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Cold cross-country skiing today; Snow on the way this weekend

Brrrrrrrrrrrr. It was cold today on the trails at Trapp Family Lodge Nordic center this morning. The snow was cold, as well, and it squeaked when you walked on it. My friends and I made a beeline for the woods to get out of the frigid winds on the practice meadow. I was glad I had a balaclava covering much of my face and extra liners in my mittens. Soon, however, the wind died down and the sun shone brightly. We were moving along the firm, groomed trails through the woods and we were...[Read more]

Friday, February 10, 2017 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Trapp Family Lodge

Great cross-country ski conditions on the last day of 2016

We sent off 2016 with another ski today! This time we clicked into our skinny cross-country skis and did a loop on the groomed Nordic trails at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. The snow conditions were really good on the less-traveled trails that we ventured on. There were about 6 to 8 inches of fresh snow on the sides of the trails. It was lovely! Trapps had set classic tracks on all the trails we hit. After missing out on a lot of cross-country skiing last year because of a lack of...[Read more]

Saturday, December 31, 2016 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Vermont ski resort count for this weekend: 13

More Vermont ski resorts open

UPDATE: Make that 14 resorts. Mad River Glen announced it will fire up a lift this weekend, as well. ---------- We're having a great December so far in Vermont, thanks to Mother Nature. This weekend Bolton Valley, Middlebury Snow Bowl and Pico Mountain will open — joining 10 other ski resorts in Vermont that are already running their lifts. (See our updated blog post here for exact opening dates.) Mad River Glen, which relies heavily on natural snow, is still in wait-and-see mode. They...[Read more]

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Mad River Glen, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Pico, Rikert, Trapp Family Lodge

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

Cross-country skiing at Trapp Family Lodge on a sunny Thursday afternoon

What do you do when you have a business meeting planned in Stowe? You make time for a ski, of course! We each brought two pairs of skis because we weren't sure exactly what the snow conditions would be like. Early this week we had warmer weather, which was quickly followed by winter temperatures. We were thinking things would be quite firm. The snow was firm, but because of the Trapp Family Lodge's great grooming it was very skiable. The Skimeister had prepared our classic skis well with...[Read more]

Friday, March 13, 2015 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

New snow makes skiers & riders happy this weekend!

Cross-country skiing in fresh snow in Stowe

Did you get out on the snow this weekend? There was fresh snow at most Vermont ski resorts, and people were loving it! We had time to ski on Sunday, and with the cold temperatures and strong wind we headed out for a heat-inducing cross-country ski. Many alpine and Nordic resorts announced they could open more terrain due to the new natural snow. And, the temperatures have been cold so snowmaking has continued in ernest. Both of these things were true at Trapp Family Lodge...[Read more]

Monday, January 27, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Quiet cross-country skiing in Stowe today

Skiing to the Cabin at Trapp Family Cross-Country Center

The Skimeister and I got on the snow today with a Nordic ski in Stowe. Work's been busy and after rain early in the week, with subsequent freezing, we weren't real keen on going downhill skiing. We needed a workout and today's cross-country ski delivered that in some nice temperatures, and no wind. The trails at Trapp Family Lodge were what I would call firm and fast. They'd done a good job with the Piston Bully tilling up the tough stuff and laying down skiable...[Read more]

Friday, January 10, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Ski areas blasting the snowmaking after nasty weekend of weather

Snowmaking at Vermont's Stowe Mountain Resort

Vermont ski areas took a hit this past weekend with nasty weather that included warm temperatures and rain, and even an ice storm up here in northern Vermont. Now that temperatures have fallen back down to those appropriate for the wintertime, the ski resorts are talking up how much snow they are making to bounce back from the weekend. Blast away! A look at snow reports today reveals terms such as hard pack, frozen granular, machine groomed and loose granular. If you are going to hit the...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

My lunchtime cross-country ski: Good snow, lots of fog!

