Snowflakes and packed powder turns at Bolton Valley today

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 05:40 PM

Skiing Bolton Valley's Beech Seal trail
I skied Beech Seal twice -- great snow and all mine today!
Midweek skiing at Bolton Valley
Solitude of midweek skiing at Bolton Valley.
Natural snow trail called Glade
One of the natural snow trails called Glade.
Bolton Valley skiing map at the summit
A frosty map and trees at the summit.

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 never waited in a lift line.

I always seek out powder stashes so I also ventured onto trails that were open with only natural snow. The cold, soft snow was so silky to turn in — you just had to watch where you were turning to avoid early-season obstacles on these trails with powdery, yet thin cover.

We've had a very good start to the ski season here in Vermont, including this past weekend's snowstorm. It flurried nearly all the time I was up at Bolton today, but the sun did show itself for about 15 minutes. I love it when the sun's out but the flakes are still falling!

Tonight Bolton debuts night skiing for the season. I recommend skiing during the midweek whenever you can and for some folks this night skiing option is handy because they can ski from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. if they cannot make it out earlier in the day.

My favorite runs today were on Beech Seal (I had it all to myself for packed-powder turns that took up half the width of the run) and Alta Vista. During a break to warm up my toes, I enjoyed a hot cocoa by the fire in the tavern, which is upstairs in the base lodge. Yup, not a bad way to spend part of my Wednesday!

Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley

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