post. There are...[Read more]

Thursday, March 31, 2011 Filed in: Spring skiing, Ticket discounts

When do Vermont ski resorts close this spring (2011)?

Updated 5/10/11 I've been checking in on the dates that Vermont ski resorts are closing. Typically the smaller ski areas close first because of lower elevations and smaller operating budgets. This is not a complete list because the ski resorts don't always announce their intentions in advance. Please check the website of the resort you'd like to go to before you head for the hills! We have links on our Vermont ski resorts page. Closed as of March 30: Pico MountainMt. Ellen side of...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Cross-country skiing, Killington, Okemo, Spring skiing, Stowe, Sugarbush

Blue skies, chilly wind on Sunday at Ole's Nordic Center in Warren, Vt.

We did some cross-country skiing on a sunny Sunday at Ole's Nordic Center in Warren, Vermont. The snow coverage was excellent. In fact, the snow was very fast because it hadn't heated up much, even in the sun. You might notice that in one of the photos above, the flags are standing straight out. The winds were strong on Sunday! Couple that with some not-so-spring-like temperatures, and I was happy to keep moving and keep generating heat! Yup, still winter in Vermont, so we're...[Read more]

Monday, March 28, 2011 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ole's, 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

2 to 6 inches of new snow in Vermont on first day of spring

Looks like most Vermont ski resorts picked up about 2 - 6 inches of new snow on the first day of spring. That should help things a bit after a warm, sunny weekend. Okemo, Killington and Bolton Valley ski areas all report about 4 - 5 inches. And temps will stay cool this week so we'll likely see a few more flakes. On another note, we heard some news from Stowe Mountain Resort this week. They’ll be replacing the FourRunner Quad with a new, modern detachable quad. The FourRunner was installed in...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Killington, Okemo, Spring skiing, Stowe

Spring skiing à la Vermont

Scenes from a glorious March spring skiing day in northern Vermont! I skied at Stowe on St. Patrick's Day. (One of the two discount days of the year when I can afford to ski there.) There's still a lot of snow in the mountains! Coverage was excellent! Warning: Some of these images may induce bouts of extreme jealousy. Proceed with caution.[Read more]

Thursday, March 17, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing, Stowe

The luck of the Irish

There are skiing discounts available in Vermont for St. Patrick's Day — and you don't even have to be Irish to enjoy them! Right now I count six lift ticket discounts in Vermont for Thursday, March 17. Get your green on and go take some runs! Look at this lift ticket discount blog post to learn more about the St. Patrick's Day deals on March 17. These are the Vermont ski resorts who are offering the deals: Burke Mountain Mad River Glen Mount Snow Smugglers' Notch Stowe Mountain...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing, Ticket discounts

What a difference a week makes

Last week we were in the midst of a freak spring snowstorm, while the last few days have been warm — almost too warm as we hit around 80 degrees. Things are looking very green in northern Vermont. And purple and pink and yellow and white, depending on what tree or bush is in the vicinity. Even the mountains which looked frosty white last week are now taking on their springlike appearance. Yet, a look at the official snow stake on the top of Mt. Mansfield illustrates that there is still a lot...[Read more]

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Jay Peak, Mt. Mansfield, Spring skiing

Playing around in deep, damp snow on April 29

Here's a peek at what things looked like at higher elevations today in northern Vermont. I messed around on the Bryant and World Cup trails on Bolton Valley's nordic system this afternoon. Yesterday's freak spring storm and today's bright sunshine made this a must-do exercise. I'd say there was at least 14 inches in these shaded trails, which are located at about 2,100 feet. The snow was heavy, so what I did it was more like a snowshoe walk than a ski. But it was so nice being outside where I...[Read more]

Thursday, April 29, 2010 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Jay Peak, Spring skiing

Winter storm hits northern Vermont. Yes, snow on April 27.

Late-April snow in Vermont.