Foggy on cross-country skiing trails at Trapp Family Lodge

The temperatures got into the 30s today in Stowe and that made for soft snow and — apparently — lots of fog! As I drove from Burlington to Stowe I went from sunshine to overcast skies. As the Subaru climbed the hill toward Trapp Family Lodge Nordic center, I entered the fog zone! The first thought: “This damn fog is eating my snow!” Luckily as I ventured out on the cross-country trails, I found there was plenty of snow left. Only a few damp spots here and there and a...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Trapp Family Lodge

Thanksgiving week starts with good snowmaking temps — wintry mix to follow

Snowmaking at Sleepy Hollow cross-country center

Snowmakers are earning their keep these recent cold days and nights. Resorts are pumping out a lot of snow in anticipation of Thanksgiving weekend, as well as some December opening days. (Who's open? Check here.) It sounds like Mother Nature will get into the act on Tuesday night and Wednesday, with a wintry mix that should include rain, sleet and snow accumulation. We'll see how it pans out. Check the Burlington National Weather Service report. Even a few Nordic ski...[Read more]

Monday, November 25, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Rikert, Sleepy Hollow, Trapp Family Lodge

Deer, hare, owls & more at Trapp Family Nordic Center

I had a first today: I saw deer roaming in the forest while I did a cross-country ski tour at Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center in Stowe, Vt.! We saw three of them in the woods between the Russel Knoll Trail and Sugar Road. They saw us, but didn't raise their tails and take off—we were quite a distance away. How cool is that?!  As for the other animals I mention in the headline, they made up some of the trail names that we encountered today. Our rather long ski tour...[Read more]

Saturday, March 2, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Trapp Family Lodge

Cross-country skiing in Stowe still nice despite thaw

We drove to the Stowe area to do some cross-country skiing today after lunchtime. We had heard that the Stowe Mountain Resort and Trapp Nordic centers got about two inches of snow in the last day, so we thought we'd check it out. We lucked out as the afternoon grew sunnier and we skied under bright blue skies. The trails were well-covered at the Trapp Family Lodge cross-country center despite the recent January thaw. The snow is definitely firm underneath the groomed...[Read more]

Thursday, January 17, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Snowmaking resumes across the land

A cold front has allowed snowmaking to resume across the state. Thank goodness! And a little bit of fresh snow has fallen over the last two days at higher elevations. Inconsistent temperatures have forced a couple ski areas to push back their opening dates. Cochran's Ski Area is pushing its opening day back to December 22. Magic Mountain also changed its opening date; it's now December 21. Both ski areas are making snow now. For an updated look at Vermont...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cochran's, Craftsbury, Fall & Early season, Grafton Ponds, Magic, Trapp Family Lodge

Snow — and lots of it!

Wow! I just skied in a bunch of new snow today!  Take a look at the snow in the photos. And it kept coming down all day... I knew the wind would be an issue today, and the Skimeister was volunteering at at an adaptive skiing race at Trapp Family Lodge. Those two things led me to come up with a plan that didn't include a high mountaintop. We would stay in the woods and ski from Trapp Family Lodge to the Mt. Mansfield/Stowe Mountain Resort cross-country...[Read more]

Saturday, February 25, 2012 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Mt. Mansfield, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Good nordic skiing in Vermont if you reach high

This winter has been rough for most Vermont cross-country ski centers. Unreliable temperatures in the lower elevations and a lack of snowstorms have made nordic skiing tough in many places. However, there is some good nordic skiing if you look in higher-altitude spots.  This would include Bolton Valley nordic center, which sits above 1,500 feet. It's been catching some snow and the melt-downs have not been as drastic as they've been in the valleys. I did a classic ski tour today and...[Read more]

Saturday, February 11, 2012 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

2012 UVM Winter Carnival nordic ski racing — Day two

Blue skies. White snow. Ski racing action. It was another gorgeous day to be out on skis! Today's cross-country ski races at the UVM Winter Carnival at Trapp Family Lodge featured freestyle (or skating) races. Both men and women skied 10 km. This time, UVM's Caitlin Patterson came out on top. On the men's side, Middlebury's Patrick Johnson won for a second day in a row. I photographed the women's race today. Enjoy the photos! Today the conditions called for a skating on the trails...[Read more]

