Alpine / downhill 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 Vermont ski resorts to choose from + good news for Magic

With the addition of Burke Mountain to the list of open ski areas this weekend, and the re-opening of three other areas, you'll have the choice of 10 ski resorts in Vermont to choose from this weekend. It's early season and there's limited terrain available, so check on what trails are open at the resorts before you jump in the car. You'll find a scrollable list of snow conditions on our Vermont Snow Reports page, and a link to each ski resort's snow condition report on this page. Other ski...[Read more]

Thursday, December 1, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Fall & Early season, Magic

Mikaela Shiffrin is super-charged in Killington, Vt., World Cup races

Mikaela Shiffrin at Killington, Vt., World Cup

Hats off to ski racing phenom Mikaela Shiffrin for her wonderful performances this weekend in Killington, Vermont! This Burke Mountain Academy grad scored a strong fifth in the giant slalom, and she pulled off a win in the slalom — her specialty. Her grandma even watched her race on Sunday. [Read more]

Sunday, November 27, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Killington, Ski racing

More ski resorts poised to open + World Cup racing in Vermont

Snowmaking in Vermont 2016 - 2017

With the help of colder temperatures and natural snow moving into our area today, several Vermont ski resorts are poised to open during Thanksgiving week and weekend. We had a warm spell for a while but snowmakers have been getting back to work and Mother Nature has helped out with the real stuff. See our post about 2016 Vermont ski resort opening dates, which we update. Those tentatively planning to open in the coming week include Bromley, Burke, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers'...[Read more]

Sunday, November 20, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Killington, Ski racing

Six Vermont skiing tips from SkiMaven — “Tuesday Tips”

We're unveiling Vermont skiing tips each Tuesday! Hopefully they will provide some good advice + inspiration for the coming ski season. Let us know what you think of these tips — and then add your own in the comments!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

2016 Opening dates for Vermont ski resorts. Are you ready?

2016 Vermont ski resort opening dates

Updated 12/21/2016 AM If Mother Nature cooperates and delivers cold weather, several Vermont ski resorts hope to make enough snow to open some limited terrain in November. Others plan on December openings. Of course, you may have heard that Killington started spinning a couple of lifts in October! Here are the TENTATIVE 2016 opening dates, weather permitting. The info was gathered from resort websites and Ski Vermont. Get a direct link to each ski resort's status and conditions on our Vermont...[Read more]

Monday, November 7, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Vermont lift ticket deals and skiing discounts: SkiMaven's list for 2016 - 2017

Vermont skiing deals

Updated 2/13/2017 Deals, steals and discounts — we're all looking for them. Each year we compile a list of some of the best skiing deals, discount days, resident discounts and frequent skier deals in Vermont. Found on this page, from top to bottom: Northern Vermont Lift Ticket Deals, Central Vermont Lift Ticket Discounts, Southern Vermont Lift Ticket Deals, and Other Ski Ticket Discount Cards & Programs. We may mention a few exceptional season passes but we really do not cover...[Read more]

Friday, October 28, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

First snow in the mountains of Vermont on October 22

Here are a few shots of the early-season snowfall in Vermont this weekend! Snow fell at higher elevations on Saturday night, October 22. Extra-eager skiers and riders went out to hike for some turns on the higher peaks on Sunday morning. It's an exciting time of year!  UPDATE: Killington has announced that it will open a couple trails (Rime and Reason) on Tuesday for pass/card holders and will open to the general public starting Wednesday. They got about five inches of snow and have...[Read more]

Sunday, October 23, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Killington

New in 2016 - 2017: Enhancements at central and northern Vermont ski areas

Ski area improvements in Vermont 2016 - 2017

Vermont’s ski resorts are getting prepared for a new — and hopefully MUCH snowier — ski season. Here’s a recap of ski area improvements and investments in the central and northern portions of Vermont. Bolton Valley Bolton Valley is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The ski area plans to increase early-season snowmaking and will offer more night skiing in 2016-17. The mountain will be bringing in an additional air compressor for snowmaking for one month starting in late...[Read more]

