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Killington, Pico, Magic Mountain and Mad River Glen and more ski areas also to close due to coronavirus concerns

Posted 3/15/20

Update on 3/16 at 5:30 p.m.: Smugglers' Notch is the last ski resort in the state to announce it will stop operating at end of day on March 17. Update on 3/15 at 2 p.m.: Bolton Valley Resort will…

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Stratton and Sugarbush join the list of Vermont ski resorts to close immediately due to coronavirus worries

Posted 3/14/20

On Saturday evening, after Vail Resorts' announcement, Alterra Mountain Company said it will stop spinning the lifts at their many properties. Starting immediately, Stratton and Sugarbush ski resorts…

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One day, two mountains — A well-rounded tour of Sugarbush Ski Resort in Vermont

Posted 2/22/20

Today was all about sunny turns. It was a gorgeous day to be outside and we chose to spend it on the slopes at Sugarbush Resort in northern Vermont. We've skied Sugarbush a number of times over the…

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Sugarbush Resort is sold to Alterra Mountain Company

Posted 11/13/19

Another Vermont ski resort has been sold. This time, the buyer is not Vail Resorts. Alterra Mountain Company is buying Sugarbush Resort in northern Vermont. Alterra currently owns 14 destinations in…

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When do ski resorts open in Vermont for 2019 - 2020 season?

Posted 11/12/19

Updated 12/14/19 Please check our direct links to Vermont ski area snow reports before you make plans to go! In November and December, check for midweek closures. Sometimes ski areas are just open…

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

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

Posted 11/3/19

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

Weekday skiing rocks! A beautiful Tuesday at Sugarbush’s Mt. Ellen

Posted 3/5/19

With the day off today, I warmed up the Subie and headed to Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush Resort. I was hankering for some uncrowded laps on high-speed lifts. And that's what I got! As you surely know,…

Honest-to-goodness SPRING skiing today at Sugarbush, Vermont. So tasty on April 22!

Posted 4/22/18

Corn snow, sunscreen and blue skies. This is the recipe for an amazing spring skiing day. On Sunday, we enjoyed honest-to-goodness spring skiing at Sugarbush Resort, Vermont. The trails were well…

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

Posted 4/14/18

We've had quite a run this ski season! Some Vermont ski resorts have stopped their lifts already, while others are still chugging along with quite a bit of terrain open. Vermont ski resorts closing…

Zipping around the corners on Jester at Sugarbush, Vermont.

December 3rd serves up typical early-season conditions. And tacos.

Posted 12/3/17

On this morning when the blue sky peeked out at us a bit, we enjoyed a good early-season workout for our skiing legs. It's so nice to make turns in early December! We headed to the Mad River Valley…

First chair for 2017 - 2018 ski season at Mount Snow, Vermont

When do Vermont ski resorts open for 2017 - 2018?

Posted 11/12/17

<<GO TO THE 2018 - 2019 OPENING DATES POST>> Important: Check resort snow report pages for the very latest on their opening dates and conditions. Know before you go! These projected opening dates…

New lift at Sugarbush, Vermont in 2017 - 2018

What's new on the mountain at your favorite Vermont ski resorts for 2017 - 2018?

Posted 10/22/17

Snowmaking, lifts, grooming machines and more. Here's a look at on-mountain improvements at Vermont ski resorts for this winter. Bolton Valley Bolton Valley is upgrading its snowmaking system. The…

Mountain biking in Vermont. Rolling through summer.

Posted 8/4/17

Summertime means mountain biking for many skiers in Vermont. I got a new-to-me full-suspension bike this spring and I'm really enjoying it. Last weekend we hit up Kingdom Trails in East Burke,…

The best Valentine’s Day gift: A powder day at Sugarbush!

Posted 2/14/17

They say women like diamonds and fancy chocolates, but I’ve always been partial to a nice powder day. The Skimeister and I headed to Sugarbush Resort for a powder day that was sweet as chocolate.…

February 3rd serves up fluff and free refills at Sugarbush, Vermont

Posted 2/3/17

Today featured a bit of serendipity. We had a morning meeting in central Vermont and it was just a half hour away from Sugarbush ski resort. What's a skier to do? You can bet we hit the lifts at…

Fast groomers at Sugarbush’s Mt. Ellen with sun, sun, sun!

Posted 1/2/17

Monday morning was gloriously sunny with a bright blue sky. We headed for Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush Resort in Vermont to make turns in the sunshine. We jumped on the Green Mountain Express Quad to head…

2016 Vermont ski resort opening dates

2016 Opening dates for Vermont ski resorts. Are you ready?

Posted 11/7/16

Updated 12/21/2016 AM If Mother Nature cooperates and delivers cold weather, several Vermont ski resorts hope to make enough snow to open some limited terrain in November. Others plan on December…

Vermont skiing deals

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

Posted 10/28/16

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

Ski area improvements in Vermont 2016 - 2017

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

Posted 10/14/16

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

Vermont breweries near ski areas

Breweries near Vermont ski resorts — beer lovers rejoice!

Posted 9/5/16

Anyone who reads this blog understands by now that we like to do “après.” Après-ski snacks and beverages are extra tasty after a cold day on the snow. Plus, you can do après and still get to bed at a…

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