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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!

Earning turns and surfing the new snow in northern Vermont

Some northern Vermont peaks picked up several inches of snow over the last couple of days. While in the valleys we saw a mix of precipitation, the snow piled up in high places such as Stowe, Bolton, Smugglers' Notch, Burke Mountain and Jay Peak. Today we climbed into the Bolton backcountry trail network and found rivers and streams were mostly filled in again. The base of snow is very deep. The fresh snow on top was like skiing on a dense bowl-full of sugar. The snow had some heft to it and...[Read more]

Saturday, March 25, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski

 

Deep snowpack in the backcountry on the first day of spring

Today I sampled the deep snowpack at a variety of elevations and aspects in the backcountry trail network in Bolton, Vermont. If it faced north or was in the shade of pine trees, the snow was somewhat dense but very delightful powder. If it had been sun-kissed over the past couple of super-sunny days it was either slightly crusty or a very skiable mush. I used my tele skis and boots that are a notch or two below full liftserve gear. Popular woods and trails were very well tracked and had...[Read more]

Monday, March 20, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Closing out the weekend with sunny skiing at Bolton Valley Resort

The word of the day: "Gorgeous!" Everyone we rode the lift with marveled at how glorious the weather was today at Bolton Valley Resort in northern Vermont. The sun was bright and warm, there was no wind, and snow was plentiful thanks to this past week's long-duration snow storm. Bolton Valley saw nearly five feet of snow fall from Tuesday to Thursday. Really. The groomed trails offered packed powder skiing (so nice for mid-March!) while the ungroomed snow was still deep. If the...[Read more]

Sunday, March 19, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

 

Snow-filled, laid-back backcountry turns in Stowe, Vermont

The snow has been amazing this week so we were thinking the ski resorts might be bonkers today. Instead, we wanted to enjoy the quiet, snowy woods and deep blue sky so we headed out to earn our turns this morning. We went to play in the woods in Stowe's Sterling Forest. This area features a network of trails on the east side of the Sterling Range. The Catamount Trail also runs through this forest. We skinned from about 1600 feet in elevation up to about 2800 feet and found the snow got...[Read more]

Saturday, March 18, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Stowe

Skiing Smugglers’ Notch for a second helping of Stella’s stellar powder

We try not to overuse the word “epic” around here, but 52 inches of powder in a single 48-hour blizzard courtesy of Winter Storm Stella is pretty darn epic. This stellar Nor’easter has magically transformed Vermont’s spring-like conditions into peak winter perfection.Today I went to Smugglers’ Notch Resort, which had been heaped with two feet of snow on Tuesday, more than a foot on Wednesday, and an additional foot last night. I skipped any pretense of a warm-up run and hopped my way down ledgy...[Read more]

Thursday, March 16, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

A classic powder day at Mad River Glen (thanks, Stella!)

You know it's going to be a good powder day when you've just finished shoveling the driveway and you're worried the big town plow will come by again before you leave for the ski hill! Today, with a winter storm warning still in effect, and a couple of feet of snow on the ground, I was surprised when the sun came out as I turned onto Route 100. But when I got up to Mad River Glen? Yup, still snowing. As the line formed to wait for the first chair on the Single, everyone watched and cheered as a...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Mad River Glen

 

Hello, Stella! Snow expected to pound the state of Vermont

By Tuesday afternoon, the snow had been piling up in southern Vermont and starting to accumulate in northern Vermont. The snowstorm named Stella is expected to be a doozy! Check out the projected snow totals in the graphics above! Follow these links for updated snow information. Storms can have a mind of their own and let's hope they are calling this one accurately! http://www.weather.gov/btv/winter  (Northern Vermont) http://www.weather.gov/aly/winter (Southernmost two counties...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing on shaved ice on Tuesday

So things were very “firm” this morning on the cross-country ski trails of northern Vermont. We had some mixed precipitation last night and by morning it had frozen up. However, rain was in the forecast for the afternoon so the Skimeister and I hit the frozen trails early anyways. We used our metal-edged, light backcountry skis, and we were glad we did! The man who grooms the trails at Mt. Mansfield / Stowe Mountain Cross-Country Center was making laps when before we arrived. He came back to...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

In the freezer before we head back to spring. Again.

After the weather warm-up last week, we've had a frigid weekend. Much of the water that was flowing in the mountains of northern Vermont has turned to ice. The snow that was once soft is now frozen in place. Sunday's sunshine beckoned to us so we did some Nordic skiing at Bolton Valley's Nordic center. We brought waxless skis with metal edges because we knew the snow would be very firm. Bolton had taken a full-size groomer to some of the trails and the corduroy ripples had frozen solid. It was...[Read more]

Sunday, March 5, 2017 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

 

Tuesday offered soft, spring turns at Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont

Midweek skiing is the best! It's school vacation week for many Vermonters, but you wouldn't know it on the hill today. We skied right up to the lift nearly every lap. We knew the temperatures would warm up nicely today, and that would mean soft snow to turn in by late morning. The sunshine even stayed with us for longer than expected today — bonus! We enjoyed soft, swishy turns off the Vista Quad and Timberline Quad. Timberline faces the sun more than the main mountain, so we soaked up...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Springtime exploring in backcountry was challenging on Saturday

As we started a ski tour on the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network on Saturday, it was immediately clear: The snow was melting in a big way. The river and brooks were gushing with water that was once the lovely, powdery snow that fell earlier this month. <Sigh.> But the day was warm (much too warm for February!) and we had our waxless skis so we went exploring. The groomed terrain was quite nice to ski on, but we ventured onto ungroomed trails where going uphill was fine, and...[Read more]