Friday, October 14, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Cochran's, Killington, Resort improvements, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush, Suicide Six

Southern Vermont ski resort improvements for the 2016 - 2017 ski season

Magic Mountain, Vermont ski resort improvements

We're taking a look around the Green Mountain State to see who is doing what to their resorts for the coming winter. Let's get started by looking at the improvements at ski areas in southern Vermont.  Ascutney Trails community ski hill Volunteers have been working on a new warming hut at the base of the rope tow. They've also be clearing trails and preparing the area for the winter season. More work days are planned for this fall. Check their Facebook page for info. Bromley...[Read more]

Sunday, October 2, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ascutney, Bromley, Magic, Mount Snow, Okemo, Resort improvements, Stratton

The 2016 Vermont ski swap round-up. Here’s the updated swap list!

Updated 11/18/2016 As soon as a few maple leaves start to turn color, a Vermont skier’s thoughts turn toward winter. Yes, fall is lovely but it’s really all about for preparing for winter and ski season, isn’t it?!? With that in mind, we're sharing our 2016 Vermont ski swap list here on SkiMaven.com. We update this list as details about Vermont ski swaps become available.  Need to outfit your growing kids with some new gear this winter? Want to expand your own quiver of skis and boards?...[Read more]

Sunday, August 28, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ski gear, Ski swaps

No surprise here: Skier visits were way, way down in Vermont and Northeast

Well we could tell people weren't getting out on the hill much this past ski season, but now the numbers confirm it. The trade group called Ski Vermont reports the state hosted 3.2 million skier and rider visits for last season — down 32 percent from the previous year when there were a record-breaking 4.67 million visits. Nationally, skier and rider visits increased a bit from 53.6 million to 53.9 million, a 0.5 percent increase from the previous season, according to NSAA’s...[Read more]

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing

A disaster of a ski season — or maybe not?

When you are a skier who lives in Vermont, this is what you do in the winter: You get out there and see what you can find. No matter what. Check our storyboard to see what we found.

Monday, May 9, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

One Vermont ski resort left for skiing in May

Skiing in Vermont, May 1, 2016

Two more Vermont ski resorts had their final day of operation. On Sunday, May 1, 2016, Jay Peak and Sugarbush ran their lifts for the last time this ski season. Only one resort will run its lifts from now on: Killington. Killington will operate its Superstar Express Quad on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the snow melts on Superstar. Photo: Skiing at Killington on May 1, 2016. Photo courtesy of resort's Facebook page.  [Read more]

Monday, May 2, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

You can still get some turns in until May 1 — maybe longer?

If you want to get a few last turns in for the season, there's one Vermont ski resort open this midweek, and two more plan to reopen for the coming weekend — April 30 and May 1. The terrain is very, very limited and is only for advanced skiers. Check the list on this updated post. Stowe had its final day of the season on Sunday, April 24. In other news, Magic Mountain in southern Vermont is again trying to close a sale with potential new buyers. They report that if all goes as planned, Ski...[Read more]

Monday, April 25, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Magic, Spring skiing, Stowe, Sugarbush

Major allegations of fraud against developers of two Vermont ski resorts

Wow, what a week. News outlets are full of ski resort news after a press conference in Montpelier on Thursday. Here are a few of the headlines: VT, feds allege 'massive' fraud at Jay Peak Inc. An Alleged Fraud Fiasco In Vermont's Northeast Kingdom Feds charge Quiros and Stenger with 'Ponzi-like' scheme Stenger and Quiros charged with running 'Ponzi-like' scheme NEK Economic Development Initiative Implodes It's shocking to many Vermonters to learn that projects at Jay Peak Resort and Burke...[Read more]

Friday, April 15, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Jay Peak

And then there were five...

