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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!

SkiMaven's list of 2017 Vermont ski swaps. You've found “the list.” Swap on!

Updated 9/5/2017 The first cool temperatures of fall get us thinking about autumn colors, wearing fleece, and the coming of winter! Time to look at your family's ski gear and find out what you need for the ski season that's just around the corner. Each year we compile a list of Vermont ski swaps so you can consider selling ski gear you don't want, and buying something that you might need. If you know of a swap that is not yet listed here, please drop us a comment below. Thanks! Text and...[Read more]

Sunday, September 3, 2017 Filed in: Ski gear, Ski swaps

 

Mountain biking in Vermont. Rolling through summer.

Summertime means mountain biking for many skiers in Vermont. I got a new-to-me full-suspension bike this spring and I'm really enjoying it. Last weekend we hit up Kingdom Trails in East Burke, Vermont. Other times we ride in the woods in Stowe, Waterbury, the Mad River Valley, Essex and Williston.  Biking is one way we get to enjoy Vermont's woods and mountains in the summer. Check out some of our photos from this summer. The summer started out wet (muddy), but has dried up nicely. This...[Read more]

Friday, August 4, 2017 Filed in: Burke, Ski towns in summer, Stowe, Sugarbush

Reflecting on the Vermont winter that was 2016 - 2017

It's hard to let go of winter, but we hold on to wonderful memories of being in the woods and on the trails surrounded by — and sometimes wallowing in — beautiful piles of powdery snow. Check out our little video of some of our favorite shots from the 2016 - 2017 ski season in northern Vermont.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

 

Spring skiing in Vermont - April 2017

We get people sending us questions through social media and our blog. Sometimes they ask whether they should book a ski vacation in Vermont in April. "Will there be snow?" they ask. We usually explain that in April you can win some, and you can lose some. Now that we're half way through the month, we'd have to say that April 2017 has been a winner for skiing at higher elevations. This week we made use of a deep snowpack above 2,500 feet in northern Vermont.  On Thursday night...[Read more]

Sunday, April 16, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Spring skiing

It felt like winter on Saturday; spring on Sunday. A fun, snow-filled April weekend!

I had to double check the date that was appearing on my phone on Saturday. We went out for a backcountry ski and it felt and looked like February rather than April 8! Saturday in the Backcountry We found five to 10 inches of new snow on Saturday, depending on elevation. The 10 inches was above 2700 feet. It was dense powder and the snow was deep when you got off the beaten path! Several times our poles plunged deep into the loose snow off the sides of the skin track. We went up into the...[Read more]

Sunday, April 9, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Lots of springy snow for cross-country skiing on April 2

Today's weather beat out our expectations today. It turned out to be gloriously sunny while we were on the trails at Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Center! There is still so much snow on the trails and woods in Stowe, Vermont. Trapps, with a base elevation of about 1400 feet, reported receiving about five inches of snow on Friday/Saturday. This morning all 65km of the trails were freshly groomed and had classic tracks. We skied up to the cabin via Russel Knoll and Chris's Run — a long...[Read more]

Sunday, April 2, 2017 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

 

April showers us with dense powder!

Yay for powder skiing in April! No, it wasn't the lightest powder, but what do you expect so late in the season? It was a blast to hit about 12 inches of new snow at Mad River Glen today. We were in line when the Single Chair opened this morning. That allowed us to get some nearly untracked powder all the way down the long Antelope trail. The dense powder made us lean back a bit to get our skis to float. The Skimeister is now skiing on fatter skis so he had an easier time surfing down the...[Read more]

Saturday, April 1, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Mad River Glen, Spring skiing

Bluebird day + great cross-country skiing at Craftsbury

We made the most of a gorgeous day and snow-free driving conditions by jumping in the Subaru and pointing it north toward Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, Vermont. We arrived to find some eager young kids starting a ski race. The adults had started earlier and we would see them skate by a few times as we started skiing the trails. Since the trails were prepared for a skate skiing race, we didn't have some classic tracks on a few areas that we expected. But we were creative and snaked...[Read more]

Sunday, March 26, 2017 Filed in: Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski

Earning turns and surfing the new snow in northern Vermont

Some northern Vermont peaks picked up several inches of snow over the last couple of days. While in the valleys we saw a mix of precipitation, the snow piled up in high places such as Stowe, Bolton, Smugglers' Notch, Burke Mountain and Jay Peak. Today we climbed into the Bolton backcountry trail network and found rivers and streams were mostly filled in again. The base of snow is very deep. The fresh snow on top was like skiing on a dense bowl-full of sugar. The snow had some heft to it and...[Read more]

Saturday, March 25, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski

 

Deep snowpack in the backcountry on the first day of spring

Today I sampled the deep snowpack at a variety of elevations and aspects in the backcountry trail network in Bolton, Vermont. If it faced north or was in the shade of pine trees, the snow was somewhat dense but very delightful powder. If it had been sun-kissed over the past couple of super-sunny days it was either slightly crusty or a very skiable mush. I used my tele skis and boots that are a notch or two below full liftserve gear. Popular woods and trails were very well tracked and had...[Read more]

Monday, March 20, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Closing out the weekend with sunny skiing at Bolton Valley Resort

The word of the day: "Gorgeous!" Everyone we rode the lift with marveled at how glorious the weather was today at Bolton Valley Resort in northern Vermont. The sun was bright and warm, there was no wind, and snow was plentiful thanks to this past week's long-duration snow storm. Bolton Valley saw nearly five feet of snow fall from Tuesday to Thursday. Really. The groomed trails offered packed powder skiing (so nice for mid-March!) while the ungroomed snow was still deep. If the...[Read more]