Sunday, February 5, 2012 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ski racing, Trapp Family Lodge

UVM Winter Carnival ski racing

We caught some of the racing action today at the 2012 UVM Winter Carnival. We watched the men compete in the classic cross-country race at Trapp Family Lodge. It was a 10 km race on a lovely, sunny day. Then we tried to emulate what we saw by doing some classic skiing ourselves on the snowy trails. Stowe had received about 1 to 2 inches of snow overnight. Enjoy the photos! There's more racing tomorrow if you want to check it out! Here are the top 10 women's classic results 1  ...[Read more]

Saturday, February 4, 2012 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ski racing, Trapp Family Lodge

Ski racing à la Vermont

Ida Sargent of Vermont

This weekend we're looking forward to taking in some ski racing action! The UVM Winter Carnival starts today and goes through Sunday. It features the best collegiate skiers in the eastern US taking on the slalom and giant slalom courses at Stowe, and the nordic racing trails at Trapp Family Lodge. The University of Vermont has a strong ski team again this year. Some of the racers have been competing across the country in NorAm races, and a few have even competed in their first World...[Read more]

Friday, February 3, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ski racing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Spring skiing in January

With warm temperatures today and some sunshine, it was much like spring skiing on the cross-country trails of Trapp Family Lodge. I arrived at lunchtime and the nordic center was buzzing with skiers enjoying the sun and skiing. I first tried my classic skis, but immediately found out that my wax didn't give me any "kick" on the fast snow and tracks. That's why I always bring a backup set of equipment! I returned to my car to put on my skating boots and...[Read more]

Saturday, January 28, 2012 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Surprise Christmas snow lets us cross-country ski today!

Yay! My holiday wish was to go cross-country skiing ASAP, and my wish was granted! An unanticipated Christmas snowfall across northern Vermont hills and mountains added up to five to eight inches of snow or so in higher elevations. So when I heard the snowplow outside my house this morning, I was excited to check in on our area nordic centers to see if we might be able to ski! We packed up the Subaru and headed to Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, which opened up more terrain due...[Read more]

Monday, December 26, 2011 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

More snowmaking & more ski areas coming online as we reach the holidays

Making snow high atop Smugglers' Notch ski resort in Vermont

Boy there’s a lot of snowmaking going on lately! Seems like the ski resorts are opening new terrain every few days or — in some cases — every day! Stowe Mountain Resort reported that it set a new record: “We had over 130 snowguns running continuously this past weekend.” And I saw the snowguns in action on the petite Cochran’s ski area this weekend. All the ski resorts are talking up their snowmaking “firepower” and respect for their hard-working snowmaking teams. (A...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cochran's, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Mad River Glen, Magic, Northeast Slopes, Stowe, Suicide Six, Trapp Family Lodge

Spills and thrills at 2011 NCAA Skiing Championships in Stowe

Note: Photos may take a moment to load. Yeah, I was a shutterbug today. Despite a rainy forecast, I made the journey to Stowe's Trapp Family Lodge today to watch the second day of nordic competition in the 2011 NCAA Skiing Championships. And rain it did. The women raced a 15K and the men a 20K classic race. These were "mass start" races, which are always exciting as a big group of skiers thunders out of the start together. The women actually skied in the most rain, and you could...[Read more]

Friday, March 11, 2011 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Recap of Day One of 2011 NCAA Skiing Championships in Stowe, Vermont

Top college ski teams after day one of NCAA skiing championships in Stowe, Vermont: 1 U. Colorado  2 Dartmouth  3 U. Utah  4 UVM  5 U. New Mexico  6 Denver U.  7 U. Alaska/ Anchorage  8 UNH  9 Middlebury  10 U. Montana  Let's go, Cats! On Wednesday, in addition to the regularly scheduled nordic races, they also snuck Thursday's GS ski racing in a day early in anticipation of warmer temperatures (i.e. soft snow) and mixed precipitation....[Read more]

