Ski gear

The 2016 Vermont ski swap round-up. Here’s the updated swap list!

Updated 11/18/2016 As soon as a few maple leaves start to turn color, a Vermont skier’s thoughts turn toward winter. Yes, fall is lovely but it’s really all about for preparing for winter and ski season, isn’t it?!? With that in mind, we're sharing our 2016 Vermont ski swap list here on SkiMaven.com. We update this list as details about Vermont ski swaps become available.  Need to outfit your growing kids with some new gear this winter? Want to expand your own quiver of skis and boards?...[Read more]

Sunday, August 28, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ski gear, Ski swaps

It's ski swap time! Here's the list of 2015 Vermont ski swaps!

<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SEE 2016 VERMONT SKI SWAPS!> -Updated 11/18/2015- Text and images © SkiMaven.com. If you would like to share this list with others you must include a link to http://www.SkiMaven.com. Yes, indeed. We are inching toward fall and you know what comes after that. It's the best season of them all: ski season! Time to look at your gear and see what you and your family need to hit the slopes this winter in Vermont. This list is updated as details become...[Read more]

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Filed in: Ski gear, Ski swaps

Smugglers’ Notch skiing today — and an ode to a favorite piece of ski gear

In celebration of the humble balaclava. Oh, how I love you, my balaclava, on a cold day of skiing. Simple, yet thoughtfully designed, you keep my neck, face and ears warm, and you fend off ice-cream-headache-inducing wind that can slip through above my goggles. I love how you offer just a thin layer of fabric under my helmet, but a double layer of soft fleece for my face. (My tender nose especially appreciates you.) Thank you, oh thank you, my black balaclava — you...[Read more]

Saturday, January 3, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ski gear, Smugglers' Notch

Vermont ski swaps in 2014!

Vermont ski swaps in 2014

<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SEE 2016 VERMONT 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

2013 Ski Swaps in Vermont!

Skiing and ski swaps in Vermont

<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SEE 2016 VERMONT SKI SWAPS!> The air is turning chilly so that means it must be ski swap time in Vermont! The SkiMeister and I have got a couple of pieces of gear to swap — how about you? Start thinking about what “Junior” has out-grown and what you'd like to add to your own skiing and boarding quiver. An extra pair of alpine skis? Or maybe some backcountry gear this year? Do some research on what gear is appropriate for the things...[Read more]

Thursday, September 5, 2013 Filed in: Ski gear, Ski swaps

The low-down on 2012 ski swaps in Vermont

<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO 2014 VERMONT SKI SWAPS!> Updated 12/4/12 We’re heading into fall so it’s time to get into the basement and garage and assess your ski and snowboard gear. Welcome to the 2012 ski swap season! We update this list of nonprofit and benefit ski swaps in Vermont. If you know of others that are planned for fall 2012, please fill us in so we can all benefit from your knowledge. Please visit the ski swap website and/or contact the organizers to confirm details before...[Read more]

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Filed in: Ski gear, Ski swaps

It's ski swap time! Here's the updated list of 2011 Vermont ski swaps

<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO 2014 VERMONT SKI SWAPS!> Updated on 10/27/11 We’re heading toward ski season — do you have all the gear you need? Maybe you have some ski or snowboard gear to swap or sell? It’s time to take inventory and jot down the dates of these ski swaps on your calendar. If you know of other nonprofit or benefit ski swaps in Vermont this season, please fill us in. We'll pass along your tip. Please visit the swap website and/or contact the organizers to...[Read more]

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 Filed in: Ski gear, Ski swaps

About a foot of fresh snow to play in

I'm going skiing in the morning! Yippee! The boards are waxed and my boot bag is packed. I'm interested to see how the new Green Ski Wax I just used will hold up for me. It smelled different when I put it on -- but the great thing is that it doesn't have PFCs or petroleum. At work today I was following Twitter and Facebook and hearing that on average Vermont's ski resorts got 12 inches or so over the last 24 hours. Wind caused some ski lifts to be on lift hold (don't you hate how that...[Read more]

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Ski gear

UVM engineering students make skis on the side

What kind of project would engineering students dream up if they were avid skiers? Making their own skis, of course! The Vermont Cynic student newspaper reports that University of Vermont students Harrison Goldberg, Ryan Folin and Connor Gaeta have started a ski-making business called HG Skis. The company came together when the trio met through their mechanical engineering classes and realized that they a shared a love for skiing. "I could ski before I could walk," Folin told the Cynic. ...[Read more]

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ski gear

Here it is: The updated list of 2010 Vermont ski swaps

<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO 2014 VERMONT SKI SWAPS!> Updated 11/21/2010 It's ski swap time! In Vermont, we have a variety of ski swaps to choose from. I try to find as many nonprofit / benefit / club swap events as I can to share with you here at Skimaven. If you know of other ski swaps in Vermont this season, please leave a comment below to fill us in! Please visit the swap Web site and/or contact the organizers to confirm details before you drive miles and miles with a car full of ski...[Read more]

