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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!

The end is nigh: 2018 closing dates for Vermont ski resorts

We've had quite a run this ski season! Some Vermont ski resorts have stopped their lifts already, while others are still chugging along with quite a bit of terrain open. Vermont ski resorts closing dates 2018 as of 4/18/2018 Mount Snow – April 22 Okemo Mountain – April 22 Sugarbush Resort – open daily through April 22 and then reopening the following two weekends Jay Peak – daily through May 1 Killington Resort – daily through May 1, then reopening on weekends Bolton Valley – closed...[Read more]

Saturday, April 14, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

A little April snow = nice cross-country skiing

The southern part of Vermont got several inches of new snow on Friday. Up in Stowe, it was more like two inches, but it was enough to make for some very nice groomed cross-country skiing today. The Skimeister and I took to the trails at Stowe Mountain Resort's cross-country center. Here are a few shots from our ski outing. A little fresh snow plus sun and some grooming makes for a nice day! And the après-ski beer at Trapp Brewery didn't hurt either![Read more]

Saturday, April 7, 2018 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Earning a few turns after work

The sun today cried out for an after-work ski outing. We headed for a sunny slope at Bolton Valley -- under the Timberline lift. This is one of the areas designated for uphill access at the resort. The sun had softened up the snow into corn snow, allowing for swooshy turns. It was a nice way to end the work day![Read more]

Monday, April 2, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

 

Striding into springtime at Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Ski Center

We skied in the sunshine today to close out March. There's still quite a bit of snow at the Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Ski Center in Stowe, Vermont! The sun and shade made the snow conditions vary as we skied along. Spots that had soaked up the morning sun became soft and then sticky after noon. Patches of snow that stayed in the shade did not soften up very much. You can imagine that this caused a lot of stop-and-go as we descended the Parizo trail in the afternoon! The sun and spring...[Read more]

Saturday, March 31, 2018 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Smooth midday groomers at Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont

With visions of warmer temps and creamy corn snow turns, I made a PB&J and headed up to Bolton Valley today for some midday runs. What I found was closer to midwinter—lots of snow, packed-powder groomers and a stiff wind that made me put on my balaclava!I took all my runs off of the Vista Quad, which was the main lift running (Snowflake and Mighty Might were also in action). Unfortunately, the Timberline Quad is out of commission with mechanical issues. Overall, it was a quiet midweek day...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Sleepy Hollow Cross-Country Ski Center delivered great conditions on Sunday

On Sunday, the sun was shining again and the snow hadn't melted. We grabbed our cross-country skis and headed to Huntington, Vermont, to ski at Sleepy Hollow. They had groomed most of their trails in the morning and the conditions were very good. Grooming is key during the spring because the snow warms up during the day and then often freezes at night. The few trails that they had not groomed were icy in the morning. We followed the classic track from the lodge to Ridge Road. This trail...[Read more]

Sunday, March 25, 2018 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Sleepy Hollow, Spring skiing

 

Earning our turns: Backcountry skiing on a sunny day in northern Vermont

Saturday was such a pretty day. Blue sky, rather warm temperatures and still lots of snow to play in! The Skimeister and I earned our turns in the backcountry. We skinned up into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network to Stowe View. (A nice view over to Mt. Mansfield today!) Then we dropped down the backside to look for uncrusted snow in the upper Cotton Brook basin. We then skinned out of the basin on a sustained, steep incline (a lot of work!) before reaching the trail network and...[Read more]

Sunday, March 25, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Vail, Colorado: Sunny & tons of terrain to play in, but no epic snow this year

As luck would have it, we were in Colorado recently when the snowstorms started pounding the Northeast! We had planned a get-away to Eagle County and Summit County long before it became clear that Colorado was not having a good snow year. But you know, anytime you ski in the Rocky Mountains, it's special. There are plenty of treats to find even if it only snows just a little while you are there! You may have seen our post about skiing at Breckenridge. Now we'll tell you what we found at Vail,...[Read more]

Friday, March 23, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Western skiing

Powder turns in the Vermont backcountry!

Today was a bit strange. We skinned up into the Bolton backcountry trail network in northern Vermont and when we started to descend, things looked very, very different. We were ducking under branches that we hadn't had to avoid earlier this season. (Where did they come from?) The trail signs were in the wrong places, too! They were much lower than we remember them. Were we in an episode of the “Twilight Zone?” In fact, it turned out to be an episode of the powder zone. We quickly realized...[Read more]

Sunday, March 18, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

We’re sounding like a broken record: More snow in Vermont!

The new snow in Vermont is being measured in feet rather than inches this week! Copious amounts of powder can be found from the southern border to Canada — and everywhere in between. Check out these few photos from a couple Vermont ski resorts. This weekend will offer terrific skiing! See our Vermont Snow Reports page for a rundown of today's conditions, and links to the snow reports at all Vermont ski resorts.[Read more]

Friday, March 16, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Skiing five fun, diverse peaks at Breckenridge, Colorado

Yes, it’s true: This is not a skiing post about Vermont. We went to Colorado last week! While Colorado is not having an epic winter by any means, it was still wonderful to ski in a little fresh snow and bright sunshine on the slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado. I hadn’t skied at Breckenridge for years. The Skimeister had never set foot on the resort. We used public transportation to get to Frisco, Colorado, and then over to the town of Breckenridge. At the bus terminal, we took a few...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Western skiing

MORE SNOW in Vermont! March is being very kind to us!

