Skiing (and Riding) Santas Earn a Free Lift Ticket at Bolton Valley, Dec. 18; $25 Lift Tickets Dec. 19-25

BOLTON VALLEY, VT (12/6/2011) -

On Sunday, Dec. 18, skiers and riders who arrive at Bolton Valley, conveniently located just 30 minutes from Burlington and 10 minutes from Interstate 89, dressed head to toe in official Kris Kringle attire will ski and ride free that day. This challenge is not for the faint at heart—a red hat won’t cut it. Guests must be dressed in the complete Santa package to earn the free lift ticket. Last year, there were at least two dozen Santa sightings on the mountain during Skiing Santa Day.

To view photos from last year’s Santa extravaganza, click here.

To continue the holiday celebration, from Dec. 19-25, Bolton will celebrate Happy Holiday Week with $25 lift tickets during a time when resort officials lower the daily lift ticket rate just before the Christmas holiday period. These $25 lift tickets, and $5 tickets for Nordic skiing, will be available at resort ticket windows. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of that week, lift tickets are valid for skiing and riding until 8 p.m. as well. Ski and Stay packages start at $55 per person during Happy Holiday Week. New Year’s Eve fireworks and a torchlight parade will culminate December’s month-long celebration beginning at 8 p.m.

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 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.