Resorts & Mountains in Vermont > Smugglers' Notch

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 CURRENT 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 at a...[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

First turns of the season today!

What a nice, sunny weekend. And it featured some first-of-the-season happenings today: Stratton opened for the season  Smugglers’ Notch opened for the season  I got my first turns of the season today!   While it was a windy day, and lift holds were apparently an issue at Sugarbush, I was able to get some morning runs in at Smugglers’ Notch for the first time this ski season! Smuggs opened its Sterling Lift and and essentially one long run today. I heard some...[Read more]

Sunday, December 4, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch, Stratton, Sugarbush

Snowmaking resumes and ski lifts will turn this weekend

Snowmaking at Killington ski resort, Vermont

This time of year can really try a skier's patience. Temperatures rise and fall. Rain can sneek in, rather than snow. And sometimes we can get a blizzard. You just never know. As we turned our calendars to December this week, some colder temperatures returned to the region — thankfully — after a warm spell. Snowmaking guns and fans could be heard at several of Vermont's ski resorts. Small armies of snowmakers were painting the ski trails white. This weekend Stowe, Okemo and...[Read more]

Friday, December 2, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

Snow may be on its way in time for more Vermont ski resorts to open for Thanksgiving weekend

I flew in over a frosty-topped Camel's Hump yesterday afternoon after a trip out of town. I soon heard that the forecast calls for a winter storm tonight into Wednesday! Could be a few to several inches of snow accumulation, or a mix of rain and snow depending where you are in Vermont. [See forecast.] The new colder temperatures and potential snowfall may help those Vermont ski resorts that want to open this Thanksgiving week and weekend. Stowe has confirmed that they will...[Read more]

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Vermont ski ticket deals, discount lift tickets for 2011 - 2012 for Vermont residents and all skiers & riders!

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE CURRENT VERMONT LIFT TICKET DISCOUNTS!>> Updated 3/5/2012 When it comes to the 2011 - 2012 ski season, are you wondering what’s new for lift ticket discounts in Vermont? We’ve been compiling our annual list of what we think are some of the better lift ticket deals and promotions so that you can start shopping around. As usual, we’ll update this blog post as new ticket discounts are announced throughout the fall and ski...[Read more]

Friday, October 21, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

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

Deadlines, deadlines … Early bird often gets best Vermont season pass deals

Burke Mountain in Vermont.

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2013-2014 SEASON PASS DEAL DEADLINE POST!>> Hello skiers, in case you haven’t noticed: It’s nearly fall! It’s time for county fairs, back-to-school sales, and now season pass deal deadlines! Some Vermont ski resorts have early-bird deals on season passes and often the deadlines roll through the fall – with the best deals for those willing to make their investment early on. Nowadays, online purchasing allows you to get the pass you want without driving to...[Read more]

Sunday, August 28, 2011 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Season pass, Smugglers' Notch, Stratton, Ticket discounts

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

Spring skiing in Vermont. Got sunscreen?

I met up with a couple ski buddies at Smugglers' Notch on Friday for an afternoon of sun and snow and smiles. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there really is a lot of snow up in the mountains in northern Vermont! (I believe there are over 90 inches of snow at the stake atop Mt. Mansfield, for example.) We like skiing in the glades so we hit up several of them including Shakedown and Bermuda. We only had to avoid an occasional stump or rock. It really is amazing for April. Get...[Read more]

Saturday, April 9, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Wonderful winterish - spring skiing on Saturday

Had a great time skiing with some ski buddies at Smugglers' Notch, Vermont, on Saturday. We enjoyed about 3 to 4 inches of new snow on top of a very strong base of snow. We kept remarking how good the coverage was despite this late date! I especially enjoyed the terrific conditions in the glades. Not many rocks or stumps to avoid. Add some sun, some dramatic clouds, short lift lines and very comfortable temperatures and you couldn't have asked for a nicer day on the slopes! A few Vermont ski...[Read more]

Sunday, April 3, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

It's still winter in the mountains!

