Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Nordic Skiing is Closed for Now

We received some wet precipitation overnight on Sunday which is being followed by cold temperatures Monday and Tuesday. This has caused the snow on the Nordic terrain to freeze up pretty solidly. There is a very thin base on the trails and this will prevent us from getting a groomer out on the terrain to soften it up. Due to these conditions we are currently closed for Nordic skiing until we get some more snow. If you'd still like to get out into the woods for a bit, we will be open for snowshoeing, just watch your step on the firm surface.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Nordic Terrain is Open

The Nordic Center will be open today for ungroomed cross-country skiing on our lower elevation trails. Our Ski Patrol and Mountain Operations staff were able to check on conditions this morning and determined that we have enough snowpack to for daily skiing. However, due to some bare spots, water bars and an icy base, we recommend skis with metal edges. Please note that while we've received some natural snowfall in the past few days, conditions are still considered early-season and are for advanced skiers only. Trail tickets will be $10.
Skiing not in your repertoire? You are welcome to go out for a snowshoe. We're renting snowshoes for $20, and your trail ticket also includes complementary use of our Sports Center, which offers a pool, hot tub and games.
When skiing on ungroomed natural snow trails, please be aware of hidden and unmarked obstacles, such as waterbars, stumps, rocks, and thin areas. And, keep in mind that conditions may change throughout the day. Hiking or skiing when we are closed is prohibited.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Nordic Center Still on Standby

The Nordic Center will remain closed for skiing until we get more snow. 

The base isn't deep enough to support daily traffic right now, and running skis over it would just damage it further. We won't be able to get a groomer out on the snow because the base is thin and there are many bare spots on the trails. 

However, you are welcome to go out for a snowshoe. We're renting snowshoes for $20 and trail tickets will be $10. Keep in mind that a trail ticket also includes complementary use of our Sports Center, which offers a pool, hot tub and games.

Don't forget, Nordic Season Passes are still on sale as well as the Nordic 10 and Nordic 5 Packs, which come loaded with 5 or 10 trail tickets that you can use any time this season.

Stay tuned for more updates when we get some more snowfall.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Open for Snowshoeing

We've had a few days of warm and wet weather that significantly reduced the snow pack on the Nordic Terrain. We are now beginning a string of days where temperatures will be below freezing. This will cause the snow that is left on the Nordic terrain to freeze up pretty tightly. We won't be able to get a groomer out on the snow because the base is thin and there are many bare spots on the trails. The Nordic Center will remain closed for skiing until we get more snow. However, you are welcome to go out for a snowshoe. We will be renting snowshoes for $20 and trail tickets will be just $5. 

Please Stay Off The Nordic Trails

A request and a reminder this morning. Due to the warm and wet weather we have closed the Nordic Center until further notice. We have lost a lot of snow on the terrain and the snow that remains is extremely soft. We are asking that everyone please stay off of the terrain until we open again. We are trying to keep the snow that is still there in good shape, staying off of the snow will help. 

Thanks for your understanding. Hopefully we'll get some more snow soon so we can open back up!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Nordic Center Temporarily Closed

Have you seen the Winooski River lately? Then you've seen our Nordic terrain.

It's kind of a mess out there following yesterday's rain, and with the ice storm last night, Nordic and backcountry trails will be closed until further notice. That terrain is completely dependent on natural snowfall, and this weekend's weather event washed away any base depths we had developed over the last week. The trails just can't handle any daily traffic right now. We want to ensure the best possible experience in our backcountry, and it's simply no fun skiing out there at this time.

We'll reassess in the coming days, once we clean up from this storm, and we should have a better idea of when our Nordic will open up again soon. But it looks like we're going to need a big Christmas gift of snow from Mother Nature

~Mike.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Rounding Into Shape

We've picked up about a foot and a half of snow in the past seven days. All the new snow is helping to get the Nordic and backcountry terrain into decent shape. The trails above Bryant are skiing quite well. We did some skate grooming on Sunday and you'll find that grooming (covered by a couple inches of snow) on Broadway, World Cup, Picnic Loop and Valley Loop. We plan to freshen up Nordic grooming on Wednesday. While conditions are improving keep in mind that they are still considered early-season and will be for advanced skiers only. There are water bars and thin areas on the trails. Nordic tickets will be $10 today.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Nordic Is Open!

I've got some great news for all the Nordic fans out there - we're open for the season!

