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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!

Powder turns on an early-December day at Stowe, Vermont!

Wow, we just had one of the best early-December ski days! The northern Green Mountains have been picking up snow left and right and today there was powder to play in at Stowe Mountain Resort.  We started on the gondola and headed for Perry Merrill. We thank the groomers for not grooming the full width of the trail. There was wonderful, soft powder on the side of the trail! Later in the morning soft, round bumps formed and they reminded us of Colorado moguls. We played in the soft bumps...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Stowe

 

A fun ski tour on a snowy Saturday!

You might not have guessed it down in the valley, but it was full-on winter up in the mountains this morning! As we ascended the Bolton Valley access road the trees suddenly became all-white. And there was more of it as we booted up in the snow-filled parking lot! The northern Vermont ski resorts were talking about 5 to 10 inches of fresh snow overnight, and more snow had fallen on Friday. At about 2400 feet in elevation I'd estimate there was at least 8 inches. The trees were weighed down...[Read more]

Saturday, December 3, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

10 Vermont ski resorts to choose from + good news for Magic

With the addition of Burke Mountain to the list of open ski areas this weekend, and the re-opening of three other areas, you'll have the choice of 10 ski resorts in Vermont to choose from this weekend. It's early season and there's limited terrain available, so check on what trails are open at the resorts before you jump in the car. You'll find a scrollable list of snow conditions on our Vermont Snow Reports page, and a link to each ski resort's snow condition report on this page. Other ski...[Read more]

Thursday, December 1, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Fall & Early season, Magic

 

Mikaela Shiffrin is super-charged in Killington, Vt., World Cup races

Mikaela Shiffrin at Killington, Vt., World Cup

Hats off to ski racing phenom Mikaela Shiffrin for her wonderful performances this weekend in Killington, Vermont! This Burke Mountain Academy grad scored a strong fifth in the giant slalom, and she pulled off a win in the slalom — her specialty. Her grandma even watched her race on Sunday. [Read more]

Sunday, November 27, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Killington, Ski racing

More ski resorts poised to open + World Cup racing in Vermont

World Cup racing at Killington, Vermont

With the help of colder temperatures and natural snow moving into our area today, several Vermont ski resorts are poised to open during Thanksgiving week and weekend. We had a warm spell for a while but snowmakers have been getting back to work and Mother Nature has helped out with the real stuff. See our post about 2016 Vermont ski resort opening dates, which we update. Those tentatively planning to open in the coming week include Bromley, Burke, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers'...[Read more]

Sunday, November 20, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Killington, Ski racing

Six Vermont skiing tips from SkiMaven — “Tuesday Tips”

We're unveiling Vermont skiing tips each Tuesday! Hopefully they will provide some good advice + inspiration for the coming ski season. Let us know what you think of these tips — and then add your own in the comments!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

 

2016 Opening dates for Vermont ski resorts. Are you ready?

2016 Vermont ski resort opening dates

Updated 12/7/2016 AM If Mother Nature cooperates and delivers cold weather, several Vermont ski resorts hope to make enough snow to open some limited terrain in November. Others plan on December openings. Of course, you may have heard that Killington started spinning a couple of lifts in October! Here are the TENTATIVE 2016 opening dates, weather permitting. The info was gathered from resort websites and Ski Vermont. Get a direct link to each ski resort's status and conditions on our Vermont...[Read more]

Monday, November 7, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

First turns of the season have been earned — in October!

