Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Changes to 2016-17 Snowmaking Plan and Lift Schedule

The fall foliage is only just starting to emerge but here at Bolton Valley we are already focused on winter. We are happy to announce plans to increase early season snowmaking and will also offer more night skiing in 2016-17.

This season we will be bringing in an additional air compressor for one month starting in late November. The additional equipment will allow our snowmaking crew to increase the amount of snow guns they have online at one time. Mother Nature will still have to cooperate by providing cold temperatures, but the increased firepower will allow the operations team to make more snow when conditions permit. Ultimately this will allow for more trails to be opened more quickly at the beginning of the season.

“The addition of the new air compressor will allow us to make snow at both the peak and the base of the mountain at the same time.” said Harold Herbert, mountain manager. “This will allow us to offer more trails to guests for early season skiing and riding.”

The extra compressor will only be on site for one month, but it will pay benefits throughout the season. “The ability to cover more trails early in the season moves up the timeline for every other trail on the mountain.” Herbert continued.

Skiers and riders will have more time to enjoy all the snow with expanded night skiing hours. Night skiing will be offered five nights per week this season, up from four nights per week last season. Night skiing will also run until 10pm each night it is offered, last season night skiing closed at 8pm most nights.  As in the past, lift tickets will be valid from the time of purchase until lifts close that day. This means that Tuesday through Friday a full day lift ticket will get you 12 hours of skiing and on Saturdays guests will be able to ski for 13 hours, from 9am until 10pm.

In addition to the on mountain changes, those staying at the mountain will also enjoy renovated ski-in, ski-out lodging. Over the past year most suites and 25 hotel rooms have received major upgrades. Improvements include new carpet, drapes, furniture, mattresses, fresh paint, and renovated bathrooms, new mattresses and new artwork.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

50th Anniversary Essay Contest Winner

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 50th Anniversary Essay Contest this spring. The winner of the contest is Sue Brisson. Sue has been skiing at Bolton for the past 45 years. She skied here in her youth, then with her kids and now with her grandchildren. Her story exemplifies the tradition so many families have created over the years of enjoying quality family time on the mountain at Bolton Valley. Sue will be receiving a 2016-17 Bolton Valley All Access Season Pass. We have also indentified three runner up essays, all three of those authors will be receiving two lift tickets. We will share those essays at a later date.

Here is Sue's essay:

Learning of Bolton Valley’s 50-year celebration immediately elicited a plethora of personal memories, spanning back 45 years to those still being created as recently as this week!

My earliest days of skiing were all at ski areas in southern Vermont. We lived in Massachusetts, and traveled every weekend to ski. My dad was on ski patrol and taught me how to ski at Okemo mountain. Skiing  became my absolute favorite childhood activity. I participated in NASTAR races, and spent entire grade school vacation weeks on the mountain. Things changed quickly in 1971 when my parents divorced and I moved to South Burlington, VT with my mom and special needs brother. Despite a limited budget, my mother made a Bolton Valley seasons pass a BIG priority for her 12-year-old ski fanatic.

Needless to say, Bolton Valley became a bright spot for me at a most challenging time in my childhood. Fortunately, I connected with the likes of 20 or so classmates at So. Burlington Middle School who also were Bolton pass holders and skied every weekend. I’d be remiss to not mention and express gratitude for the late Stuart Hall, 40-year veteran WCAX weatherman. Stuart was an avid skier and skied at Bolton every weekend with his daughter, Sib.  Ultimately, he became our “ski taxi driver”, as he arranged to pick up as many of us as possible in his “station wagon” each Saturday and Sunday morning. As his daughter, Sib, recently remembered, “He was the reason so many of us were able to ski.”

I remember many of my Bolton skiing friends by name. . .  Sib Hall, Kathy Miller, Maureen and Leo O’Brien, Frank Hall, Lori Croker, Wright Caswell, Ralph DesLauriers, Jr., and the late Rob LaClair, Jr., just to name a few. I remember silly teenage antics on the chairlift, and run after run on favorite trails, Hardluck, Spillway, and Showoff. I remember four lifts, all with fancy names. . . lift 1, 2, 3 and 4! I remember that we were a group of rather impressive skiers! I remember sometimes skiing down the mountain road at the end of the day to meet a ride home (Mother Nature was more generous in those days!). I remember wishing that my non-skier, seventh grade sweetheart, Tony, would at least give skiing a try?! 

