Saturday, December 29, 2012

Snow, Snow, Snow (and bumps)

We picked up about 16 inches from the winter storm that blew through here on Thursday. The skiing was spectacular on Thursday and Friday with plenty of powder to be found everywhere. We groomed out about two thirds of the open trails on Saturday for some buttery corduroy.

After a brief day off on Friday, the snow clouds are at it again. We've picked up about an inch of new snow as of Saturday afternoon and we expect a few more inches will land by opening bell on Sunday. This will only help to freshen up the trails with some more powder. Also, some small bumps are starting to form on the steeper, ungroomed trails such as Hard Luck. With a few more days of skier traffic, we may have a couple legitimate bump runs to talk about. As always, keep your eye on the snow report for the latest updates.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Foot Of Fresh And Counting

We've been absolutely blessed by the weather gods and goddesses over the past 9-10 days. Wow. We have lots of snow, over three feet in the past week.  We've had sun, low winds, reasonable temps. Love. It. 
We are in the middle of a major snowstorm. As of the writing of this post we have already received a foot of new snow since this morning. The photo below was taken on Thursday afternoon. Check out our photo gallery for more visual evidence of snow at Bolton Valley. It is forecast to continue snowing until sometime on Friday morning. The weekend looks to be a bit more settled with the possibility of some light snow and flurries with seasonable temps in the 20s.

We've added more trails day by day this week. All of our trails from the Top of the Vista Quad are open. And, Snowflake and Wilderness are now up and running and we plan to have 55 tails open this weekend including Spillway. We have a variety of terrain open from beginner to double black diamond, so you've got options in terms of runs. Surfaces will be generally packed powder. 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Oh Powder Days, Oh Powder Days...

Sing along with me! Oh powder days oh powder days, we're really glad to ski you. This stretch of snowy, winter conditions has certainly been the gift we've all been waiting festive.

Maybe we've been sounding like a broken record on the Snow Report...but it's pretty much the best broken record you could hope for: new trails opening, powder. Easy as that! Come up and ski and ride on some great snow and enjoy the holidays. $25 All Access Lift Tickets just today and tomorrow.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Weekend Update: 12/21/12

17 inches of snow over the last 7 days? I'd say that makes for a good weekend. So avoid the mall and those holiday crowds, and instead, ski 'til you drop! Here's the weekend lowdown. 
Friday started off a little shaky, but turned out alright! We're still watching the weather carefully as we continue to experience high winds. Mixed precipitation has been in the forecast all day today, but it's currently showing itself as snow more than anything else. And after today, it does seem that we're making our way into an extended chilly zone. Saturday looks to bring snow and significantly colder temps for the rest of the weekend and start to next week. 
Trails Open and Conditions
Groomers will be out tonight to ensure the snow is in great shape for Saturday morning. You can also expect snowmaking to ramp right back up Saturday night as the temps take a plunge. We'll continue to hit Beech Seal as well as Butterscotch Park, and any necessary "fill in" work. 
We project at least 6 trails to be open for the weekend, and perhaps many as 20-24, serviced by 3 lifts. Keep an eye on the Snow Report for more updates as natural snowfall continues. Top to bottom skiing and riding will continue off the Vista Quad. Hard Luck Lane and Spillway Lane offer a little variety as well. We've had some great snow the past several days, and we expect that trend to continue. The Vista Quad will start off each weekend day, and we will also have Mid-Mountain and Mighty Mite spinning as well. 
We've also expanded the Hike Park off Sprig O' Pine. You can expect to see our new Oil Can in the park for the coming weekend and 8 features overall.  
The long awaited start to the Nordic season should be just around the corner. The 19 inches of natural snowfall has helped us stack up a solid base, and inch closer to an Opening Day. 
We are hopeful for an opening this weekend, but we're still waiting to see what the rest of today's weather might do, so we’re still in a bit of a holding pattern. We suggest you stay tuned to the Nordic Snow Report for more updates. Saturday and Sunday are both calling for cold temps and natural snow, and if we can open our Nordic trails we certainly will.
Hang in there Nordic fans!
See you Soon!
Don't forget, Saturday Night Skiing, and All Access Lift Tickets are just $25 until 12/25. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Opening Day Highlights and Sunday Funday!

