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Zipping around the corners on Jester at Sugarbush, Vermont.

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

Posted 12/3/17

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…

Snowy first chairlift rides of the ski season at Smuggs!

Posted 11/26/17

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…

First sliding on snow of the season!

Posted 11/24/17

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…

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

When do Vermont ski resorts open for 2017 - 2018?

Posted 11/12/17

<<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…

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

Posted 11/7/17

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…

Fresh, light powder + tasty turns earned on Saturday

Posted 12/18/16

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…

Sunny turns on Sterling at Smugglers' Notch

Posted 12/14/16

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…

December 2016 Vermont backcountry skiing

Another snow-filled December ski today!

Posted 12/10/16

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…

More Vermont ski resorts open

Vermont ski resort count for this weekend: 13

Posted 12/8/16

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…

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

Posted 12/6/16

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…

A fun ski tour on a snowy Saturday!

Posted 12/3/16

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…

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

Posted 12/1/16

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…

Snowmaking in Vermont 2016 - 2017

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

Posted 11/20/16

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…

Six Vermont skiing tips from SkiMaven — “Tuesday Tips”

Posted 11/15/16

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…

2016 Vermont ski resort opening dates

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

Posted 11/7/16

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…

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

Posted 10/29/16

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…

First snow in the mountains of Vermont on October 22

Posted 10/23/16

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…

2015 Opening day at Stowe, Vermont

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

Posted 11/19/15

<< 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…

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

Posted 10/15/15

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…

Skiing in a new snow in Vermont

Lots of snow in Vermont and it’s only early December!

Posted 12/11/14

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…

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