Resorts & Mountains in Vermont > Bolton Valley

Skiing into the new year

We're going to be skiing into the New Year in style! The snow's great for all kinds of skiing and riding. Plus, there are torchlight parades and/or fireworks at resorts such as Burke Mountain, Jay Peak, Bolton Valley, Sugarbush Resort, Stowe Mountain and Stratton Mountain this evening. On the “bummer” side of things on this New Year's Eve, however, Magic Mountain in southern Vermont is closed today and tomorrow because of lift maintenance issues. Really bad timing. At Bolton Valley,...[Read more]

Monday, December 31, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing, Magic

Merry, snowy Christmas to you!

Hope you got out to play in the fresh snow today! All I wanted for Christmas was some snow, and we got it! We enjoyed a ski tour today on the cross-country trails at Bolton Valley. A few trails were groomed (but no classic tracks set), most were not groomed. Lots of water crossing the trails (it needs to freeze up) but it was lovely to ski through about 10 inches of light, powdery snow. Beautiful! Nordic and downhill ski areas throughout Vermont are opening new terrain with the...[Read more]

Sunday, December 23, 2012 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

A winter wonderland up high

Moose tracks, bunny tracks and ski tracks. What a great combo! I wanted to get myself into a winter wonderland today, and I found it up high in Bolton, Vermont's backcountry trails. While it looked more like November down on Routes 89 and 2, just a short drive up the Bolton Access Road it started to look a lot like winter! I took my light backcountry skis for a tour on the backcountry trails. I was skiing between 2,150 feet and 2,690 feet or so. The trees were covered in snow...[Read more]

Thursday, December 20, 2012 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Blue-sky Saturday skiing. Nice!

Today was a day to get out into the sunshine! Clear blue skies beckoned to me and I decided to head over to opening day at Bolton Valley Resort. Bolton had its Vista Quad and Mid-Mountain chair serving essentially one long run from the top of the mountain. The path followed Sherman's Pass to Bear Run. At the very top you had a choice of Hard Luck Lane, Sherman's Pass or Spillway Lane to get started. Down in the base area, the Mitey Mite lift was running for...[Read more]

Saturday, December 15, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Cochran's, Fall & Early season, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Pico

Tentative opening dates for 2012 - 2013 at Vermont ski resorts

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE 2013-2014 POST ABOUT OPENINGS>> Updated 12/22/2012 PM When are Vermont ski resorts opening? Ski Vermont has released a list of the tentative opening dates for Vermont ski resorts. Remember that during early season there are often a select few trails open to start; check to see which trails and what ability level they are. These may change due to weather, of course, but here's what the ski resorts are thinking: Killington Resort: Monday, November 5,...[Read more]

Thursday, November 1, 2012 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Burke, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton

Farmers’ markets in Vermont's ski towns

Farmers' market in Stowe, Vermont

It’s veggie time in the mountains of Vermont! Vermont's ski towns are among those that have weekly farmers' markets when the snow is not flying. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture produces a handy website that has a statewide schedule of many farmers’ markets. The list includes these markets which I selected because they are located somewhere near a Vermont ski resort or ski town that you may be visiting during the summer months: Northern Vermont Farmers’ Market Schedule In/Near Ski...[Read more]

Monday, July 16, 2012 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Bromley, Food, coffee & après ski, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Okemo, Ski towns in summer, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

Summer events highlight some very special skiing terrain in Bolton, Vermont

As part of the fundraising campaign to purchase the exceptional Nordic and backcountry terrain next to the Bolton Valley resort, the Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic & Backcountry (FOBVNB) and Vermont Land Trust have been coming up with a variety of special events. I attended a meeting this week and I can share a few of the events to look forward to this summer. Some of the events strive to get more people familiar with this beautiful piece of land, which is enjoyed by...[Read more]

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing, Ski towns in summer

With whacked-out, summer temperatures, the season is winding down

Vermont has experienced summer-like temperatures over the last week. We've been wearing shorts and t-shirts. The sun has shone brightly as well, and while this makes for lovely weather to recreate in, it hasn't been kind to the snow. Some ski resorts have thrown in the towel for the season, while some others will call it quits this weekend. Some mention that bare spots can be encountered any time and walking may be required at the top and bottom of trails. Others mention that...[Read more]

Friday, March 23, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Pico, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Ridiculously blue sky day; Might be my last nordic ski

The Skimeister and I did a mellow tour up on Bolton Valley’s backcountry trails today. You’ll see that it was so sunny and warm that he was in a t-shirt. Snow is melting very fast in the lower reaches of the nordic trail network, but the coverage gets better when you get up to Bryant Cabin and beyond. Rivers and puddles are showing and it makes you keep on your toes, especially as you descend the Gardiner’s Lane or Bryant trails. While there is quite a bit of snow depth in...[Read more]

Sunday, March 18, 2012 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Sunday spring skiing, and UVM wins NCAAs!