Yesterday was an amazing start to the season here at Bolton Valley. Conditions were much better than anticipated, with near wall to wall coverage thanks to our outstanding groomers and snowmakers. We're continuing to add to our trail count; we've been making snow on Alta Vista since Friday evening to stack up enough to get it running for Monday. We're also making snow in the Butterscotch Park, and on Sprig O' Pine. 
Speaking of Sprig O' Pine, a big highlight of Opening Weekend has been the Hike Park located there. It's loaded with 6 rail features, and was a busy spot Saturday. Yesterday I heard more than a few guests literally laughing down the mountain...a good sign! People seemed to be enjoying the snow and were appreciative of the changing seasons. 
Today we have some great deals going on for skiing and riding including:

The Vista Quad has already started up this morning and will continue until 4pm. We'll also have Mighty Mite and the Mid-Mountain Chair running today as well. Our five trails remain the same as yesterday including top to bottom skiing and riding on Sherman's Pass to Bear Run.Trails were groomed last night and the snow surface is frozen granular. Skiing and riding for today will end at 4 pm. For all you night owls...night skiing will begin on Wednesday, December 19!
Tonight there's trivia in the tavern. Come join us from 6-8pm. Hope to see you out there soon! 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Opening Day on for Saturday, 12/15!

Tracks on Sherman's...soon to be made by skiers and riders!
Are you ready for Saturday? 'Cause we are.
Starting bright and early at 8:30 am, we'll be running the Vista Quad for all of you who want to be first to leave your tracks on the slopes. A little later in the morning, the Mid-Mountain Chair and Mighty Mite will start up for 3 lifts total. We'll be featuring 5 trails on Saturday, with top to bottom skiing and riding on Sherman's Pass to Bear Run. You'll also be able to take a spin on Hard Luck Lane and Spillway Lane.
Snowmaking will take a break this afternoon and into tomorrow morning as slightly warmer tamps move in. We will start right back up Friday evening on Alta Vista in the hopes of getting it opened up for Monday. And as we look into our crystal ball, we may see a rail feature in our future this weekend. No promises at this point, but we're working on it. 
It's on! Come on out Friday night to the James Moore Tavern to celebrate Saturday's Opening Day. Continue to check back for more updates and our expanding trail count. Here you can find the Alpine Snow Report to stay up-to-date. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Back to Snowmaking

The good news is that we picked up about an inch of snow before the weather warmed up and precipitation turned into the non-frozen variety. Also, more good news, once this warm mess moves out of here later this evening temperatures will be dropping and staying cold for the next few days and nights. This will allow our snowmakers to get back to work in preparation for Opening Day on Saturday, December 15th.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Opening Day Postponed

Opening Day was originally planned for Saturday, December 8th. However, our snowmakers were only able to make snow on the upper portion of the mountain before warm weather settled in on Saturday morning and forced them to stop. We will not have enough cold weather before December 8th to complete snowmaking to the bottom of the mountain. Due to this, Opening Day is now scheduled for Saturday, December 15th. The first night of night skiing will be on Wednesday, December 19th. In the meantime, we'll be hard at work making snow whenever temperatures permit. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pass Pick Up and Pop-Up Sales

The past week sure has felt like winter. We've picked up over a foot of snow in the past seven days, thanks in large part to 7"-9" that fell on Thursday night. Our snowmakers have been hard at work since Sunday making snow around the clock. We are on track to open on December 8th. So, what can you do to prepare yourself for Opening Day? I'm glad you asked.

Today we'll be printing and selling season passes and Powder Passes at the Richmond Holiday Market from 9:00am - 3:30pm. We'll be located in the Teen Center on the bottom floor of the Town Hall. This is a great opportunity to pick up your pass early and avoid having to do it on your first day at the mountain.

The Powder Pass is a great option for the person not yet ready to commit to a season pass, it gets you five All Access Lift Tickets for just $199 for adult and only $149 for youth/college/senior. The tickets are valid any day with no blackout dates and you may redeem multiple tickets in one day. This also makes a great gift.

