Welcome to the BV Backcountry!

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Adam DesLauriers on Ricker Peak by Mike Colburn

One of our most exciting changes for the 2017-’18 season will be the addition of our new BV Backcountry program! 

This winter, Bolton Valley will be offering in-house backcountry guiding and instructional services – as well as all related equipment rental – giving BV skiers and riders unequalled access to the fastest-growing segment of the ski and snowboard industry.

Building on its reputation for already having some of the best and most accessible backcountry terrain in the Eastern US, this program makes Bolton Valley the premiere destination for skiers and riders looking to move beyond lift-service, as well as Nordic skiers looking to access more aggressive terrain.  Visitors will have the opportunity to safely explore thousands of acres of high-mountain wilderness terrain, while learning the ins and outs of alpine touring, backcountry safety, and self-reliance.

The BV Backcountry program is unique in the Eastern US and Canada, making Bolton Valley the first ski resort in the east to offer an in-house backcountry-specific guiding and instructional program.

 


 

Backcountry Access for All Experience Levels

It’s a little-known fact that Bolton Valley is the highest zip code in New England at elevation 2200 feet, with surrounding peaks ranging from 3200’ to the summit of Bolton Mountain at 3,650’.  With its expansive view of the Lake Champlain Basin, Bolton faces due west across the widest part of the lake and lies right in the middle of the front range of the Green Mountains’ highest peaks.  Not only does that provide amazing sunsets over the lake, but it means significant snowfall after storms pick up moisture above Champlain and then empty it on the western flanks to climb over the highest peaks of the Greens.

The lion’s share of Bolton Valley’s premiere backcountry terrain lies on the leeward face of its highest ridges, providing a northeast-facing snow-accumulating zone that sits 2000 feet above the Champlain Valley floor and keeps snow shaded, light, and fluffy throughout the winter season.  The accessible terrain ranges from mellow stands of old-growth white birch and maple trees to steep wooded glades to narrow little couloirs and cliff zones that challenge even the most advanced skiers and riders.

 

Backcountry Guiding and Instruction

Kids at Maggies

This wide range of terrain and its ease of access from the alpine ski area and

chairlifts make the Bolton Valley backcountry program ideal for anyone interested in learning more about backcountry touring, skiing, and riding. 

It’s also a great way for families to try it out together. 

There will always be some touring or hiking involved, but sometimes minimizing the amount of climbing helps keep kids interested, especially at first. 

Our knowledgeable guides and instructors will always tailor routes to ability and fitness levels, so don’t hesitate to ask about bringing the whole family.

 

For more ambitious backcountry skiers and riders, our Backcountry Program Director, Adam DesLauriers will be available to guide private individual and group tours, as well as regular group backcountry clinics and tours on select weekends throughout the season. 

Check our website for scheduling updates or contact the Bolton Valley Ski and Ride School or the Nordic Center for more information.

Adam DesLauriers pow

Adam’s familiarity with the terrain at BV is second to none, having been raised at Bolton Valley and spending his summers cutting trails in high school and college.  He’s worked in the ski industry filming ski expeditions for clients like The North Face and Warren Miller, and guiding and instructing throughout the western US, Canada, Alaska, the Andes in South America, and the Chamonix Valley and beyond in the Alps. 

Adam returned to Vermont just over a decade ago and has been raising his kids here on the mountain – making them the 4th generation of DesLauriers at Bolton Valley.  

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to have him show you around the neighborhood this winter!

For more information or if you just want to say hi, please feel free to email Adam DesLauriers at BVBackcountry@gmail.com.