First, the really exciting news: The University of Vermont ski team has won the NCAA championship! This is their first championship title since 1994. Yes, this has been a long time coming! We've really enjoyed following the team over the years and watching some of the racing in Stowe. Both the nordic and alpine skiers excelled at NCAAs, but the women probably clinched the deal for UVM. Women skiers from UVM were often in the top five of their alpine or...[Read more]

Sunday, March 11, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Ski racing

Vermont Land Trust steps in to help skiers & hikers protect Bolton Valley's nordic and backcountry land

It was a year ago that I first got word that the owners of Bolton Valley Resort were selling a large parcel of land to an individual. And the shocker was that it would include the nordic trails and hamper access to a wonderful backcountry trail network. Most of the nordic center trails were not supposed to open for the 2011-2012 season. Tears came to my eyes while reading that news. But thankfully, that was not the end of the story.  Luckily for skiers,...[Read more]

Friday, March 9, 2012 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

An afternoon backcountry skiing tour at Bolton Valley

So the sun was out today and we've seen up to four feet of snow in the last several days in the mountains of northern Vermont. I just had to ski this afternoon! We went up to the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network to earn a few turns. While it doesn't look like there's much snow to talk about when you first turn onto the Bolton Valley access road, it soon becomes clear that there's a lot of snow at higher elevations. We had light backcountry gear and we...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Carving some afternoon turns

I needed some wind and sun on my face today. I zipped over to Bolton Valley ski resort to take in some afternoon ski runs to get my fill. I saw that Bolton had both the Wilderness chair and the Timberline chair open this week (a rare midweek treat), so that's where I concentrated my skiing. There were no lift lines so I just kept sliding up to the lift, unbuckling some boot buckles, and getting on board. This was my first time skiing off of these lifts this...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Good nordic skiing in Vermont if you reach high

This winter has been rough for most Vermont cross-country ski centers. Unreliable temperatures in the lower elevations and a lack of snowstorms have made nordic skiing tough in many places. However, there is some good nordic skiing if you look in higher-altitude spots.  This would include Bolton Valley nordic center, which sits above 1,500 feet. It's been catching some snow and the melt-downs have not been as drastic as they've been in the valleys. I did a classic ski tour today and...[Read more]

Saturday, February 11, 2012 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Powder day :)

I arranged to take the morning off, knowing that we were to get some fresh snow on Sunday night. I made a good decision! I headed over to Bolton Valley Resort to get my morning powder fix. I'd say there was about 5 to 6 inches of fresh and it had blown deeper in many places. Plus, it snowed all morning, despite the sunny weather down in town. We were in a snow cloud. For those who like the groomed packed powder, it was lovely. For those who seek out powder like I do, it was...[Read more]

Monday, January 30, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Packed powder skiing today and comfortable temperatures

The Skimeister and I got out on the trails at Bolton Valley Resort during the lunch hour and early afternoon today. We took our telemark skis and played on the packed powder ski runs, which were not very busy on this Friday. The ski area had about four to five inches of fresh, natural snow on the sides of the trails and on less-traveled connector trails. It was fun to plow through some freshies! The coverage on the snowmaking trails was very good and we enjoyed taking runs on the Mid-Mountain...[Read more]

Friday, January 6, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

More snowy surprises for central and northern Vermont

Ski resorts in the northern and central parts of Vermont picked up another round of unexpectedly high snowfall yesterday. Depending on location, it was on the order of 6 to 12 inches of snow! (Check the snow reports on our Vermont Ski Resorts page for details.) Base areas first experienced some rain and then it changed to snow as the temperatures dropped through the day and, well, it just kept snowing! Today we have cold temperatures that are surely helping with snowmaking, as...[Read more]

Thursday, December 29, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Pico, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

