Backcountry 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First turns of the season have been earned — in October!

So the higher peaks in Vermont have been covered in snow and social media has been buzzing with shots of people skinning and hiking for turns. After a rainy work week, we really wanted / needed to get some exercise so despite the rain this morning we headed out to earn some turns at a closed ski area here in northern Vermont.  For me, the tele turns weren't pretty in the now dense, heavy snow, and I had to pick my way down to avoid wet areas and rock slabs, but I can now say for the first...[Read more]

Saturday, October 29, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

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

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

And more turns on this sunny weekend!

April powder is special. Bright sun is icing on the cake. We earned more turns on Sunday at another closed ski area — and we were not the only ones with this brilliant idea![Read more]

Sunday, April 10, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Spring skiing

April snow means we keep making turns

Old Man Winter seems to be a bit confused this year. He is making it snow in the springtime, rather than dumping snow on us in the winter months. Well, we'll take it whenever he can offer it. The Skimeister and I earned some turns Saturday at a closed ski area in northern Vermont. We like the workout while skinning up the hill, and we enjoy the quiet ambiance and the snowy scene as we ascend the mountain. Since there really isn't of a base of snow in the woods in our area, we also like having...[Read more]

Sunday, April 10, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Spring skiing

Earning some more turns this week

To get a good dose of exercise, vitamin D, and vitamin Ski, we've been going out to earn some turns. On Wednesday we spent our lunch break doing just that. On a ski trail that has a snowmaking base, we found a couple inches of new snow left over from the day before. It was getting a bit heavy in the sunshine but we were happy to make fresh tracks in most places. Gotta get out there while you can![Read more]

Thursday, March 31, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Spring skiing

Skinning and turning in the sunshine — oh, yeah!

Here are a few shots from a lovely midday skin today to the top of the Timberline area at Vermont’s Bolton Valley Resort. The ski area is now closed so if you want to make use of their left-over manmade snow, you gotta earn your turns! Part way up we came to an elevation line above which all the trees were white with thick rime. The white rime was gorgeous against a deep blue sky! As we ascended, the sun was trying its hardest to melt the rime off the trees, and it was succeeding. We hung...[Read more]

Saturday, March 26, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Skinning and skiing a bit in Bolton backcountry trail network today

Here are a few shots from today on some backcountry ski trails at Bolton Valley. It was a pretty day and rather warm in the sun. We skinned up just a bit higher than Bryant Cabin, which is at 2,690 feet in elevation. We found a base of snow that had been crusted over. Much of the time it was breakable crust on the sides of the traveled trails, and now and then it was unbreakable crust. There was a half inch of fresh snow on top. On Gardiner's Lane and the Tele Practice Slope, I had the best...[Read more]

Saturday, March 5, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Ski touring, snowshoeing and mountain lions in northwestern Colorado

In November, by pure coincidence, the Skimeister and I booked a flight to Colorado — well before we knew how rough the eastern ski season was going to be. Last week we were grateful to arrive in a snowy, sunny place where we enjoyed a variety of high-altitude, on-snow fun. While we downhill skied a few days at big and small ski resorts and experienced a little powder, much of our nine-day trip featured snow-free, bluebird weather. The snow conditions were like early spring conditions...[Read more]

Saturday, February 27, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Colorado skiing, Western skiing

Earning some turns to end the week

Lovely light on Friday afternoon! We ended the week by earning some turns on the backcountry ski trails at Bolton Valley, Vermont. It was a bit chilly, especially when the breeze came through, but the sun felt great when it found us. The snow is not real deep up there but it is light and fluffy (except where snowshoers had made craters along the trail). You do need to still watch for water bars and other obstacles. The cross-country ski trails look like they are better shape with the recent...[Read more]

Saturday, January 23, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

A quick Nordic ski this morning

We were looking for some exercise today away from the weekend crowds on the slopes. We decided to ski around the Nordic trails at Bolton Valley. The sun was shining and we had on our light, waxless backcountry gear. We messed around in the snow for a while. Due to the temperature drop after yesterday's wet snowfall, trails that had been skied on yesterday were now hard-packed and iced over, and untracked areas were crusty. (Bolton Nordic says there isn't enough snow for them to groom yet.) I...[Read more]

Sunday, January 17, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Scoping out the backcountry this afternoon in Bolton

