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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!

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

18 + inches of snow to enjoy in the Vermont backcountry today!

Skier breaks trail in deep snow surrounded by snowy trees

Wow! I think Friday's snowstorm was an over-achiever! This morning when we ventured into the Bolton, Vt., backcountry trail network, we measured at least 18 inches of new snow! It was a good thing we were in the backcountry, too. Some ski resorts had lift closures due to the wind. But where we were, it didn't matter! We were earning our powder turns. The powder had a medium consistency. If we got going fast enough we could kind of surf the top inches of it. If we slowed down too much, the...[Read more]

Saturday, March 23, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

A quick morning ski tour in the backcountry

Making ski turns through the snow

We hit the backcountry network at nearby Bolton Valley, Vermont, this morning to earn some turns. It was a lovely, windless, warm morning. We found 4 - 6 inches of fresh snow piled up from the last few days. Some sunny or windy spots were a little crusty or windpacked. But finding soft turns in shady areas was bliss. A great way to start the day. Unfortunately we will have very balmy weather on Thursday and Friday. With some rain. We'll see what happens![Read more]

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

A spectacular Saturday on the snow

It was a stunning day on the snow today! Not a cloud in the sky, a deep snowpack and warm temperatures. So very nice indeed. The Skimeister and I headed to Stowe, Vt., to do a backcountry ski tour. We explored the woods in the Sterling Forest. We earned our turns among the hardwood trees. And we had a leisurely snack stop in the sunshine. We noticed the snow in the shade and higher in elevation was rather light. But as we moved down to sunnier, lower elevations it became stiffer. We surfed on...[Read more]

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Weekday skiing rocks! A beautiful Tuesday at Sugarbush’s Mt. Ellen

With the day off today, I warmed up the Subie and headed to Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush Resort. I was hankering for some uncrowded laps on high-speed lifts. And that's what I got! As you surely know, skiing during the midweek is the way to go when you can swing it. The mountain was quiet and many chairs were empty as they climbed up the 4,083-foot Mt. Ellen.  The day started with sun and blue skies. It was chilly but gorgeous! From Mt. Ellen you get great views west to Lake Champlain and...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Sugarbush

Warm, sunny cross-country skiing this weekend; a bit of snow on the way

Classic ski tracks in the woods with beech and pine trees

We stayed closed to home this weekend and hit our local cross-country skiing center. The snow is holding up pretty well at Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston, Vt. We skied on the woods side of the center on both Saturday and Sunday. The sun and warm temperatures this weekend made for nice, comfortable outings. The kind where you can stop to watch the woodpeckers or to soak up the sun on your face. Now we're looking at just a bit of snow Sunday night into Monday. The coastal storm is...[Read more]

Sunday, March 3, 2019 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

 

Backcountry skiing on a warm and sunny February day

Snowy glades and blue sky

I was in my happy place today. We did a ski tour that had us climb up to 3,000 feet and then ski down through the sunny, snowy woods.  It was so nice to be able to leisurely switch over to downhill mode. The weather was windless and warm. There was no reason to rush as we took the skins off our skis and put on our helmets and dry mittens. There's still a lot of snow in the backcountry trail network at Bolton Valley, Vermont. Every once in a while I would stab a pole into the snow and...[Read more]

Saturday, February 23, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Primo cross-country skiing conditions today

Cross-country skiing in Stowe, Vermont.

Today I skied with a group at the Trapp Family Lodge Nordic center. The snow was amazing! Apparently when we got rain in the Champlain Valley this week, the higher elevations in northern Vermont got snow that didn't change over to rain. The snow coverage was terrific. And on the sides of the trails there was a deep layer of powder before your pole hit the hard crust below. (We got that crust layer nearly two weeks ago.) Trapps does a very nice job of grooming and we enjoyed skiing in sturdy...[Read more]

Sunday, February 17, 2019 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Trapp Family Lodge

End-of-the-day / early-night skiing in a bunch of new snow!

Powdery turns this afternoon and early evening at Bolton Valley.