Christmas Eve skiing at northern Vermont's Bolton Valley

Things got a bit jollier at the end of this week when Vermont ski resorts received anywhere from an inch to six inches of natural snowfall. It really made for a beautiful day at Bolton Valley resort. I took laps in the sun on the Vista Quad chair and enjoyed looking at the frosty trees that were all around me. I skied the available route from the summit that was made up of Sherman's Pass and Bear Run. I actually took my telemark gear out today to get more practice on...[Read more]

Saturday, December 24, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

A few inches of fresh snow, and three more ski resorts are slated to open

Snowy view of Okemo ski resort, Vermont

One to seven inches of snow fell around the state on Wednesday night to help make things look a bit more wintry in Vermont. Today and tonight some areas will see snow showers. Dipping temperatures have helped with plans for three more ski resorts to spin their lifts for the first time this weekend. Bolton Valley Resort plans to open Saturday, as does Mount Snow. Bromley Mountain plans to open on Sunday. Mount Snow will celebrate the "first flight" of the Bluebird Express, its...[Read more]

Friday, December 9, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Mount Snow, Okemo

When do Vermont ski resorts plan to open for 2011 - 2012?

Riding last year at Bolton Valley

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE 2018-2019 POST ABOUT OPENINGS>> With that crazy October snowstorm, Mother Nature allowed Killington to get a jump-start to the ski season. The resort continues to offer skiing daily as weather and conditions allow. Meanwhile, other Vermont ski resorts are pulling out their snowmaking guns and fans and preparing the lifts and base lodges for skiers and riders later in November and December.  Ski Vermont...[Read more]

Saturday, November 5, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Vermont ski ticket deals, discount lift tickets for 2011 - 2012 for Vermont residents and all skiers & riders!

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE CURRENT VERMONT LIFT TICKET DISCOUNTS!>> Updated 3/5/2012 When it comes to the 2011 - 2012 ski season, are you wondering what’s new for lift ticket discounts in Vermont? We’ve been compiling our annual list of what we think are some of the better lift ticket deals and promotions so that you can start shopping around. As usual, we’ll update this blog post as new ticket discounts are announced throughout the fall and ski...[Read more]

Friday, October 21, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

Deadlines, deadlines … Early bird often gets best Vermont season pass deals

Burke Mountain in Vermont.

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2013-2014 SEASON PASS DEAL DEADLINE POST!>> Hello skiers, in case you haven’t noticed: It’s nearly fall! It’s time for county fairs, back-to-school sales, and now season pass deal deadlines! Some Vermont ski resorts have early-bird deals on season passes and often the deadlines roll through the fall – with the best deals for those willing to make their investment early on. Nowadays, online purchasing allows you to get the pass you want without driving to...[Read more]

Sunday, August 28, 2011 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Season pass, Smugglers' Notch, Stratton, Ticket discounts

Farmers’ markets in Vermont — veggies (and more) in the mountains!

After a snowy winter and wet spring, we are enjoying farmers’ market season in Vermont! At recent markets that I went to I saw lots of leafy vegetables, tomatoes, beans, peas, beets and more. Can’t wait until the sweet corn is out, too! The Skimeister and I started our garden a bit late due to an extremely wet May and some early-June travel. But with some recent heat and sun, things are really starting to grow (eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, for example). But I’ve been picking up...[Read more]

Friday, July 15, 2011 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Bromley, Food, coffee & après ski, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Okemo, Ski towns in summer, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

When do Vermont ski resorts close this spring (2011)?

Updated 5/10/11 I've been checking in on the dates that Vermont ski resorts are closing. Typically the smaller ski areas close first because of lower elevations and smaller operating budgets. This is not a complete list because the ski resorts don't always announce their intentions in advance. Please check the website of the resort you'd like to go to before you head for the hills! We have links on our Vermont ski resorts page. Closed as of March 30: Pico MountainMt. Ellen side of...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Cross-country skiing, Killington, Okemo, Spring skiing, Stowe, Sugarbush

2 to 6 inches of new snow in Vermont on first day of spring

Looks like most Vermont ski resorts picked up about 2 - 6 inches of new snow on the first day of spring. That should help things a bit after a warm, sunny weekend. Okemo, Killington and Bolton Valley ski areas all report about 4 - 5 inches. And temps will stay cool this week so we'll likely see a few more flakes. On another note, we heard some news from Stowe Mountain Resort this week. They’ll be replacing the FourRunner Quad with a new, modern detachable quad. The FourRunner was installed in...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Killington, Okemo, Spring skiing, Stowe

Big March snowstorm in northern Vermont

The snowstorm that is currently hitting Vermont has been most ferocious in the northern part of the Green Mountains. (It's about time! Several of the storms this season favored southern Vermont!) Here's what Vermont ski resorts are reporting for snowfalls via social media as of 7 and 8 am Monday morning. And it's still snowing in northern Vermont. Note: Check with the resort before you drive there. Some are indicating late openings or ice (southern Vermont) and weather-affected lift...[Read more]

Monday, March 7, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Smugglers' Notch, Sugarbush

Fun skiing wind-blown powder & finding lighter snow in the glades today!