Yeah, I said "All Access Lift Ticket". Yes, this is new this year. The All Access Lift Ticket not only gets you on the lift for the day but it also gives you access to 100km of Nordic and backcountry terrain as well as access to the Sports Center with pool, hot tub, sauna and games for the kids. Now you can enjoy a free soak in the hot tub after a day on the slopes.

Next week we'll be "popping up" in two shops in Montpelier and selling a limited number of $39 All Access Lift Tickets. These tickets are valid all season long with no blackout dates. Again, a great gift, or something to keep for yourself. We'll be at SlopeStyle Ski and Ride on Tuesday, December 4th and Onion River Sports on Friday, December 7th. Both sales run from 4-7pm or until we sell 250 tickets. Limit two tickets per customer. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Cyber Monday Specials

Three Special Deals Only Available on Monday, November 26th.

Bolton Valley is getting in on the Cyber Monday online shopping craze by offering three amazing deals for one 24 hour period. Lock in some skiing and riding for yourself this winter, buy gifts for skiers and riders on your list, or a little of both. The sale will start at 12:00am on Monday, November 26th and will be open for 24 hours, closing at midnight on Monday.

Free Lift Ticket with Purchase of a $100 Gift Card

Bolton Valley Gift Cards go on sale on November 26th. You can use Gift Cards for all your favorite Bolton Valley goodies including lift tickets, season passes, food and beverage, lessons and more. Gift Cards will be available online in denominations of $25, $50 and $100. These make a great gift for the Bolton Valley skier or rider on your list.

To give the gift cards a proper opening day we're giving away a free early season lift ticket with the purchase of every $100 gift card on November 26th. The lift ticket offer is only valid when you purchase a $100 Gift Card on November 26th. The lift ticket is valid for one full day lift ticket from opening day through December 25, 2012. Your lift ticket voucher will be emailed to you after you purchase a $100 gift card online.

Gift Cards may be reloaded with any amount you like at any time either online or at Guest Services. Gift Cards are valid at all Bolton Valley points of sale excluding the Inn at Bolton Valley. Your Gift Card can be shipped to you for an extra $3.

Powder Pass Lite: Night Skiing for Under $20 Per Night

The Powder Pass Lite* is on sale for just $99 and is loaded with five all ages night lift tickets that you can use any night during the 2012-13 season - with no blackout dates. The Powder Pass Lite works just like a regular Powder Pass but for night skiing and riding. You can choose to redeem tickets one at a time or you may redeem multiple tickets in one night, so you can treat your friends and family to a night of skiing and riding under the lights. Night skiing runs from 4-8pm every Wednesday - Saturday. The Powder Pass Lite will only be on sale only on November 26th. Your Powder Pass Lite can be shipped to you for an extra $3.

2 For U College Season Pass: Just $299

The 2 For U College Season Pass reached its full price of $399 on November 1st. But, for one day we're dropping the price to $299. This pass makes a great gift for the college student on your list this year.

The 2 For U College Season Pass is an unrestricted, all access season pass to Bolton Valley and Smugglers' Notch Resort offering big mountain skiing/riding day and night! The 2 for U Pass also includes discounts on group instruction and equipment rentals. All this for just $299 if you purchase on November 26th.

Bolton Valley and Smuggs are the closest skiing & riding to Burlington. Need a ride? We’ve gotcha covered — enjoy FREE weekend bus transportation to Smuggs and Bolton while school is in session! Less Road. More Mountain.

Eligibility Requirements: Be a full-time college student for the 2012-13 school term — defined as carrying a full course load and/or a minimum of 12 credits in both the Fall and Spring semesters. You must be able to provide an Enrollment Verification Certificate confirming your full-time status and your college photo ID when picking up your pass

*The 2012-13 Powder Pass Lite is valid until the end of the 2012-13 Season. The Powder Pass Lite is loaded with five night lift tickets, valid for all ages, which expire at the end of the 2012-13 Season. Tickets do not carry over to the 2013-14 Season. Multiple tickets may be redeemed in one day but only up to the number of tickets remaining on the pass. Limit one Powder Pass Lite per pass holder. Once you buy a 2012-13 Powder Pass Lite you may not purchase another 2012-13 Powder Pass Lite but you may purchase a regular Powder Pass. The pass holder must be present in order to redeem tickets on his/her pass.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Job Fair

