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Spring has sprung! Gotta make the most of the snow!

Posted 3/20/21

We're looking at a stretch of sunny (yay!) and warm (not so yay!) weather in Vermont. Better get out on the snow while we have it! Forty-six inches of snow at the stake atop Mt. Mansfield. That's…

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

Posted 2/5/21

We’ve been clicking into our skis a few times a week lately. We especially like getting out on the snow before we work from home. It's such a great way to start the day. Here in northern Vermont the…

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Mother Nature comes through with snow!

Posted 1/18/21

We were so happy to see the forecast for this past weekend change for the better! Forecasters had been warning of rain, but in the mountains it snowed and snowed some more! Thank goodness! We clicked…

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Exploring the woods on skis & praying for more snow

Posted 1/9/21

Over the last month, the Skimeister and I have worked to counteract cabin fever by heading out into the woods. It's great to slide around and listen to the wind and the woodpeckers — even if there…

Snowmaking guns at work at Sugarbush, VT

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

Posted 12/9/20

Vermont has been enjoying cold temperatures recently and it's been a boon for snowmaking. When Mother Nature is slow to deliver, the snow guns come out! More ski areas will join the 5 resorts already…

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Killington, Pico, Magic Mountain and Mad River Glen and more ski areas also to close due to coronavirus concerns

Posted 3/15/20

Update on 3/16 at 5:30 p.m.: Smugglers' Notch is the last ski resort in the state to announce it will stop operating at end of day on March 17. Update on 3/15 at 2 p.m.: Bolton Valley Resort will…

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Stratton and Sugarbush join the list of Vermont ski resorts to close immediately due to coronavirus worries

Posted 3/14/20

On Saturday evening, after Vail Resorts' announcement, Alterra Mountain Company said it will stop spinning the lifts at their many properties. Starting immediately, Stratton and Sugarbush ski resorts…

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Stowe, Okemo and Mount Snow will close for a week due to coronavirus concerns

Posted 3/14/20

All of Vail Resorts' North American ski resorts will close from March 15 - 22. This includes Stowe, Okemo and Mount Snow in Vermont. The announcement came on Saturday evening, March 14. The company…

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Jay Peak and Burke Mountain ski resorts to close for the season due to coronavirus threat

Posted 3/13/20

Update on 3/14/20: Middlebury Snow Bowl will close for the season on Sunday afternoon, as will Rikert Nordic Center. They said Middlebury College is taking measures “in response to current health…

Lotsa snow in northern Vermont!

Posted 3/2/20

What a weekend in northern Vermont. Ski resorts got between 1 and 3 feet of snow over the past week and skiers and riders rejoiced! Photos courtesy: Bolton Valley Resort Jay Peak Resort …

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One day, two mountains — A well-rounded tour of Sugarbush Ski Resort in Vermont

Posted 2/22/20

Today was all about sunny turns. It was a gorgeous day to be outside and we chose to spend it on the slopes at Sugarbush Resort in northern Vermont. We've skied Sugarbush a number of times over the…

A powder-filled Sunday at Smugglers' Notch, Vermont

Posted 1/19/20

Today I headed over to Smugglers' Notch Resort to check out 5" fresh atop about 12-18" from Thursday's storm. It's great to see the mountain bounce back after last weekend's thaw. The Sterling double…

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Skiing in about four inches of new snow this morning in northern Vermont

Posted 1/5/20

Around northern Vermont, ski areas reported that about 4 - 6 inches of snow fell Saturday into Sunday morning. It serves as a nice refresh for the conditions. We got up early and headed to the slopes…

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Skiing into the new year on new snow at Vermont’s Smugglers’ Notch Resort!

Posted 1/1/20

After hitting the snooze button a few times, we got ourselves up and out the door this morning for some New Year’s Day skiing. We made our way to Smugglers’ Notch Resort to enjoy some new snow, which…

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Starting a holiday week the Vermont way — with a Sunday morning full of skiing

Posted 12/22/19

I got up with the sun on this first full day of winter. The sunrise was gorgeous! I drove on over to Stowe Mountain Resort to get some turns in. It was a lovely morning. At first it was clear, then…

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Sunday morning runs at Stowe, Vermont — first time on a ski lift this season!

Posted 12/1/19

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…

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Sugarbush Resort is sold to Alterra Mountain Company

Posted 11/13/19

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…

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

Posted 11/12/19

Updated 12/14/19 Please check our direct links to Vermont ski area snow reports before you make plans to go! In November and December, check for midweek closures. Sometimes ski areas are just open…

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Sliding on snow in November in Vermont

Posted 11/10/19

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…

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

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

Posted 11/3/19

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…

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