Cross-country skiing

Lots of springy snow for cross-country skiing on April 2

Today's weather beat out our expectations today. It turned out to be gloriously sunny while we were on the trails at Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Center! There is still so much snow on the trails and woods in Stowe, Vermont. Trapps, with a base elevation of about 1400 feet, reported receiving about five inches of snow on Friday/Saturday. This morning all 65km of the trails were freshly groomed and had classic tracks. We skied up to the cabin via Russel Knoll and Chris's Run — a long...[Read more]

Sunday, April 2, 2017 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Bluebird day + great cross-country skiing at Craftsbury

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 eager young kids starting a ski race. The adults had started earlier and we would see them skate by a few times as we started skiing the trails. Since the trails were prepared for a skate skiing race, we didn't have some classic tracks on a few areas that we expected. But we were creative and snaked...[Read more]

Sunday, March 26, 2017 Filed in: Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski

Hello, Stella! Snow expected to pound the state of Vermont

By Tuesday afternoon, the snow had been piling up in southern Vermont and starting to accumulate in northern Vermont. The snowstorm named Stella is expected to be a doozy! Check out the projected snow totals in the graphics above! Follow these links for updated snow information. Storms can have a mind of their own and let's hope they are calling this one accurately! http://www.weather.gov/btv/winter  (Northern Vermont) http://www.weather.gov/aly/winter (Southernmost two counties...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing on shaved ice on Tuesday

So things were very “firm” this morning on the cross-country ski trails of northern Vermont. We had some mixed precipitation last night and by morning it had frozen up. However, rain was in the forecast for the afternoon so the Skimeister and I hit the frozen trails early anyways. We used our metal-edged, light backcountry skis, and we were glad we did! The man who grooms the trails at Mt. Mansfield / Stowe Mountain Cross-Country Center was making laps when before we arrived. He came back to...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

In the freezer before we head back to spring. Again.

After the weather warm-up last week, we've had a frigid weekend. Much of the water that was flowing in the mountains of northern Vermont has turned to ice. The snow that was once soft is now frozen in place. Sunday's sunshine beckoned to us so we did some Nordic skiing at Bolton Valley's Nordic center. We brought waxless skis with metal edges because we knew the snow would be very firm. Bolton had taken a full-size groomer to some of the trails and the corduroy ripples had frozen solid. It was...[Read more]

Sunday, March 5, 2017 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Soaking up the sun while skiing at Ole's Cross-Country Center

When I cross-country skied almost two weeks ago, I nearly froze my fingers off in the bitter wind. Today I could have worn a t-shirt and gone without gloves. Spring temperatures have come early to northern Vermont and many cross-country ski centers will soon feel their effects if they haven't already. For this reason, we took advantage of fair weather to hit the Nordic trails this afternoon. We skied two loops at Ole's Cross-Country Center in Warren, Vermont. The snow was very soft, and there...[Read more]

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ole's, Spring skiing

Cold cross-country skiing today; Snow on the way this weekend

Brrrrrrrrrrrr. It was cold today on the trails at Trapp Family Lodge Nordic center this morning. The snow was cold, as well, and it squeaked when you walked on it. My friends and I made a beeline for the woods to get out of the frigid winds on the practice meadow. I was glad I had a balaclava covering much of my face and extra liners in my mittens. Soon, however, the wind died down and the sun shone brightly. We were moving along the firm, groomed trails through the woods and we were...[Read more]

Friday, February 10, 2017 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Trapp Family Lodge

Light fluff over hard-packed snow + ice on cross-country ski today

Almost two inches of super-light and fluffy snow fell on the groomed cross-country trails at Bolton Valley in northern Vermont. It was so light it wafted out from under our skis! It made everything look wintry again this morning, but under that new fluff is hard-packed snow, crust and icy areas. For this reason we stuck to trails that had been groomed before the fluff fell. We skied on the World Cup trail, Pond Loop, Broadway, Pika and Upper Maple Loop. Off the trail there was a hard crust...[Read more]

