Uphill Policy

Know before you go

Wilderness and Timberline Uphill Routes are CLOSED for the season.

We have 2 Designated Uphill Routes – one off Timberline and one off Wilderness (in green here):

Check Out Our Blog Post on the New Uphill Policy

Bolton Valley Uphill Policy Winter 2020-2021

All uphill traffic – at all times – requires a day ticket or season pass.  Tickets will be available 24/7 on our website BoltonValley.com when NBU terrain is “open.”

Ski Patrol is not available and will not respond unless the lifts are operating and open to the public. Call 911 in case of Emergency. Carry a fully charged cell phone and know your specific location, including trail names. Practice “check-in” texts or calls with a friend at the start and finish of your outings. Be aware that cell phone service is inconsistent in the mountain environment, and cold temperatures reduce battery life. 

Uphill travel on alpine trails is confined to designated uphill routes only and limited to skinning and touring onlySnowshoes and foot traffic are not allowed on alpine trails, as well as dogs are NOT ALLOWED.  Snowshoes are permitted on all Nordic and Backcountry terrain and trails, but boot packing and foot traffic are not allowed on any trails or backcountry zone.

Uphill travel on designated routes is permitted all day and night (when trails are open) with these important exceptions

  1. Wilderness Uphill Route is closed 10pm – 12am daily. 
  1. Timberline Uphill Route is closed 5am – 9am daily. 
  1. Anytime posted as closed. 

We encourage skiers and riders to explore uphill touring on familiar terrain. Our Backcountry Center has a full fleet of split boards and alpine touring equipment for rent, as well as introductory clinics and group tours. Private backcountry instruction and guide services are also available on request and are highly recommended when venturing out of marked zones and beyond ski area boundaries. 

Rules

Please read and follow these simple rules to keep uphill touring safe and fun for everybody: 

1.  Always be Aware of and Yield to Mountain Operations – Even during off-hours, there are still operations happening. You may encounter mountain machinery at any time.  

Stay off trails that are currently being groomed or have snowmaking equipment in operation. When encountering mountain operations staff and vehicles, please move out of the way, stay visible and collected as a group, and stop any uphill or downhill movement until they pass by. 

2. Tour in a single file line – It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for you and your fellow uphillers tour in a single file line. Snowcats and our mountain operation crew work early mornings and late nights which means they will be on trails with motorized vehicles that might encounter your group. If this does happy please, move out of the way so they may pass by you and your fellow uphillers safely.

3.  Be Seen and listen closely – Wear bright colored or reflective gear and use a light. This will help the mountain operations crew to see you and for you to keep track of each other. Also, be mindful of your surroundings. You need to be able to hear! Inner ear headphones are not appropriate when traveling uphill on our alpine / lift serviced terrain. When you hear snowcats and/or snow machines approaching, please cede the right of way and respect our mountain operations personnel. This may seem like common sense, but it is not nearly common enough, unfortunately. Please keep your eyes and ears active when transitioning at the bottom or top of your run within the Wilderness and Timberline Alpine Lift Loading and Unloading areas in particular, even if the lift isn’t currently spinning. Essentially, you are probably on a Work Road that our Mountain Ops frequently pass through, no matter the time of day or day of the week.

4.  Ski in Groups and Have a Plan – Have a plan, and everyone sticks to it. Skiing together helps you keep track of each other on the way down and will help our staff to see you. Share your plan with someone outside your party and communicate with them when you return. 

5.  No Dogs – Dogs are not allowed on the mountain.  We love our furry friends, but please leave them at home; dogs pose a safety risk to you, themselves, other guests, and the mountain operations crew.   

6.  No snowshoes or boot packing on our alpine (lift serviced) terrain. Respect the skin track and alpine trails please! AND
No Sledding – Ski and snowboarding terrain with grooming, snowmaking and other mountain operations in progress is not compatible with sledding.

7.  No Alternate Routes AND
There is NO UPHILL ROUTE TO VISTA PEAK. EVER. Under ANY circumstance.
There will be times when uphill routes are closed due to weather conditions or other reasons.  Do not seek an alternate route, consider the mountain closed to uphill traffic. Please check the Bolton Valley website snow report before proceeding and heed all posted closings, warnings, and other comments. 

8. Avoid all Snowmaking Equipment – Snowmaking equipment poses serious hazards, especially in the dark. Snow may be wet and heavy and may be inconsistent between guns. Hoses stretch between guns and across skiing terrain. DO NOT ski over any hoses, lines, or equipment. These hoses contain high -pressure water and electricity and any contact with them is extremely dangerous. 

9. Leave No Trace – Please remove all trash and personal items. Leave the mountain environment as you found it or better.  

10. Respect BV Property – Respect the mountain buildings, lifts, and other Bolton Valley structures. 

11. Respect BV Mountain Operations Staff – Respect any BV staff you encounter and consider them as voices of authority. Follow any instructions or warnings they may give.  

12. Ski Area Boundary – Vermont Law provides that you are liable for all expenses from search and rescue efforts beyond the ski-area boundary. 

WARNING: 

SNOWMAKING EQUIPMENT, WATER/POWER LINES, SNOWCATS, SNOW MACHINES, MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT AND OTHER HAZARDS CAN BE ENCOUNTERED ANYWHERE AT ANYTIME ON THE MOUNTAIN, IN ANY SEASON.  PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN ON THE MOUNTAIN. ALWAYS DISPLAY A LIGHT AND WEAR REFLECTIVE CLOTHING. 

WHEN ENCOUNTERING MOUNTAIN OPERATIONS STAFF AND VEHICLES, PLEASE MOVE OUT OF THE WAY AND STOP ANY UPHILL OR DOWNHILL MOVEMENT UNTIL THEY PASS BY. 

PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION ON THE MOUNTAIN. NO RESCUE SERVICES OR TERRAIN MANAGEMENT CAN BE EXPECTED OUTSIDE THE CURRENTLY OPEN NORDIC OR LIFT SERVICED TERRAIN. 

During lift serviced hours, call (802) 434-6823. If there is no response call 911 

Please respect this beautiful place and enjoy your time on the mountain! 

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