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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!

One day, two mountains — A well-rounded tour of Sugarbush Ski Resort in Vermont

Photo of trails and snowy trees on Lincoln Peak

Today was all about sunny turns. It was a gorgeous day to be outside and we chose to spend it on the slopes at Sugarbush Resort in northern Vermont. We've skied Sugarbush a number of times over the years but today was the first time we skied at both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen on the same day. The reason we could easily do this is a 2-mile-long connector lift called the Slide Brook Express. It's a nearly 15-minute scenic ride that brings you up and down the peaks and valleys between the north...[Read more]

Saturday, February 22, 2020 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Sugarbush

 

On today's agenda: A ski tour at Camel's Hump Nordic in Huntington, Vermont

Photo of cross-country skier and tall pine trees

In the shadow of Vermont's third-highest peak (Camel's Hump) sits a low-key, nonprofit trail system called Camel's Hump Nordic Ski Area. We did a very nice ski loop there this morning. Camel's Hump Nordic maintains over 65 kilometers of groomed and backcountry trails. They say they regularly groom 20-25 km for both classic and skate skiing. The trails range from easy field loops to challenging backcountry trails and steep terrain. We took our waxless cross-country skis today but we decided...[Read more]

Sunday, February 16, 2020 Filed in: Camel's Hump Nordic, Catamount Trail, Cross-country skiing

Below zero temps didn't keep us away from earning turns in northern Vermont today!

Photo of a skier in the snowy woods

I'll admit it: I was a bit concerned when the Subaru's thermometer was still reading -7 degrees (F) and we were about to put our boots on. I had really wanted it to get to zero. But the sun was out and we knew the forecast was for temps rising to 20 or more during the day so off we went into the woods. We warmed up quickly while meandering through the trees in the Sterling Forest in Stowe, Vermont. We found the snow was very nice in the shade, and a little crusty if it had been in the...[Read more]

Saturday, February 15, 2020 Filed in: Backcountry skiing

 

Day 2 of romping in the powder in the Vermont backcountry

Photo of a telemark skier turning in the powder

It was so good on Saturday, we came back for a second helping on Sunday! It was below zero when we left our house this morning, but it actually got warmer as we drove up the mountain access road. The strength of the sun would soon create a surprisingly comfortable and incredibly gorgeous morning for skiing. We earned more turns in the powder in the backcountry trail network at Bolton Valley, Vermont. I got more practice with my AT (alpine touring) gear. I'm still working on making quick...[Read more]

Sunday, February 9, 2020 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Pow, pow and more pow in northern Vermont!

Photo of skier in deep powder that hides lower half of her body

It was a super Saturday in the backcountry in northern Vermont! What fun it was to earn turns through more than a foot of fresh powder! Check out our photos. The only reason you aren't seeing me smile is because it was about zero degrees with a little wind at about 3200 feet in elevation. I was smiling behind my balaclava, which I wore up to my eyeballs. It was not the day to expose any teeth! After climbing past trees bowed over with snow, we switched into downhill mode as fast as we could....[Read more]

Saturday, February 8, 2020 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Fun day to try out new AT gear in the Vermont backcountry!

Photo of skier turning in snow with hobble brush sticking out

In the backcountry, I've been using telemark gear — the older lift-served variety. It's been challenging and fun, but I've been envious of the light AT gear that people use as they climb past me. And I'm a much better downhill skier than a tele skier. So, as some telemark skiers would say, "I've gone to the darkside!"  And boy the darkside is fun! I got some light and wide AT (alpine touring) skis, light AT bindings and light AT boots. I lost a bunch of weight ;) I was much...[Read more]

Saturday, February 1, 2020 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

A satisfying cross-country tour at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont

Photo of the Skimeister making his way up the trail

We're getting some weird weather again this weekend in northern Vermont. We decided to get some cross-country striding in before the mixed precipitation started.  The Skimeister and I clicked into our waxless skinny skis and did a healthy tour around the trails at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. We started out before 9 a.m. and came back to the car three hours later. Let's see if I can remember how we zigzagged around. Up Russell Knoll to Chris' Run and Slayton Pasture Trail to...[Read more]

