Resorts & Mountains in Vermont > Stowe

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 resort opening dates 2014-2015

Here's how Vermont ski resort opening dates are looking as of 12/18/2014. Opening dates are always difficult to pin down. Mother Nature has to cooperate with at least cold weather for snowmaking, if not a natural contribution of her own. Of course, these dates are tentative. Visit our Vermont Ski Resorts page for links to each ski resort's snow report for the latest. ALSO CHECK FOR EARLY-SEASON MIDWEEK CLOSINGS! 2014/2015 Ski Season Killington ResortOPEN Okemo Mountain...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

A little fresh snow, a little fake snow, and one resort to open this week

November has made a nice and chilly entrance here in Vermont so a few resorts fired up snowmaking this weekend (Stowe, Okemo, Sugarbush, Killington...). Mother Nature did her part by bringing some light snow accumulation to our higher peaks. Above are a couple of photos to check out. Looks like the ski season will start with very limited skiing at Killington on Monday for pass holders and on Tuesday for everyone else. Killington plans to open 600 vertical feet of...[Read more]

Sunday, November 2, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Okemo, Stowe, Sugarbush

Vermont lift ticket discounts and deals for 2014 - 2015. More discounts = more skiing!

Updated December 10, 2014 Here’s the way we see it: The more lift ticket discounts you find, the more skiing you can do! We’re here to help with the search as we’ve scoured the Web to find some of the best lift ticket deals at Vermont ski resorts! With this blog post, we report on frequent skier cards, special discount skiing days, Vermont resident lift ticket deals, and the like. It does not cover season passes — so if you are going to ski for eight or more days at a...[Read more]

Friday, October 31, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Cochran's, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

On-mountain improvements at central & northern Vermont ski resorts for the 2014-2015 season

Snowmaking improvements in Vermont

Snowmaking. That's the most prevalent improvement at Vermont ski resorts for the 2014-2015 ski season. A big reason is a program with Efficiency Vermont that provided incentives to replace old, less-efficient snowmaking equipment with new, high-efficiency equipment. A $5-million rebate program from Efficiency Vermont helped initiate a $15-million investment in high-efficiency snow guns at resorts around the state. The resorts say that the new snowmaking guns can create a lot more snow in less...[Read more]

Friday, October 17, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Cochran's, Killington, Resort improvements, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

Vermont ski resorts with lift improvements this year

New chairlift at Okemo, Vermont

Among the on-mountain investments and improvements happening at Vermont ski resorts each year (we'll soon recap all that is new at each ski area for 2014-15), some of the most exciting changes are often lift upgrades and improvements. Here's the line on lifts for the coming season. Okemo Mountain in southern Vermont is now installing a six-pack, high-speed lift. That is, six people ride the chair together. I've been on a couple of these and it's a bit more challenging...[Read more]

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Killington, Okemo, Resort improvements, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

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

Snow and warm temps in Stowe, Vermont's Sterling Forest

We knew that Friday’s weather was going to be gloomy, so the Skimeister and I took time on Thursday to do a backcountry ski tour in Stowe’s Sterling Forest. We wanted to enjoy the snow before it got bogged down by warm temperatures and rain. <Sigh.> The morning featured spectacular blue skies. We found rather deep snow to ski through and as the morning turned into afternoon the snow was definitely getting heavier due to the warm temperatures and the warmth of the sun. Sometimes I would...[Read more]

Friday, February 21, 2014 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

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

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

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

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

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

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

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2014 - 2015 VERMONT TICKET DISCOUNTS POST!>> 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...[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

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

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

Snowy and sunny Friday at Stowe Mountain Resort

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

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

Skiing the trails in Stowe's Sterling Forest

On a sparkling day, the Skimeister and I enjoyed a ski tour in the Sterling Forest of Stowe, Vermont. This town-owned land has a network of backcountry skiing and snowshoe trails. It is also crossed by the Catamount Trail and a VAST snowmobile trail. We parked near the Sterling Falls Gorge, picked up a map, and crossed an open meadow before heading into the woods on the Marston Trail. We enjoyed skiing on this trail and on a mellow section of the Catamount Trail — the...[Read more]

