Fall & Early season

Northern & Central Vermont ski swaps in 2009

Make tracks to a Vermont ski swap.

<<CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2018 LIST OF SKI SWAPS!>> Yes, it's getting cool outside. I'm getting antsy, too. Now's the time to plan your attack on Vermont ski swaps. What gear are you going to unload? What gear do you want to buy? Well I can't exactly help you with those questions, but at least I can keep you up to date on the fall 2009 Vermont ski swap calendar. I'm adding dates & details as they are made available.  2009 Northern & Central Vermont Ski...[Read more]

Monday, August 31, 2009 Filed in: Cochran's, Fall & Early season, Killington, Okemo, Ski gear, Ski swaps, Smugglers' Notch

What a difference a day makes during early season skiing in Vermont

What a difference a day makes. Thursday's skiing reminded me of some of the spring skiing I enjoyed last season. After we waited out the morning rain (yes, rain!), we took to the Sterling lift at Smugglers' Notch. There we found soft snow that made you feel like a rock star! Today, on the other hand, we were transported quickly back to December skiing. The temperatures had dropped overnight and we woke up to sunny skies. As we drove to Smugglers' Notch ski area you could see the snowmaking...[Read more]

Friday, December 5, 2008 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch

First turns at Smugglers' Notch ski resort on the final day of November

Phew! I just snuck in under the wire. I'm happy to report that I took my first turns for the season in November — just as I did last year — even if it was the very last day of the month. The Skimeister and I headed up to Smugglers' Notch, Vermont, today to take some early season runs and we were not disappointed. There was plenty of snow on the few snowmaking trails that were open. Natural-snow trails even had some coverage, but rocks, grass and dirt was still showing here and there so skiing...[Read more]

Sunday, November 30, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch

Snowy Mt. Mansfield and a ski movie get me motivated for ski season

Snowy Mt. Mansfield in the glow of the setting sun.

What a combination: a snowy Mt. Mansfield and the glow of a setting sun. The mountain was pink this afternoon as the sun set. The photo is from a Web cam that is positioned at Burlington International Airport, looking east. All this snow and cold weather gets me in the mood for skiing. Going to the Warren Miller film last night doesn't hurt, either! They had some fun skiing sequences from Iceland (wow, what a unique place!), Crested Butte, Japan, Alaska and even a little bit of Vermont. They...[Read more]

Sunday, November 23, 2008 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season, Mt. Mansfield, Ski movies

Blowing + falling snow = happy Vermont ski resorts

Snowguns are blasting in Vermont so that ski resorts can open this weekend.

Since temperatures did a swan dive on Sunday evening, we've been enjoying steady, cold temperatures here in Vermont. Snowmaking crews are working hard to lay down a good base, and Mother Nature even helped out with up to a handful of inches of fresh snow in the mountains. We even received about an inch of snow here in town this week. Check out this Web-cam picture from Killington from this morning. The gondola is chugging skiers safely through the blowing snowguns. How luxurious — I usually...[Read more]

Thursday, November 20, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Killington

Warm and wet weather pushes back openings at Vermont ski resorts

It's raining here in northern Vermont and it's in the 50s. Yeah, it isn't a pretty picture. But, hey, it's still early in November and we have some time for the weather to turn cold and for snowmaking to do its thing before Thanksgiving. And wouldn't it be wonderful if we had a dump of snow in the mountains that weekend like we did last year? (See last year's First Freshies post.) The three ski areas that were going to run the lifts this weekend are not open. Mt. Snow's Web site reports:...[Read more]

Saturday, November 15, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season

Opening dates for Vermont ski resorts—where will you ski first?

I got an e-mail from Ski Vermont and it included a run-down of opening dates for Vermont ski resorts. Yay!  These are listed in chronological order. Please visit my Vermont Ski Resorts page and double check that they are open before you go—you just never know... The temperatures here in northern Vermont are nice and cool through Thursday, but then it may warm up a bit, says NWS. Vermont Ski Resorts — Projected Dates to Open Mt. Snow: Projected re-opening weekend of November 14...[Read more]

Monday, November 10, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

And we're off and skiing in Vermont!

Vermont's first ski area opens for the ski season

Killington ski resort opened for the ski season on Sunday, November 2. The Big K ski conditions page reports that they have two lifts, seven trails and three miles of skiing—all for the low price of $65 (gulp!). Skiers are accessing this terrain via the K-1 Gondola. As you can see from this Killington photo, Sunday was a gorgeous blue sky kind of day all around the state. The Skimeister and I went for a hike near Bolton Valley Resort in the mid-afternoon, which felt like a late-afternoon hike...[Read more]

Monday, November 3, 2008 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Killington

Late October brings snow and controversy

Late-October snowstorm in northern Vermont

Is there snow in Vermont? Why, yes! The report from the tippy top of Mt. Mansfield is that there are 11 inches of snow at the stake—well above average for this time of year—due to the storm that came through this week. Here's a Web cam shot from Underhill, Vermont, this morning. Underhill is on the western side of Mount Mansfield. Here in the Champlain Valley we had about an inch or so, but much of that has melted to reveal the fallen leaves again. While there is still some more raking to do,...[Read more]

Thursday, October 30, 2008 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Mt. Mansfield, Ski gear

October snow in Vermont

October 22 snow at Jay Peak ski resort in Vermont

Ah, the little white flakes are making their first appearance here in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. It is just flurrying here, but the snow is sticking a bit in the higher elevations. Vermont mountains saw a bit of snow earlier this month, too. The Burlington Free Press reports that some northern Vermont towns have accumulations of an inch or less. East Albany reported one inch of snow and North Underhill and Eden each reported 0.6 inches, according to the National Weather Service....[Read more]

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Jay Peak

'Twas the day before Thanksgiving

"I smell stuffing!" says this Stowe skier on Nov. 20

'Twas the day before Thanksgiving, and all through the house, people were looking for their winter gear, and starting to grouse. OK, I've found my boot bag, long johns, hats and mittens, helmet, and even my balaklava. But where the heck is my ski jacket and ski pants? I'm going to need these things pronto! There are at least seven ski resorts open in Vermont this weekend for early-season runs. And we've received natural snow in the mountains and even a bit down in the Banana Belt of...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Vermont's highest peak is snowy

Snowy view of Mt. Mansfield's western slopes

Today I donned my longjohns, grabbed my ski hat and gloves and headed not for the mountains, but for the lake. My husband, friends Pete and Nicole, and I jumped into a J24 sailboat for a race today on Malletts Bay, one of the major bays on Lake Champlain. November's race series is often called the frostbite series, and today I found out why. In temps in the 40s on the water, I nearly froze my feet and fingers off because of the wind and waves; it was blowing strong at about 15-20 mph. I also...[Read more]

Saturday, November 10, 2007 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Mt. Mansfield, Sailing

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