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

Powder turns in the glades at Vermont's Bolton Valley Resort.

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 offered soft powder turns. We plied through the powder everywhere  from the woods off of the Cobrass trail to Sleepy Hollow and Moose Woods between Wilderness and Vista Peaks. We explored really anything that looked enticing as we skied along.

Only one explosed glade that we tried on the upper mountain (Outlaw Woods) had been scoured by wind and baked by sun, making for a crunchy crust and rocks underfoot. But the others lines in the woods we found were soft and a lot of fun!

In addition, the freshly groomed trails served up wonderful packed powder for skiers of all abilities. The sparkling sunshine and warm temperatures added to the fun factor. We quipped that it felt like skiing in Colorado this morning.

With the coming springlike weather this week (boo!), skiing today was a "must do." And we are so glad that we did!

Bolton Valley Resort, Vermont, at a Glance

  • Lifts: 2 fixed quad lifts; 3 doubles; 1 surface lift
  • 71 trails
  • Easy: 34%
  • Intermediate: 38%
  • Advanced/Expert: 28%
  • 300 skiable acres of trails and glades
  • Summit elevation: 3,150 feet
  • 1,704-foot vertical drop
  • Three terrain parks
  • Night skiing Tuesday - Saturday nights 
  • Adjacent to the ski area are cross-country and backcountry skiing trails, based at the Sports & Nordic Center building. 

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