Fall & Early season

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

December 3rd serves up typical early-season conditions. And tacos.

Zipping around the corners on Jester at Sugarbush, Vermont.

On this morning when the blue sky peeked out at us a bit, we enjoyed a good early-season workout for our skiing legs. It's so nice to make turns in early December! We headed to the Mad River Valley for a morning of skiing. Sugarbush had three lifts open (four if you count the beginner conveyor lift) and they listed 15 trails open. There were three main ways off the summit of Lincoln Peak: Ripcord, Jester and Organgrinder. Spillsville was open with natural snow but almost no one was skiing it...[Read more]

Sunday, December 3, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Food, coffee & après ski, Sugarbush

Snowy first chairlift rides of the ski season at Smuggs!

I think we timed our first day of lift-served skiing well. We got up early and hit Smugglers’ Notch in northern Vermont when the lift opened. We drove there in the snow and soon discovered they got about four inches of new snow at the base and about six new at the top of Sterling Mountain. Heck, ya! The Sterling lift was open at Smuggs this morning and it offered a couple ways down for the top-part of your run. Then, everyone met on Treasure Run half-way down before you could split off to...[Read more]

Sunday, November 26, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch

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

When do Vermont ski resorts open for 2017 - 2018?

First chair for 2017 - 2018 ski season at Mount Snow, Vermont

Important: Check resort snow report pages for the very latest on their opening dates and conditions. Know before you go! These projected opening dates depend on Mother Nature's cooperation. Vermont ski resort planned opening dates 2017 - 2018as of 12/14/17 Killington / Opened on November 9Mount Snow / Opened on November 11Okemo / Opened on November 11Sugarbush / Opened on November 17Stowe / Opened on November 17Jay Peak / Opened on November...[Read more]

Sunday, November 12, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Lifts will turn at a couple of Vermont ski resorts this week

Updated 11/8/17 Thanks to cold weather moving in to the area, snowmakers have been busy and will be working hard through the week. Killington has announced it will start spinning its lifts on Wednesday, November 8, for passholders. Killington will open on Thursday, November 9, for the public for the 2017 - 2018 ski season. Mount Snow announced it will open on Saturday, November 11. Okemo will open on Saturday, as well. Clearly there will be very, very limited terrain open. Check on the...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo

Fresh, light powder + tasty turns earned on Saturday

What a difference a day can make. This morning it's raining thanks to a wild weather roller coaster ride. (The roller coaster plummets later today so this wetness will freeze up.) But Saturday — oh boy — that was a different story. The Skimeister and I waited for Saturday's snow to pile up a bit before heading out to earn turns in the powder. At midday we climbed up to about 3,000 feet in the Bolton backcountry trail network. It was stunningly gorgeous. Up high the trees bowed their...[Read more]

Sunday, December 18, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

Sunny turns on Sterling at Smugglers' Notch

We hit the slopes this morning and enjoyed sunny views and turns at Smugglers' Notch. The resort had received about two inches of fresh snow overnight, which made for smooth turns in many places. On the main mountain, the Sterling lift was open. It gives you a ride up to 3,040 feet. Two lifts were open for beginners down at Morse Mountain. Smuggs plans to fire up the Madonna lift this weekend for top-to-bottom skiing. We saw snowmaking guns doing their thing over on the Madonna side of the...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch

Another snow-filled December ski today!

December 2016 Vermont backcountry skiing

Knowing that the higher elevations in northern Vermont had continued to get snow this week, the Skimeister and I headed out to investigate. We stuffed our packs and grabbed our Nordic season's passes to ski on the backcountry trail network at Bolton Valley. The Nordic center is now open, as are a couple of lower-mountain lifts at Bolton Valley. It's definitely still early-season, with wet spots, hidden obstacles and stream crossings to avoid, but when you steered clear of these the snow was...[Read more]

Saturday, December 10, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

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

Powder turns on an early-December day at Stowe, Vermont!

