Ticket discounts

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

Updated November 20, 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

Lots of friends—and their valentines—on a powder day at Mad River Glen

You know the saying—no friends on a powder day. Well, while the SkiMaven was in Colorado, the Skimeister and friends traveled through a classic Valentine's Day blizzard to share Mad River Glen on an epic Vermont powder day. Despite 30-minute lift lines for the single chair, we got in all the fresh turns that our quads and knees could handle! The big draw was of course all the fresh snow (16" - 20"), but a Valentine's Day "Kiss Your Honey" lift ticket...[Read more]

Saturday, February 15, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Mad River Glen, Ticket discounts

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

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

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

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

2013 - 2014 Season pass deal deadlines in Vermont are approaching

Smugglers' Notch Resort, Vermont

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

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

Valentine's Day is for skiers!

On Valentine's Day (which is this Thursday, guys!) you'll find a few deals at Vermont ski resorts. They include Mad River Glen, Bromley Mountain, Burke Mountain, Smugglers' Notch and Sugarbush. Some resorts offer two-for-one deals, but not all. Some don't require a second person to cash in on the discount. Check out our list of Vermont lift ticket deals for the...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ticket discounts

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

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

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

Snow, sleet, rain and Catamount Trail coupons

Well, elevation means everything this week in Vermont. While many towns and villages and base lodge areas have seen rain and sleet, there's been a mix of snow, sleet and rain up higher on the mountains. Yesterday morning 2 to 5 inches of new snow were being reported at many Vermont ski areas. And this morning a couple more inches were being reported at the tops of some peaks. Middlebury Snow Bowl, Sugarbush, Stowe, Jay, Bolton, Burke and Killington were among those reporting snowflakes this...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Burke, Catamount Trail, Cross-country skiing, Killington, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Mount Snow, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

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

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

Deal Alert! January brings inexpensive learn-to-ski packages to Vermont

Vermont ski resorts are enticing never-ever skiers to join the wonderful community that is made up of skiers and snowboarders. (We are a special group, aren’t we!?!) A dozen ski resorts have joined with Ski Vermont to offer a $29 learn-to-ski package in January. It’s offered on non-holiday days in January and you have to reserve in advance through Ski Vermont or the mountain of your choice starting December 19. What’s included? How about a ski or...[Read more]

Thursday, December 15, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ticket discounts

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

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

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

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

Snow piles up on Vermont's ski trails

Vermont ski resorts have enjoyed more fresh snow over the last two days! Four to 10 inches fell in the last 48 hours, depending where you were in the state.Bolton Valley reported 5-7" of snow during the day Tuesday, and 8-10" overall on Monday/Tuesday. Stratton reported 7 inches of snow fell on its slopes on Tuesday. Mountain Top Nordic, near Killington, reported 6 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours, while Highland Lodge Nordic reported 5 inches in the last 24 hours.In some...[Read more]

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ticket discounts

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

January ushers in some free learn-to-ski-and-board packages

Freebie alert! Learn to Ski or Snowboard for Free January 3-9 Seven alpine resorts and four cross-country centers in Vermont are participating in this weeklong learn-to-ski-free event. Visit this web page to learn more and to see how many free lessons are still available. Be sure to click through to see availability for each resort, because the numbers on the overview page seem to be out of sync. Bring a Never-Ever Friend From January 3 to 31, participating Vermont resorts will offer your ...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ticket discounts

A variety of yummy skiing news this week

Oh, you lucky, lucky Mount Snow skiers! You get to fuel up on my favorite coffee any day of the week — slopeside! Mount Snow and Vermont Coffee Company announced they have opened a café at the ski resort. Vermont Coffee is roasted in Middlebury, Vermont, and the Skimaven ski blog is basically powered by their yummy Dark Roast. Not only does the coffee taste delicious, but it's fair trade and organic. I know — almost too good to be true! Other tasty news this week is that Mad River Glen is...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Ticket discounts

New snow and skiing deals in Vermont

Have you seen our list of Vermont lift ticket deals? If you are heading to the slopes in the next few days (and you really should), you may want to check it out. You can find a deal as low as $15 during the midweek days leading up to Christmas! We can now welcome Burke Mountain, Cochran's, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Pico Mountain, Suicide Six and Magic Mountain to the list of Vermont's ski areas that are open for business. So many choices. Mad River Glen is still looking for a bit more of a base on...[Read more]

Friday, December 17, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Cochran's, Mad River Glen, Magic, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Pico, Suicide Six, Ticket discounts