The second and final job fair is this Saturday, November 10th. The fair will be held in the main base lodge and will run from 10am - 3pm. This is a great opportunity to meet with managers from all departments on the mountain and interview for jobs this winter. For a complete list of openings, and to apply online, check out our employment page. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Winter is finally starting to break through after a summer that was full of what seemed like endless sunny skies and warm weather. We could not be happier. We've picked up about 6-8" of fresh snow in the past few days and it just feels good to look up the mountain and see trees coated in white set against a brilliant blue sky. Before we know it there will be enough snow on the ground to make some decent turns. Opening day is planned for December 8th. 

This photo was taken on the morning of November 6th.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Job Fair

The first job fair is this Saturday, October 27th. The fair will be held in the main base lodge and will run from 10am - 3pm. This is a great opportunity to meet with managers from all departments on the mountain and interview for jobs this winter. For a complete list of openings, and to apply online, check out our employment page. 

There will be another job fair on November 10th.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Season Pass Deadline

"It's like deja vu all over again". Yes, we've been talking about the season pass deadline for a while now but we really want to make sure that you know the season pass deadline is coming up on Monday, September 24th. Why? Well because "It gets late early out there." Not only are the days getting shorter (so it really does get late earlier) but the number of days until pass prices increase is also getting smaller. Before you know it, it'll be too late to get your pass at the current rate. While it's true that "The game isn't over until it's over" it's also true that the current prices will be over after Monday. (A tip of the ski helmet is due to Yogi Berra for the above quotes.)
Quick recap of 2012-13 Bolton Valley All Access Season Pass (exclusive of sales tax):
  • $569   Adult
  • $159   Youth (when purchased with a parent's Adult All Access Season Pass)
  • $299   Youth (when not purchased with a parent's Adult All Access Season Pass)
  • $25     Child (ages 6 and under)
  • $299   Senior
  • $120   Nordic Adult
  • $90     Nordic Youth/College/Senior
The new 2 for U College Season Pass is also on sale for just $249 until Halloween. It gives full time college students unlimited skiing and riding at Bolton Valley and Smugglers' Notch all season long.
Season long ski and snowboard programs, including Ridge Runners and Ridge Riders, and season long leases for just $99 are also on sale now
We'll be back at Alpine Shop in South Burlington printing and selling passes this Sunday from 10am - 6pm. This will be the last day of the Avalanche Sale at the Alpine Shop and they're pulling out all the stops. The Obermeyer Bounce "Chalet" will be set up for the kids. I assume this is like a bounce house but with a European twist of some sort. Also, there will be free Italian food and treats from Dalbello Boots and SWAG giveaways from Line Skis.  

Friday, September 14, 2012

Pass Printing at the Alpine Shop

The next two Sunday's (9/16 and 9/23) you will find us at the Alpine Shop in South Burlington printing and selling passes. This is in conjunction with the annual Avalanche Sale at the Alpine Shop. Stop by to get some great deals and to pick up your season pass. 
Just a quick reminder, pass prices go up after Sept. 24th so get your's today.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Vermont's Largest Ski and Snowboard Sale

We're only three days away from the opening day of Vermont's Largest Ski and Snowboard Sale. The folks who are running the sale are hard at work this morning turning the Sports Center into a giant sales floor packed with skis, snowboards, boots, outerwear and accessories. The sale opens on Thursday night. They have over $1 Million in inventory with prices as low as $99 for skis and snowboards and kids boards starting at $59.  In addition to the sale, this weekend is packed with plenty of other events and reasons to make the trip to Bolton Valley. 

We've packed the weekend full of events to keep you entertained while you are up here picking up all the goods you need for the season.

On Friday we'll kick things off with the Labor of Love Rail Jam. We'll set up a rail and truck in some snow for the first on snow rail jam of the season. Registration is open now. 

