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 11/18/17 Killington / Opened on November 9Mount Snow / Opened on November 11Okemo / Opened on November 11Sugarbush / Opened on November 17.Stowe / Opened on November 17Jay Peak / Opens to public 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

Weʼre 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 10/28/2017 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

So much snow at Stowe Mountain Resort today!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day two of earning turns this weekend

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

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

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

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

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

A Friday afternoon in the snowy woods

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

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

Mother Nature delivers a Wednesday powder day! Great turns at Stowe, Vermont.

Oh how we love skiing in powder! We skied in 5 to 6 inches of fresh snow at Stowe Mountain Resort today. It didn't want to let up; it snowed the entire time we were skiing. (Resorts around Vermont were reporting between 3 and 7 inches of new snow.) Today's medium-weight snow is just what we needed to help cover up older hard-packed and crusted snow. The powder offered great turns on the trails and in the glades. Among our favorite trails today was Hayride. It had been groomed before much of...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Light fluff over hard-packed snow + ice on cross-country ski today

Almost two inches of super-light and fluffy snow fell on the groomed cross-country trails at Bolton Valley in northern Vermont. It was so light it wafted out from under our skis! It made everything look wintry again this morning, but under that new fluff is hard-packed snow, crust and icy areas. For this reason we stuck to trails that had been groomed before the fluff fell. We skied on the World Cup trail, Pond Loop, Broadway, Pika and Upper Maple Loop. Off the trail there was a hard crust...[Read more]

Sunday, January 15, 2017 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

New snow and "spring" conditions at Smugglers' Notch today

We had a blast skiing in new snow at Smugglers’ Notch this afternoon. The resort got up to three inches of snow overnight, making for some fun turns in the sun. While it rained a bit in the valleys last night, snow fell on the mountain. And the wind blew. This was evident on trails such as Drifter, which had some icy wind-scoured sections. If you looked to the side of the trail, however, you often found where that snow went! The snow was also deposited in the woods. We had fun skiing in Red...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch

Exploring new-to-us Nordic trails over the last few days

Have you ever skied by a trail, stopped in your tracks and asked yourself out loud: “I wonder where that trail goes?” During our most recent Nordic outings on Saturday and Tuesday, we took the bull by the horns and resolved to answer that question. The snow was still crusty in the backcountry in our region and it was not easy to ski off-piste, so we looked for low-angle ski tours to explore in the woods. When consulting the Bolton Valley Nordic Center trail map, we realized there were quite...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Checking out backcountry trails to end the week

We’ve had some strange weather lately. While there have been surprise snow squalls that have added up on some Vermont peaks, others have experienced frozen and “other” precipitation. I’m glad to report that this weekend we'll enjoy steady wintry temperatures. The Skimeister and I went to check out the status of the backcountry trails at Bolton Valley, Vermont, today. We found a dusting of new, fluffy snow as we started our climb. Up higher at about 2,700 feet in elevation, it was about an inch...[Read more]

Friday, January 6, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Fast groomers at Sugarbush’s Mt. Ellen with sun, sun, sun!

Monday morning was gloriously sunny with a bright blue sky. We headed for Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush Resort in Vermont to make turns in the sunshine. We jumped on the Green Mountain Express Quad to head toward the 4,083-foot summit. The Summit Quad was not open yet so we did a warm-up run down Cruiser and Straight Shot. The machine-groomed corduroy was stiff and fast as it had set up in the cold last night. Our next runs were also fast groomers, but from the top of the mountain. We skied trails...[Read more]

Monday, January 2, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Sugarbush

Great cross-country ski conditions on the last day of 2016

We sent off 2016 with another ski today! This time we clicked into our skinny cross-country skis and did a loop on the groomed Nordic trails at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. The snow conditions were really good on the less-traveled trails that we ventured on. There were about 6 to 8 inches of fresh snow on the sides of the trails. It was lovely! Trapps had set classic tracks on all the trails we hit. After missing out on a lot of cross-country skiing last year because of a lack of...[Read more]

Saturday, December 31, 2016 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Snowy Friday morning laps at Vermont's Bolton Valley Resort