Our patrol staff went through some of our Nordic terrain yesterday and determined that the 6 inches of fresh snow we received was enough to open. Now, keep in mind that since Nordic is completely dependent on natural snowfall, it's still thin coverage and early season conditions out there. Expect to see a few water bars and such every so often. Skiing is for advanced skiers only at this time. 

With that said, we're 100 percent open and we'll be offering $8 tickets for all Nordic skiers this weekend. Broadway, Maple Loop and Spruce were all groomed for skate-skiing. That's five kilometers of fresh terrain for you to enjoy. If we get hit with some more snow tonight, (and we're expecting we will) that should allow for much better coverage across the Nordic and backcountry terrain.

Have fun and be safe!

~Mike

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Nordic Terrain Currently On Hold

We plan to open for alpine skiing and riding on Friday December, 13th. 

Since there is no snowmaking on the Nordic terrain, we are fully reliant on natural snow, therefore Nordic often opens later than the alpine trails. 

A little bit of recent snowfall has helped out the base a little, putting a couple inches on top of a frozen base on most of our Nordic terrain. Our mountain ops crew will take a look soon to see if we can get a limited amount of terrain open for this weekend. 

Keep checking back here - hopefully we'll know more later today or tomorrow morning.

UPDATE: It looks like there isn't quite enough of a base to open Nordic terrain in conjunction with alpine skiing and riding this weekend. It needs about 5-8" of solid wet, heavy snow to create a good base, and we're a little shy of that amount right now. As such, barring some significant snowfall in the next two days, we don't anticipate having Nordic open until at least next week.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Welcome to Winter 2013!

Hello, Bolton Valley!


I'm Mike and I'm the new Snow Reporter for the '13-'14 season. I'm stoked to be here at Bolton and I can't wait to get to know everyone. We're going to be doing some really fun things with the Snow Report this year, so be sure to follow that when we open up next week.

Now, trust me when I tell you we're all as excited as you are about getting up on the slopes again, and fortunately, after a bit of a warm spell, we're looking at some colder temps outside today. Overnight drizzles turned into snow early this morning, and we've picked up about an inch or so of the white stuff. It's currently 29 degrees and overcast here at the base, and it looks like we could be seeing some more snow showers starting this evening and on-and-off through Monday night.

Our snow makers are also expected to start working their magic again tonight. So that's awesome.

We're in full-on winter mode here around the resort and hopefully you're all ready to get going when we open up on December 14th. With a little luck, who knows - we might even be able to start the season on Friday the 13th instead.

So, who's got dibs on first chair?

~Mike

Happy Holidays $25 Lift Ticket Special Love to rip all the early-season turns? This is your chance.
  • Lift tickets from Opening Day through December 25th are just $25 when you purchase online by December 15th. You'll get an email with a print-at-home voucher that you can use any day from Opening Day through Dec. 25th. This makes a great early holiday gift for friends or family. Or, heck, treat yourself! You deserve it.

  • $65 Happy Holiday ski and stay lodging package. When you book a slopeside hotel room for two and arrive on one of the twelve days from December 13-24, you pay only $65 per person for a night of lodging and a day of skiing. 
    • Includes continental breakfast and free access to our Sports Center which includes an indoor pool, hot tub and sauna.
  • Get a 5 lift ticket package for less that the price of 3 when you purchase by Dec. 15. Redeemable at any time during the '13-'14 season.
  • On December 15th, guests dressed in full Santa Suits will receive a FREE lift ticket for the day.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Cyber Monday

After a fairly snow week last week we saw a brief warm up earlier this week. However, the cold returned a few days ago and it has even been snowing a bit here on Friday morning. The forecast is calling for colder temps over the next several days, so cold in fact that we'll be firing up the snowmaking system on Monday! 
We're getting ready for winter, now here are a few deals to help you get ready to save some money on skiing and riding this winter.
  • On Monday, December 2nd the following products will be on sale for 24 hours:
    • Free lift ticket with purchase of a $100 Gift Card
    • Powder Pass Lite: 5 night lift tickets for just $99
    • Smuggs Bolton College Pass on sale for just $299, a $50 savings over the retail price
  • Get 5 lift tickets that you can use any day this season for less than the price of 3 when you purchase by December 13th.
  • Lift tickets from Opening Day (scheduled for December 14th) through December 25th are just $25 when you pre-purchase by December 15th.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Season Passes

