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

Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 05:33 PM

Sun and snow at the Timberline area at Bolton Valley Resort.
Fresh snow to play in.
Blue skies were part of the view from top of Timberline.
The Wilderness chair, typically open Friday - Sunday.
Starting down Peggy Dow's atop Wilderness.
Patrol shack at top of Wilderness features a lake view.

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 were open. (Wilderness chair is typically open Friday - Sunday.) 

I enjoyed skiing in the Wilderness Woods, a mellow gladed area between the Wilderness Liftline and Old Turnpile trails. Lots of people — even many ankle-biters — had been skiing in there so the crust under the fresh snow wasn't a problem here. It was fun to weave around the trees!

The lift ride up allowed me to soak up the sun and blue-sky views. From this ski area you can get a view of the long and lean Lake Champlain, and the Adirondacks beyond it. 

A couple of times I disembarked at the mid-station (about 4/5ths of the way up) because it was the quickest way to get to the Wilderness Woods. I also enjoyed turns on Old Turnpike, which had been groomed and was a very nice packed powder run with some light powder on top.

Over at the Timberline section of the ski area, I found small moguls and fresh snow on Twice as Nice. I ducked into Twice as Nice woods to see how things were. I soon jumped out because my skis wanted to break through the crust that is under the fresh snow. I wasn't feeling real confident in there, but I bet snowboarders liked it more than I did because they could ride up on top of whatever they found.

Showtime — the trail right under the lift — had some lovely looking ribbons of turns on it so I added some of my own. I did find it challenging on the half of the trail that had not been groomed recently because I wasn't sure whether I'd break into crust or not. I leaned back a bit and weighted my skis more evenly in order to float more on the powdery new snow. I enjoyed the new snow on the Sure Shot trail as well.

I was surprised that it was not busy at the resort today. I never waited in a lift line!

The blue skies, fresh snow and sun on my back helped make for a great time on the slopes. 

Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

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