Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wake Me Up When September Ends


I like to think of September as kind of a teaser kind of month, and in case you missed it, yes, we are more than halfway through September now. The summer is over and we're not quite ready for winter yet, but nature hasn't really kicked fall foliage into high gear either. It's just teasing us with a few colors here and there. A handful of days below 60 degrees. Nights below 50 degree. Just teasing us, filling our heads with crazy anticipation. Plain and simple, this is the month we start feeling the itch for winter.

It's kind of a weird time of year, but also a vital one to us die-hard snow worshippers. I hate the "calm before the storm" cliche, but there's a reason why it's a cliche to begin with, and that reason perfectly applies to this time of year.

Everything is better with anticipation, right? A thrilling football game, the smell of a home-cooked meal after a long hike, Apple's latest "invention", your favorite TV show's season finale. For those of us who plan our winter months around skiing & riding, the first snowfall of the season is tantamount. This is the month where anticipation runs as high as the mountain ranges in our backyard. This is the month we want to wear shorts and t-shirts everyday, yet welcome the warmth of pulling on our favorite sweater. This is the month we start to yearn for the crispness of cold air in our lungs. This is the month our minds wander to snow fields and wide-open bowls of the white stuff. As September continues to mock our feelings, keep in mind your anticipation for winter. We're getting there!

So, whether you're pretending to sit at work and actually work or sifting through videos from last season, consider this next month a primer for what's just over the horizon. In a few weeks time, we'll start to see snow in our backyard once again, and yours will likely follow shortly thereafter. Make some plans to find yourself here.

~Mike

Friday, September 5, 2014

Signs Of Winter

Yes, it's been a hot week. But, as I write this I'm looking out my window and I see some red leaves peeking back at me. Down at the Sports Center, there's over $1 million in ski and snowboard equipment and accessories. I also saw a particularly fat caterpillar the other day. Like the squirrel hiding nuts in a tree, we should all be getting ready, winter is on the way.

If you missed the ski sale last weekend, you have one more shot at it this weekend. Doors open today at noon and it runs through Sunday. You can purchase and pick up your season pass at the sale and pass holders receive an extra 5% off all items purchased at the sale.

Speaking of season passes we've got a little news to share. For the 18-25 year old set we have just introduced the Ski Bum Pass. The pass is only $159 and provides season long access to Bolton Valley. We've also added new benefits for all our season pass holders including a $100 gift certificate to Wendell's Furniture, discounts at the Alpine Shop and reciprocal skiing benefits at six partner resorts.

One final reminder, prices on season passes go up after Sept. 15. A family of four can save up to $160 if they purchase before the deadline. Get yours today and save!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Events

Be sure to join us for dinner and drinks at Bailey's on Friday night, hit the Hop Jam After Party at Fireside Flatbread on Saturday, and grab breakfast at Bailey's on Sunday morning.

Thursday, August 28

  • 4:00 – 8:00pm 
  • 8:00am – 4:30pm 
    • Bolton Valley Deli is open for breakfast and lunch
Friday, August 29
  • 8:00am – 8:00pm
    • Bolton Valley Deli is open for breakfast, lunch and light dinner
  • 10:00am – 8:00pm 
  • 5:00pm – 1:00am 
    • Bailey’s is open serving dinner (appetizers, salads, entrees and full bar) till 10:00pm, drinks till 1:00am.
Saturday, August 30
  • 7:00am 
  • 7:30am – 8:00pm
    • Bolton Valley Deli is open for breakfast, lunch and light dinner
  • 10:00am – 8:00pm 
  • 11:00am – 8:00pm 
    • Hop Jam Beer and Music Festival. Slopeside of the main base lodge.
  • End of Hop Jam – 1:00am 
    • Hop Jam after party in Fireside Flatbread and the James Moore Tavern. We’ll be serving Flatbread with six beers on tap. Dance the night away in the James Moore Tavern with live music by The Full Cleveland.
Sunday, August 31
  • 7:30am – 3:30pm 
    • Bolton Valley Deli is open for breakfast and lunch
  • 8:00 – 11:00am 
    • Bailey’s is open serving a breakfast buffet
  • 10:00am – 6:00pm 
Monday, September 1
  • 8:00am – 4:30pm 
    • Bolton Valley Deli is open for breakfast and lunch
  • 10:00am – 4:00pm 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Events

