We received 5-6 inches of snow last night (18” in past 7 days) replenishing Burke Mountain and making up for yesterday’s poor conditions. It was icy on top but most the trails I took were still untouched powder. My major issue was visibility. It was both foggy outside and my goggles kept fogging over, so I ended up skiing without them, which was also not ideal.

More Trails Opened Up

I checked out some newly open trails today that I hadn’t hit, including Marshland Glades, Lew’s Leap and Y-Knot Glades. The glades were plum full of fresh untouched powder. Y-Knot was the first ever glade I skied, so it was a bit nostalgic to be able to ski it again.

After I left the mountain I found out even more glades had opened that I wasn’t aware of, such as Caveman, Birches and Wayne’s World. Caveman was one of my favorite glades to ski last season and I’ve yet to checkout Birches or Wayne’s World. I’m bummed I didn’t get to ski them, but there is always tomorrow!


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I’ve spent my entire life living in cities, where I was able to urban, distance and aggressive skate all year long. In December of 2017 I moved to rural Vermont and found myself in the dead of winter, with snow all around me. Winters in Vermont are long and harsh, making skating nearly impossible 4-5 months out of the year. I live 2.5 hours from the nearest city and an hour from the nearest trails, making skating even in the summer much less frequent then I was used to.

Something needed to supplement my skating during the off season, so I took up skiing on January 2nd of 2019. From the moment I put on skis, I was hooked! Skiing gives me the exact same feeling I get from urban skating. Through skiing I am able to replicate the feel of carving around on city streets and playing on whatever obstacles catch your eye. This blog chronicles my stoke on skiing during my skating off season.

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