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Bluebird skiing day at Smugglers' Notch today

Posted 12/29/10

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…

Lots of snow! Lots of wind!

Posted 12/27/10

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…

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

Posted 12/6/10

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…

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

Posted 12/3/10

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…

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

Posted 11/14/10

<<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…

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

2010 – 2011 Season pass discount deadlines for Vermont ski resorts

Posted 8/20/10

<<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…

Warm weather, and Easter sunrise services at Vermont ski resorts

Posted 3/31/10

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…

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

Posted 3/19/10

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…

Really fun powder day at Smugglers' Notch

Posted 2/22/10

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…

New snow in northern Vermont, including Jay Peak

Surprise snowfall in northern Vermont mountains

Posted 1/27/10

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…

Sugar-glazed skiers & spackled trees today on the mountain

Posted 1/15/10

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…

Learn to cross-country ski or snowshoe in Vermont

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

Posted 1/5/10

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,…

Lift ticket discounts and my morning ski

Posted 1/5/10

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…

Playing on my new tele gear today

Posted 12/31/09

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…

Christmas Eve skiing, with some powder, too!

Posted 12/24/09

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…

Some new snow in Vermont

Posted 12/23/09

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…

Sunshine ruled over northern Vermont this morning.

I think I ski better in the sunshine

Posted 12/19/09

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…

December-style skiing in northern Vermont today

Posted 12/13/09

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,…

My first turns of the season at Smugglers' Notch today

Posted 12/8/09

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…

Snow comes to Vermont—especially in the higher peaks!

Posted 11/28/09

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…

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