Sunday, March 31, 2013

Closed Midweek, Re-Open 4/6 at 8:30am

Bolton Valley is going into Extra Innings April 6th and 7th! That means you’ll get a bonus weekend of skiing and riding with lift tickets at just $29. Conditions have been nice and springy, so plan ahead for a great weekend. Please note that we are closed midweek, April 1st through the 5th, and we will reopen on Saturday April 6th at 8:30am for Extra Innings. You can expect more updates to come as the week progresses, so stay tuned.
Have you picked up your 2013/2014 All-Access Season Passes yet? What are you waiting for?!? This is the absolute lowest price of the year and you only have until April 1st to take advantage of Adult Passes at $449 and Youth passes for as low as $99.
We’ll see you next weekend! Snow Reporter Sam signing off with an Extra Innings-inspired song. To the tune of “Take Me out To the Ballgame…”
Take me over to Bolton
Take me out to the hill
Buy me a ticket and ski all day
Extra Innings are coming our way
So it’s root, root root for Cobrass
If you don’t ride, it’s a shame
For it’s one, two, three runs let’s go
Catch the Quad a-gaaaaain! 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Extra Innings to Come!

A few updates as we head into another weekend of great conditions!
It seems that we are heading into a few days of relatively mild temperatures. Friday and Saturday should be in the mid to upper 30s. Both days bring a chance of flurries and Saturday could turn partly sunny. Sunday is still a bit of an unknown right now. Forecasts indicate we could hit the low 40s with possible precipitation late in the day. Hopefully any wet weather will just pass us by, as precip chances still look to be fairly low at this point. 
Trails and Conditions: 
We will be very near 100% open yet again this weekend! We can safely project 68 of our 70 trails to be open. We will run 5 lifts: Vista, Timberline, Wilderness, Snowflake and Mighty Mite. The snow conditions are abundant packed powder. Thursday we woke up to 1-2 inches of snow that gave the surfaces a little refresher. But overall, the skiing is just phenomenal and with more terrain to get at this weekend, you can't go wrong. 
Bonus Night Skiing!
We're offering some bonus night skiing on Friday and Saturday. Night skiing will run from 3-7pm and will cost a mere $19. We will also honor any Night Passes including the Powder Pass Lite. On Sunday, we'll keep Vista open for an additional hour and it will close at 5pm. From 3-5pm that day, tickets will be $19 as well, so squeeze in every last run you can! 
Weekend Events: Pond Skimming, Karaoke and an Easter Egg Hunt
This Saturday March 30th at 1pm is Rock and Roll Pond Skimming presented by WIZN watch the gutsiest Bolton Valley skiers and riders attempt to cross our man made pond. The stakes are high; one adult and one youth winner will take home a 2013/2014 All Access Season Pass for the best skim. Registration begins at 10am. The entry fee is just $5 per skimmer and you must have a lift ticket or season pass to enter. If you feel like dry is more your style, come out to watch the splashes and listen to some great music. WIZN radio host Joey Vega will be the special guest announcer for the afternoon. 
On Easter Sunday, we'll throw on our bonnets for a good old fashioned Easter Egg Hunt. Kids aged 12 and under won't want to miss the candy and prizes the bunny has in store. 
We'll keep the Rock 'n Roll theme alive on March 31st with Spring Ski and Ride Karaoke starting at 1pm! So grab your hairbrush and come in costume because we'll give away a 2013/2014 All Access Season Pass to one adult and one youth winner. Registration starts at noon, entry fee is just $5.
BV Heading into "Extra Innings" Bonus Weekend of skiing April 6th and 7th 
Over 3 feet of snow since March 15th is a bit of a game changer. The last day of the season was scheduled for Sunday, March 31st, but because of the prime conditions we have decided to extend our season. After this weekend, we will be closed mid-week (April 1st-5th) and we will re-open April 6th and 7th with a bonus weekend of skiing and riding we're calling "Extra Innings." That means you get more skiing and riding AND, pay less for it.  Find out more about Extra Innings, including info on how to snag a $19 Lift Ticket in the next few hours! 
No Foolin! Lowest Prices of the Year on Season Passes
Don't be an April fool and end up paying more for your 2013/2014 All Access Season Pass. Because right now, the prices are the very lowest they will be, with Adult Passes at just $449 and Youth Pass offers starting at $99.  
With only a few days left to take advantage of this offer, don't be tempted to put it on the to-do list, put it on the done list and save yourself some cabbage in the meantime!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Extra Innings!

