Resorts & Mountains in Vermont > Bolton Valley

Day two of earning turns this weekend

I must admit: I am exhausted after a second day of earning turns this weekend! The Skimeister and I ventured into the Bolton backcountry trails at midday on Sunday. There were quite a few other people on the Nordic and backcountry trails as well. Great minds think alike! We skinned up to 3000 feet in elevation. Up there the trees were coated in snow and ice. When the wind blew, you heard some clanking as the tree branches bumped into one another. We skied in about six inches of new snow,...[Read more]

Sunday, January 29, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

A Friday afternoon in the snowy woods

What a difference there is in snow from the bottom of the Bolton Valley access road to the top! We arrived Friday afternoon to witness snowy white peaks emerging from puffy mountain clouds. It definitely looked like winter up there. We skinned up to about 2,800 feet in the Bolton backcountry trail network as the sun shone through the trees. It was really lovely and a perfect break from the real world. We skied through 3 to 5 inches of new-ish snow over a solid crust base. The recent snow had...[Read more]

Friday, January 20, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Light fluff over hard-packed snow + ice on cross-country ski today

Almost two inches of super-light and fluffy snow fell on the groomed cross-country trails at Bolton Valley in northern Vermont. It was so light it wafted out from under our skis! It made everything look wintry again this morning, but under that new fluff is hard-packed snow, crust and icy areas. For this reason we stuck to trails that had been groomed before the fluff fell. We skied on the World Cup trail, Pond Loop, Broadway, Pika and Upper Maple Loop. Off the trail there was a hard crust...[Read more]

Sunday, January 15, 2017 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Exploring new-to-us Nordic trails over the last few days

Have you ever skied by a trail, stopped in your tracks and asked yourself out loud: “I wonder where that trail goes?” During our most recent Nordic outings on Saturday and Tuesday, we took the bull by the horns and resolved to answer that question. The snow was still crusty in the backcountry in our region and it was not easy to ski off-piste, so we looked for low-angle ski tours to explore in the woods. When consulting the Bolton Valley Nordic Center trail map, we realized there were quite...[Read more]

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Checking out backcountry trails to end the week

We’ve had some strange weather lately. While there have been surprise snow squalls that have added up on some Vermont peaks, others have experienced frozen and “other” precipitation. I’m glad to report that this weekend we'll enjoy steady wintry temperatures. The Skimeister and I went to check out the status of the backcountry trails at Bolton Valley, Vermont, today. We found a dusting of new, fluffy snow as we started our climb. Up higher at about 2,700 feet in elevation, it was about an inch...[Read more]

Friday, January 6, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Snowy Friday morning laps at Vermont's Bolton Valley Resort

So what is it with those Nor'easters? Those darn coastal storms are so fickle and they sometimes wander away from Vermont. Much of Northern Vermont did not get “dumped on” as expected, yet we still had some wonderful turns this morning in about six inches of new snow that had fallen since Thursday. (On snow reports we saw some higher totals in southern Vermont.) We hit the road early and a snow squall greeted us at Bolton Valley Resort. We were on the fifth chair loaded on the Vista quad and...[Read more]

Friday, December 30, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

A Nordic outing to start our Christmas weekend

Here are a few photos from midday today on the Nordic trails at Bolton Valley. We read that Bolton had received a couple inches of fresh snow recently and that they had groomed the Nordic trails. We were two of the first skiers out on the corduroy-covered trails. The coverage was good, but you can tell it's rather thin. At times I could hear my poles click on ice below the snowy surface. But since there was hardly any traffic on the trails, it was very good! We both used our waxless,...[Read more]

Friday, December 23, 2016 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Vermont ski resort count for this weekend: 13

More Vermont ski resorts open

UPDATE: Make that 14 resorts. Mad River Glen announced it will fire up a lift this weekend, as well. ---------- We're having a great December so far in Vermont, thanks to Mother Nature. This weekend Bolton Valley, Middlebury Snow Bowl and Pico Mountain will open — joining 10 other ski resorts in Vermont that are already running their lifts. (See our updated blog post here for exact opening dates.) Mad River Glen, which relies heavily on natural snow, is still in wait-and-see mode. They...[Read more]

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Mad River Glen, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Pico, Rikert, Trapp Family Lodge

New in 2016 - 2017: Enhancements at central and northern Vermont ski areas

Ski area improvements in Vermont 2016 - 2017

Vermont’s ski resorts are getting prepared for a new — and hopefully MUCH snowier — ski season. Here’s a recap of ski area improvements and investments in the central and northern portions of Vermont. Bolton Valley Bolton Valley is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The ski area plans to increase early-season snowmaking and will offer more night skiing in 2016-17. The mountain will be bringing in an additional air compressor for snowmaking for one month starting in late...[Read more]

Friday, October 14, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Cochran's, Killington, Resort improvements, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush, Suicide Six

Breweries near Vermont ski resorts — beer lovers rejoice!

