Bolton Valley Begins to Make Snow in Anticipation of Opening Day, Friday, Dec. 13

BOLTON VALLEY, VT (12/10/2013) -

Bolton Valley snowmakers have been at the ready and have been making snow when temperatures permit in anticipation of the area’s opening for the 2013-2014 ski and snowboard season on Friday, Dec. 13. Snowmakers will continue to make snow whenever temperatures permit. The ski area also has received natural snow in the last few weeks as well.

“We look for a window of cold weather about two weeks out from opening day—which is about the amount of time we need to get trails open for the season,” said Josh Arneson, director of sales and marketing. “While some natural snow would be nice, so long as it stays cold and dry, we’ll continue to make our own storm.”

In addition to its snowmaking, on average, Bolton receives more than 300 inches of natural snow annually.

To make the most of the season, Bolton’s 2013-14 Powder Pass is available for $199/adults through Dec. 13. Cardholders receive five lift tickets on the pass, valid any day of the 2013-14 season, with no blackout dates. This equals five full-day lift tickets for less than the price of three. Multiple tickets may be redeemed in one day as well. The pass is available for $149/youth/college/senior. There is a limit of one 2013-2014 Power Pass per card holder. Once the five days are used, card holders may not purchase another Powder Pass this season.

In addition, Happy Holiday $25 lift tickets may be purchased online through Dec. 15 and are valid from opening day through Christmas. Happy Holidays window ticket price from opening to Christmas Day will be higher than $25 so purchasing early and online is the only way to get the $25 lift tickets for this time period.

On Sunday, Dec. 15, skiers and riders who arrive at Bolton Valley, conveniently located just 30 minutes from Burlington and 10 minutes from Interstate 89, dressed head to toe in official Kris Kringle attire will ski and ride free that day. This challenge is not for the faint at heart—a red hat won’t cut it. Guests must be dressed in the complete Santa package to earn the free lift ticket. Each year there are at least two dozen Santa sightings on the mountain during Skiing Santa Day.

To view photos from year’s past Santa extravaganzas, click here.

For updates on opening day and snow conditions, guests should visit www.boltonvalley.com.

Bolton Valley is Vermont’s most convenient and affordable big mountain skiing. 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.