Cross-country skiing

Warm, sunny cross-country skiing this weekend; a bit of snow on the way

Classic ski tracks in the woods with beech and pine trees

We stayed closed to home this weekend and hit our local cross-country skiing center. The snow is holding up pretty well at Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston, Vt. We skied on the woods side of the center on both Saturday and Sunday. The sun and warm temperatures this weekend made for nice, comfortable outings. The kind where you can stop to watch the woodpeckers or to soak up the sun on your face. Now we're looking at just a bit of snow Sunday night into Monday. The coastal storm is...[Read more]

Sunday, March 3, 2019 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Primo cross-country skiing conditions today

Cross-country skiing in Stowe, Vermont.

Today I skied with a group at the Trapp Family Lodge Nordic center. The snow was amazing! Apparently when we got rain in the Champlain Valley this week, the higher elevations in northern Vermont got snow that didn't change over to rain. The snow coverage was terrific. And on the sides of the trails there was a deep layer of powder before your pole hit the hard crust below. (We got that crust layer nearly two weeks ago.) Trapps does a very nice job of grooming and we enjoyed skiing in sturdy...[Read more]

Sunday, February 17, 2019 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Trapp Family Lodge

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

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 the sun. You can see the frozen tracks of skiers and riders who had been in the woods recently. With today's wind, I decided to cross-country ski. I knew I would want to go somewhere where they had groomed the trails. Bolton Valley Nordic Center was the place for me this morning. They had groomed...[Read more]

Saturday, February 9, 2019 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Sunday skiing in Stowe in a snow globe

I skied through the snowflakes today in Stowe! I enjoyed a loop on the cross-country ski trails at the Trapp Family Lodge.  The parking lot was almost full when I got there at midday. However, I picked trails that aren't skied as much so I only passed five people. And three turkeys. And a whole bunch of crows. Judging from all the tracks in the snow, I'm sure I also skied past some deer hiding in the woods. We probably picked up an inch of snow as I skied. I took Skater's Waltz from the...[Read more]

Sunday, January 27, 2019 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Panoramic cross-country cruising at Catamount Outdoor Family Center

It was below zero this morning when we were making French toast. We lazily drank coffee and waited until things warmed up. With the sun shining brightly, we clicked into our skinny skis and hit the snowy trails at Catamount Outdoor Family Center. There was great coverage, which is not always the case at this low-elevation Nordic center in Williston, Vermont. And they had groomed and set nice tracks. It was some of the best classic skiing we've done at Catamount! There are two sides to the...[Read more]

Sunday, January 13, 2019 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

A tricky cross-country ski tour today

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 a spin on Maple Loop at Bolton Valley Nordic Center. It was challenging. Here's what we found late Saturday morning: On the trails that were groomed recently and skied on, the snow was hard-packed and tough to get "kick." Icy stuff, and no place for beginners.On the sides of the trails...[Read more]

Saturday, December 29, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Keep calm, and ski on

After rain fell at the end of the week, you had to wonder how things were holding up in the mountains. I took advantage of a sunny Sunday to find out. On my drive to the mountain, the Winooski River was swollen. We got quite a bit of rain!  I took my waxless touring skis onto the Nordic trails at Bolton Valley Resort. The skis have metal edges and I was thinking I would need them. You could tell the snowpack took a hit, but there was still a bunch of snow up there. You'd see some wet...[Read more]

Sunday, December 23, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

A whole lotta snow falling in Vermont to close out November!

The 24-hour snow totals at most Vermont ski resorts are being reported in the teens. You know, like 13 inches or more! Some southern Vermont ski areas are reporting about 20 inches. There was so much snow that power was an issue at a couple of the resorts this morning. Just a reminder: It is still November.  See our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to snow reports your favorite resorts. See our Snow Reports page for a compilation of reports. And plan to get out on your skis or...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

A little April snow = nice cross-country skiing

The southern part of Vermont got several inches of new snow on Friday. Up in Stowe, it was more like two inches, but it was enough to make for some very nice groomed cross-country skiing today. The Skimeister and I took to the trails at Stowe Mountain Resort's cross-country center. Here are a few shots from our ski outing. A little fresh snow plus sun and some grooming makes for a nice day! And the après-ski beer at Trapp Brewery didn't hurt either![Read more]

Saturday, April 7, 2018 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Striding into springtime at Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Ski Center

