March 13, 2017
It’s been an up and down few weeks in Stowe for winter enthusiasts looking for adventures off the mountain, but we’re happy to report there’s still plenty to do outside of the resort and with the upcoming snowfall this week we’ll be right back to game on for all winter activities. The highlights over the past couple weeks have been the fat biking and snowshoeing around town, although recent snowfall over the past week has helped to improve backcountry ski terrain, especially in certain spots.
Where there is snow the fat biking is actually quite good, although that’s the name of the game: is there snow? At higher elevations like Sterling Valley and similar terrain there is plenty of coverage still and the trails are packed down nicely and riding really well. At lower elevations, like Cady Hill Forest, we’re lacking the necessary snow depths to really cover the trails. With the snowfall forecasted this week we should be right back to plenty of coverage in the town forest, and we expect after a couple days of snowshoe grooming those trails will be riding awesome, so just be patient. If you’re heading out for a ride today or tomorrow, stick to higher elevations.
Nordic skiing has been tough the past couple weeks with the temperature fluctuations and brief rain storms damaging trail conditions quite a bit. Trapp Family Lodge trail network is temporarily closed due to a lack of snow in certain spots, while the Stowe Mountain Resort network has been a little on the firm side. Craftsbury, on the other hand, has been skiing great, so if you’re looking for some good snow in the next couple days keep that in mind. We are hoping that this week’s snow will help resurface some local Nordic trails, but we can’t promise anything of course.
The backcountry skiing has been steadily improving every day over the past week or so. After a couple quick thaws in February we started to build some snow back up in early March and are finally seeing some benefit from it. The best conditions right now are found on low angle slopes at higher elevations. It certainly limits the terrain a little bit, but if you’re looking for an adventure in the backcountry there is enough snow right now to get out there, conditions are just a little variable. Again (I know, broken record), the snowfall we’re expecting to see this week could drastically improve backcountry terrain and (fingers crossed) we may be skiing some steeper slopes again this season after all.
See you on the trails!
Off the Mountain Snow Report
We need a little snow, but oh look, we’re getting a lot!
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