To end the work week, the Skimeister and I took our first little backcountry ski outing this afternoon. It was windy when we arrived at Bolton Valley Ski Resort in Bolton, Vermont. We booted up in the Nordic Center and put climbing skins on our skis. It would be our first climb into the Bolton backcountry network and we weren't really sure what we would find. We skied up the well-packed Bryant trail toward Bryant Cabin and had to step over open water bars now and then. We need more...[Read more]

Friday, January 8, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

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

Sunday ski brunch in the woods

With my light backcountry skis attached to my feet, I sat in a tree today and soaked up the sun. The small tree had a crook in it that allowed me to kick back without getting my ski pants damp. I enjoyed a delicious bagel with a view of snowy woods, sunlit trees and blue skies. The only noise I heard was the soft fluttering sounds of old beech leaves and loose birch bark on trees nearby. That's my kind of Sunday brunch! This brunch was served near the Gardiner's Lane backcountry ski trail up...[Read more]

Sunday, April 12, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Wow: What a weekend to ski in the Vermont backcountry!

The Skimeister and I got out to backcountry ski on Saturday afternoon and it was so much fun, we went for a second helping on Sunday! Saturday was the cooler of the weekend days and some fresh snow from earlier in the week was blanketing the trees in northern Vermont's higher elevations. We headed for the backcountry trail network at Bolton Valley, Vermont. It looked like mid-winter as we used climbing skins to ascend about 1,500 feet to our destination: the Stowe View overlook at 3,000 feet....[Read more]

Sunday, March 29, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski, Spring skiing

Great day to earn turns in the Vermont backcountry

With temperatures in the “balmy” 20s and the sun trying to come out, it was a good day to hit the backcountry and earn some turns.  The Skimeister and I headed for Underhill, Vermont, on the west side of Mt. Mansfield. We parked at the Stevensville trailhead— a popular trailhead where parking often gets tight — and we put climbing skins on our skis. Here you can ski up to Nebraska Notch or the Overland Trail (also called the Underhill Trail by longtime skiers of this area). We had...[Read more]

Saturday, March 7, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Mt. Mansfield

Climbing in the cold to earn some fun turns in Stowe

Yes, another chilly day. But when you have things to do this coming weekend, you head for the trailhead anyways! The Skimeister and I skied in the Sterling Forest in Stowe. We parked at the gorge and watched the wind whip up the snow as we put our boots on. Once the car was locked up I was on a mission to get into my backcountry skis and get across the open meadow as quickly as possible. I was relieved to find less wind in the forest on the Marston Trail. We fell into the rhythm of climbing...[Read more]

Friday, February 20, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Stowe

A few photos from the backcountry network at Bolton Valley

These shots are from Tuesday, when we skinned up into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network. Lots of snow. Not as fluffy as Saturday, but lovely. And a bonus: The sun came out![Read more]

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Holy powder, Batman!

This morning I came across some northern Vermont snow reports touting between 4 and 12 inches of new snow overnight. I looked outside my window and only saw 1 or 2 inches and I had to double check what I read. It became clear to me: I needed to go investigate this news by earning some turns! After lunchtime I skinned up into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network and noticed everything was whiter and the trail seemed higher than the last time I was here (more base!). I started poking my...[Read more]

Saturday, February 7, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Sun and snow on backcountry trails today

We took advantage of warm temperatures and sunshine today by hitting the trail around lunchtime! We put on our plastic backcountry boots and skins on our skis and up we went. We climbed into the Bolton backcountry trail network and found lots of snow. It was so warm I was down to a light fleece top for the climb. Later I would don a jacket and a helmet for a tour around Birch Loop and a descent on Gardners' Lane. The trails had narrow, packed tracks from other skiers over the last couple of...[Read more]

Thursday, January 29, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Skinning up for some powdery turns in the Bolton backcountry trail network

Backcountry skiing in Vermont

Wow. It felt more like February skiing today than December skiing! The Skimeister and I earned some turns on the trails of the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network. We put skins on our skis and climbed up through the trees that were pasted with snow. We then got to enjoy powdery turns through this week’s nearly two feet of new snow! There has been enough snow to cover many potentially wet areas of the trails. Still, we needed to keep our eyes open for water and water bars. The other...[Read more]

Saturday, December 13, 2014 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Heavy snow falls on Vermont — good for base-building

As of Wednesday morning, we're part way through a major winter storm in Vermont. It has brought wet, heavy snow that will help with building a base on which to ski — whether you ski at resorts, in the backcountry or at Nordic centers. Here's an image from the National Weather Service that forecasts the total storm snowfall through 1 a.m. on Thursday. Don't you love seeing double digits!?! Click here to see the updated NWS snow information and graphics. Or, follow this link for the two most...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

