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We Have Peace AND Snow!

After months of struggling with the snow gods, we are finally blessed with a wonderful winter storm here in Killington, VT

How Much Snow DO We Need?

Frustrated with the current snow amounts, we headed over to the South aside to see how much more snow we really have...and how much we really need.

Merry Christmas from Me & Vespi!

Vespi and I spent a solitary morning in the shop, so we took the opportunity to play in the snow on the lawn out front...

A Black & White Morning

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season...
and a very, very Happy Winter!!

Christmas Snow!!

As we wake up in Killington VT this morning, Snow Meiser can claim victory over his brother with our first true winter storm!

Conquering SBD

As I sit in the shop this beautiful December morning, the door is open, my flip flops are on...and I keep peeling off layers because it's so warm outside

And So Winter Begins...We Hope

This Wednesday marks the true commencement of winter, the longest day of the year - with the shortest amount of sunlight.

Single Digit Bonfire

What a wonderful way to spend a clear starry night in mid-December ...outside under the stars at a huge bonfire with old friends and new ...Just don't step too far away from the fire!

May You Find the Spirit of the Mountains Within You, FemaleSkiBum

Frost on my Window

What a relief to walk up this morning to a beautiful layer of frost on my windows! With temps hovering in the single digits today, a deep breathe of fresh air chilled my insides all the way to my lungs. So crisp and clear...such a beautiful day to celebrate living in the mountains of Vermont!!

May You Find the Spirit of the Mountains Within You,

And the rain, rain, rain came down, down, down...

The horrible rainy-ness of the past 24 hours gave way to yet another opportunity for our kick-ass snowmaking crew to once again save the day!!

PPPPPPPacked Powder!!

After two months of torture from Mother Nature, winter finally lasts more than a week for us in Killington!!

Monday Funday!!

Met up with the crew on the mountain after work...

What a FemaleSkiBum Wants

As the holidays roll around and I watch person after person stroll through the shop with their lists in hand, I have begun to wonder what a FemaleSkiBum would want to find underneath her tree...

If you weren't here, you missed it :)

What a silky natural snow settled on the mountain...

...And then I took a nap.

Sometimes, you get caught up in the excitement of an upcoming powder day.

My Big Girl Skis: Blizzard Black Pearl

I woke up this morning totally traumatised by the number of days between the last time I had gone skiing until today - Wednesday was five days ago!

Gotta Go Where There's Snow

If I am going to go for a walk in the fall and there is snow anywhere close to my vicinity, that's where I am going.

Sneaking in a Tour

Sometimes, you just have to sneak in a run not matter what the conditions have been...and realize that at least you'll get some fresh air and be a better skier by the end of the day...

Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar

Woke up too early on my day off, so Vespi and I ventured up Skye Peak to check out the water flow and an uphill view of the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar.

You're Snowboarding, remember?

I got off the gondola today, strapped on my board, started off down Great Northern...
...and then I almost threw up.

Did I mention I love the Poma?

After three days off snow, I was beginning to go slightly crazy...

Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!

Today, I begin a new venture guest posting for those Famous Internet Skiers guys :)

So, for today's blog, you'll have to mosey on over to their website to check out my full twelve hours of skiing from yesterday's Thanksgiving storm.

Click here to go to the Famous Internet Skiers Website

Winter is BACK!!

Sometimes it pays to get up before the lifties :)

Take a Curtsey

A little less than two years after "tearing" my right ACL, I took The NTNs out for a few curtseys today :)
Oh the freedom of the free heel - literally! Nothing wrapped around my foot, pulling me toward the front of the binding. Just a secure lock on the ball of my foot. and to be able to enjoy this freedom again...there is so much grace, so much elegance in tele skiing...the real beauty of the sport is able to come out. Rather than just banging out slalom turns or holding on tight for big wankers, you just flit, float, fleety flee, you fly... And what an absolutely gorgeous day to do it. Don't get me wrong, the Glades still has minimal snow...but Great Northern was as soft and silky as she could be this time of year. And don't get me started on the sexiness of Mouse Trap today. Ahhhh! For some reason, something was scaring people away. I mean it could have been that big water bar, but I thought it was kind of fun when you came out it from a diagonal and th…

Lift Service...An Adventure?

Today, the first Daddy-Daughter Ski Day of the season, was marked by some of the most interesting and invigorating terrain of the season:
Great Northern

Farewell, Rippie

Today we bid a tearful goodbye to Vespi's older cousin, her soulmate, her hiking partner, ski buddy and best friend in the whole wide world.

Air In the Lines at Bear!

Haven't been to Bear Mountain Base Area since Tropical Storm Irene...

May I Join You?



Today, I rode the lift.
And I skied. And skied. And skied.
As I loaded the car with my skis, boots and poles, I could feel the excitement building. In fact, I really hadn't slept at all last night in anticipation of the greatness that would be today. As any good resort skier knows, self-presentation in the parking lot is extremely important. Just for this day, I had chosen a cassette tape that I had treasured as a young girl. I had dreams of skiing like Scott Schmidt & Glen Plake - what skier from the 80s didn't? My warm up music today? The soundtrack from Greg Stump's masterpiece, Liscense to Thrill. First up the gondola, soaking in the easy ride to the top. Even though I have played in the snow many times already this winter, today felt like my first time. Like a winter virgin, I strove to sneak a peak at the manmade winter wonderland that awaited just at the top of the canyon: That fall skiing mecca of the Glades Triple. And then I was there. Well, sort of anyways…

In Search of Natural Snow

Morning run before work to see if we could find any natural snow left about on the mountain...

Pre-Dawn Summit Ascent

Dragged my dad and his dog out of bed at five o'clock in the morning to hike through the dark up to the summit of Killington So we strapped on our headlamps and headed up in the pitch black before even the lifties were out. Just my, dad, me, two dogs...and an army of snowmakers :) I love you dad, but you do know how to make a headlamp looks absolutely rediculous. By the time we arrived at the summit around 7am, the lifties were just getting dropped off at the snowmobiles after their truck ride up the workroad. They were impressed (and surprised) that we had walked all the way up ... and in the dark. Of course, there was no visible sunrise to speak of...but we did get to The Light right at the time that there was light. It made me giggle. Surprisingly, there was no need for stabilizers or crampons anywhere - no visible frozen water - but my dad did say he would have liked snowshoes for the short section of Great Northern we had to walk. They started blowing snow on Upper Downdraft this mo…