Uphill Travel Policy

The Timberline Quad has a mechanical issue which, unfortunately, will prevent it from running again this season. Thankfully we have a solid base of snow on Wilderness due to the nearly seven feet of snow that has fallen this month. We plan to run Wilderness in place of Timberline Fridays through Mondays through the rest of the season.

Timberline will now be the preferred early morning route for uphill travel as we will not have groomers on the section of the mountain for the remainder of the season. You will still need a lift ticket or pass to travel uphill between the hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm. 
 
We encourage all skiers and riders to take this opportunity to try out uphill touring on familiar terrain. Our Nordic Center has a full fleet of snowshoes, split boards, and Alpine Touring skis for rent, which you are welcome to use at Timberline.
  1. Always be aware of grooming operations - This one should be pretty self-explanatory, but sometimes people don't realize that even though the mountain may be closed during off-hours, there's still operations going on. We groom all night long here at BV, and that means you're likely to come across a groomer if you're hiking our uphill route in the dark.
  2. Stay off trails that are currently being groomed
  3. If you see a groomer, yield - If you start down a trail and happen to encounter a groomer, stop on the far side of the trail and wait for him to pass if he is traveling uphill. If he is traveling down hill, move to the far side of the trail and slowly pass the groomer. Be sure to make eye contact with the pilot before you ski past and stay far away from the groomer. Do not cut back in front of the groomer at any time during your downhill run. These machines are heavy and fast and, trust me, you wouldn't want to tangle with one.
  4. Wear bright colored ski gear if possible - If you've got bright colored or reflective gear, wear it. That will make it easier for groomers to see you and for your friends to keep track of you as well.
  5. Ski in groups - Pick a line and everyone stick to it. Think of it as your own little wolf pack. Skiing closer together will not only make it easier to keep track of each other on the way down, but it will help our grooming staff as well. It's much easier to see four people skiing together than spread out individually all over the trail.
  6. Be smart. Be respectful - Don't be that person who cuts off a groomer on your way back down the hill. Don't ever ski right behind a tiller to get fresh corduroy. Don't surround the groomer on your way down the mountain. Remember, it's dark when we groom, so our pilots can't always see you if you're too close. Respect gets respect. Keep your distance, respect the work they're doing and everyone will have a good night. The uphill policy has been fun this season, so let's make sure we're all on the same page so it can continue in future years as well.
  7. No Dogs
  8. No Alternate Routes: If uphill route is impassable, do not find an alternate route, consider the mountain closed to uphill traffic.

Bolton Valley Uphill Travel Policy


Uphill travel on skis is permitted at Bolton Valley. Skiers are advised to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • During the winter ski season which runs from December 1 - April 15 the following rates apply for uphill skiing:
    • Between the hours of 8:30am - 4:30pm, uphill skiers must have a lift ticket for the day, season pass, Nordic day ticket for the day, or Nordic season pass. Uphill skiers do so at their own risk.
    • Between the hours of 4:30pm - 8:30am, uphill skiers access Bolton Valley property at their own risk and do not need a ticket or a pass.
  • AT ALL TIMES the two routes designated for uphill skiing are:
    • Wilderness: Turnpike to Peggy Dow’s
    • Timberline: Twice as Nice to Woods Hole to Brandywine (not open between 5 - 9am, when groomers are most active at Timberline)
    • Access to uphill skiing is limited to theses routes both during and outside of operating hours. 
    • No uphill traffic is permitted to the top of Vista.
    • If uphill route is impassable, do not find an alternate route, consider the mountain closed to uphill traffic.
  • Skiers should stay to their left when traveling uphill.
  • Please form single file lines when skiing uphill.
  • No dogs.
  • No snowshoes. Access is limited to skiers and split snowboards only.
  • Use headlamp and reflective clothing at night.
  • Do not travel alone. Always have at least one other person with you.
  • In case of an emergency when lifts are open contact Ski Patrol at 802-434-6892. Please carry a cell phone.
  • In case of an emergency when lifts are closed call 911.
  • Bolton Valley is private property, uphill skiing is a privlage, not a right. 

WARNING

  • Be aware of grooming machines and snow machines and let them pass.
  • Yield to all downhill traffic. Downhill traffic has the right of way.
  • Do not access trails that you can see are being groomed.
  • Please do not access trails where snowmaking is occurring.
  • There are no rescue personnel on duty at Bolton Valley Resort after regular operating hours.
  • Be prepared for extreme winter conditions and sudden weather changes.
  • Use properly maintained equipment.
  • There are many inherent dangers to winter mountain sports. Use care and caution at all times.

Access to Bolton Valley Resort premises for recreational use after hours is governed by Vermont law [12 V.S.A. 5791 et seq].

Access Is At Your Own Risk.