The last day of the season was scheduled for Sunday, March 31st. But, thanks to over 3 feet of snow since March 15th conditions are as good as they've been all year. So, we’re extending the season and heading into “Extra Innings” on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7. (We will be closed mid-week from April 1-5). 

36 Hour, $19 Lift Ticket Sale
Lift tickets for Extra Innings will be just $29 per day. Want more savings? Then get your Extra Innings ticket during the 36 Hour Sale and save 33% off of the already reduced rate. From noon on Thursday to midnight on Friday (March 28-29) you can purchase your Extra Innings lift tickets online for just $19 per day. 

$58 Ski and Stay Packages
Ski and Stay packages for Extra Innings are also available for just $58 per person, per night. Hurry, this offer is only available until noon on Sunday, March 31. After noon on Sunday the ski and stay price will be $79 per person / per night. Book online or call 877-9BOLTON.

Extra Innings Weekend will  Consist of the Following:
  • Vista Quad only from 8:30am – 4pm (Timberline, Wilderness and all other lifts will be closed)
  • We are anticipating intermediate and advanced skiing and riding on about 40 trails, weather permitting. 
  • $29 all ages, all day lift tickets (No afternoon or late day pricing. Coupons or discounts cannot be applied to this rate.)
  • Season passes will be honored including night passes (Nordic passes will not be valid at the lifts)
  • BV Sports will continue with their 20% off sale on most items.
  • The James Moore Tavern and the Deli will be open with a very limited menu for food and drinks.
  • Nordic will be open and we will have a plan for grooming as we get closer to next weekend. Tickets will be just $5. 
  • The Sports Center will be open from 8:30am – 4:00pm each day for video games and the Sports Center field house. There will be no pool, hot tub, sauna or inflatable games.
  • There will not be group lessons but private lessons will be offered. There will not be Nordic lessons.
The Following Will Not Be Open:
  • Pool, hot tub, sauna
  • Inflatable games at the Sports Center
  • Cafeteria
  • Timberline, Wilderness and all other lifts except the Vista Quad will be closed
  • Terrain Parks
  • Child Care

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Pond Skimming Postponed

Pond Skimming has been postponed due to temps in the low 20's and gusty winds. We will now hold Pond Skimming next Saturday, March 30Spring Ski and Ride Karaoke will be bumped to Sunday, March 31.

