Resorts & Mountains in Vermont > Mt. Mansfield

And the last resort standing is...

We moved rather rapidly from winter to early summer here in lower elevations of Vermont. Green stuff is growing like crazy and flowers are blooming. I may have to mow soon. With the warm weather, Jay Peak has decided that this past Sunday (May 3) was its final day of skiing. Sugarbush also closed on Sunday. In Vermont, only Killington remains for weekend lift-served skiing (Friday - Sunday), as long as the stockpiled snow allows. Image: Snow depth chart for the stake atop Mt. Mansfield. As of...[Read more]

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Filed in: Jay Peak, Killington, Mt. Mansfield, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Great day to earn turns in the Vermont backcountry

With temperatures in the “balmy” 20s and the sun trying to come out, it was a good day to hit the backcountry and earn some turns.  The Skimeister and I headed for Underhill, Vermont, on the west side of Mt. Mansfield. We parked at the Stevensville trailhead— a popular trailhead where parking often gets tight — and we put climbing skins on our skis. Here you can ski up to Nebraska Notch or the Overland Trail (also called the Underhill Trail by longtime skiers of this area). We had...[Read more]

Saturday, March 7, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Mt. Mansfield

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

Exploring the mountains in Vermont — without the snow

View from Mt. Mansfield hike

I guess I adore mountains no matter the season. I love getting out in the woods and earning a view. On Saturday, one of my skiing buddies and I enjoyed a "triangle" hike on Mt. Mansfield. We went up the Frost Trail, where open, slabby rock areas afforded us great views to the south and west. (See photo above, looking south toward Dewey, Clark and Bolton Mountains.) We even enjoyed a few tiny blueberries! Then, we crossed the Rock Garden Trail which is very interesting — full of...[Read more]

Sunday, July 27, 2014 Filed in: Mt. Mansfield, Ski towns in summer

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

Earning some powdery turns

Telemark turns on the snowy CCC road.

Guess what we found today? More fluffy snow! Am I sounding like a broken record? Somehow I think you'll forgive me. The SkiMeister and I skied up the snow-covered CCC road and Eagle Cut Trail from Underhill State Park to get some quiet, morning turns in the powder on the way down. This Vermont State Park is on the west side of Mt. Mansfield. In the summer a lot of people hike Mt. Mansfield from the park. In the winter it's a popular skiing trailhead for the very busy...[Read more]

Friday, January 4, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Mt. Mansfield

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

Crazy April snowstorm in the mountains

More than a foot of snow reported at top of Mt. Mansfield, Jay and Killington! It's been snowing up high for over a day. Killington and Jay Peak are open and they are reporting 15+ inches of new snow at their higher elevations. Crazy! Here's a shot from Jay Peak ski resort today, which they posted on Facebook. [Read more]

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Filed in: Jay Peak, Killington, Mt. Mansfield, Spring skiing

Snow — and lots of it!

Wow! I just skied in a bunch of new snow today!  Take a look at the snow in the photos. And it kept coming down all day... I knew the wind would be an issue today, and the Skimeister was volunteering at at an adaptive skiing race at Trapp Family Lodge. Those two things led me to come up with a plan that didn't include a high mountaintop. We would stay in the woods and ski from Trapp Family Lodge to the Mt. Mansfield/Stowe Mountain Resort cross-country...[Read more]

Saturday, February 25, 2012 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Mt. Mansfield, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Earning turns in a winter wonderland

On our drive home from our ski this afternoon, the Skimeister and I saw a sign that said it was 1 degree. One little lonely degree. It was a good thing we skied up the CCC Road today to keep ourselves warm! The CCC Road is accessed from the Underhill State Park in Underhill, Vermont. There's a busy winter parking lot and you follow a road up to the state park and toward hiking trails that take you up Mt. Mansfield. The road was built by the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC). On the drive in...[Read more]

Saturday, January 14, 2012 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Mt. Mansfield

October 2010 brings all-time snow record for Mt. Mansfield

Weather Underground is reporting that October 2010 was the wettest and snowiest October on record atop Mount Mansfield. They wrote in an email alert that "a total of 14.71 inches of liquid precipitation fell on Mount Mansfield during the month of October. This breaks the old record of 14.43 inches set in October 2006. A total of 34.1 inches of snow fell on Mount Mansfield during the month of October. This breaks the old record of 31.8 inches set in October 2005." You can see this...[Read more]

Monday, November 1, 2010 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Mt. Mansfield

Vermont's mountains to get first snow this weekend?