First skinny-ski skiing of the year at Catamount

Thanks to a persistent snowstorm this past week, the Prospect, Catamount, Bolton Valley and Stowe Mountain nordic centers joined Trapp Family and Sleepy Hollow nordic skiing centers to open for cross-country skiing in Vermont. I took my skinny skis out for the first time today. I enjoyed the trails at Catamount Outdoor Center in Williston, which is the closest nordic center to the Burlington area. Despite a shaky start -- it took a bit to get my balance at first -- I would catch a good...[Read more]

Saturday, December 11, 2010 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing, Ticket discounts

Eight resorts now open; and Catamount Trail member savings

Mother Nature has been cooperating with Vermont ski resorts by allowing for some serious snowmaking to take place recently. And, some snow squalls added a bit of natural snow to the mix today. Eight ski resorts are now open in Vermont — most with limited intermediate and expert terrain. Gets a skier in the mood for skiing off some of their holiday overindulgence, and for saving some dough! On that note, I received my Catamount Trail Association member coupon booklet earlier this month and it's...[Read more]

Saturday, November 27, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Cross-country skiing, Ticket discounts

Vermont lift ticket discounts, skiing deals in 2010 - 2011 for Vermont residents and our friends everywhere!

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2014 - 2015 POST ABOUT VERMONT LIFT TICKET DISCOUNTS!>> Updated 3/30/2011 Save a little here, save a little there. Peruse this list and soon you could be saving some good money with Vermont lift ticket discounts! Then you can afford to buy more lift tickets, of course! We've scoured the Internet for some of the best lift ticket deals at Vermont ski resorts. Do keep in mind that most Vermont resorts have multi-day lift ticket rates and season...[Read more]

Monday, November 8, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ticket discounts

Free events at nearly a dozen Vermont nordic centers on Sat., January 9

Learn to cross-country ski or snowshoe in Vermont

It's time for all you cross-country skiing and snowshoeing never-evers to hit the trail! Nearly a dozen Vermont nordic ski centers are offering free introductions to these winter sports on Saturday, January 9. Now there is no excuse not to try them! I've grown to love nordic skiing and snowshoeing over the years. It's a quieter scene than downhill skiing, and it can be a wonderful workout. There's nothing like quietly gliding or walking through a winter wonderland. Follow this link to read...[Read more]

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Highland Lodge, Mountain Top, Smugglers' Notch, Ticket discounts

Lift ticket discounts and my morning ski

Don't you hate how work gets in the way of skiing? Well, we had to work the past couple of days — have to pay the bills — so we couldn't ski in this weekend's new snow until this morning. This was a monster storm in Burlington and the Champlain Valley, dropping about two feet of snow and breaking a record in Burlington with 33 inches! But strangely enough it was not quite as intense elsewhere. The Skimeister and I were checking the snow reports and decided that Smugglers' Notch may have...[Read more]

Monday, January 4, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Ticket discounts

Vermont lift ticket discounts, skiing deals in 2009 & 2010 for Vermont residents and everyone!

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2014 - 2015 POST ABOUT VERMONT LIFT TICKET DISCOUNTS!>> I've been scouring the Internet, Facebook, Twitter and more for you (you can thank me later) in search of the best Vermont ski ticket discounts. These are some of the best skiing deals for my fellow Vermonters and our out-of-state friends, too. Double check on the details before you drive to the ski resort! And don't forget your ID if you want to cash in on a Vermonter ski discount. When I...[Read more]

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Killington, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

Vermont season pass deals: Seize best deals on ski passes and discount programs in early fall

Vermont ski resorts offer variety of season pass deals

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2013-2014 SEASON PASS DEAL DEADLINE POST!>> I’m sitting at my computer in a tank top and shorts, sipping a half-and-half (half lemonade and half iced tea). At the same time I’m fretting over the upcoming deadlines for season pass discounts and frequent skier programs at Vermont ski resorts. This summer has zoomed by much too fast, and now we’re already planning our ski season. It’s a darn good thing that I love winter! Many Vermont ski resorts...[Read more]

Thursday, August 13, 2009 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Season pass, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

St. Patrick's Day ski deals and Smugglers' Notch in winter

On Sunday I went to see if there was any snow at the Smugglers' Notch cross-country center. Nope. None. Nada. The sun had melted many areas and what little was left was all ice. For some reason the attendant at the nordic center didn't realize that there wasn't enough snow to cross-country ski on. They were renting snowshoes, which weren't really needed either; you could just walk the trails in some decent boots. The Smuggs Web site also made it seem like there was plenty of skiing there. I...[Read more]

Monday, March 16, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Mad River Glen, Spring skiing, Stowe, Ticket discounts