Thursday, March 10, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Sunny cross-country skiing at Trapp nordic today

I slathered on sunscreen, put on a headband and sunglasses, and took off on an afternoon ski at Trapp Family Lodge's cross-country trails in Stowe, Vt. Sun and blue skies have been the norm for a couple of days, and today's warmer temperatures made it just heavenly for skiing. My friend and I donned our classic skis and headed out under the early afternoon sun onto the Sugar Road trail. We would climb up and up Parizo Trail to the cabin. What's nice about Parizo is it's actually two slopes; it...[Read more]

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Cross-country skiing on Stowe's rec path, and UVM ski racing

What a fun, interesting weekend. It included skiing on the groomed Stowe recreation path in the sunshine, watching collegiate ski racers, enjoying apres ski in Stowe, experiencing a wild winter storm with "thundersnow," and trying my hand at raking a roof. I'm pooped. Saturday's brilliant, blue-sky morning was perfect for cross-country skiing on the Stowe recreation path for the first time. This year a group of skiers has organized consistent grooming of this free path. What a...[Read more]

Sunday, February 6, 2011 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

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

First day of spring; Skiing is winding down at Trapp Cross-Country

On the Sugar Road at Trapp nordic center today — the first day of spring — we heard birds chirping away, saw families out enjoying mild temperatures, and watched die-hard cross-country skiers try to make the most of a melting ski surface. With the extraordinary stretch of warm weather we have had lately in Vermont, Sugar Road — Trapp's major thoroughfare — is melting down in a big way. In many places we had to tip-toe around muddy or rocky spots. Otherwise we were scraping along frozen...[Read more]

Saturday, March 20, 2010 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Spring skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Cross-country skiing to the Trapp cabin, around Roundtop & to the sugarhouse

A friend and I took quite the cross-country skiing tour at Trapp Family Lodge today. We skied up to the cabin, around the hill called Roundtop and then down to the maple sugarhouse to see the sugaring in progress. We arrived when the nordic center opened at 9 a.m. I had seen some blue sky on my drive up Route 100, but by the time I put my boots on, the clouds had moved in. We would see a few minutes of sun later during our outing and luckily not a drop of rain or sleet. I made use of my...[Read more]

Saturday, March 13, 2010 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

Soft snow for nordic today: Stowe Derby & Trapps XC

What a gorgeous day it turned out to be in Stowe, Vermont, today. I headed to Stowe with two goals in mind: check out some of the 2010 Stowe Derby race action and then take a ski myself. The 16km race course starts atop Mt. Mansfield and wends its way down into town to follow the recreation path all the way to the church in Stowe Village. Just think — most skiers do all this on skinny skis. It was fun to see how they actually got people through the course — having to cross a couple busy...[Read more]

Sunday, February 28, 2010 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Fresh snow today & UVM Winter Carnival this weekend

Ski racing action this weekend.

Vermont ski resorts are reporting between one to 8 inches of fresh snow this morning — the farther north you go, the higher the total. Some resorts have been getting a little bit of snow every day this week. This will be an exciting weekend around Stowe, Vermont. The University of Vermont Winter Carnival takes place Friday to Sunday with both alpine and nordic ski racing. The alpine events are at Stowe Mountain Resort, while the cross-country races are at Trapp Family Lodge. We're planning...[Read more]

Thursday, February 4, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ski racing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Tiff between Trapps and Stowe resort affects nordic skiers

The cabin at Trapp Family Lodge nordic center.

