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Bluebird day + great cross-country skiing at Craftsbury

Posted 3/27/17

We made the most of a gorgeous day and snow-free driving conditions by jumping in the Subaru and pointing it north toward Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, Vermont. We arrived to find some…

More Vermont ski resorts open

Vermont ski resort count for this weekend: 13

Posted 12/8/16

UPDATE: Make that 14 resorts. Mad River Glen announced it will fire up a lift this weekend, as well. ---------- We're having a great December so far in Vermont, thanks to Mother Nature. This weekend…

Dear Santa: All we want for Christmas is some cold weather and more snow!

Posted 12/22/15

It's been a rough start to the ski season. Abnormally high temperatures have made snowmaking difficult to sustain. Vermont's larger and higher-altitude resorts made snow early on and have worked…

A weekend of Nordic skiing at Vermont's Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Posted 3/5/15

The Skimeister and I joined up with six other skiing buddies to explore the cross-country trails at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center last weekend. Located in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom — about 1.5 hours…

Snowmaking at Vermont's Stowe Mountain Resort

Ski areas blasting the snowmaking after nasty weekend of weather

Posted 12/24/13

Vermont ski areas took a hit this past weekend with nasty weather that included warm temperatures and rain, and even an ice storm up here in northern Vermont. Now that temperatures have fallen back…

Snowmaking at Sleepy Hollow cross-country center

Thanksgiving week starts with good snowmaking temps — wintry mix to follow

Posted 11/25/13

Snowmakers are earning their keep these recent cold days and nights. Resorts are pumping out a lot of snow in anticipation of Thanksgiving weekend, as well as some December opening days. (Who's open?…

Which Vermont ski resorts are still open in mid-April 2013?

Posted 4/16/13

So this is what I've got on the topic of which Vermont ski resorts are still open now that it's mid-April... Many mountaintops were still looking white today. It's not too late to get some turns in!…

Snowmaking resumes across the land

Posted 12/12/12

A cold front has allowed snowmaking to resume across the state. Thank goodness! And a little bit of fresh snow has fallen over the last two days at higher elevations. Inconsistent temperatures have…

Exciting racing in Craftsbury: 2012 US Distance Nationals for cross-country skiing

Posted 3/31/12

Craftsbury Outdoor Center in northern Vermont has been hosting many of the country's best nordic skiers all week — first with the USSA Super Tour Finals and then with the 30k & 50k National…

Good nordic skiing in Vermont if you reach high

Posted 2/11/12

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,…

Making snow high atop Smugglers' Notch ski resort in Vermont

More snowmaking & more ski areas coming online as we reach the holidays

Posted 12/20/11

Boy there’s a lot of snowmaking going on lately! Seems like the ski resorts are opening new terrain every few days or — in some cases — every day! Stowe Mountain Resort reported that it set a new…

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

Posted 1/3/11

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…

Learn to cross-country ski or snowshoe in Vermont

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

Posted 1/5/10

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,…

Great grooming saves the weekend at Craftsbury Nordic Center

Posted 2/16/09

What would we do without Pisten Bully, Bombardier and other wonderful grooming machines? Well this past weekend, we wouldn't have done much cross-country skiing without them. As expected, the snow…

The snow's been falling here in Vermont; 51 inches now at the stake

Posted 1/9/09

OK folks, while our economic recession is still trying to find its bottom, here in Vermont we're in a rebound of sorts. After a warm-up around Christmas time, we've cooled off and enjoyed some…

Beat the Heat: Check out Vermont's top 10 winter events

Posted 7/9/08

Skiing marathons, ice harvesting and a Wassail Weekend are all on the list of Vermont's Top 10 Winter Events for 2008/2009. The list is issued by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce after judges comb…

Cross-country skiing in Craftsbury, Vt.

Sunday cruisin' at Craftsbury Nordic Center

Posted 2/19/08

Sunday morning brought more blue skies to Craftsbury, Vt., and cold temperatures at 7 in the morning. By the time we had breakfast and gathered our gear, however, things were warming up nicely. I…

Lovely meadows and high views from Highland Lodge, Vt.

Highland Lodge: Beautiful high meadows and views

Posted 2/18/08

EDITOR'S NOTE: Highland Lodge is no longer a ski center. However, neighboring Craftsbury Outdoor Center has been maintaining some of the trails that run between the Highland and Craftsbury networks.…

Snorkeling at the Beav'

Snow envy

Posted 1/12/08

If those twits at Heavenly, Vail and Beaver Creek send me one more e-mail ... Their multimillion-dollar marketing machine keeps sending me mouth-watering photos of the three to 10 feet (that is not a…

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