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February 27, 2018

Well, we’ve lost some snow since our last Off The Mountain report thanks to a couple days of really warm temperatures last week, but that doesn’t mean winter is over. Far from it, in fact, as we’re just about to head into March, which is often the snowiest month in Stowe. Most backcountry skiing is on hold as we wait for more snow, but luckily groomed Nordic trails are in good shape and the fat biking has been excellent.

We recently made it to Craftsbury for some Nordic skiing and their trails were in great shape. Trapp Family Lodge has about 25 km of open terrain, so plenty to get out there and get your legs moving. Snow conditions are granular thanks to the thaw/freeze cycle, but as usual Trapps has done an impressive job grooming out the snow to a very skiable surface. It’s really quite impressive how quickly they can turn things around as it only took them a couple days to get reopen with good skiing after the unseasonably warm temperatures.

That thaw/freeze cycle actually made for some really fun fat biking. The riding is really fun where there’s deeper snow, although we do recommend studded tires if you have them as you will encounter some icier spots. Today’s warm, sunny weather will make the snow really tacky this afternoon, which will result in some great riding before it firms back up tonight.

Backcountry skiing is somewhat on hold, unless you’re really ambitious and are at higher elevations. Even there the snowpack is pretty variable and quite firm in spots. We do recommend waiting for more fresh snow before venturing too deep in the backcountry. More for safety reasons than anything else; we don’t want to see anyone getting hurt because of iffy snow conditions. Stick to lift service skiing, fat biking, and groomed Nordic trails until we get more snow.

See you on the trails!


Off the Mountain Snow Report

Good skiing and biking despite some snow loss recently


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