Bolton Valley’s Labor of Love Rail Jam, Friday, Aug. 31, Kicks off Vermont’s Largest Ski and Snowboard Sale

Vermont’s most affordable mountain offers up “snow” on Labor Day Weekend to jump start the Winter 2012-2013 Season

BOLTON VALLEY, VT (8/21/2012) -

For those who are desperate to get back on snow again this season, Bolton Valley, where big mountain skiing and riding is convenient and affordable, is offering up a bit of “snow” Labor Day Weekend at the Labor of Love Rail Jam, Friday evening, Aug. 31. The window of opportunity is small—only one hour is available to satisfy ski and snowboard desires until Bolton Valley officially opens in December—but officials expect that one hour to be a family fun-filled time.

“To some it may feel like a tease to only be on snow for an hour and then have to wait another three plus months for the real deal,” said Josh Arneson, sales and marketing director at Bolton Valley Resort. “But we expect it to be a fun time for kids and families, and it’s a perfect complement for the largest ski and snowboard sale in Vermont, which is being held from Thursday through Monday. We hope people will come out and celebrate a bit of pre-season fun with us and get psyched for what’s to come.”

Terrain park makers will collect snow from a local ice rink and then cover the tennis courts next to the Sports Center. Skiers and riders will kick out the summer cobwebs on rails during the hour-long jam session. Prizes will be award to the best skiers and riders at the end of the jam as well as a few extra prizes being tossed out to all competitors. Registration and bib pick up begins at 5 p.m. and space is limited so participants are encouraged to pre-register online. The jam session begins at 6 p.m. with awards at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.

Vermont’s largest ski and snowboard sale will be held in the Sports Center at Bolton Valley as well, from Aug. 30 – Sept. 3. Produced in conjunction with The Ski and Snowboard Liquidation Center, a New England company with years of experience producing large scale ski and snowboard events, the ski and snowboard sale will include more than $1 million in inventory including products like skis and snowboards starting at $99 and kids snowboards starting at $59. Top manufacturer names will be sold including skis from Volkl, K2, Dynastar, Atomic, Elan, and Nordica as well as adult snowboards from Burton, Forum, K2, and Atomic. Youth ski packages begin at $99 for used and $199 for new. A large selection of adult and youth clothing and accessories also will be for sale.

To round out the weekend, the Run Strong VT 5K, a new trail race and disaster relief fundraiser to benefit ReBuild Waterbury, an organization working toward rebuilding Waterbury after the destruction from Tropical Storm Irene one year ago this month, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1. Race cost is $35 and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit ReBuild Waterbury. More details can be found at

Skiers and riders can purchase and pick up their Bolton Valley All Access Season Pass at the sale. Passes are priced at $569 for adults and $159 for youth when purchased with an adult parent’s pass, but the rate will increase after Sept. 24. Bolton Valley pass holders will get an additional 5% off items purchased at the sale.

Ski and snowboard sale hours are Thursday from 4-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Monday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The sale will be held at the Sports Center located at the opposite end of the parking lot from the main base area of the resort. For more information, visit

Bolton Valley Resort 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 is one of only two ski resorts 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 100km of high elevation Nordic terrain, a complete Sports Center and Indoor Amusement Center and Vermont’s only 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 from $79/person/night. For more information visit or call 802-434-3444.