Thursday, February 2, 2017

50th Anniversary Semi Formal

Bolton Valley first opened on Dec. 26, 1966. This season marks our 50th Anniversary and we're throwing a party. Join us at The Ponds for an evening of merriment and stories from the past 50 plus years. The party will run from 7 - 11pm and include hors d'oeuvre, live entertainment, an ice sculpture, a photo booth with vintage Bolton Valley backgrounds, and a cash bar. Catch up with old friends and swap stories about your favorite Bolton Valley memories.

The doors will open at 7pm and we'll have special guest speakers at 8pm, including Bolton Valley founder Ralph DesLauriers.

After the speakers The Detonators will take the stage after the speakers to rock the night away. The Detonators began in 1995.  Rocking Vermont ski areas, street dances, functions, festivals and clubs with an unusual collection of rock, country and blues music that appeals to everyone. The band has developed its own style of tight grooves and high energy from years of performing together.

The party is $30 per person. We're looking to have a fun night out that's a little more "dressy" than regular Apres ski attire. If you'd like you can go with a tuxedo and Oscar's worthy evening gown. But a tie with jeans for the men and that little black dress for the women will work just fine.

Get Your Ticket Online Today

Call 802-434-3444 x2 to purchase by phone or stop by Guest Services to purchase in person.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Holiday Week Events Schedule

Holiday Week Events Schedule:

Monday, December 26

10 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.                 The Sportscenter is open. Come enjoy the pool, sauna, hot tub, a                                                             bounce house and games for the kids.

Noon - 8:00 p.m.                       Retro DJ Party in the James Moore Tavern and around the Base                                                             Lodge. We'll be playing music from the 60's through the 90's all day.                                                       Come dressed in your best retro ski clothes from any decade and join                                                          us at 4pm in the Tavern for a retro ski gear contest. The overall                                                                 winner will receive a 2016-17 All Access Season Pass.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.                         Face painting in the Base Lodge

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.                        Candlelight yoga all levels

4:00 p.m.                                   Retro ski clothing contest in the James Moore Tavern

4:30 p.m.                                   The debut of the first segment of our 50th Anniversary film. This                                                           piece explores the founding and development of the Backcountry.

Tuesday, December 27

10 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.                   The Sportscenter is open. Come enjoy the pool, sauna, hot tub, a                                                             bounce house and games for the kids.

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.                          Camp fire, cookies and hot chocolate. Sit and warm up or just stop                                                         by in between runs! Fire will be help slopeside outside BV Sports.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.                          Yoga all levels.

Wednesday, December 28

10 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.                     The Sportscenter is open. Come enjoy the pool, sauna, hot tub, a                                                             bounce house and games for the kids.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.                         Yoga all levels

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.                             Yoga for skiers and riders

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.                             Free magic show in Fireside Flatbread, upstairs in the Base Lodge.

Thursday, December 29

10 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.                      The Sportscenter is open. Come enjoy the pool, sauna, hot tub, a                                                            bounce house and games for the kids.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.                             Family Yoga

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.                             Yoga all levels

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.                             Free Ice Cream Social and kids' movie at Fireside Flatbread.

Friday, December 30

10 a.m. - 10 p.m.                            The Sportscenter is open. Come enjoy the pool, sauna, hot tub, a                                                            bounce house and games for the kids.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.                              DUX the Balloon Man: Free balloon sculptures for everyone!                                                                 Located in the main base lodge near Guest Services.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.                              Slow flow yoga all levels

Saturday, December 31

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.                     The Sportscenter is open. Come enjoy the pool, sauna, hot tub, a                                                            bounce house and games for the kids.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.                           Yoga all levels

8:00 - 8:30 p.m.                               Torchlight Parade

8:30 - 9:00 p.m.                               50th Anniversary Fireworks: best viewed from the base lodge.

9:00 - 11:30 p.m.                             New Year's Eve Family Fun Night with DJ, inflatable attractions                                                           and the pool in the Sports Center.