We skied in the sunshine today to close out March. There's still quite a bit of snow at the Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Ski Center in Stowe, Vermont! The sun and shade made the snow conditions vary as we skied along. Spots that had soaked up the morning sun became soft and then sticky after noon. Patches of snow that stayed in the shade did not soften up very much. You can imagine that this caused a lot of stop-and-go as we descended the Parizo trail in the afternoon! The sun and spring...[Read more]

Saturday, March 31, 2018 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Sleepy Hollow Cross-Country Ski Center delivered great conditions on Sunday

On Sunday, the sun was shining again and the snow hadn't melted. We grabbed our cross-country skis and headed to Huntington, Vermont, to ski at Sleepy Hollow. They had groomed most of their trails in the morning and the conditions were very good. Grooming is key during the spring because the snow warms up during the day and then often freezes at night. The few trails that they had not groomed were icy in the morning. We followed the classic track from the lodge to Ridge Road. This trail...[Read more]

Sunday, March 25, 2018 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Sleepy Hollow, Spring skiing

We’re sounding like a broken record: More snow in Vermont!

The new snow in Vermont is being measured in feet rather than inches this week! Copious amounts of powder can be found from the southern border to Canada — and everywhere in between. Check out these few photos from a couple Vermont ski resorts. This weekend will offer terrific skiing! See our Vermont Snow Reports page for a rundown of today's conditions, and links to the snow reports at all Vermont ski resorts.[Read more]

Friday, March 16, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

MORE SNOW in Vermont! March is being very kind to us!

Wow! Skiers and riders are rejoicing with many inches of new snow throughout the state of Vermont. Southern Vermont was again the winner with this coastal storm. Resorts are reporting up to 3 feet (that is not a typo) of snow from the storm!  Check out our list of southern Vermont ski resorts to see the incredible snow totals they are reporting from this storm. Places like Bromley, Okemo, Magic Mountain, Stratton and Mount Snow were dumped on. Further north, reports of the snow storm...[Read more]

Friday, March 9, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

Snow hits Vermont: Southern Vermont is the big winner

The coastal storm that moved through the northeast has left up to 14 inches of snow in southern Vermont. As you move north, the snow totals diminish. For example, 7 inches at Pico and Killington, 3 inches at Smugglers' Notch, and none at Burke Mountain. Magic Mountain says on its snow report: "It will be technical skiing as a heavy, moisture-laden snow fell yesterday." See our Vermont Snow Reports page for a run-down, and check on the new snow totals at your favorite resort on or...[Read more]

Saturday, March 3, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

A little fresh snow to play in on Saturday afternoon

Just a couple images from the mid-level Nordic trails at Bolton Valley. About 3 inches of new snow fell there in the last 24 hours. Off the trail at this elevation the snow under the new snow was mostly crusted over. A good ski tour on a Saturday afternoon! [Read more]

Saturday, February 17, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Nice grooming + temperatures make for a fun cross-country ski at Trapp Family Lodge

The recent snowfall has laid down a nice blanket of snow in Stowe, Vermont. My friend and I headed for the Trapp Family Lodge cross-country center early on Sunday morning. Before the crowds arrived, we started out for a scenic loop on stiff, freshly groomed snow. We were among the first people to ski on perfectly molded classic tracks. (Sweet!) We chose the Slayton Cabin as our destination and worked our way uphill via the Parizo and Cabin trails. (The cross-country center's lodge is at 1,350...[Read more]

Sunday, February 11, 2018 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Trapp Family Lodge

This warm, soft-snow day called for a ski tour in the woods!

When we clicked in to our light backcountry gear this morning, the snow was so soft. Our waxless skis grabbed the snow well as we started a climb into the woods. We were exploring a couple of trails in the lowest reaches of the Bolton Valley Nordic trail network. We were down to our fleece tops for most of this outing. It was quite warm today! We climbed through a pretty hardwood forest. On some of the beech trees, we noticed bear claw marks and what I think was a bear "nest." We...[Read more]

Saturday, January 20, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Camel's Hump Nordic on a sunny Monday

We rounded out our long weekend with our third ski in three days. The sun was brilliant and we wanted some new scenery. We went to the Camel's Hump Nordic Center. It's run by volunteers and you pay a $10 trail fee on the honor system.[Read more]

Monday, January 15, 2018 Filed in: Camel's Hump Nordic, Cross-country skiing

A cold, sunny ski on the cross-country trails at Bolton Valley

On the cross-country trails at Bolton Valley, Vermont

This afternoon we enjoyed a cold Nordic ski at Bolton Valley. After recent rain, snow and then cold temperatures, we weren't sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised!  There was still a base of snow. Saturday's snowstorm left a few inches of snow, but only the top inch was powder. With the sun low on the horizon, we had a nice ski in the afternoon sunshine. It was cold, so we definitely had to keep moving. We noticed that the rivers were running and were trying to freeze up...[Read more]

Sunday, January 14, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Getting on snow after a week at a conference. Thank goodness!