Are you ready for this? The National Weather Service reports that the higher peaks in Vermont may receive a few inches of snow, which may start falling on Friday! Check out the mountain forecast here: The mountain forecast page is valid for peaks over 3,000 feet. On that site you'll also see a map with what they are calling a "mountain point" forecast. It's still in test mode, but seems to work pretty well. You can click to keep track of what's happening...[Read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2010 Filed in: Ascutney, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Mt. Mansfield, Sugarbush

Hiking for 100 years in Vermont with the Green Mountain Club

Hey Green Mountain Club, you are looking good at 100! Yes, it's true. The keeper of the Long Trail — Vermont's footpath in the wilderness — is rolling into its second century. Did you know that the Long Trail is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the US? I've been hiking in Vermont since my college days. These days spent outdoors were among the experiences that helped solidify my decision to move to the state years ago. In the last decade, I've kept a record of my hikes in the...[Read more]

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Filed in: Mt. Hunger, Mt. Mansfield, Ski towns in summer

Exciting race on Mt. Mansfield is not downhill, but rather up the hill

There have been plenty of downhill races on the storied slopes of Mt. Mansfield, but only one major competition in recent memory challenges racers to go up to the summit as fast as they can. On Sunday, August 29, 2010, the Catamount Trail Association puts on the Third Annual FJG Race To The Top Of Vermont. It's actually two races: one for mountain bikers and the other for runners and walkers. Either way, it's a quad-burning exercise that is rewarded with summit views to Lake Champlain, the...[Read more]

Friday, July 9, 2010 Filed in: Mt. Mansfield, Ski towns in summer

What a difference a week makes

Last week we were in the midst of a freak spring snowstorm, while the last few days have been warm — almost too warm as we hit around 80 degrees. Things are looking very green in northern Vermont. And purple and pink and yellow and white, depending on what tree or bush is in the vicinity. Even the mountains which looked frosty white last week are now taking on their springlike appearance. Yet, a look at the official snow stake on the top of Mt. Mansfield illustrates that there is still a lot...[Read more]

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Jay Peak, Mt. Mansfield, Spring skiing

Winter storm hits northern Vermont. Yes, snow on April 27.

Late-April snow in Vermont.

You know, I haven't put away my ski equipment yet. My ski pants and jacket still hang from hooks in my entryway. My boot bag has been waiting patiently in the corner of my office. I think I might have to take my gear out for another spin at the end of the week because IT IS SNOWING in northern Vermont again! This was the word from the National Weather Service as of 7 a.m. today: * 6 TO 12 INCHES OF HEAVY WET SNOW IS EXPECTED BEGINNING THIS MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY ACROSS THE HIGHER...[Read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Mt. Mansfield, Spring skiing

102 inches of snow atop Mt. Mansfield

Yes, that is one - zero - two. 102 inches at the stake on Mansfield. Check out the graph: That's all. Just wanted you to know.[Read more]

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Mt. Mansfield

Surprise snowfall in northern Vermont mountains

New snow in northern Vermont, including Jay Peak

Well surprise, surprise! Northern Vermont ski resorts are reporting up to 12 inches of snow has fallen on their slopes in the last 24 hours. Yippee! We knew there was going to be light snow this week, but this is much more than expected. Thank you, Mother Nature, for exceeding our expectations on this one! Check out Vermont ski resort conditions here. Photo courtesy of Jay Peak Resort.[Read more]

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Mt. Mansfield, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

Up & down the Overland Ski Trail on Mt. Mansfield

Judging by the "groomed" nature of the Overland Ski Trail this afternoon, I'd say it was a busy weekend on the west side of Mt. Mansfield! This backcountry trail is accessed from Stevensville Road in Underhill. You start up as if you were hiking the Nebraska Notch Trail, but then at the first fork in the trail you go left. It was evident that many backcountry snowshoers, dogs and skiers had been on the trail, and in fact we met several people on the trail. The trail was very packed for the...[Read more]

Sunday, January 10, 2010 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Mt. Mansfield

After a rainy Sunday, snow coming on Monday

Geez, I go away for a couple of days and things go to hell in a handbasket. OK, it isn't that bad, but we did see warm temperatures in Vermont on Sunday that brought some rain with them. Argh. So the stake atop Mt. Mansfield is now reporting three fewer inches of the white stuff. It now reads 27 inches. But, just as quickly as the spring-like weather hit, we will plunge back down into a deep freeze by Tuesday, with snow on Monday. Weather forecasters are saying we might get 6 inches or so in...[Read more]