Did you feel that chill in the air the other night? It wasn't quite frost weather but it's getting closer. Before we get to full-on winter we have to at least get through Labor Day Weekend, and we've got a few events to help you pass the time. 
Vermont's Largest Ski and Snowboard Sale kicks off on August 28th. The sale will be here all weekend with over $1 million in inventory and deals up to 70% off. 2014-15 Bolton Valley season pass holders get and extra 5% off at the sale and we'll be on site selling and printing passes. A friendly reminder, if you have not already purchased your 2014-15 season pass, prices will go up after September 15th. 
Saturday, August 30th is the day you really want to be here. In addition to the ski sale we'll have an opportunity for you to get your workout in then cool off with some of the finest beer in the world.
Start the day off with the Bolton Valley 5K Trail Run to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. Registration is open and all proceeds go back to Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. The race kicks off at 9am and is run on a course consisting primarily of Bolton Valley Nordic trails.
Then, stick around, we'll make it worth your while with the Hop Jam. This event is bringing together some of the best beer in Vermont (and beyond) for one sudsy day of beer and music. Check out their official web page for the beer and music line up. Tickets are on sale now.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spiderman Can Rip!



Ahhhh, spring skiing. Every year, we suffer through the -40 degree days, the 50+ mph wind gusts and icy roads just to get to this time of the season. 50's and bluebird skies always help us send off the season right. It means shorts & tee shirts. It means no-glove runs and sunglasses for days. And above all, itt means costumes. Awesome, weird, flashy costumes.

The other day in our Silly Spring Slalom, we saw a butterfly, squid, moose, Marvin Martian, Fred Flinstone, Wonder Woman, a few minions and the title-mentioned Spiderman. When I was riding yesterday, things got even better. Orange and yellow hair wigs, full body 80's spandex, oversized sunglasses, bright pink snow pants and more. You can't help but let out some laughs watching this wave of wackiness slowly take over the mountain.

Spring skiing is about having a great time on the slopes in every way possible. Sure, the snow is great, but it's those people sliding around on it that make it memorable. We're in the home stretch of the season now (closing April 6), so throw on a wacky wig, bring a cool costume or just dress down this week. It's time for spring skiing! What will you be sporting?

As for me - well, you'll just have to wait and see.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Get Silly at this year's Spring Slalom!



We all love pond skimming, it's a fact. Sadly, we're not able to do it this season due to a lack of water in our snowmaking ponds and a frozen Joiner Brook. "Why does that matter?" you might ask. If you remember January's epic thaw (seems like more than two months ago, right?) we had to really tax the snowmaking system to resurface all our terrain to keep pumping out the best product for skiing and riding. Once that was complete, ponds were low, and it really hasn't been over 30 degrees since then, so we're pretty much at the same level. We need water to fill the skimming pond, and if we can't draw anything from the brook, we can't fill said pond. Therefore, no pond skim.

Fortunately, our staff has put together a neat idea that's a little different, and that's the Silly Spring Slalom, happening on Saturday, March 29 at 1pm. Don't fear change, because this is going to be fun.

For starters, it's a downhill race (hence the "slalom") but with a twist. You'll start at the top of Butterscotch and head down the hill where there will be gates, banked turns and a few surprise challenges for each person to complete before you can move on to the next section. Judges will camp out on each section to grade your performance.

