Resorts & Mountains in Vermont

Earning sunny turns on Easter in Vermont

In addition to spending time with family and doing some yard work, we also earned some turns on Sunday. At Bolton Valley (which is no longer running its lifts) you'll still find a bunch of snow. The snowpack is quite deep in most areas! But it is April 21 so some sunny areas are melting out and logs and rocks are appearing.  It was mostly sunny as we skinned up Ricker Mountain, which is where the ski trails are located. It was wonderful to sit in the warm sun and take in the view at the...[Read more]

Sunday, April 21, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

A Spring Skiing Spectacular at Mad River Glen!

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 was bright and warm. The snow corned up nicely everywhere we went. And a modest crowd of skiers was soaking up every second of it! After we did a warm-up on groomed trails from the top of the Single Chair, we ventured over to the Sunnyside Double. It was mid-morning and we knew things had been in...[Read more]

Saturday, April 13, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Mad River Glen, Spring skiing

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

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

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, Magic Mountain, Bromley and Bolton Valley. Other ski resorts are looking at weekend-only operations, while others charge ahead seven days a week. Sunday afternoon I took advantage of some very springlike conditions at Bolton Valley Resort. There weren't many people out during the last couple of hours...[Read more]

Sunday, April 7, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

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

Backcountry skiing surrounded by snowy branches

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 mountain was stuck in the clouds while we skied. And at the bottom of the trail network, the snow got quite sticky with the warm-ish temperature. Did you know the snow pack is still very deep?!? There are 118 inches of snow at the stake near the top of Mt. Mansfield. We'll be skiing for a...[Read more]

Saturday, April 6, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Late March delivers a bluebird powder day at Smuggs

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. Another draw for Smuggs? The main Madonna 1 chairlift had been on wind hold all day yesterday, so the entire upper mountain would be practically untouched.The snow report pegged the storm total at 23" and it was all there: sometimes piled into giant firm drifts, sometimes wind-kissed, and sometimes...[Read more]

Sunday, March 24, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

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

Skier breaks trail in deep snow surrounded by snowy trees

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 were in the backcountry, too. Some ski resorts had lift closures due to the wind. But where we were, it didn't matter! We were earning our powder turns. The powder had a medium consistency. If we got going fast enough we could kind of surf the top inches of it. If we slowed down too much, the...[Read more]

Saturday, March 23, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

A quick morning ski tour in the backcountry

Making ski turns through the snow

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 few days. Some sunny or windy spots were a little crusty or windpacked. But finding soft turns in shady areas was bliss. A great way to start the day. Unfortunately we will have very balmy weather on Thursday and Friday. With some rain. We'll see what happens![Read more]

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

A spectacular Saturday on the snow

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. We explored the woods in the Sterling Forest. We earned our turns among the hardwood trees. And we had a leisurely snack stop in the sunshine. We noticed the snow in the shade and higher in elevation was rather light. But as we moved down to sunnier, lower elevations it became stiffer. We surfed on...[Read more]

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

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

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, skiing during the midweek is the way to go when you can swing it. The mountain was quiet and many chairs were empty as they climbed up the 4,083-foot Mt. Ellen.  The day started with sun and blue skies. It was chilly but gorgeous! From Mt. Ellen you get great views west to Lake Champlain and...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Sugarbush

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

Classic ski tracks in the woods with beech and pine trees

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 of the center on both Saturday and Sunday. The sun and warm temperatures this weekend made for nice, comfortable outings. The kind where you can stop to watch the woodpeckers or to soak up the sun on your face. Now we're looking at just a bit of snow Sunday night into Monday. The coastal storm is...[Read more]

Sunday, March 3, 2019 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Backcountry skiing on a warm and sunny February day

Snowy glades and blue sky

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 mode. The weather was windless and warm. There was no reason to rush as we took the skins off our skis and put on our helmets and dry mittens. There's still a lot of snow in the backcountry trail network at Bolton Valley, Vermont. Every once in a while I would stab a pole into the snow and...[Read more]

Saturday, February 23, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Primo cross-country skiing conditions today

Cross-country skiing in Stowe, Vermont.

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 snow that didn't change over to rain. The snow coverage was terrific. And on the sides of the trails there was a deep layer of powder before your pole hit the hard crust below. (We got that crust layer nearly two weeks ago.) Trapps does a very nice job of grooming and we enjoyed skiing in sturdy...[Read more]

Sunday, February 17, 2019 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Trapp Family Lodge

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

Powdery turns this afternoon and early evening at Bolton Valley.

