Resorts & Mountains in Vermont > Smugglers' Notch

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

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 found five to 10 inches of new snow on Saturday, depending on elevation. The 10 inches was above 2700 feet. It was dense powder and the snow was deep when you got off the beaten path! Several times our poles plunged deep into the loose snow off the sides of the skin track. We went up into the...[Read more]

Sunday, April 9, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

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

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 transformed Vermont’s spring-like conditions into peak winter perfection.Today I went to Smugglers’ Notch Resort, which had been heaped with two feet of snow on Tuesday, more than a foot on Wednesday, and an additional foot last night. I skipped any pretense of a warm-up run and hopped my way down ledgy...[Read more]

Thursday, March 16, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

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

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 that fell overnight. And, when we skied into the glades and woods, as well as wind-blown snow deposits at the side of the trails, we could find foot-and-a-half-deep powder. (Smuggs says 30 inches of snow have fallen over the last week.) Was it fun? Heck, yeah! All morning we skied off of the...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

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

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 last night, snow fell on the mountain. And the wind blew. This was evident on trails such as Drifter, which had some icy wind-scoured sections. If you looked to the side of the trail, however, you often found where that snow went! The snow was also deposited in the woods. We had fun skiing in Red...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch

Sunny turns on Sterling at Smugglers' Notch

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 the main mountain, the Sterling lift was open. It gives you a ride up to 3,040 feet. Two lifts were open for beginners down at Morse Mountain. Smuggs plans to fire up the Madonna lift this weekend for top-to-bottom skiing. We saw snowmaking guns doing their thing over on the Madonna side of the...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch

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

Vermont skiing 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, discount days, resident discounts and frequent skier deals in Vermont. Found on this page, from top to bottom: Northern Vermont Lift Ticket Deals, Central Vermont Lift Ticket Discounts, Southern Vermont Lift Ticket Deals, and Other Ski Ticket Discount Cards & Programs. We may mention a few exceptional season passes but we really do not cover...[Read more]

Friday, October 28, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

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

Ski area improvements in Vermont 2016 - 2017

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. Bolton Valley Bolton Valley is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The ski area plans to increase early-season snowmaking and will offer more night skiing in 2016-17. The mountain will be bringing in an additional air compressor for snowmaking for one month starting in late...[Read more]

Friday, October 14, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Cochran's, Killington, Resort improvements, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush, Suicide Six

Spending Easter on the slopes at Smugglers’ Notch

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 many people at the ski area, but those who were there were soaking up the sun, scenery and soft snow. When we first got to the summit, we spent time taking in the views from the ski patrol deck above the summit terminal of the Madonna I lift. There you can get a 270-degree view that includes Mt....[Read more]

Monday, March 28, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Which Vermont ski areas are still open for spring skiing?

Springtime often brings soft snow, fickle weather and traditions such as pond skimming, but it also means that ski areas begin to wrap up operations. Here's a look at which Vermont ski areas are still open for spring skiing. Before you go, check our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to the resorts' snow conditions reports. --As of May 2, 2016-- Open on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays - snow and weather permitting: Killington Closed for the season: Bolton ValleyBromley...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing, Stowe, Stratton

Shaking up our Friday with some turns at Smugglers’ Notch Resort

After a week full of work and success at kicking a nagging cold, the Skimeister and I headed over to Smugglers’ Notch Resort for part of the day today. We weren't alone; quite a few families and groups of friends also got outside to enjoy the day. The base lodge was bustling but luckily you couldn't tell in the lift lines. We nearly skied right up to the lifts. A few of our favorite runs on Madonna Mountain included Lower Drifter (we got off at the mid-station), which had been groomed during...[Read more]

Friday, March 4, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Pow! A great morning of skiing powder at Smugglers’ Notch Resort

This week’s snow was followed by wind yesterday — and lots of it. So there were a number of closed lifts yesterday due to the wind. And what did that mean? It meant that we might find some untracked snow this morning.  The Skimeister and I jumped in the Subaru and headed for Smugglers’ Notch Resort. When we approached the base lodge to get a ticket, we waded through fluffy powder. This was a good sign. We booted up and headed for the Madonna I chair, which goes to the highest point of...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Our first turns of the season come with spring conditions

