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

Some nice cross-country skiing for November

Photo of classic ski tracks and the tips of skis

I took advantage of another sunny day today. I took my skinny skis and went to Catamount Outdoor Center in Williston, Vt. We don't always get to cross-country ski in November at this low elevation, so it was important to hit the trails! The snow coverage was quite good. Where tracks were set, they were good, too. The Goose Hill side of the trail network features open fields and a hillside. There you can get views of Camel's Hump and Mt. Mansfield. These snowy peaks were set off against a...[Read more]

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

November 16: Scenes from a sunny Saturday on snow

Photo of skier and her tracks through the snow

We went to our local ski hill here in northern Vermont, which isn't open yet, and we skinned up to earn some turns. It was our first telemark / skinning outing of the season! We're thinking there were up to 10 inches of all-natural snow in some places. The untouched snow in the shade was quite soft. But if the sun had been on it there was some breakable crust. With the sun shining brightly, it was much warmer than we expected it would be. And no wind. Bonus! Are you getting on the snow this...[Read more]

Saturday, November 16, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

Sugarbush Resort is sold to Alterra Mountain Company

Photo of base area of Sugarbush Resort with ski runs in the background

Another Vermont ski resort has been sold. This time, the buyer is not Vail Resorts. Alterra Mountain Company is buying Sugarbush Resort in northern Vermont. Alterra currently owns 14 destinations in North America. They include Stratton and Tremblant in the East, Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado, Deer Valley and Solitude in Utah, and Squaw Valley and Mammoth in California. They partner with an additional 27 around the world on their Ikon Pass. The transaction is expected to close in...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Sugarbush

When do ski resorts open in Vermont for 2019 - 2020 season?

Photo of skier making turns at Smugglers' Notch in sunshine with mountain view

Updated 12/4/19 PM Here's a look at opening dates - WEATHER PERMITTING. Please check our links to Vermont snow reports before you make plans to go! In November and December, check for midweek closures. Sometimes ski areas are just open on weekends in the early season! Killington - opened November 3Mount Snow - opened November 13Bromley - opened November 16Okemo - opened November 22Stowe - opened November 22Jay Peak - opened November 22 for passholders; Nov. 23 for all othersSugarbush -...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Sliding on snow in November in Vermont

Photo of red skis in fluffy, white snow

On Saturday morning I headed up to about 1800 feet in elevation here in northern Vermont. I found five inches of fluffy snow. And no base. But that's OK because I had on my old waxless, three-pin setup. I was out to explore and try to slide on snow for the first time this season. The sun was shining, which made for a great little outing. I often skied through the snow to the grass and rocks. I crossed streams and damp spots frequently. But it felt great to get out there! Incoming Snow Now...[Read more]

Sunday, November 10, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

Updated Vermont lift ticket deals post for this ski + ride season: 2019 - 2020

Photo of a skier on a snowy trail with a wintry view at Smugglers Notch, Vermont

Each year we compile a list of some of the best skiing deals, discount days, resident discounts and frequent skier deals in Vermont. We've posted the list of deals for the 2019-2020 ski season. Check 'em out![Read more]

Sunday, November 3, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

October snow gets us psyched for the coming ski season!

Snowy rocks, trees and cliff at the top of the gondola on Mt. Mansfield

On Thursday, October 17, it rained a lot in Vermont. But when the clouds later lifted, they revealed bright white high peaks! The highest spots in the state had snow on them and it was lovely. On Saturday we found 4 - 5 inches of snow at 3700 feet on Mt. Mansfield, at the top of the gondola.  Here are a few photos from Saturday afternoon on Mansfield. Plus, a shot of a white-glazed Mt. Mansfield from a sailboat on Lake Champlain on Sunday.  This gets us very excited for ski season....[Read more]

Sunday, October 20, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Sailing

2019 Ski Swaps in Vermont – SkiMaven’s annual list!

Photo of skis for sale at a Vermont ski swap

Updated 10/8/2019 It’s time to plan for buying or selling at one of Vermont’s ski swaps! Consider bookmarking this page and sharing it with friends. We will update this list as more events are announced and details are confirmed. If you have information about a swap that is not yet listed here, please drop us a comment below. Thanks! Text and images © SkiMaven.com. If you would like to share this list with others you must include a link to www.SkiMaven.com. 2019 Vermont Ski Swaps September...[Read more]