Saturday, February 16, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

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

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

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

More Vermont ski areas poised to open

November had brought some steady cold temperatures, until Monday hit with record highs! Luckily, that didn't last long and ski resorts are back at making snow and picking up some natural snow at higher elevations. Two more Vermont ski resorts are poised to open on Saturday: Stowe Mountain Resort and Sugarbush Resort. This is in addition to Killington and Okemo, which are already spinning their lifts. Check out the list of Vermont ski resort opening dates by following this link. Also don't...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Killington, Okemo, Stowe, Sugarbush

Clearing skies afford views of new natural snow and manmade, too

The peaks in Vermont have been collecting some natural snow over the last few days, making them a beautiful white. (The National Weather Service is reporting 10 inches of snow at the stake atop Mt. Mansfield!) Meanwhile, cold temperatures have allowed snowguns to fire up from south to north! Here are a few nice shots from some Vermont ski resorts. Above, a snowy Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak. Sunrise and snow at Sugarbush. Snowmaking at Killington on opening day on...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Killington, Mt. Mansfield, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

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 2014 - 2015 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

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

Cruising on Ranch Valley Cruise today

Two inches of new snow on the shady trails at the Stowe Mountain Resort cross-country center made for some nice skiing today. I took a cruise on the Ranch Valley Cruise. It was my inaugural ski on this trail, and I loved it. After a fast ski down the very steep hill on the Stowe Derby Trail, I arrived at the Adams Camp bridge. I climbed up a hill from Ranch Brook and found myself in a quiet, north-facing corner of the nordic network. I passed two snowshoers, and at the...[Read more]

Saturday, March 10, 2012 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

Snow — and lots of it!

Wow! I just skied in a bunch of new snow today!  Take a look at the snow in the photos. And it kept coming down all day... I knew the wind would be an issue today, and the Skimeister was volunteering at at an adaptive skiing race at Trapp Family Lodge. Those two things led me to come up with a plan that didn't include a high mountaintop. We would stay in the woods and ski from Trapp Family Lodge to the Mt. Mansfield/Stowe Mountain Resort cross-country...[Read more]

Saturday, February 25, 2012 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Mt. Mansfield, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Decent cross-country skiing today in Stowe, with a lift ride as well

The Skimeister and I headed to Stowe for some cross-country skiing today. It's one of the few places that has had consistently good nordic skiing during this up and down winter. At the Stowe Mountain Resort nordic center, conditions weren't as good as a couple of weeks ago, but they were pretty nice once you got off of the sunlit field and past the first pine trees. The snow got better the farther into the network we skied. We had hoped to do classic skiing, but the...[Read more]

Saturday, February 18, 2012 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

Good nordic skiing in Vermont if you reach high

This winter has been rough for most Vermont cross-country ski centers. Unreliable temperatures in the lower elevations and a lack of snowstorms have made nordic skiing tough in many places. However, there is some good nordic skiing if you look in higher-altitude spots.  This would include Bolton Valley nordic center, which sits above 1,500 feet. It's been catching some snow and the melt-downs have not been as drastic as they've been in the valleys. I did a classic ski tour today and...[Read more]

Saturday, February 11, 2012 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Ski racing à la Vermont

This weekend we're looking forward to taking in some ski racing action! The UVM Winter Carnival starts today and goes through Sunday. It features the best collegiate skiers in the eastern US taking on the slalom and giant slalom courses at Stowe, and the nordic racing trails at Trapp Family Lodge. The University of Vermont has a strong ski team again this year. Some of the racers have been competing across the country in NorAm races, and a few have even competed in their first World...[Read more]

Friday, February 3, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ski racing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Fluffy, powdery cross-country skiing today

What a day! My friend and I went for a lovely nordic loop at the Stowe Mountain Resort Cross-Country Center today. They received six inches of snow two nights ago, and this morning it was snowing when we arrived (and continued all through our ski) and there were a couple more inches of the freshest, lightest powder. The snowflake formations were amazing! We enjoyed a ski on the Burt Trail, which at first follows the Ranch Brook. After a quick hot chocolate break at the...[Read more]