The Skimeister and I made our first turns of the season today and boy did it feel like spring! The weather was warm and the snow was soft. We got our legs reacquainted with turning left and right on the slopes of Sterling Peak (top elevation 3,040 feet) at Smugglers’ Notch in northern Vermont. Smuggs had basically two main ways down the mountain. We warmed up on the intermediate Upper and Lower Rumrunner, then we also threw in Lower Treasure Run to Lower Exhibition. I was working on short...[Read more]

Friday, December 11, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Pico, Smugglers' Notch

The question everyone is asking: When will Vermont ski resorts open?

2015 Opening day at Stowe, Vermont

<< FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR 2016 OPENING DATES >> -Updated 1/8/2016 AM- When will ski resorts in Vermont open for the 2015-2016 season? This question has been hard to answer. We've seen a warmer-than-normal November and early-December so snowmaking conditions have not been steadily optimal around the state. However, things were cool enough to allow several Vermont ski resorts to open Thanksgiving week or weekend. The trade group called Ski Vermont put out a list of opening dates on...[Read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Scrumptious spring skiing on Tuesday afternoon

On Tuesday afternoon, the sun and snow beckoned. The Skimeister and I headed for Smugglers’ Notch Resort to get in some spring turns. It has been snowing over the last few days so there was some newer snow on top of the ample base. With Tuesday's sunshine, the snow softened up but only got wet in some spots at the bottom of the mountain. We took laps on the Madonna I chairlift to the top of Madonna Peak. We dove into some fun, sun-soaked glades such as Shakedown, Bermuda and Doc Dempsey's. We...[Read more]

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Which Vermont ski resorts remain open in April 2015?

Skiing at Bolton Valley on April 1, 2015

UPDATED APRIL 29, 2015 If you haven't noticed, Old Man Winter didn't seem to want to let go of his hold on the Green Mountain State. We've been doing a whole bunch of skiing in Vermont. As of APRIL 29, 2015, here's the list of which Vermont alpine ski resorts are still open and which resorts have closed for the season. Vermont Ski Resorts That Are Still Open  Jay Peak plans to re-open for May 2 & 3. May 3 may or may not be the final day of the season.Killington is open...[Read more]

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing, Stowe, Stratton

Cold, dry snow and powderhounds at Smugglers' Notch today

It’s been snowing lately so we just had to rearrange our work schedule to ski Smugglers’ Notch this morning! (Haven’t I mentioned that I’m spoiled rotten?!?) Monday’s snowstorm dropped between five inches to more than a foot of snow around Vermont. Smugglers’ Notch was reporting eight inches of new snow. Despite downright chilly temperatures this morning (like zero Fahrenheit) the Skimeister and I had a bunch of fun finding powder stashes off the Madonna I chairlift. I don't ever...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

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

Fresh edges, fast turns and sun at Smugglers’ Notch on Sunday

I took my freshly tuned skis to Smugglers’ Notch Resort today and enjoyed fast turns under blue skies! We got our first alpine runs of the season off the Sterling Mountain double chair, which ascends to 3,040 feet and gives skiers a gorgeous, frosty view of neighboring Mt. Mansfield and Madonna Mountain. The trees were covered in rime and the trails were covered well with manmade, frozen granular. There were a few inches of natural snow under the lift, but not enough to ski on. Upper and Lower...[Read more]

Sunday, December 7, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch

Our first ski today — on the road that goes through Smugglers’ Notch!

Skiing the Smugglers' Notch road

Woot-woot! We got out on the snow for the first time this season! There's been quite a bit of natural snow falling in the higher elevations of northern Vermont (13 inches now at the stake atop Mt. Mansfield), so we headed for the Stowe - Smugglers’ Notch area. We thought the skiing should be good on Route 108 going through Smugglers’Notch, and we were right! This section of the road is closed in the winter because it's too tough to plow through tight corners and rocks that...[Read more]

Saturday, November 22, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Food, coffee & après ski, Mt. Mansfield, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

Vermont ski resort opening dates 2014-2015

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SEE 2015-2016 OPENING DATES!>> Here's how Vermont ski resort opening dates are looking as of 12/18/2014. Opening dates are always difficult to pin down. Mother Nature has to cooperate with at least cold weather for snowmaking, if not a natural contribution of her own. Of course, these dates are tentative. Visit our Vermont Ski Resorts page for links to each ski resort's snow report for the latest. ALSO CHECK FOR EARLY-SEASON MIDWEEK...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Vermont lift ticket discounts and deals for 2014 - 2015. More discounts = more skiing!