I skied at Smugglers' Notch ski resort on Friday, and I have to tell you: It's still winter up on the hill! We skied in three inches of fresh powder, on top of the snow they got earlier this week. The coverage was very good for the end of March. In fact, it felt more like late-February! I was skeptical about what we would find in the woods, because we had warm temperatures last week and then it's been cold since. But it was even good where they hadn't groomed! The glades were great! The...[Read more]

Saturday, March 26, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Beaucoup snow, beaucoup sun at Smuggs on Mardi Gras

The good times certainly rolled today on the mountain. With more than two feet of new snow, warm temps and bright blue skies, today was an amazing day to be skiing in northern Vermont! At Smugglers' Notch, I met up with a friend who had the same idea that I had: to rearrange the work schedule to accommodate some powder skiing. It felt like I was back skiing in Colorado. The sun came out bright and strong just a day after a really big snowstorm. So sweet! I woke my feet up by taking my first...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Big March snowstorm in northern Vermont

The snowstorm that is currently hitting Vermont has been most ferocious in the northern part of the Green Mountains. (It's about time! Several of the storms this season favored southern Vermont!) Here's what Vermont ski resorts are reporting for snowfalls via social media as of 7 and 8 am Monday morning. And it's still snowing in northern Vermont. Note: Check with the resort before you drive there. Some are indicating late openings or ice (southern Vermont) and weather-affected lift...[Read more]

Monday, March 7, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Smugglers' Notch, Sugarbush

Longtime alpine skier takes a telemark lesson to learn to really free her heel

Oliver, the Smugglers' Notch telemark instructor who coached me this week, seems to have the same skiing philosophy that I do. Why stick only to skiing on the trails and why stick to just one kind of skiing? Branching out and trying something new will keep skiing forever fun and interesting! This is what I've been doing for the last eight years or so. This lifelong alpine skier married a former nordic ski racer, so guess what new sport I picked up? Then I was introduced to...[Read more]

Friday, February 18, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Smugglers' Notch

A nordic kind of January: Winter Trails Day & the Tour de Stowe

Ever wonder what all the fuss was about when it comes to cross-country skiing or snowshoeing? Well it's about time you found out. Winter Trails Day Eight nordic centers in Vermont are offering special events or freebies as part of Winter Trails Day on January 8. The goal: to get people out on the trails in the wintertime to see what they've been missing! These are the nordic centers in Vermont that will participate in one way or another. Visit this site to read up on the details. Call the...[Read more]

Monday, January 3, 2011 Filed in: Blueberry Lake, Bolton Valley, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Mountain Top, Ole's, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Ticket discounts, Trapp Family Lodge

"Spring" skiing on the cusp of the new year!

We were starting our countdown for the new year, but we were also doing some "spring skiing" at Smugglers' Notch. After a dark morning with a few rain sprinkles, the weather started shaping up nicely as the day moved on. By late morning we were enjoying sunshine and spring-like temperatures. The warm weather made for soft bumps, soft and smooth groomed runs, and mashed potato-like snow on the sides of the trail and in the trees. I caught up with a few friends and we enjoyed runs on...[Read more]

Friday, December 31, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Bluebird skiing day at Smugglers' Notch today

I feel rather guilty for having such a nice day on the slopes today, while some skiers at Sugarloaf, Maine, were part of a terrible lift accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were injured. (See this Associated Press article.) But the sky was blue and the snow rather plentiful today at Smugglers' Notch in Vermont. They had reported up to 10 inches of new snow over the last couple of days, and it was fun to ski in, even if I wasn't getting first tracks. My warm-up run (ha!) was...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch

Lots of snow! Lots of wind!

