Spring skiing

Deep snowpack in the backcountry on the first day of spring

Today I sampled the deep snowpack at a variety of elevations and aspects in the backcountry trail network in Bolton, Vermont. If it faced north or was in the shade of pine trees, the snow was somewhat dense but very delightful powder. If it had been sun-kissed over the past couple of super-sunny days it was either slightly crusty or a very skiable mush. I used my tele skis and boots that are a notch or two below full liftserve gear. Popular woods and trails were very well tracked and had...[Read more]

Monday, March 20, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Tuesday offered soft, spring turns at Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont

Midweek skiing is the best! It's school vacation week for many Vermonters, but you wouldn't know it on the hill today. We skied right up to the lift nearly every lap. We knew the temperatures would warm up nicely today, and that would mean soft snow to turn in by late morning. The sunshine even stayed with us for longer than expected today — bonus! We enjoyed soft, swishy turns off the Vista Quad and Timberline Quad. Timberline faces the sun more than the main mountain, so we soaked up...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Springtime exploring in backcountry was challenging on Saturday

As we started a ski tour on the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network on Saturday, it was immediately clear: The snow was melting in a big way. The river and brooks were gushing with water that was once the lovely, powdery snow that fell earlier this month. <Sigh.> But the day was warm (much too warm for February!) and we had our waxless skis so we went exploring. The groomed terrain was quite nice to ski on, but we ventured onto ungroomed trails where going uphill was fine, and...[Read more]

Sunday, February 26, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Soaking up the sun while skiing at Ole's Cross-Country Center

When I cross-country skied almost two weeks ago, I nearly froze my fingers off in the bitter wind. Today I could have worn a t-shirt and gone without gloves. Spring temperatures have come early to northern Vermont and many cross-country ski centers will soon feel their effects if they haven't already. For this reason, we took advantage of fair weather to hit the Nordic trails this afternoon. We skied two loops at Ole's Cross-Country Center in Warren, Vermont. The snow was very soft, and there...[Read more]

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ole's, Spring skiing

Soft-snow skiing for our Sunday

Friday we enjoyed mid-February powder. Today we enjoyed mid-March "powder." OK, it was more like a deep bowl of mashed potatoes, but it was pretty fun to ski in the backcountry! We skinned up into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network wearing a fleece top and a headband, and that was almost too much to be wearing! When the baskets of our poles dipped into the loose snow on the side of the trail, we'd automatically scoop up some soft mashed potatoes.  We put on our helmets...[Read more]

Sunday, February 19, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

One Vermont ski resort left for skiing in May

Skiing in Vermont, May 1, 2016

Two more Vermont ski resorts had their final day of operation. On Sunday, May 1, 2016, Jay Peak and Sugarbush ran their lifts for the last time this ski season. Only one resort will run its lifts from now on: Killington. Killington will operate its Superstar Express Quad on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the snow melts on Superstar. Photo: Skiing at Killington on May 1, 2016. Photo courtesy of resort's Facebook page.  [Read more]

Monday, May 2, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

You can still get some turns in until May 1 — maybe longer?

If you want to get a few last turns in for the season, there's one Vermont ski resort open this midweek, and two more plan to reopen for the coming weekend — April 30 and May 1. The terrain is very, very limited and is only for advanced skiers. Check the list on this updated post. Stowe had its final day of the season on Sunday, April 24. In other news, Magic Mountain in southern Vermont is again trying to close a sale with potential new buyers. They report that if all goes as planned, Ski...[Read more]

Monday, April 25, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Magic, Spring skiing, Stowe, Sugarbush

And more turns on this sunny weekend!

April powder is special. Bright sun is icing on the cake. We earned more turns on Sunday at another closed ski area — and we were not the only ones with this brilliant idea![Read more]

Sunday, April 10, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Spring skiing

April snow means we keep making turns

Old Man Winter seems to be a bit confused this year. He is making it snow in the springtime, rather than dumping snow on us in the winter months. Well, we'll take it whenever he can offer it. The Skimeister and I earned some turns Saturday at a closed ski area in northern Vermont. We like the workout while skinning up the hill, and we enjoy the quiet ambiance and the snowy scene as we ascend the mountain. Since there really isn't of a base of snow in the woods in our area, we also like having...[Read more]

Sunday, April 10, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Spring skiing

And then there were five...