Sunday, February 26, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Soaking up the sun while skiing at Ole's Cross-Country Center

When I cross-country skied almost two weeks ago, I nearly froze my fingers off in the bitter wind. Today I could have worn a t-shirt and gone without gloves. Spring temperatures have come early to northern Vermont and many cross-country ski centers will soon feel their effects if they haven't already. For this reason, we took advantage of fair weather to hit the Nordic trails this afternoon. We skied two loops at Ole's Cross-Country Center in Warren, Vermont. The snow was very soft, and there...[Read more]

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ole's, Spring skiing

 

The rumors were true: Vail Resorts to buy Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont

There have been rumors swirling about Vail Resorts eyeing Stowe Mountain Resort. Now it's official. The behemoth Vail Resorts will purchase the historic ski resort in Stowe, Vermont, for $50 million. This will be Vail Resorts' first resort in the Northeast. Here are some of the first news reports, and a link to the press release from...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Stowe

Soft-snow skiing for our Sunday

Friday we enjoyed mid-February powder. Today we enjoyed mid-March "powder." OK, it was more like a deep bowl of mashed potatoes, but it was pretty fun to ski in the backcountry! We skinned up into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network wearing a fleece top and a headband, and that was almost too much to be wearing! When the baskets of our poles dipped into the loose snow on the side of the trail, we'd automatically scoop up some soft mashed potatoes.  We put on our helmets...[Read more]

Sunday, February 19, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

So much snow at Stowe Mountain Resort today!

Today ranks as the deepest powder day of the ski season for us so far! The snow has been falling rather continuously in northern Vermont lately. On Thursday the National Weather Service was reporting "upslope flow" snow in the Mt. Mansfield area. We figured it was our job to investigate. We got to the resort and found out that despite earlier predictions on their website, the wind did in fact have an impact on morning lift operations. Luckily, we don't mind skiing off the Mountain...[Read more]

Friday, February 17, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Stowe

The best Valentine’s Day gift: A powder day at Sugarbush!

They say women like diamonds and fancy chocolates, but I’ve always been partial to a nice powder day. The Skimeister and I headed to Sugarbush Resort for a powder day that was sweet as chocolate. Plus, when the sun was out, the snow sparkled like diamonds. The resort reported gaining 13 inches of snow out of the Sunday/Monday snowstorm. With it came wind and lift holds on Monday. That meant the powder was not tracked out on Tuesday morning. We just had to go! The snow in Paradise Woods was...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Sugarbush

Cold cross-country skiing today; Snow on the way this weekend

Brrrrrrrrrrrr. It was cold today on the trails at Trapp Family Lodge Nordic center this morning. The snow was cold, as well, and it squeaked when you walked on it. My friends and I made a beeline for the woods to get out of the frigid winds on the practice meadow. I was glad I had a balaclava covering much of my face and extra liners in my mittens. Soon, however, the wind died down and the sun shone brightly. We were moving along the firm, groomed trails through the woods and we were...[Read more]

Friday, February 10, 2017 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Trapp Family Lodge

Smugglers’ Notch today: Who says there are no friends on a powder day?

Who says there are no friends on a powder day? We rustled up three friends to hit the slopes and glades at Smugglers' Notch Resort, Vermont, today. We enjoyed about six inches of light, fresh powder that fell overnight. And, when we skied into the glades and woods, as well as wind-blown snow deposits at the side of the trails, we could find foot-and-a-half-deep powder. (Smuggs says 30 inches of snow have fallen over the last week.) Was it fun? Heck, yeah! All morning we skied off of the...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

February 3rd serves up fluff and free refills at Sugarbush, Vermont

Today featured a bit of serendipity. We had a morning meeting in central Vermont and it was just a half hour away from Sugarbush ski resort. What's a skier to do? You can bet we hit the lifts at Lincoln Peak this afternoon and boy, we just happened to time it right. It snowed heavily while we were there. On top of three inches that fell last night, the upper mountain gained another five inches of snow over the course of the day. It was fresh, super-light powder. So many people were surprised...[Read more]

Friday, February 3, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Sugarbush

Day two of earning turns this weekend

I must admit: I am exhausted after a second day of earning turns this weekend! The Skimeister and I ventured into the Bolton backcountry trails at midday on Sunday. There were quite a few other people on the Nordic and backcountry trails as well. Great minds think alike! We skinned up to 3000 feet in elevation. Up there the trees were coated in snow and ice. When the wind blew, you heard some clanking as the tree branches bumped into one another. We skied in about six inches of new snow,...[Read more]

Sunday, January 29, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Say "wow" to January "pow"! It was fun to ski in the Stowe woods!

Pow! We got some fine backcountry turns today in the woods of Stowe, Vermont! A weather system or two put it all together to deliver 11 inches or more of snow at higher elevations in northern Vermont over the last two days. We decided to go into Stowe's Sterling Forest to play in the new snow. We skinned from about 1600 feet in elevation up to about 2800 feet, and we noticed the snow grow deeper as we went. The sun came out a couple of times, but then snow flurries moved through as well. We...[Read more]

Saturday, January 28, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

A Friday afternoon in the snowy woods

What a difference there is in snow from the bottom of the Bolton Valley access road to the top! We arrived Friday afternoon to witness snowy white peaks emerging from puffy mountain clouds. It definitely looked like winter up there. We skinned up to about 2,800 feet in the Bolton backcountry trail network as the sun shone through the trees. It was really lovely and a perfect break from the real world. We skied through 3 to 5 inches of new-ish snow over a solid crust base. The recent snow had...[Read more]

Friday, January 20, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

 

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