9:00 - 1:00 a.m.                               New Year's Eve Party in Fireside Flatbread.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Opening Day Pushed up to Dec. 9

Good news skiers and riders! We had good snowmaking production over the weekend and were also aided by Mother Nature with some natural snow. In lieu of this, we have pushed Opening Day up by one day and will open for the season Friday, December 9. Lifts will run from 10am - 4pm with no night skiing.

While we have had two feet of snow in the past week, keep in mind that the snow fell on warm and wet ground. Water bars are still flowing and there are still plenty of thin spots. Our snowmakers are currently on a short break due to warm temperatures but will get back at it as soon as temps drop again. The mountain ops team is constantly assessing conditions and we'll have a better idea of what lifts and trails we can open by Thursday. As always, head over to the snow report for the most up to date info. See you Friday!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Opening Day Set For Dec. 10

Our snowmakers and mountain ops teams have been hard at work getting the mountain ready over the past week. Snowmaking began at the top of the Vista Quad and has moved down Sherman's Pass as production has allowed. Currently we are making snow just above the top of Mid-Mountain, and will continue to work our way down the mountain as temperatures allow.

Unfortunately, we have some warm and wet weather on our way mid-week. It looks like we'll see some of that dreaded rain Tuesday-Thursday with temps ranging from the high 30's to mid 40's. Due to this weather outlook we will stick with our planned Opening Day of December 10.

Keep checking the snow report for the latest updates.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cyber Monday Savings

Bolton Valley is offering three great Cyber Monday deals for one 24 hour period. Lock in some skiing and riding for yourself this winter, buy gifts for snow lovers on your list, or a little of both. The sale will start at 12:00am on Monday, November 28, 2016 and will be open for 24 hours, closing at 11:59pm on Monday.

$20 Early Season Lift Tickets

The Bolton Valley ski and snowboard season is set to kick off on December 10th, and when you pre-purchase your lift ticket on Cyber Monday you can ski from opening day through Christmas (12/25) for just $20 per day. There is no limit to how many tickets you can buy so plan to spend a few days on the mountain for just $20!

Ski Bum Pass: Just $199

The Ski Bum Pass is currently on sale for just $269, but on Cyber Monday it will be just $199. The Ski Bum pass is for anyone age 18-25 and is valid every day that Bolton Valley is open for skiing and riding during the 2016-16 season with no blackout dates.

Free Early Season Lift Ticket with Purchase of a $100 Gift Card

Bolton Valley gift cards made a great gift for the skier or rider on your list. You can use gift cards for all your favorite Bolton Valley goodies including lift tickets, season passes, food and beverage, lessons and more.

We are also offering a free early season lift ticket with the purchase of every $100 Gift Card on November 28. The lift ticket offer is only valid when your purchase a $100 Gift Card on November. The ticket is valid for one full day lift ticket from Opening Day through December 25, 2016.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Why Melting Snow in October Shouldn't Bother You

Seeing nearly two feet of snow fall over the last week and a half of October was awfully exciting. In fact, the 9" storm from Sunday, October 23, matched the single biggest 24-hour storm from all of last season. Although it's currently snowing again, most of the snowfall from that initial storm has melted. Let's talk about why that's not necessarily a bad thing.

First and foremost, we need water for our snowmaking ponds. Last winter's lack of snow combined with low rainfall this spring and summer has left parts of Vermont in a severe drought. Things are actually so bad in parts of the state that wells have gone dry for the first time in nearly 20 years.

You may ask yourself, "what does this have to do with all that wonderful snow that I was so excited about melting?" Simply put, any precipitation benefits us by filling up either of our snowmaking ponds. At Bolton Valley, we draw water from a dam on Joiner Brook which is pumped up to a pond at Timberline. From there it is pumped up again to a snowmaking pond at Mid-Mountain which services Vista Peak. Water that doesn't fall directly into the ponds (such as melted snow) helps snowmaking operations by flowing into Joiner Brook.

While we welcome the idea of an opening day with a 40" base consisting of all natural snow with open arms. Chances are at some point we'll have to make some snow to get the ball rolling. Plus, we've brought in an extra air compressor for the early season so we can make more snow and hopefully open more trails as needed. So as you see snow come and go during these late fall/early winter months, have no fear. Winter in all it's glory is on the way.

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.