Speed will count, but it won't be the only factor. You'll also be judged on whether or not you complete the course (finish all challenges, don't skip any sections, etc.), costume creativity, attitude and overall impression left on the judges. So, by all means, go all out for this. This year's theme is cartoon characters. Any cartoon/animated character will count, so have some fun with it but keep it PG, kids. Overall winner gets a 2014-15 Season Pass! Entrance fee is just $5.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Vermont Peanut Butter Day


If you haven't checked in since last weekend, let me bring you up to speed. This week has brought us more than a foot of new snow, and we had some wind issues in the last two days. That sounds bad, but what it really means is that the entire upper-mountain hasn't been skied much at all this week... You picking up what I'm putting down? There should be some awesome powder up there, so go find it!

I took a few laps on Mid Mountain and Snowflake yesterday, and snapped the above picture to illustrate how much snow was on an open and ski-able trail. That's Butterscotch at 12:30, with over-the-ankles snow. Imagine what Vista Glades, Preacher and Wilderness Liftline look like...

It's Vermont Peanut Butter Day! Save $20 on your lift ticket when you bring in a new jar and donate it. No bringing in a half-eaten, jelly-mixed jar with breadcrumbs inside it. Peanut Butter and skiing - sounds like a healthy combination! And who doesn't love saving some dough?

How's the snow?

C'mon guys... Four-and-a-half feet since March 1 and you're still wondering how the snow is up here? Don't ask questions to which you already know the answers! Seriously. It's out of this world. Best skiing & riding of the season.

Trails of the weekend, alphabetized for your convenience: Bolton Outlaw, Hard Luck, Schuss, Showtime, Spellbinder & Vermont 200

Weather

See, this is the interesting stuff. Yesterday, winds were worse than forecasted and we didn't get Vista spinning until around 6pm. This morning, the report actually looks worse, but in reality, the winds haven't come through yet and it's a little warmer than anticipated. Can't make this stuff up, folks. Welcome to skiing & riding in Vermont.

Keep an eye on the snow report for the livest (yep - made that word up) updates if anything does go down, but other than wind, it should be a really nice March day up here on the mountain. We're expecting the mercury to tease us with temps around 32 degrees, and there's snow coming in throughout the day. We could see anywhere from 3-6" by this evening, and when you couple that with the 5-7" in the last 48 hours that nobody has skied yet, it could be a surprise pow day up here!

Tomorrow it's going to get cold again, but that's nothing we're not used to after this Winter. Partly cloudy skies and temps in the low 20's.

Grooming & Parks

Grooming is a tough job, and our crew has been a little short-staffed recently, but the product on the hill remains as good as ever. That deserves recognition. Piloting a huge machine all night and leaving perfect corduroy behind isn't easy, so when you're cruising down Cobrass or Sherman's today, take a second to appreciate the guys who made it happen. They hit 49 trails last night, which is almost everything we have, so you'll be hard-pressed to find a turn you don't like out there. 

As far as the parks go, both are open with around 20 features. Remember, the Jungle Jib is our beginner park while the Grom Park is meant for more advanced skiers and riders. Please observe Smart Style guidelines and don't camp out on or underneath landings for the features.

What's Going On?!?

Bolton After Dark: $19 night skiing on Saturday evening, followed by $2 pizza slices and sodas at Fireside Flatbread.
JMT Entertainment: Dewey Drive Band will liven up the Tavern this evening, so if you're looking for something to do from 8-11 p.m. - check out some live music. Labatts will be on special from the tap.
Subaru & Hyundai Day: The LAST one of the season, so get in on this action tomorrow! Owners of those brands ski for free starting at noon by showing current registration at Guest Services.
50/50 Mondays: Guests over 50 years of age receive 50% off every Monday at the following locations: Lift tickets, BV Sports, rentals, Ski & Ride School group lessons, JMT special lunch menu.
Silly Spring Slalom: We don't have enough water left in the snowmaking ponds to do pond-skimming this year, but check out our alternative, which should be fun as well.