Saturday, January 25, 2020 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

A powder-filled Sunday at Smugglers' Notch, Vermont

Today I headed over to Smugglers' Notch Resort to check out 5" fresh atop about 12-18" from Thursday's storm. It's great to see the mountain bounce back after last weekend's thaw. The Sterling double lift opens earliest, so I waited in line (thankful that temps were in the 20s) and caught about the 10th chair after the rope drop. My first run was on Smugglers's Alley and it skied like every bit of 20" of powder. Woohoo! One of the reasons Smugglers' Alley was so good is that it...[Read more]

Sunday, January 19, 2020 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Winter returns to Bolton Valley and the rest of Vermont

Thursday's storm, and the one hitting tonight, are finally putting us back on track after the recent thaw. The temps are downright wintry as well! Brrrr! Winter is back! Today I headed out for a tour in the Bolton Valley backcountry. We're in the middle of what looks to become a 30" four-day snow total, by the time things wrap up tomorrow night. Yippee! It was a chilly but windless 3 degrees out as I skinned past Bryant Cabin and on up to a grey but pretty vista from Stowe View, at...[Read more]

Saturday, January 18, 2020 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Skiing in about four inches of new snow this morning in northern Vermont

Photo of skier turning in fresh snow in the glades

Around northern Vermont, ski areas reported that about 4 - 6 inches of snow fell Saturday into Sunday morning. It serves as a nice refresh for the conditions. We got up early and headed to the slopes to play in the new snow. We weren't the only ones getting to the hill early! We waited in a growing crowd for Stowe Mountain Resort's Fourrunner Quad to open. It was windy at the base, and we soon found out it was very windy up at the summit. The wind had blown around the four inches of new snow....[Read more]

Sunday, January 5, 2020 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Stowe

Skiing into the new year on new snow at Vermont’s Smugglers’ Notch Resort!

Photo of a skier turning in front of a frozen waterfall

After hitting the snooze button a few times, we got ourselves up and out the door this morning for some New Year’s Day skiing. We made our way to Smugglers’ Notch Resort to enjoy some new snow, which seemed to be a special delivery to celebrate the new year. (Thanks, Mother Nature!) The trails were mostly packed powder and powder. It was fun playing in the new, shallow powder! We sought it out at every opportunity. Our favorite runs of the morning were a bit off the beaten path: Upper...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Starting a holiday week the Vermont way — with a Sunday morning full of skiing

Photo of the summit of Mt. Mansfield and trails below it

I got up with the sun on this first full day of winter. The sunrise was gorgeous! I drove on over to Stowe Mountain Resort to get some turns in. It was a lovely morning. At first it was clear, then cloudy and then clear again. The temperatures were downright comfortable (it will be warmer tomorrow!) and I only found wind at the very top of the Fourrunner Quad and the Octagon. Those of us who got to Mt. Mansfield early gobbled up the "virgin corduroy" (the freshly groomed trails)....[Read more]

Sunday, December 22, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Stowe

 

A quiet, mellow ski tour on the first day of winter

Photo of red skis on a snowy trail

Welcome, winter! After a week of work it felt great to get out into the quiet woods! I took my waxless skis with three-pin bindings and did a mellow ski tour on the Bolton Valley Nordic trails. At around 1700 feet in elevation, I skied in about four inches of snow on top of a mostly frozen ground. I had to step over a half dozen wet waterbars. Otherwise I enjoyed gliding through the ungroomed snow. The alpine trails at the ski area were bustling, but I had the trail to myself.  The...[Read more]

Saturday, December 21, 2019 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Well, hello powder! Nice to see you!

Photo of a skier making powder turns surrounded by hardwood trees

We explored snowy wooded trails today, and boy are we glad that we did! High in Bolton, Vermont, we found about a foot of light powder to ski in. The tree branches were heavy with snow. It was gorgeous! We still need a better base, however. We encountered rocks, hobblebush and soggy water bars. (Be careful!) But the foot of snow made exploring really fun! That's the good news. Now for the bad news. Sunday night the temperatures start climbing into the 30s and will hit 40 degrees on Monday....[Read more]

Saturday, December 7, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing

Sunday morning runs at Stowe, Vermont — first time on a ski lift this season!