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 day at Bolton Valley Resort. They had picked up another few inches before I arrived.  I hit Bolton's slopes at the end of the day before the night skiing lights turned on. The powder was fresh and light. And it was still falling from the sky. Fun stuff! While there was daylight I took runs...[Read more]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

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

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 the sun. You can see the frozen tracks of skiers and riders who had been in the woods recently. With today's wind, I decided to cross-country ski. I knew I would want to go somewhere where they had groomed the trails. Bolton Valley Nordic Center was the place for me this morning. They had groomed...[Read more]

Saturday, February 9, 2019 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

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

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 heard that there were 98 inches of snow at the stake near the top of Mt. Mansfield? It broke a record for January 31.) Since Wednesday's super-light powder fell, the wind has played with it. The snow is now more consolidated and wind packed, but still great to ski. We also noticed the streams are...[Read more]

Saturday, February 2, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

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

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 was the light, fluffy snow of our dreams. No windblown, windpacked stuff. Woo-hoo! On the drive to the resort it was snowing. Then during much of the midday it was sunny with bright blue skies. (Gorgeous!) And then the snow decided to come back for another go at the end of the day.  We did...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch

Sunday skiing in Stowe in a snow globe

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 picked trails that aren't skied as much so I only passed five people. And three turkeys. And a whole bunch of crows. Judging from all the tracks in the snow, I'm sure I also skied past some deer hiding in the woods. We probably picked up an inch of snow as I skied. I took Skater's Waltz from the...[Read more]

Sunday, January 27, 2019 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

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

Skiing in the backcountry trails in Bolton, Vermont.

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 holiday out of fear of getting frostbite.) Then we all took a weather roller coaster ride into the 40s and 50s. With lots of rain. Yes, sometimes Old Man Winter is cruel. So this morning when we headed out to ski in the woods, we weren't really sure what we would find. We put our skins on our...[Read more]

Saturday, January 26, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

A quick, cold ski tour before the snowstorm hits

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 National Weather Service is predicting. BRING IT ON! It was cold out there today (in the single digits) so we covered our skin as much as possible without fogging up our goggles. (That's always tricky, isn't it!?) The ski resort was reporting up to three inches of new snow overnight. But in the...[Read more]

Saturday, January 19, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Panoramic cross-country cruising at Catamount Outdoor Family Center

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 snowy trails at Catamount Outdoor Family Center. There was great coverage, which is not always the case at this low-elevation Nordic center in Williston, Vermont. And they had groomed and set nice tracks. It was some of the best classic skiing we've done at Catamount! There are two sides to the...[Read more]

Sunday, January 13, 2019 Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

Powdery, sunny skiing at Bolton Valley Resort — with extra layers

Thank goodness for a week of snow! I was away at a conference this week while the snow was falling in Vermont (of course). But I made up for it by skiing in the deep snow at Bolton Valley Ski Resort today! I headed for the glades wherever possible. There the snow was cold and deep. Cobrass Woods, Preacher, Outlaw Woods and Wilderness Woods were full of snowy fun. And very few people! The natural snow trails off of the Wilderness Chair were a lovely packed powder. Other groomed, snowmaking...[Read more]

Saturday, January 12, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

A full-blown powder day at Stowe, Vermont

The first big storm of the new year has brought a welcome end to the roller-coaster temps we've been experiencing. Winter is back, and roaring like a lion! Around 15-18" of snow has fallen at Stowe Mountain Resort in the past couple of days; it's a little tough to gauge the depth with all the wind swirling it around. Along with the snow that fell earlier in the week, it made today into quite a powder day. That roaring wind was a factor for lift operations (it was yesterday, and may be...[Read more]

Thursday, January 10, 2019 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Stowe

Today’s ski in the woods: Sun, snow + moose poop

Hooray for this week’s snow! The Skimeister and I went backcountry skiing this morning and the recent snow made a BIG difference. We found 4 to 6 inches of snow over a crusted base between 2,700 and 3,100 feet in Bolton, Vermont. The snow in the sun had a sun-crusted top layer. But the snow in the shade was still light and fun! We climbed up as the sun was trying to come out from behind the clouds. At the top our climb it was sunny, and quite warm. We took our time taking off our skins in the...[Read more]

Saturday, January 5, 2019 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

A tricky cross-country ski tour today

I'm going to reiterate the request that I shared at the end of our last blog post: Pray for snow, people! This week's rain did more damage to the snowpack. We took our metal-edged Nordic skis out for a spin on Maple Loop at Bolton Valley Nordic Center. It was challenging. Here's what we found late Saturday morning: On the trails that were groomed recently and skied on, the snow was hard-packed and tough to get "kick." Icy stuff, and no place for beginners.On the sides of the trails...[Read more]

