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Spring skiing is here!

Posted Saturday, March 19, 2022
— Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing
Photo taken while riding quad chairlift and looking down at skiers below
Photo taken near summit with views to Lake Champlain and Adirondack Mountains

With warm temperatures this past week and rain in the forecast, I made a point to get out for an afternoon of spring skiing.

In Wednesday's bright sunshine, the snow was very soft at Bolton Valley, Vt. It was very comfortable to be in light layers and soaking up the rays as I did laps on the Vista quad chairlift to the summit. Natural snow trails were being closed daily due to melting snow. I had to watch for rocks and stumps in the Vista Glades, which featured big, swoopy moguls. But the trails that had snowmaking were holding up pretty well. It was fun to make swishy, short-radius turns down Hard Luck and Beech Seal. Although I found that I really need to wax my alpine skis!

But today is Saturday and rain will fall on all parts of Vermont at some point today. Hopefully not enough to wipe out a lot of ski terrain. A number of ski areas are borrowing from Mad River Glen's motto and advising folks to "ski it while you can!"

Vermont's Nordic ski areas, which are mostly at lower elevations, are closed or limping along with ribbons of snow. (This time of year is rough for us skiers and riders, isn't it!?!)

Higher elevations might see rain turn to a touch of snow at the end of the weekend. We'll see what happens!

Check the Vermont ski resort snow reports before you head out to ski!

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