What a fun morning to be skiing on my newish, wider skis! The width came in handy in the wind-blown powder at Bolton Valley, Vt., this morning. Area ski resorts received about a foot of new snow with the snowstorm that hit Vermont yesterday. It must have been quite windy yesterday and last night. On wider trails the snow was a bit wind-packed. But if you found a part of a trail that doesn't get whipped by wind, or if you were in the glades, you found softer, fluffier snow. It was a...[Read more]

Saturday, February 26, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

A Cotton Brook backcountry skiing adventure

On Saturday I joined two friends for our first exploration of the Cotton Brook backcountry trail in the in Bolton / Waterbury / Stowe area of Vermont. I believe we hit a bit of all three towns during our lengthy ski tour, and it offered a little of everything. All three of us have skied the Bolton-Trapp Trail, and I think that trail is a much better choice for earning a sustained skiing descent. But we wanted to check out what was beyond those "To Cotton Brook" signs that tempt you...[Read more]

Sunday, February 13, 2011 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Powder "shots" from a powder day in northern Vermont at Bolton Valley

What a day to be skiing in Vermont today! Friends and I hit Bolton Valley this morning and we had a blast skiing in the powder. In some places the snow was a bit more than one-foot deep, while in other places, such as in the woods, we found some nearly two-foot-deep spots. Lower Devil's Playground/Preacher had some really deep snow. To get to it I just had to survive the icy, narrow chutes of upper Preacher or Devil's Playground or wherever I was! I enjoyed the powdery glades on both sides...[Read more]

Thursday, February 3, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

A deep, white backcountry skiing tour today in northern Vermont

I've figured it out: I am a right-turner. At least when it comes to my skinny backcountry skis, I tele turn to the right much better than to the left. I figured this all out on the backcountry trails at Bolton Valley at lunchtime today. There is a lot of snow up there! It was gorgeous. On top of all the snow we've been getting for a week or two, I found a thin, fluffy layer of fresh snow from last night. It put a thin blanket over yesterday's ski tracks. I saw photos of the...[Read more]

Thursday, January 20, 2011 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Snow today in Vermont, and backcountry events on the horizon

Well the snow is really hitting Vermont today! Nearly all of the state has a winter storm warning or winter weather advisory. Gets me in the mood for more backcountry skiing! With that in mind, here are two backcountry skiing events in Vermont that are coming up quickly. Get Out and Backcountry Ski Festival This Catamount Trail Association event is held at Bolton Valley Nordic Center on January 23. You can learn from expert instructors who will help you improve your telemark technique or...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Wondering what 9 - 12 inches of Vermont powder looks like? I'll show you!

I earned some turns today, and I picked a winner of a day to do so! Up on Bolton Valley's backcountry trail network, I romped in 9 inches to a foot of fresh, light powder during an early-lunchtime ski tour. It was so gorgeous up there! (Just look at these photos!) While climbing Bryant Trail, I surmised that only two skiers had gone before me this morning (I could tell from the pole holes). And they had skins on because they didn't have to herringbone where I did in my waxless skis! I also...[Read more]

Monday, January 10, 2011 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

My lunchtime cross-country skate ski at Bolton Valley

I was jonesing for some outdoor exercise, so I looked at the snow reports for my area nordic centers and found that I needed to "go high" to find some trails that were doing OK after last week's thaw. And none are higher than the Bolton Valley nordic center. So off I went for a lunchtime skate. I saved this tidbit about elevations from a recent Bolton nordic newsletter: If you are looking on the weather site, Bolton is located at approximately Lat/Lon: 44.42°N 72.85°W and...[Read more]

Thursday, January 6, 2011 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

A nordic kind of January: Winter Trails Day & the Tour de Stowe

Ever wonder what all the fuss was about when it comes to cross-country skiing or snowshoeing? Well it's about time you found out. Winter Trails Day Eight nordic centers in Vermont are offering special events or freebies as part of Winter Trails Day on January 8. The goal: to get people out on the trails in the wintertime to see what they've been missing! These are the nordic centers in Vermont that will participate in one way or another. Visit this site to read up on the details. Call the...[Read more]

Monday, January 3, 2011 Filed in: Blueberry Lake, Bolton Valley, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Mountain Top, Ole's, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Ticket discounts, Trapp Family Lodge

Lots of snow! Lots of wind!

