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.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pond Skim set for March 29


Llllllllllllleeeeeeeeet's get ready to POND SKIMMMMMMMM!!!

It's nearly Spring (supposedly). It's been a long cold Winter. You're tired. You're sick of snow (maybe?). You just want to have a little fun in the sun, and maybe dress a bit wacky whilst doing so. What do you do?

The answer is, you join in our annual pond skimming contest, tentatively set for Saturday, March 29, weather permitting. That's 10 days from now. Yeah. It just got real. And you gotta come up with a BA costume to wear while you do it! That's half the fun. This year's theme is cartoon characters. Any cartoon you want, just keep it PG, kids. Entrance fee is $5 and the winner gets a FREE 2014-15 Season Pass!

Never been to a pond skim? It's exactly what it sounds like. Just like skipping rocks down at your local pond or lake. Except that the lake is a man-made four-foot deep puddle wrapped in plastic on the side of a mountain, the rocks are people on skis & snowboards, and you don't get to throw them. So, it's really nothing like skipping rocks. Except for the fact that both the rocks and the people skim across the water. So, it's kind of like skipping rocks. I'm done now, I swear.

Anywho, it's tons of fun and the goal is to get from one side of the pond to the other without wiping out fantastically. Although, that's kind of what we root for... Feel free to come watch if you're not skimming, just be prepared to get a little wet!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Your Powder Weekend



I've just been informed that yesterday was Pi Day, named for the date (3/14 -- 3.14 -- get it?). You celebrate this mathematical holiday by sharing a pie of your choice with some friends or family. Or eating one yourself. So, I should have been stuffing my face full of glorious apple, blueberry, cherry and any other kind of delicious baked fruity treat on the market all day. You see, I love pie, and any obscure occasion where it's publicly acceptable to consume an exorbitant amount of it, is okay by me. I say publicly because what's to say I don't already do this on the regular? Go ahead, judge me. You'll never know.

So, what does this have to do with skiing and riding? Glad you asked. Not a thing. I just really like talking about pie. And now I'm a little hungry...

Moving on!

Sadly, I couldn't eat any pie because I was a little busy getting swallowed up by Vulcan's gift of powder. Two feet of it, to be exact. Floating, dipping, flying through it - we were doing it all up here yesterday, and likely will be all weekend. Trust me, there's plenty of snow to go around. And, with that, let's get into the nitty gritty of your weekend update.

How's the snow?

Really??? We just got 34" in the last week! If you have to ask...

Trails of the weekend, alphabetized for your convenience: Adam's Solitude, Bolton Outlaw, Old Turnpike, Preacher, Vermont 200 & Vista Glades

Weather

Ah, now here's a question worth asking, and an answer worth talking about.

Yesterday, it was quite pleasant outside. We expected wind, got none, and even saw some intermittent sunshine. Temps were in the 20's and everyone was happy. Today, we're raising the mercury about 10 more degrees and locking the sun away for sure. Because we can't just hand you a perfect weekend. At least not until Sunday.

Sunday, oh Sunday. If you're lucky, we'll give you back partly sunny skies, but only if you dress for January temperatures again. Yep, expect it to hover in the single digits, but I do think it will stay above zero before wind chill. Speaking of wind, we're reeeaaalllyyyyy hoping it stays out of our way this weekend. Nobody likes you, wind. Just go away.

Grooming & Parks

After a powder day, creating a grooming plan becomes much more strategic. You can't just pack it all down, because then you're wasting a perfectly good waist-deep paradise, but you can't leave it all untouched either. When you do that, it's easily affected by winds and skier traffic, and it's wicked easy to get stuck. Not to mention, some people don't like skiing deep powder. Therefore, our award-winning pilots are generally trying to pack down all the trail runouts, flat areas and wind-threatened portions of the slopes, while still leaving great stashes around. What you end up with is half-groomed and half-powpow on most of the trails, and a handful have bumps as well. It sets us up well for spring skiing, gives everyone an easier way down and still gives powderhounds their day in the whiteroom.

Parks! If you love parks, you're going to LOVE this weekend. Anthony and the crew worked overtime yesterday and completely rebuilt BOTH terrain parks. To give you an idea how difficult this is, imagine digging out your car in the morning. Then imagine having to dig out everyone's car in our parking lot. Twice. By yourself... It's not easy, so show those guys some love if you see them. Both parks will be open today, and Sunday is our Night Riders Final! The all-day extravaganza begins at 11 a.m. and if you've never watched a freestyle competition before, I highly recommend you check this one out. These kids can BOOST!

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: Peter Gosseling 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. Magic Hat #9 will be on special from the tap.
Skier & Rider Appreciation Day: This one is all about you guys! We've lined up events and discounts on Sunday, March 16, as a way say thank you to everyone for another great season. Balloons, freestyle competitions, free beer - we've got it all going on this Sunday, so come enjoy the snow with us!
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.