• A Snowshoe Trek to Slayton Pasture Cabin

    Dave and I went snowshoeing on a recent Saturday afternoon at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Owned by the von Trapp family (of The Sound of Music fame), the lodge has a world-class Nordic ski center with 100 km of terrain. Our goal was...

  • A Vermont Photographer Inspired by Winter

    If you were asked to describe a snowflake, what would you say? Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley, who lived in Jericho, Vermont, was fascinated by snowflakes. A small collection of his 19th century photographs of snowflakes went on sale last week at the American Antiques Show in New...

  • Vermont Winter Scenes

    [caption id="attachment_2248" align="aligncenter" width="929"] Lincoln Peak in Warren.[/caption]   Icy branches in Waitsfield. Mount Mansfield (photo taken in Jericho, Vermont)....

  • Lost Ski Area: Snow Valley in Winhall

    The small but wonderful Snow Valley ski area in Winhall, Vermont operated between 1938 and 1982. The mountain had 15 trails with memorable names like Steeple Chase, Bulldozer, Boomerang, and Misery (a tough trail!). Growing up in nearby Manchester, I was fortunate enough to spend my...

  • Merck Forest and Farmland Center

    The first time I visited Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert, Vermont was in the early 1980s during an elementary school field trip. I've returned to the 3,100-acre forest over the years, but never in winter. On Saturday I stopped by and saw quite a...

  • Winter Glow on Camel's Hump

    I never grow tired of this view. The morning sun on Wednesday created an incredible white glow on Vermont's mountain peaks. This photo was taken from my office in Montpelier as soon as I arrived to work. (Here's a photo of the same view taken...

  • Sledding at Casey's Hill in Underhill, Vermont

    Casey's Hill is a famous sledding hill in the Pleasant Valley area of Underhill, Vermont. The hill, which sits in the shadow of Mount Mansfield, has been a popular sledding destination for generations. On any given winter weekend, you'll find dozens of kids and families...

  • Snowshoeing at Smugglers' Notch

    Dave and I spent New Year's Day snowshoeing at Smugglers' Notch in Jeffersonville, Vermont. The resort's Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Adventure Center includes 34 kilometers of cross-country ski trails plus 24 kilometers of dedicated snowshoe terrain.Getting outdoors on my snowshoes was a good way to...

  • First Snowstorm of 2010

    It's been snowing in northern Vermont since New Year's Day. More than a foot of snow has fallen at Vermont ski areas, including Bolton Valley, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Burke Mountain, Killington, Smugglers' Notch, Stratton, and Sugarbush.The Burlington area received about 32 inches...

  • Trees in Winter

    One of the prettiest things to see in Vermont during the winter are evergreen trees covered with fresh snow. We've had three straight days of snow here, so all of the spruce, fir and pine trees near my home look incredibly beautiful.It sounds like...