Holy coastal blizzard, Batman! Southern Vermont got dumped on thanks to this storm that made its way up the East Coast. Resorts were reporting one to two feet of new snow. Nice! As you head north in Vermont, the snow totals diminished. Even still, places like Smugglers' Notch and Bolton Valley reported several inches of new snow. The only problem — and it's an all-too-common one — is the damn wind. Why does wind always seem to come to visit when the snow does? So today some ski resorts were...[Read more]

Monday, December 27, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Magic, Smugglers' Notch

Blue sky, white snow & lots of skiers at Bolton Valley today

What a stunning day. As my friend Julie and I drove up to Bolton Valley Resort, I noted how frosty everything was — even as low as the elevation of Timberline Lodge. The trees were encrusted with snow and the sky was brilliant blue. It was quite a treat to be skiing today. A $15 ticket and the sunshine brought a bunch of skiers and riders out. The lines grew quickly as the morning passed. After a couple of warm-up runs on the more traveled trails, we picked our way through Glades and then...[Read more]

Friday, December 24, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski

A variety of yummy skiing news this week

Oh, you lucky, lucky Mount Snow skiers! You get to fuel up on my favorite coffee any day of the week — slopeside! Mount Snow and Vermont Coffee Company announced they have opened a café at the ski resort. Vermont Coffee is roasted in Middlebury, Vermont, and the Skimaven ski blog is basically powered by their yummy Dark Roast. Not only does the coffee taste delicious, but it's fair trade and organic. I know — almost too good to be true! Other tasty news this week is that Mad River Glen is...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Ticket discounts

Telemark turns today at Bolton Valley

Tele turns right, tele turns left. My telemark gear and I had a nice day on the slopes at Bolton Valley today. They have two chairlifts (the Vista Quad to the top and the Mid-Mountain Lift) and the Mitey Mite tow open. The place was hoppin' with families and kids and people grabbing whatever powder they could find. Earlier in the day I found a couple of inches of fluffy stuff on the sides of the trail and on less-traveled trails such as Glades. Later I was cutting way off to the skier's...[Read more]

Saturday, December 18, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

2010 – 2011 Season pass discount deadlines for Vermont ski resorts

Think snow!!! Skiing the trees at Jay Peak.

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2012-2012 SEASON PASS DEAL DEADLINE POST!>> Updated 9/1/2010 It’s inching closer to Labor Day, school time and the colors of fall — and it’s time to think about season pass discounts! Here are important deadlines to keep in mind while you decide what Vermont ski resorts you might ski this winter, and whether a season pass is a good deal for you. (Do the math!) The earliest discount deadlines are between August 30 and Labor Day! Some resorts are...[Read more]

Friday, August 20, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ascutney, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Cochran's, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Magic

Playing around in deep, damp snow on April 29

Here's a peek at what things looked like at higher elevations today in northern Vermont. I messed around on the Bryant and World Cup trails on Bolton Valley's nordic system this afternoon. Yesterday's freak spring storm and today's bright sunshine made this a must-do exercise. I'd say there was at least 14 inches in these shaded trails, which are located at about 2,100 feet. The snow was heavy, so what I did it was more like a snowshoe walk than a ski. But it was so nice being outside where I...[Read more]

Thursday, April 29, 2010 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Jay Peak, Spring skiing

"Summer skiing" in Vermont

I went summer skiing on a glacier in Austria once. It was June. It was raining. We couldn't take in the view because of the clouds. The snow was very soft. And the wind was cold and howling — so it was blowing the trash-bag type ponchos we were wearing to stay dry. I can still hear the wild flapping noise of the plastic! Luckily yesterday's "summer skiing" was nothing like that. Vermont is having some lovely weather for summer skiing this week and weekend. The Skimeister and I went for...[Read more]

