Freak Vermont Snowstorm Helps to Open Up More Trails at Bolton Valley; 7-10 Inches of New Snow and Nearly 20 Trails for the Weekend

BOLTON VALLEY, VT (12/29/2011) -

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Bolton Valley, big mountain skiing and riding packed with value just 30 minutes from Burlington, enjoys its share of natural snowfall each year. Mother Nature finally checked the calendar and sent an unpredicted snowstorm to Central Vermont yesterday, dropping 7-10 inches of new snow across the ski area’s trails. As a result, Bolton officials expect to have upwards of 20 trails open for the weekend.

“We were able to open up 11 additional trails today because of the snow from yesterday and last night, and we’ll open another two trails for the weekend thanks to our snowmakers,” said Josh Arneson, director of sales and marketing. “Our forecast is calling for temperatures in the 20 to 30 degree range for the next three days—great snowmaking temperatures but also comfortable skiing weather. It should be a fun New Year’s weekend as we charge into 2012 with night skiing and riding and a New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks on Saturday night.”

Today 17 trails were open, accessed by three lifts. Conditions were packed powder and powder. Night skiing is offered Wednesday through Saturday and Bolton will be open for skiing and riding on New Year’s Eve. Through January 1st lift tickets will be $10 off of regular holiday rates, $59 adults, $49 youth/college/senior. For the complete snow report, skiers and riders 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.