Main content

In the freezer before we head back to spring. Again.

On the World Cup cross-country trail at Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont.

The brook has re-frozen.

Ascending the Telemark and Pika trails, which were ungroomed and offered “quiet” skiing.

The trees were budding last week.

Just a wee bit of powder to play in on a sunny Sunday.

After the weather warm-up last week, we've had a frigid weekend. Much of the water that was flowing in the mountains of northern Vermont has turned to ice. The snow that was once soft is now frozen in place.

Sunday's sunshine beckoned to us so we did some Nordic skiing at Bolton Valley's Nordic center. We brought waxless skis with metal edges because we knew the snow would be very firm. Bolton had taken a full-size groomer to some of the trails and the corduroy ripples had frozen solid. It was tough to get "kick" on World Cup and our skis made a lot of noise over the corduroy on the very fast downhills!

On the side of the trails there were 1 to 2 inches of cold, fresh powder. Whenever we could get to it, we did. It was smooth and quiet! We headed over to the Telemark and Pika trails and found them ungroomed and looking better.

We skied in the bit of soft snow on the sides of those trails and in the woods a little. Can you say “crust cruising”?!? In the woods there is still a nice base of snow, but it has an extremely solid crust. It's OK when you find the smooth crust, but if its not smooth, it's a rough ride!

The sky was blue on Sunday and the bright sun felt great on my face, even if it was partially covered in a neck warmer. After the recent weather warm-up, we were very happy to still have snow to ski on!

FYI - SNOWMAKING: Several Vermont alpine ski resorts took advantage of the very cold weekend to pump out some manmade snow to rebound from the recent melting. That will help the resorts keep their seasons going. Let's all pray for some natural snow, too! 

Share This Blog Post

Latest posts

Photo of a ski swap with people looking at lots of skis

SkiMaven’s 2021 list of Vermont ski swaps

Posted 9/7/21

Updated 9/22/2021 PM When there's a chill in the air and we start to reach for fleece layers, that's a sure sign that ski swaps will soon take place in Vermont! Here's our annual round-up of ski…

Photo of a skier moving through the woods with blue sky

Spring has sprung! Gotta make the most of the snow!

Posted 3/20/21

We're looking at a stretch of sunny (yay!) and warm (not so yay!) weather in Vermont. Better get out on the snow while we have it! Forty-six inches of snow at the stake atop Mt. Mansfield. That's…

Photo of mountain view while Nordic skiing on February 8

Bring on the snowstorms, March! We know you can do it!

Posted 3/3/21

Recently we've been enjoying the snow any way we can — from powdery goodness to challenging crust.  This morning after a thaw-and-freeze cycle, it was nice to cross-country ski on groomed trails with…

Photo of thick rime ice on branches in the woods

Now more than ever, we’re so grateful for snow!

Posted 2/5/21

We’ve been clicking into our skis a few times a week lately. We especially like getting out on the snow before we work from home. It's such a great way to start the day. Here in northern Vermont the…