Powder, packed powder + sunny turns at Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont

With about eight inches of new snow falling on the trails at Bolton Valley this weekend, this northern Vermont resort was a great place to be on Monday. We jumped on the Vista Quad when it opened at 9 a.m. on this Presidents Day. (Judging from the very short lift lines, this was not a day off for everyone!)  We would take laps off the Vista Quad and Wilderness Double all morning. We sought out powdery glades and woods wherever we went. And we were quite successful. Most of the glades...[Read more]

Monday, February 19, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Backcountry skiing among the hardwoods on the west side of Mt. Mansfield

The Skimeister and I headed for the woods on the west side of Mt. Mansfield today. We parked at the Stevensville trailhead in Underhill, Vermont — a popular backcountry skiing trailhead where parking often gets tight — and we put climbing skins on our telemark skis. We climbed through the hardwood forest toward the Overland Trail. At a fork in the trail where many people head for Dewey Mountain, we turned left to stay on the mellower, red-blazed Overland Trail. We climbed to a saddle...[Read more]

Sunday, February 18, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Mt. Mansfield

A little fresh snow to play in on Saturday afternoon

Just a couple images from the mid-level Nordic trails at Bolton Valley. About 3 inches of new snow fell there in the last 24 hours. Off the trail at this elevation the snow under the new snow was mostly crusted over. A good ski tour on a Saturday afternoon! [Read more]

Saturday, February 17, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Nice grooming + temperatures make for a fun cross-country ski at Trapp Family Lodge

The recent snowfall has laid down a nice blanket of snow in Stowe, Vermont. My friend and I headed for the Trapp Family Lodge cross-country center early on Sunday morning. Before the crowds arrived, we started out for a scenic loop on stiff, freshly groomed snow. We were among the first people to ski on perfectly molded classic tracks. (Sweet!) We chose the Slayton Cabin as our destination and worked our way uphill via the Parizo and Cabin trails. (The cross-country center's lodge is at 1,350...[Read more]

Sunday, February 11, 2018 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Trapp Family Lodge

More new snow in the woods today

We took a ski in the woods today with 3 to 4 inches of new snow over the last 24 hours. It filled in tracks from the last couple of days. We broke trail in a few of the places we explored in the backcountry network at Bolton Valley, Vt. We skinned up to about 3,000 feet where the trees were full of snow. We had an easy switchover to downhill mode as it was quite warm today. It was just a little windy. We found some slightly wind-packed snow near the top before plowing our tele skis through...[Read more]

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Powder day! Reveling in fresh snow at Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont

The weather service foretold copious amounts of snow falling on Wednesday. We believed the forecast and made plans to skip work to ski the pow on Thursday.  Good thing we did! We had a lot of fun skiing in 10 inches of light, new powder at Smugglers' Notch Resort in northern Vermont. (They reported receiving 19 inches of snow over the last four days.) We hopped on the Madonna I double chair soon after it opened and we skied off that lift all morning. The line didn't get too long,...[Read more]

Thursday, February 8, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

More photos from skiing in the northern Vermont backcountry

It was so fun on Saturday, we had to go out and do it again today! Into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network we went. Despite a couple blisters from my boots, it was darn fun. It's snowing today and we may see more later in the week. Has winter truly returned??? :) [Read more]

Sunday, February 4, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Soft snow atop a solid base in the Vermont backcountry

Skinning up past prayer flags to the Cliff Hanger trail.

Mother Nature came through a bit for us in northern Vermont at the end of this week. Up to 8 inches of new snow was being reported at Vermont ski resorts.  We grabbed our skins and our telemark gear and headed out for some backcountry skiing today. In Bolton Valley's backcountry trail network, we enjoyed making turns in 4 - 5 inches of fresh snow over a hard, frozen base. We were skiing at between 1,900 to 2,800 feet in elevation. The snow was best when we got first tracks. It made for...[Read more]

Saturday, February 3, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Pleasantly surprised on the slopes of Stowe, Vermont!

Freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw. Yes, this weather rollercoaster is getting a bit old. We wanted to do some lift-served skiing today in the sunshine and we weren't expecting the conditions to be too great. But we were pleasantly surprised at Stowe Mountain Resort today! The freshly groomed trails were good in the morning and midday. On high-traffic, steeper spots it definitely got to be hard-packed linoleum without much snow to push around. Think of the first curves on the expert Nosedive and...[Read more]

Friday, January 26, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

This warm, soft-snow day called for a ski tour in the woods!

