Bolton Valley Opening Day, Slated for Dec. 10

Santa’s Arrival, Holiday Shopping, Vermont Food Sampling, Telemark Demos, and Skiing and Riding

BOLTON VALLEY, VT (11/21/2011) -

To kick off the 2011-2012 season, Bolton Valley officials have created a festive package of activities to complement skiing and riding on opening day, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10, weather permitting.

To stir up excitement in the local area, Bolton Valley is working closely with the Waterbury Tourism Council  and Revitalizing Waterbury to present a pre-opening evening of holiday activities on Friday night, Dec. 9. The SD Ireland Holiday Cement Mixer, completely decked out in holiday lights, will drive Santa into downtown Waterbury at 5p.m. Residents and visitors will align Main Street to greet Santa as he travels to his final destination of the evening, the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center and Café at Waterbury’s historic train station. Kids can say hello to Santa, plus climb on, touch and check out the brightly lit mixer. The GMCR Café will be open offering free hot chocolate and coffee. Restaurants and retail shops will be open throughout the evening for visitors and guests to do a bit of holiday shopping as well.

On Saturday in addition to the inaugural turns on opening day, skiers and riders can fill their tummies with yummy samples of some of Vermont’s finest food purveyors. Olivia’s Croutons and Two Guys in VT Soups, Vermont Natural Foods, Vermont Peanut Butter, Vermont Cookie Love, and Red Maple Granola are just a few of the companies that will offer samples of their wares from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to guests at Bolton.

Eastern Mountain Sports also will host a Telemark Demo Day at Bolton on Saturday. Free demos will be available from 10 a.m. -  4 p.m. for those with previous telemark skiing experience. As with all demo days, this is a great opportunity for skiers to try the latest in equipment and technology prior to making a permanent purchase.

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 4:30 p.m. and lead a tree lighting ceremony at the ski area.

Early season lift ticket prices will be in effect and will be announced closer to opening day and are dependent on weather, conditions and number of trails and lifts open. For the latest snow conditions, 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.