Fall & Early season

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

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

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 slowly clouded over. My "warm-up" run was on Liftline because it was freshly groomed. It would only get skied off later, so carpe diem! I skied on trails covered with manmade snow. Some of it was very fresh. The resort had been making whales of snow on Upper Hayride, for example,...[Read more]

Sunday, December 1, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Stowe

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

Photo of a Nordic skier skiing away surrounded by frosty trees

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 there would not be a huge base of natural snow. The trees were frosted over and it was gorgeous to behold! We skied in a couple of inches of snow under a thin crust — a thickness that made me think of a crème brûlée crust. When we skied downhill, our 75 mm bindings shattered the crust and...[Read more]

Friday, November 29, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

Some nice cross-country skiing for November

Photo of classic ski tracks and the tips of skis

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 it was important to hit the trails! The snow coverage was quite good. Where tracks were set, they were good, too. The Goose Hill side of the trail network features open fields and a hillside. There you can get views of Camel's Hump and Mt. Mansfield. These snowy peaks were set off against a...[Read more]

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

November 16: Scenes from a sunny Saturday on snow

Photo of skier and her tracks through the snow

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 were up to 10 inches of all-natural snow in some places. The untouched snow in the shade was quite soft. But if the sun had been on it there was some breakable crust. With the sun shining brightly, it was much warmer than we expected it would be. And no wind. Bonus! Are you getting on the snow this...[Read more]

Saturday, November 16, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

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

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

Updated 12/4/19 PM Here's a look at opening dates - WEATHER PERMITTING. Please check our links to Vermont snow reports before you make plans to go! In November and December, check for midweek closures. Sometimes ski areas are just open on weekends in the early season! Killington - opened November 3Mount Snow - opened November 13Bromley - opened November 16Okemo - opened November 22Stowe - opened November 22Jay Peak - opened November 22 for passholders; Nov. 23 for all othersSugarbush -...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Sliding on snow in November in Vermont

Photo of red skis in fluffy, white snow

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 setup. I was out to explore and try to slide on snow for the first time this season. The sun was shining, which made for a great little outing. I often skied through the snow to the grass and rocks. I crossed streams and damp spots frequently. But it felt great to get out there! Incoming Snow Now...[Read more]

Sunday, November 10, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season

October snow gets us psyched for the coming ski season!

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

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 Saturday we found 4 - 5 inches of snow at 3700 feet on Mt. Mansfield, at the top of the gondola.  Here are a few photos from Saturday afternoon on Mansfield. Plus, a shot of a white-glazed Mt. Mansfield from a sailboat on Lake Champlain on Sunday.  This gets us very excited for ski season....[Read more]

Sunday, October 20, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Sailing

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

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. After a long approach by car to Camel's Hump State Park in Duxbury, Vt., we buckled into our telemark boots and headed for the Monroe Trail. It's a busy hiking trail in the summer. Today there were hikers, snowshoers and a few skiers.  I learned it's challenging to skin up a hiking trail. This...[Read more]

Sunday, December 9, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season

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

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 had fallen over the past couple of days in Stowe was light and fluffy. We went to explore the trails and trees in Stowe’s Sterling Forest.  We skinned uphill and only stopped once —briefly — for water and a handful of peanuts. It was too cold to dally. We would descend in snow that was...[Read more]

Saturday, December 8, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Fall & Early season, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Venturing into the deep snow in the backcountry

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 hazards and thick powder to surf on. The resort was reporting 26 inches of new snow in the last five days. At times I lost my ski pole while pushing in the deep snow. And when I accidentally dove hands-first into the deep powder, it was a chore to extricate myself! It's rather incredible for...[Read more]

Saturday, December 1, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

Latest storm really puts the “snow” in Snowvember

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 to check out the unreal 20 inches that the resort reported had fallen in the last 24 hours. I also noted on the snow report that Bolton has restricted uphill traffic to the Wilderness area and the backcountry trails due to all the mountain operations going on everywhere else. Bolton Valley is...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

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

Making the most of the November snow

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 today felt like late-March. The cold, stiff snow we skied in yesterday turned into heavy, wet snow today. You know, like the mashed potatoes that you had with Thanksgiving dinner. With few layers on we climbed up into the Bolton backcountry trail network and did a nice afternoon tour. The sun was...[Read more]

Saturday, November 24, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

Backcountry bliss — in November!

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 more like February than November! The snow was plentiful and the sky was blue. The temperature was also under 20 degrees, so that added to the mid-winter vibe. We passed small trees that were bending over in the weight of snow. We skinned in a rather deep skin track. And we descended in thick...[Read more]

Friday, November 23, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

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

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 mountain. As I began climbing, it was rather warm and it was snowing. The deep snow was starting to get a bit heavy. On the way up I made note of the many open water bars that I should avoid on the way down. It was wonderful to be out on the snow getting exercise after a week of work. And to my...[Read more]

Saturday, November 17, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

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

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 Timberline area there was snow on the ground. At the main base area things were downright wintry. Bolton Valley is not open yet, but they reported 8 - 11 inches of snow in the past 48 hours. This morning near the base area, it was crusted over with some shallow, little pockets of soft snow here...[Read more]

Sunday, November 11, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

When do Vermont ski resorts open for 2018 - 2019?

Mount Snow to open

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, Mother Nature provided snow, snow, snow! Vermont ski resort planned opening dates 2018 - 2019 — weather permitting!  Killington / Opened on October 19Mount Snow / Opened on October 27; at first only for weekend skiingStowe / Opened on November 16Okemo / Opened...[Read more]

Thursday, October 25, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

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

<<GO TO THE 2018 - 2019 OPENING DATES POST>> 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 12/24/17 Killington / Opened on November 9Mount Snow / Opened on November 11Okemo / Opened on November 11Sugarbush / Opened on November 17Stowe / Opened...[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

<<CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2019 LIST OF 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

Browse Posts

Displaying posts 1 to 50 out of 110

But wait, there's more!

Take a look through older blog posts by category or by month and year.

To top

 

 


Follow on Twitter
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Instagram
Follow on YouTube
Subscribe to the blog

 

 

Share This Skiing Blog

Most Recent Posts

Categories

 

 

Is your phone or tablet
“life-proofed”?