When we clicked in to our light backcountry gear this morning, the snow was so soft. Our waxless skis grabbed the snow well as we started a climb into the woods. We were exploring a couple of trails in the lowest reaches of the Bolton Valley Nordic trail network. We were down to our fleece tops for most of this outing. It was quite warm today! We climbed through a pretty hardwood forest. On some of the beech trees, we noticed bear claw marks and what I think was a bear "nest." We...[Read more]

Saturday, January 20, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Camel's Hump Nordic on a sunny Monday

We rounded out our long weekend with our third ski in three days. The sun was brilliant and we wanted some new scenery. We went to the Camel's Hump Nordic Center. It's run by volunteers and you pay a $10 trail fee on the honor system.[Read more]

Monday, January 15, 2018 Filed in: Camel's Hump Nordic, Cross-country skiing

A cold, sunny ski on the cross-country trails at Bolton Valley

On the cross-country trails at Bolton Valley, Vermont

This afternoon we enjoyed a cold Nordic ski at Bolton Valley. After recent rain, snow and then cold temperatures, we weren't sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised!  There was still a base of snow. Saturday's snowstorm left a few inches of snow, but only the top inch was powder. With the sun low on the horizon, we had a nice ski in the afternoon sunshine. It was cold, so we definitely had to keep moving. We noticed that the rivers were running and were trying to freeze up...[Read more]

Sunday, January 14, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Getting on snow after a week at a conference. Thank goodness!

Cross-country skiing in northern Vermont.

New Orleans on Thursday: High of 70 degrees and humid. Northern Vermont on Saturday: A couple of inches of new snow and 13 degrees. Which would you choose?? I didn't have a choice as I was a conference. (OK, New Orleans didn't suck and I learned a lot at the conference!) But I was so very happy to get home and out on the snow this afternoon! Vermont experienced rain while I was away. Very sad, indeed. But thankfully it snowed last night in northern Vermont. It made things white again at...[Read more]

Saturday, January 13, 2018 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

New, windblown snow as arctic weather departs Vermont. (Yay!)

On the snowy trails on Sunday afternoon.

The arctic temperatures that had a grip on Vermont for the last couple of weeks are leaving. Thank goodness! We got out to ski this afternoon when the temperature got above 0 degrees. We did a cross-country ski tour and found the new snow windblown but rather plentiful and fun. Yesterday, on a very cold Saturday, we enjoyed making a little video...

Sunday, January 7, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Skiing into the new year. Happy 2018!

The sun came out today and we waited for the thermometer to climb above 0 degrees. It did, so we set out for a New Year's ski. We had our long, skinny skis that glided quite well on the cold and squeaky snow. We didn't dally. We kept moving to generate heat. We both had on thick neckwarmers today (NOT normal for Nordic skiing). Mine kept making my face damp from condensation and I'd wipe it dry with a tissue. But when I went down hills I appreciated that my face was covered.  This...[Read more]

Monday, January 1, 2018 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

What do you do when itʼs really cold outside? Go Nordic skiing!

We stayed plenty warm while skiing today. All we needed to do is click into our skinny skis and go cross-country skiing! Temperatures were in the single digits but I could feel all my digits. I actually generated so much heat I had to unzip my jacket and take my hands out of my mittens a few times.  We got a great workout at Catamount Outdoor Center in Williston, Vermont. It's very pretty in the woods there. There's good snow coverage and classic tracks were set, as well. I like...[Read more]

Saturday, December 30, 2017 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing in the snowy woods at Catamount Outdoor Center

We had some nice snowfall on Friday, so the plan was to hit the cross-country trails on Saturday. But the weather was going to be weird in lower elevations. The forecast called for mixed precipitation and rain. We had to motivate. We put down our coffee cups and got out for a ski before the rain started. And it was quite good! At Catamount Outdoor Center in Williston, Vermont, we did a big loop through the woods. When we were under the cover of the trees, the snow was powdery and sometimes...[Read more]

Saturday, December 23, 2017 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Light powder + backcountry trails = Fun!

It didn't feel like mid-December today in the backcountry trail network at Bolton Valley. While there isn't a very deep base of snow, there was plenty of light powder to make turns through. Bolton Valley, with a base area that sits at 2,100 feet, says they've received 15 to 18 inches of snow over the last week.  The Skimeister and I both got our tele on today. It was such fun for our first backcountry outing of the season![Read more]

Saturday, December 16, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski

Early-December snow in Vermont offers powder turns

Photo from Burke Mountain Resort.

