Resorts & Mountains in Vermont > Bolton Valley

Soft turns on a sunny day in May

Knowing that we're heading into a sunny, warm weather pattern, we figured we better get some more skiing in before the snow is gone. It is May, after all! We skinned up the trails at Bolton Valley, Vermont, under the bright sun. A breeze kept us cool as we ascended. After enjoying the view, we took our time heading down and making swishy turns on the corn snow. The snow coverage took a big hit this week, but where there was snow it was often more than a foot deep. We had to navigate around...[Read more]

Saturday, May 5, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Winter in late April? What’s a skier to do?

Winter hasn’t been letting up here in Vermont. Several inches of snow have fallen in the mountains over the last couple of days. And, well, the sun came out this morning. What’s a skier to do??? We grabbed our tele gear and skinned up into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network in the late morning. The parking lots were full of snow. The woods were wintry. The sky was blue. We skied in about 8 inches of dense powder. It was drier at the top of our descent (at about 3,000 feet) and about...[Read more]

Saturday, April 21, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Earning a few turns after work

The sun today cried out for an after-work ski outing. We headed for a sunny slope at Bolton Valley -- under the Timberline lift. This is one of the areas designated for uphill access at the resort. The sun had softened up the snow into corn snow, allowing for swooshy turns. It was a nice way to end the work day![Read more]

Monday, April 2, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Smooth midday groomers at Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont

With visions of warmer temps and creamy corn snow turns, I made a PB&J and headed up to Bolton Valley today for some midday runs. What I found was closer to midwinter—lots of snow, packed-powder groomers and a stiff wind that made me put on my balaclava!I took all my runs off of the Vista Quad, which was the main lift running (Snowflake and Mighty Might were also in action). Unfortunately, the Timberline Quad is out of commission with mechanical issues. Overall, it was a quiet midweek day...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Earning our turns: Backcountry skiing on a sunny day in northern Vermont

Saturday was such a pretty day. Blue sky, rather warm temperatures and still lots of snow to play in! The Skimeister and I earned our turns in the backcountry. We skinned up into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network to Stowe View. (A nice view over to Mt. Mansfield today!) Then we dropped down the backside to look for uncrusted snow in the upper Cotton Brook basin. We then skinned out of the basin on a sustained, steep incline (a lot of work!) before reaching the trail network and...[Read more]

Sunday, March 25, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Powder turns in the Vermont backcountry!

Today was a bit strange. We skinned up into the Bolton backcountry trail network in northern Vermont and when we started to descend, things looked very, very different. We were ducking under branches that we hadn't had to avoid earlier this season. (Where did they come from?) The trail signs were in the wrong places, too! They were much lower than we remember them. Were we in an episode of the “Twilight Zone?” In fact, it turned out to be an episode of the powder zone. We quickly realized...[Read more]

Sunday, March 18, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Powder, packed powder + sunny turns at Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont

With about eight inches of new snow falling on the trails at Bolton Valley this weekend, this northern Vermont resort was a great place to be on Monday. We jumped on the Vista Quad when it opened at 9 a.m. on this Presidents Day. (Judging from the very short lift lines, this was not a day off for everyone!)  We would take laps off the Vista Quad and Wilderness Double all morning. We sought out powdery glades and woods wherever we went. And we were quite successful. Most of the glades...[Read more]

Monday, February 19, 2018 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

A little fresh snow to play in on Saturday afternoon

Just a couple images from the mid-level Nordic trails at Bolton Valley. About 3 inches of new snow fell there in the last 24 hours. Off the trail at this elevation the snow under the new snow was mostly crusted over. A good ski tour on a Saturday afternoon! [Read more]

Saturday, February 17, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

More new snow in the woods today

We took a ski in the woods today with 3 to 4 inches of new snow over the last 24 hours. It filled in tracks from the last couple of days. We broke trail in a few of the places we explored in the backcountry network at Bolton Valley, Vt. We skinned up to about 3,000 feet where the trees were full of snow. We had an easy switchover to downhill mode as it was quite warm today. It was just a little windy. We found some slightly wind-packed snow near the top before plowing our tele skis through...[Read more]

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

More photos from skiing in the northern Vermont backcountry

It was so fun on Saturday, we had to go out and do it again today! Into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network we went. Despite a couple blisters from my boots, it was darn fun. It's snowing today and we may see more later in the week. Has winter truly returned??? :) [Read more]

Sunday, February 4, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

Soft snow atop a solid base in the Vermont backcountry

Skinning up past prayer flags to the Cliff Hanger trail.

Mother Nature came through a bit for us in northern Vermont at the end of this week. Up to 8 inches of new snow was being reported at Vermont ski resorts.  We grabbed our skins and our telemark gear and headed out for some backcountry skiing today. In Bolton Valley's backcountry trail network, we enjoyed making turns in 4 - 5 inches of fresh snow over a hard, frozen base. We were skiing at between 1,900 to 2,800 feet in elevation. The snow was best when we got first tracks. It made for...[Read more]

Saturday, February 3, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley

This warm, soft-snow day called for a ski tour in the woods!

When we clicked in to our light backcountry gear this morning, the snow was so soft. Our waxless skis grabbed the snow well as we started a climb into the woods. We were exploring a couple of trails in the lowest reaches of the Bolton Valley Nordic trail network. We were down to our fleece tops for most of this outing. It was quite warm today! We climbed through a pretty hardwood forest. On some of the beech trees, we noticed bear claw marks and what I think was a bear "nest." We...[Read more]

Saturday, January 20, 2018 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

A cold, sunny ski on the cross-country trails at Bolton Valley

On the cross-country trails at Bolton Valley, Vermont

This afternoon we enjoyed a cold Nordic ski at Bolton Valley. After recent rain, snow and then cold temperatures, we weren't sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised!  There was still a base of snow. Saturday's snowstorm left a few inches of snow, but only the top inch was powder. With the sun low on the horizon, we had a nice ski in the afternoon sunshine. It was cold, so we definitely had to keep moving. We noticed that the rivers were running and were trying to freeze up...[Read more]

Sunday, January 14, 2018 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Light powder + backcountry trails = Fun!

