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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…

Photo of thick rime ice on branches in the woods

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…

A skier moves through a snowy meadow

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…

Photo of skier in woods with sticks sticking up out of snow

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…

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 …

Photo of a skier in the snowy woods

Below zero temps didn't keep us away from earning turns in northern Vermont today!

Posted 2/15/20

I'll admit it: I was a bit concerned when the Subaru's thermometer was still reading -7 degrees (F) and we were about to put our boots on. I had really wanted it to get to zero. But the sun was out…

Photo of a telemark skier turning in the powder

Day 2 of romping in the powder in the Vermont backcountry

Posted 2/9/20

It was so good on Saturday, we came back for a second helping on Sunday! It was below zero when we left our house this morning, but it actually got warmer as we drove up the mountain access road. The…

Photo of skier in deep powder that hides lower half of her body

Pow, pow and more pow in northern Vermont!

Posted 2/8/20

It was a super Saturday in the backcountry in northern Vermont! What fun it was to earn turns through more than a foot of fresh powder! Check out our photos. The only reason you aren't seeing me…

Photo of skier turning in snow with hobble brush sticking out

Fun day to try out new AT gear in the Vermont backcountry!

Posted 2/1/20

In the backcountry, I've been using telemark gear — the older lift-served variety. It's been challenging and fun, but I've been envious of the light AT gear that people use as they climb past me. And…

Winter returns to Bolton Valley and the rest of Vermont

Posted 1/18/20

Thursday's storm, and the one hitting tonight, are finally putting us back on track after the recent thaw. The temps are downright wintry as well! Brrrr! Winter is back! Today I headed out for a tour…

Photo of a skier making powder turns surrounded by hardwood trees

Well, hello powder! Nice to see you!

Posted 12/7/19

We explored snowy wooded trails today, and boy are we glad that we did! High in Bolton, Vermont, we found about a foot of light powder to ski in. The tree branches were heavy with snow. It was…

Photo of a Nordic skier skiing away surrounded by frosty trees

Frosty trees and a thin crust layer at 1,800 feet

Posted 11/29/19

Today the Skimeister and I drove up to about 1,800 feet elevation here in northern Vermont to see what the snow was like. We brought our light ski touring gear, including older waxless* skis. We knew…

Photo of skier and her tracks through the snow

November 16: Scenes from a sunny Saturday on snow

Posted 11/16/19

We went to our local ski hill here in northern Vermont, which isn't open yet, and we skinned up to earn some turns. It was our first telemark / skinning outing of the season! We're thinking there…

Photo of red skis in fluffy, white snow

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…

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

October snow gets us psyched for the coming ski season!

Posted 10/20/19

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…

Earning sunny turns on Easter in Vermont

Posted 4/21/19

In addition to spending time with family and doing some yard work, we also earned some turns on Sunday. At Bolton Valley (which is no longer running its lifts) you'll still find a bunch of snow. The…

Backcountry skiing surrounded by snowy branches

It's April 6 and there's still a lot of snow in the mountains in Vermont!

Posted 4/6/19

We skied in two inches of fresh cream cheese today. We went in the backcountry trail network at Bolton Valley. The fresh snow clung to tree branches, which started to drip while we were skiing.  The…

Skier breaks trail in deep snow surrounded by snowy trees

18 + inches of snow to enjoy in the Vermont backcountry today!

Posted 3/23/19

Wow! I think Friday's snowstorm was an over-achiever! This morning when we ventured into the Bolton, Vt., backcountry trail network, we measured at least 18 inches of new snow! It was a good thing we…

Making ski turns through the snow

A quick morning ski tour in the backcountry

Posted 3/13/19

We hit the backcountry network at nearby Bolton Valley, Vermont, this morning to earn some turns. It was a lovely, windless, warm morning. We found 4 - 6 inches of fresh snow piled up from the last…

A spectacular Saturday on the snow

Posted 3/9/19

It was a stunning day on the snow today! Not a cloud in the sky, a deep snowpack and warm temperatures. So very nice indeed. The Skimeister and I headed to Stowe, Vt., to do a backcountry ski tour.…

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