<<CLICK HERE FOR THE 2016 - 2017 VERMONT TICKET DISCOUNTS POST!>> Updated April 7, 2015 Here’s the way we see it: The more lift ticket discounts you find, the more skiing you can do! We’re here to help with the search as we’ve scoured the Web to find some of the best lift ticket deals at Vermont ski resorts! With this blog post, we report on frequent skier cards, special discount skiing days, Vermont resident lift ticket deals, and the like. It does not...[Read more]

Friday, October 31, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Cochran's, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

On-mountain improvements at central & northern Vermont ski resorts for the 2014-2015 season

Snowmaking improvements in Vermont

Snowmaking. That's the most prevalent improvement at Vermont ski resorts for the 2014-2015 ski season. A big reason is a program with Efficiency Vermont that provided incentives to replace old, less-efficient snowmaking equipment with new, high-efficiency equipment. A $5-million rebate program from Efficiency Vermont helped initiate a $15-million investment in high-efficiency snow guns at resorts around the state. The resorts say that the new snowmaking guns can create a lot more snow in less...[Read more]

Friday, October 17, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Cochran's, Killington, Resort improvements, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

Lifts are still spinning!

So we had some warm weather and rain and then it snowed again this week! The five open ski resorts in Vermont were reporting two inches of new snow (Killington) to eight inches new (Smugglers' Notch) on Wednesday morning.  You can choose from these five resorts to ski in Vermont this Easter weekend:  KillingtonSugarbushStoweSmugglers' NotchJay Peak  Both Smugglers' Notch and Stowe will celebrate their closing days this Sunday, April 20. Check our Vermont ski resorts page...[Read more]

Thursday, April 17, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing, Stowe, Sugarbush

April skiing that amazed us today at Smuggs!

Wow — what a fun time on the hill today! The Skimeister and I teamed up with two other skiing-afflicted friends and had a blast in the corn snow at Smugglers’ Notch. Clearly most people have been turning their attention away from skiing now because of the warmer temperatures in town and the melting of snow on their lawns, but they missed out today. There's quite a deep base of snow and very few people skiing on it! We did not rush to the mountain this morning; we...[Read more]

Saturday, April 12, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Sunny Sunday skiing at Smuggs

It was much too nice of a day to pass up the chance of taking runs at Smugglers' Notch Resort today. I slathered on sunscreen, bundled up, and hit the slopes. The warmth of the sun was great but it did not turn the ski conditions into spring snow. It was still winter temperatures and we were skiing on wintry snow. When I was zooming down a groomed run I had to pull my balaclava up a bit over may face to keep warm. I enjoyed skiing off the Madonna I and II chairlifts. The shorter “M2”...[Read more]

Sunday, March 9, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Light, fluffy powder at Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont this morning!

The Skimeister and I woke up early today so that we could get some morning powder runs! We went to Smugglers’ Notch Resort, which was reporting 11 inches of snow in the previous 24 hours. The temperatures were cold — in the single digits — but that made for light and fluffy powder. Plus, we saw blue skies for much of the morning! Bonus! The whole state of Vermont was in on this storm. From south to north, the ski resorts were reporting powder or packed-powder...[Read more]

Thursday, February 6, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Skiing on Madonna Mountain at Smugglers' Notch today

Snowflakes and snowboarding at Smugglers' Notch

The Skimeister and I got up early today to get some morning runs in at Smugglers' Notch. We skied exclusively off the Madonna I chair, which ascends to the highest point of the ski resort: 3,640 feet. Driving through the town of Cambridge on the way to the mountain it looked very wintry. Last weekend's ice storm had struck here, as evidenced by bowing trees and branches, and the recent new snow made all the trees very white. Beautiful. It was snowing as we took to the...[Read more]

