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Vermont ski resorts open for 2021 - 2022 ski season with snow in forecast

Posted 11/26/21

Updated 11/26/21 While Killington has been open for some time, other Vermont ski resorts are now opening with the added benefit of late-November snow in the forecast! When do Vermont ski resorts…

Snowmaking guns at work at Sugarbush, VT

Snowmaking frenzy allows more ski areas to open for the 2020 - 2021 ski season in Vermont

Posted 12/9/20

Vermont has been enjoying cold temperatures recently and it's been a boon for snowmaking. When Mother Nature is slow to deliver, the snow guns come out! More ski areas will join the 5 resorts already…

Photo of top of a chairlift

Roaming the hills and getting excited for the snowy season in Vermont!

Posted 10/19/20

Did you hear our highest peaks got snow last weekend? That's always cool to see in October. It gets us excited for skiing! We've been hiking to get our legs in shape for all those left turns and…

Photo of skiers on snowmaking whales on the Upper Hayride expert run

Sunday morning runs at Stowe, Vermont — first time on a ski lift this season!

Posted 12/1/19

December 1st seemed like a good day to get on a ski lift! I headed to Stowe Mountain Resort as the sun was rising and got some morning laps on the Fourrunner Quad.  The morning started out sunny and…

Photo of a Nordic skier skiing away surrounded by frosty trees

Frosty trees and a thin crust layer at 1,800 feet

Posted 11/29/19

Today the Skimeister and I drove up to about 1,800 feet elevation here in northern Vermont to see what the snow was like. We brought our light ski touring gear, including older waxless* skis. We knew…

Photo of classic ski tracks and the tips of skis

Some nice cross-country skiing for November

Posted 11/17/19

I took advantage of another sunny day today. I took my skinny skis and went to Catamount Outdoor Center in Williston, Vt. We don't always get to cross-country ski in November at this low elevation, so…

Photo of skier and her tracks through the snow

November 16: Scenes from a sunny Saturday on snow

Posted 11/16/19

We went to our local ski hill here in northern Vermont, which isn't open yet, and we skinned up to earn some turns. It was our first telemark / skinning outing of the season! We're thinking there…

Photo of skier making turns at Smugglers' Notch in sunshine with mountain view

When do ski resorts open in Vermont for 2019 - 2020 season?

Posted 11/12/19

Updated 12/14/19 Please check our direct links to Vermont ski area snow reports before you make plans to go! In November and December, check for midweek closures. Sometimes ski areas are just open…

Photo of red skis in fluffy, white snow

Sliding on snow in November in Vermont

Posted 11/10/19

On Saturday morning I headed up to about 1800 feet in elevation here in northern Vermont. I found five inches of fluffy snow. And no base. But that's OK because I had on my old waxless, three-pin…

Snowy rocks, trees and cliff at the top of the gondola on Mt. Mansfield

October snow gets us psyched for the coming ski season!

Posted 10/20/19

On Thursday, October 17, it rained a lot in Vermont. But when the clouds later lifted, they revealed bright white high peaks! The highest spots in the state had snow on them and it was lovely. On…

Exhausted — but happy — after another day of exploring the backcountry

Posted 12/9/18

Sunday brought day two of sunshine and day two of skiing in the backcountry in northern Vermont. We had discussed exploring the forest on the flanks of Camel's Hump. So off we went this morning. …

Cold, sunny, fluffy morning in the backcountry in Stowe, Vermont

Posted 12/8/18

We didn’t see many people on our ski tour this morning. Probably because it was darn cold! We started our ski tour in the bright sun but in temperatures around 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The new snow that…

Venturing into the deep snow in the backcountry

Posted 12/1/18

Bolton Valley Resort opened for the weekend today. While folks flocked to the chairlifts, we skinned into the backcountry to the north of the ski area.  We found a deep snowpack, some open water…

Latest storm really puts the “snow” in Snowvember

Posted 11/28/18

The latest low-pressure system to slowly spin its way over the Northeast has dropped even more snow across Vermont. This morning I skinned up the well-packed track on Bolton Valley’s Wilderness Peak…

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

Posted 11/27/18

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…

Making the most of the November snow

Posted 11/24/18

Another day, another ski tour! The forecast calls for warmer temperatures and foul weather, so we made a point of getting out to ski this afternoon. If Friday felt like February, I'd have to say that…

Backcountry bliss — in November!

Posted 11/23/18

We re-confirmed this fact today: There is a lot of snow at higher elevations in northern Vermont! The Skimeister and I enjoyed a ski tour in the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network. The scene was…

It’s November 17 and there are great turns to be had in Vermont!

Posted 11/17/18

Midday on Saturday offered up snowflakes, deep snow and sunshine!  I skinned up trails at Bolton Valley. The ski area won't open until early December, but they are already making snow on the main…

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter in Vermont!

Posted 11/11/18

I heard that our higher mountains in Vermont had received some snow so this morning I went to check it out. The bottom of the Bolton Valley Access Road was bare, but by the time you got up to the…

Mount Snow to open

When do Vermont ski resorts open for 2018 - 2019?

Posted 10/25/18

Updated 12/13/18   Mount Snow joined Killington in spinning lifts in October. Cold temperatures and aggressive snowmaking allowed these resorts to open very limited terrain this early. In November,…

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