Bolton Valley Prepares to Open for Skiing and Riding a Day Earlier than Scheduled, This Friday, Dec. 12, for the Longest Opening Day in Vermont

BOLTON VALLEY, VT (12/9/2014) -

In addition to the more than a foot of natural snow its received since Thanksgiving, Bolton Valley Ski Area, the most convenient and affordable big mountain skiing just minutes from I-89, will open for the 2014-2015 ski and snowboard season this Friday, Dec. 12 with the longest Opening Day in Vermont. Lifts will turn for skiers and riders from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., and the day will include a host of special lift ticket deals, an opening day party and more.

Bolton Valley snowmakers continued to make snow during this recent cold snap as well, and with a major storm headed to North Country on Tuesday and Wednesday, resort officials are anticipating a snow-filled initial 12 hours on the slopes.

“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. “The natural snow is fantastic, too. Combined, it’s allowed us to turn the calendar back a day and open early and have some fun with the longest Opening Day in the state. This gives our snow-loving customers plenty of time to hit the mountain either after school or work, and we’ll celebrate with some festivities Friday evening.”

The ski area will host a Welcome Back Party in the James Moore Tavern with live music by Mike Pedersen from 8 – 11 p.m. All styles of beer will be $4 or less and passholders will receive an additional 25 percent off all food. Passholders also receive 25 percent off food at the Mountainside Food Court and the Deli as well.

This Friday also is the kick-off of Bolton’s celebrated Late Night at Bolton Valley, where lifts are open until 10 p.m. every Friday night. Officials expect to have three lifts serving at least eight trails plus a small terrain park available for opening day. Terrain for all ability levels will be open.

Lift tickets for opening day are $39 for all ages and just $19 beginning at 4 p.m. Early season lift tickets, valid for a day of skiing through Christmas Day, are also available online at boltonvalley.com for $29, however these tickets must be purchased by Dec. 14. For those who like to plan ahead, additional savings can be found by purchasing online as well.

For updates on opening day and snow conditions, guests should 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 and Vermont’s only top-to-bottom night skiing and riding are just a few of the extras available to guests. For more information visit www.boltonvalley.com or call 877-9BOLTON.