An early-December snowstorm is doing wonderful things for skiing and riding in Vermont! Depending on location, up to 18 inches of new snow fell on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning! Visit our Vermont Snow Reports page for links to National Weather Service reports and ski resort reports of snowfall. As of December 13, there were 32 inches of snow at the stake near the top of Mt. Mansfield. (On our Snow Reports page we also link to the chart that shows this is above average for this point in...[Read more]

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

It's beginning to look a lot like winter! Fun turns today at Stowe, Vermont.

Southern Vermont ski resorts made out the best with this coastal storm that moved through over the weekend. They enjoyed up to six inches of new snow. But we saw a bit of fresh snow even up north at Stowe Mountain Resort today. The snowflakes kept falling this morning as we took runs off of Stowe's Fourrunner Quad and Gondola. The earliest runs were the best, of course, before a lot of traffic had come through. But even later in the morning we had fun in the snow that was on the side of the...[Read more]

Sunday, December 10, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Stowe

December 3rd serves up typical early-season conditions. And tacos.

Zipping around the corners on Jester at Sugarbush, Vermont.

On this morning when the blue sky peeked out at us a bit, we enjoyed a good early-season workout for our skiing legs. It's so nice to make turns in early December! We headed to the Mad River Valley for a morning of skiing. Sugarbush had three lifts open (four if you count the beginner conveyor lift) and they listed 15 trails open. There were three main ways off the summit of Lincoln Peak: Ripcord, Jester and Organgrinder. Spillsville was open with natural snow but almost no one was skiing it...[Read more]

Sunday, December 3, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Food, coffee & après ski, Sugarbush

Snowy first chairlift rides of the ski season at Smuggs!

I think we timed our first day of lift-served skiing well. We got up early and hit Smugglers’ Notch in northern Vermont when the lift opened. We drove there in the snow and soon discovered they got about four inches of new snow at the base and about six new at the top of Sterling Mountain. Heck, ya! The Sterling lift was open at Smuggs this morning and it offered a couple ways down for the top-part of your run. Then, everyone met on Treasure Run half-way down before you could split off to...[Read more]

Sunday, November 26, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch

First sliding on snow of the season!

After spending time with family for Thanksgiving, the Skimeister and I wanted to play in the snow. We took our older, waxless, light backcountry gear out for a spin in Bolton, Vermont. We found approximately four inches of snow at about 2,100 feet in elevation. We messed around on the slightly snowy trails. It felt good to glide and slide! There were many open water bars and rocks to keep us on our toes. There was likely more snow up higher. As the clouds lifted today they were revealing...[Read more]

Friday, November 24, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

Women's World Cup comes to Vermont this weekend

The Women's World Cup is coming to Vermont this weekend. The best slalom and giant slalom skiers in the world will hit the Superstar trail at Killington, Vermont.  Friday night kicks things off with a free concert, athletes getting their race bibs on stage, and fireworks. Last year it was estimated that 16,000 people gathered to watch the action on Saturday and 14,000 on Sunday. On Saturday, November 25, the first run of the GS is at 10 a.m. The second at 1 p.m. For Sunday, November 26,...[Read more]

Monday, November 20, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Killington, Ski racing

When do Vermont ski resorts open for 2017 - 2018?

First chair for 2017 - 2018 ski season at Mount Snow, Vermont

Important: Check resort snow report pages for the very latest on their opening dates and conditions. Know before you go! These projected opening dates depend on Mother Nature's cooperation. Vermont ski resort planned opening dates 2017 - 2018as of 12/24/17 Killington / Opened on November 9Mount Snow / Opened on November 11Okemo / Opened on November 11Sugarbush / Opened on November 17Stowe / Opened on November 17Jay Peak / Opened on November...[Read more]

Sunday, November 12, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Lifts will turn at a couple of Vermont ski resorts this week

Updated 11/8/17 Thanks to cold weather moving in to the area, snowmakers have been busy and will be working hard through the week. Killington has announced it will start spinning its lifts on Wednesday, November 8, for passholders. Killington will open on Thursday, November 9, for the public for the 2017 - 2018 ski season. Mount Snow announced it will open on Saturday, November 11. Okemo will open on Saturday, as well. Clearly there will be very, very limited terrain open. Check on the...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo

SkiMavenʼs list of Vermont lift ticket deals for 2017 - 2018

Riding the lift at Sugarbush, Vermont

Weʼve been compiling some of the best ski ticket deals in Vermont. Come and see what weʼve found!

Sunday, October 29, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ticket discounts

What's new on the mountain at your favorite Vermont ski resorts for 2017 - 2018?