There are four Vermont ski resorts open this week, plus a fifth will reopen this weekend for its final weekend. While recent weather has given us a taste of winter (snow is falling in southern and central Vermont this morning, for example), the ski season is winding down. Check this post for an updated list of Vermont ski areas that are still open: http://www.skimaven.com/post/which-vermont-ski-areas-are-still-open-for-spring-skiing/ Photo: Spring snow at Smugglers' Notch on March 27.[Read more]

Monday, April 4, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing

Spending Easter on the slopes at Smugglers’ Notch

Another sunny, warm day in northern Vermont. It was nearly a requirement to hit the snow again! The Skimeister and I spent part of Easter Day on the slopes at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. There weren't many people at the ski area, but those who were there were soaking up the sun, scenery and soft snow. When we first got to the summit, we spent time taking in the views from the ski patrol deck above the summit terminal of the Madonna I lift. There you can get a 270-degree view that includes Mt....[Read more]

Monday, March 28, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Sweet surprise: A snowy Friday at Stowe, Vermont!

What a sweet surprise to ski in some powder this morning! We knew there was a chance for a little snow falling in the early morning hours, but we weren't expecting up to five inches on the upper mountain at Stowe Mountain Resort. After a foggy warm-up run on a rough groomed trail off the gondola, we spent the rest of the morning on the ungroomed expert trails off the Fourrunner Quad. They were really good in the morning! We skied through snowy bumps and powder on National and Liftline. It was...[Read more]

Friday, March 18, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing, Stowe

Which Vermont ski areas are still open for spring skiing?

Springtime often brings soft snow, fickle weather and traditions such as pond skimming, but it also means that ski areas begin to wrap up operations. Here's a look at which Vermont ski areas are still open for spring skiing. Before you go, check our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to the resorts' snow conditions reports. --As of May 2, 2016-- Open on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays - snow and weather permitting: Killington Closed for the season: Bolton ValleyBromley...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing, Stowe, Stratton

At Bolton Valley for day two of a bright Vermont spring skiing weekend

When the sun is shining for both weekend days, and the ski season is winding down, you better believe we hit the slopes again today! The Skimeister and I headed over to Bolton Valley Resort mid-morning to gobble up some more soft-snow turns. We were really surprised at how few people were there! Those who were there included a bunch of families who were having fun in the sun. Kids ski school lessons were active, too. Bolton Valley had their main Vista quad lift open, as well as the Timberline...[Read more]

Sunday, March 13, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Spring has sprung! Blue skies & softening snow at Sugarbush, Vermont, today

We got to Sugarbush early this morning to get in some spring skiing runs. What a day! Blue sky, warm temps, softening snow. It was all good. As the morning and afternoon wore on, the snow at Lincoln Peak got softer and softer. However, on a couple of the higher and steeper trails (Ripcord and Stein's Run), the hard-packed base didn't soften up. You still needed good edges. After nice warm-up runs on the freshly groomed Snowball and Spring Fling, we followed the sun to the North Lynx Triple...[Read more]

Saturday, March 12, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Shaking up our Friday with some turns at Smugglers’ Notch Resort

After a week full of work and success at kicking a nagging cold, the Skimeister and I headed over to Smugglers’ Notch Resort for part of the day today. We weren't alone; quite a few families and groups of friends also got outside to enjoy the day. The base lodge was bustling but luckily you couldn't tell in the lift lines. We nearly skied right up to the lifts. A few of our favorite runs on Madonna Mountain included Lower Drifter (we got off at the mid-station), which had been groomed during...[Read more]

Friday, March 4, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Ski Cooper, Colorado: An old-school ski area high in the Rocky Mountains

In a land of hefty lift ticket prices and high-end skier lunches and après ski, we found a modest, little gem last week: Ski Cooper. No, not Copper Mountain, but rather Cooper ski area near Leadville, Colorado, America's highest little city. You can get to Cooper from I-70 by taking one of two highways that go around Copper and Vail resorts. We drove Route 24 from Minturn, Colorado — a cliff-hugging route that I would not drive if there was snow on the road. After a bunch of...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Western skiing

