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

Posted 3/15/20

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

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 red skis on a snowy trail

A quiet, mellow ski tour on the first day of winter

Posted 12/21/19

Welcome, winter! After a week of work it felt great to get out into the quiet woods! I took my waxless skis with three-pin bindings and did a mellow ski tour on the Bolton Valley Nordic trails. At…

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…

A group of skiers and riders comes down the hill under the Vista quad lift

Last lift rides for this season at our closest ski area :(

Posted 4/7/19

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,…

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…

Snowy glades and blue sky

Backcountry skiing on a warm and sunny February day

Posted 2/23/19

I was in my happy place today. We did a ski tour that had us climb up to 3,000 feet and then ski down through the sunny, snowy woods.  It was so nice to be able to leisurely switch over to downhill…

Powdery turns this afternoon and early evening at Bolton Valley.

End-of-the-day / early-night skiing in a bunch of new snow!

Posted 2/13/19

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…

Frozen granular cross-country skiing after the rain, thaw and freeze

Posted 2/9/19

I went to ski at about 2,100 feet in the northern Green Mountains today. First, the good news: There's still a deep snowpack! Now, the bad news: The top layer is frozen solid. In fact, it shines in…

Deep snow — now more condensed — in the backcountry in northern Vermont

Posted 2/2/19

We noticed a change in depth of the snowpack today as compared to a week ago. While doing a backcountry tour we had to duck more often than usual to pass under branches. That's a good sign! (Have you…

Skiing in the backcountry trails in Bolton, Vermont.

Checking things out in the Vermont backcountry after a powder dump & rain dump

Posted 1/26/19

This past week's weather was weird in northern Vermont. We had a copious amount of snow fall last weekend, followed by frigid temperatures. (It was so cold and windy that we didn't ski on the Monday…

A quick, cold ski tour before the snowstorm hits

Posted 1/19/19

Today we enjoyed soft, powdery snow in the backcountry trail network in Bolton, Vermont. And that was this morning before the snow started to fall. We are salivating at the snow totals that the…

Powdery, sunny skiing at Bolton Valley Resort — with extra layers

Posted 1/12/19

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’s ski in the woods: Sun, snow + moose poop

Posted 1/5/19

Hooray for this week’s snow! The Skimeister and I went backcountry skiing this morning and the recent snow made a BIG difference. We found 4 to 6 inches of snow over a crusted base between 2,700 and…

A tricky cross-country ski tour today

Posted 12/29/18

I'm going to reiterate the request that I shared at the end of our last blog post: Pray for snow, people! This week's rain did more damage to the snowpack. We took our metal-edged Nordic skis out for…

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