Third ski outing of the season in fluffy snow

What a treat to have it look like winter over Thanksgiving weekend! We snuck in a short cross-country tour in fresh snow before eating turkey on Thursday, and this morning we skied up the CCC Road at Underhill State Park. This is located on the western side of Mt. Mansfield, and the mountain was in view through the trees as we ascended. The fluffy, white snow against a super-blue sky was gorgeous! Yes, it was chilly this morning, but after just a few minutes of climbing up the road...[Read more]

Saturday, November 29, 2014 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Mt. Mansfield

Vermont ski swaps in 2014!

Vermont ski swaps in 2014

<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SEE 2016 VERMONT SKI SWAPS!> Updated 11/7/14 It’s that time of year again. Leaves are starting to turn to splendid colors. Skiing magazines are crowding our mailboxes. Resorts are touting early-bird pricing on season passes. It’s time to start thinking about skiing and riding and what gear you will need this year! Here’s our annual compilation of benefit ski swaps held in the state of Vermont. THIS LIST GETS UPDATED AS DETAILS BECOME...[Read more]

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Ski gear, Ski swaps

Woodward Mountain Trail: Gorgeous backcountry glades — and plenty of climbing, too

I checked another backcountry ski tour off my long to-do list on Saturday! The Skimeister and I took on the Woodward Mountain Trail from Bolton to Waterbury, Vermont. This demanding six-mile backcountry ski trail featured beautiful glades, but also plenty of climbing up the peaks that dot the ridgeline that would lead us down toward the Little River State Park and Waterbury Reservoir area. The guidebook we had warned skiers that this was a committing ski and in fact it took us...[Read more]

Sunday, March 23, 2014 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Lotsa snow in northern and central Vermont!

Vermont snowstorm powder Vulcan

Northern and central Vermont won out on this storm. Up to two feet of snow is being reported in the mountains! And it was still snowing this morning. Unfortunately southern Vermont didn't fare as well due to warmer than expected temperatures. Resorts down in the southern-most part of the state got less than a foot of snow because sleet and rain were mixed in. Check the snow reports at your favorite ski resorts here: http://www.skimaven.com/vermontskiresorts/ As is often...[Read more]

Thursday, March 13, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Burke, Cross-country skiing

The snowstorm has started in Vermont!

So, if the weather experts are right, we're going to get quite a dump today and Thursday! This morning as I watch snowflakes fall outside the window, the National Weather Service says 12 to 20 inches of snow will fall across the state of Vermont. Woot-woot! Check this webpage for updated snow forecasts: http://www.weather.gov/btv/stormtotalsnow Here's what the graphic looked like this morning. Pink = one to two feet!   Visit our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to snow...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Snow and warm temps in Stowe, Vermont's Sterling Forest

Backcountry ski tour in Stowe, Vermont

We knew that Friday’s weather was going to be gloomy, so the Skimeister and I took time on Thursday to do a backcountry ski tour in Stowe’s Sterling Forest. We wanted to enjoy the snow before it got bogged down by warm temperatures and rain. <Sigh.> The morning featured spectacular blue skies. We found rather deep snow to ski through and as the morning turned into afternoon the snow was definitely getting heavier due to the warm temperatures and the warmth of the sun. Sometimes I would...[Read more]

Friday, February 21, 2014 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Snowstorm — incoming!!!

Snowstorm February 13, 2014

The National Weather Service is calling for beaucoup snow through tomorrow. The latest graphic calls for 10 to 20 inches of new snow to fall across Vermont! Keep an eye on the forecast here:  National Weather Service - Burlington  National Weather Service - Albany (for southernmost counties in Vermont)  Woot-woot!  [Read more]

Thursday, February 13, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Still snowing...