So what is it with those Nor'easters? Those darn coastal storms are so fickle and they sometimes wander away from Vermont. Much of Northern Vermont did not get “dumped on” as expected, yet we still had some wonderful turns this morning in about six inches of new snow that had fallen since Thursday. (On snow reports we saw some higher totals in southern Vermont.) We hit the road early and a snow squall greeted us at Bolton Valley Resort. We were on the fifth chair loaded on the Vista quad and...[Read more]

Friday, December 30, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

A Nordic outing to start our Christmas weekend

Here are a few photos from midday today on the Nordic trails at Bolton Valley. We read that Bolton had received a couple inches of fresh snow recently and that they had groomed the Nordic trails. We were two of the first skiers out on the corduroy-covered trails. The coverage was good, but you can tell it's rather thin. At times I could hear my poles click on ice below the snowy surface. But since there was hardly any traffic on the trails, it was very good! We both used our waxless,...[Read more]

Friday, December 23, 2016 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Fresh, light powder + tasty turns earned on Saturday

What a difference a day can make. This morning it's raining thanks to a wild weather roller coaster ride. (The roller coaster plummets later today so this wetness will freeze up.) But Saturday — oh boy — that was a different story. The Skimeister and I waited for Saturday's snow to pile up a bit before heading out to earn turns in the powder. At midday we climbed up to about 3,000 feet in the Bolton backcountry trail network. It was stunningly gorgeous. Up high the trees bowed their...[Read more]

Sunday, December 18, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

Sunny turns on Sterling at Smugglers' Notch

We hit the slopes this morning and enjoyed sunny views and turns at Smugglers' Notch. The resort had received about two inches of fresh snow overnight, which made for smooth turns in many places. On the main mountain, the Sterling lift was open. It gives you a ride up to 3,040 feet. Two lifts were open for beginners down at Morse Mountain. Smuggs plans to fire up the Madonna lift this weekend for top-to-bottom skiing. We saw snowmaking guns doing their thing over on the Madonna side of the...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch

Another snow-filled December ski today!

December 2016 Vermont backcountry skiing

Knowing that the higher elevations in northern Vermont had continued to get snow this week, the Skimeister and I headed out to investigate. We stuffed our packs and grabbed our Nordic season's passes to ski on the backcountry trail network at Bolton Valley. The Nordic center is now open, as are a couple of lower-mountain lifts at Bolton Valley. It's definitely still early-season, with wet spots, hidden obstacles and stream crossings to avoid, but when you steered clear of these the snow was...[Read more]

Saturday, December 10, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

Vermont ski resort count for this weekend: 13

More Vermont ski resorts open

UPDATE: Make that 14 resorts. Mad River Glen announced it will fire up a lift this weekend, as well. ---------- We're having a great December so far in Vermont, thanks to Mother Nature. This weekend Bolton Valley, Middlebury Snow Bowl and Pico Mountain will open — joining 10 other ski resorts in Vermont that are already running their lifts. (See our updated blog post here for exact opening dates.) Mad River Glen, which relies heavily on natural snow, is still in wait-and-see mode. They...[Read more]

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Mad River Glen, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Pico, Rikert, Trapp Family Lodge

Powder turns on an early-December day at Stowe, Vermont!

Wow, we just had one of the best early-December ski days! The northern Green Mountains have been picking up snow left and right and today there was powder to play in at Stowe Mountain Resort.  We started on the gondola and headed for Perry Merrill. We thank the groomers for not grooming the full width of the trail. There was wonderful, soft powder on the side of the trail! Later in the morning soft, round bumps formed and they reminded us of Colorado moguls. We played in the soft bumps...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Stowe

A fun ski tour on a snowy Saturday!

You might not have guessed it down in the valley, but it was full-on winter up in the mountains this morning! As we ascended the Bolton Valley access road the trees suddenly became all-white. And there was more of it as we booted up in the snow-filled parking lot! The northern Vermont ski resorts were talking about 5 to 10 inches of fresh snow overnight, and more snow had fallen on Friday. At about 2400 feet in elevation I'd estimate there was at least 8 inches. The trees were weighed down...[Read more]

Saturday, December 3, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

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