You know, I haven't put away my ski equipment yet. My ski pants and jacket still hang from hooks in my entryway. My boot bag has been waiting patiently in the corner of my office. I think I might have to take my gear out for another spin at the end of the week because IT IS SNOWING in northern Vermont again! This was the word from the National Weather Service as of 7 a.m. today: * 6 TO 12 INCHES OF HEAVY WET SNOW IS EXPECTED BEGINNING THIS MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY ACROSS THE HIGHER...[Read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Mt. Mansfield, Spring skiing

And then there was one.

Spring skiing in Vermont at Jay Peak

Updated afternoon of 4/26/10 Well it's clear that Killington has stopped running its lifts: they switched over to their summer homepage today. Yesterday was the last day for spring skiing at the ski resort. So who is left? Jay Peak is the only Vermont ski area saying they will be open again this season. They plan to reopen from Thursday, April 29, to Sunday, May 2. Here's a photo from the resort taken on Saturday during what was a gorgeous weekend here in northern Vermont. Many residents...[Read more]

Monday, April 26, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Spring skiing

New snow in Vermont mountains; Down to two ski resorts tomorrow

Pond skimming at Killington

We're taking bets. First, which Vermont ski resort will claim the title for staying open the latest this ski season: Jay Peak or Killington? Second, will the number of Vermont skier visits hit the 4 million mark? Some say yes in this article in the Rutland Herald. And third, some of Vermont's mountain peaks — and some towns — have seen a couple of inches of snow this weekend; will this be our final snow of the season? Killington held a pond skimming contest yesterday while snow was falling...[Read more]

Sunday, April 18, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Vermont ski season coming to a close

Updated 4/21/10 Vermont's ski season is winding down -- way down -- this week. Here's an idea of which Vermont ski resorts are open, which have closed, and when the others are expected to close. Be sure to double check before you head out for the slopes by visiting the ski conditions links on my Vermont ski resorts page. These ski areas are still open: Jay Peak -- will stay open through Sunday, April 25, then close midweek, then reopen for May 1 - 2.Killington -- will close on afternoon of...[Read more]

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Spring skiing, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

"Summer skiing" in Vermont

I went summer skiing on a glacier in Austria once. It was June. It was raining. We couldn't take in the view because of the clouds. The snow was very soft. And the wind was cold and howling — so it was blowing the trash-bag type ponchos we were wearing to stay dry. I can still hear the wild flapping noise of the plastic! Luckily yesterday's "summer skiing" was nothing like that. Vermont is having some lovely weather for summer skiing this week and weekend. The Skimeister and I went for...[Read more]

Friday, April 2, 2010 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing

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

Sunny Saturday on cross-country trails & at pond skimming

It was sunny but chilly on Saturday here in northern Vermont. The Skimeister and I went over to play around on the cross-country trails at Bolton Valley, then to watch some of the pond skimming action. We skied around Picnic and the Valley Loop a bit. The snow was mostly frozen granular, and it was softer in the sunniest spots. They had done a good job grooming after the fluctuations of temperatures we've seen in the last couple of weeks! The snow coverage was still good in this part of the...[Read more]

Sunday, March 28, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing

It must be spring: here come the pond skimmers

To skim, or not to skim. That is the question. Well if you're game, you have a good selection of pond skimming contests at Vermont ski resorts to choose from. Here are a few to consider watching, or participating in, below. The alpine ski areas are still enjoying spring skiing, while the nordic centers are winding down, and some up north are closed already. Mount Snow: Saturday, March 27. Dress in costume and descend Canyon in an attempt to cross a 100' man-made pond. Bolton Valley:...[Read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Some US Ski Team members to race at Cochran's on Wednesday

How cool is this? US Ski Team star Ted Ligety just wrote on Twitter that he helped shovel snow onto the T-Bar line at Cochran's Ski Area in Richmond, Vt., in preparation for tomorrow's slalom race! The race benefits the small ski area and its skiing program which has turned out its fair share of Olympic skiers. Ligety is the Overall World Cup GS Champion, and his teammate Jimmy Cochran is the best US slalom racer right now (ranked 20th in the world). I see Olympian Sarah Schleper's name on...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cochran's, Ski racing, Spring skiing

