- For a full schedule, more info and to register for the Festival, check out the Catamount Trail Association's website.
- Trivia returns! After last week off, Mike Germano is back to host a brainy brawl from 6-8pm. Long Trail and Budweiser specials will be flowing, so don't miss it!
Friday, January 25, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Recovery from the thaw/freeze cycle is under way. We are pleased to announce that the Jungle Jib will join our trail count at opening bell on Wednesday and we'll have the Butterscotch Park and Sprig O' Pine open by the time the lights come on for night skiing on Wednesday.
By doing a little math on a cocktail napkin we can project a trail count of nearly 30 by the weekend, and that's without any natural snow. Here's the quick version of how we'll get there. In addition to pulling out our original edition of 101 Snow Dances from Around the World, it'll be all about snowmaking and grooming. We started the recovery by grooming the trails that had a decent base depth thanks to snowmaking. We are now moving onto thinner areas to break up the icy snow and create a skiable surface. Those should be ready by the weekend. We are also making snow at Timberline in order to get a number of trails over there open by the weekend too. So, it looks like we'll be able to get the mountain back into decent shape relatively quickly. Throw in some natural snow (and there is some in the forecast over the next couple days) and things could get even better.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
|Taken on 1/7/13...A beautiful end to a day at BV.|
Bust out the bikinis and board shorts people. We've got ourselves a little warm up a-comin'. Alright, you've probably heard we're in for a January "thaw" this weekend, and maybe you're crying a snowflake shaped tear. Fear not says Bolton Valley. Our weekend weather projections show Friday to be the trickiest day with temps between the mid to upper 30s and a chance of mixed precipitation. After we clear that hurdle, both Saturday and Sunday look to be warm and dry with temps in the mid 30s to upper 40s. We'll call this our spring skiing preview weekend. Thanks to ten feet of snow so far this season, our base should stay in good shape; there is a lot of snow on the mountain! The snow will be soft, you'll have one less itchy wool sweater on and the skiing and riding will feel great before the temps dip down and smack you in the face again.
Trails and Conditions:
The trail count jumps up to 68 trails and 6 lifts as this weekend we celebrate the season debut of the Timberline Quad. We know you have been anxiously awaiting its opening. A few things to remember as you enjoy the terrain down at Timby.
The grooming will be limited in this area. We will hit Upper Villager and Timberline Run, but the remaining sections of the mountain will be mostly ungroomed. In addition, with the warmer weather, you can expect the deep snow to do some melting, making it significantly heavier. Skier traffic will also cut up the terrain, leaving the surface on the rugged side. With all of this in mind, it's important to "level up" the trails on Timberline this weekend. For example, if you're hitting a blue square, know that it is more likely to ski like a black diamond. Black diamonds will be more in line with double blacks, and so on. We suggest that only solid intermediate, advanced and expert skiers and riders tackle the trails at Timberline this weekend. Expert skiers and riders should be the only guests exiting the Timberline Quad at the mid-station due to trail conditions. Also, be sure to watch for thin cover and other obstacles despite the deep snow you may encounter. For those of you ready for the challenge, get out and enjoy it!
In addition to Timberline, we expect the rest of our trails to be in nice shape, with soft packed powder snow surfaces. There are spots of untouched of powder to find here and there as well. This week the parks crew has been out building in Butterscotch Park, so we hope to have that up and running for the weekend as well.
Lots of options to choose from + an expanding trail count + some pleasant temps = happy weekend.
Events and Entertainment:
Last weekend we saw a great turn out at our first Bolton After Dark of the season and we can't wait to do it again this Saturday. The Perks of Bolton After Dark? I'm glad you asked.
- Starting at 4pm, you ski/ride the most extensive night skiing terrain in Vermont for $19.
- Also at 4pm, Fireside Flatbread fills you up on the cheap: $2 flatbread slices, $2 sodas or PBR drafts.
- You get your football fix with a 101.3 ESPN party from 5-7pm where you can win prizes (lift tickets anyone?) and watch the NFL playoffs roll on the big screen.
And next Saturday we'll head back to our regularly scheduled programming starting off with Meathead Films, Prime Cut. Check out the film line up for the rest of the season.
This Thursday (yes, tonight) catch The Woedoggies in the tavern from 8-11pm. The Woedoggies play classic and simple acoustic country for your listening pleasure. Sierra Nevada will be on special.
On Saturday, don't miss The Dewey Drive Band, also from 8-11pm. This band is well known in the JMT, playing a wide variety of originals and B-sides including country, swing, blues and rock & roll. Sierra Nevada will again be on special.
And Sunday night means trivia with Mike Germano from 6-8pm. Bring your team, or join one when you get here and sip on Long Trail and Budweiser specials.
Check out the events calendar for what's coming up next week too!
Thursday, January 3, 2013
It's been a beautiful start to the new year here at Bolton Valley. After a stretch of grey weather, we've seen beautiful bluebird days, and some pretty magnificent sunsets. And that's without even mentioning the snow! Check out our weekend update.
Bored of the same old story? Want a little variety? Then head to The Keys. 'Cause we have gotten into the groove of incredible ski and ride weather. I must say, I'm very happy to sound like a broken record in the first week of January. This weekend looks to be....in the low 20s with a chance of snow. In other words, perfect.
Our snow total so far this season is over 109 inches and on the rise as I pen this update. Over the last seven days, we've received about 23 inches of snow. If you like powder, and I'm guessing you do, you need to pay us a visit this weekend.
Trails and Conditions:
Maybe you don't need to read my projections, maybe all you need to do is check out this gallery from Wednesday afternoon. Conditions are expected to remain outstanding. Snow surfaces are primarily powder and soft packed powder. We're expecting to have 55 trails open for you to enjoy, served by 5 lifts. Another high point is that we are starting to see some bumps on our steeper trails. You'll want to check out the trail section of the daily Snow Report to find out where those bumps are present. This week also saw the grand re-opening of our terrain park in its new location, Jungle Jib. It's open with 5 rail features and one jump, so have at it!
A note on Nordic as well, all of this new snow has really helped us build a solid base, and the backcountry is in incredible shape for adventures of all kinds. Be sure to keep up on conditions with our Nordic Snow Report. There you'll find skate and classic track grooming info as well as the wax of the day.
Even more excitement begins at 8, and since we know you're ready for some football, we'll be showing NFL Playoff games on the big screen. 101.3 ESPN will sponsor our apres party where you could win lift tickets, movie tickets and other great prizes.
And if you can't make it this weekend, our football theme continues next Saturday the 12th. Game on.
Sunday, January 6th is the second of four great opportunities for Subaru and Hyundai owners to ski and ride for free thanks to Subaru/Hyundai Customer Appreciation Days. Here's the deal: Bring your current Subaru or Hyundai registration to guest services on Sunday for one complimentary All Access Lift Ticket beginning at noon. You can also take advantage of 50% off the retail price of three additional lift tickets, also beginning at noon. Not only will your AWD Subie get you up the hill, but it'll get you skiing and riding for free!