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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!

No surprise here: Skier visits were way, way down in Vermont and Northeast

Well we could tell people weren't getting out on the hill much this past ski season, but now the numbers confirm it. The trade group called Ski Vermont reports the state hosted 3.2 million skier and rider visits for last season — down 32 percent from the previous year when there were a record-breaking 4.67 million visits. Nationally, skier and rider visits increased a bit from 53.6 million to 53.9 million, a 0.5 percent increase from the previous season, according to NSAA’s...[Read more]

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing

A disaster of a ski season — or maybe not?

When you are a skier who lives in Vermont, this is what you do in the winter: You get out there and see what you can find. No matter what. Check our storyboard to see what we found.

Monday, May 9, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

One Vermont ski resort left for skiing in May

Skiing in Vermont, May 1, 2016

Two more Vermont ski resorts had their final day of operation. On Sunday, May 1, 2016, Jay Peak and Sugarbush ran their lifts for the last time this ski season. Only one resort will run its lifts from now on: Killington. Killington will operate its Superstar Express Quad on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the snow melts on Superstar. Photo: Skiing at Killington on May 1, 2016. Photo courtesy of resort's Facebook page.  [Read more]

Monday, May 2, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

 

You can still get some turns in until May 1 — maybe longer?

If you want to get a few last turns in for the season, there's one Vermont ski resort open this midweek, and two more plan to reopen for the coming weekend — April 30 and May 1. The terrain is very, very limited and is only for advanced skiers. Check the list on this updated post. Stowe had its final day of the season on Sunday, April 24. In other news, Magic Mountain in southern Vermont is again trying to close a sale with potential new buyers. They report that if all goes as planned, Ski...[Read more]

Monday, April 25, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Magic, Spring skiing, Stowe, Sugarbush

Major allegations of fraud against developers of two Vermont ski resorts

Wow, what a week. News outlets are full of ski resort news after a press conference in Montpelier on Thursday. Here are a few of the headlines: VT, feds allege 'massive' fraud at Jay Peak Inc. An Alleged Fraud Fiasco In Vermont's Northeast Kingdom Feds charge Quiros and Stenger with 'Ponzi-like' scheme Stenger and Quiros charged with running 'Ponzi-like' scheme NEK Economic Development Initiative Implodes It's shocking to many Vermonters to learn that projects at Jay Peak Resort and Burke...[Read more]

Friday, April 15, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Jay Peak

And more turns on this sunny weekend!

April powder is special. Bright sun is icing on the cake. We earned more turns on Sunday at another closed ski area — and we were not the only ones with this brilliant idea![Read more]

Sunday, April 10, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Spring skiing

 

April snow means we keep making turns

Old Man Winter seems to be a bit confused this year. He is making it snow in the springtime, rather than dumping snow on us in the winter months. Well, we'll take it whenever he can offer it. The Skimeister and I earned some turns Saturday at a closed ski area in northern Vermont. We like the workout while skinning up the hill, and we enjoy the quiet ambiance and the snowy scene as we ascend the mountain. Since there really isn't of a base of snow in the woods in our area, we also like having...[Read more]

Sunday, April 10, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Spring skiing

And then there were five...

There are four Vermont ski resorts open this week, plus a fifth will reopen this weekend for its final weekend. While recent weather has given us a taste of winter (snow is falling in southern and central Vermont this morning, for example), the ski season is winding down. Check this post for an updated list of Vermont ski areas that are still open: http://www.skimaven.com/post/which-vermont-ski-areas-are-still-open-for-spring-skiing/ Photo: Spring snow at Smugglers' Notch on March 27.[Read more]

Monday, April 4, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing

Earning some more turns this week

To get a good dose of exercise, vitamin D, and vitamin Ski, we've been going out to earn some turns. On Wednesday we spent our lunch break doing just that. On a ski trail that has a snowmaking base, we found a couple inches of new snow left over from the day before. It was getting a bit heavy in the sunshine but we were happy to make fresh tracks in most places. Gotta get out there while you can![Read more]

Thursday, March 31, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Spring skiing

Spending Easter on the slopes at Smugglers’ Notch

Another sunny, warm day in northern Vermont. It was nearly a requirement to hit the snow again! The Skimeister and I spent part of Easter Day on the slopes at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. There weren't many people at the ski area, but those who were there were soaking up the sun, scenery and soft snow. When we first got to the summit, we spent time taking in the views from the ski patrol deck above the summit terminal of the Madonna I lift. There you can get a 270-degree view that includes Mt....[Read more]

Monday, March 28, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Skinning and turning in the sunshine — oh, yeah!

Here are a few shots from a lovely midday skin today to the top of the Timberline area at Vermont’s Bolton Valley Resort. The ski area is now closed so if you want to make use of their left-over manmade snow, you gotta earn your turns! Part way up we came to an elevation line above which all the trees were white with thick rime. The white rime was gorgeous against a deep blue sky! As we ascended, the sun was trying its hardest to melt the rime off the trees, and it was succeeding. We hung...[Read more]

Saturday, March 26, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Sweet surprise: A snowy Friday at Stowe, Vermont!

What a sweet surprise to ski in some powder this morning! We knew there was a chance for a little snow falling in the early morning hours, but we weren't expecting up to five inches on the upper mountain at Stowe Mountain Resort. After a foggy warm-up run on a rough groomed trail off the gondola, we spent the rest of the morning on the ungroomed expert trails off the Fourrunner Quad. They were really good in the morning! We skied through snowy bumps and powder on National and Liftline. It was...[Read more]

Friday, March 18, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing, Stowe

Which Vermont ski areas are still open for spring skiing?