Holy coastal blizzard, Batman! Southern Vermont got dumped on thanks to this storm that made its way up the East Coast. Resorts were reporting one to two feet of new snow. Nice! As you head north in Vermont, the snow totals diminished. Even still, places like Smugglers' Notch and Bolton Valley reported several inches of new snow. The only problem — and it's an all-too-common one — is the damn wind. Why does wind always seem to come to visit when the snow does? So today some ski resorts were...[Read more]

Monday, December 27, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Magic, Smugglers' Notch

Hello winter! A recap of my first runs of the season today at Smuggs

I caught myself grinning underneath my balaclava today. I was riding the Sterling Summit chair at Smugglers' Notch for my first runs of the season, looking left, right, up and down when I realized I was grinning like a fool. I was surrounded by winter! The trees on the top half of the mountain were encrusted with snow. When you were far enough away from the sound of snowmaking, you could hear the branches clink together as they swayed in the wind.It was snowing — dropping big fluffy flakes —...[Read more]

Monday, December 6, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch

Nine Vermont ski resorts are open December 4; some snow in forecast

Add Bromley Mountain to the list of Vermont ski resorts that plan to be open this weekend. They plan to start spinning their lifts on Saturday. Here are your choices for Vermont ski areas open this first weekend in December: BromleyJay PeakKillingtonMount SnowOkemoSmugglers' NotchStoweStrattonSugarbush Visit our Vermont ski resorts snow conditions links page to check on what lifts and terrain are available. At many resorts only intermediate and expert skiing terrain are available at this...[Read more]

Friday, December 3, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton

When do Vermont ski resorts open for the 2010 – 2011 season?

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE 2018-2019 POST ABOUT OPENINGS>> Updated 12/3/10 AM It's that time of year: Vermont ski resorts are planning their opening days and making snow to make those opening dates a reality, Bring on the ski season! Here's a review of opening dates for skiing at Vermont ski resorts. This information was gathered from the resort Web sites. Do check with the resorts directly to confirm lift operation before you drive there! You can find links to the ski...[Read more]

Sunday, November 14, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

2010 – 2011 Season pass discount deadlines for Vermont ski resorts

Think snow!!! Skiing the trees at Jay Peak.

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2012-2012 SEASON PASS DEAL DEADLINE POST!>> Updated 9/1/2010 It’s inching closer to Labor Day, school time and the colors of fall — and it’s time to think about season pass discounts! Here are important deadlines to keep in mind while you decide what Vermont ski resorts you might ski this winter, and whether a season pass is a good deal for you. (Do the math!) The earliest discount deadlines are between August 30 and Labor Day! Some resorts are...[Read more]

Friday, August 20, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ascutney, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Cochran's, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Magic

Warm weather, and Easter sunrise services at Vermont ski resorts

After some wet weather (and some snow at higher elevations) we are heading into a really warm and sunny stretch of weather in Vermont. In the coming days you'll want to ski in the morning because it will get very warm, and slushy, by afternoon. Oh, and wear your sunscreen. You'll need it. These Vermont ski areas have succumbed to spring. They are now closed for the season: Suicide SixAscutneyMiddlebury Snow BowlCochran's Ski Area Easter Sunrise Services at Vermont Ski Resorts This Sunday is...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Filed in: Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Spring skiing abounds, and beta on good eats near Smugglers' Notch

Sunny spring skiing continues in Vermont today and Saturday. Wow, it's been an incredible stretch of sun and soft snow. All this corn snow can make a skier hungry! A local weekly newspaper is talking up a small dining renaissance in Jeffersonville, Vermont, the home of Smugglers' Notch ski resort. Seven Days recently wrote about some interesting new restaurant options and menu changes at the Mix Café and Bakery, Stella Notte, Hearth and Candle and The Brewski:...[Read more]

Friday, March 19, 2010 Filed in: Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch

Really fun powder day at Smugglers' Notch

Nearly eight inches. That's my estimate of the depth of the fluffy powder we were skiing in at higher elevations this morning. And we found deeper pockets of powder in some places because it had snowed a couple of times in the last five days or so. I sincerely thank my friends for making me wake up early this morning to ride some of the first chairs up at Smugglers' Notch! Let's see...what trails did we have fun on... We hit FIS early because it can be windblown in the center and we wanted to...[Read more]