The weather is getting colder, the leaves are changing colors, and the season is right around the corner. Make sure you're ready for the season by purchasing your 2013-14 Bolton Valley All Access Season Pass today. 
Season Leases on ski and snowboard equipment are on sale now for just $109 for all ages.
Season long ski and snowboard programs, including Ridge Runners and Ridge Riders are also open for enrollment. 
The Smuggs Bolton College Season Pass is also on sale for just $249 until Halloween. It gives full time college students unlimited skiing and riding at Bolton Valley and Smugglers' Notch all season long.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Season Pass Deadline: Sept. 23

If you have not already purchased your 2013-14 Bolton Valley All Access Season Pass, make sure you get it before prices go up. Monday, September 23 is the last day to purchase before prices increase to the full retail price. Check the season pass page for the complete details on all passes.

Adult (18-64)                    $569                
Youth (7-17, with parent's pass) $159
Youth (7-17, without parent's pass)   $299
Senior (65-74) $299
Nordic Adult (18-64) $120
Nordic Youth/College/Senior $90

New This Year:

Senior Plus (75+)            $29                   
Night Pass (All Ages)                           $119

Season Leases on ski and snowboard equipment are on sale now for just $99 for all ages.

Season long ski and snowboard programs, including Ridge Runners and Ridge Riders are also open for enrollment.

The Smuggs Bolton College Season Pass is also on sale for just $249 until Halloween. It gives full time college students unlimited skiing and riding at Bolton Valley and Smugglers' Notch all season long.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Labor Day Weekend Events


Vermont's Largest Ski and Snowboard Sale kicked off last night at the Sports Center. The sale will continue each day through Monday then open back up again for the weekend of September 6-8.

This evening we'll be hosting the Labor Of Love Rail Jam. This on snow jam is the first of the season in Vermont and WCAX will be broadcasting live from the event. The photos on the right show the guys having some fun with an old logo while prepping the rail.

On Saturday we'll trade in ski boots for running shoes and get muddy in the Bolton Valley 5K Trail Run to benefit Vermont Adaptive. Come on up and run in the event or just cheer on all the runners.

We'll also be printing and selling season passes at the sale and all 2013-14 Bolton Valley Season Pass Holders get an extra 5% off on all sale items.

Save $5
This week we are running ads in the following papers and each ad has a coupon to save $5 off of a purchase of $25 or more at the sale. Clip the coupons and get the savings:

  • South Burlington's The Other Paper
  • Waterbury Record
  • Williston Observer
  • Stowe Reporter
  • Valley Reporter
  • Seven Days
  • Burlington Free Press (8/29, 8/31 and 9/5 issues)
  • Colchester Sun
  • Essex Reporter
  • Times Argus (8/29 and 8/30 issues)




Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ski and Snowboard Sale

Vermont's Largest Ski and Snowboard sale returns to Bolton Valley! More than $1 million worth of name brand skis, boots, snowboards and skiing/riding accessories will be on sale for liquidation prices as part of Vermont's Largest Ski and Snowboard Sale. The sale is being produced in conjunction with Sport Thoma, a New England company with years of experience producing large scale ski and snowboard sale events. Qualified technicians will be on site for binding mounting and adjustments. 
Skis and snowboards starting at $99 and kids snowboards starting at $59. Top manufacturer names will be sold including skis from Volkl, K2, Dynastar, Atomic, Elan, and Nordica as well as adult snowboards from Burton, Forum, K2, and Atomic. Youth ski packages begin at $99 for used and $199 for new. A large selection of adult and youth clothing and accessories also will be for sale. 
We'll be printing and selling 2013-14 Bolton Valley Season Passes at the sale. You'll also be able to sign up for season long equipment leases and season long ski and ride school programs. 2013-14 Bolton Valley Season Pass Holders receive and extra 5% off on items purchased at the sale.  
The sale will be held at the Sports Center located at the opposite end of the parking lot from the main base area.
Schedule:
  • Thursday, Aug 29: 4 – 8pm
  • Friday, Aug 30: 10am-8pm
  • Saturday, Aug 31: 10am-8pm
  • Sunday, Sept 1: 10am-6pm
  • Monday, Sept 2: 10am-4pm
  • Friday, Sept. 6: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 7: 10am – 8pm
  • Sunday, Sept 8: 10am – 4pm