Springtime often brings soft snow, fickle weather and traditions such as pond skimming, but it also means that ski areas begin to wrap up operations. Here's a look at which Vermont ski areas are still open for spring skiing. Before you go, check our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to the resorts' snow conditions reports. --As of May 2, 2016-- Open on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays - snow and weather permitting: Killington Closed for the season: Bolton ValleyBromley...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing, Stowe, Stratton

At Bolton Valley for day two of a bright Vermont spring skiing weekend

When the sun is shining for both weekend days, and the ski season is winding down, you better believe we hit the slopes again today! The Skimeister and I headed over to Bolton Valley Resort mid-morning to gobble up some more soft-snow turns. We were really surprised at how few people were there! Those who were there included a bunch of families who were having fun in the sun. Kids ski school lessons were active, too. Bolton Valley had their main Vista quad lift open, as well as the Timberline...[Read more]

Sunday, March 13, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Spring has sprung! Blue skies & softening snow at Sugarbush, Vermont, today

We got to Sugarbush early this morning to get in some spring skiing runs. What a day! Blue sky, warm temps, softening snow. It was all good. As the morning and afternoon wore on, the snow at Lincoln Peak got softer and softer. However, on a couple of the higher and steeper trails (Ripcord and Stein's Run), the hard-packed base didn't soften up. You still needed good edges. After nice warm-up runs on the freshly groomed Snowball and Spring Fling, we followed the sun to the North Lynx Triple...[Read more]

Saturday, March 12, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Today was one of our final cross-country skis of the season. Boo-hoo.

With rain and warm weather moving in, the cross-country ski centers in northern Vermont are not likely to last much longer. So today we went out and got what we could get at Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Center before it was gone. It's been a rough season for Nordic pursuits. The Nordic centers that had snowmaking capabilities put it to good use. The higher elevation centers fared better than others. Trapps has made a bunch of snow recently and they put it in piles on a loop of trails that...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Skinning and skiing a bit in Bolton backcountry trail network today

Here are a few shots from today on some backcountry ski trails at Bolton Valley. It was a pretty day and rather warm in the sun. We skinned up just a bit higher than Bryant Cabin, which is at 2,690 feet in elevation. We found a base of snow that had been crusted over. Much of the time it was breakable crust on the sides of the traveled trails, and now and then it was unbreakable crust. There was a half inch of fresh snow on top. On Gardiner's Lane and the Tele Practice Slope, I had the best...[Read more]

Saturday, March 5, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Shaking up our Friday with some turns at Smugglers’ Notch Resort

After a week full of work and success at kicking a nagging cold, the Skimeister and I headed over to Smugglers’ Notch Resort for part of the day today. We weren't alone; quite a few families and groups of friends also got outside to enjoy the day. The base lodge was bustling but luckily you couldn't tell in the lift lines. We nearly skied right up to the lifts. A few of our favorite runs on Madonna Mountain included Lower Drifter (we got off at the mid-station), which had been groomed during...[Read more]

Friday, March 4, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Ski Cooper, Colorado: An old-school ski area high in the Rocky Mountains

In a land of hefty lift ticket prices and high-end skier lunches and après ski, we found a modest, little gem last week: Ski Cooper. No, not Copper Mountain, but rather Cooper ski area near Leadville, Colorado, America's highest little city. You can get to Cooper from I-70 by taking one of two highways that go around Copper and Vail resorts. We drove Route 24 from Minturn, Colorado — a cliff-hugging route that I would not drive if there was snow on the road. After a bunch of...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Western skiing

Ski touring, snowshoeing and mountain lions in northwestern Colorado

In November, by pure coincidence, the Skimeister and I booked a flight to Colorado — well before we knew how rough the eastern ski season was going to be. Last week we were grateful to arrive in a snowy, sunny place where we enjoyed a variety of high-altitude, on-snow fun. While we downhill skied a few days at big and small ski resorts and experienced a little powder, much of our nine-day trip featured snow-free, bluebird weather. The snow conditions were like early spring conditions...[Read more]

Saturday, February 27, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Colorado skiing, Western skiing

A lovely outing at Stowe Mountain Resort Cross-Country Center

The higher elevations of Vermont have earned some snow this week! The mountain peaks got the most, and alpine skiers have been reveling in fresh powder. But the snow has been a shot in the arm for Vermont's Nordic skiing centers, as well. Today I joined a friend in a midday ski at the cross-country ski center at Stowe Mountain Resort. The snow is not deep there (you could tell while you were poling), but there was enough to make for nice groomed ski conditions with very light skier...[Read more]

Friday, February 12, 2016 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

Cruising the groomers at Sugarbush’s Lincoln Peak this afternoon

We’ve had a little snow in the mountains each day this week so the time was right to hit the slopes! I shook the cobwebs loose on groomers at Lincoln Peak at Sugarbush Resort. The trees in the upper elevations were painted with fresh snow. During the afternoon I experienced snowflakes, ominous clouds hugging the peaks, and even some sunshine. I decided to do a cruising tour of the four major lifts that were open in this part of the resort. Off the Super Bravo Express Quad and Heaven's Gate...[Read more]

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Sugarbush

 

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