The Perfect Vermont Family Ski Vacation!Bolton Valley
Family Ski and Stay Packages for all abilities and budgets. Learn to ski and ride for all ages, true Vermont resort hospitality. Bolton Valley Vermont is the perfect getaway for families who want to learn to ski and ride in a safe, friendly Vermont resort atmosphere.
OverviewA little more about us
Bolton Valley Vermont is a unique, high mountain alpine ski village surrounded by over 5,000 pristine acres. At Bolton Valley the recreational opportunities are as numerous as the views are spectacular. Whether you’re interested in skiing or snowboarding, telemark or Nordic, backcountry or night skiing, Bolton Valley has it all in abundance.
Accommodations & Amenities
After your legs have had enough, relax in the Sports Center’s jacuzzi and heated pool, or else warm up in the sauna. Need more activities? Join a basketball game, play tennis, or work out in the exercise center. There is no limit on ways to stay active at Bolton Valley.
Great food? We have that too. Want to stay in slope-side lodging? Look no further. All lodging, whether it be the Inn accommodations, suites, or condominiums, are all slopeside or within a short walking distance. No cars needed at Bolton Valley, it’s all right here. We are family-friendly, affordable, and offer loads of fun. Bolton Valley is the place to get away and enjoy the best Vermont has to offer.
Bolton Valley Resort
4302 Bolton Access Road
Bolton Valley, Vermont 05477
Bolton Valley is owned by Ralph DesLauriers, his son Evan DesLauriers, and his daughter Lindsay DesLauriers. All three family members live slopeside at Bolton Valley.
- 2 Quad Chair Lifts
- 3 Double Chair Lifts
- 1 Surface lift
- 71 trails
- 34% Easier
- 38% More Difficult
- 28% Most Difficult
- Vertical Drop: 1,704 feet
- Base Elevation: 2,100 feet (highest in the Northeast)
- Summit Elevation: 3,150 feet at Vista Peak
- 300 Skiable Acres
- Lifts open Sunday-Monday from 9:00am-4:00pm, and Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00am-10:00pm
- 312 inches average annual snowfall
- Over 1200 acres of Nordic and backcountry terrain
- 100km of Nordic and backcountry trails including 26km of groomed Nordic terrain
- A complete lineup of rental equipment, lessons, clinics, guiding, and more
- Indoor pool
- Jacuzzi and Sauna
- Indoor Skatepark
- Indoor Gymnasium with Basketball & Tennis
- 2 Bouncy Castles
- Fitness Machines & Weights
- Sports Bar
- Corporate Outings
- Adventure Packages
- Outdoor Education
- Guided Excursions
- Custom Programs
- Challenge Course
- Lodging Packages
For More Information call: (802) 434-6831
- Skiing, snowboarding, and telemarking
- Wide range of programs such as the After School Ski Program, and 7 season long ski and ride teams
For More Information call: (802) 434-6878
- 10 trails open to night skiing and riding
- 3 Lighted Terrain Parks
- Tuesday-Saturday nights 4:00pm-10:00pm
- Three terrain parks featuring night skiing and riding
- 60 Hotel rooms, suites and condominiums
- All-Inclusive packages and ski and stay package available
- Sports Center access included with lodging
For More Information Call: (802) 434-3444
- On Mountain: James Moore Tavern, Fireside Flatbread, BV Deli, Poolside Lounge, Village Cafe, Base Village Cafeteria, and Timberline Cafeteria
News & Announcements from Bolton ValleyPress Room
Community & Environmental Initiatives
At Bolton Valley we strive to be as environmentally conscious as possible. In fact, we were recently highlighted as one of the Climate Action Business Association’s Champions of Snow. Skiing and riding are outdoor sports and we depend on a clean environment and abundant snowfall. To learn more about our environmental initiatives check out the sections below:
In 2009 Bolton became the second ski area in the country, and the first in Vermont, to boast a wind turbine on site. The turbine is maintained by Bolton Valley staff and owned by Larry Williams and Doug Nedde, also the owners of Bolton Valley.
The 121-foot-tall Northwind 100 Wind Turbine produces approximately 300,000 kilowatt hours of power annually and can start generating electricity at wind speeds as low as 6 mph. The turbine uses net metering so power is sent into the electrical grid and in return, Bolton Valley receives a price reduction on their electricity. The amount of power produced could cover about one eighth of Bolton Valley’s total energy needs, which is equivalent to the electricity consumed by 40 to 45 Vermont households.