New lift at Sugarbush, Vermont in 2017 - 2018

Snowmaking, lifts, grooming machines and more. Here's a look at on-mountain improvements at Vermont ski resorts for this winter. Bolton Valley Bolton Valley is upgrading its snowmaking system. The pumps at the Timberline pump house will be balanced, allowing for more water to be pushed uphill more quickly. The resort is also adding to its gun and hose inventory. These two upgrades will allow the resort to blow snow in multiple locations at the same time. Burke Mountain Burke...[Read more]

Sunday, October 22, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Killington, Magic, Mount Snow, Okemo, Resort improvements, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

SkiMaven's list of 2017 Vermont ski swaps. You've found “the list.” Swap on!

Updated 11/26/2017 The first cool temperatures of fall get us thinking about autumn colors, wearing fleece, and the coming of winter! Time to look at your family's ski gear and find out what you need for the ski season that's just around the corner. Each year we compile a list of Vermont ski swaps so you can consider selling ski gear you don't want, and buying something that you might need. If you know of a swap that is not yet listed here, please drop us a comment below. Thanks! Text and...[Read more]

Sunday, September 3, 2017 Filed in: Ski gear, Ski swaps

Mountain biking in Vermont. Rolling through summer.

Summertime means mountain biking for many skiers in Vermont. I got a new-to-me full-suspension bike this spring and I'm really enjoying it. Last weekend we hit up Kingdom Trails in East Burke, Vermont. Other times we ride in the woods in Stowe, Waterbury, the Mad River Valley, Essex and Williston.  Biking is one way we get to enjoy Vermont's woods and mountains in the summer. Check out some of our photos from this summer. The summer started out wet (muddy), but has dried up nicely. This...[Read more]

Friday, August 4, 2017 Filed in: Burke, Ski towns in summer, Stowe, Sugarbush

Reflecting on the Vermont winter that was 2016 - 2017

It's hard to let go of winter, but we hold on to wonderful memories of being in the woods and on the trails surrounded by — and sometimes wallowing in — beautiful piles of powdery snow. Check out our little video of some of our favorite shots from the 2016 - 2017 ski season in northern Vermont.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Spring skiing in Vermont - April 2017

We get people sending us questions through social media and our blog. Sometimes they ask whether they should book a ski vacation in Vermont in April. "Will there be snow?" they ask. We usually explain that in April you can win some, and you can lose some. Now that we're half way through the month, we'd have to say that April 2017 has been a winner for skiing at higher elevations. This week we made use of a deep snowpack above 2,500 feet in northern Vermont.  On Thursday night...[Read more]

Sunday, April 16, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Spring skiing

It felt like winter on Saturday; spring on Sunday. A fun, snow-filled April weekend!

I had to double check the date that was appearing on my phone on Saturday. We went out for a backcountry ski and it felt and looked like February rather than April 8! Saturday in the Backcountry We found five to 10 inches of new snow on Saturday, depending on elevation. The 10 inches was above 2700 feet. It was dense powder and the snow was deep when you got off the beaten path! Several times our poles plunged deep into the loose snow off the sides of the skin track. We went up into the...[Read more]

Sunday, April 9, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Lots of springy snow for cross-country skiing on April 2

Today's weather beat out our expectations today. It turned out to be gloriously sunny while we were on the trails at Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Center! There is still so much snow on the trails and woods in Stowe, Vermont. Trapps, with a base elevation of about 1400 feet, reported receiving about five inches of snow on Friday/Saturday. This morning all 65km of the trails were freshly groomed and had classic tracks. We skied up to the cabin via Russel Knoll and Chris's Run — a long...[Read more]

Sunday, April 2, 2017 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

April showers us with dense powder!

Yay for powder skiing in April! No, it wasn't the lightest powder, but what do you expect so late in the season? It was a blast to hit about 12 inches of new snow at Mad River Glen today. We were in line when the Single Chair opened this morning. That allowed us to get some nearly untracked powder all the way down the long Antelope trail. The dense powder made us lean back a bit to get our skis to float. The Skimeister is now skiing on fatter skis so he had an easier time surfing down the...[Read more]

Saturday, April 1, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Mad River Glen, Spring skiing

Bluebird day + great cross-country skiing at Craftsbury

We made the most of a gorgeous day and snow-free driving conditions by jumping in the Subaru and pointing it north toward Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, Vermont. We arrived to find some eager young kids starting a ski race. The adults had started earlier and we would see them skate by a few times as we started skiing the trails. Since the trails were prepared for a skate skiing race, we didn't have some classic tracks on a few areas that we expected. But we were creative and snaked...[Read more]

Sunday, March 26, 2017 Filed in: Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski

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

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