Thursday, August 29, 2019 Filed in: Ski gear, Ski swaps

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

Powdery, sunny skiing at Bolton Valley Resort — with extra layers

Thank goodness for a week of snow! I was away at a conference this week while the snow was falling in Vermont (of course). But I made up for it by skiing in the deep snow at Bolton Valley Ski Resort today! I headed for the glades wherever possible. There the snow was cold and deep. Cobrass Woods, Preacher, Outlaw Woods and Wilderness Woods were full of snowy fun. And very few people! The natural snow trails off of the Wilderness Chair were a lovely packed powder. Other groomed, snowmaking...[Read more]

Saturday, January 12, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

A full-blown powder day at Stowe, Vermont

The first big storm of the new year has brought a welcome end to the roller-coaster temps we've been experiencing. Winter is back, and roaring like a lion! Around 15-18" of snow has fallen at Stowe Mountain Resort in the past couple of days; it's a little tough to gauge the depth with all the wind swirling it around. Along with the snow that fell earlier in the week, it made today into quite a powder day. That roaring wind was a factor for lift operations (it was yesterday, and may be...[Read more]

Thursday, January 10, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Stowe

Today’s ski in the woods: Sun, snow + moose poop

Hooray for this week’s snow! The Skimeister and I went backcountry skiing this morning and the recent snow made a BIG difference. We found 4 to 6 inches of snow over a crusted base between 2,700 and 3,100 feet in Bolton, Vermont. The snow in the sun had a sun-crusted top layer. But the snow in the shade was still light and fun! We climbed up as the sun was trying to come out from behind the clouds. At the top our climb it was sunny, and quite warm. We took our time taking off our skins in the...[Read more]

Saturday, January 5, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

A tricky cross-country ski tour today

I'm going to reiterate the request that I shared at the end of our last blog post: Pray for snow, people! This week's rain did more damage to the snowpack. We took our metal-edged Nordic skis out for a spin on Maple Loop at Bolton Valley Nordic Center. It was challenging. Here's what we found late Saturday morning: On the trails that were groomed recently and skied on, the snow was hard-packed and tough to get "kick." Icy stuff, and no place for beginners.On the sides of the trails...[Read more]

Saturday, December 29, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Keep calm, and ski on

After rain fell at the end of the week, you had to wonder how things were holding up in the mountains. I took advantage of a sunny Sunday to find out. On my drive to the mountain, the Winooski River was swollen. We got quite a bit of rain!  I took my waxless touring skis onto the Nordic trails at Bolton Valley Resort. The skis have metal edges and I was thinking I would need them. You could tell the snowpack took a hit, but there was still a bunch of snow up there. You'd see some wet...[Read more]

Sunday, December 23, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Lots of terrain open and spring-ish conditions at Stowe Mountain Resort today

It felt like an early-spring skiing day today! I hit the lifts at Stowe Mountain Resort and enjoyed the trails on both Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Most of the trails and lifts are open due to the wonderful early-season snow we've been having. (About 100 inches this season so far in the northern Green Mountains!) At Stowe 9 of 12 lifts and 90% of the terrain is open. It's great to be able to ski so much of the resort this early in the ski season! In the morning at higher elevations, things...[Read more]

Saturday, December 15, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Exhausted — but happy — after another day of exploring the backcountry

Sunday brought day two of sunshine and day two of skiing in the backcountry in northern Vermont. We had discussed exploring the forest on the flanks of Camel's Hump. So off we went this morning. After a long approach by car to Camel's Hump State Park in Duxbury, Vt., we buckled into our telemark boots and headed for the Monroe Trail. It's a busy hiking trail in the summer. Today there were hikers, snowshoers and a few skiers.  I learned it's challenging to skin up a hiking trail. This...[Read more]

Sunday, December 9, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

Cold, sunny, fluffy morning in the backcountry in Stowe, Vermont

We didn’t see many people on our ski tour this morning. Probably because it was darn cold! We started our ski tour in the bright sun but in temperatures around 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The new snow that had fallen over the past couple of days in Stowe was light and fluffy. We went to explore the trails and trees in Stowe’s Sterling Forest.  We skinned uphill and only stopped once —briefly — for water and a handful of peanuts. It was too cold to dally. We would descend in snow that was...[Read more]

Saturday, December 8, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Venturing into the deep snow in the backcountry

Bolton Valley Resort opened for the weekend today. While folks flocked to the chairlifts, we skinned into the backcountry to the north of the ski area.  We found a deep snowpack, some open water hazards and thick powder to surf on. The resort was reporting 26 inches of new snow in the last five days. At times I lost my ski pole while pushing in the deep snow. And when I accidentally dove hands-first into the deep powder, it was a chore to extricate myself! It's rather incredible for...[Read more]

