An Abundance of Snow Surrounds “Spring” Events at Bolton Valley; Closing Date Set for April 6

BOLTON VALLEY, VT (3/27/2014) -

As part of the Winter That Will Never End, Bolton Valley event planners are pulling out all the stop to create classic “spring” events for the last two weeks of operation during the 2013-2014 season. The ski area plans to close for the season on Sunday, April 6.

“It’s been quite a winter that’s for sure,” said Josh Arneson, director of sales and marketing at Bolton Valley. “When Mega Storm Vulcan hit us with more than two feet of snow, we knew our March and early April skiing and riding would be a fantastic way to finish up the season. Add in the sunsets we have here at Bolton thanks to our western-facing slopes, and we are literally skiing off into the sunset. We’re looking forward to some great events and to celebrate with our season pass holders and loyal skiers and riders.”

Silly Spring Slalom – Saturday, March 29

In lieu of pond skimming this year, Bolton Valley will host the Silly Spring Slalom event this Saturday, March 29. It’s a downhill ski race with a few twists. Typically one’s time is the most important factor in a slalom race, but not in the Silly Spring Slalom. While it will count, there will be a variety of challenges to complete along the course including possible jumps and berms. Costumes are encouraged; the theme is Cartoons. The overall winner with a combined score from race time and judges scores from costume, completion of the challenges and overall style on the course will win a 2014-2015 All-Access Season Pass.

Entry fee is $5/racer and each racer must have a season pass or lift ticket to enter. Registration is from 10 a.m. – noon in the base lodge with a 1 p.m. race start, in bib order. An awards ceremony will be held at approximately 2:30 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to line the course. A BBQ complete with sandwich, soda and chips will be available for $5/passholders and $7/non-passholders.

The Bolton Valley Long Shot Mega-Box Challenge – Saturday, April 5

The Long Shot Mega-Box Challenge combines two events into one. In the first event, competitors will find that the Bolton Valley park crew has strung together as many boxes in a row as they can. Competitors must try to make it to the end in one shot. The winner will be determined by whoever makes it the furthest. Each competitor gets two attempts. Then the park crew will work in the park in the days leading up to the event to set up the sickest rail jam possible for the second half of the event. Skiers and riders can show off their talent on the creative course.

Event entry is $10/person and all entries will be donated to the United College Club. Competitor lift tickets will be available for $19. Registration is from 10-11:30 a.m. in the base lodge. The Long Shot Mega-Box Challenge is from noon – 12:45 p.m. The rail jam will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Awards will be given to the best overall skier and rider and for best trick. Other prizes based on gender, age, style and effort will be awarded at the judges’ discretion. Awards for both events will be held at 3 p.m.

2014-2015 All Access Season Pass are now on sale as well. A family of four can save $360 when they purchase passes before April 1. Conveniently located just 30 minutes from Burlington and 10 minutes from I-89, Bolton Valley provides access to skiing and riding for all at an affordable price.

For the complete details on all events, visit www.boltonvalley.com.

Bolton Valley Ski Area is Vermont’s most convenient and affordable big mountain skiing and riding. Less than 10 minutes from I-89 and less than 30 minutes from Burlington, the family-friendly mountain offers skiers and riders of all abilities three mountain peaks with 71 trails and 6 lifts, plus 3 terrain parks.

Bolton Valley was the first in Vermont and the second in the U.S. to implement wind power as an energy source and is the recipient of the National Ski Areas Association’s 2010 Silver Eagle Award for environmental initiatives. Approximately 100km of high elevation Nordic terrain, a complete Sports Center and Indoor Amusement Center plus Vermont’s most extensive top-to-bottom night skiing and riding are just a few of the extras available to guests. All-inclusive, true ski-to-your-door lodging packages are from $84/person/night. For more information visit www.boltonvalley.com or call 877-9BOLTON.