Wow, we just had one of the best early-December ski days! The northern Green Mountains have been picking up snow left and right and today there was powder to play in at Stowe Mountain Resort.  We started on the gondola and headed for Perry Merrill. We thank the groomers for not grooming the full width of the trail. There was wonderful, soft powder on the side of the trail! Later in the morning soft, round bumps formed and they reminded us of Colorado moguls. We played in the soft bumps...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Stowe

A fun ski tour on a snowy Saturday!

You might not have guessed it down in the valley, but it was full-on winter up in the mountains this morning! As we ascended the Bolton Valley access road the trees suddenly became all-white. And there was more of it as we booted up in the snow-filled parking lot! The northern Vermont ski resorts were talking about 5 to 10 inches of fresh snow overnight, and more snow had fallen on Friday. At about 2400 feet in elevation I'd estimate there was at least 8 inches. The trees were weighed down...[Read more]

Saturday, December 3, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

10 Vermont ski resorts to choose from + good news for Magic

With the addition of Burke Mountain to the list of open ski areas this weekend, and the re-opening of three other areas, you'll have the choice of 10 ski resorts in Vermont to choose from this weekend. It's early season and there's limited terrain available, so check on what trails are open at the resorts before you jump in the car. You'll find a scrollable list of snow conditions on our Vermont Snow Reports page, and a link to each ski resort's snow condition report on this page. Other ski...[Read more]

Thursday, December 1, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Fall & Early season, Magic

More ski resorts poised to open + World Cup racing in Vermont

Snowmaking in Vermont 2016 - 2017

With the help of colder temperatures and natural snow moving into our area today, several Vermont ski resorts are poised to open during Thanksgiving week and weekend. We had a warm spell for a while but snowmakers have been getting back to work and Mother Nature has helped out with the real stuff. See our post about 2016 Vermont ski resort opening dates, which we update. Those tentatively planning to open in the coming week include Bromley, Burke, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers'...[Read more]

Sunday, November 20, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Killington, Ski racing

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

2016 Opening dates for Vermont ski resorts. Are you ready?

2016 Vermont ski resort opening dates

Updated 12/21/2016 AM If Mother Nature cooperates and delivers cold weather, several Vermont ski resorts hope to make enough snow to open some limited terrain in November. Others plan on December openings. Of course, you may have heard that Killington started spinning a couple of lifts in October! Here are the TENTATIVE 2016 opening dates, weather permitting. The info was gathered from resort websites and Ski Vermont. Get a direct link to each ski resort's status and conditions on our Vermont...[Read more]

Monday, November 7, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

First turns of the season have been earned — in October!

So the higher peaks in Vermont have been covered in snow and social media has been buzzing with shots of people skinning and hiking for turns. After a rainy work week, we really wanted / needed to get some exercise so despite the rain this morning we headed out to earn some turns at a closed ski area here in northern Vermont.  For me, the tele turns weren't pretty in the now dense, heavy snow, and I had to pick my way down to avoid wet areas and rock slabs, but I can now say for the first...[Read more]

Saturday, October 29, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

First snow in the mountains of Vermont on October 22

Here are a few shots of the early-season snowfall in Vermont this weekend! Snow fell at higher elevations on Saturday night, October 22. Extra-eager skiers and riders went out to hike for some turns on the higher peaks on Sunday morning. It's an exciting time of year!  UPDATE: Killington has announced that it will open a couple trails (Rime and Reason) on Tuesday for pass/card holders and will open to the general public starting Wednesday. They got about five inches of snow and have...[Read more]

Sunday, October 23, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Killington

The question everyone is asking: When will Vermont ski resorts open?

2015 Opening day at Stowe, Vermont

<< FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR 2016 OPENING DATES >> -Updated 1/8/2016 AM- When will ski resorts in Vermont open for the 2015-2016 season? This question has been hard to answer. We've seen a warmer-than-normal November and early-December so snowmaking conditions have not been steadily optimal around the state. However, things were cool enough to allow several Vermont ski resorts to open Thanksgiving week or weekend. The trade group called Ski Vermont put out a list of opening dates on...[Read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Cold temps and snowflakes in forecast this weekend -- and a ski area will open, too!