Saturday, December 1, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

Latest storm really puts the “snow” in Snowvember

The latest low-pressure system to slowly spin its way over the Northeast has dropped even more snow across Vermont. This morning I skinned up the well-packed track on Bolton Valley’s Wilderness Peak to check out the unreal 20 inches that the resort reported had fallen in the last 24 hours. I also noted on the snow report that Bolton has restricted uphill traffic to the Wilderness area and the backcountry trails due to all the mountain operations going on everywhere else. Bolton Valley is...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

A whole lotta snow falling in Vermont to close out November!

The 24-hour snow totals at most Vermont ski resorts are being reported in the teens. You know, like 13 inches or more! Some southern Vermont ski areas are reporting about 20 inches. There was so much snow that power was an issue at a couple of the resorts this morning. Just a reminder: It is still November.  See our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to snow reports your favorite resorts. See our Snow Reports page for a compilation of reports. And plan to get out on your skis or...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

Making the most of the November snow

Another day, another ski tour! The forecast calls for warmer temperatures and foul weather, so we made a point of getting out to ski this afternoon. If Friday felt like February, I'd have to say that today felt like late-March. The cold, stiff snow we skied in yesterday turned into heavy, wet snow today. You know, like the mashed potatoes that you had with Thanksgiving dinner. With few layers on we climbed up into the Bolton backcountry trail network and did a nice afternoon tour. The sun was...[Read more]

Saturday, November 24, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

Backcountry bliss — in November!

We re-confirmed this fact today: There is a lot of snow at higher elevations in northern Vermont! The Skimeister and I enjoyed a ski tour in the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network. The scene was more like February than November! The snow was plentiful and the sky was blue. The temperature was also under 20 degrees, so that added to the mid-winter vibe. We passed small trees that were bending over in the weight of snow. We skinned in a rather deep skin track. And we descended in thick...[Read more]

Friday, November 23, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

It’s November 17 and there are great turns to be had in Vermont!

Midday on Saturday offered up snowflakes, deep snow and sunshine!  I skinned up trails at Bolton Valley. The ski area won't open until early December, but they are already making snow on the main mountain. As I began climbing, it was rather warm and it was snowing. The deep snow was starting to get a bit heavy. On the way up I made note of the many open water bars that I should avoid on the way down. It was wonderful to be out on the snow getting exercise after a week of work. And to my...[Read more]

Saturday, November 17, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter in Vermont!

I heard that our higher mountains in Vermont had received some snow so this morning I went to check it out. The bottom of the Bolton Valley Access Road was bare, but by the time you got up to the Timberline area there was snow on the ground. At the main base area things were downright wintry. Bolton Valley is not open yet, but they reported 8 - 11 inches of snow in the past 48 hours. This morning near the base area, it was crusted over with some shallow, little pockets of soft snow here...[Read more]

Sunday, November 11, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

When do Vermont ski resorts open for 2018 - 2019?

Mount Snow to open

Updated 12/13/18   Mount Snow joined Killington in spinning lifts in October. Cold temperatures and aggressive snowmaking allowed these resorts to open very limited terrain this early. In November, Mother Nature provided snow, snow, snow! Vermont ski resort planned opening dates 2018 - 2019 — weather permitting!  Killington / Opened on October 19Mount Snow / Opened on October 27; at first only for weekend skiingStowe / Opened on November 16Okemo / Opened...[Read more]

Thursday, October 25, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

SkiMavenʼs list of Vermont lift ticket deals for 2018 - 2019

We’ve been compiling some of the best ski ticket deals in Vermont. Come and see what weʼve found! More will be added as we hear about new skiing discounts.

Sunday, October 7, 2018 Filed in: Ticket discounts

Fall is ski swap time! Here’s “the list” of Vermont ski swaps for 2018!

<<CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2019 LIST OF SKI SWAPS!>> Updated 11/6/18 It starts with the changing leaves. The color shows itself slowly at first. And then, before you know it, the leaves are gone and we’re celebrating the first fresh snowflakes of the season. Fall in Vermont also brings ski swaps. And quite a few of them, too. We compile a list every year so you can plan accordingly. Do you have ski or snowboard gear to sell? Or do you need a few pieces of gear for the family?...[Read more]

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Filed in: Ski gear, Ski swaps

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