Friday, April 2, 2010 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing

Sunny Saturday on cross-country trails & at pond skimming

It was sunny but chilly on Saturday here in northern Vermont. The Skimeister and I went over to play around on the cross-country trails at Bolton Valley, then to watch some of the pond skimming action. We skied around Picnic and the Valley Loop a bit. The snow was mostly frozen granular, and it was softer in the sunniest spots. They had done a good job grooming after the fluctuations of temperatures we've seen in the last couple of weeks! The snow coverage was still good in this part of the...[Read more]

Sunday, March 28, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing

It must be spring: here come the pond skimmers

To skim, or not to skim. That is the question. Well if you're game, you have a good selection of pond skimming contests at Vermont ski resorts to choose from. Here are a few to consider watching, or participating in, below. The alpine ski areas are still enjoying spring skiing, while the nordic centers are winding down, and some up north are closed already. Mount Snow: Saturday, March 27. Dress in costume and descend Canyon in an attempt to cross a 100' man-made pond. Bolton Valley:...[Read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Bolton Valley, Vermont, spring skiing slideshow

I'm going to let the photos do the bulk of the talking on this post. Basically: - I skied Bolton Valley Wednesday afternoon. - My friends and I skied mostly in the Timberline area. - I had to slather on sunscreen. - I was carving sweet turns in the corn snow. - The snow coverage was still very, very good. - The views were tremendous. - I was sad when it was over.[Read more]

Thursday, March 11, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Cross-country skate on Sunday afternoon in the snow

Note to self: Bring a neckwarmer and glasses when you go cross-country skiing, even if you don't think you'll need them. I had a nice cross-country skate ski at Bolton Valley this afternoon. The snow was falling and I was finally getting a workout after a week of back pain. It was great to be on the snow again! There was up to an inch of fresh snow on the nordic trails (see my first tracks?) and probably more up in the backcountry trails and alpine area. I worked my way up the hills, but then...[Read more]

Sunday, February 14, 2010 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Very nice pre-sunset ski at Bolton Valley Nordic

I don't know if you call it cabin fever or just plain old work stress, but by mid-afternoon today I needed to get outside and exercise! I convinced the Skimeister to join me for an end-of-the-afternoon classic ski at Bolton Valley Nordic Center. We arrived and saw that we would not be alone in our late-day ski. Ski team members from the University of Vermont and Colchester High School were on the trails, too. We set out for a nice loop out on Maple Loop and only passed a handful of kids. An...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Surprise snowfall in northern Vermont mountains

New snow in northern Vermont, including Jay Peak

Well surprise, surprise! Northern Vermont ski resorts are reporting up to 12 inches of snow has fallen on their slopes in the last 24 hours. Yippee! We knew there was going to be light snow this week, but this is much more than expected. Thank you, Mother Nature, for exceeding our expectations on this one! Check out Vermont ski resort conditions here. Photo courtesy of Jay Peak Resort.[Read more]

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Mt. Mansfield, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

Two backcountry skiing events for those who are BC-curious

Are you BC-curious? Two upcoming events in northern Vermont will get skiers out into the backcountry to introduce them to backcountry skiing or improve the skills they already have. The venue for both of these events is the terrific Bolton Valley nordic and backcountry trail network. And both events have limited enrollment, so check 'em out now. "Get Out and Backcountry Ski Festival"Sunday, January 24 at Bolton Valley This event is put on by the Catamount Trail Association — the keepers of...[Read more]

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Eating up the marshmallow fluff this afternoon at Bolton Valley

I skied this afternoon at Bolton Valley in some super-light snow that had fallen in the last 24 hours -- and it was as tasty a treat as a Fluffernutter sandwich. In fact, light, fluffy snowflakes were falling the whole time I was skiing; it seemed to make each run a little better. On the less-traveled trails and in the glades off of the Timberline Chair, I was playing in some fun powder. I noticed at times that I wasn't able to see my skis as I made a small wake through the snow. I'd guess...[Read more]

Friday, January 8, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski

Free events at nearly a dozen Vermont nordic centers on Sat., January 9

Learn to cross-country ski or snowshoe in Vermont

It's time for all you cross-country skiing and snowshoeing never-evers to hit the trail! Nearly a dozen Vermont nordic ski centers are offering free introductions to these winter sports on Saturday, January 9. Now there is no excuse not to try them! I've grown to love nordic skiing and snowshoeing over the years. It's a quieter scene than downhill skiing, and it can be a wonderful workout. There's nothing like quietly gliding or walking through a winter wonderland. Follow this link to read...[Read more]

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Highland Lodge, Mountain Top, Smugglers' Notch, Ticket discounts

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