Uphill Travel (2019-20)

Starting with the 2019-20 winter season, all uphill traffic will need either a NBU ticket or season pass AT ALL TIMES.

This will include before, during, and after lift operations.

Whether or not lifts are running is not relevant.

We'll Include 3 One Ride Lift Tickets (a $60 value) if you purchase a NBU Pass. They will be pre-loaded on your NBU RFID Card when you pick up your pass. Feel free to use all in one day or over several days - share with your friends or use them all yourself. You do you.

Save $50 on your NBU Pass if you are a Catamount Trail Association Member now through Dec 31, 2019. If you're already a member, get instructions on how to lock in your savings from CTA directly and bring your membership card when you pick up your NBU Pass at Bolton Valley or one of our off site printing parties.

If you'd like more information on becoming a CTA member so you can save on your NBU Pass purchase, GO HERE

Or if you prefer spending more, that's fine too. Pick up your NBU Pass here: BoltonValley.com/Passes

Check Out Our Blog Post on the New Uphill Policy

To our beloved uphilling friends,

Wow, what a few years it’s been for our backcountry programs here at Bolton Valley. We’ve watched this community grow and thrive from a small group of dedicated folks to a burgeoning community of alpine touring skiers and splitboarders. Most mornings we see a steady stream of ants marching up the hill to snag first turns and a quick workout before work. Some days we bask in the glory of our uphillers and downhillers sharing the alpine terrain in harmony during lift operating hours. And it’s so fun to see the train of headlamps heading up after work in the mid-winter and to bump into friends at the top of Wilderness or Timberline in the spring to catch the sunset out across the Adirondacks.

Bolton Valley has a proud tradition of pioneering growth within the sport. Years ago as skiers and riders sought out fresh tracks, we were amongst the first to really embrace in bounds gladed trails on our trail maps. Now we aim to blaze a similar trail with respect to our uphill and backcountry community.

We’re asking for your support as we update our uphill policy in advance of the 2019-20 winter season. Starting next season, all uphill traffic will need either a lift ticket or season pass (all access season pass or backcountry/Nordic/uphill pass) to be in compliance with our Uphill Trail Policy. This will include before, during, and after lift operations. Acknowledging that we don’t have a ticket window at all times, you will be able to purchase the appropriate uphill ticket or Nordic/backcountry/uphill season’s pass on your phone anytime.

Additionally, we’ve heard from several of our regular uphill skiers and riders, that  wish they could access the terrain off Vista Peak.   We are looking for an appropriate uphill route to get you there.  And while we can’t promise we’ll find it in time for next season, we are really excited   to announce that starting in 2019-2020, every Nordic/backcountry/uphill season pass will come with 3 one ride lift tickets. These tickets can be used all at once to bring 2 friends or take 3 separate trips yourself throughout the season.

Our mountain operations team works tirelessly day and night to keep our parking lots clear and to groom and maintain our trails.  As interest in in-bounds uphilling grows, it has a corresponding  impact on our day to day mountain operations. Some mornings, most of the upper base and Timberline parking lots are nearly full with backcountry enthusiasts.  That makes our mountain hearts sing!  It’s clear to us that in order to fully embrace this exciting evolution in our sport, it’s time to look for support from our uphill friends


At Bolton Valley, we are all about access to the mountain and we are so grateful to be a part of this human powered, uphill revolution.  As we look to the future, we are committed to offering a quality resort experience for both uphill and downhill skiers and riders every day at Bolton Valley.


We appreciate your support.