Good skiing and bright sun at Smugglers' Notch, Vermont, today

Today was a gorgeous day to be on the slopes in Vermont. The Skimeister and I bought the Bash Badge Plus at Smugglers' Notch this season, which gives you free early- and late-season skiing (and $25 tickets in between), so we rearranged our work to hit the mountain for part of the day—sans credit card. There is still a lot of snow up there. The snowfall from a couple of days ago still clung to the shady side of trees, and the snow was still rather soft to ski through in glades that do not get...[Read more]

Thursday, March 5, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Mad River Glen, Smugglers' Notch, Ticket discounts

Ski ticket discounts for Vermonters (and Vermont-resident-wanna-be's)

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2012 - 2013 POST ABOUT VERMONT LIFT TICKET DISCOUNTS!>> Updated 3/13/2009 2008-2009 Season Deals I've compiled a list of Vermont ski ticket discounts. That's right, these are some of the best skiing deals for you Vermonters and flatlanders. Here in Vermont, we have to get something for suffering through lower-than-average paychecks and higher-than-average housing prices! Some of these deals require that you show proof of Vermont residency, while most...[Read more]

Monday, November 17, 2008 Filed in: Ascutney, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Mad River Glen, Magic, Mount Snow, Okemo, Pico, Stowe, Ticket discounts

Ski Vermont 3 Pass is a Vermont ski ticket discount to consider

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2014 - 2015 POST ABOUT VERMONT LIFT TICKET DISCOUNTS!>> Ski Vermont, an advocate for the Green Mountain State's ski industry, is offering a limited number of Ski Vermont 3 Passes and Ski Vermont 5 Passes for the coming ski season. I've never bought one, but here's the scoop: You can purchase this pass now and ski at three different Vermont resorts during non-peak days this winter. The participating ski resorts are: Ascutney, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke,...[Read more]

Thursday, October 9, 2008 Filed in: Ascutney, Bolton Valley, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

Stowe Points discount ski card promo in Burlington in September

The gondola at Stowe, Vermont

Thinking about skiing Stowe this winter? Don't want to pay the full $80-something day ticket price? Then you may want to check out this promotion if you are planning on hitting Burlington, Vt., this month. People who eat or shop in participating establishments on the famous Church Street Marketplace in Burlington can earn a free Stowe Points Card. You just have to drop at least $25 at a store or café. If you are planning a Burlington outing anyways, might as well take advantage of this perk....[Read more]

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Season pass, Stowe, Ticket discounts

Late summer/early fall deals on Vermont ski discount cards and season passes

Ah, nearly Labor Day. It's about time to lock in to the best deals available on season passes and skiing discount cards in Vermont. The Skimeister and I are planning to ski around Vermont resorts and the backcountry a lot this winter, but we also want to ski Smugglers' Notch at least eight times or so, so we looked into the the Bash Badge Plus. The best price is had when you bag the badge before Labor Day. This discount card allows the holder to buy $25 ski tickets during the season. The...[Read more]

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Cochran's, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Season pass, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

"It's not quite over yet"

Even with the mercury rising, you can still ski in Vermont

"It's not quite over yet." So says Sugarbush ski resort, which will open up on Saturday so they can say that they skied into May. The same goes for Jay Peak resort. Both Vermont ski areas are running a lift and a couple of trails for a spring-skiing ticket price of $25. Sugarbush will run the Super Bravo lift for skiing on the Valley House Traverse, Stein's Run and Coffee Run. They say that skiers may need to walk a bit at the end of Coffee Run to get back to the lift. They'll be serving up a...[Read more]

Friday, May 2, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Jay Peak, Spring skiing, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

Can't get enough?

Spring skiing at Jay Peak earlier this month

If you still haven't got your fill of skiing this season, this is your last weekend to hit the slopes in Vermont. Ski Vermont reports that these areas remain open: • Jay Peak - Open Sat & Sunday, 4/26 - 4/27 for intermediate and advanced skiers • Mount Snow - Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 4/25 - 4/27 • Sugarbush - Open through Sunday, 4/27 Check for links to their springy snow reports and driving directions on the Vermont Ski Resorts and Snow Conditions page. In my inbox this morning,...[Read more]

Friday, April 25, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Spring skiing, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

Starr, Nosedive, Hayride, Perry Merrill & more on Stowe's last day

Check out the corn snow on Upper Chin Clip.

The waterfall under Stowe's gondola was actually water!

The trails still had tremendous coverage at Stowe.

Skiers took to the bumps on Stowe's Front Four.

I enjoyed big, soft bumps on Starr.

Skiers were decked out in wild and colorful clothing.

Soft bumps at Stowe--what could be better?

Closing day featured warm temperatures and plenty of snow to ski on.

By midday, everyone and their brother came out to soak up the sun.

