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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!

Light fluff over hard-packed snow + ice on cross-country ski today

Almost two inches of super-light and fluffy snow fell on the groomed cross-country trails at Bolton Valley in northern Vermont. It was so light it wafted out from under our skis! It made everything look wintry again this morning, but under that new fluff is hard-packed snow, crust and icy areas. For this reason we stuck to trails that had been groomed before the fluff fell. We skied on the World Cup trail, Pond Loop, Broadway, Pika and Upper Maple Loop. Off the trail there was a hard crust...[Read more]

Sunday, January 15, 2017 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

 

New snow and "spring" conditions at Smugglers' Notch today

We had a blast skiing in new snow at Smugglers’ Notch this afternoon. The resort got up to three inches of snow overnight, making for some fun turns in the sun. While it rained a bit in the valleys last night, snow fell on the mountain. And the wind blew. This was evident on trails such as Drifter, which had some icy wind-scoured sections. If you looked to the side of the trail, however, you often found where that snow went! The snow was also deposited in the woods. We had fun skiing in Red...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch

Exploring new-to-us Nordic trails over the last few days

Have you ever skied by a trail, stopped in your tracks and asked yourself out loud: “I wonder where that trail goes?” During our most recent Nordic outings on Saturday and Tuesday, we took the bull by the horns and resolved to answer that question. The snow was still crusty in the backcountry in our region and it was not easy to ski off-piste, so we looked for low-angle ski tours to explore in the woods. When consulting the Bolton Valley Nordic Center trail map, we realized there were quite...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

 

Checking out backcountry trails to end the week

We’ve had some strange weather lately. While there have been surprise snow squalls that have added up on some Vermont peaks, others have experienced frozen and “other” precipitation. I’m glad to report that this weekend we'll enjoy steady wintry temperatures. The Skimeister and I went to check out the status of the backcountry trails at Bolton Valley, Vermont, today. We found a dusting of new, fluffy snow as we started our climb. Up higher at about 2,700 feet in elevation, it was about an inch...[Read more]

Friday, January 6, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Fast groomers at Sugarbush’s Mt. Ellen with sun, sun, sun!

Monday morning was gloriously sunny with a bright blue sky. We headed for Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush Resort in Vermont to make turns in the sunshine. We jumped on the Green Mountain Express Quad to head toward the 4,083-foot summit. The Summit Quad was not open yet so we did a warm-up run down Cruiser and Straight Shot. The machine-groomed corduroy was stiff and fast as it had set up in the cold last night. Our next runs were also fast groomers, but from the top of the mountain. We skied trails...[Read more]

Monday, January 2, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Sugarbush

Great cross-country ski conditions on the last day of 2016

We sent off 2016 with another ski today! This time we clicked into our skinny cross-country skis and did a loop on the groomed Nordic trails at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. The snow conditions were really good on the less-traveled trails that we ventured on. There were about 6 to 8 inches of fresh snow on the sides of the trails. It was lovely! Trapps had set classic tracks on all the trails we hit. After missing out on a lot of cross-country skiing last year because of a lack of...[Read more]

Saturday, December 31, 2016 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

 

Snowy Friday morning laps at Vermont's Bolton Valley Resort

So what is it with those Nor'easters? Those darn coastal storms are so fickle and they sometimes wander away from Vermont. Much of Northern Vermont did not get “dumped on” as expected, yet we still had some wonderful turns this morning in about six inches of new snow that had fallen since Thursday. (On snow reports we saw some higher totals in southern Vermont.) We hit the road early and a snow squall greeted us at Bolton Valley Resort. We were on the fifth chair loaded on the Vista quad and...[Read more]

Friday, December 30, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

A Nordic outing to start our Christmas weekend

Here are a few photos from midday today on the Nordic trails at Bolton Valley. We read that Bolton had received a couple inches of fresh snow recently and that they had groomed the Nordic trails. We were two of the first skiers out on the corduroy-covered trails. The coverage was good, but you can tell it's rather thin. At times I could hear my poles click on ice below the snowy surface. But since there was hardly any traffic on the trails, it was very good! We both used our waxless,...[Read more]

Friday, December 23, 2016 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Fresh, light powder + tasty turns earned on Saturday

What a difference a day can make. This morning it's raining thanks to a wild weather roller coaster ride. (The roller coaster plummets later today so this wetness will freeze up.) But Saturday — oh boy — that was a different story. The Skimeister and I waited for Saturday's snow to pile up a bit before heading out to earn turns in the powder. At midday we climbed up to about 3,000 feet in the Bolton backcountry trail network. It was stunningly gorgeous. Up high the trees bowed their...[Read more]

Sunday, December 18, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

 

Sunny turns on Sterling at Smugglers' Notch

We hit the slopes this morning and enjoyed sunny views and turns at Smugglers' Notch. The resort had received about two inches of fresh snow overnight, which made for smooth turns in many places. On the main mountain, the Sterling lift was open. It gives you a ride up to 3,040 feet. Two lifts were open for beginners down at Morse Mountain. Smuggs plans to fire up the Madonna lift this weekend for top-to-bottom skiing. We saw snowmaking guns doing their thing over on the Madonna side of the...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch

Another snow-filled December ski today!

December 2016 Vermont backcountry skiing

Knowing that the higher elevations in northern Vermont had continued to get snow this week, the Skimeister and I headed out to investigate. We stuffed our packs and grabbed our Nordic season's passes to ski on the backcountry trail network at Bolton Valley. The Nordic center is now open, as are a couple of lower-mountain lifts at Bolton Valley. It's definitely still early-season, with wet spots, hidden obstacles and stream crossings to avoid, but when you steered clear of these the snow was...[Read more]

Saturday, December 10, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

Vermont ski resort count for this weekend: 13

More Vermont ski resorts open

UPDATE: Make that 14 resorts. Mad River Glen announced it will fire up a lift this weekend, as well. ---------- We're having a great December so far in Vermont, thanks to Mother Nature. This weekend Bolton Valley, Middlebury Snow Bowl and Pico Mountain will open — joining 10 other ski resorts in Vermont that are already running their lifts. (See our updated blog post here for exact opening dates.) Mad River Glen, which relies heavily on natural snow, is still in wait-and-see mode. They...[Read more]

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Mad River Glen, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Pico, Rikert, Trapp Family Lodge

 

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

Snowmaking in Vermont 2016 - 2017

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 12/21/2016 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 1/5/2017 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 cover...[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

 

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