March Brings Beautiful Sunset Skiing and Spring Event Lineup to Bolton Valley

BOLTON VALLEY, VT (2/28/2014) -

Bolton Valley, just 30 minutes from Burlington and Montpelier, is not only a prime destination for sunset skiing, but also is filled with spring events on weekends during March. With daylight savings in full swing, skiers and riders will find longer days and more time on the slopes to enjoy some of Vermont’s most incredible scenery.

Bolton Valley is known for its distinctive westward-facing slopes that offer sweeping views of brilliant Lake Champlain, as well as The Adirondacks and Green Mountain peaks such as Camel’s Hump and Mount Mansfield. Open Wednesday through Saturday until 8 p.m., Bolton provides a convenient location for a unique sunset skiing experience.

“When four o’clock hits, many of the other mountains in the region are packing up for the day; we’re only just beginning,” said Josh Arneson, director of sales and marketing at Bolton. “In addition to the longer days and warmer temperatures, March also brings a variety of spring events to Bolton Valley.”

Late Night at Bolton Valley will continue through March 21 with special late night lift tickets on Fridays for $19 from 7-10 p.m. Late night flatbread, wings and salads are available until 11 p.m.

Every weekend for the remainder of the month, guests can expect to enjoy an exciting lineup of events.

Every Saturday in March: Snowshoe Explorer Tours at Bolton Valley.
Saturdays from 2-4pm enjoy a guided snowshoe tour on groomed and backcountry trails. A great introduction of the basic techniques of snowshoeing. Snowshoes are limited, call ahead to reserve. $35/person; 2 person minimum to run tour.

Every Sunday in March: Free Nordic Clinic at Bolton Valley.
Clinic is from 10-11am. Please arrive at 9:30am to get setup. The classic skiing clinic is taught by our instructors and qualified guest Nordic instructors. Free clinics are limited to one session per person per lifetime. Clinic participants receive $5 off rentals. Reservations required, call (802) 434-6876.

March 1: Second Annual Snow Days at Bolton Valley Nordic Center
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont presents its second annual Snow Days for Vermonters from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free event gives Vermonters the opportunity to try cross country skiing and snowshoeing, in an effort to encourage physical activity during the cold winter months. (Out of state residents are welcome but must provide an insurance card showing their Blue Cross Blue Shield membership.) Snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals are free on a first come first serve basis or bring your own. Free access to trails. Bonfire, healthy snacks and free fleece hats for the first 50 participants.

March 8: Frigid Infliction Adventure Race at Bolton Valley
The MVP Health Care Frigid Infliction is a 10-hour adventure race for teams of two or three. The race will feature several winter disciplines as well as requiring you to continually navigate. If you have never done an adventure race before, this is the perfect one to start with. This was the first adventure race for about a third of the participants the past four years, so don't be intimidated!

March 14 & 23: Subaru and Hyundai Day
Subaru and Hyundai owners earn a free lift ticket for the day on March 14 or a free lift ticket starting at noon on March 23, as well as the opportunity to purchase up to three additional lift tickets at a 50% discount.

March 15: Full Moon Snowshoe Adventure Tour
Evening Snowshoe Adventures are professionally guided two-hour tours, designed for beginning to intermediate snowshoers. Price of this tour includes ticket, snowshoes and guided tour. Call (802) 434-6876 for more information and to reserve your spot. Tours are $35 per person.

March 16: Skier and Rider Appreciation Day
Season Pass holders can bring a friend for $10 off a full or half day lift ticket and pass holders may enjoy a BBQ lunch including a burger, chips and soft drink for $5/pass holder. The Night Riders Finals will be held as well where anyone can join in. New skiers and riders who haven’t competed this season are welcome at the event in the park. The Nordic Center will host its Nordic Spring Carnival from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., which includes a $5 waffle breakfast where $1 from every breakfast will go to the Catamount Cubs kids program. Nordic trail tickets and rentals are $5 off and first timers can try a free beginner Nordic skiing lesson at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Free snowshoe tours throughout the day round out the activities.

March 29: Pond Skimming
How long is your skim? Can you make it across the pond? It’s time to get busy or get wet with Bolton’s annual pond skimming contest and annual rite of Spring passage. The entry fee is just $5 per skimmer in addition to a lift ticket or season pass. Skimmers may only use skis or boards to attempt to skim the pond, sorry no sleds, jack jumpers or anything else that is not a pair of skis or snowboard. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with skimming starting at 1 p.m. and awards to follow. One adult and one youth winner will receive a 2014-15 All Access Season Pass. Each winner needs to have an outstanding costume and a solid skim.

More details about all these spring events can be found at 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.