The Skimeister soaked up a maple latte at Stowe Coffee House--apres ski.

Nothing like a cheap lift ticket to get people out on the slopes! Stowe Mountain Resort had a rare ticket deal yesterday: bring two cans of food for the Vermont Food Shelf and you could ski for $20. With yesterday being the last day of lift service at Stowe, the Skimeister and I just had to go. I used to work and live in Stowe years and years ago, back when there actually was a guy named Perry Merrill. OK, not that long ago. Working for the mountain company was not as glamorous as it seems,...[Read more]

Monday, April 21, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Spring skiing, Stowe, Ticket discounts

Scrumptious spring skiing at Jay Peak on April 16

We even skied a short run in the trees and only had to avoid a few rocks.

Jay Peak's Vermonter trail affords gorgeous views.

A telemark skier tackles the face of Jay Peak, below the tram.

"Team Volkl" tore up Jay Peak. But we left some snow for you.

Endless soft spring moguls on Jay Peak's U.N. trail.

You can see Lake Champlain from the top of Jay Peak ski resort.

Look at the snow coverage that remains on Stateside!

Warm temps and sun called for light layers, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Jay's tram brings skiers to a picturesque overlook on a sunny day.

Happy skiers and telemarkers carve it up off the Jet triple chair.

Corn snow and creamees in one day—now that's what I call heaven. The Skimeister and I and three friends hit the slopes of Jay Peak in the northern reaches of Vermont for a fabulous day of spring skiing yesterday. This week's weather is amazing, so we all decided to play hooky and make the most of the incredible late-season snow cover. The high-speed quad wasn't open, so we took a handful of runs off the tram, which normally has a long liftline during the season. Not so this week. The views...[Read more]

Thursday, April 17, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Jay Peak, Spring skiing, Ticket discounts

Obscene amounts of snow fell on northern Vermont ski areas!

A short list of things that are 30 feet tall or long: 1. A 30-foot-tall scale model of the Sears Tower built with Jenga blocks at Northern Michigan University: http://faculty.nmu.edu/ims/sears1.htm 2. The meat-eating dinosaur called Torvosaurus cf. tanneri, a "Savage Lizard" found in western Colorado; 30 feet long, standing 8.5 feet tall at the hips, and tipping the scale at about 5,000 pounds:...[Read more]

Monday, April 14, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Jay Peak, Spring skiing, Stowe, Ticket discounts

A great Friday ski at Burke Mountain

Burke Mountain in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont used to have a jingle that went something like this: "Ski Burke, Vermont's northern star, Ski Burke!" I used to hear it on the radio and I wondered what Burke was really like. Now I know. It's a mountain that essentially has one lift, but it's a lift that serves nearly 250 acres of terrain that is a heck of a lot of fun! The Skimeister and I joined four other Vermonters—Karen, Ken, Nicole and Pete—for a Friday ski. Yes, we played hooky from...[Read more]

Monday, February 18, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Ticket discounts

Hey all you skiers and riders, the snow is back!

There's snow in them hills!

Don't you love it when the National Weather Service reports:   ...PERIODS OF MODERATE TO OCCASIONAL HEAVY SNOW EARLY THIS MORNING ACROSS MUCH OF THE NORTH COUNTRY... It's been snowing this week and things are looking white and beautiful again in the Burlington, Vermont, area. The mountains have received several inches of snow over the last few days. Yee-hah! Burke Mountain Resort sent out a Powder Alert on Wednesday, encouraging people to play hooky from work. Would have loved to, but...[Read more]

Thursday, February 7, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Ticket discounts

Hallelujah! I got my Catamount membership discounts!

I smell discounts!

I recently found a little treasure in my mailbox. The Skimeister and I received our Catamount Trail Association membership cards and the discount booklets that come with them. The Catamount Trail is a 300-mile cross-country and backcountry ski trail that crosses the state of Vermont from head to toe. Many private land owners and ski resorts allow the trail to pass through their properties. What a terrific gift to all of us skiers. Our membership money helps to maintain this trail. As an added...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 5, 2008 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Cross-country skiing, Ticket discounts

Where are the ticket discounts?

Look now for ski pass deals and ticket discount programs

One of the conundrums you face as a skier in northern Vermont is deciding where you purchase a season pass or discount card—or whether you do that at all. We have a bunch of ski resorts within an hour and a half from Burlington, Vt., plus an abundance of backcountry terrain that doesn't require a lift. What's a skier to do? Part of the reason I stopped teaching skiing about six years ago was to allow myself the ability to enjoy several resorts each season—not just the one I was...[Read more]

Thursday, October 25, 2007 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Jay Peak, Season pass, Stowe, Ticket discounts

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