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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!

SkiMaven’s annual ski swap post — the 2020 COVID edition

Photo of a Vermont ski swap with people looking at skis

Updated 9/15/2020 at 5 p.m. The coronavirus is throwing a wrench into a lot of plans. Ski swaps are no exception. The volunteers who run these fundraising events have gone back to the drawing board to figure out how to offer them safely. Some have considered virtual swaps or outdoor sales, while others are canceling altogether. We’ll update this list as more information comes in. Bookmark this page! Text and images © SkiMaven.com. If you would like to share this list with others you must...[Read more]

Friday, September 4, 2020 Filed in: Ski swaps

 

Killington, Pico, Magic Mountain and Mad River Glen and more ski areas also to close due to coronavirus concerns

Photo of gondola ascending a ski area

Update on 3/16 at 5:30 p.m.: Smugglers' Notch is the last ski resort in the state to announce it will stop operating at end of day on March 17. Update on 3/15 at 2 p.m.: Bolton Valley Resort will close at 4 p.m. today (Sunday) for an unknown amount of time. Update on 3/15 at 10:30 a.m.: Middlebury Snow Bowl is closed immediately for the season. Update on 3/15 at 9:30 a.m.: Suicide Six ski area is closed immediately for the season. Update on 3/15 at 9 a.m.: Bromley ski area has announced it...[Read more]

Sunday, March 15, 2020 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Killington, Mad River Glen, Magic, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Pico, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Stratton and Sugarbush join the list of Vermont ski resorts to close immediately due to coronavirus worries

Photo of a ski resort's many trails

On Saturday evening, after Vail Resorts' announcement, Alterra Mountain Company said it will stop spinning the lifts at their many properties. Starting immediately, Stratton and Sugarbush ski resorts in Vermont will be closed until further notice. These Vermont ski areas join others in closing due the the coronavirus threat. All of Vail Resorts' North American ski resorts will close from March 15 - 22. This includes Stowe, Okemo and Mount Snow in Vermont. Jay Peak and Burke...[Read more]

Saturday, March 14, 2020 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Stratton, Sugarbush

 

Stowe, Okemo and Mount Snow will close for a week due to coronavirus concerns

Photo of a gondola at a ski resort

All of Vail Resorts' North American ski resorts will close from March 15 - 22. This includes Stowe, Okemo and Mount Snow in Vermont. The announcement came on Saturday evening, March 14. The company says it wants to help tamp down the coronavirus risk for its employees, guests and the communities where their resorts are located. The company will reassess the situation during the week. In Vermont, three other ski areas have announced they will close. Jay Peak and Burke Mountain closed for...[Read more]

Saturday, March 14, 2020 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe

Jay Peak and Burke Mountain ski resorts to close for the season due to coronavirus threat

Photo of Jay Peak Resort from a distance showing the tram

Update on 3/14/20: Middlebury Snow Bowl will close for the season on Sunday afternoon, as will Rikert Nordic Center. They said Middlebury College is taking measures “in response to current health events.” ----- This virus sucks. Yes, I know that's the understatement of the decade. In northern Vermont, both Jay Peak and Burke Mountain resorts will close for the season on Saturday afternoon. They don't want to exacerbate the spread of the coronavirus. It may also be a cost-saving...[Read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Rikert

Lotsa snow in northern Vermont!

What a weekend in northern Vermont. Ski resorts got between 1 and 3 feet of snow over the past week and skiers and riders rejoiced! Photos courtesy: Bolton Valley Resort Jay Peak Resort Sugarbush Resort Burke Mountain Resort [Read more]

Monday, March 2, 2020 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

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

 

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