On Saturday we'll host the Run Strong Vermont 5K. All proceeds go back to ReBuild Waterbury. The prize list is pretty long and amazing for this event. Some prizes will be raffled off so you don't have to have a super fast time to go home with something cool. We'll also have a silent auction for other prizes. Everyone who enters the race will be entered into a raffle for a 2012-13 Bolton Valley All Access Season Pass. 

We've teamed up with the Richmond Farmers' market for a mini-farmers' market here at Bolton Valley on Sunday. We'll have vendors with prepared food and locally made food products set up inside the Sports Center from 11am - 2pm. We're also working on some live music, stay tuned for details.

We'll also be printing and selling season passes at the sale. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Season Pass Deadline Approaches

Tomorrow is the last day to get your 2012-13 Bolton Valley All Access Season Passes at the lowest prices that will be offered. Those are the same low prices we offered last spring.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Thanks For A Great Season

The 2011-12 season is over. A big thank you goes out to everyone who came up to BV to ski and ride with us this season. I hope you all have a fun "not ski season" and we'll see you in December.

2012-13 Bolton Valley All Access Season Passes are now on sale at the lowest prices that will be offered. Those are the same low prices we offered last spring, but they are only good through April 3, 2012.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Saturday Is The Last Day

We'll folks, Saturday is going to be it for the season. The record breaking heat this week has done a number on our snowpack and things have melted pretty quickly. Right now we're down to primarily Spillway, Sherman's Pass and Beech Seal. Surfaces are spring conditions and the skiing is expert level terrain only. While the snow is melting, there are some fun bumps up on Spillway, and Beech Seal is good from some carving.

On Saturday the Vista Quad will run from 10am-2pm. We'll have the barbecue set up and lunch will be just $8. Spring Skiing Karaoke will kick off at 1pm, followed by the Dewey Drive Band at 4pm.

Thanks to everyone for a great season, we hope to see you tomorrow and again next season.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Last Hurrah

The good news: today had the potential to be the warmest day of the year thus far, which meant t-shirts and sunglasses were skiing and riding essentials. The not-so-good news: that sun quickly melts the snow pack, causing the rest of our days to be numbered. Saturday is now projected to be the final day of the season Solution: The beach will be there for the rest of the summer, so you might as well get your last turns of the season in before you have to wait until next year. Lift tickets are just $25 per day for the rest of the season. We're now down to Sherman's Pass, Spillway and Beech Seal. The soft surfaces are changing rabidly so be aware while you are skiing and riding. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Final Weekend

Due to the rapidly diminishing snowpack the final day of skiing and riding at Bolton Valley will be this Sunday, March 25th. Lift tickets will be just $25 for all ages for the final few days of the season.

We will still hold Night with $15 lift tickets from 4-8pm available to those with the special barcode from

Pond Skimming was scheduled to be this Sunday but we've had to cancel this event. We will hold Spring Skiing Karaoke instead and we'll still give away a season pass to the adult and youth winners of the competition.

It's melting quickly so come and get it while you still can.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring Weekend

This weekend will be a warm spring weekend. No getting around that. So far the snow pack has held up decently well in the soggy and warm weather this week and we plan to open tomorrow with 50 trails and 5 lifts. Add in sunny skies with temps in the 60s and we may be looking at the best spring skiing of the season, with hero snow and  Bar-B-Ques.

Skier and Rider Appreciation Day is Sunday. We'll be holding a laid back rail jam in the Jungle Jib Park and some fun games for the kids in the afternoon. For lunch we'll be setting up the Bar-B-Que and offering a $5 lunch for season pass holders ($8 for non-pass holders). Season pass holders will also be able to get $10 off of lift tickets for friends and family.

Head on up this weekend for what may be the best spring skiing of the year. If you don't get it in now it will be gone before you know it.

Friday, March 9, 2012


Tonight and tomorrow are all about the groomers. We've just been through yet another thaw freeze cycle which is getting pretty routine (old) for this winter. However, this is when our groomers really shine. They'll get out there tonight and work on putting two thirds of the trails back into shape for the weekend. Also, some of the ungroomed terrain softened up fairly well today and should be open tomorrow, though it may be firmer than what we're able to groom. Don't forget to stop upstairs in Fireside Flatbread for some free samples on Saturday from Vermont Specialty Food Day.