There are four Vermont ski resorts open this week, plus a fifth will reopen this weekend for its final weekend. While recent weather has given us a taste of winter (snow is falling in southern and central Vermont this morning, for example), the ski season is winding down. Check this post for an updated list of Vermont ski areas that are still open: http://www.skimaven.com/post/which-vermont-ski-areas-are-still-open-for-spring-skiing/ Photo: Spring snow at Smugglers' Notch on March 27.[Read more]

Monday, April 4, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing

Earning some more turns this week

To get a good dose of exercise, vitamin D, and vitamin Ski, we've been going out to earn some turns. On Wednesday we spent our lunch break doing just that. On a ski trail that has a snowmaking base, we found a couple inches of new snow left over from the day before. It was getting a bit heavy in the sunshine but we were happy to make fresh tracks in most places. Gotta get out there while you can![Read more]

Thursday, March 31, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Spring skiing

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

Skinning and turning in the sunshine — oh, yeah!

Here are a few shots from a lovely midday skin today to the top of the Timberline area at Vermont’s Bolton Valley Resort. The ski area is now closed so if you want to make use of their left-over manmade snow, you gotta earn your turns! Part way up we came to an elevation line above which all the trees were white with thick rime. The white rime was gorgeous against a deep blue sky! As we ascended, the sun was trying its hardest to melt the rime off the trees, and it was succeeding. We hung...[Read more]

Saturday, March 26, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Sweet surprise: A snowy Friday at Stowe, Vermont!

What a sweet surprise to ski in some powder this morning! We knew there was a chance for a little snow falling in the early morning hours, but we weren't expecting up to five inches on the upper mountain at Stowe Mountain Resort. After a foggy warm-up run on a rough groomed trail off the gondola, we spent the rest of the morning on the ungroomed expert trails off the Fourrunner Quad. They were really good in the morning! We skied through snowy bumps and powder on National and Liftline. It was...[Read more]

Friday, March 18, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing, Stowe

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

At Bolton Valley for day two of a bright Vermont spring skiing weekend

When the sun is shining for both weekend days, and the ski season is winding down, you better believe we hit the slopes again today! The Skimeister and I headed over to Bolton Valley Resort mid-morning to gobble up some more soft-snow turns. We were really surprised at how few people were there! Those who were there included a bunch of families who were having fun in the sun. Kids ski school lessons were active, too. Bolton Valley had their main Vista quad lift open, as well as the Timberline...[Read more]

Sunday, March 13, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Spring has sprung! Blue skies & softening snow at Sugarbush, Vermont, today

We got to Sugarbush early this morning to get in some spring skiing runs. What a day! Blue sky, warm temps, softening snow. It was all good. As the morning and afternoon wore on, the snow at Lincoln Peak got softer and softer. However, on a couple of the higher and steeper trails (Ripcord and Stein's Run), the hard-packed base didn't soften up. You still needed good edges. After nice warm-up runs on the freshly groomed Snowball and Spring Fling, we followed the sun to the North Lynx Triple...[Read more]

Saturday, March 12, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Today was one of our final cross-country skis of the season. Boo-hoo.

With rain and warm weather moving in, the cross-country ski centers in northern Vermont are not likely to last much longer. So today we went out and got what we could get at Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Center before it was gone. It's been a rough season for Nordic pursuits. The Nordic centers that had snowmaking capabilities put it to good use. The higher elevation centers fared better than others. Trapps has made a bunch of snow recently and they put it in piles on a loop of trails that...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

And the last resort standing is...