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Filed in: Ski gear, Ski swaps

Antique Ski Race at Suicide Six ski area on Saturday

Still have wooden skis or long, straight skis kicking around? If they pre-date 1975, consider registering by Friday for Saturday's 7th Annual Vermont Antique Ski Race. It's presented by the Vermont Ski Museum and Suicide Six ski area in Woodstock, Vt. Racing starts at 10:30 a.m. on a dual slalom course. The fun race benefits the Vermont Ski Museum and it often includes former Vermont Olympians and US Ski Team members. An awards ceremony and sugar-on-snow follow the race. Sounds like a fun day...[Read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ski gear, Ski racing, Suicide Six

Playing on my new tele gear today

New tele boots and new tele skis make for a happy skier. We arranged our work schedule today to be able to take a few runs on a lovely afternoon. We enjoyed blue skies today -- a bit cloudy in the mountains -- and warmer temperatures. It snowed early this week, so it was a good time to try out some new gear. We zipped over to Smugglers' Notch. I had high hopes for the equipment that I had picked up at a ski swap this fall: essentially new, three-buckle tele boots (they were demos) and brand...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 Filed in: Ski gear, Smugglers' Notch

Creative Vermonters turn old skis and boards into ski furniture

Vermont ski furniture

Been in your basement or barn lately? Trying to figure out what to do with all that old ski equipment? Two small companies in Vermont can help you turn some of your skis into some very cool furniture, like this Adirondack style chair made out of nordic skis. It's beautiful! Based in Morrisville and Waterbury, Vermont  —  towns that bookend Stowe  —  these companies will take your old gear and suggest ways to create a ski chair, table, CD rack, coffeetable, or whatever the...[Read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ski gear

Northern & Central Vermont ski swaps in 2009

Make tracks to a Vermont ski swap.

<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO 2014 VERMONT SKI SWAPS!> Yes, it's getting cool outside. I'm getting antsy, too. Now's the time to plan your attack on Vermont ski swaps. What gear are you going to unload? What gear do you want to buy? Well I can't exactly help you with those questions, but at least I can keep you up to date on the fall 2009 Vermont ski swap calendar. I'm adding dates & details as they are made available.  2009 Northern & Central Vermont Ski...[Read more]

Monday, August 31, 2009 Filed in: Cochran's, Fall & Early season, Killington, Okemo, Ski gear, Ski swaps, Smugglers' Notch

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

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

Northern and Central Vermont ski swaps and ski sales

<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO 2014 VERMONT SKI SWAPS!> I don't know about you, but I'm looking for some ski gear before the snow flies this year. For one, I want to pick up some plastic telemark boots so I can really have more turning capability on my descents in the woods. I'm going to check out a couple of Vermont ski swaps to see if I can score some equipment that fits me. I was successful two years ago when I found some new, unwrapped Karhu Pavo skis...so who knows what I might uncover...[Read more]

Monday, September 29, 2008 Filed in: Cochran's, Killington, Okemo, Ski gear, Ski swaps, Smugglers' Notch

Firm and fast nordic ski conditions on Thursday

A view of Camel's Hump from Bolton Valley, Vt.

Late on Thursday afternoon, we headed for Bolton Valley Nordic Center to do a couple of laps of skate skiing. Conditions were firm and very fast. It was a good workout as I climbed the hills on World Cup. Then I employed my much-practiced wedge, or snowplow, to keep things in check during the super-fast descents. In Bolton Valley's Nordic Blog, they reported that they had tilled and groomed the snow on 20 km with an alpine grooming machine. My skis chattered on the small grooves as I wedged...[Read more]

Friday, February 22, 2008 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing, Ski gear

Vermont sledding hills and high-performance sleds

Fresh Vermont snow; all you can eat!

With all this snow falling here in Vermont, kids of all ages grab their sleds and head for the hills. What could be more fun after some skiing, or better yet, on a snow day from school? Seven Days newspaper has created a handy little map of sledding hills in northern Vermont. Is your favorite hill on this list? In the Mad River Valley, some people have elevated sledding to a science. Mad River Rockets in Warren, Vt., makes high-speed sleds with names like Killer B and Stinger. These things...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 Filed in: Burke, Ski gear

I love my mittens

A view from the Stowe View lookout

It's days like today that I praise the snowgods, and my parents for buying me my favorite pair of mittens. We had a lovely backcountry tour today, but it was darn cold. Fortunately, I'm someone who layers up and I know when to take out the big guns (the sheepskin mittens) when I need to. Despite temps in the single digits, it didn't take much uphill shlogging to start generating some heat and a couple of times I had to take the mittens off to cool off my hands. Let me tell you that I've...[Read more]

Saturday, December 15, 2007 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Ski gear

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

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