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Vermont ski resorts open for 2021 - 2022 ski season with snow in forecast

Posted 11/26/21

Updated 11/26/21 While Killington has been open for some time, other Vermont ski resorts are now opening with the added benefit of late-November snow in the forecast! When do Vermont ski resorts…

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Smaller, independent ski areas rock!

Posted 10/30/21

A new short film focuses on the country’s small, independent ski areas. TGR recently created “In Pursuit of Soul” and among the ski areas featured are a pair of gems from Vermont. Check out the…

Snowmaking guns at work at Sugarbush, VT

Snowmaking frenzy allows more ski areas to open for the 2020 - 2021 ski season in Vermont

Posted 12/9/20

Vermont has been enjoying cold temperatures recently and it's been a boon for snowmaking. When Mother Nature is slow to deliver, the snow guns come out! More ski areas will join the 5 resorts already…

A powder-filled Sunday at Smugglers' Notch, Vermont

Posted 1/19/20

Today I headed over to Smugglers' Notch Resort to check out 5" fresh atop about 12-18" from Thursday's storm. It's great to see the mountain bounce back after last weekend's thaw. The Sterling double…

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Skiing into the new year on new snow at Vermont’s Smugglers’ Notch Resort!

Posted 1/1/20

After hitting the snooze button a few times, we got ourselves up and out the door this morning for some New Year’s Day skiing. We made our way to Smugglers’ Notch Resort to enjoy some new snow, which…

Photo of a skier on a snowy trail with a wintry view at Smugglers Notch, Vermont

Updated Vermont lift ticket deals post for this ski + ride season: 2019 - 2020

Posted 11/3/19

Each year we compile a list of some of the best skiing deals, discount days, resident discounts and frequent skier deals in Vermont. We've posted the list of deals for the 2019-2020 ski season. Check…

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.…

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…

Mount Snow to open

When do Vermont ski resorts open for 2018 - 2019?

Posted 10/25/18

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,…

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

Posted 4/14/18

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…

Powder day! Reveling in fresh snow at Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont

Posted 2/8/18

The weather service foretold copious amounts of snow falling on Wednesday. We believed the forecast and made plans to skip work to ski the pow on Thursday.  Good thing we did! We had a lot of fun…

Snowy first chairlift rides of the ski season at Smuggs!

Posted 11/26/17

I think we timed our first day of lift-served skiing well. We got up early and hit Smugglers’ Notch in northern Vermont when the lift opened. We drove there in the snow and soon discovered they got…

It felt like winter on Saturday; spring on Sunday. A fun, snow-filled April weekend!

Posted 4/9/17

I had to double check the date that was appearing on my phone on Saturday. We went out for a backcountry ski and it felt and looked like February rather than April 8! Saturday in the Backcountry We…

Skiing Smugglers’ Notch for a second helping of Stella’s stellar powder

Posted 3/16/17

We try not to overuse the word “epic” around here, but 52 inches of powder in a single 48-hour blizzard courtesy of Winter Storm Stella is pretty darn epic. This stellar Nor’easter has magically…

Smugglers’ Notch today: Who says there are no friends on a powder day?

Posted 2/7/17

Who says there are no friends on a powder day? We rustled up three friends to hit the slopes and glades at Smugglers' Notch Resort, Vermont, today. We enjoyed about six inches of light, fresh powder…

New snow and "spring" conditions at Smugglers' Notch today

Posted 1/11/17

We had a blast skiing in new snow at Smugglers’ Notch this afternoon. The resort got up to three inches of snow overnight, making for some fun turns in the sun. While it rained a bit in the valleys…

Sunny turns on Sterling at Smugglers' Notch

Posted 12/14/16

We hit the slopes this morning and enjoyed sunny views and turns at Smugglers' Notch. The resort had received about two inches of fresh snow overnight, which made for smooth turns in many places. On…

Vermont skiing deals

Vermont lift ticket deals and skiing discounts: SkiMaven's list for 2016 - 2017

Posted 10/28/16

<<CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CURRENT VERMONT LIFT TICKET DEALS>> Updated 2/13/2017 Deals, steals and discounts — we're all looking for them. Each year we compile a list of some of the best skiing deals,…

Ski area improvements in Vermont 2016 - 2017

New in 2016 - 2017: Enhancements at central and northern Vermont ski areas

Posted 10/14/16

Vermont’s ski resorts are getting prepared for a new — and hopefully MUCH snowier — ski season. Here’s a recap of ski area improvements and investments in the central and northern portions of Vermont.…

Spending Easter on the slopes at Smugglers’ Notch

Posted 3/28/16

Another sunny, warm day in northern Vermont. It was nearly a requirement to hit the snow again! The Skimeister and I spent part of Easter Day on the slopes at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. There weren't…

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