The two largest cross-country centers in Stowe, Vermont, are in the midst of a tiff over a forest trail that connects the nordic centers. Because of the falling out between the Trapp Family Lodge and neighboring Stowe Mountain Resort, the Ranch Camp trail will not be groomed for at least part of its length — causing skinny-skiers to think twice about moving between the two resorts. And the Catamount Trail Association is now saying that those who want to ski the Catamount Trail, which follows...[Read more]

Monday, December 21, 2009 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Sunny spring nordic skiing at Trapp Family Lodge

What a day! Saturday was a warm and sunny day to strap on some skis. Enjoy our photos from Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center, where spring conditions prevailed and the sap buckets were collecting maple sap. The snow cover was very good, and conditions called for waxless skis or Klister wax (very, very sticky stuff!). In the afternoon we stopped in to see what was new at the West Branch Art Gallery, next door to the Rusty Nail. We then had a maple latté at the Stowe Coffeehouse near the...[Read more]

Sunday, March 15, 2009 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Spring skiing, Trapp Family Lodge

New snow in VT, and skiing competitions, near and far

Wow—along with some amazing new snow (it kept snowing yesterday in the mountains of Vermont), there are some hot skiing competitions happening here and abroad, as well. As for the snow, Bolton Valley is reporting an overnight total of just over a foot, on top of the 6 inches from yesterday! Sugarbush is also reporting 17 inches in the last 48 hours. Yeow! I'm going to have to go out for a "business meeting" in the backcountry this afternoon. Check this NOAA site for details on additional...[Read more]

Friday, February 20, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing, Ski racing, Sugarbush, Trapp Family Lodge

Exploring new ski trails at Trapp Family Lodge cross-country center

Seems like several Vermont resorts are celebrating anniversaries this year. Killington is turning 50, Sugarbush is 50 and Trapp Family Lodge's cross-country center has turned 40. To commemorate four decades of skiing, Trapp Family Lodge cut a new trail and named it "The 40 Year Trail." I would have called it the Back 40, but hey, they didn't ask.During what must have been a 14-km loop, the Skimeister and I tried out this new trail on Saturday morning and also skied for the first time on Hare...[Read more]

Monday, February 9, 2009 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Fast-paced nordic ski racing action at 2009 UVM Winter Carnival

This weekend's UVM Winter Carnival 2009 brought fast skis and fit racers to the courses at Stowe Mountain Resort and the Trapp Family Lodge. We caught some of the action at the Men's 10K Freestyle cross-country race on Saturday at Trapp's. It was the inaugural event on Trapp's newly designed race course. It starts in the field right outside the cross-country center and proceeds down the practice slope, then sharply left and over to a long hill near Deer Pond. From there, the course switchbacks...[Read more]

Sunday, February 8, 2009 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Great snow, ski racing and romantic ski trips in Vermont

The snow remains in great shape here in Vermont. Yesterday the Skimeister and I took a quick cross-country ski nearby and the coverage was excellent. It was very chilly, however, so we retreated to the warmth of our home rather quickly. The weather will warm up by Saturday, when we expect to watch nordic ski racing in Stowe at the UVM Winter Carnival and ski around Trapp Family Lodge's cross-country trails. With Valentine's Day coming up next week, I thought I'd share this article about...[Read more]

Thursday, February 5, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Okemo, Stowe, Sugarbush, Trapp Family Lodge

Skiing the lower Steeple Trail, a classic backcountry trail near Mt. Mansfield

Saturday dawned with clear, sunny skies and the Skimeister and I cemented our plans for the day over breakfast. Despite the expected drop in temperatures during the day, we would head over to Stowe, Vt., to tackle the lower Steeple trail. It would my first time on this backcountry skiing terrain to the west of the Stowe Mountain Resort nordic center, and to the south of Mt. Mansfield. It's a historic Vermont trail that I had read about in David Goodman's "Backcountry Skiing Adventures" book,...[Read more]

Sunday, January 25, 2009 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Mt. Mansfield, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Winter Carnival time in Vermont, and a backcountry skiing event on Sunday

Friday afternoon update: The Skimeister and I took a longish lunch and did some cross-country skiing at Catamount nordic center in Williston, Vt. The coverage was good. My poles punched through about five inches of snow on the side of the trails. So, the higher elevations should have even better snow conditions! Bundle up and have fun this weekend. Many Vermont ski resorts are nearly 100 percent open now. Now onto winter carnivals, which take on two forms in Vermont. The first is a collegiate...[Read more]