Sunday, January 15, 2017 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

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

Great cross-country ski conditions on the last day of 2016

We sent off 2016 with another ski today! This time we clicked into our skinny cross-country skis and did a loop on the groomed Nordic trails at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. The snow conditions were really good on the less-traveled trails that we ventured on. There were about 6 to 8 inches of fresh snow on the sides of the trails. It was lovely! Trapps had set classic tracks on all the trails we hit. After missing out on a lot of cross-country skiing last year because of a lack of...[Read more]

Saturday, December 31, 2016 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

A Nordic outing to start our Christmas weekend

Here are a few photos from midday today on the Nordic trails at Bolton Valley. We read that Bolton had received a couple inches of fresh snow recently and that they had groomed the Nordic trails. We were two of the first skiers out on the corduroy-covered trails. The coverage was good, but you can tell it's rather thin. At times I could hear my poles click on ice below the snowy surface. But since there was hardly any traffic on the trails, it was very good! We both used our waxless,...[Read more]

Friday, December 23, 2016 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Vermont ski resort count for this weekend: 13

More Vermont ski resorts open

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 Bolton Valley, Middlebury Snow Bowl and Pico Mountain will open — joining 10 other ski resorts in Vermont that are already running their lifts. (See our updated blog post here for exact opening dates.) Mad River Glen, which relies heavily on natural snow, is still in wait-and-see mode. They...[Read more]

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Mad River Glen, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Pico, Rikert, Trapp Family Lodge

Six Vermont skiing tips from SkiMaven — “Tuesday Tips”

We're unveiling Vermont skiing tips each Tuesday! Hopefully they will provide some good advice + inspiration for the coming ski season. Let us know what you think of these tips — and then add your own in the comments!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country 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

Which Vermont ski areas are still open for spring skiing?

Springtime often brings soft snow, fickle weather and traditions such as pond skimming, but it also means that ski areas begin to wrap up operations. Here's a look at which Vermont ski areas are still open for spring skiing. Before you go, check our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to the resorts' snow conditions reports. --As of May 2, 2016-- Open on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays - snow and weather permitting: Killington Closed for the season: Bolton ValleyBromley...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing, Stowe, Stratton

Today was one of our final cross-country skis of the season. Boo-hoo.

With rain and warm weather moving in, the cross-country ski centers in northern Vermont are not likely to last much longer. So today we went out and got what we could get at Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Center before it was gone. It's been a rough season for Nordic pursuits. The Nordic centers that had snowmaking capabilities put it to good use. The higher elevation centers fared better than others. Trapps has made a bunch of snow recently and they put it in piles on a loop of trails that...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

A lovely outing at Stowe Mountain Resort Cross-Country Center

The higher elevations of Vermont have earned some snow this week! The mountain peaks got the most, and alpine skiers have been reveling in fresh powder. But the snow has been a shot in the arm for Vermont's Nordic skiing centers, as well. Today I joined a friend in a midday ski at the cross-country ski center at Stowe Mountain Resort. The snow is not deep there (you could tell while you were poling), but there was enough to make for nice groomed ski conditions with very light skier...[Read more]

Friday, February 12, 2016 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

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

January learn-to-ski deals in Vermont for downhill skiing, riding and cross-country skiing

Learning to ski/snowboard in Vermont

January has become a great month to introduce a friend or family member to the joys of skiing or snowboarding. And, if Nordic skiing is not yet part of your repertoire, it's a great time for you to try something new, as well! Learn to Cross-Country Ski or Snowshoe Saturday, January 9, brings some free or greatly reduced learn-to-cross-country ski or snowshoe events to Nordic centers around the state of Vermont. Strafford, Rikert, Woodstock, Mountain Top, Ole's, Jay Peak, Craftsbury and...[Read more]

Saturday, January 2, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ticket discounts

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

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 diligently to retain and expand coverage. We enjoyed some spring-like skiing at Smugglers' Notch over a week ago, for example. Today you can make turns at eight Vermont ski resorts. (See our post about ski resort opening dates, here.) Two Nordic ski areas are also offering very limited skiing due to...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Magic, Mount Snow, Pico, Rikert