Cruising the groomers at Sugarbush’s Lincoln Peak this afternoon

We’ve had a little snow in the mountains each day this week so the time was right to hit the slopes! I shook the cobwebs loose on groomers at Lincoln Peak at Sugarbush Resort. The trees in the upper elevations were painted with fresh snow. During the afternoon I experienced snowflakes, ominous clouds hugging the peaks, and even some sunshine. I decided to do a cruising tour of the four major lifts that were open in this part of the resort. Off the Super Bravo Express Quad and Heaven's Gate...[Read more]

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Sugarbush

Sunday cruising at Vermont’s Bolton Valley Resort

What a sweet surprise today to have the sun come out while we skied at Bolton Valley Resort this morning! We could ski along with our shadows on many trails, and we’d soak up the sun on the ride up the Vista Quad to the 3,150-foot summit. Warm temperatures that reached into the low-40s and a lack of wind also meant you didn't have to bundle up to ski today. The snow was very edgeable because of it. Four lifts were open: Vista Quad, Mid-Mountain Double, Snowflake Double and the Mighty Mite....[Read more]

Sunday, January 31, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Pow! A great morning of skiing powder at Smugglers’ Notch Resort

This week’s snow was followed by wind yesterday — and lots of it. So there were a number of closed lifts yesterday due to the wind. And what did that mean? It meant that we might find some untracked snow this morning.  The Skimeister and I jumped in the Subaru and headed for Smugglers’ Notch Resort. When we approached the base lodge to get a ticket, we waded through fluffy powder. This was a good sign. We booted up and headed for the Madonna I chair, which goes to the highest point of...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Seeking out soft snow at Sugarbush, Vermont

Today we headed over to Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush Resort. We were in search of some soft, powdery snow. I recalled that Sugarbush was in a snow globe the other day when I checked out their webcams from my office. On today's snow report they said that the summits had received 14" of snow in the previous three days. This was worth investigating. The Skimeister and I road two lifts to reach the summit of Mt. Ellen (at 4,083 feet) and warmed up on groomed runs: Rim Run and Lookin' Good. We...[Read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Sugarbush

Getting some long runs in at Vermont's Stowe Mountain Resort

Blue skies, white-topped peaks and warmer temperatures. These were the things that persuaded us to head over to ski at Stowe Mountain Resort today.  There we had our choice of three lifts on the Mt. Mansfield side of the resort, including the high-speed quad and gondola which both access more than 2,000 vertical feet of skiing. The Mansfield side of the mountain featured mainly intermediate and expert terrain today. (The Mountain Triple was also open and tomorrow the Toll House Double...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Stowe

January learn-to-ski deals in Vermont for downhill skiing, riding and cross-country skiing

Learning to ski/snowboard in Vermont

January has become a great month to introduce a friend or family member to the joys of skiing or snowboarding. And, if Nordic skiing is not yet part of your repertoire, it's a great time for you to try something new, as well! Learn to Cross-Country Ski or Snowshoe Saturday, January 9, brings some free or greatly reduced learn-to-cross-country ski or snowshoe events to Nordic centers around the state of Vermont. Strafford, Rikert, Woodstock, Mountain Top, Ole's, Jay Peak, Craftsbury and...[Read more]

Saturday, January 2, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ticket discounts

New snow and snowmaking temperatures allow a couple more Vermont ski areas to open this week

Vermont skiing December 29, 2015

--UPDATE ON MORNING OF 12/31: A couple more Vermont ski resorts are reporting they will open New Year's Day and weekend. Check this post for more details, here.-- Old Man Winter made a visit this week and by Tuesday morning he has dropped 3 to 6 inches of snow on ski areas across Vermont — with more coming down today. Equally as important, we've had a decent window of weather for snowmaking. This has prompted a couple of ski areas to plan to open this week. They will join a roster of nine...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Pico, Stratton

Dear Santa: All we want for Christmas is some cold weather and more snow!