Things are awfully colorful around here these days, but don't let that fool you. Snowflakes are part of this weekend's chilly October forecast. (Yes!) Plus, with the colder temperatures nipping at our collective noses, a Vermont ski resort has just announced they will get a lift up and running for some very early-season turns. Killington reports that they will open a lift on Sunday afternoon for passholders and on Monday morning to the general public.  Here's the link to an expected...[Read more]

Thursday, October 15, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Killington

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

Fresh edges, fast turns and sun at Smugglers’ Notch on Sunday

I took my freshly tuned skis to Smugglers’ Notch Resort today and enjoyed fast turns under blue skies! We got our first alpine runs of the season off the Sterling Mountain double chair, which ascends to 3,040 feet and gives skiers a gorgeous, frosty view of neighboring Mt. Mansfield and Madonna Mountain. The trees were covered in rime and the trails were covered well with manmade, frozen granular. There were a few inches of natural snow under the lift, but not enough to ski on. Upper and Lower...[Read more]

Sunday, December 7, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch

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 resort opening dates 2014-2015

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SEE 2015-2016 OPENING DATES!>> Here's how Vermont ski resort opening dates are looking as of 12/18/2014. Opening dates are always difficult to pin down. Mother Nature has to cooperate with at least cold weather for snowmaking, if not a natural contribution of her own. Of course, these dates are tentative. Visit our Vermont Ski Resorts page for links to each ski resort's snow report for the latest. ALSO CHECK FOR EARLY-SEASON MIDWEEK...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

A little fresh snow, a little fake snow, and one resort to open this week

Sugarbush snow

November has made a nice and chilly entrance here in Vermont so a few resorts fired up snowmaking this weekend (Stowe, Okemo, Sugarbush, Killington...). Mother Nature did her part by bringing some light snow accumulation to our higher peaks. Above are a couple of photos to check out. Looks like the ski season will start with very limited skiing at Killington on Monday for pass holders and on Tuesday for everyone else. Killington plans to open 600 vertical feet of...[Read more]

Sunday, November 2, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Okemo, Stowe, Sugarbush

Ski film showings in Vermont in 2014. Getting stoked for ski season!

Ski films shown in Vermont

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR FALL 2015 SKI FILMS IN VERMONT>> Updated 11/17/14 This list will be updated as more details become available. Know of another ski film showing in Vermont? Drop us a note! September 15 Keynote Skier and Road to Zion by Phil Casabon and Henrik HarlautUniversity of Vermont (UVM), Ira Allen Chapel, at 6 p.m. September 18 - 20 IF3 Freeski FestivalCinema Imperial, Montreal (less than 2 hours from BTV) October 2 Less by Level 1UVM, Billings Theater, at 8...[Read more]

Monday, September 15, 2014 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Ski movies

Vermont ski swaps in 2014!

Vermont ski swaps in 2014

<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SEE 2017 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

My lunchtime cross-country ski: Good snow, lots of fog!

Foggy on cross-country skiing trails at Trapp Family Lodge

The temperatures got into the 30s today in Stowe and that made for soft snow and — apparently — lots of fog! As I drove from Burlington to Stowe I went from sunshine to overcast skies. As the Subaru climbed the hill toward Trapp Family Lodge Nordic center, I entered the fog zone! The first thought: “This damn fog is eating my snow!” Luckily as I ventured out on the cross-country trails, I found there was plenty of snow left. Only a few damp spots here and there and a...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Trapp Family Lodge

Fluffy snow and lots of water to avoid on backcountry trails

Thanks to very recent cold temperatures, there are several inches of light, fluffy powder up high in the hills above Bolton, Vt. It’s very pretty. The Skimeister and I explored a couple of the lower Bolton backcountry trails today and despite having to cross A LOT of water bars, we had a blast. (How can you not have fun when there is white snow and blue sky!) As we headed to the recently conserved backcountry land, we noticed that more snow is probably needed (another...[Read more]

