Alpine / downhill skiing

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 11/21/19 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 - November 22Stowe - November 22Jay Peak - November 22 for passholders; Nov. 23 for all othersSugarbush - November 22 for passholders;...[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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vail swoops in to grab two more New England ski resorts

Vail Resorts, Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Triple Peaks, LLC, the parent company of Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont, Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire, and Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado. The company will purchase Triple Peaks, LLC from the Mueller family for approximately $82 million. As part of a separate transaction, Vail Resorts will also purchase Stevens Pass Resort in Washington from Ski Resort Holdings,...[Read more]

Monday, June 4, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Okemo

Honest-to-goodness SPRING skiing today at Sugarbush, Vermont. So tasty on April 22!

Corn snow, sunscreen and blue skies. This is the recipe for an amazing spring skiing day. On Sunday, we enjoyed honest-to-goodness spring skiing at Sugarbush Resort, Vermont. The trails were well covered (even at this late date) with snow that softened more and more as the day went on. It's so fun to swoosh your way down the mountain! Four lifts were operating on Lincoln Peak — Super Bravo Quad, Heaven's Gate Triple, Valley House Quad and Castlerock Double (really!). The resort plans to...[Read more]

Sunday, April 22, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

The end is nigh: 2018 closing dates for Vermont ski resorts

We've had quite a run this ski season! Some Vermont ski resorts have stopped their lifts already, while others are still chugging along with quite a bit of terrain open. Vermont ski resorts closing dates 2018 as of 4/29/2018  Sugarbush Resort – open April 28-29 and May 5-6 Jay Peak – daily through May 6 Killington Resort – daily through May 6, then reopening on weekends (Fri-Sun) until snow's gone Mount Snow – closed April 22 Okemo Mountain – closed April 22  Bolton Valley –...[Read more]

Saturday, April 14, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Smooth midday groomers at Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont

With visions of warmer temps and creamy corn snow turns, I made a PB&J and headed up to Bolton Valley today for some midday runs. What I found was closer to midwinter—lots of snow, packed-powder groomers and a stiff wind that made me put on my balaclava!I took all my runs off of the Vista Quad, which was the main lift running (Snowflake and Mighty Might were also in action). Unfortunately, the Timberline Quad is out of commission with mechanical issues. Overall, it was a quiet midweek day...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Vail, Colorado: Sunny & tons of terrain to play in, but no epic snow this year

As luck would have it, we were in Colorado recently when the snowstorms started pounding the Northeast! We had planned a get-away to Eagle County and Summit County long before it became clear that Colorado was not having a good snow year. But you know, anytime you ski in the Rocky Mountains, it's special. There are plenty of treats to find even if it only snows just a little while you are there! You may have seen our post about skiing at Breckenridge. Now we'll tell you what we found at Vail,...[Read more]

Friday, March 23, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Western skiing

We’re sounding like a broken record: More snow in Vermont!

The new snow in Vermont is being measured in feet rather than inches this week! Copious amounts of powder can be found from the southern border to Canada — and everywhere in between. Check out these few photos from a couple Vermont ski resorts. This weekend will offer terrific skiing! See our Vermont Snow Reports page for a rundown of today's conditions, and links to the snow reports at all Vermont ski resorts.[Read more]

Friday, March 16, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Skiing five fun, diverse peaks at Breckenridge, Colorado

Yes, it’s true: This is not a skiing post about Vermont. We went to Colorado last week! While Colorado is not having an epic winter by any means, it was still wonderful to ski in a little fresh snow and bright sunshine on the slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado. I hadn’t skied at Breckenridge for years. The Skimeister had never set foot on the resort. We used public transportation to get to Frisco, Colorado, and then over to the town of Breckenridge. At the bus terminal, we took a few...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Western skiing

MORE SNOW in Vermont! March is being very kind to us!

Wow! Skiers and riders are rejoicing with many inches of new snow throughout the state of Vermont. Southern Vermont was again the winner with this coastal storm. Resorts are reporting up to 3 feet (that is not a typo) of snow from the storm!  Check out our list of southern Vermont ski resorts to see the incredible snow totals they are reporting from this storm. Places like Bromley, Okemo, Magic Mountain, Stratton and Mount Snow were dumped on. Further north, reports of the snow storm...[Read more]

Friday, March 9, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Snow hits Vermont: Southern Vermont is the big winner

The coastal storm that moved through the northeast has left up to 14 inches of snow in southern Vermont. As you move north, the snow totals diminish. For example, 7 inches at Pico and Killington, 3 inches at Smugglers' Notch, and none at Burke Mountain. Magic Mountain says on its snow report: "It will be technical skiing as a heavy, moisture-laden snow fell yesterday." See our Vermont Snow Reports page for a run-down, and check on the new snow totals at your favorite resort on or...[Read more]

Saturday, March 3, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pleasantly surprised on the slopes of Stowe, Vermont!

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

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

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

On the snowy trails on Sunday afternoon.

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

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

Early-December snow in Vermont offers powder turns

Photo from Burke Mountain Resort.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zipping around the corners on Jester at Sugarbush, Vermont.

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

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

Snowy first chairlift rides of the ski season at Smuggs!

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

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

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

<<GO TO THE 2018 - 2019 OPENING DATES POST>> Important: Check resort snow report pages for the very latest on their opening dates and conditions. Know before you go! These projected opening dates depend on Mother Nature's cooperation. Vermont ski resort planned opening dates 2017 - 2018as of 12/24/17 Killington / Opened on November 9Mount Snow / Opened on November 11Okemo / Opened on November 11Sugarbush / Opened on November 17Stowe / Opened...[Read more]

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

SkiMavenʼs list of Vermont lift ticket deals for 2017 - 2018

Riding the lift at Sugarbush, Vermont

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

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

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

New lift at Sugarbush, Vermont in 2017 - 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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