First day of spring; Skiing is winding down at Trapp Cross-Country

On the Sugar Road at Trapp nordic center today — the first day of spring — we heard birds chirping away, saw families out enjoying mild temperatures, and watched die-hard cross-country skiers try to make the most of a melting ski surface. With the extraordinary stretch of warm weather we have had lately in Vermont, Sugar Road — Trapp's major thoroughfare — is melting down in a big way. In many places we had to tip-toe around muddy or rocky spots. Otherwise we were scraping along frozen...[Read more]

Saturday, March 20, 2010 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Spring skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Work when it rains; ski when the sun shines

Over the last week and a half I've tried to make the most of the sunny days to hit the slopes or cross-country ski trails. I'm thankful that I can work odd hours, so that often gives me flexibility to do so. Today was forecast to be warm and sunny so we did some spring nordic skiing at Ole's Cross-Country Center in Warren, Vermont. They still have quite a bit of snow there. Some sunny spots are starting to melt out a bit, but overall the skiing was very good at midday today. When you nordic...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ole's, Spring skiing

Cross-country skiing to the Trapp cabin, around Roundtop & to the sugarhouse

A friend and I took quite the cross-country skiing tour at Trapp Family Lodge today. We skied up to the cabin, around the hill called Roundtop and then down to the maple sugarhouse to see the sugaring in progress. We arrived when the nordic center opened at 9 a.m. I had seen some blue sky on my drive up Route 100, but by the time I put my boots on, the clouds had moved in. We would see a few minutes of sun later during our outing and luckily not a drop of rain or sleet. I made use of my...[Read more]

Saturday, March 13, 2010 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Bolton Valley, Vermont, spring skiing slideshow

I'm going to let the photos do the bulk of the talking on this post. Basically: - I skied Bolton Valley Wednesday afternoon. - My friends and I skied mostly in the Timberline area. - I had to slather on sunscreen. - I was carving sweet turns in the corn snow. - The snow coverage was still very, very good. - The views were tremendous. - I was sad when it was over.[Read more]

Thursday, March 11, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Sunshine-y nordic skiing in Vermont, in the Mad River Valley

Can it get any better than this? The Skimeister and I hit Ole's cross-country center in Warren, Vermont, this afternoon for a ski tour. It was absolutely gorgeous out. No clouds. Warm temperatures. And the snow was still firm in many places because of our cold evenings and excellent grooming at Ole's. I was on skating skis while the Skimeister took to the trails in a sit-ski. He rented it recently so he could get out skiing despite a major knee injury that he sustained last month. Yup, he...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Ole's, Spring skiing

Spring skiing and clear blue skies

This week I've seen sap buckets collecting their precious liquid. I've seen a ski technician working on his motor boat. And I've driven through mud to skate through corn snow. It must be spring skiing time in Vermont! This weekend has been absolutely gorgeous. I was supposed to be in Colorado, but the clear blue skies and warm sun made me feel like I was there anyways! The Skimeister and I loaded up the car on Saturday and went to check out Blueberry Hill Inn cross-country center in Goshen,...[Read more]

Sunday, March 7, 2010 Filed in: Blueberry Hill, Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing

Cross-country ski at an airport — at Ole's in Vermont

When you arrive at Ole's nordic center in Warren, Vermont, you can't help but notice the ski lodge looks a bit like an air traffic tower. And the orange windsocks make you really start to suspect something. Ole's is in fact a small airport during the summer months. But to those who don't know any better, this cross-country center just seems to have a big, wide, snowy field right out its back door. When I arrived on Wednesday afternoon, local children were wrapping up their school skiing...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ole's, Spring skiing

What to do when Stowe ski resort is closed ... go biking around town!

The recent extraordinarily warm weather in Vermont  has been great for biking and yard work, but not so good for skiing. This past weekend I packed up my gear and headed to Stowe. No, not for skiing, but for a wonderful bike tour around town. Stowe's got a scenic recreation path (about 7 miles long with 11 bridges!) and rather quiet dirt roads. I like to plan out a loop up and down hills and around town so I can take in all the views. Mt. Mansfield still was snowy near the summit and on...[Read more]

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ski towns in summer, Spring skiing, Stowe

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