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Well, you've come to the right place. Here you'll find information and views about Vermont skiing and riding, powder dumps, Vermont ski resort reviews, first-person snow reports and photos, ski travel and all-around snow culture tidbits from a couple of skiing enthusiasts. We don't work in the ski industry, so what you read in this ski blog is from people who just love to get out on the snow! This skiing blog covers alpine, backcountry and cross-country skiing in Vermont and beyond!

A quick, cold ski tour before the snowstorm hits

Today we enjoyed soft, powdery snow in the backcountry trail network in Bolton, Vermont. And that was this morning before the snow started to fall. We are salivating at the snow totals that the National Weather Service is predicting. BRING IT ON! It was cold out there today (in the single digits) so we covered our skin as much as possible without fogging up our goggles. (That's always tricky, isn't it!?) The ski resort was reporting up to three inches of new snow overnight. But in the...[Read more]

Saturday, January 19, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Panoramic cross-country cruising at Catamount Outdoor Family Center

It was below zero this morning when we were making French toast. We lazily drank coffee and waited until things warmed up. With the sun shining brightly, we clicked into our skinny skis and hit the snowy trails at Catamount Outdoor Family Center. There was great coverage, which is not always the case at this low-elevation Nordic center in Williston, Vermont. And they had groomed and set nice tracks. It was some of the best classic skiing we've done at Catamount! There are two sides to the...[Read more]

Sunday, January 13, 2019 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Powdery, sunny skiing at Bolton Valley Resort — with extra layers

Thank goodness for a week of snow! I was away at a conference this week while the snow was falling in Vermont (of course). But I made up for it by skiing in the deep snow at Bolton Valley Ski Resort today! I headed for the glades wherever possible. There the snow was cold and deep. Cobrass Woods, Preacher, Outlaw Woods and Wilderness Woods were full of snowy fun. And very few people! The natural snow trails off of the Wilderness Chair were a lovely packed powder. Other groomed, snowmaking...[Read more]

Saturday, January 12, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

 

A full-blown powder day at Stowe, Vermont

The first big storm of the new year has brought a welcome end to the roller-coaster temps we've been experiencing. Winter is back, and roaring like a lion! Around 15-18" of snow has fallen at Stowe Mountain Resort in the past couple of days; it's a little tough to gauge the depth with all the wind swirling it around. Along with the snow that fell earlier in the week, it made today into quite a powder day. That roaring wind was a factor for lift operations (it was yesterday, and may be...[Read more]

Thursday, January 10, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Stowe

Today’s ski in the woods: Sun, snow + moose poop

Hooray for this week’s snow! The Skimeister and I went backcountry skiing this morning and the recent snow made a BIG difference. We found 4 to 6 inches of snow over a crusted base between 2,700 and 3,100 feet in Bolton, Vermont. The snow in the sun had a sun-crusted top layer. But the snow in the shade was still light and fun! We climbed up as the sun was trying to come out from behind the clouds. At the top our climb it was sunny, and quite warm. We took our time taking off our skins in the...[Read more]

Saturday, January 5, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

A tricky cross-country ski tour today

I'm going to reiterate the request that I shared at the end of our last blog post: Pray for snow, people! This week's rain did more damage to the snowpack. We took our metal-edged Nordic skis out for a spin on Maple Loop at Bolton Valley Nordic Center. It was challenging. Here's what we found late Saturday morning: On the trails that were groomed recently and skied on, the snow was hard-packed and tough to get "kick." Icy stuff, and no place for beginners.On the sides of the trails...[Read more]

Saturday, December 29, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

 

Keep calm, and ski on

After rain fell at the end of the week, you had to wonder how things were holding up in the mountains. I took advantage of a sunny Sunday to find out. On my drive to the mountain, the Winooski River was swollen. We got quite a bit of rain!  I took my waxless touring skis onto the Nordic trails at Bolton Valley Resort. The skis have metal edges and I was thinking I would need them. You could tell the snowpack took a hit, but there was still a bunch of snow up there. You'd see some wet...[Read more]

Sunday, December 23, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Lots of terrain open and spring-ish conditions at Stowe Mountain Resort today

It felt like an early-spring skiing day today! I hit the lifts at Stowe Mountain Resort and enjoyed the trails on both Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Most of the trails and lifts are open due to the wonderful early-season snow we've been having. (About 100 inches this season so far in the northern Green Mountains!) At Stowe 9 of 12 lifts and 90% of the terrain is open. It's great to be able to ski so much of the resort this early in the ski season! In the morning at higher elevations, things...[Read more]

Saturday, December 15, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Exhausted — but happy — after another day of exploring the backcountry

Sunday brought day two of sunshine and day two of skiing in the backcountry in northern Vermont. We had discussed exploring the forest on the flanks of Camel's Hump. So off we went this morning. After a long approach by car to Camel's Hump State Park in Duxbury, Vt., we buckled into our telemark boots and headed for the Monroe Trail. It's a busy hiking trail in the summer. Today there were hikers, snowshoers and a few skiers.  I learned it's challenging to skin up a hiking trail. This...[Read more]

Sunday, December 9, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

Cold, sunny, fluffy morning in the backcountry in Stowe, Vermont

We didn’t see many people on our ski tour this morning. Probably because it was darn cold! We started our ski tour in the bright sun but in temperatures around 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The new snow that had fallen over the past couple of days in Stowe was light and fluffy. We went to explore the trails and trees in Stowe’s Sterling Forest.  We skinned uphill and only stopped once —briefly — for water and a handful of peanuts. It was too cold to dally. We would descend in snow that was...[Read more]

Saturday, December 8, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Venturing into the deep snow in the backcountry