Friday, November 29, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

Nine Vermont ski areas will be open this weekend

Mount Snow opens in Vermont

Thank goodness for good snowmaking weather! Hats off to snowmakers who will allow skiers and riders to enjoy a choice of nine Vermont ski resorts this weekend. Here’s who will be open: Okemo Mountain ResortMount Snow ResortBromley MountainStratton MountainKillington ResortStowe Mountain ResortSugarbush ResortJay Peak ResortSmugglers’ Notch Resort Check our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to their snow reports to see what kind of terrain will be available.  Other resorts...[Read more]

Thursday, November 21, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Warm weekend includes a walk up less snowy Smugglers' Notch road

We’re so glad that we took advantage of the fresh snow and cold temperatures earlier this week to go cross-country skiing on the road through Smugglers’ Notch. We went up there again today — this time from the Jeffersonville side of the notch — and a lot of snow had melted. We walked up this time and started on dry pavement, then hit slushy ice, then only at the top of the notch did we find areas of deeper snow in shady spots. Oh well, it is November! It was a cool walk just the...[Read more]

Sunday, November 17, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Rikert, Sailing, Smugglers' Notch

First ski of the year — on the Notch road in Stowe!

Smugglers' Notch skiing, Vermont

The Skimeister and I got in our first ski of the year by cross-country skiing on the road that goes through Smugglers' Notch! This section of Route 108 is closed now because they don't plow it, and to our surprise it had actually been recently groomed! People were doing classic and skate skiing and enjoying what turned out to be a very sunny day. Some of the trees still had some snow on them, and to the sides of the road there were about five inches of light, fresh snow. It was like...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Mt. Mansfield, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

When do Vermont ski resorts open in 2013?

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SEE 2017-2018 OPENING DATES!>> Updated 12/17/13 For the 2013-2014 ski season in Vermont, here's a list of opening dates. These may change according to weather patterns, of course! Visit our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to snow reports. Photo of snow on November 11 at Sugarbush and its access road. Photo from Sugarbush. Opening Dates in Vermont  Killington Resort: Currently openOkemo Mountain Resort: Currently...[Read more]

Thursday, November 7, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Fall & Early season, Killington, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch

A few October snowflakes, dropping temps, and Killington will open this weekend!

It didn't take long for Killington to jump on the cold temperatures that have just arrived in Vermont this week. After making some snow last night, Killington announced today it will offer some very limited skiing (the Rime trail) on Friday to pass-holders and they expect to open to the public on Saturday. Also this week we saw a few snowflakes on Vermont's highest peaks. Enough to get us all in the mood for the switch over from fall to ski season! Woot! Above, a sprinkle of snowflakes on...[Read more]

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington

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

Snowmaking resumes across the land

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 forced a couple ski areas to push back their opening dates. Cochran's Ski Area is pushing its opening day back to December 22. Magic Mountain also changed its opening date; it's now December 21. Both ski areas are making snow now. For an updated look at Vermont...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cochran's, Craftsbury, Fall & Early season, Grafton Ponds, Magic, Trapp Family Lodge

Ups and downs of early season weather

Snowmaking resumes

After a stretch of good, cold snowmaking weather, and then some end-of-November snow, things were looking good for early season. Then, Mother Nature said, "Not so fast!" and threw in a few warm days and even some rain. Luckily the temperatures are dropping again today and the ski resorts are back at making snow. Let's hope the weather allows them to do that at least every evening. And Mother Nature, feel free to drop some fresh stuff on the ground at anytime! Because of the recent...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Filed in: Fall & Early season

Cross-country striding in five inches of snow

Today the SkiMeister and I were looking to get on our skinny skis for the first time this season. We decided there might be enough fresh snow to ski on if we found some flat terrain. We headed for Jericho, Vt., and the Mills Riverside Park. We knew there wasn't a ton of natural snow at that elevation, so we didn't take our best skis, but hoped there was enough to slide across. We were in luck, as we found five fluffy inches of snow — enough to cruise on! We strode around the large field...[Read more]

Saturday, December 1, 2012 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

Fresh snow to close out November

I think the Burlington weather bureau was caught a bit by surprise. Yesterday and last night, northern Vermont received more snow than expected in many places. Don't you love it when that happens?! Here are some initial snow totals from the National Weather Service (check the date and times of the reports because it kept snowing into the night): http://www.erh.noaa.gov/btv/spotterReports/ And they should update this graphic by around 10 a.m. this morning or so (check the date on the...[Read more]

Friday, November 30, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Fall & Early season

First turns of the season!

