Ski towns in summer

Summer in Vermont: Skiers find thrills in the mountains and on the water

Biking in the Champlain Valley, Vermont

Despite our love for winter and all things cold and frosty, there are some benefits to the "off-season" here in Vermont. We like to make the most of summer in our scenic state whether we're on two wheels, in a pair of hiking boots, or on a boat with a couple of sails filled with wind. Here are a few shots from our summer fun in Vermont. What do you do during the summer when you are not pining for snow-filled days on the hill??? Summer Après Yes, we like doing après even in the...[Read more]

Monday, July 23, 2018 Filed in: Food, coffee & après ski, Ski towns in summer

Mountain biking in Vermont. Rolling through summer.

Summertime means mountain biking for many skiers in Vermont. I got a new-to-me full-suspension bike this spring and I'm really enjoying it. Last weekend we hit up Kingdom Trails in East Burke, Vermont. Other times we ride in the woods in Stowe, Waterbury, the Mad River Valley, Essex and Williston.  Biking is one way we get to enjoy Vermont's woods and mountains in the summer. Check out some of our photos from this summer. The summer started out wet (muddy), but has dried up nicely. This...[Read more]

Friday, August 4, 2017 Filed in: Burke, Ski towns in summer, Stowe, Sugarbush

Mountain biking in the "802"

We're so very lucky to have wonderful biking in Vermont — from paved bike paths to hard-core single track. And don't forget the great dirt roads to explore, as well. Here are a few shots of mountain biking in northern Vermont. Have you gotten out on two wheels this year? Where have you had your best ride? Click this image, below, for a fun little GIF. [Read more]

Thursday, July 28, 2016 Filed in: Ski towns in summer

Summer in Vermont ski country

For many of us snow-crazed individuals, summer is "off season." But if you are going to have an off season, it's tough to beat Vermont. Here are a few shots of summertime fun that we have in northern Vermont. We'd love to know what you like to do here in the non-snowy months! In the summer is it all about the mountains? Or do you prefer the lakes and rivers? And what about the festivals and farmers markets?[Read more]

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Filed in: Sailing, Ski towns in summer

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

Vermont farmers' markets in and around ski towns

Vermont farmers' markets

Summertime, and the living is easy... Vermont is looking green and lush these days. Fields are starting to produce summer treats and the farmers are taking them to market. Many towns around Vermont ski areas have weekly farmers' markets, and they typically include more than produce — such as prepared foods, cheeses, wines, arts and crafts. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture produces a website that has a statewide schedule of many farmers’ markets. The list includes most of these markets,...[Read more]

Monday, June 10, 2013 Filed in: Ski towns in summer

Farmers’ markets in Vermont's ski towns

Farmers' market in Stowe, Vermont

It’s veggie time in the mountains of Vermont! Vermont's ski towns are among those that have weekly farmers' markets when the snow is not flying. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture produces a handy website that has a statewide schedule of many farmers’ markets. The list includes these markets which I selected because they are located somewhere near a Vermont ski resort or ski town that you may be visiting during the summer months: Northern Vermont Farmers’ Market Schedule In/Near Ski...[Read more]

Monday, July 16, 2012 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Bromley, Food, coffee & après ski, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Okemo, Ski towns in summer, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

Summer events highlight some very special skiing terrain in Bolton, Vermont

As part of the fundraising campaign to purchase the exceptional Nordic and backcountry terrain next to the Bolton Valley resort, the Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic & Backcountry (FOBVNB) and Vermont Land Trust have been coming up with a variety of special events. I attended a meeting this week and I can share a few of the events to look forward to this summer. Some of the events strive to get more people familiar with this beautiful piece of land, which is enjoyed by...[Read more]

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing, Ski towns in summer

"The best off-season activity" poll for skiers & riders

When you can't make turns, what are you most likely to do outdoors? Weigh in here and see how others have voted.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Filed in: Ski towns in summer

Hiking up to Sterling Pond and top of Sterling Lift in Smugglers' Notch

Sterling Lift.

What a gorgeous weekend! I took advantage of ample sunshine by biking a loop around Stowe, Vermont, on Saturday, and then hiking in Smugglers’ Notch on Sunday morning. Some trees are starting to change color already. Pretty soon we'll be hiking through technicolor woods! Our hike on Sunday took us up the very popular Sterling Pond trail which departs from the base of the cliffs in the dramatic Smugglers’ Notch — midway between Stowe and Smugglers' Notch ski resorts on Route...[Read more]

Monday, September 12, 2011 Filed in: Ski towns in summer, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

A summer hike on Stowe Pinnacle

The Green Mountain Club has a new dayhiker's guide book out this summer. One of the more popular moderate hikes in the Stowe area is Stowe Pinnacle. Atop this knob you are rewarded with views in all directions, including Mt. Mansfield, Mt. Elmore, Camel's Hump, Waterbury Reservoir and more. Without too much effort on this 2.8-mile round-trip hike, you'll earn yourself a great rocky-top summit view. Be sure to bring your camera! Stop in at the Green Mountain Club on Route 100 between...[Read more]

Thursday, August 11, 2011 Filed in: Ski towns in summer, Stowe

Farmers’ markets in Vermont — veggies (and more) in the mountains!