We moved rather rapidly from winter to early summer here in lower elevations of Vermont. Green stuff is growing like crazy and flowers are blooming. I may have to mow soon. With the warm weather, Jay Peak has decided that this past Sunday (May 3) was its final day of skiing. Sugarbush also closed on Sunday. In Vermont, only Killington remains for weekend lift-served skiing (Friday - Sunday), as long as the stockpiled snow allows. Image: Snow depth chart for the stake atop Mt. Mansfield. As of...[Read more]

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Filed in: Jay Peak, Killington, Mt. Mansfield, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Lifts will still be spinning this first weekend in May

Here's the scoop on which Vermont alpine ski resorts are still open and which resorts have closed for the season.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Sweet spring skiing at Sugarbush on Thursday

With freshly waxed skis in tow, we headed to Lincoln Peak at Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vermont, on Thursday. The forecast was flawless; we just had to go! Three lifts opened at 10 a.m.: The Super Bravo Quad, the Heaven's Gate Triple and the Castlerock Double. We enjoyed runs off of all three. With warm temps and sunshine, I commented that the most chill I got was while riding the zippy, high-speed quad! The rest of the time we were working our way down corn-snow-covered bumps and doing corny...[Read more]

Friday, April 17, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Corn snow, bumps and more bumps at Mad River Glen today

Wow we skied lots of big, soft bumps this afternoon at Mad River Glen! The Single Chair and Sunnyside Double lifts carried happy skiers up the hill to swish their way down through the corn snow. The sun was intense. Some people were skiing in t-shirts. The advanced trails that we skied featured wall-to-wall moguls. The snow has been soft and it has been skied enough to make some rather large bumps. In fact, I fell in a mogul field and the Skimeister didn't know at first because I was well...[Read more]

Monday, April 13, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Mad River Glen, Spring skiing

Sunday ski brunch in the woods

With my light backcountry skis attached to my feet, I sat in a tree today and soaked up the sun. The small tree had a crook in it that allowed me to kick back without getting my ski pants damp. I enjoyed a delicious bagel with a view of snowy woods, sunlit trees and blue skies. The only noise I heard was the soft fluttering sounds of old beech leaves and loose birch bark on trees nearby. That's my kind of Sunday brunch! This brunch was served near the Gardiner's Lane backcountry ski trail up...[Read more]

Sunday, April 12, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

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

Skiing into April — and darn good skiing, too

We hit the lifts at Bolton Valley Resort this afternoon and found great snow on the trails and especially in the woods. Not April snow, but more like mid-winter snow! One of the benefits of skiing at Bolton Valley is that it faces west, toward the setting sun, Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. At this time of the year that means you can ski in the sunshine into the early evening. We skied in bright sunshine from 3 to 6 p.m. before heading home for dinner. (Earlier in the season, the lights...[Read more]

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Wow: What a weekend to ski in the Vermont backcountry!

The Skimeister and I got out to backcountry ski on Saturday afternoon and it was so much fun, we went for a second helping on Sunday! Saturday was the cooler of the weekend days and some fresh snow from earlier in the week was blanketing the trees in northern Vermont's higher elevations. We headed for the backcountry trail network at Bolton Valley, Vermont. It looked like mid-winter as we used climbing skins to ascend about 1,500 feet to our destination: the Stowe View overlook at 3,000 feet....[Read more]

Sunday, March 29, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski, Spring skiing

Springy Nordic skiing under the sun at Ole's Cross-Country Center

Spring sunshine and temperatures were forecast today so we made plans to enjoy the day outside. We put a couple pairs of Nordic skis in the car and headed to Ole's Cross-Country Ski Center in Warren, Vermont. We hadn't been to Ole's this winter for some reason, so we wanted to get there before the season ends.  We started for the Deer Run Trail, first crossing the wide-open expanse that serves as a runway in the summertime. (Ole's is located at the seasonal Sugarbush-Warren Airport.) The...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ole's, Spring skiing

May Skiing: And then there was one...

May skiing at Killington

Three Vermont ski resorts had chairlifts running in May 2014. They were Killington, Jay Peak and Sugarbush. Now, however, only one remains. Killington will run a lift on weekends as long as the soft snow and bumps hold out. Here's a shot from Mother's Day. Jay Peak celebrated their final day of skiing on Sunday. (Here's a link to some of their closing day photos, too.) As for me, I just put away my ski boots (sigh) and need to get some summer wax on my skis. It's time for summertime...[Read more]

Monday, May 12, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Which resorts are open for skiing in Vermont this last weekend in April?