Full line up of events on Labor Day Weekend at Bolton Valley: 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Closed for the Season


That's a wrap! The 2012-13 season at Bolton Valley has come to a close. A big thank you to everyone who came out to ski with us this year. Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you again next winter. Speaking of next season, 2013-14 Nordic Season Passes are now on sale.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sunday Update

Good news, it looks like any showers will likely hold off until this afternoon. Also, temps in the 50 degree range should soften the snow up nicely for fun spring skiing. Nordic tickets are just $5 today, the final day of the season at Bolton Valley. We groomed 11km for skate skiing yesterday morning and that grooming is holding up nicely for today.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Little Firm

The snow is very frozen this morning and this will prohibit us from setting classic tracks. We are still grooming for skate skiing. Hopefully the sun will soften up the ungroomed terrain later today.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Open This Weekend.

Bolton Valley was scheduled to close on Sunday March 31st, but conditions have been so great that we decided to send the season into Extra Innings and we will re-open for the weekend of April 6th and 7th! That means you’ll get a bonus weekend of Nordic and backcountry skiing with Nordic tickets at just $5. Nordic season passes and punch cards are valid this weekend. We'll get out and groom 11km for both skate and classic skiing on Saturday morning. The temps are expected to rise into the 30s under sunny skies on Saturday.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Closed Midweek, Re-Open 4/6 at 8:30am


Bolton Valley is going into Extra Innings April 6th and 7th! That means you’ll get a bonus weekend of Nordic and backcountry skiing with Nordic tickets at just $5. Conditions have been nice and springy, so plan ahead for a great weekend. Please note that we are closed midweek, April 1st through the 5th, and we will reopen on Saturday April 6th at 8:30am for Extra Innings. You can expect more updates to come as the week progresses, so stay tuned.
2013-14 Nordic Season Passes are now on sale for only $110 for Adults and $70 for Youth, College and Seniors. Hurry, prices go up after April 1. When skiing on the ungroomed natural snow trails, please be aware of many hidden and unmarked obstacles, such as waterbars, stumps, rocks and thin areas.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Saturday Grooming

On Saturday morning we skate groomed and set classic tracks on Picnic Loop, Valley Loop, World Cup, Maple Loop (Upper, Middle and Lower), Spruce Run and Broadway. We also freshly skate groomed Bobcat, Telemark and Teardrop. 

Saturday Update

This weekend will continue our trend of excellent conditions on the Nordic side of life. We did a nice amount of grooming on Thursday and reports from the trails indicate that some of the best skiing you'll find right now is going to be had on the groomed surfaces. We will regroom a few trails Saturday morning for both skate and classic and should have an update by 10am. Those trails will have the freshest, most recent grooming, but all groomed trails will be in good shape. Backcountry skiers will want to know that the best bet is to ski on the well traveled and high traffic terrain. Conditions may prove difficult for skiing in the backcountry otherwise. The wax of the day is once again Yellow.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Nordic: Oh So Nice!

This weekend will continue our trend of excellent conditions on the Nordic side of life. We woke up to another inch of snow this morning and after a brief respite, the snow is now picking up. We did a nice amount of grooming yesterday and reports from the trails indicate that some of the best skiing you'll find right now is going to be had on the groomed surfaces. We currently have 15km for skate skiing and 10km of classic tracks set as of 2pm yesterday. We will likely re-groom late Friday night into Saturday morning to freshen up the trails and provide the most terrain for the weekend. 

Backcountry skiers will want to know that the best bet is to ski on the well traveled and high traffic terrain. Conditions may prove difficult for skiing in the backcountry otherwise. 

Did you know Bolton Valley is going into "Extra Innings?" That's right, thanks to the excellent conditions, we will add a bonus weekend for skiing on April 6th and 7th. That means Nordic pass holders can ski an extra weekend of Nordic and backcountry and Nordic day tickets will be just $5. Check out more info about Extra Innings weekend! 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Grooming Update

We groomed 10 trails for 11km of skate and classic tracks late on Saturday morning. We plan to touch this up on Sunday as more snow is expected overnight.

5-7 Inches of new snow!

Good News! We picked up 5-7 inches of new snow overnight. But, this covered up the grooming we did yesterday. So, we'll get back out there and groom this morning. Check the snow report for the latest updates.

Friday, March 22, 2013

20" Since Tuesday Means a Great Nordic Weekend!