Wow! Skiers and riders are rejoicing with many inches of new snow throughout the state of Vermont. Southern Vermont was again the winner with this coastal storm. Resorts are reporting up to 3 feet (that is not a typo) of snow from the storm!  Check out our list of southern Vermont ski resorts to see the incredible snow totals they are reporting from this storm. Places like Bromley, Okemo, Magic Mountain, Stratton and Mount Snow were dumped on. Further north, reports of the snow storm...[Read more]

Friday, March 9, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

 

Snow hits Vermont: Southern Vermont is the big winner

The coastal storm that moved through the northeast has left up to 14 inches of snow in southern Vermont. As you move north, the snow totals diminish. For example, 7 inches at Pico and Killington, 3 inches at Smugglers' Notch, and none at Burke Mountain. Magic Mountain says on its snow report: "It will be technical skiing as a heavy, moisture-laden snow fell yesterday." See our Vermont Snow Reports page for a run-down, and check on the new snow totals at your favorite resort on or...[Read more]

Saturday, March 3, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Powder, packed powder + sunny turns at Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont

With about eight inches of new snow falling on the trails at Bolton Valley this weekend, this northern Vermont resort was a great place to be on Monday. We jumped on the Vista Quad when it opened at 9 a.m. on this Presidents Day. (Judging from the very short lift lines, this was not a day off for everyone!)  We would take laps off the Vista Quad and Wilderness Double all morning. We sought out powdery glades and woods wherever we went. And we were quite successful. Most of the glades...[Read more]

Monday, February 19, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Backcountry skiing among the hardwoods on the west side of Mt. Mansfield

The Skimeister and I headed for the woods on the west side of Mt. Mansfield today. We parked at the Stevensville trailhead in Underhill, Vermont — a popular backcountry skiing trailhead where parking often gets tight — and we put climbing skins on our telemark skis. We climbed through the hardwood forest toward the Overland Trail. At a fork in the trail where many people head for Dewey Mountain, we turned left to stay on the mellower, red-blazed Overland Trail. We climbed to a saddle...[Read more]

Sunday, February 18, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Mt. Mansfield

A little fresh snow to play in on Saturday afternoon

Just a couple images from the mid-level Nordic trails at Bolton Valley. About 3 inches of new snow fell there in the last 24 hours. Off the trail at this elevation the snow under the new snow was mostly crusted over. A good ski tour on a Saturday afternoon! [Read more]

Saturday, February 17, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Nice grooming + temperatures make for a fun cross-country ski at Trapp Family Lodge

The recent snowfall has laid down a nice blanket of snow in Stowe, Vermont. My friend and I headed for the Trapp Family Lodge cross-country center early on Sunday morning. Before the crowds arrived, we started out for a scenic loop on stiff, freshly groomed snow. We were among the first people to ski on perfectly molded classic tracks. (Sweet!) We chose the Slayton Cabin as our destination and worked our way uphill via the Parizo and Cabin trails. (The cross-country center's lodge is at 1,350...[Read more]

Sunday, February 11, 2018 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Trapp Family Lodge

More new snow in the woods today

We took a ski in the woods today with 3 to 4 inches of new snow over the last 24 hours. It filled in tracks from the last couple of days. We broke trail in a few of the places we explored in the backcountry network at Bolton Valley, Vt. We skinned up to about 3,000 feet where the trees were full of snow. We had an easy switchover to downhill mode as it was quite warm today. It was just a little windy. We found some slightly wind-packed snow near the top before plowing our tele skis through...[Read more]

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Powder day! Reveling in fresh snow at Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont

The weather service foretold copious amounts of snow falling on Wednesday. We believed the forecast and made plans to skip work to ski the pow on Thursday.  Good thing we did! We had a lot of fun skiing in 10 inches of light, new powder at Smugglers' Notch Resort in northern Vermont. (They reported receiving 19 inches of snow over the last four days.) We hopped on the Madonna I double chair soon after it opened and we skied off that lift all morning. The line didn't get too long,...[Read more]

Thursday, February 8, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

More photos from skiing in the northern Vermont backcountry

It was so fun on Saturday, we had to go out and do it again today! Into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network we went. Despite a couple blisters from my boots, it was darn fun. It's snowing today and we may see more later in the week. Has winter truly returned??? :) [Read more]

Sunday, February 4, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Soft snow atop a solid base in the Vermont backcountry

Skinning up past prayer flags to the Cliff Hanger trail.

Mother Nature came through a bit for us in northern Vermont at the end of this week. Up to 8 inches of new snow was being reported at Vermont ski resorts.  We grabbed our skins and our telemark gear and headed out for some backcountry skiing today. In Bolton Valley's backcountry trail network, we enjoyed making turns in 4 - 5 inches of fresh snow over a hard, frozen base. We were skiing at between 1,900 to 2,800 feet in elevation. The snow was best when we got first tracks. It made for...[Read more]

Saturday, February 3, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Pleasantly surprised on the slopes of Stowe, Vermont!

Freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw. Yes, this weather rollercoaster is getting a bit old. We wanted to do some lift-served skiing today in the sunshine and we weren't expecting the conditions to be too great. But we were pleasantly surprised at Stowe Mountain Resort today! The freshly groomed trails were good in the morning and midday. On high-traffic, steeper spots it definitely got to be hard-packed linoleum without much snow to push around. Think of the first curves on the expert Nosedive and...[Read more]

Friday, January 26, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

 

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