I couldn't resist the news of 12 inches of new snow at higher elevations this morning. I made some plans to get out on the snow at the end of the work day. Snowflakes continued to fall throughout the day at Bolton Valley Resort. They had picked up another few inches before I arrived.  I hit Bolton's slopes at the end of the day before the night skiing lights turned on. The powder was fresh and light. And it was still falling from the sky. Fun stuff! While there was daylight I took runs...[Read more]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Frozen granular cross-country skiing after the rain, thaw and freeze

I went to ski at about 2,100 feet in the northern Green Mountains today. First, the good news: There's still a deep snowpack! Now, the bad news: The top layer is frozen solid. In fact, it shines in the sun. You can see the frozen tracks of skiers and riders who had been in the woods recently. With today's wind, I decided to cross-country ski. I knew I would want to go somewhere where they had groomed the trails. Bolton Valley Nordic Center was the place for me this morning. They had groomed...[Read more]

Saturday, February 9, 2019 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Deep snow — now more condensed — in the backcountry in northern Vermont

We noticed a change in depth of the snowpack today as compared to a week ago. While doing a backcountry tour we had to duck more often than usual to pass under branches. That's a good sign! (Have you heard that there were 98 inches of snow at the stake near the top of Mt. Mansfield? It broke a record for January 31.) Since Wednesday's super-light powder fell, the wind has played with it. The snow is now more consolidated and wind packed, but still great to ski. We also noticed the streams are...[Read more]

Saturday, February 2, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

All hail the powder! Amazing powder day at Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont

What a day to take off from work! The weather forecast looked promising and we think it over-delivered. Smugglers’ Notch reported 12 inches of new snow overnight. And when we got there we found it was the light, fluffy snow of our dreams. No windblown, windpacked stuff. Woo-hoo! On the drive to the resort it was snowing. Then during much of the midday it was sunny with bright blue skies. (Gorgeous!) And then the snow decided to come back for another go at the end of the day.  We did...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch

Sunday skiing in Stowe in a snow globe

I skied through the snowflakes today in Stowe! I enjoyed a loop on the cross-country ski trails at the Trapp Family Lodge.  The parking lot was almost full when I got there at midday. However, I picked trails that aren't skied as much so I only passed five people. And three turkeys. And a whole bunch of crows. Judging from all the tracks in the snow, I'm sure I also skied past some deer hiding in the woods. We probably picked up an inch of snow as I skied. I took Skater's Waltz from the...[Read more]

Sunday, January 27, 2019 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Checking things out in the Vermont backcountry after a powder dump & rain dump

Skiing in the backcountry trails in Bolton, Vermont.

This past week's weather was weird in northern Vermont. We had a copious amount of snow fall last weekend, followed by frigid temperatures. (It was so cold and windy that we didn't ski on the Monday holiday out of fear of getting frostbite.) Then we all took a weather roller coaster ride into the 40s and 50s. With lots of rain. Yes, sometimes Old Man Winter is cruel. So this morning when we headed out to ski in the woods, we weren't really sure what we would find. We put our skins on our...[Read more]

Saturday, January 26, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

A quick, cold ski tour before the snowstorm hits

Today we enjoyed soft, powdery snow in the backcountry trail network in Bolton, Vermont. And that was this morning before the snow started to fall. We are salivating at the snow totals that the National Weather Service is predicting. BRING IT ON! It was cold out there today (in the single digits) so we covered our skin as much as possible without fogging up our goggles. (That's always tricky, isn't it!?) The ski resort was reporting up to three inches of new snow overnight. But in the...[Read more]

Saturday, January 19, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Panoramic cross-country cruising at Catamount Outdoor Family Center

It was below zero this morning when we were making French toast. We lazily drank coffee and waited until things warmed up. With the sun shining brightly, we clicked into our skinny skis and hit the snowy trails at Catamount Outdoor Family Center. There was great coverage, which is not always the case at this low-elevation Nordic center in Williston, Vermont. And they had groomed and set nice tracks. It was some of the best classic skiing we've done at Catamount! There are two sides to the...[Read more]

Sunday, January 13, 2019 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

 

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