As of this morning, we have reached 20 inches of fresh snowfall since Tuesday. This storm has been mighty generous, leaving behind some incredible conditions in its wake. Why not capitalize on that gift by taking in the absolutely astonishing conditions that fill the backcountry here at Bolton Valley? 

For the weekend, we will have a freshly groomed 11km of skate and classic trails and the weather looks to be cooperative as well. We've been seeing some consistent sun towards the end of the week and on Saturday we have a chance of snow in the forecast. 

And if it's powder you're looking for, we have a-plenty. Check out the photo to the right. That was only taken yesterday at 6:15 pm...so there's lots of untouched stashes filling the backcountry woods. 

Take it all in. Days like these remind us why we ski in Vermont. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Nordic Center Open at 8am!


Conditions? Well, they’re incredible. The powder is soft, deep and plentiful. Every trail you pick is going to ski great, from the snow-filled woods to the groomed terrain. There’s really no going wrong. In the past 48 hours, we've had a whopping 16-17 inches of snow!
By noontime today we had 11km of skate and classic tracked trails. Midday tomorrow we will re-groom the same trails. We will also return back to regular Nordic Center hours tomorrow, which means you can access the Nordic Center starting at 8am. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Snow.

We've picked up 9-10 inches of new snow as of 2pm on Tuesday and it is still coming down. Heavily. This nice March storm is providing for some amazing mid-winter conditions. The backcountry will be the place to be tomorrow as powder will be plentiful. We will groom 10 trails for 11km of both skate and classic skiing in the morning. However, we expect to get a couple more inches of snow throughout the day on Wednesday so, that grooming may be covered up rather quickly.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Nordic Center Update


We have made one change to our new Nordic Center hours and that is in regards to rentals. See the information below...and, of course, think snow! 
  • The Nordic Center will now open starting at noon. 
  • If you wish to purchase a ticket for Nordic skiing before noon, please come up to the ticket counter at Guest Services to do so. Guest Services is found in the Base Lodge. 
  • If you would like to rent Nordic equipment or snowshoes they will be available in the Nordic Center after noon. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Update and New Nordic Center Hours


Today we picked up a bit of snow and as we look to the week ahead, we have the potential for some nice snowfall totals on Monday and into Tuesday. We'll see what the snow gods and goddesses have in store for us! On Saturday afternoon we skate groomed 10km of trails. You'll find about an inch of fresh snow on top of that for tomorrow. There are also 6km of classic tracks set as well. The rest of the backcountry is open for skiing and snowshoeing and the wax of the day tomorrow will be Red. 
Please note: Tomorrow (3/18) we will begin our new spring hours in the Nordic Center. Here's what you need to know:
  • The Nordic Center will now open starting at noon. 
  • If you wish to purchase a ticket for Nordic skiing before noon, please come up to the ticket counter at Guest Services to do so. Guest Services is found in the Base Lodge. 
  • If you would like to rent Nordic equipment or snowshoes before noon, please call ahead to Guest Services at 1-877-9-BOLTON. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Nordic OPEN!

A very brief update, with more to come!

Given the fresh 3 inches of snow we picked up yesterday, we have decided to go ahead and reopen our 100km of Nordic and backcountry terrain for today. The trails will remain ungroomed and we advise you to ski with caution as surfaces may be variable. Today would be an especially good day for snowshoes. We will look to groom late Friday or Saturday in the hopes of providing classic and skate skiing surfaces for the weekend.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Free Nordic Ticket Day!

Good morning BV Nordic and Backcountry Fans! As you may have seen on the Nordic Snow Report and BV Nordic and Backcountry Facebook Page, today is FREE Nordic Ticket Day. You show up at the Nordic Center and get your free ticket for the day. Pretty much that simple. That means you get to explore the 100km of backcountry terrain, take a spin on the 10km of both skate and classic trails or tromp through the snow and enjoy the sunshine on showshoes. We will have a free backcountry tour today starting at 1pm from the Nordic Center, so join us! The Point will also be here hosting an apr├Ęs party up in the James Moore Tavern, so once you're done on skis, grab a burger and a brew!

This weekend is also the 5th Annual Trapps to Bolton Backcountry Race and Tour.  You can read more about the race here, or sign up. Even if you're not racing from Trapp to get here, there will still be plenty to enjoy. 

