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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!

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

October snow gets us psyched for the coming ski season!

Snowy rocks, trees and cliff at the top of the gondola on Mt. Mansfield

On Thursday, October 17, it rained a lot in Vermont. But when the clouds later lifted, they revealed bright white high peaks! The highest spots in the state had snow on them and it was lovely. On Saturday we found 4 - 5 inches of snow at 3700 feet on Mt. Mansfield, at the top of the gondola.  Here are a few photos from Saturday afternoon on Mansfield. Plus, a shot of a white-glazed Mt. Mansfield from a sailboat on Lake Champlain on Sunday.  This gets us very excited for ski season....[Read more]

Sunday, October 20, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Sailing

2019 Ski Swaps in Vermont – SkiMaven’s annual list!

Photo of skis for sale at a Vermont ski swap

Updated 10/8/2019 It’s time to plan for buying or selling at one of Vermont’s ski swaps! Consider bookmarking this page and sharing it with friends. We will update this list as more events are announced and details are confirmed. If you have information about a swap that is not yet listed here, please drop us a comment below. Thanks! Text and images © SkiMaven.com. If you would like to share this list with others you must include a link to www.SkiMaven.com. 2019 Vermont Ski Swaps September...[Read more]

Thursday, August 29, 2019 Filed in: Ski gear, Ski swaps

Resistance is Futile: Vail Resorts to bring Mount Snow into the fold and other Peak Resorts

Image of blue bubble chairlift with skiers on it at Mount Snow in Vermont.

Vail Resorts announced today its plans to purchase Peak Resorts, a group of 17 ski areas that includes Mount Snow in southern Vermont. The acquisitions include Mount Snow, Hunter Mountain in New York, three resorts in New Hampshire (Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched) five in Pennsylvania (Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost and Big Boulder), four in Ohio (Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River), two in Missouri (Hidden Valley and Snow Creek) and Paoli Peaks in Indiana. With...[Read more]

Monday, July 22, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe

Earning sunny turns on Easter in Vermont

In addition to spending time with family and doing some yard work, we also earned some turns on Sunday. At Bolton Valley (which is no longer running its lifts) you'll still find a bunch of snow. The snowpack is quite deep in most areas! But it is April 21 so some sunny areas are melting out and logs and rocks are appearing.  It was mostly sunny as we skinned up Ricker Mountain, which is where the ski trails are located. It was wonderful to sit in the warm sun and take in the view at the...[Read more]

Sunday, April 21, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

A Spring Skiing Spectacular at Mad River Glen!

These are the days you might dream about in the winter when it's zero degrees and you're planning to hit the mountain. It reached about 60 degrees at the base of Mad River Glen on Saturday. The sun was bright and warm. The snow corned up nicely everywhere we went. And a modest crowd of skiers was soaking up every second of it! After we did a warm-up on groomed trails from the top of the Single Chair, we ventured over to the Sunnyside Double. It was mid-morning and we knew things had been in...[Read more]

Saturday, April 13, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Mad River Glen, Spring skiing

Last lift rides for this season at our closest ski area :(

A group of skiers and riders comes down the hill under the Vista quad lift

While there is beaucoup snow in the Green Mountains, some ski areas are stopping their lifts for the season. It's a matter of economics really. Ski areas closing on Sunday afternoon included Pico, Magic Mountain, Bromley and Bolton Valley. Other ski resorts are looking at weekend-only operations, while others charge ahead seven days a week. Sunday afternoon I took advantage of some very springlike conditions at Bolton Valley Resort. There weren't many people out during the last couple of hours...[Read more]

Sunday, April 7, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

It's April 6 and there's still a lot of snow in the mountains in Vermont!

Backcountry skiing surrounded by snowy branches

We skied in two inches of fresh cream cheese today. We went in the backcountry trail network at Bolton Valley. The fresh snow clung to tree branches, which started to drip while we were skiing.  The mountain was stuck in the clouds while we skied. And at the bottom of the trail network, the snow got quite sticky with the warm-ish temperature. Did you know the snow pack is still very deep?!? There are 118 inches of snow at the stake near the top of Mt. Mansfield. We'll be skiing for a...[Read more]

Saturday, April 6, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Lovely spring skiing at Colorado’s sunny Beaver Creek Resort

Snowboarder admires mountain views from Grouse Mountain at Beaver Creek, Colorado

The SkiMaven took a road trip to Colorado this week! I enjoyed bright blue skies, some fresh snow and some spring skiing conditions. I spent some time skiing at Beaver Creek Resort, which is in Avon, Colorado. It’s about 10 miles west of Vail. Early in the week of March 25, I enjoyed a couple inches of fresh snow at Beaver Creek. The resort’s trails had a silky layer over them – whether they had been groomed overnight or not. Lovely! I skied with a couple of young Speedmeisters. We hit a...[Read more]

Sunday, March 31, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Spring skiing, Western skiing

Late March delivers a bluebird powder day at Smuggs

After a day and night of heavy snow, followed by a day of high wind (and lifts on wind hold) — today was the right day to hit the slopes at Smugglers' Notch Resort near Jeffersonville, Vermont. Another draw for Smuggs? The main Madonna 1 chairlift had been on wind hold all day yesterday, so the entire upper mountain would be practically untouched.The snow report pegged the storm total at 23" and it was all there: sometimes piled into giant firm drifts, sometimes wind-kissed, and sometimes...[Read more]

Sunday, March 24, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

 

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