Looking further ahead, Sunday should be a spectacular day of spring skiing as temps will climb into the 40s and the snow should soften nicely. Enjoy.

Friday, March 2, 2012


We've got a few noteworthy items for this weekend.

First, we've received over 3 feet of snow since last Friday. This has made for some amazing conditions over the past week and it sets up up for a nice weekend. Fair warning, Saturday is looking a little gusty so some lifts may go on wind hold. But, Sunday is looking less windy, so that may be the pick of the weekend.

Second, we have a fireworks show scheduled for 8:30pm on Saturday. This will be a celebration of the conclusion of the Hope On The Slopes event on Saturday. 

Third and final note for today, 2012-13 Bolton Valley All Access Season Passes are now on sale at the lowest prices that will be offered. Those are the same low prices we offered last spring, but they are only good through April, 3, 2012. Buy your season pass now for next year and ski and ride the remainder of this season for free. 

Enjoy the weekend and hope for calm winds. 

Friday, February 24, 2012


The word around Bolton Valley this morning is "snow". Snow started here at about 10:30am. It is forecast to snow until sometime on Saturday afternoon. We could pick up about a foot (or more) of new snow in the next 24 hours. You can check the webcam to watch it snow.  (Do you see how we're working in the word snow into every sentence?). With snow on the way, and at least 65 of 70 trails open for the weekend, we're set up for some of the best conditions of the season. Bottom line: Snow is good and snow is on the way this weekend. Enjoy the snow.

Friday, February 17, 2012

68 of 70 Trails. Nearly 100% Open

We picked up 2-3 inches of snow overnight at Bolton Valley. The snow line seemed to be at about 2000’ as I did not see any fresh snow on the access road until just above Timberline. We’re entering Presidents’ Weekend with 68 of 70 trails open on powder and  packed powder surfaces across the mountain.

The photo to the right was taken this morning. Here are a few links to photos that show what conditions are currently like from this morning and this past week. The video below was shot on Thursday.

Join us on Sunday night February 19th for a bonus night of night skiing. Lift tickets will be just $19  starting at 4pm on Sunday. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

$35 Lift Tickets and Timberline

We've got a lot going on here today. It's ridiculously nice out with bluebird skies and temps in the 30s. Also, today is the season debut of Timberline. If you see a snowmaker, now would be a good time to give him a hug and a hearty "Thank you!" for their hard work. Without our snowmakeers we would not be skiing at Timberline this weekend.

We also just announced our latest lift ticket deal which were calling a "Lift Up Sale". It works pretty much like the Pop-Up sales we did back in January but the offsite sales locations locations are different and we'll be donating $3 from every $35 lift ticket that we sell to the Vermont Foodbank. Their buying power is incredible, they can turn $1 into six meals, no matter how many coupons I clip I have not been able to come close to that. Basically, every lift ticket we sell at this sale will buy 18 meals for someone in need. So, you'll be "lifting up" 18 people with every lift ticket you buy.

Friday, February 3, 2012

24 Hour Sale for $29 Lift Tickets

On Wednesday evening we announced our latest ticket promotion, the 24 Hour Sale. This sale is an opportunity to lock in a day of skiing or riding at Bolton for just $29, including weekends and holidays. You just choose the day you would like to ski, pay $29 for your lift ticket and you're set to go. We'll be posting a link on at 5pm on Monday February 6th. The link will only be active for 24 hours. Also, there are only 25 tickets available per day so log on early if you want to get a specific day.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Weekend Projections

Friday's storm is not doing us any favors. We picked up about three inches of snow before it turned to a wintry mix for most of the day. There is a possibility that we'll be able to squeeze a bit of snow out of the clouds before we open on Saturday. We're headed into Saturday planning on spinning five lifts serving 39 trails. That count may change, up or down, depending on what the rest of this storm does to us. The simple math is, more snow on the back end of the storm equals more trails. Less snow equals the possibility of a few less trails. Check the snow report in the morning for the latest updates. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Weekend Projections