This afternoon the sun is expected to roll in and stick around for the day Saturday. In fact, the sun is even trying to peek out from behind the clouds right now! The temperatures could climb into the upper 30s by Sunday, so it seems that we'll be shedding a layer and skiing on the less bundled side as we're visited by a bit of spring-like weather! Hope you get out an enjoy what looks to be a beautiful weekend. 


Friday, March 1, 2013

Backcountry=Awesome

Singing in the rain? Dreaming of a brown mud season? It’s okay Burlington, don’t sweat it Montpelier. It may not be snowy where you are, but it sure is here. In fact, we’ve picked up between 7-9 inches of snow since Wednesday and we have snow in the forecast both today, tonight and into Saturday. So if the grey and gloom is starting to get to you, just remind yourself of the magical winter paradise that awaits you at the top of the BV Access Road.

First off, the backcountry. My question is this...just what are you waiting for? It's outstanding. There are lots of places you'll find untracked powder this weekend without a doubt. This last storm really did heaps of good for any skiing in the trees, so now really is the time. Additionally, with the weekend weather looking mild, you'll be able to be at it a little longer without freezing your backside off! Snowshoeing is also a great bet right now, especially for a killer workout. 

Currently, we have some light grooming consisting of 5k for skate and 4.5k for classic. We hope to increase the amount of grooming for tomorrow and the weekend, so be sure to check the Nordic Snow Report for an update. 

Don’t forget, tomorrow is the GMARA Frigid Infliction Adventure Race! And looking ahead on the Nordic agenda, March 8th is Free Nordic Ticket Day, and you can enjoy a free Guided Backcountry Tour thanks to our partnership with the Vermont Land Trust and the community group, Friends of BV Nordic and Backcountry. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sittin' Pretty!

Over the last 72 hours, we have been the welcome recipients of 15-16 inches of snow. Now, you don't have to be some kind of "snow scientist" to know just what that kind of accumulation can do for the Nordic and backcountry trails. Add that to the base that was built up from winter storm Nemo just a few weeks back and the Nordic zone is sitting pretty. 

In terms of the groomed terrain this weekend, you can anticipate 9.5 km for skate skiing. Today we're setting tracks on those same 9.5km. On the ungroomed side, 100km is wide open for skiing and snowshoeing. 

Groomed Trail List:
  • Pond Loop
  • Tear Drop
  • Broadway
  • Lower Maple Loop
  • Upper Maple Loop
  • Picnic Loop
  • Valley Loop
  • World Cup

This weekend we also have a FREE backcountry tour!
Once again the Vermont Land Trust and Friends of BV Nordic and Backcountry will host a FREE guided tour of the Bolton backcountry property. 
These groups have been working hand-in-hand to raise the funds necessary to save over 1,100 acres from private sale and possible development. So join them on the land this Saturday February 23rd at 1:00pm. All you need to do is purchase a regular Nordic ticket that day and meet at the Nordic Center. Then you'll be off on a guided backcountry tour!
Tour space is limited; contact milena@vlt.org or 802-262-1241 for more information, or to sign up today! Note that this tour is geared toward intermediate and advanced backcountry and Nordic skiers, as well as for snowshoers.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Weekend Nordic Update

Bolton Valley has been very fortunate this week to not only have some downright pleasant weather, but also pick up a little fresh snow too! Our weekend looks to bring slightly colder temperatures, with Sunday being the chillier of the two days. Forecasts have us topping out between 10-20 degrees with chances of light snow both days. Overall, it should be pretty nice!

We have been working hard to get the Nordic trails set up nicely for the weekend. Thursday afternoon we began grooming and today we might try to get out and do any necessary touch up work and groom an additional few trails. We have 7km of skate groomed terrain and classic track set. Those trails include the following:
  • Pond Loop
  • Tear Drop
  • Broadway
  • Upper Maple Loop
  • Picnic Loop
  • Valley Loop
  • Mid Maple (classic only)
So why not honor the presidents this weekend with a good old all-American, Nordic ski! Wait, that doesn't work. How about life, liberty and the pursuit of skiing?? Ya, much better. Hope to see you out and about this weekend. And don't forget about Bolton to the Barns this Saturday

Monday, February 11, 2013

Bustling Nordic Center!