After nursing a cold all of this holiday weekend (great timing, huh?) I made time on Tuesday to get in my first turns of the season! In the afternoon I hit up Sugarbush to get my legs and feet working. Turn left, turn right, and repeat. We've been fortunate to have cold temperatures lately and snowmakers have been making the most of it at ski resorts around the state. I skied on manmade snow on Jester, Downspout and the lower portion of Organgrinder. I took a small cut-over trail off Jester...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Sugarbush

Which resorts are open for Thanksgiving weekend 2012?

A gaggle of Vermont ski resorts plan to open this long holiday weekend! They join the four ski resorts that are already spinning their lifts: Killington, Okemo, Stowe and Sugarbush. The new group consists of Stratton Mountain, Mount Snow Resort, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Bromley Mountain and Jay Peak Resort. Find out when each opens at this blog post about opening dates, which we've been keeping updated. So, that makes nine ski resorts to choose from this weekend. Cool! Happy...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Filed in: Bromley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

More Vermont ski areas poised to open

November had brought some steady cold temperatures, until Monday hit with record highs! Luckily, that didn't last long and ski resorts are back at making snow and picking up some natural snow at higher elevations. Two more Vermont ski resorts are poised to open on Saturday: Stowe Mountain Resort and Sugarbush Resort. This is in addition to Killington and Okemo, which are already spinning their lifts. Check out the list of Vermont ski resort opening dates by following this link. Also don't...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Killington, Okemo, Stowe, Sugarbush

Clearing skies afford views of new natural snow and manmade, too

The peaks in Vermont have been collecting some natural snow over the last few days, making them a beautiful white. (The National Weather Service is reporting 10 inches of snow at the stake atop Mt. Mansfield!) Meanwhile, cold temperatures have allowed snowguns to fire up from south to north! Here are a few nice shots from some Vermont ski resorts. Above, a snowy Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak. Sunrise and snow at Sugarbush. Snowmaking at Killington on opening day on...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Killington, Mt. Mansfield, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

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

Killington opens one run for passholders; Ski swaps continue

Killington is opening one run today (Rime) for passholders only! No grooming, just newly manmade snow for expert skiers. Other resorts are firing up snowmaking guns during this cold spell when we've seen some pretty "snowliage" — snow juxtaposed against colorful fall foliage. Ski swaps continue this month throughout Vermont. Check the posting further down on this list. We keep it updated as new information comes in. This weekend you'll find one in Essex Junction. It's getting to...[Read more]

Saturday, October 13, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Killington

Early October snow atop Vermont's high peaks

October snow at Mad River Glen, Vermont

The National Weather Services is reporting up to 3.5 inches of snow on Vermont's high peaks! They say snow was confined to above 3,000 feet of elevation or so. Photos are coming in from Vermont's ski resorts — some showcasing a mix of colorful fall foliage and fresh snow. Here are links to a few shots around the Web.  Anyone else feeling like winter is really just around the corner now?!?! Photo courtesy of Mad River Glen ski area's Facebook page. Some...[Read more]

Monday, October 8, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Killington, Mad River Glen, Stratton, Sugarbush

Sunny, high-mountain runs at Sugarbush today

I knew the forecast called for a gloriously sunny Monday, so I rearranged my work schedule to get some runs in this morning instead of over the busy weekend. And I was rewarded with an uncrowded early-season ski morning at Sugarbush! Skiers and riders were skiing the top of the mountain when I arrived. Jester and Downspout were open so I did laps on them via the Heaven's Gate chair, which goes to the top of the 3975-foot-high Lincoln Peak. Later in the morning the...[Read more]

Monday, December 12, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Sugarbush

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

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