Photo of skiers on snowmaking whales on the Upper Hayride expert run

December 1st seemed like a good day to get on a ski lift! I headed to Stowe Mountain Resort as the sun was rising and got some morning laps on the Fourrunner Quad.  The morning started out sunny and slowly clouded over. My "warm-up" run was on Liftline because it was freshly groomed. It would only get skied off later, so carpe diem! I skied on trails covered with manmade snow. Some of it was very fresh. The resort had been making whales of snow on Upper Hayride, for example,...[Read more]

Sunday, December 1, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Stowe

Frosty trees and a thin crust layer at 1,800 feet

Photo of a Nordic skier skiing away surrounded by frosty trees

Today the Skimeister and I drove up to about 1,800 feet elevation here in northern Vermont to see what the snow was like. We brought our light ski touring gear, including older waxless* skis. We knew there would not be a huge base of natural snow. The trees were frosted over and it was gorgeous to behold! We skied in a couple of inches of snow under a thin crust — a thickness that made me think of a crème brûlée crust. When we skied downhill, our 75 mm bindings shattered the crust and...[Read more]

Friday, November 29, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

Some nice cross-country skiing for November

Photo of classic ski tracks and the tips of skis

I took advantage of another sunny day today. I took my skinny skis and went to Catamount Outdoor Center in Williston, Vt. We don't always get to cross-country ski in November at this low elevation, so it was important to hit the trails! The snow coverage was quite good. Where tracks were set, they were good, too. The Goose Hill side of the trail network features open fields and a hillside. There you can get views of Camel's Hump and Mt. Mansfield. These snowy peaks were set off against a...[Read more]

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

November 16: Scenes from a sunny Saturday on snow

Photo of skier and her tracks through the snow

We went to our local ski hill here in northern Vermont, which isn't open yet, and we skinned up to earn some turns. It was our first telemark / skinning outing of the season! We're thinking there were up to 10 inches of all-natural snow in some places. The untouched snow in the shade was quite soft. But if the sun had been on it there was some breakable crust. With the sun shining brightly, it was much warmer than we expected it would be. And no wind. Bonus! Are you getting on the snow this...[Read more]

Saturday, November 16, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

Sugarbush Resort is sold to Alterra Mountain Company

Photo of base area of Sugarbush Resort with ski runs in the background

Another Vermont ski resort has been sold. This time, the buyer is not Vail Resorts. Alterra Mountain Company is buying Sugarbush Resort in northern Vermont. Alterra currently owns 14 destinations in North America. They include Stratton and Tremblant in the East, Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado, Deer Valley and Solitude in Utah, and Squaw Valley and Mammoth in California. They partner with an additional 27 around the world on their Ikon Pass. The transaction is expected to close in...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Sugarbush

When do ski resorts open in Vermont for 2019 - 2020 season?

Photo of skier making turns at Smugglers' Notch in sunshine with mountain view

Updated 12/14/19 Please check our direct links to Vermont ski area snow reports before you make plans to go! In November and December, check for midweek closures. Sometimes ski areas are just open on weekends in the early season! Killington - opened November 3Mount Snow - opened November 13Bromley - opened November 16Okemo - opened November 22Stowe - opened November 22Jay Peak - opened November 22 for passholders; Nov. 23 for all othersSugarbush - opened November 22 for passholders; Nov. 23...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Sliding on snow in November in Vermont

Photo of red skis in fluffy, white snow

On Saturday morning I headed up to about 1800 feet in elevation here in northern Vermont. I found five inches of fluffy snow. And no base. But that's OK because I had on my old waxless, three-pin setup. I was out to explore and try to slide on snow for the first time this season. The sun was shining, which made for a great little outing. I often skied through the snow to the grass and rocks. I crossed streams and damp spots frequently. But it felt great to get out there! Incoming Snow Now...[Read more]

Sunday, November 10, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

Updated Vermont lift ticket deals post for this ski + ride season: 2019 - 2020

Photo of a skier on a snowy trail with a wintry view at Smugglers Notch, Vermont

Each year we compile a list of some of the best skiing deals, discount days, resident discounts and frequent skier deals in Vermont. We've posted the list of deals for the 2019-2020 ski season. Check 'em out![Read more]

Sunday, November 3, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

 

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