Friday, December 27, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

First lift rides and fast turns at Smugglers' Notch today

Smugglers' Notch skiing

On the eve of some expected precipitation (we may end up with about six inches of snow in the mountains by Monday night), the Skimeister and I hit Smugglers' Notch Resort for some lift-served skiing. We figured Sunday morning might be less busy than Saturday and I think we were right. We enjoyed a relatively uncrowded first day at the ski area. I would be making my first alpine turns of the season in a brand new pair of boots. If you've bought new boots lately, you probably...[Read more]

Sunday, December 8, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Nine Vermont ski areas will be open this weekend

Mount Snow opens in Vermont

Thank goodness for good snowmaking weather! Hats off to snowmakers who will allow skiers and riders to enjoy a choice of nine Vermont ski resorts this weekend. Here’s who will be open: Okemo Mountain ResortMount Snow ResortBromley MountainStratton MountainKillington ResortStowe Mountain ResortSugarbush ResortJay Peak ResortSmugglers’ Notch Resort Check our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to their snow reports to see what kind of terrain will be available.  Other resorts...[Read more]

Thursday, November 21, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Warm weekend includes a walk up less snowy Smugglers' Notch road

We’re so glad that we took advantage of the fresh snow and cold temperatures earlier this week to go cross-country skiing on the road through Smugglers’ Notch. We went up there again today — this time from the Jeffersonville side of the notch — and a lot of snow had melted. We walked up this time and started on dry pavement, then hit slushy ice, then only at the top of the notch did we find areas of deeper snow in shady spots. Oh well, it is November! It was a cool walk just the...[Read more]

Sunday, November 17, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Rikert, Sailing, Smugglers' Notch

First ski of the year — on the Notch road in Stowe!

Smugglers' Notch skiing, Vermont

The Skimeister and I got in our first ski of the year by cross-country skiing on the road that goes through Smugglers' Notch! This section of Route 108 is closed now because they don't plow it, and to our surprise it had actually been recently groomed! People were doing classic and skate skiing and enjoying what turned out to be a very sunny day. Some of the trees still had some snow on them, and to the sides of the road there were about five inches of light, fresh snow. It was like...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Mt. Mansfield, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

When do Vermont ski resorts open?

Snowmaking at Okemo, Vermont

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SEE 2016-2017 OPENING DATES!>> Updated 12/17/13 For the 2013-2014 ski season in Vermont, here's a list of opening dates. These may change according to weather patterns, of course! Visit our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to snow reports. Photo of snow on November 11 at Sugarbush and its access road. Photo from Sugarbush. Opening Dates in Vermont  Killington Resort: Currently openOkemo Mountain Resort: Currently...[Read more]

Thursday, November 7, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Fall & Early season, Killington, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch

SkiMaven's annual Vermont lift ticket discount post for 2013 - 2014. Bring on the skiing deals!

<<CLICK HERE FOR THE 2016 - 2017 VERMONT TICKET DISCOUNTS POST!>> Updated 3/16/14 Everyone wants to find a good deal once in a while and skiers and riders are no different. We've taken a look around the Web to locate some of the best lift ticket deals at Vermont ski resorts. This list covers frequent skier cards, special discount skiing days, Vermont resident lift ticket deals, and similar. It does not cover season passes — so if you are going to ski for eight or more days at a...[Read more]

Thursday, October 31, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

What’s New? Central and northern Vermont ski resort improvements for 2013 / 2014

New base lodge at Jay Peak ski resort in Vermont

As a skier or rider, it’s good to know about the changes you can expect at Vermont ski resorts this winter. Here’s a look at on-mountain improvements that have been announced at northern and central Vermont ski resorts for 2013 - 2014. An upcoming post will cover southern Vermont ski areas.  Bolton Valley Resort Bolton Valley is replacing 6,000 feet of snowmaking pipe. They are also updating one-third of the ski and snowboard rental fleet with new equipment. In the base lodge, look for a...[Read more]

Monday, October 14, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Jay Peak, Killington, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Resort improvements, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

Springtime rituals include Easter sunrise services (and first tracks!) & egg hunts

A pastor skis downhill with his guitar.