Vermont breweries near ski areas

Anyone who reads this blog understands by now that we like to do “après.” Après-ski snacks and beverages are extra tasty after a cold day on the snow. Plus, you can do après and still get to bed at a reasonable hour. Bonus! We particularly enjoy tasting beers from Vermont's famed breweries. The Green Mountain State now has a ridiculous amount of breweries — large to tiny in size. How spoiled we are! Here's a list of Vermont breweries near Vermont ski resorts so you can work them...[Read more]

Monday, September 5, 2016 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Bromley, Food, coffee & après ski, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe, Sugarbush

Skinning and turning in the sunshine — oh, yeah!

Here are a few shots from a lovely midday skin today to the top of the Timberline area at Vermont’s Bolton Valley Resort. The ski area is now closed so if you want to make use of their left-over manmade snow, you gotta earn your turns! Part way up we came to an elevation line above which all the trees were white with thick rime. The white rime was gorgeous against a deep blue sky! As we ascended, the sun was trying its hardest to melt the rime off the trees, and it was succeeding. We hung...[Read more]

Saturday, March 26, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

At Bolton Valley for day two of a bright Vermont spring skiing weekend

When the sun is shining for both weekend days, and the ski season is winding down, you better believe we hit the slopes again today! The Skimeister and I headed over to Bolton Valley Resort mid-morning to gobble up some more soft-snow turns. We were really surprised at how few people were there! Those who were there included a bunch of families who were having fun in the sun. Kids ski school lessons were active, too. Bolton Valley had their main Vista quad lift open, as well as the Timberline...[Read more]

Sunday, March 13, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Skinning and skiing a bit in Bolton backcountry trail network today

Here are a few shots from today on some backcountry ski trails at Bolton Valley. It was a pretty day and rather warm in the sun. We skinned up just a bit higher than Bryant Cabin, which is at 2,690 feet in elevation. We found a base of snow that had been crusted over. Much of the time it was breakable crust on the sides of the traveled trails, and now and then it was unbreakable crust. There was a half inch of fresh snow on top. On Gardiner's Lane and the Tele Practice Slope, I had the best...[Read more]

Saturday, March 5, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Sunday cruising at Vermont’s Bolton Valley Resort

What a sweet surprise today to have the sun come out while we skied at Bolton Valley Resort this morning! We could ski along with our shadows on many trails, and we’d soak up the sun on the ride up the Vista Quad to the 3,150-foot summit. Warm temperatures that reached into the low-40s and a lack of wind also meant you didn't have to bundle up to ski today. The snow was very edgeable because of it. Four lifts were open: Vista Quad, Mid-Mountain Double, Snowflake Double and the Mighty Mite....[Read more]

Sunday, January 31, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Earning some turns to end the week

Lovely light on Friday afternoon! We ended the week by earning some turns on the backcountry ski trails at Bolton Valley, Vermont. It was a bit chilly, especially when the breeze came through, but the sun felt great when it found us. The snow is not real deep up there but it is light and fluffy (except where snowshoers had made craters along the trail). You do need to still watch for water bars and other obstacles. The cross-country ski trails look like they are better shape with the recent...[Read more]

Saturday, January 23, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

A quick Nordic ski this morning

We were looking for some exercise today away from the weekend crowds on the slopes. We decided to ski around the Nordic trails at Bolton Valley. The sun was shining and we had on our light, waxless backcountry gear. We messed around in the snow for a while. Due to the temperature drop after yesterday's wet snowfall, trails that had been skied on yesterday were now hard-packed and iced over, and untracked areas were crusty. (Bolton Nordic says there isn't enough snow for them to groom yet.) I...[Read more]

Sunday, January 17, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Scoping out the backcountry this afternoon in Bolton