It didn't feel like mid-December today in the backcountry trail network at Bolton Valley. While there isn't a very deep base of snow, there was plenty of light powder to make turns through. Bolton Valley, with a base area that sits at 2,100 feet, says they've received 15 to 18 inches of snow over the last week.  The Skimeister and I both got our tele on today. It was such fun for our first backcountry outing of the season![Read more]

Saturday, December 16, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski

What's new on the mountain at your favorite Vermont ski resorts for 2017 - 2018?

New lift at Sugarbush, Vermont in 2017 - 2018

Snowmaking, lifts, grooming machines and more. Here's a look at on-mountain improvements at Vermont ski resorts for this winter. Bolton Valley Bolton Valley is upgrading its snowmaking system. The pumps at the Timberline pump house will be balanced, allowing for more water to be pushed uphill more quickly. The resort is also adding to its gun and hose inventory. These two upgrades will allow the resort to blow snow in multiple locations at the same time. Burke Mountain Burke...[Read more]

Sunday, October 22, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Killington, Magic, Mount Snow, Okemo, Resort improvements, Stowe, Stratton, Sugarbush

It felt like winter on Saturday; spring on Sunday. A fun, snow-filled April weekend!

I had to double check the date that was appearing on my phone on Saturday. We went out for a backcountry ski and it felt and looked like February rather than April 8! Saturday in the Backcountry We found five to 10 inches of new snow on Saturday, depending on elevation. The 10 inches was above 2700 feet. It was dense powder and the snow was deep when you got off the beaten path! Several times our poles plunged deep into the loose snow off the sides of the skin track. We went up into the...[Read more]

Sunday, April 9, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski, Smugglers' Notch, Spring skiing

Earning turns and surfing the new snow in northern Vermont

Some northern Vermont peaks picked up several inches of snow over the last couple of days. While in the valleys we saw a mix of precipitation, the snow piled up in high places such as Stowe, Bolton, Smugglers' Notch, Burke Mountain and Jay Peak. Today we climbed into the Bolton backcountry trail network and found rivers and streams were mostly filled in again. The base of snow is very deep. The fresh snow on top was like skiing on a dense bowl-full of sugar. The snow had some heft to it and...[Read more]

Saturday, March 25, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Food, coffee & après ski

Deep snowpack in the backcountry on the first day of spring

Today I sampled the deep snowpack at a variety of elevations and aspects in the backcountry trail network in Bolton, Vermont. If it faced north or was in the shade of pine trees, the snow was somewhat dense but very delightful powder. If it had been sun-kissed over the past couple of super-sunny days it was either slightly crusty or a very skiable mush. I used my tele skis and boots that are a notch or two below full liftserve gear. Popular woods and trails were very well tracked and had...[Read more]

Monday, March 20, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Closing out the weekend with sunny skiing at Bolton Valley Resort

The word of the day: "Gorgeous!" Everyone we rode the lift with marveled at how glorious the weather was today at Bolton Valley Resort in northern Vermont. The sun was bright and warm, there was no wind, and snow was plentiful thanks to this past week's long-duration snow storm. Bolton Valley saw nearly five feet of snow fall from Tuesday to Thursday. Really. The groomed trails offered packed powder skiing (so nice for mid-March!) while the ungroomed snow was still deep. If the...[Read more]

Sunday, March 19, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

In the freezer before we head back to spring. Again.

After the weather warm-up last week, we've had a frigid weekend. Much of the water that was flowing in the mountains of northern Vermont has turned to ice. The snow that was once soft is now frozen in place. Sunday's sunshine beckoned to us so we did some Nordic skiing at Bolton Valley's Nordic center. We brought waxless skis with metal edges because we knew the snow would be very firm. Bolton had taken a full-size groomer to some of the trails and the corduroy ripples had frozen solid. It was...[Read more]

Sunday, March 5, 2017 Filed in: Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing

Tuesday offered soft, spring turns at Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont

Midweek skiing is the best! It's school vacation week for many Vermonters, but you wouldn't know it on the hill today. We skied right up to the lift nearly every lap. We knew the temperatures would warm up nicely today, and that would mean soft snow to turn in by late morning. The sunshine even stayed with us for longer than expected today — bonus! We enjoyed soft, swishy turns off the Vista Quad and Timberline Quad. Timberline faces the sun more than the main mountain, so we soaked up...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Springtime exploring in backcountry was challenging on Saturday

As we started a ski tour on the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network on Saturday, it was immediately clear: The snow was melting in a big way. The river and brooks were gushing with water that was once the lovely, powdery snow that fell earlier this month. <Sigh.> But the day was warm (much too warm for February!) and we had our waxless skis so we went exploring. The groomed terrain was quite nice to ski on, but we ventured onto ungroomed trails where going uphill was fine, and...[Read more]

Sunday, February 26, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

Soft-snow skiing for our Sunday

Friday we enjoyed mid-February powder. Today we enjoyed mid-March "powder." OK, it was more like a deep bowl of mashed potatoes, but it was pretty fun to ski in the backcountry! We skinned up into the Bolton Valley backcountry trail network wearing a fleece top and a headband, and that was almost too much to be wearing! When the baskets of our poles dipped into the loose snow on the side of the trail, we'd automatically scoop up some soft mashed potatoes.  We put on our helmets...[Read more]

Sunday, February 19, 2017 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Spring skiing

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

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