Springy Nordic skiing under the sun at Ole's Cross-Country Center

Spring sunshine and temperatures were forecast today so we made plans to enjoy the day outside. We put a couple pairs of Nordic skis in the car and headed to Ole's Cross-Country Ski Center in Warren, Vermont. We hadn't been to Ole's this winter for some reason, so we wanted to get there before the season ends.  We started for the Deer Run Trail, first crossing the wide-open expanse that serves as a runway in the summertime. (Ole's is located at the seasonal Sugarbush-Warren Airport.) The...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ole's, Spring skiing

Skiing through new snow today. Winter doesn't want to let go!

The Skimeister and I skied through a small snowstorm today in northern Vermont. At midday at Sleepy Hollow Nordic Ski Center in Huntington, Vermont, it was really coming down. The snow had covered up the morning's grooming and was filling in the classic tracks. I prepared myself for skiing in the falling snow by putting a bandana around my neck and wearing light-tinted sunglasses. (It's not pleasant to let your eyes be pelted by the snow when you are going downhill!) We skied two loops at...[Read more]

Sunday, March 15, 2015 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Sleepy Hollow

Cross-country skiing at Trapp Family Lodge on a sunny Thursday afternoon

What do you do when you have a business meeting planned in Stowe? You make time for a ski, of course! We each brought two pairs of skis because we weren't sure exactly what the snow conditions would be like. Early this week we had warmer weather, which was quickly followed by winter temperatures. We were thinking things would be quite firm. The snow was firm, but because of the Trapp Family Lodge's great grooming it was very skiable. The Skimeister had prepared our classic skis well with...[Read more]

Friday, March 13, 2015 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

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

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 northeast of Burlington, Vermont; 1 hour north of Montpelier; and 1 hour northwest of St. Johnsbury — this place is a Nordic skier's dream. The grooming is impeccable and the classic tracks are bomber. The center uses large Pisten Bully grooming machines to churn up the snow, smooth it...[Read more]

Thursday, March 5, 2015 Filed in: Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing

Skinny Skiing: Enjoying frosty Vermont days by Nordic skiing

Sunset cross-country skiing

I love downhill skiing but on the coldest day it's just downright challenging to keep your extremities from freezing as you dangle on a chairlift and create extra windchill during your descent. What's an avid skier to do? Whether it's cross-country skiing on your skinny skis at a groomed Nordic center or backcountry skiing in fresh snow in the woods, you can generate plenty of heat by Nordic skiing! The Skimeister and I have been skiing before or after work this past week at Catamount Outdoor...[Read more]

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Lunchtime cross-country skiing in this week’s new snow

Cross-country skiing in Vermont

The Skimeister and I got out at lunchtime for some exercise in the brilliant sunshine. We played around in the powdery snow that is in the fields at Catamount Outdoor Center in Williston, Vt. Our skis plowed through about four inches of powder as we made loops under blue skies.  Central and northern Vermont were blessed with snow recently, with more than a foot falling at higher elevations during the last week. Southern-most Vermont didn't fare as well this time, but other times they...[Read more]

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing in Stowe, Vt., in a heavy snow squall today

Nordic skiing in fresh powder in Stowe

Yay! It felt so good to get out on snowy trails today after a long week of work and frigid temperatures. And, when I took to the cross-country trails, I suddenly was skiing through a mini-snowstorm! A squall of heavy snow dropped more than an inch of snow while I was classic skiing. Then, the sun broke through the clouds again. The trails at Stowe Mountain Resort / Mt. Mansfield Nordic Center seemed well covered when I started, and they are even more so now.[Read more]

Friday, January 9, 2015 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

Lots of snow in Vermont and it’s only early December!