A quick update to start your week! The Nordic Center was bustling with activity this weekend. We had the ALA Snowshoe Shuffle 5K, Vermont Land Trust was here leading free tours of the backcountry and Blue Cross Blue Shield of VT held their "Snow Day" event on Sunday. Not to mention all the folks who were out and about skiing and enjoying the great conditions. Here are a few photos from all the fun. 

Groups heading out and into the backcountry.

ALA Snowshoe Shuffle 5K takes off in a snowy sprint. 

Meet Terry, our Nordic Center Director. He's out grooming on Broadway. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Return of Nordic!


After what seems like far too much time away, we will re-open our Nordic and backcountry terrain for skiers and snowshoers tomorrow! Between the snow we picked up on Monday and Wednesday in addition to what is in the forecast for both tonight and Friday, our coverage should be significantly better. There are certainly some slick spots out there, some of which may be difficult to see, so keep this in mind when you’re out. We will not be grooming the trails for tomorrow. We will wait for the storm to pass through before machines head out. 
Overall we do expect a significant improvement on the trails by the end of Friday, especially if this storm system delivers big as forecasters are predicting. We could be looking at significant snowfall totals. So, why not throw on your skis and welcome back Nordic? Stick out your tongue…you’ll be bound to catch more than a few flakes tomorrow. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Stand By for Snow

Our Nordic terrain is currently in a holding pattern as the mid-week weather which included heavy rain and warm temps dealt us a blow we have not yet recovered from. We are in need of a hefty snowfall to repair our base and fill in thin spots. So at this point, Nordic remains closed.

But don't dive into a Nordic depression. The good news is it’s already improving around here; the temps are now more on the winter side of things and look to stay that way for upwards of a week or more. Today it is snowing lightly and there is a fresh dusting on the ground.  Plus, snow is in the forecast for the next 3-4 days! 

We'll keep you posted with updates, so long as you keep snow dancin'. All it takes is one big snow and we'll be kicking and gliding in no time. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fresh Grooming for Friday!

Happy Friday Nordic fans. Here's some good news to usher in your weekend. The groomers are out this morning getting some fresh skate grooming laid down on about 6km of terrain. They may also take some passes at Valley depending on the conditions. Classic tracks will also be set on about 5km today as well.

The Nordic trails have bounced back pretty well over the past week. While we would obviously LOVE a massive snowfall, you'll be able to get in some great skiing and exploring this weekend. Come on out and enjoy it!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Getting Better

With a couple more inches of fresh snow this morning the Nordic terrain is getting back into shape. Today we have about 5km groomed for skate and classic skiing. The surface on the ungroomed terrain has about 4 inches of snow on top of a firm base. Ungroomed terrain is open for skiing and snowshoeing but the skiing is recommended for intermediate to advanced skiers only.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Small re-opening!

After a few days of the Nordic terrain being closed, we are happy to say we now have 2 of our Nordic trails open for skiing. We have both Broadway and Picnic Loop open for skate. Every day things are looking better, and we're obviously hoping the snow that is in the forecast decides to give us more than expected! 

We will continue to open trails just as soon as conditions permit. The rest of our backcountry and groomed terrain remains closed to skiers at this time. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Thaw/Freeze


After several days of January playing tricks with our hearts, it looks that we will be back to temps that are more in line with winter than mud season. It got colder overnight and it’s expected to stay that way this week with most of our extended forecasts predicting that we will not see highs above 30 for five days or more. Flurries are in the forecast as well. 
For the next few days, we will close our backcountry and groomed terrain to skiers. The thaw significantly reduced our base depth, and created several spots where trails are down to dirt. What snow does remain on our Nordic trails is frozen and very slick. While the colder temps are a great thing, we are in need of more snow to build our base depth back and soften the surfaces. This makes things pretty unskiable for now, however, we will keep our groomed terrain open for snowshoeing. And, for non-pass holders, you’ll be able to explore on snowshoes for only $5! Check back for updates as conditions improve and terrain re-opens.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday Update!

The snow started up around 12:30 this afternoon and so far we've picked up a fresh inch. The accumulation from today’s snow showers combined with our seven day total of nearly 2 feet sets us up for another outstanding weekend of Nordic skiing. We will be grooming 18km of trails for skate skiing tonight for you to enjoy in the morning.

The backcountry is also looking great with all this snow, so get yourself set for an adventure. The folks in the Nordic Center are ready to get you geared up, and have lots of insight as to just where the skiing is picture perfect. 

Enjoy your weekend!