To end the work week, the Skimeister and I took our first little backcountry ski outing this afternoon. It was windy when we arrived at Bolton Valley Ski Resort in Bolton, Vermont. We booted up in the Nordic Center and put climbing skins on our skis. It would be our first climb into the Bolton backcountry network and we weren't really sure what we would find. We skied up the well-packed Bryant trail toward Bryant Cabin and had to step over open water bars now and then. We need more...[Read more]

Friday, January 8, 2016 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

New snow and snowmaking temperatures allow a couple more Vermont ski areas to open this week

Vermont skiing December 29, 2015

--UPDATE ON MORNING OF 12/31: A couple more Vermont ski resorts are reporting they will open New Year's Day and weekend. Check this post for more details, here.-- Old Man Winter made a visit this week and by Tuesday morning he has dropped 3 to 6 inches of snow on ski areas across Vermont — with more coming down today. Equally as important, we've had a decent window of weather for snowmaking. This has prompted a couple of ski areas to plan to open this week. They will join a roster of nine...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Pico, Stratton

Dear Santa: All we want for Christmas is some cold weather and more snow!

It's been a rough start to the ski season. Abnormally high temperatures have made snowmaking difficult to sustain. Vermont's larger and higher-altitude resorts made snow early on and have worked diligently to retain and expand coverage. We enjoyed some spring-like skiing at Smugglers' Notch over a week ago, for example. Today you can make turns at eight Vermont ski resorts. (See our post about ski resort opening dates, here.) Two Nordic ski areas are also offering very limited skiing due to...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Magic, Mount Snow, Pico, Rikert

Our first turns of the season come with spring conditions

The Skimeister and I made our first turns of the season today and boy did it feel like spring! The weather was warm and the snow was soft. We got our legs reacquainted with turning left and right on the slopes of Sterling Peak (top elevation 3,040 feet) at Smugglers’ Notch in northern Vermont. Smuggs had basically two main ways down the mountain. We warmed up on the intermediate Upper and Lower Rumrunner, then we also threw in Lower Treasure Run to Lower Exhibition. I was working on short...[Read more]

Friday, December 11, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Pico, Smugglers' Notch

Sunday ski brunch in the woods

With my light backcountry skis attached to my feet, I sat in a tree today and soaked up the sun. The small tree had a crook in it that allowed me to kick back without getting my ski pants damp. I enjoyed a delicious bagel with a view of snowy woods, sunlit trees and blue skies. The only noise I heard was the soft fluttering sounds of old beech leaves and loose birch bark on trees nearby. That's my kind of Sunday brunch! This brunch was served near the Gardiner's Lane backcountry ski trail up...[Read more]

Sunday, April 12, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Skiing into April — and darn good skiing, too

We hit the lifts at Bolton Valley Resort this afternoon and found great snow on the trails and especially in the woods. Not April snow, but more like mid-winter snow! One of the benefits of skiing at Bolton Valley is that it faces west, toward the setting sun, Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. At this time of the year that means you can ski in the sunshine into the early evening. We skied in bright sunshine from 3 to 6 p.m. before heading home for dinner. (Earlier in the season, the lights...[Read more]

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Wow: What a weekend to ski in the Vermont backcountry!

The Skimeister and I got out to backcountry ski on Saturday afternoon and it was so much fun, we went for a second helping on Sunday! Saturday was the cooler of the weekend days and some fresh snow from earlier in the week was blanketing the trees in northern Vermont's higher elevations. We headed for the backcountry trail network at Bolton Valley, Vermont. It looked like mid-winter as we used climbing skins to ascend about 1,500 feet to our destination: the Stowe View overlook at 3,000 feet....[Read more]

Sunday, March 29, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski, Spring skiing

A few photos from the backcountry network at Bolton Valley

These shots are from Tuesday, when we skinned up into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network. Lots of snow. Not as fluffy as Saturday, but lovely. And a bonus: The sun came out![Read more]

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Holy powder, Batman!