Skiing in a new snow in Vermont

Today my day started with a lot of snow, and ended with a lot of snow. I started by shoveling my driveway — OK, not so fun — but it ended with a lovely, snowy ski at the Catamount Outdoor Center in Williston, Vt. This Chittenden County Nordic center opened for the season today thanks to abundant snowfall this week! Much of Vermont got dumped on over the last couple of days (see the NWS for snowfall totals — hello, double digits!). There are now 30 inches...[Read more]

Thursday, December 11, 2014 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

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

Our first ski today — on the road that goes through Smugglers’ Notch!

Skiing the Smugglers' Notch road

Woot-woot! We got out on the snow for the first time this season! There's been quite a bit of natural snow falling in the higher elevations of northern Vermont (13 inches now at the stake atop Mt. Mansfield), so we headed for the Stowe - Smugglers’ Notch area. We thought the skiing should be good on Route 108 going through Smugglers’Notch, and we were right! This section of the road is closed in the winter because it's too tough to plow through tight corners and rocks that...[Read more]

Saturday, November 22, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Food, coffee & après ski, Mt. Mansfield, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

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

Which resorts are still open for spring skiing in Vermont?

Here we are approaching mid-April and the question becomes: Which ski resorts are still open in Vermont this weekend? Open this weekend: Burke MountainJay PeakKillingtonMad River GlenMount SnowOkemoSmugglers' NotchStoweStrattonSugarbush Nordic ski centers (double-check on these before you go): Blueberry LakeCraftsburyHazen's NotchProspect MountainRikert Still a lot of choices! We're still considering where we will go on Saturday, which should be a very nice day to be...[Read more]

Friday, April 11, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing

Super groomed trails and sunny backcountry trails at Rikert Nordic Center today

Today the Skimeister and I glided around the trails at Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vermont. The sun was bright and the temperatures were warming through the day. We just had to get outside! Rikert is owned by Middlebury College and it is situated on the Bread Loaf campus. If you were driving Route 125 you would recognize the Bread Loaf campus by its mustard-yellow buildings. They are rather stunning when surrounded by white snow and blue sky. We put on our classic...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Rikert

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

A warm, bluebird day and lovely trails at Camel's Hump Nordic

Camel's Hump Nordic trail network

What a gorgeous Friday to explore the twists and turns of the Camel's Hump Nordic trails! This volunteer-run Nordic trail network has a lovely setting in the quiet woods of Huntington, Vermont. As its name suggests, the trails are near Camel's Hump, Vermont’s third highest peak. However we did not see the Hump where we were skiing; a ridgeline was in the way. We started our tour in the new skier parking area on Bert White Road, at approximately 1,300 feet in elevation. This...[Read more]

Saturday, March 8, 2014 Filed in: Camel's Hump Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Saturday cruisin' on skinny skis at Sleepy Hollow Ski Center

Such a great day to hit the Nordic ski trails at Sleepy Hollow in Huntington, Vermont. This cross-country center has a mellow feel to it and we didn't pass many people on the trails. Here you are not near any roads — you are out in the woods — so all we heard today was the wind. And today it was windy enough to wear a neckwarmer! The Skimeister and I skied the intermediate-rated Ridge Road loop and then we climbed the Bishop Trail to the rustic Butternut Cabin. There we...[Read more]

Saturday, March 1, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Sleepy Hollow

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

Cross-country skiing in heavy, new snow in Stowe's Wiessner Woods

Cross-country ski in Stowe

You know what they say about heavy, damp snow: It's good for the base! Higher elevations in northern Vermont received a handful of inches of new snow overnight on Saturday. On Sunday, I did a ski tour through the damp snow — the kind that is good for snowballs — in warm temperatures. I was sure to have a ski scraper in my pocket in case the snow clumped onto my waxless skis. It was the first time I took skis into Wiessner Woods in Stowe — 79 acres of wooded land that...[Read more]

Monday, February 3, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

New snow makes skiers & riders happy this weekend!