It's been a rough start to the ski season. Abnormally high temperatures have made snowmaking difficult to sustain. Vermont's larger and higher-altitude resorts made snow early on and have worked diligently to retain and expand coverage. We enjoyed some spring-like skiing at Smugglers' Notch over a week ago, for example. Today you can make turns at eight Vermont ski resorts. (See our post about ski resort opening dates, here.) Two Nordic ski areas are also offering very limited skiing due to...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Magic, Mount Snow, Pico, Rikert

Our first turns of the season come with spring conditions

The Skimeister and I made our first turns of the season today and boy did it feel like spring! The weather was warm and the snow was soft. We got our legs reacquainted with turning left and right on the slopes of Sterling Peak (top elevation 3,040 feet) at Smugglers’ Notch in northern Vermont. Smuggs had basically two main ways down the mountain. We warmed up on the intermediate Upper and Lower Rumrunner, then we also threw in Lower Treasure Run to Lower Exhibition. I was working on short...[Read more]

Friday, December 11, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Pico, Smugglers' Notch

Mt. Ascutney in Brownsville, Vermont, will see skiers again this winter

Ascutney Trails rope tow in Vermont

Mt. Ascutney in Brownsville, Vermont, will return to life this winter with a new rope tow and backcountry skiing. A community group called Mt. Ascutney Outdoors / Ascutney Trails has been brush cutting on some trails and they recently installed a new rope tow to service three novice trails. They will also offer backcountry skiing trails to those who want to climb uphill to earn their turns on steeper terrain. Did you learn to ski at a small ski hill? Or how about on a rope tow?...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ascutney, Backcountry skiing

The question everyone is asking: When will Vermont ski resorts open?

2015 Opening day at Stowe, Vermont

<< FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR 2016 OPENING DATES >> -Updated 1/8/2016 AM- When will ski resorts in Vermont open for the 2015-2016 season? This question has been hard to answer. We've seen a warmer-than-normal November and early-December so snowmaking conditions have not been steadily optimal around the state. However, things were cool enough to allow several Vermont ski resorts to open Thanksgiving week or weekend. The trade group called Ski Vermont put out a list of opening dates on...[Read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Vermont lift ticket discounts and deals 2015 – 2016. Come & get your skiing deals!

<<CLICK HERE FOR THE 2016 - 2017 VERMONT TICKET DISCOUNTS POST!>> -Updated 3/21/2016- We all want value when we make a purchase. Buying a ski ticket is no different. We've searched for the best lift ticket deals, special discount days, resident discounts and frequent skier deals in Vermont. We don't really cover season passes here. If you are considering skiing at one resort more than six times this year, take a look at what is offered for you in a season pass. The math may work...[Read more]

Friday, October 30, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

Cold temps and snowflakes in forecast this weekend -- and a ski area will open, too!

Things are awfully colorful around here these days, but don't let that fool you. Snowflakes are part of this weekend's chilly October forecast. (Yes!) Plus, with the colder temperatures nipping at our collective noses, a Vermont ski resort has just announced they will get a lift up and running for some very early-season turns. Killington reports that they will open a lift on Sunday afternoon for passholders and on Monday morning to the general public.  Here's the link to an expected...[Read more]

Thursday, October 15, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Killington

Vermont ski areas report a banner 2014 – 2015 ski season

Did you ski a whole bunch at Vermont ski resorts this past season? If you did, you helped the state's ski areas post 4.67 million skier visits. The 2014- 2015 total bested the winter of 2001 to claim the most skier visits ever recorded in a season in the Green Mountain State. The trade group called Ski Vermont reported that number was enhanced by both early openings and extended season operations at the downhill ski areas. As you will recall, we had a cold winter and the snow that was made and...[Read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing

Lifts will still be spinning this first weekend in May

Here's the scoop on which Vermont alpine ski resorts are still open and which resorts have closed for the season.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

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