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.