Sunday, February 21, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Surprise snowfall in northern Vermont mountains

New snow in northern Vermont, including Jay Peak

Well surprise, surprise! Northern Vermont ski resorts are reporting up to 12 inches of snow has fallen on their slopes in the last 24 hours. Yippee! We knew there was going to be light snow this week, but this is much more than expected. Thank you, Mother Nature, for exceeding our expectations on this one! Check out Vermont ski resort conditions here. Photo courtesy of Jay Peak Resort.[Read more]

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Mt. Mansfield, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

Sugar-glazed skiers & spackled trees today on the mountain

I had a couple of hours to ski with a friend this morning at Smugglers' Notch. I knew it would be a rather warm day and was hoping (naively) for some sun. Well, no sun but we skied on some nice, soft snow. I enjoyed the runs that had bumped up, including Harvey's, Full Nelson, Lower Doc Dempsey's and the edges of FIS and Treasure Run. And I felt like a hero arcing some turns on the groomed corduroy. Father Bob's and Lower Exhibition were some of the best places to do that. The trees on the...[Read more]

Friday, January 15, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Free events at nearly a dozen Vermont nordic centers on Sat., January 9

Learn to cross-country ski or snowshoe in Vermont

It's time for all you cross-country skiing and snowshoeing never-evers to hit the trail! Nearly a dozen Vermont nordic ski centers are offering free introductions to these winter sports on Saturday, January 9. Now there is no excuse not to try them! I've grown to love nordic skiing and snowshoeing over the years. It's a quieter scene than downhill skiing, and it can be a wonderful workout. There's nothing like quietly gliding or walking through a winter wonderland. Follow this link to read...[Read more]

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Highland Lodge, Mountain Top, Smugglers' Notch, Ticket discounts

Lift ticket discounts and my morning ski

Don't you hate how work gets in the way of skiing? Well, we had to work the past couple of days — have to pay the bills — so we couldn't ski in this weekend's new snow until this morning. This was a monster storm in Burlington and the Champlain Valley, dropping about two feet of snow and breaking a record in Burlington with 33 inches! But strangely enough it was not quite as intense elsewhere. The Skimeister and I were checking the snow reports and decided that Smugglers' Notch may have...[Read more]

Monday, January 4, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch, Ticket discounts

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

Christmas Eve skiing, with some powder, too!

Somehow it seems appropriate to ride the Madonna chairlift on the day before Christmas. Smugglers' Notch was running the Madonna I chair to the top of Madonna Mountain, so the Skimeister and I skied it all morning. It was our first time hitting the upper mountain this season. If you were down in the town or valley today, you might not have realized how gorgeous it was ABOVE the clouds in the mountains today. We were fortunate to hit the slopes on one of those rare days when the skies clear as...[Read more]

Thursday, December 24, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

Some new snow in Vermont

Vermont ski resorts are reporting a couple of inches of new snow this morning  — with the snow continuing today in many places. At the stake at the top of Mt. Mansfield yesterday afternoon, there was a total of 26 inches of snow. I'd expect that there are a couple more inches this morning. Here are a few morning totals thus far:Bolton - 2 inchesBurke - 3 inches Jay Peak - 3 inchesKillington - 2 inchesSmugglers - 4 inchesStratton - 1 inchSugarbush - 1 inch Check the snow reports links...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Mt. Mansfield, Smugglers' Notch, Stratton, Sugarbush

I think I ski better in the sunshine

Sunshine ruled over northern Vermont this morning.