Northern Power Systems is a Vermont company based in Barre that used Vermont companies whenever possible throughout the manufacturing and installation of the turbine. Northern Power Systems also created a kiosk that tracks live info from the turbine. Check out the site to see the turbine’s current status. For even more specifics about the wind turbine check out the wind turbine fact sheet.
Rime ice, an opaque coating of tiny, white, granular ice particles caused by the rapid freezing of supercooled water droplets on impact with an object, can throw off the turbine’s balance and cause drag. Because the turbine is harmonically tuned it will automatically shut off when it senses an imbalance or drag. This is what keeps the windmill from running 24/7 in the winter months. January through February/March are the least productive months for the turbine. The milder the weather conditions, the more often the turbine can spin and produce power. Three solutions have been tested on the blades to prevent rime ice from building up. The first set of blades were coated with special paint that was designed to resist any type of substance from adhering to the painted surface but the blades still collected ice. Next, a heated blade with no special coating was installed, but that did not prevent icing either. The current blades are now coated with another design of paint that utilizes nanotechnology to have even smaller pores than the first blades. This most recent attempt at reducing rime ice has not been truly tested because of the very mild winter of 2011/2012, the first season it was being tested. There is hope that this solution will prove successful.
This unique initiative prompted Bolton’s receipt of the National Ski Areas Association’s 2010 Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Energy Conservation/Clean Energy. These NSAA awards have garnered national recognition as the leading program honoring environmental excellence in the ski industry.
Wind Turbine Press Releases:
The ingredients for snowmaking are water, air and cold. The combination of air and water depends on the outside temperature; the colder the air temperature, the less compressed air needed to make the snow and vice versa.
Bolton Valley uses high-efficiency snowmaking guns. This allows us to run more guns at once because each one requires less compressed air. More available air means there is more air to pump water and more snow can be made, which is a good thing for everyone!
Bolton uses diesel groomers with a usage of 40-80 gallons a day and feature improved emissions ratings—they are fast, have a high pushing power and horsepower.
Bolton’s pump house located at the top of the Mid-Mountain lift is primarily heated with waste heat from their new electric compressor. It is important to heat this building to dry out the hoses and keep them from freezing. A radiant heater was used before that required 250 gallons of propane a week. Now there are two new wall unit propane heaters purchased in the 2008-2009 season that maintain the building at 50 degrees when the electric compressor is not in use so that the pipes and hoses do not freeze. However, they only have to be turned on a few times a season and only use about 100 gallons of propane a season.
Bolton partnered with the Energy Co-op of Vermont to install two Magnum Countryside pellet stoves to heat the baselodge. The stoves burn premium quality wood pellets manufactured locally in North Clarendon, Vermont. Aside from the reduction in fossil fuel, according to the US Department of Energy, pellet stoves have the lowest emissions of any biomass appliance.
LED lighting is perfect for Bolton Valley because LED lights have a much longer life than incandescent bulbs and fluorescent and do well in cold climates. We changed some of our outdoor lights to LED’s in 2011 which saves 1,195 kWh/year.
The James Moore Tavern and Fireside Flatbread work to provide locally sourced food and beverages. The James Moore Tavern and Fireside Flatbread locally source about 60% of their food. These restaurants work with Squash Valley Produce to source as much locally sourced food as possible. The Tavern uses Vermont beef from Boyden Farms and Cabot cheddar cheese in their famous Bolton Valley Ski Burger. These two apres ski specialists tie together the experience by providing Cookie Love cookies and Hood milk for the kids, and local brews such as: Long Trail, Switch Back and Magic Hat.
Bolton Valley reduces their carbon footprint by purchasing Skyway trash bags which are made in the United States from recycled agricultural plastics and require 80% less petroleum to produce and distribute.
Every winter erosion and heavy traffic from cars, skiers, snow plows, and snowcats tears up the soil and grass around the Bolton Base lodge. Instead of purchasing new topsoil, Bolton creates their own organic material by mixing excess dirt from the parking lot, sand, woodchips donated by local residents, and salt. This mixture provides a great soil to grow grass again for another beautiful green summer and a creative way to replace the soil that erodes from the bottom of the slopes during the ski season.
Bolton Valley donates all of their used cooking oil to Alternative Fuel Foundation.
Member of the Western Slopes Business Association.
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