Ski and Ride Where the Locals Do

As Convenient and Accessible as Your Own Backyard

BOLTON VALLEY, VT (10/1/2011) -

When people think about skiing and riding “in their own backyard,” they traditionally look to the ski area or resort that is the closest to their own street address. That’s easy for some, who live in mountain communities year-round, which is why Bolton Valley is known as the “local’s” ski area. But for city dwellers and suburban families, the closest ski area may just be a few hours away. For those who are searching for a ski resort that’s an easy trip from most New England-metro areas, they need look no further than Bolton Valley.

From a local, Vermont perspective, Bolton Valley’s ski and snowboard school teaches more than 2,000 kids each year to ski or ride in its after school program. From the summit, Bolton Valley affords amazing view of Camel’s Hump, Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. The resort is involved with its surrounding non-profit community and actively participates in groups like Chill and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.

However, Bolton Valley’s ability to extend its backyard is easy because of its convenient and accessible location. The resort is only 30 minutes from Burlington and the Burlington International Airport, and only about 10 minutes from Interstate 89, the major link between the resort and metro-Boston, and points south. For those driving, Bolton Valley is just about three hours from Boston. Bolton Valley defines “backyard” as convenient and accessible.

“The word backyard conjures up so many images—barbecues, playing on the swing set, laughing with friends and family,” said Josh Arneson, director of sales and marketing at Bolton. “But it’s also about convenience. You step outside your backdoor, right into your backyard. We do the same here at Bolton. Getting here is simple as we’re just 10 minutes off the Interstate. And once you’re here, everything is within walking distance in our base village. We invite everyone to come play in our backyard as if it were their own.”

Part of that backyard “local” value also lies in the resort’s Vermont appeal. Guests at Bolton Valley are literally entrenched into Vermont’s backyard and experience some 5,000 acres of natural wooded landscape. Bolton offers three interconnected mountain peaks with 70 trails, 300 acres of trails and glades, six lifts and three terrain parks, including the Burton Progression Park, plus Vermont’s only night skiing and riding. Extensive snowmaking plus more than 300 inches of natural snow each year ensure that skiers and riders experience the real Vermont.

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 from $79/person/night. For more information visit or call 802-434-3444.