Friday, March 22, 2013

20 Inches Since Tuesday and Pond Skimming!

It may be spring on the calendar, but it looks like deep midwinter here at Bolton Valley. Check out these photos from Wednesday morning...and remember, add 3 - 4 more inches of snow to what you see. 
There's not much 'splainin' to do in terms of weather this week. It could basically be summed up with one statement: We got a ton of snow. But, I suppose if you're looking for the particulars you'd want to know that our storm total was between 18-19 inches. And, that the temperatures look to keep that snow around for the foreseeable future. Going into the weekend there is a chance of snow on Friday and Saturday with comfortable temps in the low 30s. Sunday could live up to its name as we may see some sunny skies. Not bad as we near the end of March, not bad at all. 
Trails and Conditions:
This weekend we will have 5 of our lifts running, including Timberline and Wilderness. Timberline will open at 10:30am on Friday; Wilderness will come in on Saturday at 10am. We project a near 100% opening for the weekend, as 68 of our 70 trails should be online.  
The snow this week started on the heavier and wetter side, but quickly transitioned into that lighter, more delicate powder we are all so fond of. So the combination of snow types has not only helped to pack down a tad more on the base, but it has also provided some really ideal surfaces to ski on. Both the groomed and ungroomed trails remain soft and should stay that way into the weekend. Whatever trails you choose to hit this weekend (or heck, maybe you plan to hit them all) you're going to be in store for a treat. From from the snow-filled woods to the groomed terrain, there’s really no going wrong.
Spring Lift Ticket Prices
With the mountain in the great shape that it is and spring lift ticket rates that let you ski on the cheap, there's no reason to stay home. Here's the lift ticket pricing for the rest of the season:
  • $39 for an Adult Full Day ticket
  • $29 for a Full Day Youth, Senior, or College Student ticket
  • Just $19 for an "all ages" Night Skiing ticket (4-8pm)
Please note: No other discounts or coupons may be applied to spring lift ticket rates.
Great snow, great weather, lots of open trails and bargain lift tickets would all be reason enough to get out on the hill this weekend. But we don't stop there. Call us overachievers, go ahead. For the rest of the month, we're keeping the fun going on and off the slopes.
Pond Skimming and Other End-of-March Happenings! 
This Weekend:
On Friday (3/22) head to the JMT for a performance from Donna Thunders and the Storm from 8- 11 pm. Quell your burning legs with the evening's Long Trail specials.
On Saturday (3/23) the biggest event of the year returns to Bolton Valley and this time, it's Rock 'n Roll themed. WIZN presents Rock 'n Roll Pond SkimmingWhat's pond skimming you ask? Let me give you a visual. We groom out a tasty incline and build a pond. You throw on your best rock-themed costume and your skis or snowboard and head down that incline in an attempt to cross the pond. And to the victor go the spoils, as one adult and one youth winner will take home a2013/2014 All Access Season Pass for the best skim. Registration begins at 10am, skimming commences at 1pm. The entry fee is just $5 per skimmer and you must have a lift ticket or season pass to enter. For those who don't care to skim, come spectate! There will be great music and even better splashes. WIZN radio host Joey Vega will be the special guest announcer for the afternoon. 
Also on Saturday, Blue Fox appears for some live tunes in the JMT. Be there from 8-11pm. And don't miss the last trivia night of the season this Sunday with Mike Germano, from 6-8pm. 
Next Weekend:
We'll keep the Rock 'n Roll theme alive on Saturday March 30th for Spring Ski and Ride Karaoke! So grab your hairbrush and come in costume because we'll give away a 2013/2014 All Access Season Pass to one adult and one youth winner. 
And on Easter Sunday, we'll throw on our bonnets and whip out our egg-detecting radars for a good old fashioned Easter Egg Hunt. Kids aged 12 and under won't want to miss the candy and prizes the bunny has in store. 
Season Passes: Lowest Pricing of the Year!
Although you wouldn't know it from a quick glance's almost April 1st. And maybe a little bird told you that was an important date for some reason. Okay the bird was me. The date is important because I want to save you money. That way you'll have $4 to spare to buy me a waffle. We're talking the lowest prices of the year on Season Passes folks and you only have a little over a week to get to it! Get your 2013/2014 All Access Season Pass before April 1st! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


There are lots of ways to talk about getting more than you pay for. "A filet for the cost of a hamburger" or "Playoff tickets at pre-season prices" and our favorite "Mid-winter conditions at spring ticket rates". I probably made all of those up but the point is simple. We've picked up 9-10 inches of new snow as of 2pm on Tuesday and it is still coming down. Heavily. We should see several more inches overnight. Tomorrow will be a certifiable Powder Day. And, starting yesterday, we lowered our lift ticket rates for the spring. So, there you have it, mid-winter conditions at spring ticket rates.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Plenty of Winter 'Round Here!

