Bolton Valley Opened Today for the 2011-2012 Ski and Snowboard Season

BOLTON VALLEY, VT (12/10/2011) -

Once again, snowmakers defied Mother Nature’s thoughts of a warm winter and made enough snow this week so that skiers and riders could celebrate opening day today at Bolton Valley, Vermont’s most convenient ski area, just 30 minutes from Burlington and 10 minutes from Interstate 89.

Bolton Valley opened at 10 a.m. with two trails and two lifts. Photos are available here.

To kick off the 2011-2012 season, Bolton Valley officials created a festive package of activities to complement skiing and riding on opening day. In addition to the inaugural turns on opening day, skiers and riders filled their tummies with yummy samples of some of Vermont’s finest food purveyors. Olivia’s Croutons and Two Guys in VT Soups, Vermont Natural Foods, Vermont Cookie Love, and Red Maple Granola were just a few of the companies offering samples of their wares from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to guests at Bolton.

Santa was closing act for the day at Bolton as Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrived around 4 p.m. and lead a tree lighting ceremony at the ski area.

Early season lift ticket prices are $29 for adults and $24 for youth/college/seniors. The ski area is open tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 11 and will then close for skiing and riding from Monday – Thursday. The ski area plans to re-open on Friday, Dec. 16 with skiing and riding from the top of the Vista Quad, weather and snow conditions permitting. Snowmakers will continue to make more snow as weather permits. For the latest snow conditions, 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 70 trails and 6 lifts, plus 3 terrain parks including the Burton Progression Park.

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 88km 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 $79/person/night. For more information visit www.boltonvalley.com or call 877-9BOLTON.