The National Weather Service reported 4 to 14 inches of snow around Vermont this morning, and it's still snowing. Keep an eye on snow totals here, and here for the two southernmost counties in Vermont. You'll find the snow forecast here. Here's a shot from Bromley Mountain's Facebook page this morning. Sweet! [Read more]

Sunday, December 15, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Bromley, Cross-country skiing

Fluffy snow and lots of water to avoid on backcountry trails

Thanks to very recent cold temperatures, there are several inches of light, fluffy powder up high in the hills above Bolton, Vt. It’s very pretty. The Skimeister and I explored a couple of the lower Bolton backcountry trails today and despite having to cross A LOT of water bars, we had a blast. (How can you not have fun when there is white snow and blue sky!) As we headed to the recently conserved backcountry land, we noticed that more snow is probably needed (another...[Read more]

Friday, November 29, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

Snowy and springy up high

I took a short backcountry ski up at Bolton Valley on Wednesday. It was around lunch time and the sun was shining brightly. There is still a lot of snow up on the trails! I stuck my pole in the snow near Bryant Cabin and there was at least a foot. The only thing is that now we have spring conditions, so if it's cold at night, the snow is still going to be frozen in the morning. The higher daytime temperatures then soften things up. I mostly skied where others had made tracks to...[Read more]

Thursday, March 28, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

An extra-special day to ski in the nearly-conserved Bolton backcountry trail network!

Isn't life funny sometimes? Just as I started my climb up the Bryant trail on the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network today, an email was received and waiting on my iPhone in my backpack. The email announced that the Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic & Backcountry and the Vermont Land Trust had done it: we successfully completed the fundraising campaign! You'll be glad to know that because of the effort and generosity of many Vermonters, the Bolton Valley Nordic &...[Read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Snowstorm on the last day of official winter

March 20th is the first day of spring and we're in the midst of a snowstorm today, the 19th. While some folks are lamenting more shoveling, we skiers and riders are psyched! This morning Vermont ski resorts were reporting 2 to 9 inches of snow had fallen already. Today the snow continues. The National Weather Service is forecasting a foot or more of snow to fall in many Vermont mountain areas by Wednesday morning. I love seeing double digits on their snowfall...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Bromley, Cross-country skiing

New snow to close out February

Three to 14 inches of snow being reported this morning at Vermont ski areas! Amounts varied by location, with Burke Mountain reporting the three inches. Check out our Vermont ski resorts page for links to the snow reports at your favorite hill or cross-country center. Nice way to close out February, eh?[Read more]

Thursday, February 28, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

J'aime la neige!

I'm happy to report that we're picking up some snow this week! This morning Vermont ski resorts were reporting between 3 and 6 inches of new snow. Now the National Weather Service is saying: "A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for portions of northern and central Vermont for 4 - 8" of upslope snow from this afternoon through Thursday." The ski areas in the Green Mountains are pleased with this news. And I bet you are, too! Check out the NWS Burlington's snow info page,...[Read more]

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Skiing the trails in Stowe's Sterling Forest

Skiing in Stowe's Sterling Forest

On a sparkling day, the Skimeister and I enjoyed a ski tour in the Sterling Forest of Stowe, Vermont. This town-owned land has a network of backcountry skiing and snowshoe trails. It is also crossed by the Catamount Trail and a VAST snowmobile trail. We parked near the Sterling Falls Gorge, picked up a map, and crossed an open meadow before heading into the woods on the Marston Trail. We enjoyed skiing on this trail and on a mellow section of the Catamount Trail — the...[Read more]

Saturday, February 16, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Afternoon cruisin' at the Woodstock Nordic Center

I travel up and down Interstate 89 quite frequently, but rarely do I have time to get off the highway to explore. Yesterday was the exception to the rule. I had time to ski in the afternoon before returning home so I decided to check out the Woodstock Nordic Center. I've visited the quaint village of Woodstock, Vt., a number of times — but never in the winter. The Woodstock Inn's golf course is transformed with a blanket of white snow to become the base for...[Read more]

Friday, February 15, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Woodstock

Fresh powder — and exploding grouse — in the Bolton backcountry

What a lovely, cold winter day to be out in the Vermont woods! When the temperatures dip down low, we like to stay warm by earning our turns. So we went to the Bolton Valley backcountry trails to enjoy the fresh powder. I'd estimate that there was about 12 inches of new snow — more or less. It was mostly fluffy, except in extra-windy spots where it got a bit wind-packed. We climbed Bryant trail, enjoyed Birch Loop and descended via Gardiner's Lane. The sky was mostly...[Read more]

Saturday, February 9, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Slideshow, skiing & snowshoe tours on tap for campaign to save Bolton backcountry

The Vermont Land Trust and Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry have planned some fun events this winter as part of the campaign to save the Bolton backcountry land from development. Two of the events take place this week and weekend, and they include a chance to get out and experience the property in wintertime with some folks who know it well. The most recent communiqué from the land trust reported that we're 95% of the way to the fundraising goal, with $93,000 left to raise...[Read more]

Monday, January 14, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

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