This morning I came across some northern Vermont snow reports touting between 4 and 12 inches of new snow overnight. I looked outside my window and only saw 1 or 2 inches and I had to double check what I read. It became clear to me: I needed to go investigate this news by earning some turns! After lunchtime I skinned up into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network and noticed everything was whiter and the trail seemed higher than the last time I was here (more base!). I started poking my...[Read more]

Saturday, February 7, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Sun and snow on backcountry trails today

We took advantage of warm temperatures and sunshine today by hitting the trail around lunchtime! We put on our plastic backcountry boots and skins on our skis and up we went. We climbed into the Bolton backcountry trail network and found lots of snow. It was so warm I was down to a light fleece top for the climb. Later I would don a jacket and a helmet for a tour around Birch Loop and a descent on Gardners' Lane. The trails had narrow, packed tracks from other skiers over the last couple of...[Read more]

Thursday, January 29, 2015 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Sunday fun day: A morning at Bolton Valley Resort

The Skimeister and I drove up into winter by driving up to Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton, Vermont, this morning. It's the closest big ski area to the Burlington area. While we've had some melting in the Champlain Valley, the higher elevations at Bolton Valley have been enjoying snow. We arrived to see frosty-white trees and about three inches of new snow on the trails. Our plan was to do some laps on the Wilderness Chair, which is typically open only on weekends. For much of the morning the...[Read more]

Sunday, January 25, 2015 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Spring conditions at Bolton Valley today — but winter temps return

Skiing at Bolton Valley, Vermont

I took advantage of warm temperatures and clearing skies to get in some runs at Bolton Valley Resort today. It was very much like spring skiing and it was fun! The snow had corned up in the well-traveled areas, the sun came out at midday, and people were enjoying not being bundled up. Also, you had to ski around typical springtime obstacles such as grass and dirt spots, occassional rocks and water hazards. (Although I did see one pre-teen ski right over a rock. On...[Read more]

Sunday, December 28, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Skinning up for some powdery turns in the Bolton backcountry trail network

Backcountry skiing in Vermont

Wow. It felt more like February skiing today than December skiing! The Skimeister and I earned some turns on the trails of the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network. We put skins on our skis and climbed up through the trees that were pasted with snow. We then got to enjoy powdery turns through this week’s nearly two feet of new snow! There has been enough snow to cover many potentially wet areas of the trails. Still, we needed to keep our eyes open for water and water bars. The other...[Read more]

Saturday, December 13, 2014 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Vermont ski resort opening dates 2014-2015

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SEE 2015-2016 OPENING DATES!>> Here's how Vermont ski resort opening dates are looking as of 12/18/2014. Opening dates are always difficult to pin down. Mother Nature has to cooperate with at least cold weather for snowmaking, if not a natural contribution of her own. Of course, these dates are tentative. Visit our Vermont Ski Resorts page for links to each ski resort's snow report for the latest. ALSO CHECK FOR EARLY-SEASON MIDWEEK...[Read more]

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

Vermont lift ticket discounts and deals for 2014 - 2015. More discounts = more skiing!

<<CLICK HERE FOR THE 2016 - 2017 VERMONT TICKET DISCOUNTS POST!>> Updated April 7, 2015 Here’s the way we see it: The more lift ticket discounts you find, the more skiing you can do! We’re here to help with the search as we’ve scoured the Web to find some of the best lift ticket deals at Vermont ski resorts! With this blog post, we report on frequent skier cards, special discount skiing days, Vermont resident lift ticket deals, and the like. It does not...[Read more]

Friday, October 31, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Cochran's, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

Spring skiing in Vermont! Woot-woot!

It was soft. It was sunny. It was fun! I'm talking about our spring skiing runs at Bolton Valley Resort today! We felt like we had the resort to ourselves as we swished through the soft snow on Bolton Valley's slopes. We actually hit some trails that I have not been on in a very long time, including VT 200, Schuss, Sleepy Hollow Woods and Vista Glades. The snow was very soft but the coverage is still very good. Keep in mind that first thing in the morning, the spring trails can be...[Read more]

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Woodward Mountain Trail: Gorgeous backcountry glades — and plenty of climbing, too

I checked another backcountry ski tour off my long to-do list on Saturday! The Skimeister and I took on the Woodward Mountain Trail from Bolton to Waterbury, Vermont. This demanding six-mile backcountry ski trail featured beautiful glades, but also plenty of climbing up the peaks that dot the ridgeline that would lead us down toward the Little River State Park and Waterbury Reservoir area. The guidebook we had warned skiers that this was a committing ski and in fact it took us...[Read more]

Sunday, March 23, 2014 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Fresh snow followed by sunshine today at Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont

Fresh snow followed by sunshine — is it a dream? No, that was today at Bolton Valley Ski Resort! Today all six lifts were spinning and there were 64 trails to choose from. The resort received about 3 to 4 inches of fresh, light snow overnight. I had to go play in it! I only took the main lift, the Vista Quad, one time. I have skied off that chair earlier this season so I wanted to focus on the Timberline part of the mountain and the Wilderness chair while both...[Read more]