Saturday, December 29, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Keep calm, and ski on

After rain fell at the end of the week, you had to wonder how things were holding up in the mountains. I took advantage of a sunny Sunday to find out. On my drive to the mountain, the Winooski River was swollen. We got quite a bit of rain!  I took my waxless touring skis onto the Nordic trails at Bolton Valley Resort. The skis have metal edges and I was thinking I would need them. You could tell the snowpack took a hit, but there was still a bunch of snow up there. You'd see some wet...[Read more]

Sunday, December 23, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Lots of terrain open and spring-ish conditions at Stowe Mountain Resort today

It felt like an early-spring skiing day today! I hit the lifts at Stowe Mountain Resort and enjoyed the trails on both Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Most of the trails and lifts are open due to the wonderful early-season snow we've been having. (About 100 inches this season so far in the northern Green Mountains!) At Stowe 9 of 12 lifts and 90% of the terrain is open. It's great to be able to ski so much of the resort this early in the ski season! In the morning at higher elevations, things...[Read more]

Saturday, December 15, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

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

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

Vail swoops in to grab two more New England ski resorts

Vail Resorts, Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Triple Peaks, LLC, the parent company of Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont, Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire, and Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado. The company will purchase Triple Peaks, LLC from the Mueller family for approximately $82 million. As part of a separate transaction, Vail Resorts will also purchase Stevens Pass Resort in Washington from Ski Resort Holdings,...[Read more]

Monday, June 4, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Okemo

Soft turns on a sunny day in May

Knowing that we're heading into a sunny, warm weather pattern, we figured we better get some more skiing in before the snow is gone. It is May, after all! We skinned up the trails at Bolton Valley, Vermont, under the bright sun. A breeze kept us cool as we ascended. After enjoying the view, we took our time heading down and making swishy turns on the corn snow. The snow coverage took a big hit this week, but where there was snow it was often more than a foot deep. We had to navigate around...[Read more]

Saturday, May 5, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Honest-to-goodness SPRING skiing today at Sugarbush, Vermont. So tasty on April 22!

Corn snow, sunscreen and blue skies. This is the recipe for an amazing spring skiing day. On Sunday, we enjoyed honest-to-goodness spring skiing at Sugarbush Resort, Vermont. The trails were well covered (even at this late date) with snow that softened more and more as the day went on. It's so fun to swoosh your way down the mountain! Four lifts were operating on Lincoln Peak — Super Bravo Quad, Heaven's Gate Triple, Valley House Quad and Castlerock Double (really!). The resort plans to...[Read more]

Sunday, April 22, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Winter in late April? What’s a skier to do?

Winter hasn’t been letting up here in Vermont. Several inches of snow have fallen in the mountains over the last couple of days. And, well, the sun came out this morning. What’s a skier to do??? We grabbed our tele gear and skinned up into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network in the late morning. The parking lots were full of snow. The woods were wintry. The sky was blue. We skied in about 8 inches of dense powder. It was drier at the top of our descent (at about 3,000 feet) and about...[Read more]

Saturday, April 21, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

The end is nigh: 2018 closing dates for Vermont ski resorts

We've had quite a run this ski season! Some Vermont ski resorts have stopped their lifts already, while others are still chugging along with quite a bit of terrain open. Vermont ski resorts closing dates 2018 as of 4/29/2018  Sugarbush Resort – open April 28-29 and May 5-6 Jay Peak – daily through May 6 Killington Resort – daily through May 6, then reopening on weekends (Fri-Sun) until snow's gone Mount Snow – closed April 22 Okemo Mountain – closed April 22  Bolton Valley –...[Read more]

Saturday, April 14, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

A little April snow = nice cross-country skiing

The southern part of Vermont got several inches of new snow on Friday. Up in Stowe, it was more like two inches, but it was enough to make for some very nice groomed cross-country skiing today. The Skimeister and I took to the trails at Stowe Mountain Resort's cross-country center. Here are a few shots from our ski outing. A little fresh snow plus sun and some grooming makes for a nice day! And the après-ski beer at Trapp Brewery didn't hurt either![Read more]

Saturday, April 7, 2018 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Earning a few turns after work

The sun today cried out for an after-work ski outing. We headed for a sunny slope at Bolton Valley -- under the Timberline lift. This is one of the areas designated for uphill access at the resort. The sun had softened up the snow into corn snow, allowing for swooshy turns. It was a nice way to end the work day![Read more]