April spring skiing in Vermont 2014

Have you had enough skiing yet for this season? For those who still need some warm wind on their face and cold snow at their feet, you can hit up one of these ski resorts in Vermont. They will run lifts through this weekend — and perhaps beyond! These resorts are open for skiing in Vermont this weekend, April 25 - 27, 2014: Jay Peak ResortKillington ResortSugarbush Resort Check our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to their snow conditions before you go. Typically at this...[Read more]

Thursday, April 24, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Easter sunrise services at Vermont resorts on Sunday — then take some runs!

The Skimeister and I went to a sunrise service on Easter 2009. We got up very, very early and headed to the mountain and I recall it was strange to ride the lift in such faint morning light. We enjoyed being on top of the mountain as the sun came up and the pastor made some nice remarks and played his guitar. Here's a shot of the pastor skiing down with his guitar slung over his shoulder after the service. Some people skied down while others snowshoed down the empty trails. Each of...[Read more]

Saturday, April 19, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing

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

Which resorts are still open for spring skiing in Vermont?

Here we are approaching mid-April and the question becomes: Which ski resorts are still open in Vermont this weekend? Open this weekend: Burke MountainJay PeakKillingtonMad River GlenMount SnowOkemoSmugglers' NotchStoweStrattonSugarbush Nordic ski centers (double-check on these before you go): Blueberry LakeCraftsburyHazen's NotchProspect MountainRikert Still a lot of choices! We're still considering where we will go on Saturday, which should be a very nice day to be...[Read more]

Friday, April 11, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing

Mad River Glen: Spring ski it while you can!

Bright sun and softening snow greeted us at Mad River Glen ski area in Fayston, Vermont, this morning. We did not rush out the door to get there when the lifts opened because we knew the snow would have to soften up a bit in order to be edgeable and enjoyable. We loaded the Single Chair for the first time at about 10:30 a.m. and on that first run we stuck to the groomed Catamount trail — enjoying gorgeous scenery along the way. From the top of the Single Chair (at 3,644...[Read more]

Sunday, April 6, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Mad River Glen, Spring skiing

Spring skiing in Vermont! Woot-woot!

It was soft. It was sunny. It was fun! I'm talking about our spring skiing runs at Bolton Valley Resort today! We felt like we had the resort to ourselves as we swished through the soft snow on Bolton Valley's slopes. We actually hit some trails that I have not been on in a very long time, including VT 200, Schuss, Sleepy Hollow Woods and Vista Glades. The snow was very soft but the coverage is still very good. Keep in mind that first thing in the morning, the spring trails can be...[Read more]

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Fun under the spring sun

A couple more Vermont ski resorts closed this weekend, but not before skiers and riders hit the slopes for springtime fun under the sun. Here are a few shots from this weekend that we found on Facebook. You can still catch a lift this week at Jay Peak, Killington and Sugarbush in Vermont. [Read more]

Monday, April 22, 2013 Filed in: Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Spring skiing, Stowe, Sugarbush

Which Vermont ski resorts are still open in mid-April 2013?

So this is what I've got on the topic of which Vermont ski resorts are still open now that it's mid-April... Many mountaintops were still looking white today. It's not too late to get some turns in! Still OPEN in Vermont: Jay PeakKillington (plans to be open daily through daily through Sunday, May 5)Stowe (plans to be open daily through this Sunday, April 21)Sugarbush (plans to be open daily through Sunday, April 28)Mt. Snow is closed this week, but will re-open for a final...[Read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Spring skiing, Stowe, Sugarbush

Beaver Creek, Colorado: Spring skiing down memory lane

Years ago I taught skiing at “The Beav.” That's what the locals called Beaver Creek Resort back in the day. It’s a sunny Colorado ski area with about 1,800 skiable acres located 10 miles west of its sister resort, Vail Mountain. Early last week I was able to take a ski down memory lane on the slopes at Beaver Creek. My companion was a speedy 7-year-old; I like to call him SpeedMeister. We skied on a day when a spring storm was moving from the west into the Vail Valley. The clouds looked...[Read more]

Sunday, April 14, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Spring skiing, Western skiing

Vail powder skiing this week was more like mid-winter in Colorado than April!