Sunday, March 2, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Night skiing under the lights at Bolton Valley Resort

Night skiing at Bolton Valley Resort

Work was done and there was some fresh snow on the ground. It was the right time to hit night skiing at Bolton Valley. The resort had been reporting a couple inches of fresh snow today and after some recent nasty weather that included rain, we were psyched to get outside and play. We arrived in time for twilight, when the clouds were moving around the summit as the sky darkened. We weren't alone. Buses brought local kids to the ski area for their weekly after-school skiing....[Read more]

Thursday, January 16, 2014 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Snowflakes and packed powder turns at Bolton Valley today

Skiing Bolton Valley's Beech Seal trail

I skied in the midst of fluffy, light snowflakes today at Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton, Vermont! It was a great day to get out of the office and take some runs during the midday. We've been in the grasp of very cold temperatures lately, so today's temps in the teens seemed almost balmy. I enjoyed skiing on an inch or so of fresh snow. On the trails that had a snowmaking base, the snow felt great. The coverage was really good and there weren't many people on the mountain; I...[Read more]

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

A Nordic ski today as the snow clouds start to gather

I really needed to get out and exercise today, and with temperatures in the single digits, that meant I was going to do some Nordic skiing so that I would stay warm. I went to Waterbury, Vt., to do some holiday shopping and to grab a bagel. Then, I was off to Bolton Valley Nordic Center. They had just announced that they were opening today. Stowe/Mt. Mansfield Nordic Center, Grafton Ponds and Prospect Mountain Nordic also opened today. I knew the conditions would not be prime today...[Read more]

Saturday, December 14, 2013 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

More ski areas opening this weekend, and sounds like snow!

Mount Snow, Vermont

We should reach a total of 14 open ski resorts in Vermont this weekend. Bolton Valley and Middlebury Snow Bowl open today (Friday) and Pico opens to passholders today. Pico's public opening is Saturday and they have a good ticket deal this weekend. (See our Vermont ticket deals list.) Burke Mountain opens Saturday, and Magic Mountain hopes to do the same if they can lay down enough snowmaking. As for the natural-snow-dependent Mad River Glen,...[Read more]

Friday, December 13, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Mad River Glen, Magic, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Pico

Fluffy snow and lots of water to avoid on backcountry trails

Thanks to very recent cold temperatures, there are several inches of light, fluffy powder up high in the hills above Bolton, Vt. It’s very pretty. The Skimeister and I explored a couple of the lower Bolton backcountry trails today and despite having to cross A LOT of water bars, we had a blast. (How can you not have fun when there is white snow and blue sky!) As we headed to the recently conserved backcountry land, we noticed that more snow is probably needed (another...[Read more]

Friday, November 29, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Fall & Early season

When do Vermont ski resorts open?

Snowmaking at Okemo, Vermont

<<FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SEE 2016-2017 OPENING DATES!>> Updated 12/17/13 For the 2013-2014 ski season in Vermont, here's a list of opening dates. These may change according to weather patterns, of course! Visit our Vermont Ski Resorts page for direct links to snow reports. Photo of snow on November 11 at Sugarbush and its access road. Photo from Sugarbush. Opening Dates in Vermont  Killington Resort: Currently openOkemo Mountain Resort: Currently...[Read more]

Thursday, November 7, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Fall & Early season, Killington, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch

What’s New? Central and northern Vermont ski resort improvements for 2013 / 2014

New base lodge at Jay Peak ski resort in Vermont

As a skier or rider, it’s good to know about the changes you can expect at Vermont ski resorts this winter. Here’s a look at on-mountain improvements that have been announced at northern and central Vermont ski resorts for 2013 - 2014. An upcoming post will cover southern Vermont ski areas.  Bolton Valley Resort Bolton Valley is replacing 6,000 feet of snowmaking pipe. They are also updating one-third of the ski and snowboard rental fleet with new equipment. In the base lodge, look for a...[Read more]

Monday, October 14, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Jay Peak, Killington, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Resort improvements, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush

More springtime fun: Spring skiing at Jay Peak & pond skimming!