We were on the lift at Smugglers' Notch this morning with some friends by about 8:30 a.m. An hour earlier the temperature had been a balmy 5 degrees at the top of Sterling Mountain. Luckily, the sun was out all morning and temperatures felt higher than they have in a couple of days. I had come prepared with three layers of fleece and my shell jacket; liners in my mittens; and my balaklava pulled up high over my cheeks. Except for my toes later in the morning, I was really quite toasty. We...[Read more]

Saturday, December 19, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cochran's, Magic, Smugglers' Notch

December-style skiing in northern Vermont today

The Skimeister and I hit the trails at Smugglers' Notch this morning. The Sterling Lift was open and it served trails both with and without snowmaking. This was typical December skiing. Fast, hard-packed snow on the busy snowmaking trails, and better snow — along with grass and rocks — on the less-traveled natural snow trails. (We really need to find our edging tool to get our edges sharp!) My favorite runs were on the natural snow trails where I could find some smooth snow and small moguls...[Read more]

Sunday, December 13, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Smugglers' Notch

My first turns of the season at Smugglers' Notch today

I had a snowy drive to Smugglers' Notch this morning to be among the first to ski there on opening day. It's been a long time coming, eh? It was snowing this morning and the snowmaking crew seemed to be out in force. I saw them here and there around the base area and along the rather long run that was open for skiing. Several guns were pumping out snow on the mountain. Sterling lift was running this morning, accessing a winding run made up of Upper Rumrunner to Crossover to Treasure Run. It...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Smugglers' Notch

Snow comes to Vermont—especially in the higher peaks!

Now this is more like it. I'd like to welcome winter to Vermont. Oh, how we've missed you! This morning Vermont ski resorts are celebrating new snow and the return of seasonably cold temperatures on their peaks. The word is that the new snow is heavy and wet, but that sounds like the start of a great base to me. The resorts are also reporting that snowmaking is underway again as temperatures have dropped. Several resorts are targeting to open their lifts by the weekend of December 5....[Read more]

Saturday, November 28, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mt. Mansfield, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

Killington to open again; and 10 scary ski trails

Killington resumes its sporadic early-season skiing on Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14. Sunday’s operational status is on hold pending weather and snow conditions. An interesting top-10 list was released recently: the World's Scariest Ski Slopes. Vermont actually made the list three times with Goat at Stowe; Black Hole at Smugglers' Notch; and Paradise at Mad River Glen. I've skied two out of the three. How 'bout you? Here's a link to the list with pictures and video.[Read more]

Thursday, November 12, 2009 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Killington, Mad River Glen, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe

Vermont lift ticket discounts, skiing deals in 2009 & 2010 for Vermont residents and everyone!

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE 2014 - 2015 POST ABOUT VERMONT LIFT TICKET DISCOUNTS!>> I've been scouring the Internet, Facebook, Twitter and more for you (you can thank me later) in search of the best Vermont ski ticket discounts. These are some of the best skiing deals for my fellow Vermonters and our out-of-state friends, too. Double check on the details before you drive to the ski resort! And don't forget your ID if you want to cash in on a Vermonter ski discount. When I...[Read more]

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Killington, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

When do Vermont ski resorts open?

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SEE 2018-2019 OPENING DATES!>> I received a list of Vermont ski resort opening dates in my email, as reported by Ski Vermont. Of course, these may change, depending on the weather. As you may know, Colorado's Loveland Ski Area was the first to open in the country. They loaded their lifts with skiers for the first time on Wednesday, October 7. (Can you believe it?) It was their earliest opening in 40 years. We're closing in on the 2009/2010 ski season,...[Read more]

Friday, October 9, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Magic, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch

First snow in mountains of Vermont!

The rumors are true; we've had our first snowflakes fall on Vermont mountaintops! Twitter and Facebook are all a-twitter with excited skiers commenting on photos from their favorite Vermont ski resorts. Here are links to a few photos to get you psyched up, too. Smugglers' Notch first snowJay PeakMad River GlenStowe snowKillington (video) Remember, there are more ski swaps this weekend. See my Vermont ski swap post for the schedule. Photo courtesy of Jay Peak Ski Resort.[Read more]

Thursday, October 1, 2009 Filed in: Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Smugglers' Notch

Northern & Central Vermont ski swaps in 2009

Make tracks to a Vermont ski swap.

<<CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2018 LIST OF 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

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