Easter is hopping closer! This year it falls on Sunday, March 31. Vermont ski resorts often have Easter-themed events to get families out on the snow. Some ski areas also hold mountain-top sunrise services, where you can get some first tracks after the service. Call or visit the ski resort websites to confirm that the details haven't changed! Stowe Mountain Resort: Easter Sunrise Service & Easter Egg Hunt A non-denominational service atop Mt. Mansfield. Free...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Magic, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch

Pretty March afternoon on slopes of Smugglers’ Notch

Occasional midday flurries made way for clearing skies this afternoon at Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont. My friend and I skied off all three main lifts and enjoyed fast groomers and challenging moguls and glades. The ski area received 2 - 3 inches of snow over the last day. It was light, fluffy stuff that helped the ski conditions. The trees were white with snow and the temperatures were cool. We sought out moguls, and they often had some soft snow on their crests. The bumps were...[Read more]

Saturday, March 16, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch

Reflecting on a springy cross-country ski at Smugglers' Notch this weekend

Did you know Smugglers’ Notch has a Nordic trail network? Well they do, and it’s quite nice. On Sunday afternoon, after finishing some house chores, I took off for a warm, spring ski. I wanted a location that was rather high and not baked by the sun, so after getting a ticket and consulting the trail map, I set my sites on the highest trail in the network. It was mostly sunny and warm on Sunday, so I only needed a zip top on and I was not wearing gloves. I carried water and a snack,...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Deal alert: January learn-to-ski-and-snowboard deals & free XC skiing

The snow continues to be great thanks to Mother Nature serving up frequent “refresher” snows overnight. Today was a cold one (a good day to get work done), but the temperatures will warm up for tomorrow and the weekend so you can be sure we'll be playing in the snow! Here are a couple of events that can help you try out a new sport, or get a friend introduced to your favorite snowsport. Winter Trails Day On January 12, some Vermont Nordic centers are offering special lessons or...[Read more]

Thursday, January 3, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Blueberry Hill, Cross-country skiing, Grafton Ponds, Ole's, Rikert, Smugglers' Notch, Strafford Nordic, Ticket discounts

Busy Friday on the snowy slopes

With about 18 inches of snow falling around the Green Mountains in Vermont in the last two days, it was clear that I had to do everything in my power to get some runs in today. I was able to take off for a half day of skiing at Smugglers' Notch Resort and found that I was not alone — many other people had the same idea on this day after the storm. I heard that Bolton Valley was bustling, as well. I enjoyed runs on packed powder and broken powder, as well as some turns in the glades....[Read more]

Friday, December 28, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Which resorts are open for Thanksgiving weekend 2012?

A gaggle of Vermont ski resorts plan to open this long holiday weekend! They join the four ski resorts that are already spinning their lifts: Killington, Okemo, Stowe and Sugarbush. The new group consists of Stratton Mountain, Mount Snow Resort, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Bromley Mountain and Jay Peak Resort. Find out when each opens at this blog post about opening dates, which we've been keeping updated. So, that makes nine ski resorts to choose from this weekend. Cool! Happy...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Filed in: Bromley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Improvements in snowmaking, trails & facilities at Vermont ski resorts

Last season featured new chairlifts at three Vermont ski resorts (at Burke, Mount Snow and Stowe — read about it here), while this year only Jay Peak has a new lift. Investments were mostly steered toward snowmaking, trails and facilities at Vermont ski resorts for the 2012 - 2013 ski season. Here's a look at on-mountain investments that you'll see this season. Bolton Valley no on-mountain improvements announced Bromley Mountain base lodge renovations for the upcoming season60 new HKD...[Read more]

Sunday, November 18, 2012 Filed in: Bromley, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Resort improvements, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton

Tentative opening dates for 2012 - 2013 at Vermont ski resorts

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE 2013-2014 POST ABOUT OPENINGS>> Updated 12/22/2012 PM When are Vermont ski resorts opening? Ski Vermont has released a list of the tentative opening dates for Vermont ski resorts. Remember that during early season there are often a select few trails open to start; check to see which trails and what ability level they are. These may change due to weather, of course, but here's what the ski resorts are thinking: Killington Resort: Monday, November 5,...[Read more]

Thursday, November 1, 2012 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Burke, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton

2012 – 2013 Vermont lift ticket discounts and ski ticket deals for Vermont residents and our friends everywhere!