Sunday, March 19, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Snow-filled, laid-back backcountry turns in Stowe, Vermont

The snow has been amazing this week so we were thinking the ski resorts might be bonkers today. Instead, we wanted to enjoy the quiet, snowy woods and deep blue sky so we headed out to earn our turns this morning. We went to play in the woods in Stowe's Sterling Forest. This area features a network of trails on the east side of the Sterling Range. The Catamount Trail also runs through this forest. We skinned from about 1600 feet in elevation up to about 2800 feet and found the snow got...[Read more]

Saturday, March 18, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Stowe

 

Skiing Smugglers’ Notch for a second helping of Stella’s stellar powder

We try not to overuse the word “epic” around here, but 52 inches of powder in a single 48-hour blizzard courtesy of Winter Storm Stella is pretty darn epic. This stellar Nor’easter has magically transformed Vermont’s spring-like conditions into peak winter perfection.Today I went to Smugglers’ Notch Resort, which had been heaped with two feet of snow on Tuesday, more than a foot on Wednesday, and an additional foot last night. I skipped any pretense of a warm-up run and hopped my way down ledgy...[Read more]

Thursday, March 16, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

A classic powder day at Mad River Glen (thanks, Stella!)

You know it's going to be a good powder day when you've just finished shoveling the driveway and you're worried the big town plow will come by again before you leave for the ski hill! Today, with a winter storm warning still in effect, and a couple of feet of snow on the ground, I was surprised when the sun came out as I turned onto Route 100. But when I got up to Mad River Glen? Yup, still snowing. As the line formed to wait for the first chair on the Single, everyone watched and cheered as a...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Mad River Glen

Hello, Stella! Snow expected to pound the state of Vermont

By Tuesday afternoon, the snow had been piling up in southern Vermont and starting to accumulate in northern Vermont. The snowstorm named Stella is expected to be a doozy! Check out the projected snow totals in the graphics above! Follow these links for updated snow information. Storms can have a mind of their own and let's hope they are calling this one accurately! http://www.weather.gov/btv/winter  (Northern Vermont) http://www.weather.gov/aly/winter (Southernmost two counties...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing on shaved ice on Tuesday

So things were very “firm” this morning on the cross-country ski trails of northern Vermont. We had some mixed precipitation last night and by morning it had frozen up. However, rain was in the forecast for the afternoon so the Skimeister and I hit the frozen trails early anyways. We used our metal-edged, light backcountry skis, and we were glad we did! The man who grooms the trails at Mt. Mansfield / Stowe Mountain Cross-Country Center was making laps when before we arrived. He came back to...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

In the freezer before we head back to spring. Again.

After the weather warm-up last week, we've had a frigid weekend. Much of the water that was flowing in the mountains of northern Vermont has turned to ice. The snow that was once soft is now frozen in place. Sunday's sunshine beckoned to us so we did some Nordic skiing at Bolton Valley's Nordic center. We brought waxless skis with metal edges because we knew the snow would be very firm. Bolton had taken a full-size groomer to some of the trails and the corduroy ripples had frozen solid. It was...[Read more]

Sunday, March 5, 2017 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Tuesday offered soft, spring turns at Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont

Midweek skiing is the best! It's school vacation week for many Vermonters, but you wouldn't know it on the hill today. We skied right up to the lift nearly every lap. We knew the temperatures would warm up nicely today, and that would mean soft snow to turn in by late morning. The sunshine even stayed with us for longer than expected today — bonus! We enjoyed soft, swishy turns off the Vista Quad and Timberline Quad. Timberline faces the sun more than the main mountain, so we soaked up...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Springtime exploring in backcountry was challenging on Saturday

As we started a ski tour on the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network on Saturday, it was immediately clear: The snow was melting in a big way. The river and brooks were gushing with water that was once the lovely, powdery snow that fell earlier this month. <Sigh.> But the day was warm (much too warm for February!) and we had our waxless skis so we went exploring. The groomed terrain was quite nice to ski on, but we ventured onto ungroomed trails where going uphill was fine, and...[Read more]

Sunday, February 26, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Soaking up the sun while skiing at Ole's Cross-Country Center

When I cross-country skied almost two weeks ago, I nearly froze my fingers off in the bitter wind. Today I could have worn a t-shirt and gone without gloves. Spring temperatures have come early to northern Vermont and many cross-country ski centers will soon feel their effects if they haven't already. For this reason, we took advantage of fair weather to hit the Nordic trails this afternoon. We skied two loops at Ole's Cross-Country Center in Warren, Vermont. The snow was very soft, and there...[Read more]

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ole's, Spring skiing

The rumors were true: Vail Resorts to buy Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont

There have been rumors swirling about Vail Resorts eyeing Stowe Mountain Resort. Now it's official. The behemoth Vail Resorts will purchase the historic ski resort in Stowe, Vermont, for $50 million. This will be Vail Resorts' first resort in the Northeast. Here are some of the first news reports, and a link to the press release from...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Stowe

Soft-snow skiing for our Sunday

Friday we enjoyed mid-February powder. Today we enjoyed mid-March "powder." OK, it was more like a deep bowl of mashed potatoes, but it was pretty fun to ski in the backcountry! We skinned up into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network wearing a fleece top and a headband, and that was almost too much to be wearing! When the baskets of our poles dipped into the loose snow on the side of the trail, we'd automatically scoop up some soft mashed potatoes.  We put on our helmets...[Read more]

Sunday, February 19, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

 

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