We picked up 4-6 inches of snow on Friday and here on Saturday morning is it snowing lightly. Snow is expected to continue until early afternoon. We'll open the weekend on 41 trails and 5 lifts including Wilderness. That trail count may increase once patrol has had a chance to do their morning sweep to see if any other trails are in good enough condition to open. Tomorrow we expect to add Spillway to the list of open trails as snowmakers finish up their work on that trail. The next stop for our snowmakers is Timberline. They'll begin by blowing snow from the top of Timberline down Villager to Sure Shot and the upper portion of Timberline Run. After a few days of production there, they'll move the guns down Timberline Run and blow snow from the middle of Timberline Run to the base area.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Wilderness Opens Sunday

Wilderness will come out of its long summer hibernation and join the list of open lifts on Sunday. This will push the totals to 53 trails and 5 lifts for Sunday. Enjoy.

Dropping Ropes.

Ropes dropped this morning on four more trails pushing our trail count up to 43 open trails for today.

10 Inches in the Last 24 Hours

We've picked up 8-10 inches in the past 24 hours and 12-15 in the past 48 hours. All this snow is setting us up for a great weekend of skiing and riding and has allowed us to increase our tail count from 24 to begin the week to 39 at opening bell today. Have at it.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Expanding Trail Count

We're in the middle of what is shaping up to be a decent winter storm. Reports from off the mountain tell me that it may not be the same just a few miles down the road in Burlington. But, up here we've seen snow all day, four inches has fallen as of 4pm. It looks like more could be on the way overnight tonight and through the day tomorrow. We plan to have 37 trails and 4 lifts for Friday. We may be able to increase that count by Saturday depending on how the rest of this storm treats us.

This weekend we'll be showing all four football playoff games on the big screen in Fireside Flatbread. Bolton After Dark lift tickets will be just $19 on Saturday night starting at 4pm. There will be live music in the Tavern Thursday - Saturday and on Sunday we'll host our weekly trivia night. 

Next week we'll be "popping up" in four local shops to sell a limited amount of $29 lift tickets. We'll only be selling a limited number per shop so get there early. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Weekend Lineup

Things are lining up nicely for a great weekend here at Bolton Valley. Here's a quick preview of what you can expect.

24 Trails and 4 Lifts for the Weekend: 
This past week we've seen temperatures staying below freezing point, with some scattered snow falls throughout the week. The snow, combined with the cold temperatures, have allowed us to open up about a dozen natural snow trails. We've added Hard Luck, Glades and Schuss to the list of open trails this week, providing some more variety for advanced skiers and riders.
The cold weather has allowed our snowmakers to make snow around the clock. They've been firing away on the Butterscotch Park and Sprig O' Pine. The goal is to open the Snowflake lift by Saturday. Next, our snowmakers will focus on Timberline Lane and Lower Villager, expanding the terrain for our beginner and intermediate skiers. The Butterscotch Park will be open as a featureless trail for the weekend and will remain that way for the next few weeks. We'll be moving the temporary terrain park that we've had set up on Sprig O' Pine to the Jungle Jib in the next few days. We will not have a park set up on Friday or Saturday.

Great Weather 
Saturday: Partly Cloudy with highs in the mid 30s.
Sunday: Partly Sunny with temps in the mid 20s. 

$19 Night Skiing on Saturday
We're kicking off Bolton After Dark this Saturday. Every Saturday you can start your evening off by skiing and riding on Vermont's most extensive night skiing terrain from 4-8pm for only $19. To sweeten the deal you can fill up on $2 Flatbread slices and wash it all down with a $2 soda or a $2 PBR drafts.  Typically we also show a free ski movie on Saturday night in Fireside Flatbread. However, this weekend and next that will be preempted by football. See the next paragraph for more details.

Football Central
Fireside Flatbread will be football central for the next couple of weekends for the playoffs. We'll be showing the games on a big screen projection television. There are two games on Saturday (4:30pm and 8pm) and two on Sunday (1pm and 4:30pm). 

Music and Trivia: 
Football not your thing? We've got you covered over in the James Moore Tavern. Blue Foxx will be performing live music from on Saturday night from 6-9pm. Trivia Night returns to Bolton Valley on Sunday at 6pm. Bring your team or form one with people you meet in the Tavern. Then compete against other teams for fun, honor, bragging rights, and prizes.