Monday, April 2, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Striding into springtime at Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Ski Center

We skied in the sunshine today to close out March. There's still quite a bit of snow at the Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Ski Center in Stowe, Vermont! The sun and shade made the snow conditions vary as we skied along. Spots that had soaked up the morning sun became soft and then sticky after noon. Patches of snow that stayed in the shade did not soften up very much. You can imagine that this caused a lot of stop-and-go as we descended the Parizo trail in the afternoon! The sun and spring...[Read more]

Saturday, March 31, 2018 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Smooth midday groomers at Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont

With visions of warmer temps and creamy corn snow turns, I made a PB&J and headed up to Bolton Valley today for some midday runs. What I found was closer to midwinter—lots of snow, packed-powder groomers and a stiff wind that made me put on my balaclava!I took all my runs off of the Vista Quad, which was the main lift running (Snowflake and Mighty Might were also in action). Unfortunately, the Timberline Quad is out of commission with mechanical issues. Overall, it was a quiet midweek day...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Sleepy Hollow Cross-Country Ski Center delivered great conditions on Sunday

On Sunday, the sun was shining again and the snow hadn't melted. We grabbed our cross-country skis and headed to Huntington, Vermont, to ski at Sleepy Hollow. They had groomed most of their trails in the morning and the conditions were very good. Grooming is key during the spring because the snow warms up during the day and then often freezes at night. The few trails that they had not groomed were icy in the morning. We followed the classic track from the lodge to Ridge Road. This trail...[Read more]

Sunday, March 25, 2018 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Sleepy Hollow, Spring skiing

Earning our turns: Backcountry skiing on a sunny day in northern Vermont

Saturday was such a pretty day. Blue sky, rather warm temperatures and still lots of snow to play in! The Skimeister and I earned our turns in the backcountry. We skinned up into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network to Stowe View. (A nice view over to Mt. Mansfield today!) Then we dropped down the backside to look for uncrusted snow in the upper Cotton Brook basin. We then skinned out of the basin on a sustained, steep incline (a lot of work!) before reaching the trail network and...[Read more]

Sunday, March 25, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Powder turns in the Vermont backcountry!

Today was a bit strange. We skinned up into the Bolton backcountry trail network in northern Vermont and when we started to descend, things looked very, very different. We were ducking under branches that we hadn't had to avoid earlier this season. (Where did they come from?) The trail signs were in the wrong places, too! They were much lower than we remember them. Were we in an episode of the “Twilight Zone?” In fact, it turned out to be an episode of the powder zone. We quickly realized...[Read more]

Sunday, March 18, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Powder, packed powder + sunny turns at Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont

With about eight inches of new snow falling on the trails at Bolton Valley this weekend, this northern Vermont resort was a great place to be on Monday. We jumped on the Vista Quad when it opened at 9 a.m. on this Presidents Day. (Judging from the very short lift lines, this was not a day off for everyone!)  We would take laps off the Vista Quad and Wilderness Double all morning. We sought out powdery glades and woods wherever we went. And we were quite successful. Most of the glades...[Read more]

Monday, February 19, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Backcountry skiing among the hardwoods on the west side of Mt. Mansfield

The Skimeister and I headed for the woods on the west side of Mt. Mansfield today. We parked at the Stevensville trailhead in Underhill, Vermont — a popular backcountry skiing trailhead where parking often gets tight — and we put climbing skins on our telemark skis. We climbed through the hardwood forest toward the Overland Trail. At a fork in the trail where many people head for Dewey Mountain, we turned left to stay on the mellower, red-blazed Overland Trail. We climbed to a saddle...[Read more]

Sunday, February 18, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Mt. Mansfield

A little fresh snow to play in on Saturday afternoon

Just a couple images from the mid-level Nordic trails at Bolton Valley. About 3 inches of new snow fell there in the last 24 hours. Off the trail at this elevation the snow under the new snow was mostly crusted over. A good ski tour on a Saturday afternoon! [Read more]

Saturday, February 17, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Nice grooming + temperatures make for a fun cross-country ski at Trapp Family Lodge

The recent snowfall has laid down a nice blanket of snow in Stowe, Vermont. My friend and I headed for the Trapp Family Lodge cross-country center early on Sunday morning. Before the crowds arrived, we started out for a scenic loop on stiff, freshly groomed snow. We were among the first people to ski on perfectly molded classic tracks. (Sweet!) We chose the Slayton Cabin as our destination and worked our way uphill via the Parizo and Cabin trails. (The cross-country center's lodge is at 1,350...[Read more]

Sunday, February 11, 2018 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Trapp Family Lodge

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