2-3” of New Snow Last Night, a Commitment to Snowmaking and Grooming Combined with Nearly 100 Percent Open Terrain

BOLTON VALLEY, VT (2/17/2012) -


Video Taken Thursday, Feb. 16 before the new snow.

Action Photos available from the past week showing mid-winter conditions at Bolton Valley.

Spreading the good word about skiing and riding this season has been a challenge to some ski area officials, but with a commitment to snowmaking and grooming coupled with short bursts of high-elevation snow, Bolton Valley is offering nearly 100 percent open terrain for the holiday weekend and into next week, with packed powder and powder conditions thanks to the two to three inches of new snow last night.

What skiers and riders are finding is that mid-winter conditions at Bolton Valley don’t necessarily coincide with what’s on the ground in their yards, even as close as Burlington.

“It’s not hard to figure out why not as many skiers and riders are enjoying the mountains this season—lawns are bare in Burlington, and we’ve had less than average natural snowfall,” said Josh Arneson, director of sales and marketing at Bolton. “But up here in the mountains it is a different story. We’ve been enjoying great conditions all winter long, and with the recent opening of Timberline and a little fresh snow last night, the photos and video we posted today are a testament to what the skiing and riding is really like. People are remembering last year’s above average snowfall and forget that with snowmaking technology and consistent grooming, there are more than enough reasons to hit the slopes. We’re looking forward to a great holiday week.”

With the 2-3 inches of snow from last night’s storm, Bolton will be nearly 100 percent open for the holiday weekend with all six lifts and 67 of 70 trails open. About a foot of new snow would allow patrol to drop the ropes on those final three trails.

“Perception versus reality has been a challenge this season for sure,” said Arneson, of the ski area that traditionally receives more than 300 inches of natural snow annually. “Even for some of us who work on the slopes every day, just coming in to work each morning and seeing the mountain covered in white is a great reminder that it is the middle of February, even though it may not feel that way in lower elevations.”

Bolton Valley is Vermont’s most convenient and affordable big mountain skiing. 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 88km 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 $79/person/night. For more information visit www.boltonvalley.com or call 802-434-3444.