What People are Saying about Bolton Valley Backcountry Guides

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As we head into our second year of operation, we're proud to share what people had to say about our guides, clinics, tours, and their overall experiences from last winter.  This is every single bit of feedback we got from last year, and is completely unedited.  Suffice to say, people seem pretty happy with it all!

 

 

"Fantastic tour!  Beautiful trails and an experienced guide made this an amazing day!  Learned a lot and got many very usefull suggestions to progress on my splitboard!"

- Helia Z.

 

"Great intro to backcountry skiing/touring.  Fair rates, top of the line rentals, and knowledgeable, friendly guides."

- Zach B.

 

"Excellent clinic to learn the basics of backcountry AT skiing.  Scott was the perfect instructor, he had a great demeanor and approach.  The overview of the AT gear and safety practiced were really helpful.  We enjoyed the outdoor loop, and went back out again for a second loop after lunch.  Also, we loved the Dynafit gear, and went to the Timberline Uphill Jamboree.  We will definitely be buying AT setups and doing more backcountry next winter!  I hope you keep offering these clinics next year."

- Tom D.

 

"Five Stars"

- Aingeru Z.

 

"Great lesson and instructors!  Thank you for an awesome day!"

- Ashley R.

 

"Our guide, Beth, was wonderful.  We skied new trails and learned new skills.  She was patient and knowledgeable.  When we first arrived, the gentleman at the rental counter had no idea that there was an intermediate Backcountry tour taking place today.  I found out about the tour from the CTA website so I said the tour was CTA related.  Eventually we were told to go to the other counter where the young man there was very helpful and found our reservations.  A little more organization at the start of the day would benefit all.  We look forward to returning to Bolton's backcountry."

- Jonathan F.

 

"Scott was so thorough and amazing!!"

- Deborah K.

 

"Good introduction to vertical backcountry climbing."

- Andy S.

 

"Great learning.  Great fun.  Great staff at a wonderful backcountry lifestyle mountain in the hills of New England."

- Eric J.

 

"Amazing day out.  Thanks!"

- Greg S.

 

"I think the backcountry ski trip was great, I learned a lot and got a whole lot better.  The backcountry trails were fun."

- Zephyn J. (age 12)

 

"What a fun day! Good instruction provided during the clinic and then we got out on skis! We did a bunch of short-ish pitches to get the opportunity to transition bindings/skins. The whole day was fun, instructional, and made me want to spend more time in the backcountry."

- Lissy M.

 

"Fabulous! Highly recommend!"

-  Greg M.

 

"Awesome day!  Thanks Adam!"

- Gregory C.

 

"It was really fun to get out in the woods and away from the crowds. Having someone to show us the ropes – how to use the gear & where to go – was great. It mitigated any anxiety or apprehension I may have had. Can’t wait to do it again."

Mike M.

 

"Absolutely loved it"

- Kristian S.

 

"Alex was a truly fantastic guide for me! He was extremely welcoming and friendly; took some extra time to set up a rental splitboard for me; spent just the right amount of time educating us at the lodge about what to pack and how to plan for a backcountry tour; was very attentive to our needs and moods (energy levels) as we were out for our tour; made sure we were comfortable with and enjoying the terrain we were riding; offered many practical tips and tricks while we were out on our tour (e.g. scouting locations and snow conditions, how to transition quickly, uphill tips, etc.); was extremely encouraging and motivating. Alex himself is also patient, trust-inspiring, generous of time and spirit. All in all, Alex has gotten me totally hooked on the whole idea of splitboarding and exploring the backcountry. This was exactly the experience I was hoping for–and in fact, it went way above and beyond my expectations. He invited us to come back next season for a full-day BC tour–and I truly hope to be able to/plan to take him up on it!!"

- Marika R.

 

"Excellent day with Adam.  I had a great experience.  This is fantastic backcountry terrain.  I highly recommend doing a backcountry guided trip with Adam."

- Jason K.

 

"This was a great intro, and got me totally hooked on exploring uncharted (and untracked!) territory.  Dave was a knowledgeable and patient guide, and gave me a ton of valuable info in a very short period of time.  Something Dave said at the end of our lesson really resonated with me.  I asked what comes next - where I should go to do more in the backcountry, thinking it would only be accessible to me a few times each season, but Dave basically said, 'you can do this anywhere.'  So now I'm asking about uphill policies at the resorts I frequent, and exploring all my favorite trails out here in the Catskills.  Thanks again, guys, and see you next winter!"

- Michael M.

 

"Appreciate the experience of skiing Backcountry for the first time.  From Adam taking the time to outfit us in the latest Dynafit equipment to Jake guiding us in the backcountry, it was fantastic and will return next season."

- Kevin F.

 

"This was, hands-down, the best intro to backcountry experience!  The ground school orientation was just what we needed.  Jake, our guide, provided an exceptional learning experience wherein we quickly developed an appreciation for the terrain and capabilities of the equipment.  The orientation and instructional tour definitely evinced a safety first ethic, but Jake also brought an infectious and generaous enjoyment of the fantastic Bolton backcountry."

- Ken N.

 

"Five Stars!"

- Tom C.

 

"It was a bit disorganized when we first arrived and were trying to figure out what group we should be in but once the groups were sorted out the tour was great!  It was a good group, a great guide, and a fantastic overall experience!"

- Astrid Z.

 

"The guide really tailored the morning to our goals and abilities once outside.  The classroom part gave us everything we needed to know in order to handle all set up and planning for ourselves next time.  We were able to take full advantage of the late season snow because of what we learned in this clinic!"

- Megan B.

 

"Great equipment and great guides.  Definitely worth trying if you're interested."

- Dan F.

 

"Scott was the best instructor! I learned so much and had fun."

- Tiffany F.

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