Spring skiing at Jay Peak

Had a great spring skiing day at Jay Peak today. The snow was soft and plentiful, and the weather turned out to be much better than predicted! We enjoyed a mix of sun, snowflakes and clouds. We skied in the glades as much as possible and we weren't disappointed. There was plenty of snow and bumps, and much fewer people to avoid than on the trails. Jay has a broad selection of tree runs — from Timbuktu off the Jet Triple Chair all the way to Beaver...[Read more]

Friday, March 29, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Okemo, Spring skiing, Sugarbush

Snowy and springy up high

I took a short backcountry ski up at Bolton Valley on Wednesday. It was around lunch time and the sun was shining brightly. There is still a lot of snow up on the trails! I stuck my pole in the snow near Bryant Cabin and there was at least a foot. The only thing is that now we have spring conditions, so if it's cold at night, the snow is still going to be frozen in the morning. The higher daytime temperatures then soften things up. I mostly skied where others had made tracks to...[Read more]

Thursday, March 28, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Springtime rituals include Easter sunrise services (and first tracks!) & egg hunts

A pastor skis downhill with his guitar.

Easter is hopping closer! This year it falls on Sunday, March 31. Vermont ski resorts often have Easter-themed events to get families out on the snow. Some ski areas also hold mountain-top sunrise services, where you can get some first tracks after the service. Call or visit the ski resort websites to confirm that the details haven't changed! Stowe Mountain Resort: Easter Sunrise Service & Easter Egg Hunt A non-denominational service atop Mt. Mansfield. Free...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Bromley, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Magic, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch

An extra-special day to ski in the nearly-conserved Bolton backcountry trail network!

Isn't life funny sometimes? Just as I started my climb up the Bryant trail on the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network today, an email was received and waiting on my iPhone in my backpack. The email announced that the Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic & Backcountry and the Vermont Land Trust had done it: we successfully completed the fundraising campaign! You'll be glad to know that because of the effort and generosity of many Vermonters, the Bolton Valley Nordic &...[Read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Sweet day of spring skiing at Bolton Valley today

Wow, it was a nice day to be on the slopes! I needed sunscreen, shades and just a few layers. It was so good to see the sun and the snow softened up to allow for sweet spring turns. At Bolton Valley, the glades that have been well-traveled were great, too. If you went into areas that hadn't been skied, the snow was heavy and harder to turn in. Check out our photos to see what we found on the slopes. If you get out tomorrow, bring your sunscreen. And enjoy![Read more]

Friday, March 8, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

A powderific morning at Bolton Valley

The sun was supposed to show itself this morning, but it didn't and I didn't care. I was skiing in powder and packed powder at Bolton Valley Resort! They were reporting that the mountain had received 10 inches of snow in the last two days and 16 inches in the last three. I had to work Thursday (don't you hate how work gets in the way of skiing?) so I wanted to be sure to hit the trails today. I found nice, light powder stashes on the sides of the trails and in the woods. The depth...[Read more]

Friday, February 22, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Fresh powder — and exploding grouse — in the Bolton backcountry

What a lovely, cold winter day to be out in the Vermont woods! When the temperatures dip down low, we like to stay warm by earning our turns. So we went to the Bolton Valley backcountry trails to enjoy the fresh powder. I'd estimate that there was about 12 inches of new snow — more or less. It was mostly fluffy, except in extra-windy spots where it got a bit wind-packed. We climbed Bryant trail, enjoyed Birch Loop and descended via Gardiner's Lane. The sky was mostly...[Read more]

Saturday, February 9, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Five inches or so of powder this morning!

I keep an eye on the forecast, so I was able to rearrange my schedule to get out to Bolton Valley this morning. Area ski resorts were reporting 4 - 6 inches of snow and I wanted to play in it! I took runs off the Vista Quad and Timberline chairs and my skis were like powder-seeking missiles. I typically ventured to the sides of the trails to make powder turns. Many runs were groomed, but they left a powdery swath on most trails. I just had to make my mark! I loved the feeling...[Read more]

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

Slideshow, skiing & snowshoe tours on tap for campaign to save Bolton backcountry

The Vermont Land Trust and Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry have planned some fun events this winter as part of the campaign to save the Bolton backcountry land from development. Two of the events take place this week and weekend, and they include a chance to get out and experience the property in wintertime with some folks who know it well. The most recent communiqué from the land trust reported that we're 95% of the way to the fundraising goal, with $93,000 left to raise...[Read more]

Monday, January 14, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

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