Bolton Valley Begins to Make Snow in Anticipation of Opening Day, Saturday, Dec. 10

BOLTON VALLEY, VT (12/3/2011) -

The minute temperatures dropped into the “snowmaking zone,” Bolton Valley snowmakers were at the ready, firing up the snowguns last night in anticipation of the area’s opening for the 2011-2012 ski and snowboard season on Saturday, Dec. 10. Snowmakers will make snow whenever temperatures permit.

Snowmaking photos are available for download here.

“It’s been a challenging few weeks with warm temperatures but the cold weather is dropping in at the right time for us – about one week out from opening day—which is about the amount of time we need to get trails open for the season,” said Josh Arneson, director of sales and marketing. “While some natural snow would be nice, so long as it stays cold and dry, we’ll continue to make our own storm.”

Bolton received 5-7 inches of snow the day before Thanksgiving in its first official snowstorm of the season, however warmer temperatures made that natural snow disappear. On average, Bolton receives more than 300 inches of natural snow annually.

Plans for opening day weekend include shopping, festivities and the arrival of Santa in nearby Waterbury on Friday night, the sampling of treats from some of Vermont’s finest food purveyors plus the Eastern Mountain Sports Telemark Demo Day on Saturday. Santa will be the closing act for day skiing and riding at Bolton (night skiing is from 4-8 p.m.) as Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive around 4:00 p.m. and lead a tree lighting ceremony at the ski area.

For updates on opening day and snow conditions, guests should visit

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 or call 802-434-3444.