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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!

Now more than ever, we’re so grateful for snow!

Photo of thick rime ice on branches in the woods

We’ve been clicking into our skis a few times a week lately. We especially like getting out on the snow before we work from home. It's such a great way to start the day. Here in northern Vermont the snow has been slowly adding up — and any kind of skiing is fun right now whether it’s cross-country, backcountry or alpine skiing. With so much of our time spent at home, it’s been essential to get into the woods to keep our sanity. Check out photos of a couple of the interesting things that...[Read more]

Friday, February 5, 2021 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

 

Mother Nature comes through with snow!

We were so happy to see the forecast for this past weekend change for the better! Forecasters had been warning of rain, but in the mountains it snowed and snowed some more! Thank goodness! We clicked into our skis and toured in the woods up here in northern Vermont. We were surrounded by white. The snow clung to the trees. We swished our way through the dense snow that piled up. Good stuff! It's been a tough year, but spending time in the snowy woods makes things so much better! Quiz: For...[Read more]

Monday, January 18, 2021 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Exploring the woods on skis & praying for more snow

Photo of skier in woods with sticks sticking up out of snow

Over the last month, the Skimeister and I have worked to counteract cabin fever by heading out into the woods. It's great to slide around and listen to the wind and the woodpeckers — even if there isn't that much snow here in northwestern Vermont.  We choose low-angle locations to make for mellow ski outings. I wear my skis that I call "tractors" because they can go most places in most conditions. They are wider than skinny xc skis, have fish scales, metal edges, and a...[Read more]

Saturday, January 9, 2021 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

 

Snowmaking frenzy allows more ski areas to open for the 2020 - 2021 ski season in Vermont

Snowmaking guns at work at Sugarbush, VT

Vermont has been enjoying cold temperatures recently and it's been a boon for snowmaking. When Mother Nature is slow to deliver, the snow guns come out! More ski areas will join the 5 resorts already spinning their lifts: Killington Jay PeakStoweOkemoMount Snow This week or weekend look for these Vermont ski areas to open: Bromley (reopens for weekend)Smugglers' NotchBolton ValleySugarbushMiddlebury Snow BowlStrattonMad River Glen See our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to resort...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton

Roaming the hills and getting excited for the snowy season in Vermont!

Did you hear our highest peaks got snow last weekend? That's always cool to see in October. It gets us excited for skiing! We've been hiking to get our legs in shape for all those left turns and right turns. We've been doing a "tour de ski areas" of sorts.  You get a new perspective on a ski area when you climb up it when there is now snow. The trails seem much steeper when you don't have skis or a board on your feet. In the fall, you can check out the trail mowing progress...[Read more]

Monday, October 19, 2020 Filed in: Fall & Early season

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

Photo of a Vermont ski swap with people looking at skis

Updated 11/12/2020 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 include a...[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

 

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