We made it through the wilderness, somehow we made it through. Sometimes it's best to just leave the explaining to the Material Girl. Okay, Monday and Tuesday...well, they stunk. Over 24 hours of warm weather and rain was obviously not our idea of optimal skiing conditions. But the great news is, the weather turned around pretty quickly. By Wednesday afternoon the temps were back in the 30s and the snow was a-falling. Thursday morning we woke up to 2 inches of fresh snow with continued snowfall until midday, adding another inch to our total. The weather will stay in the winter zone this weekend. We're looking at highs in the mid to upper 20s with a mix of clouds and sun. 
Trails and Conditions:
Even more to celebrate is the fact that the snow held up nicely under some unfavorable, early-week conditions. On Wednesday we made a strategic move to keep our trail count low. The mountain needed to dry out and grooming would have only done more harm than good. Wednesday night brought a grooming plan that has already paid off and we're currently enjoying the results. We've gone from 11 trails to 49 today. Snow surfaces are a combination of frozen granular and packed powder. The groomed snow especially is plenty soft, while you may find the ungroomed snow to be firmer or more variable. All in all, we're in great shape considering the date on the calendar and what we dealt with this week, so don't miss out on another great weekend on the hill!
Tavern and  Events: 
Both Friday and Saturday night you can catch some tunes in the JMT. Friday the 15th it's The Woedoggies from 8-11pm. The Woedoggies are a 3-piece string band made up of Vermont music veterans who play classic, simple, honest, acoustic country. On Saturday come on out for Bad Dog, featuring a night of original music with band members Joe Byers, Dan Sharp, Tim Gregg and Shane Roya.
Two major events are going on this weekend as well, including the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge on Saturday and Skier and Rider Appreciation Day on Sunday. Join us for both! We also have events every weekend for the rest of the month. Check out our spring events calendar for more info!
Season Pass Deals: $119 Season Night Pass and Senior Deals! 
Alarm set for 2pm? Never seen an episode of Good Morning America? Your status as a vampire is undetermined? Sounds like you need yourself a Night Pass. For just $119 you can enjoy Vermont's most extensive night skiing for the entire season. That's right, ski late from 4 to 8 for just 119 bucks, it's that simple. 
Senior Passes are now on sale as well with some serious discounts. If you're age 65-74, you'll be skiing for the whole season for just $199* if you purchase your pass before April 1st. And seniors age 75 and up can take advantage of the Senior Plus Pass which enables you to enjoy the slopes season-long for just $29. 
And don't forget if you're looking for an adult 2013/2014 All Access Season Pass, it's just $449* until April 1st. Find out more, including the offer we have for a youth pass for just $99.* Get 'em while they're hot (and significantly cheaper). 
*Prices valid until April 1st 2013. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Here comes the SUN!

Taken Wednesday, 3/6 from Vista Glades.

Sun? Is that you? We've been fortunate to have some very comfortable weather for what seems like the last two weeks. But one thing we haven't had is sun! That already seems to be changing today as the sun is starting to peek out and is expected to stick around for the day Saturday. The temperatures could climb into the upper 30s by Sunday, so it seems that we'll be shedding a layer and skiing on the less bundled side as we're visited by a bit of spring-like weather!
Trails and Conditions:
For the second weekend in a row all 70 of our trails will have their ropes down. That means you'll have your pick of terrain from wide open lanes to tree-filled glades and anything and everything in between. We have had a few small snowfalls to keep things fresh this week, but you can expect the majority of snow surfaces to be packed powder out on the hill. The groomed snow feels pretty soft and should remain this way with the mild temps that are being called for the weekend. There are plenty of bump trails to check out on the steeper terrain such as Preacher and Playground, but you can also find some intermediate bumps on trails like Glades or Coyote. The Jungle Jib has recently re-opened with a couple new features and this weekend is your last chance to hit the giant US Airbag, which is here until the 10th. 
Tavern and Events:
There's a lot going on this weekend starting with Ski and Ride With The Point today. Once your legs are toast, catch the apr├Ęs party in the JMT. Yummy Harpoon will be on special. Today is also Free Nordic Ticket day and you can snag a Free Backcountry Tour starting at 1pm.
Saturday is Hope on the Slopes along with the Ride and Ski New England Party. Kevin Black will provide the soundtrack for the night with live music from 8-11pm. Sunday is trivia night from 6-8pm of course, but Sunday is also the final Subaru and Hyundai Customer Appreciation Day where you can ski and ride for free starting at noon with your Subaru/Hyundai registration. Don't let March get away from you, get to BV!
Passes, Get Your Season Passes!
Peanuts, popcorn, passes! Get yerrrr passes! Sooner than you know it we'll be watching the MLB's opening day. So, this means two things. Take in every possible moment of skiing and riding now AND get prepped for next season by picking up your 2013/2014 All Access Season Pass for the lowest price of the year. 
From now until April 1st our adult pass is $449. And when you buy an adult pass, you'll pay only $99 for a youth pass for kids ages 7-17.* This means a family of four with 2 adults and two dependent children, saves a whopping $360 by purchasing their passes right now. 
New this year, we're offering a Night Pass that allows you to ski and ride from 4pm into the evening for just $119. And, we've changed up our senior passes to lower both the prices and the age requirements. For folks age 65-74, we have our Senior Pass at $199 and for those age 75 and over, the Senior Plus Pass is just $29 for the whole season!
So get your pass now before the weather turns all basebally on you and with the extra cash you save...maybe head to a Red Sox game? Yankees? Your call!
*Child must be a dependent of the adult to be eligible for the $99 youth pass. 
Spring Events to Mark on the Calendar!
Every weekend in March for the rest of the season, we have something a-brewin' here at the mountain. From parties to pond skimming, there are lots of events to keep you entertained. Check out our spring line up below:
March 9: Hope on the Slopes 
March 23:  Pond Skimming
March 31: Easter Egg Hunt