Sunday, December 27, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Mt. Mansfield

Some new snow in Vermont

Vermont ski resorts are reporting a couple of inches of new snow this morning  — with the snow continuing today in many places. At the stake at the top of Mt. Mansfield yesterday afternoon, there was a total of 26 inches of snow. I'd expect that there are a couple more inches this morning. Here are a few morning totals thus far:Bolton - 2 inchesBurke - 3 inches Jay Peak - 3 inchesKillington - 2 inchesSmugglers - 4 inchesStratton - 1 inchSugarbush - 1 inch Check the snow reports links...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Mt. Mansfield, Smugglers' Notch, Stratton, Sugarbush

Cold, snow, winter. Sweet!


The temperature is dropping. The snow has been falling. Things are looking up! Vermont's ski resorts are continuing to open (six more on tap for the weekend) and those that have been open are opening up more terrain. This a good thing, since more people should be hitting the slopes this weekend and a crowded slope cramps my style. We had a nice snowstorm blow through the state -- and I mean it was really blowing. But several resorts enjoyed a healthy addition to their base, and that's what we...[Read more]

Thursday, December 10, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Mt. Mansfield

Snow comes to Vermont—especially in the higher peaks!

Now this is more like it. I'd like to welcome winter to Vermont. Oh, how we've missed you! This morning Vermont ski resorts are celebrating new snow and the return of seasonably cold temperatures on their peaks. The word is that the new snow is heavy and wet, but that sounds like the start of a great base to me. The resorts are also reporting that snowmaking is underway again as temperatures have dropped. Several resorts are targeting to open their lifts by the weekend of December 5....[Read more]

Saturday, November 28, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mt. Mansfield, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

A snowy Mount Mansfield

Snow on Vermont's Mt. Mansfield

The National Weather Service reported three inches of snow fell at the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak. Here's a look at the mountain from the west this afternoon. It's got a nice white tuque! [Read more]

Friday, October 2, 2009 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Mt. Mansfield

Making springy turns at Stowe, Vermont, on St. Patrick's Day

Spring skiing in Stowe, Vermont

Must be the luck of the Irish. We had a beautiful day of spring skiing at Stowe today! Stowe had special $35 lift tickets for St. Patrick's Day, so the Skimeister and I — and several hundred other people — made tracks for Mt. Mansfield. Blue skies ruled the day. We loaded the gondola about 9 a.m. We didn't think the runs off the quad were soft, and we didn't see anyone skiing Liftline or National until late morning. Gondolier and Perry Merrill were already quite soft. We took a number of...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Mt. Mansfield, Spring skiing, Stowe

Weather ups and downs and a Mardi Gras parade

The weather highs and lows are affecting my mood. Tuesday I was thrilled with an amazing powder day here in Vermont, but now it's likely to rain tomorrow—even at higher elevations—before it turns back to snow in the mountains. Argh! Well at least we have a substantial snowpack. Check out this NOAA page for the latest snow depths, which includes 87 inches at the stake on top of Mt. Mansfield! (Let's see: 87 divided by 12...hey, that's over 7 feet!) After Friday's rain, the temperatures will...[Read more]

Thursday, February 26, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Mt. Mansfield

Skiing the lower Steeple Trail, a classic backcountry trail near Mt. Mansfield

Saturday dawned with clear, sunny skies and the Skimeister and I cemented our plans for the day over breakfast. Despite the expected drop in temperatures during the day, we would head over to Stowe, Vt., to tackle the lower Steeple trail. It would my first time on this backcountry skiing terrain to the west of the Stowe Mountain Resort nordic center, and to the south of Mt. Mansfield. It's a historic Vermont trail that I had read about in David Goodman's "Backcountry Skiing Adventures" book,...[Read more]

Sunday, January 25, 2009 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Mt. Mansfield, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Snowy late-afternoon climb and tele turns

The Skimeister and I started work early this morning with the goal of ending early. I'm happy to say we were able to squeeze in some late-afternoon turns on the western side of Mt. Mansfield. We climbed the CCC Road (built by the Civilian Conservation Corps) from Underhill State Park. Things were looking a little snowy at the bottom, but they got better about half way up the road. I'd say down below there was four inches of powder, while about 7 inches of snow carpeted the dirt road and coated...[Read more]

Friday, January 9, 2009 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Mt. Mansfield

The snow's been falling here in Vermont; 51 inches now at the stake

OK folks, while our economic recession is still trying to find its bottom, here in Vermont we're in a rebound of sorts. After a warm-up around Christmas time, we've cooled off and enjoyed some significant snowfall. The base is growing and that makes me forget about the year-end retirement account report I received in the mail today. Well, mostly anyways.The word on the street points toward a bullish recovery: 51 inches of snow at the stake near the top of Mt. MansfieldAt Killington: 12 inches...[Read more]

Thursday, January 8, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mt. Mansfield, Stowe

Fluffy powder falls, but we need more of a base!