So the higher peaks in Vermont have been covered in snow and social media has been buzzing with shots of people skinning and hiking for turns. After a rainy work week, we really wanted / needed to get some exercise so despite the rain this morning we headed out to earn some turns at a closed ski area here in northern Vermont.  For me, the tele turns weren't pretty in the now dense, heavy snow, and I had to pick my way down to avoid wet areas and rock slabs, but I can now say for the first...[Read more]

Saturday, October 29, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

Vermont lift ticket deals and skiing discounts: SkiMaven's list for 2016 - 2017

Vermont skiing deals

Updated 12/7/2016 AM Deals, steals and discounts — we're all looking for them. Each year we compile a list of some of the best skiing deals, discount days, resident discounts and frequent skier deals in Vermont. Found on this page, from top to bottom: Northern Vermont Lift Ticket Deals, Central Vermont Lift Ticket Discounts, Southern Vermont Lift Ticket Deals, and Other Ski Ticket Discount Cards & Programs. We may mention a few exceptional season passes but we really do not...[Read more]

Friday, October 28, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

 

First snow in the mountains of Vermont on October 22

Here are a few shots of the early-season snowfall in Vermont this weekend! Snow fell at higher elevations on Saturday night, October 22. Extra-eager skiers and riders went out to hike for some turns on the higher peaks on Sunday morning. It's an exciting time of year!  UPDATE: Killington has announced that it will open a couple trails (Rime and Reason) on Tuesday for pass/card holders and will open to the general public starting Wednesday. They got about five inches of snow and have...[Read more]

Sunday, October 23, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Killington

New in 2016 - 2017: Enhancements at central and northern Vermont ski areas

Ski area improvements in Vermont 2016 - 2017

Vermont’s ski resorts are getting prepared for a new — and hopefully MUCH snowier — ski season. Here’s a recap of ski area improvements and investments in the central and northern portions of Vermont. Bolton Valley Bolton Valley is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The ski area plans to increase early-season snowmaking and will offer more night skiing in 2016-17. The mountain will be bringing in an additional air compressor for snowmaking for one month starting in late...[Read more]

Friday, October 14, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Cochran's, Killington, Resort improvements, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush, Suicide Six

Southern Vermont ski resort improvements for the 2016 - 2017 ski season

Magic Mountain, Vermont ski resort improvements

We're taking a look around the Green Mountain State to see who is doing what to their resorts for the coming winter. Let's get started by looking at the improvements at ski areas in southern Vermont.  Ascutney Trails community ski hill Volunteers have been working on a new warming hut at the base of the rope tow. They've also be clearing trails and preparing the area for the winter season. More work days are planned for this fall. Check their Facebook page for info. Bromley...[Read more]

Sunday, October 2, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ascutney, Bromley, Magic, Mount Snow, Okemo, Resort improvements, Stratton

Breweries near Vermont ski resorts — beer lovers rejoice!

Vermont breweries near ski areas

Anyone who reads this blog understands by now that we like to do “après.” Après-ski snacks and beverages are extra tasty after a cold day on the snow. Plus, you can do après and still get to bed at a reasonable hour. Bonus! We particularly enjoy tasting beers from Vermont's famed breweries. The Green Mountain State now has a ridiculous amount of breweries — large to tiny in size. How spoiled we are! Here's a list of Vermont breweries near Vermont ski resorts so you can work them...[Read more]

Monday, September 5, 2016 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Bromley, Food, coffee & après ski, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe, Sugarbush

The 2016 Vermont ski swap round-up. Here’s the updated swap list!

Updated 11/18/2016 As soon as a few maple leaves start to turn color, a Vermont skier’s thoughts turn toward winter. Yes, fall is lovely but it’s really all about for preparing for winter and ski season, isn’t it?!? With that in mind, we're sharing our 2016 Vermont ski swap list here on SkiMaven.com. We update this list as details about Vermont ski swaps become available.  Need to outfit your growing kids with some new gear this winter? Want to expand your own quiver of skis and boards?...[Read more]

Sunday, August 28, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ski gear, Ski swaps

Mountain biking in the "802"

We're so very lucky to have wonderful biking in Vermont — from paved bike paths to hard-core single track. And don't forget the great dirt roads to explore, as well. Here are a few shots of mountain biking in northern Vermont. Have you gotten out on two wheels this year? Where have you had your best ride? Click this image, below, for a fun little GIF. [Read more]

Thursday, July 28, 2016 Filed in: Ski towns in summer

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

 

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