Saturday, January 21, 2012 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

Cold, classic skiing today on the Stowe Rec Path

We got out on the Stowe Recreation Path today for a short ski today in the cold. I wore a balaclava to keep my face warm and kept moving along to keep my body warm. It worked!  The good folks in Stowe have arranged to groom the recreation path a couple times a week for cross-country skiing. Today the classic tracks were excellent. Fresh new snow this week made the coverage great.  Today also featured the Stowe Tour de Snow and we saw families taking part in the...[Read more]

Sunday, January 15, 2012 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Snow photos from around Vermont

We’ve seen some nice photos of fresh snow around the state. We’ll be out in it this weekend — will you?[Read more]

Friday, January 13, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Cross-country skiing, Stowe

Google snowmobile comes to Vermont and gives you a virtual look at ski trails

Some fresh snow fell on ski areas in Vermont yesterday, most notably at the northern resorts, and today it is darn chilly and that is just fine with me! The ski resorts are reporting that they are cranking out the snow from their snowguns and snow fans. In other news, I came across some interesting techie news recently ... I’ve learned of two Vermont ski resorts that are now viewable with the “street view” feature that is available on...[Read more]

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Stowe, Western skiing

Spring skiing on New Year's Day

I found some good spring skiing conditions today on the nordic trails at the Stowe Mountain Resort cross-country center. I was impressed by the amount of snowcover on the Burt, Bruce and Timberlane nordic trails despite our lackluster snowfall thus far this season. Within the last few days we had been messing around a bit on the trails at Bolton nordic (quite thin) and the Catamount cross-country center (snow/grass skiing) just to get some much needed exercise. But...[Read more]

Sunday, January 1, 2012 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

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

More snowmaking & more ski areas coming online as we reach the holidays

Making snow high atop Smugglers' Notch ski resort in Vermont

Boy there’s a lot of snowmaking going on lately! Seems like the ski resorts are opening new terrain every few days or — in some cases — every day! Stowe Mountain Resort reported that it set a new record: “We had over 130 snowguns running continuously this past weekend.” And I saw the snowguns in action on the petite Cochran’s ski area this weekend. All the ski resorts are talking up their snowmaking “firepower” and respect for their hard-working snowmaking teams. (A...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cochran's, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Mad River Glen, Magic, Northeast Slopes, Stowe, Suicide Six, Trapp Family Lodge

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

Warm temperatures early this week will keep some lifts closed

Mother Nature helped fuel the excitement for a snowy start to the 2011 - 2012 ski season, and five Vermont ski resorts ran lifts this Thanksgiving weekend. But today two of the ski areas have closed until temperatures cool off and more snow can be made. Sugarbush and Jay Peak have suspended operations today until they can move or make more snow. Killington, Okemo and Stowe remain open today while temperatures hit the 50s in many towns and villages. Stowe reported that they did...[Read more]

Monday, November 28, 2011 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Okemo, Stowe, Sugarbush

More Vermont ski resorts to open

This Thanksgiving we're thankful for some fresh snow falling in Vermont! Some higher elevations and ski areas are reporting 6 to 10 inches of new snow so far this morning. The amount depends on location. A wide central swath of the state seems to have picked up a good snowfall. This morning a few more ski resorts announced their plans to open. So here's a recap of where you can ski in Vermont (these have been announced as of 9 a.m. this morning). Killington (has been...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Okemo, 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

New chairlifts at three Vermont ski resorts for 2011 - 2012

For the 2011 - 2012 ski season, new ski lifts are being installed at three ski resorts in Vermont. New lifts are coming online at Stowe and Burke Mountain up north, and Mount Snow in the south. Here's the scoop on these resort improvement projects: Stowe Mountain quad A new high-speed, detachable quad replaces the old one that's been in service since the 1980s. The new "Four-Runner" unloads a bit higher above the Octagon summit lodge than the former...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Mount Snow, Resort improvements, Stowe

When do Vermont ski resorts plan to open for 2011 - 2012?

Riding last year at Bolton Valley

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE 2013-2014 POST ABOUT OPENINGS>> With that crazy October snowstorm, Mother Nature allowed Killington to get a jump-start to the ski season. The resort continues to offer skiing daily as weather and conditions allow. Meanwhile, other Vermont ski resorts are pulling out their snowmaking guns and fans and preparing the lifts and base lodges for skiers and riders later in November and December.  Ski Vermont...[Read more]

Saturday, November 5, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, 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 2014 - 2015 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

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