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A Spring Skiing Spectacular at Mad River Glen!

Posted 4/13/19

These are the days you might dream about in the winter when it's zero degrees and you're planning to hit the mountain. It reached about 60 degrees at the base of Mad River Glen on Saturday. The sun…

A group of skiers and riders comes down the hill under the Vista quad lift

Last lift rides for this season at our closest ski area :(

Posted 4/7/19

While there is beaucoup snow in the Green Mountains, some ski areas are stopping their lifts for the season. It's a matter of economics really. Ski areas closing on Sunday afternoon included Pico,…

Backcountry skiing surrounded by snowy branches

It's April 6 and there's still a lot of snow in the mountains in Vermont!

Posted 4/6/19

We skied in two inches of fresh cream cheese today. We went in the backcountry trail network at Bolton Valley. The fresh snow clung to tree branches, which started to drip while we were skiing.  The…

Snowboarder admires mountain views from Grouse Mountain at Beaver Creek, Colorado

Lovely spring skiing at Colorado’s sunny Beaver Creek Resort

Posted 3/31/19

The SkiMaven took a road trip to Colorado this week! I enjoyed bright blue skies, some fresh snow and some spring skiing conditions. I spent some time skiing at Beaver Creek Resort, which is in…

Late March delivers a bluebird powder day at Smuggs

Posted 3/24/19

After a day and night of heavy snow, followed by a day of high wind (and lifts on wind hold) — today was the right day to hit the slopes at Smugglers' Notch Resort near Jeffersonville, Vermont.…

Skier breaks trail in deep snow surrounded by snowy trees

18 + inches of snow to enjoy in the Vermont backcountry today!

Posted 3/23/19

Wow! I think Friday's snowstorm was an over-achiever! This morning when we ventured into the Bolton, Vt., backcountry trail network, we measured at least 18 inches of new snow! It was a good thing we…

Making ski turns through the snow

A quick morning ski tour in the backcountry

Posted 3/13/19

We hit the backcountry network at nearby Bolton Valley, Vermont, this morning to earn some turns. It was a lovely, windless, warm morning. We found 4 - 6 inches of fresh snow piled up from the last…

A spectacular Saturday on the snow

Posted 3/9/19

It was a stunning day on the snow today! Not a cloud in the sky, a deep snowpack and warm temperatures. So very nice indeed. The Skimeister and I headed to Stowe, Vt., to do a backcountry ski tour.…

Weekday skiing rocks! A beautiful Tuesday at Sugarbush’s Mt. Ellen

Posted 3/5/19

With the day off today, I warmed up the Subie and headed to Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush Resort. I was hankering for some uncrowded laps on high-speed lifts. And that's what I got! As you surely know,…

Classic ski tracks in the woods with beech and pine trees

Warm, sunny cross-country skiing this weekend; a bit of snow on the way

Posted 3/3/19

We stayed closed to home this weekend and hit our local cross-country skiing center. The snow is holding up pretty well at Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston, Vt. We skied on the woods side…

Snowy glades and blue sky

Backcountry skiing on a warm and sunny February day

Posted 2/23/19

I was in my happy place today. We did a ski tour that had us climb up to 3,000 feet and then ski down through the sunny, snowy woods.  It was so nice to be able to leisurely switch over to downhill…

Cross-country skiing in Stowe, Vermont.

Primo cross-country skiing conditions today

Posted 2/17/19

Today I skied with a group at the Trapp Family Lodge Nordic center. The snow was amazing! Apparently when we got rain in the Champlain Valley this week, the higher elevations in northern Vermont got…

Powdery turns this afternoon and early evening at Bolton Valley.

End-of-the-day / early-night skiing in a bunch of new snow!

Posted 2/13/19

I couldn't resist the news of 12 inches of new snow at higher elevations this morning. I made some plans to get out on the snow at the end of the work day. Snowflakes continued to fall throughout the…

Frozen granular cross-country skiing after the rain, thaw and freeze

Posted 2/9/19

I went to ski at about 2,100 feet in the northern Green Mountains today. First, the good news: There's still a deep snowpack! Now, the bad news: The top layer is frozen solid. In fact, it shines in…

Deep snow — now more condensed — in the backcountry in northern Vermont

Posted 2/2/19

We noticed a change in depth of the snowpack today as compared to a week ago. While doing a backcountry tour we had to duck more often than usual to pass under branches. That's a good sign! (Have you…

All hail the powder! Amazing powder day at Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont

Posted 1/30/19

What a day to take off from work! The weather forecast looked promising and we think it over-delivered. Smugglers’ Notch reported 12 inches of new snow overnight. And when we got there we found it…

Sunday skiing in Stowe in a snow globe

Posted 1/27/19

I skied through the snowflakes today in Stowe! I enjoyed a loop on the cross-country ski trails at the Trapp Family Lodge.  The parking lot was almost full when I got there at midday. However, I…

Skiing in the backcountry trails in Bolton, Vermont.

Checking things out in the Vermont backcountry after a powder dump & rain dump

Posted 1/26/19

This past week's weather was weird in northern Vermont. We had a copious amount of snow fall last weekend, followed by frigid temperatures. (It was so cold and windy that we didn't ski on the Monday…

A quick, cold ski tour before the snowstorm hits

Posted 1/19/19

Today we enjoyed soft, powdery snow in the backcountry trail network in Bolton, Vermont. And that was this morning before the snow started to fall. We are salivating at the snow totals that the…

Panoramic cross-country cruising at Catamount Outdoor Family Center

Posted 1/13/19

It was below zero this morning when we were making French toast. We lazily drank coffee and waited until things warmed up. With the sun shining brightly, we clicked into our skinny skis and hit the…

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