After a snowy winter and wet spring, we are enjoying farmers’ market season in Vermont! At recent markets that I went to I saw lots of leafy vegetables, tomatoes, beans, peas, beets and more. Can’t wait until the sweet corn is out, too! The Skimeister and I started our garden a bit late due to an extremely wet May and some early-June travel. But with some recent heat and sun, things are really starting to grow (eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, for example). But I’ve been picking up...[Read more]

Friday, July 15, 2011 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Bromley, Food, coffee & après ski, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Okemo, Ski towns in summer, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

Lift-served mountain biking in Vermont

Lift serviced mountain biking in Vermont

Adrenaline rushes. Quick reflexes. Wind in your face. There’s a lot of crossover between skiing and mountain biking. Perhaps that’s why so many of us enjoy both sports! Well if you want to kick your biking excitement up a notch, you might consider lift-served mountain biking at Vermont ski resorts. Starting this weekend, there’s a new offering on the list of resorts that let you take a bike up their mountain and zoom down. Opening on June 18, 2011, is the Burke Mountain / Kingdom Trails bike...[Read more]

Friday, June 17, 2011 Filed in: Burke, Killington, Mount Snow, Ski towns in summer, 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

Vermonters take to the rivers, lakes and mountains to escape the heat

Many Skimaven readers hail from the Northeast, so it's no surprise to you to hear that we are having a heatwave — even up here in northern Vermont. Temperatures have been in the 90s this week. We're hoping for 80s this weekend.  People are floating around in lakes and rivers to beat the heat. The temperature of Lake Champlain has risen to 71 degrees. It was *very* easy to walk into the water last night. Some folks are heading to movie theaters and museums like ECHO in Burlington to cool...[Read more]

Thursday, July 8, 2010 Filed in: Ski towns in summer

River hopping on a hot day in northern Vermont

When it's going to be a hot, humid day, my body feels a magnetic pull toward water. Gurgling, splashing, rocky-bottom river water to be precise. Being able to dunk my feet and stretch out on a some smooth rocks is the coolest way to cool off in my book. When a river cascades over rocks, it drowns out most human-generated noises and lets me "veg out" in the nicest of settings. And if the water doesn't numb my legs first, I like to take a river walk, too. With my sandals on and...[Read more]

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Filed in: Ski towns in summer

Farmers market schedule for Vermont ski towns

Stowe's farmers market

It's that time of year again: farmers markets are opening in Vermont. I know the downtown Burlington, Vt., farmers market has already opened. It was packed last Saturday! And I heard that Stowe's market has started and this Saturday the Waitsfield market begins. I like getting some of my organic garden veggie starters at the farmers markets. Last weekend I picked up some super delicious spinach, and of course if they have some baked goods I must try that as well! Later in the season I'll have...[Read more]

Thursday, May 20, 2010 Filed in: Ski towns in summer

Reminder for spring hikers in Vermont: Hike low!

Ah, the weather is super-fine right now, making one dream of hiking the gorgeous summits in Vermont. But hold on a bit longer, here's a reminder from our friends at the Green Mountain Club. Reminder for Spring Hikers: Stay Off High-Elevation Trails Vermont's trails are wet and muddy in the spring. When hikers step on saturated soil, they make deep gullies and pits that will be there all summer long. If hikrs step off the trail to avoid mud, they increase erosion by creating additional...[Read more]

Monday, May 17, 2010 Filed in: Ski towns in summer

Biking around the ski town of Stowe, Vermont

I love the long daylight hours that we enjoy at this time of year. However, because of this light, I woke up way too early on this Sunday morning. I peer out the window and what do I see? Snowflakes are blowing around in the stiff breeze. We surely are enjoying highs and lows when it comes to spring weather lately! Luckily, I knew the forecast for this weekend wasn't looking good so on Friday afternoon I headed out to Stowe, Vt., for a bike ride. The sun was shining and I needed to be in...[Read more]

Saturday, May 8, 2010 Filed in: Food, coffee & après ski, Ski towns in summer, Stowe

Summertime around Burke Mountain Resort: Mountain biking rules at Kingdom Trails

Mountain biking in Vermont at Kingdom Trails

In the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont — the corner of the state nestled next to the New Hampshire and Canadian borders and easily accessed by Interstate 91 — one small ski town has found a winning solution for maintaining tourism throughout the year. In East Burke, Vermont, home of Burke Mountain ski resort, landowners and business people have teamed up over the years to create an incredible network of mountain biking trails. They call them Kingdom Trails and they attract bikers from...[Read more]

Sunday, August 23, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Ski towns in summer

Getting Your Freshies: Farmers' markets near Vermont ski resorts

A ski town farmers' market in Stowe, Vermont

I must be getting hungry. Perhaps that's why I'm dreaming about hitting some farmers' markets this weekend!Farmers' markets are a wonderful resource in Vermont ski country. And increasingly in Vermont, you can graze at one of these markets in the winter as well as the summer months.In the summer you'll find starter plants for your garden, then delicious veggies straight from the farm, fabulous baked goods, locally raised meats and handcrafted cheeses, handmade products and artwork. In the...[Read more]

Friday, June 19, 2009 Filed in: Food, coffee & après ski, Ski towns in summer

What to do when Stowe ski resort is closed ... go biking around town!

The recent extraordinarily warm weather in Vermont  has been great for biking and yard work, but not so good for skiing. This past weekend I packed up my gear and headed to Stowe. No, not for skiing, but for a wonderful bike tour around town. Stowe's got a scenic recreation path (about 7 miles long with 11 bridges!) and rather quiet dirt roads. I like to plan out a loop up and down hills and around town so I can take in all the views. Mt. Mansfield still was snowy near the summit and on...[Read more]

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ski towns in summer, Spring skiing, Stowe

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