Fresh snow and bright sun at Mills Riverside Park today

Friday night brought some snow our way in northern Vermont. As it was before Christmas, this stuff was super light and fluffy. Sugarbush resort reported seven inches of snow, Stowe says 5, Ascutney ski area reported 2 inches and Burke 1 inch. Looks like the spine of the Green Mountains won out on this little storm. This light powder would be amazing if we had more of a base! The post-Christmas meltdown affected skiing terrain that didn't have a snowmaking base. That means that the mountains...[Read more]

Saturday, January 3, 2009 Filed in: Ascutney, Burke, Cross-country skiing, Mt. Mansfield, Stowe, Sugarbush

Bring on the snow! Friday, Saturday, Sunday in Vermont

Snow forecasted for northern Vermont

Check out this weather forecast for Stowe, Vermont. It's a thing of beauty. Flakes, flakes and more flakes! Yes, snow is on its way again after a weird week where we lost a bunch of snow on one day (we were looking at the grass again here in the Burlington area), and we woke up to a couple of inches of snow the next day. Jeffersonville, Vt., near Smuggler's Notch, picked up 7 inches and Waitsfield, near Sugarbush, picked up 6 inches from that storm. Up at the mountain at Sugarbush, they are...[Read more]

Thursday, December 18, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Mt. Mansfield, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

Great to be back out in the backcountry again

Ingredients for a lovely winter afternoon: white snowblue skiesbackcountry gear. I had my first backcountry outing of the season this afternoon and it was so nice to be back at it. The storm this week left about 8 inches of snow or so on the western flanks of Mt. Mansfield, where I skied today. The Skimeister and I parked at the Stevensville trailhead parking area and started up. And up. I think my arms are going to tell me tomorrow how they felt about today's ski trip! There were plenty...[Read more]

Saturday, December 13, 2008 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Mt. Mansfield, Ski gear

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

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

New snowfall (no joke!) and a rail jam this weekend

Mt. Mansfield is sporting a bit of a white coat today.

We've had a gorgeous morning in northern Vermont. When I drove home yesterday after work, however, I looked toward Bolton Valley ski resort and beneath the lifting clouds I saw ski runs. White ski runs.Turns out the upper elevations were blanketed with snow yesterday. Stowe Mountain Resort reported about 5 inches fell on the top of the mountain. Not that I don't trust them, but I proceeded to the NOAA site and yes, there is about 18 inches at the stake near the summit of Mt. Mansfield. I...[Read more]

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Filed in: Mt. Mansfield, Spring skiing, Stowe

Cross-country skiing at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon

What a difference a day makes. On Saturday I was bundled up against the wind and cold while backcountry skiing, and by Sunday afternoon I had no hat and only wore a midweight fleece as I cross-country skied at Trapp Family Lodge nordic center in Stowe, Vermont. It was heavenly! Before I skied, I stopped at the Stowe Coffee House, located near the three-way stop in Stowe Village. It's tucked back behind the Stephen Huneck gallery—you know, the dog art guy. I read the Sunday paper over a small...[Read more]

Monday, March 31, 2008 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Mt. Mansfield, Trapp Family Lodge

Frosted trees on Mansfield

Wintry photo of Mt. Mansfield

If you've never visited the Green Mountain Club website, I will offer you a fun reason to do so now. Every month Vermont photographer Paul Hansen posts a wonderful desktop calendar photo. This month it's a wintry shot of trees below Mt. Mansfield's forehead. Great shot.  [Read more]

Saturday, December 1, 2007 Filed in: Mt. Mansfield

First freshies!

There's snow in Vermont. How scrumptious!

This just in: I earned my first turns of the season today! There were about 12 inches of fluffy powder to sample on the CCC road on the western slopes of Mt. Mansfield. That dirt road is accessed via the Underhill State Park access road in Underhill, Vermont. The trees were laden with snow — some of the lightest powder we every get here in the East, really — and the sky was mostly blue. What more could you ask for on the first ski run of the year? My husband (the Skimeister)...[Read more]

Sunday, November 25, 2007 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Mt. Mansfield, Ski gear

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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