Friday, March 1, 2013

Welcome to March

Thursday afternoon on Adam's Solitude. 
February was very kind to us at Bolton Valley. It seemed like every week we were readying ourselves for another generous snowfall! Here at the start of March we're poised to continue along with another beautiful month of skiing and riding, with a season snowfall total near 200 inches and plenty more winter in our future. 
Wednesday and early Thursday were key in bringing us some fresh snow, although we may not be done yet! We've picked up 7-9 inches of snow since Wednesday, but we could see a few more inches before the end of the day Friday. It would be really satisfying to cap off the week with a foot wouldn't it?!? Snow could also make an appearance on Saturday as well. The temperature is just plain great. We've been hovering right around 30 and look to stay there for the weekend. Winds don't seem to be much of a factor at this point as they shouldn't rise over 20 mph.
Trails and Conditions:
It's all amazing. I mean, I could just leave it at that, 'cause it's true. We are currently 100% open, with all 70 trails for you to get at. As you can imagine, the glades and all the nooks and crannies in the woods are skiing great. It's the stuff we wait for all year and now, it's here. In fact, multiple folks from patrols to groomers, to your little 'ol snow reporter all agree, these are the best conditions we've seen all season. Lots of powder, lots of packed powder, lots of epic hours on the hill. Enough said!
Saturday in the tavern you can catch the music of Lenny Noel from 8-11pm. Raise a pint of Wolaver's to toast the incredible snow. And of course it's Bolton After Dark as well, $19 night skiing and cheap eats in Fireside Flatbread starting at 4pm.
Sunday is another night of trivia with Mike Germano. Join us from 6-8pm. 
Starting today, you'll be able to take advantage of the absolute best possible pricing we'll have available on season passes for next year. And, by making your purchase now you ski and ride for the rest of the season, for FREE.
From tomorrow until April 1st our adult pass is $449. And when you buy an adult pass, you'll pay only $99 for a youth pass for kids ages 7-17.* You can even purchase multiple youth passes with your adult pass. Let's say you're Old Mother Hubbard...all the kids in that shoe are only $99 each. But for the smaller families among us, for instance a family of four with 2 adults and two dependent children, saves a whopping $360 by purchasing their passes before 4/1.
We have a few new pass options this year as well. First, we're offering a Night Pass that allows you to ski and ride from 4pm on into the evening for just $119. The owls are already talking about what a great value it is. And speaking of wisdom, we've changed up our senior passes a bit. We've not only lowered the prices, but we've lowered the age requirements too. For folks age 65-74, we have our Senior pass at $199 and for those age 75 and over, you'll ski season-long for just $29 with the Senior Plus pass. 
No, we're not kidding. Make your purchase before April Fool's Day to get the best possible pricing and ski and ride for free for the rest of this season. Prices will increase after 4/1, so snag your pass now.
*Child must be a dependent of the adult to be eligible for the $99 youth pass.