Lift ticket discounts in Vermont

<<CLICK HERE FOR THE 2016 - 2017 VERMONT TICKET DISCOUNTS POST!>> Updated 3/15/2013 Finding the best lift ticket values takes a little bit of poking around. We’re here to help as we’ve scoured the Internet to find some of the best lift ticket deals at Vermont ski resorts! This list covers Vermont frequent skier cards, special discount skiing days, Vermont resident lift ticket deals, and the like. It does not cover season passes — so if you are going to ski for eight or more days...[Read more]

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Filed in: Bromley, Killington, Mad River Glen, Magic, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

Vermont 2012-2013 season pass deal deadlines are approaching

Skiing at Jay Peak Resort.

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2013-2014 POST ABOUT SEASON PASS DEAL DEADLINES!>> Updated 10/31/12 It’s mid-August and the summer in Vermont has been mighty fine, but many a skier and rider are already thinking about where they will ski this winter. Season passes are just one of the ways you can save some dough on the Vermont slopes. But, you have to estimate how many days you will ski at a resort to see if the math works out to your advantage. Frequent skier cards, Vermonter lift...[Read more]

Thursday, August 16, 2012 Filed in: Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Season pass, Smugglers' Notch, Stratton, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

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

With whacked-out, summer temperatures, the season is winding down

Vermont has experienced summer-like temperatures over the last week. We've been wearing shorts and t-shirts. The sun has shone brightly as well, and while this makes for lovely weather to recreate in, it hasn't been kind to the snow. Some ski resorts have thrown in the towel for the season, while some others will call it quits this weekend. Some mention that bare spots can be encountered any time and walking may be required at the top and bottom of trails. Others mention that...[Read more]

Friday, March 23, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Pico, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Sunshine skiing above the clouds

The Skimeister and I went skiing at Smugglers’ Notch this morning, and we were delighted to find that we’d start by skiing above the clouds! The conditions were spring-like. It was very hard/frozen first thing in the morning, but then as the sun hit the trails things softened up quickly. Check out some photos from our morning atop Madonna and Sterling peaks. And enjoy this sunny weather![Read more]

Saturday, March 17, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Ringing in March with a powder day!

Thank goodness for days off during the midweek! My friend and I were lucky enough to enjoy a wonderful powder day at Smugglers' Notch today. It was super-fun! With a lot of new snow to play in from the past week, and more that fell last night and during the entire day today, we were in seventh heaven. We headed for gladed runs as much as possible. We made the rounds of Bermuda, Shakedown (twice), Doc Dempsey's, Pirate's Plank and more. We also enjoyed powdery conditions on...[Read more]

Thursday, March 1, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Sunshine and zippy groomers today

I haven't been on the alpine boards for over a week so I took advantage of the sunshine and blue skies and I skied at Smugglers’ Notch this morning. Despite putting on sunscreen when I left home, I think I ended up with a bit of a sunburn! It was bright out there today and the views were gorgeous. I skied off the Madonna I chairlift to the summit and my first run was a good choice. I noticed on the snow report that they had groomed both upper and lower FIS (it’s usually a mogul run). It...[Read more]

Thursday, February 9, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

More snowy surprises for central and northern Vermont

Ski resorts in the northern and central parts of Vermont picked up another round of unexpectedly high snowfall yesterday. Depending on location, it was on the order of 6 to 12 inches of snow! (Check the snow reports on our Vermont Ski Resorts page for details.) Base areas first experienced some rain and then it changed to snow as the temperatures dropped through the day and, well, it just kept snowing! Today we have cold temperatures that are surely helping with snowmaking, as...[Read more]

Thursday, December 29, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Pico, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

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