Cross-country skiing in northern Vermont.

New Orleans on Thursday: High of 70 degrees and humid. Northern Vermont on Saturday: A couple of inches of new snow and 13 degrees. Which would you choose?? I didn't have a choice as I was a conference. (OK, New Orleans didn't suck and I learned a lot at the conference!) But I was so very happy to get home and out on the snow this afternoon! Vermont experienced rain while I was away. Very sad, indeed. But thankfully it snowed last night in northern Vermont. It made things white again at...[Read more]

Saturday, January 13, 2018 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

New, windblown snow as arctic weather departs Vermont. (Yay!)

On the snowy trails on Sunday afternoon.

The arctic temperatures that had a grip on Vermont for the last couple of weeks are leaving. Thank goodness! We got out to ski this afternoon when the temperature got above 0 degrees. We did a cross-country ski tour and found the new snow windblown but rather plentiful and fun. Yesterday, on a very cold Saturday, we enjoyed making a little video...

Sunday, January 7, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Skiing into the new year. Happy 2018!

The sun came out today and we waited for the thermometer to climb above 0 degrees. It did, so we set out for a New Year's ski. We had our long, skinny skis that glided quite well on the cold and squeaky snow. We didn't dally. We kept moving to generate heat. We both had on thick neckwarmers today (NOT normal for Nordic skiing). Mine kept making my face damp from condensation and I'd wipe it dry with a tissue. But when I went down hills I appreciated that my face was covered.  This...[Read more]

Monday, January 1, 2018 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

What do you do when itʼs really cold outside? Go Nordic skiing!

We stayed plenty warm while skiing today. All we needed to do is click into our skinny skis and go cross-country skiing! Temperatures were in the single digits but I could feel all my digits. I actually generated so much heat I had to unzip my jacket and take my hands out of my mittens a few times.  We got a great workout at Catamount Outdoor Center in Williston, Vermont. It's very pretty in the woods there. There's good snow coverage and classic tracks were set, as well. I like...[Read more]

Saturday, December 30, 2017 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing in the snowy woods at Catamount Outdoor Center

We had some nice snowfall on Friday, so the plan was to hit the cross-country trails on Saturday. But the weather was going to be weird in lower elevations. The forecast called for mixed precipitation and rain. We had to motivate. We put down our coffee cups and got out for a ski before the rain started. And it was quite good! At Catamount Outdoor Center in Williston, Vermont, we did a big loop through the woods. When we were under the cover of the trees, the snow was powdery and sometimes...[Read more]

Saturday, December 23, 2017 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Early-December snow in Vermont offers powder turns

Photo from Burke Mountain Resort.

An early-December snowstorm is doing wonderful things for skiing and riding in Vermont! Depending on location, up to 18 inches of new snow fell on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning! Visit our Vermont Snow Reports page for links to National Weather Service reports and ski resort reports of snowfall. As of December 13, there were 32 inches of snow at the stake near the top of Mt. Mansfield. (On our Snow Reports page we also link to the chart that shows this is above average for this point in...[Read more]

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

First sliding on snow of the season!

After spending time with family for Thanksgiving, the Skimeister and I wanted to play in the snow. We took our older, waxless, light backcountry gear out for a spin in Bolton, Vermont. We found approximately four inches of snow at about 2,100 feet in elevation. We messed around on the slightly snowy trails. It felt good to glide and slide! There were many open water bars and rocks to keep us on our toes. There was likely more snow up higher. As the clouds lifted today they were revealing...[Read more]

Friday, November 24, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

Reflecting on the Vermont winter that was 2016 - 2017

It's hard to let go of winter, but we hold on to wonderful memories of being in the woods and on the trails surrounded by — and sometimes wallowing in — beautiful piles of powdery snow. Check out our little video of some of our favorite shots from the 2016 - 2017 ski season in northern Vermont.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, 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!

<<CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2018 LIST OF SKI SWAPS!>> 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...[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

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