The Spring Tradition of Pond Skimming at Ski Areas

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in skiing, Stratton, Sugarbush | No Comments
The Spring Tradition of Pond Skimming at Ski Areas

Pond skimming competitions are a rite-of-spring in ski culture. Between March and May, ski areas across the world celebrate the end of the season with skiers and snowboarders gliding across a man-made pond in wild costumes. In Vermont, pond skimming contests have been around for 48 years. Sugarbush kicked off the annual tradition in 1969 […]

Famous Ski Family Taps into the Maple Syrup Business

Famous Ski Family Taps into the Maple Syrup Business

Doug Brown boils sap at Slopeside Syrup in Richmond. The Cochran family is famous for its tiny ski hill and 70s-era Olympic champions. While the next generation of Cochrans is continuing the ski racing tradition, four family members are pouring their energy into producing Vermont maple syrup. Just below the Race Trail at Cochran’s Ski Area […]

7 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in Vermont this Winter

7 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in Vermont this Winter

Winter in Vermont can feel like the longest season of the year if you’re not taking full advantage of outdoor activities. The best way to enjoy this time of year and beat the winter blues is to get outside and play in the snow.  Here are seven ways to make the most of the winter […]

A Weekend Escape to Burke

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in activities, Caledonia County, lodging, skiing, winter | No Comments
A Weekend Escape to Burke

For a small town, Burke is a big deal in the world of outdoor recreation. Not only is this Northeast Kingdom community home to Burke Mountain Resort, it’s also where you’ll find Burke Mountain Academy, a world-renowned school for ski racing, and Kingdom Trails, an extensive trail system popular for mountain biking, fat biking, and […]

Gaining an Edge at Stratton Mountain’s Women on Snow Ski Program

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in outdoors, personal, skiing, Stratton, Windham County, winter | 2 Comments
Gaining an Edge at Stratton Mountain’s Women on Snow Ski Program

  I started skiing back in the 1970s when I was a preschooler. For a long time, skiing was my favorite sport and winter my favorite season. Nearly every weekend between December and March, I would explore trails in the woods on my Fischer skis or barrel down beginner and intermediate terrain in southern Vermont. […]

Adventures In Ski School at Bolton Valley

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Bolton Valley, Chittenden County, family, skiing, winter | 4 Comments
Adventures In Ski School at Bolton Valley

I’m looking forward to being a regular contributor this winter for Ski Vermont’s All Mountain Mamas blog. My first post of the season is about following Phoebe’s adventures in ski school at Bolton Valley. I hope you’ll follow my adventure with Phoebe! My daughter Phoebe is a bit of a reluctant skier. At four years […]

A Plan to Save Mount Ascutney Ski Area

A Plan to Save Mount Ascutney Ski Area

Ascutney Mountain may not be a lost ski area for long. The West Windsor ski area, which went bankrupt and closed in 2010, could be turned into a community recreation area offering backcountry skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The town just needs to raise enough money — $900,000 — to buy the property […]

The Art of Teaching Kids to Ski

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Chittenden County, recreation, skiing, winter | 3 Comments
The Art of Teaching Kids to Ski

This winter I was a guest contributor for Ski Vermont’s All Mountain Mamas blog. My final post in a three-part series includes a Q&A with Olympian Barbara Cochran about keeping kids interested in skiing. It’s not as easy as you think! In the end, my 3-year-old daughter preferred making snow angels over pizza pies. And […]

Route 100: The Legendary Skier’s Highway in Vermont

Route 100: The Legendary Skier’s Highway in Vermont

What’s your favorite Vermont town along Route 100? For me, it’s a toss-up between Weston (where I was married) and Warren (where I used to live). Route 100 stretches 216 miles along the spine of the Green Mountains through 33 classic villages and towns, from Jacksonville to Rochester to Lowell. It’s also unofficially known as […]