This week SkiMaven continued a Colorado skiing adventure by heading to Vail Resort and Beaver Creek Resort. (I think I've mentioned that I'm spoiled rotten, right!?!) Located on Interstate 70 about two hours west of Denver, these resorts are 10 miles apart and are operated by the same company. In this post, I'll recap my two days of skiing at the enormous Vail Resort—with fresh snow on both days! On my first day at Vail we skied in about five inches of fresh snow! The forecast called for...[Read more]

Friday, April 12, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Spring skiing, Western skiing

Copper Mountain: Bowls, spring bumps, broad cruisers & solid snow coverage in Colorado's Summit County

Spring skiing at Colorado's Copper Mountain

SkiMaven took a field trip this weekend to Copper Mountain in Colorado's Summit County! I've skied there two days before – many years ago – and I recalled that I enjoyed this sizeable ski resort, but I needed to jog my memory as to exactly why I liked it. I teamed up with a couple of friends to explore the ski area, which is conveniently set up to cluster many of its expert slopes on the eastern end and back bowls of the resort, while many intermediate runs are found in the center of the...[Read more]

Monday, April 8, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Colorado skiing, Spring skiing, Western skiing

Winter is not letting go — Are you skiing this first weekend of April?

Winter is resisting the change of seasons, and it’s alright with me! The last couple of days brought some fresh snow fall on northern Vermont mountains. The temperatures also stayed cool. Although this will be the first weekend of April, we should see some nice snow coverage! Check our Vermont ski conditions links on this page to see how the snow is at your favorite ski resorts. Visit this page for Vermont cross-country ski condition links. Also this weekend,...[Read more]

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing

More springtime fun: Spring skiing at Jay Peak & pond skimming!

Spring skiing at Jay Peak

Had a great spring skiing day at Jay Peak today. The snow was soft and plentiful, and the weather turned out to be much better than predicted! We enjoyed a mix of sun, snowflakes and clouds. We skied in the glades as much as possible and we weren't disappointed. There was plenty of snow and bumps, and much fewer people to avoid than on the trails. Jay has a broad selection of tree runs — from Timbuktu off the Jet Triple Chair all the way to Beaver...[Read more]

Friday, March 29, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Okemo, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Snowy and springy up high

I took a short backcountry ski up at Bolton Valley on Wednesday. It was around lunch time and the sun was shining brightly. There is still a lot of snow up on the trails! I stuck my pole in the snow near Bryant Cabin and there was at least a foot. The only thing is that now we have spring conditions, so if it's cold at night, the snow is still going to be frozen in the morning. The higher daytime temperatures then soften things up. I mostly skied where others had made tracks to...[Read more]

Thursday, March 28, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

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

Crazy April snowstorm in the mountains

More than a foot of snow reported at top of Mt. Mansfield, Jay and Killington! It's been snowing up high for over a day. Killington and Jay Peak are open and they are reporting 15+ inches of new snow at their higher elevations. Crazy! Here's a shot from Jay Peak ski resort today, which they posted on Facebook. [Read more]

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Filed in: Jay Peak, Killington, Mt. Mansfield, Spring skiing

Die-hard skiers still getting some turns

For the extreme die-hards out there: Killington and Jay Peak are still open. Sugarbush has been closed during this midweek and they said: “We will open for certain this Saturday with skiing and riding on Stein’s off the Valley House chair on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. We will assess midday to see if the snow is holding up so we can also open on Sunday.” A couple of resorts are offering Easter sunrise services. They include Killington and Stowe, even though Stowe...[Read more]

Thursday, April 5, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Spring skiing

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

Ridiculously blue sky day; Might be my last nordic ski

The Skimeister and I did a mellow tour up on Bolton Valley’s backcountry trails today. You’ll see that it was so sunny and warm that he was in a t-shirt. Snow is melting very fast in the lower reaches of the nordic trail network, but the coverage gets better when you get up to Bryant Cabin and beyond. Rivers and puddles are showing and it makes you keep on your toes, especially as you descend the Gardiner’s Lane or Bryant trails. While there is quite a bit of snow depth in...[Read more]

Sunday, March 18, 2012 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, 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

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