Friday, January 23, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Burke, Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Okemo, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

A lovely day in Stowe at Trapp Family Lodge cross-country center

I thought I'd share a few photos with you from Stowe and the Trapp Family Lodge cross-country center. I had a really fun and informative day of nordic skiing on Saturday as part of the first-ever Catamount Trail Association's Ladies Expo. More than 100 women descended on the center to get coaching in classic and skate cross-country skiing and backcountry ski techniques. Everyone I spoke with had a terrific day. The sun was out most of the day and we were doing all sorts of drills so we...[Read more]

Sunday, January 11, 2009 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Beat the Heat: Check out Vermont's top 10 winter events

Skiing marathons, ice harvesting and a Wassail Weekend are all on the list of Vermont's Top 10 Winter Events for 2008/2009. The list is issued by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce after judges comb through hundreds of snow-season festivities—big and small. Take a moment to chill out this summer by perusing these Vermont winter events. Of note to skiers and riders: This year marks the 27th running of the Craftsbury cross-country skiing marathon; there's a nordic ski race benefit in Stowe; and the...[Read more]

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Killington, Trapp Family Lodge

Cross-country skiing at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon

What a difference a day makes. On Saturday I was bundled up against the wind and cold while backcountry skiing, and by Sunday afternoon I had no hat and only wore a midweight fleece as I cross-country skied at Trapp Family Lodge nordic center in Stowe, Vermont. It was heavenly! Before I skied, I stopped at the Stowe Coffee House, located near the three-way stop in Stowe Village. It's tucked back behind the Stephen Huneck gallery—you know, the dog art guy. I read the Sunday paper over a small...[Read more]

Monday, March 31, 2008 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Mt. Mansfield, Trapp Family Lodge

My first Bolton-Trapp Trail backcountry ski excursion

I love checklists. It gives me great satisfaction to tick things off as I complete them. Yesterday I had the pleasure of checking off the Bolton-Trapp Trail on my skiing to-do list for this season. It was the first time I had done this backcountry excursion and it was tiring, but extra snowy and fun! The Skimeister, his step-mom and I dropped a car on Nebraska Valley Road in Moscow (a section of Stowe), Vermont, before driving to our starting point at the Bolton Valley nordic center. The car...[Read more]

Sunday, March 2, 2008 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Catamount Trail, Trapp Family Lodge

Catamount Trail celebrates completion of trail with many events

Ah, the beauty of backcountry skiing in Vermont!

The Catamount Trail Association (CTA), the group that cares for the 300-mile trail that runs the length of Vermont, got some good press a couple of days ago in the Burlington Free Press. The article is not online (sorry, the Free Press site is extremely lame) but it reported that the organization is hosting the most ski trips and events this winter than ever before. About 30 individuals are leading nearly 60 ski tours. The tours are rated for different abilities and you must sign up in...[Read more]

Friday, February 22, 2008 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Catamount Trail, Trapp Family Lodge

Photos of college ski racing at Trapp Family Lodge

Middlebury College squeaked by the University of Vermont to win the UVM Winter Carnival in Stowe, Vermont, this weekend. The Skimeister and I caught some of the nordic action on Saturday, which featured zippy 1.2 km sprints. These were really short, fast races and from the meadow at Trapp Family Lodge you could see the racers for nearly all of the course. Real fun to watch! I just had to go inside once for a $1 cocoa to defrost. Ahhhh... At a UVM aprés-ski event, UVM Director of Skiing Bill...[Read more]

Sunday, February 3, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Snow, sleet & ski racing!

Snow is on its way this weekend, but not before a potential mix of precipitation on Friday. Hopefully Mother Nature tosses out more of the white stuff than sleet! The ski resorts are currently reporting good conditions and they are offering an abundance of open trails and lifts. Check the snow report links on my Vermont Ski Resorts page before you go. By Saturday you may be pleasantly surprised with reports of fresh powder up high in the hills! This weekend is UVM Winter Carnival Weekend...[Read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2008 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

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