Jumping ahead to later in the seventies, several of us spent many Saturdays navigating the slalom gates under “lift 2”, as members of the South Burlington High School ski team. A few years later, when I was a UVM college student, that same seventh grade boyfriend, and now husband of thirty four years,  popped a big question: “Will you please teach me how to ski?!” While Tony and I moved on to enjoy many ski areas, near and far, an affinity for Bolton Valley always remained. We spent many days at Bolton teaching our son and daughter to ski, enjoyed many summer climbs up the mountain road on our road bikes, and treasured the 2007 marriage of our daughter at The Ponds.
Fast forward to more recent years, when in 2014, we introduced our two young granddaughters to skiing at Bolton Valley. The oldest, Makenna, now 5, is the age that Bolton Valley was when I first skied there! She is obviously following in my footsteps and developing an undeniable love for the sport. While words cannot express the pure joy of teaching my granddaughters to ski at Bolton, there are countless photos. . . each worth AT LEAST a thousand. Many thanks and Happy Birthday to you, Bolton Valley!

~Sue Brisson

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Presidents' Week Activities

Presidents' Week Activity Schedule

Thursday, February 18th
2:00 – 7:00 p.m.                      Indoor Amusement Center: Inflatable Games and Video Games.
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.                      Camp fire, cookies and hot chocolate. Sit and warm up or just stop by                                                            in between runs! Fire will be held slopeside outside BV Sports.
Friday, February 19th
2:00 – 7:00 p.m.                      Indoor Amusement Center: Inflatable Games and Video Games
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.                     Late Night at Bolton Valley: All Access Lift Tickets for just $19 from 7-10pm.
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.             Shady Trees will be providing live entertainment in the James Moore Tavern.

Saturday, February 20th
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.                         Demo Day: White Room skis will be demoing their one of a kind skis. While Powe.                                       Snowboards will be demoing their environmentally friendly boards.
4 - 8 p.m.                                 Bolton After Dark: We'll have $19 All Access Lift Tickets $2 flatbread slices,                                                     $2 sodas, and beer specials starting at 4pm.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.                      Paint Night: Learn to paint with local artist Natasha Bogar.
9 p.m. - 12 a.m.                       Mountain Weekend with Woodstack Productions will be providing live                                                             entertainment in the James Moore Tavern.
Sunday, February 21st

6 - 8 p.m.                                  Trivia Night: Bolton's hotly contested trivia night rolls on Sunday.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

How to Save on Lift Tickets

The return of snow has been a very warm welcome here at Bolton Valley. After a snowy start to the New Year, we went nearly a week without a glimpse of that white fluffy stuff until last night. Thankfully, Mother Nature returned in full force dropping 6" on us overnight. With more snow  on the way for the weekend, things are shaping up nicely for the MLK holiday.

We pride ourselves on being and affordable, family friendly mountain. When you visit, make sure to take advantage of the many ticket specials we offer. Here are five easy ways to visit Bolton Valley and save a buck or two.

1. Buy Online and Save: By far the easiest way to save is by purchasing your tickets in advance from our online store. Tickets are always lower than the window rate when purchased a day ahead of time.

2. Pink Powder Day: On January 22, Bolton Valley will be hosting a Pink Powder Day to benefit Susan G. Komen VT/NH. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Friday January 16 and will be only $29. $15 of your purchase will be donated to Susan G. Komen VT/NH. Remember, you must purchase in advance to redeem this ticket offer.

3. 50/50 Mondays: On Mondays, skiers and riders age 50 and over can enjoy 50% off All-Access Lift Tickets. For an added bonus we throw in 50% off rentals, groups lessons, and a special menu in the James Moore tavern.

4. Subaru and Hyundai Days: Are you a Subaru or Hyundai owner? If so, join us Jan. 29, Mar. 4, and Mar. 13 for your very own lift ticket specials. On Sundays, the promotion will allow owners to receive up to four lift tickets at 50% off the window rate for that day. On Fridays, you will receive one complimentary lift ticket with the opportunity to purchase three more at 50% off. Simply present your car registration at Guest Services to redeem your tickets.