Cross-country skiing in fresh snow in Stowe

Did you get out on the snow this weekend? There was fresh snow at most Vermont ski resorts, and people were loving it! We had time to ski on Sunday, and with the cold temperatures and strong wind we headed out for a heat-inducing cross-country ski. Many alpine and Nordic resorts announced they could open more terrain due to the new natural snow. And, the temperatures have been cold so snowmaking has continued in ernest. Both of these things were true at Trapp Family Lodge...[Read more]

Monday, January 27, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Fresh snow! We enjoyed it at Catamount Outdoor Center

Catamount Outdoor Center, Vermont

We woke up to another morning of steady snowfall. Yes! Snow continued in many places in Vermont during the day.  We took advantage of the re-opening of the nearby Catamount Outdoor Center cross-country network in Williston, Vermont. It's been a tough month for this low-elevation Nordic center, so when we saw the new snow we decided to hit the trails there. At midday they had about five inches of fresh snow on the trails. The tree branches held fluffy snow and sometimes let...[Read more]

Monday, January 20, 2014 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Plenty of sun and animal tracks while Nordic skiing in Stowe today

Stowe Resort Cross-Country skiing

I guess I needed to reapply sunscreen today, as now that I'm back from a long ski and some après ski, I see a red nose in the mirror! It was a beauty of a day to be outside. We looked at our options for cross-country skiing — which aren't stellar right now, unfortunately — and decided to take our sturdy, waxless touring skis to the Stowe Mountain Resort Cross-Country Center. There was just enough fresh snow recently to improve the trails that...[Read more]

Saturday, January 18, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

Quiet cross-country skiing in Stowe today

Skiing to the Cabin at Trapp Family Cross-Country Center

The Skimeister and I got on the snow today with a Nordic ski in Stowe. Work's been busy and after rain early in the week, with subsequent freezing, we weren't real keen on going downhill skiing. We needed a workout and today's cross-country ski delivered that in some nice temperatures, and no wind. The trails at Trapp Family Lodge were what I would call firm and fast. They'd done a good job with the Piston Bully tilling up the tough stuff and laying down skiable...[Read more]

Friday, January 10, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Blue skies and good tracks today at Ole's Cross Country Ski Center in Warren, Vermont

Cross-country skiing at Ole's nordic center

What a day to be out on the Nordic trails! The sun came out, the temperatures warmed up to “normal” wintertime numbers, and in the early afternoon there was not very much wind!  The SkiMeister and I took our skinniest classic skis to Ole's Nordic center in Warren, Vermont. Ole's trails don't have a huge base, in fact they need more snow to open their wooded trails, but what was open had good grooming and tracks. We kicked and glided and enjoyed the sunny scenery....[Read more]

Saturday, January 4, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ole's

January deals in Vermont for learning to ski, snowboard, and cross-country ski

Vermont has enjoyed some fresh snow over the last couple of days, so it's time to get EVERYONE out there — even the newbies! Here are a couple of deals that may help you convince a friend or relative to to try skiing, snowboarding or Nordic skiing this month. Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month. For $29, beginner skiers and snowboarders get a special package including a lift ticket for beginner terrain, a lesson and...[Read more]

Friday, January 3, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ticket discounts

Cross-country ski tour at Stowe Mountain Resort Nordic center

Brookside cross-country skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort

I got a good workout today in a lovely setting. I enjoyed a cross-country ski at the Stowe Mountain Resort / Mt. Mansfield Nordic center in Stowe, Vt. With warm temperatures on tap, I dressed in layers and found myself skiing in a light fleece on for the uphill portion of my ski. I carried a small backpack with water, dry gloves, ski scraper (in case I skied through a wet spot and it froze up on my skis), a can of glide wax and an extra jacket. I just needed my extra layer for...[Read more]

Saturday, December 28, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

Ski areas blasting the snowmaking after nasty weekend of weather

Snowmaking at Vermont's Stowe Mountain Resort

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 down to those appropriate for the wintertime, the ski resorts are talking up how much snow they are making to bounce back from the weekend. Blast away! A look at snow reports today reveals terms such as hard pack, frozen granular, machine groomed and loose granular. If you are going to hit the...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

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