Bolton Valley Resort opened for the weekend today. While folks flocked to the chairlifts, we skinned into the backcountry to the north of the ski area.  We found a deep snowpack, some open water hazards and thick powder to surf on. The resort was reporting 26 inches of new snow in the last five days. At times I lost my ski pole while pushing in the deep snow. And when I accidentally dove hands-first into the deep powder, it was a chore to extricate myself! It's rather incredible for...[Read more]

Saturday, December 1, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

Latest storm really puts the “snow” in Snowvember

The latest low-pressure system to slowly spin its way over the Northeast has dropped even more snow across Vermont. This morning I skinned up the well-packed track on Bolton Valley’s Wilderness Peak to check out the unreal 20 inches that the resort reported had fallen in the last 24 hours. I also noted on the snow report that Bolton has restricted uphill traffic to the Wilderness area and the backcountry trails due to all the mountain operations going on everywhere else. Bolton Valley is...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

 

A whole lotta snow falling in Vermont to close out November!

The 24-hour snow totals at most Vermont ski resorts are being reported in the teens. You know, like 13 inches or more! Some southern Vermont ski areas are reporting about 20 inches. There was so much snow that power was an issue at a couple of the resorts this morning. Just a reminder: It is still November.  See our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to snow reports your favorite resorts. See our Snow Reports page for a compilation of reports. And plan to get out on your skis or...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

Making the most of the November snow

Another day, another ski tour! The forecast calls for warmer temperatures and foul weather, so we made a point of getting out to ski this afternoon. If Friday felt like February, I'd have to say that today felt like late-March. The cold, stiff snow we skied in yesterday turned into heavy, wet snow today. You know, like the mashed potatoes that you had with Thanksgiving dinner. With few layers on we climbed up into the Bolton backcountry trail network and did a nice afternoon tour. The sun was...[Read more]

Saturday, November 24, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

Backcountry bliss — in November!

We re-confirmed this fact today: There is a lot of snow at higher elevations in northern Vermont! The Skimeister and I enjoyed a ski tour in the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network. The scene was more like February than November! The snow was plentiful and the sky was blue. The temperature was also under 20 degrees, so that added to the mid-winter vibe. We passed small trees that were bending over in the weight of snow. We skinned in a rather deep skin track. And we descended in thick...[Read more]

Friday, November 23, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

It’s November 17 and there are great turns to be had in Vermont!

Midday on Saturday offered up snowflakes, deep snow and sunshine!  I skinned up trails at Bolton Valley. The ski area won't open until early December, but they are already making snow on the main mountain. As I began climbing, it was rather warm and it was snowing. The deep snow was starting to get a bit heavy. On the way up I made note of the many open water bars that I should avoid on the way down. It was wonderful to be out on the snow getting exercise after a week of work. And to my...[Read more]

Saturday, November 17, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter in Vermont!

I heard that our higher mountains in Vermont had received some snow so this morning I went to check it out. The bottom of the Bolton Valley Access Road was bare, but by the time you got up to the Timberline area there was snow on the ground. At the main base area things were downright wintry. Bolton Valley is not open yet, but they reported 8 - 11 inches of snow in the past 48 hours. This morning near the base area, it was crusted over with some shallow, little pockets of soft snow here...[Read more]

Sunday, November 11, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

When do Vermont ski resorts open for 2018 - 2019?

Mount Snow to open

Updated 12/13/18   Mount Snow joined Killington in spinning lifts in October. Cold temperatures and aggressive snowmaking allowed these resorts to open very limited terrain this early. In November, Mother Nature provided snow, snow, snow! Vermont ski resort planned opening dates 2018 - 2019 — weather permitting!  Killington / Opened on October 19Mount Snow / Opened on October 27; at first only for weekend skiingStowe / Opened on November 16Okemo / Opened...[Read more]

Thursday, October 25, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

SkiMavenʼs list of Vermont lift ticket deals for 2018 - 2019

We’ve been compiling some of the best ski ticket deals in Vermont. Come and see what weʼve found! More will be added as we hear about new skiing discounts.

Sunday, October 7, 2018 Filed in: Ticket discounts

Fall is ski swap time! Here’s “the list” of Vermont ski swaps for 2018!

Updated 11/6/18 It starts with the changing leaves. The color shows itself slowly at first. And then, before you know it, the leaves are gone and we’re celebrating the first fresh snowflakes of the season. Fall in Vermont also brings ski swaps. And quite a few of them, too. We compile a list every year so you can plan accordingly. Do you have ski or snowboard gear to sell? Or do you need a few pieces of gear for the family? Better start figuring it out now – before the snow flies! We will...[Read more]

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Filed in: Ski gear, Ski swaps

Summer in Vermont: Skiers find thrills in the mountains and on the water

Biking in the Champlain Valley, Vermont

Despite our love for winter and all things cold and frosty, there are some benefits to the "off-season" here in Vermont. We like to make the most of summer in our scenic state whether we're on two wheels, in a pair of hiking boots, or on a boat with a couple of sails filled with wind. Here are a few shots from our summer fun in Vermont. What do you do during the summer when you are not pining for snow-filled days on the hill??? Summer Après Yes, we like doing après even in the...[Read more]

Monday, July 23, 2018 Filed in: Food, coffee & après ski, Ski towns in summer

Vail swoops in to grab two more New England ski resorts

Vail Resorts, Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Triple Peaks, LLC, the parent company of Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont, Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire, and Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado. The company will purchase Triple Peaks, LLC from the Mueller family for approximately $82 million. As part of a separate transaction, Vail Resorts will also purchase Stevens Pass Resort in Washington from Ski Resort Holdings,...[Read more]

Monday, June 4, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Okemo

 

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