5. Runs For Girls On The Run: On February 5 Bolton Valley will be raising money for Girls On The Run. Tickets must be purchased in advance by January 29 and will be only $29. $15 of your purchase will be donated to Girls On The Run.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Opening Day Planned for Thurs. Dec. 31

The snow guns were fired up last night and are currently blasting away. We have a window of cold weather that should last until Wednesday morning. The plan is to blow as much snow as possible through Wednesday morning, then groom on Wednesday night, and open for the season on Thursday, Dec. 31.

We've had a few false alarms on a date for Opening Day so far this season, and I won't blame you if you think we're like the boy who cried wolf. But, we really do seem to have slipped into a decent cold pattern that should stay around for a while. Even though we'll get a slight warm up on Wednesday, it should be brief and not too warm.

We plan to have Bear Run and Mighty Mite open on Thursday. Lifts will run from 8:30am - 8pm. Tickets will be just $49 adult and $39 youth/college/senior. Night skiing will be $19 for all ages starting at 4pm. The NYE Fireworks will start at 8:30pm.

We still have holiday week events happening this week including the NYE Fireworks and NYE Dinner. Call 802-434-6822 for NYE dinner reservations.

To keep everyone on the same page regarding hours for the weekend, we've created an actual page that lists out everything you need to know.
Be sure to keep an eye on the snow report for the latest details.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Opening Day Postponed

We are sorry to say that we will not be able to open this weekend. On Wednesday we were hopeful that the snow we made over the weekend would hold up. But, as you can see in the photo at the bottom of this post that was taken on Friday afternoon, the snow did not fare well in the nearly 70 degree weather and rain.

This leaves us once again waiting for temps cold enough to allow us to make snow. We do see some cooling starting on Sunday evening. We'll get back at it and fire the guns up as soon as we can.  Check the snow report for the latest updates on when we'll be able to open.

The Tavern will still be open on Friday at 5pm and each day this weekend starting at 11am. BV Sports and Guest Services will be open 8am - 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Deli will be open 7:30am - 8pm each day this weekend. The Sports Center will be open 10am - 8pm Saturday and Sunday.

We are still going to have most of our scheduled holiday week events including the NYE Fireworks and NYE Dinner. Call 802-434-6822 for reservations.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Day by Day

These unseasonably warm temperatures are really overstaying their welcome. Snowmaking has been shut down for the past several days because it has not been cold enough. The forecast for the next week shows some windows where temps will drop into the snowmaking zone, but most of those time periods are followed by a few days with temperatures above freezing. Our snowmakers will continue to make snow at every reasonable opportunity. However, at this point we are not able to guarantee an Opening Day. We are going to have to take a more day-by-day approach and plan to announce a date for Opening Day as soon as we are confident we can actually open on a specific day.

Keep checking the snow report for the latest updates.

In the meantime, you can still head up the mountain to pick up your pass, get your season long lease equipment, drop your board off for a tune or even grab a beer in the James Moore Tavern on Friday 12/18 or take a dip in the pool starting on Saturday.

Dinner and Drinks at The James Moore Tavern on Friday, Dec. 18

The James Moore Tavern will be open on Friday, Dec. 18. Mingle with your friends, grab a bite to eat and have a beer. Blue Fox will set the mood with live music. The menu will be limited but the conversations with your ski buddies will be lively. Doors will open at 5pm with dinner service until 9pm; open later for drinks. This is a one day only event. After Friday the Tavern will be closed until Bolton opens for skiing and riding.

Sports Center Opening on Saturday, Dec. 19

The Sports Center will be opening on Saturday, Dec. 19. This will include the pool, hot tub, sauna and games for the kids. Season pass holders and hotel guests will enjoy complimentary admission as usual. Daily use is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 7-17 and free for 6 and under. Daily hours will be 10am - 6pm from Saturday until Bolton Valley opens for skiing and riding.

Pass and Lease Pick Up Schedule

BV Sports will continue to be open for pass printing and lease pick up through Sunday, 12/20. Hours are 9am - 4pm through Thursday; 2 - 7pm on Friday, 11am - 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Once the season starts, we'll be open for season pass and lease pick up every day that we are open for skiing and riding.