Winter Returns to Bolton Valley with the Labor of Love Rail Jam Friday, Aug. 30; Vermont’s Largest Ski and Snowboard Sale Begins A Winter Celebration Weekend Starting Aug. 29

Vermont’s most affordable mountain offers up “snow” on Labor Day Weekend to jump-start the Winter 2013-2014 Season; Huge deals on equipment and clothing

BOLTON VALLEY, VT (8/9/2013) -

For those who are desperate to get back on snow again this season, Bolton Valley, where big mountain skiing and riding is convenient and affordable, again will offer up a bit of “snow” Labor Day Weekend at the Labor of Love Rail Jam, Friday evening, Aug. 30. The window of opportunity is small—only one hour is available to satisfy ski and snowboard desires until Bolton Valley officially opens in December—but officials expect that one hour to be a family fun-filled time.

“To some it may feel like a tease to only be on snow for an hour and then have to wait another three plus months for the real deal,” said Josh Arneson, sales and marketing director at Bolton Valley Resort. “But we expect it to be a fun time for kids and families, and it’s a perfect complement for the largest ski and snowboard sale in Vermont, which is being held from Thursday through Monday and the following weekend. We hope people will come out and celebrate a bit of pre-season fun with us and get psyched for what’s to come.”

Terrain park makers will collect snow from a local ice rink and then cover the tennis courts next to the Sports Center. Skiers and riders will kick out the summer cobwebs on rails during the hour-long jam session. Prizes will be award to the best skiers and riders at the end of the jam as well as a few extra prizes being tossed out to all competitors. Registration and bib pick up begins at 5 p.m. and space is limited so participants are encouraged to pre-register online. The jam session begins at 6 p.m. with awards at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Online registration is at www.boltonvalley.com.

Vermont’s Largest Ski and Snowboard Sale will be held in the Sports Center at Bolton Valley as well, from Aug. 29 – Sept. 2 and Sept. 6-8. Produced in conjunction with Sport Thoma, a New England company with years of experience producing large scale ski and snowboard sale events, the Bolton Valley Sale will include more than $1 million in ski and snowboard inventory, all at huge savings. Top manufacturer products will be sold at tremendous values, often below wholesale. This sale will include gear, clothing, and accessories for the whole family. A large selection of used children's ski gear will be available to help get the little ones started. New for 2013 will be a special emphasis on remarkable deals on ski race gear. Expert boot fitting and binding technicians will be on site for the sale.

To round out the weekend, the Bolton Valley 5K, a trail race to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, the state’s largest nonprofit organization that offers year-round, daily sports and recreational programming to people with disabilities, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 31. Race cost is $25 and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Vermont Adaptive, which has one of its winter homes right at Bolton Valley. More details can be found at www.boltonvalley.com.

Skiers and riders can purchase and pick up their Bolton Valley All Access Season Pass at the ski and snowboard sale as well. Passes are priced at $569 for adults and $159 for youth when purchased with an adult parent’s pass, but the rate will increase after Sept. 23 . Bolton Valley pass holders will get an additional 5% off items purchased at the sale.

Ski and snowboard sale hours are Thursday from 4-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Monday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The following weekend the hours are Friday, Sept. 6 from noon – 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The sale will be held at the Sports Center located at the opposite end of the parking lot from the main base area of the resort. For more information, 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 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 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. All-inclusive, true ski-to-your-door lodging packages from $84 /person/night. For more information visit www.boltonvalley.com or call 877-9BOLTON.