Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

Unequaled Access to Endless Terrain

Explore Beyond Lift Service

Bolton Valley is the highest zip code in New England at elevation 2200 feet, with surrounding peaks ranging from 3200’ to the summit of Bolton Mountain at 3,650’. 

With its expansive view of the Lake Champlain Basin, Bolton faces directly west across the widest part of the lake and lies right in the middle of the front range of the Green Mountains’ highest peaks.  Not only does that provide amazing sunsets over the lake, but it means significant snowfall after storms pick up moisture above Champlain and then empty it on the western flanks to climb over the highest peaks of the Greens.

The lion’s share of Bolton Valley’s premiere backcountry terrain lies on the leeward faces of its highest ridges, providing a northeast-facing snow-accumulating zone that sits 3000 feet above the Champlain Valley floor and keeps snow shaded, light, and fluffy throughout the winter season.  The accessible terrain ranges from mellow stands of old-growth white and yellow birch and maple trees to steep wooded glades to narrow little couloirs and cliff zones that challenge even the most advanced skiers and riders.

From the Bolton Valley base area, skiers and riders can access well over 12,000 acres of untouched wilderness on some of the highest faces in the Green Mountains. This means there are always plenty of fresh turns for everyone.

Getting into the backcountry has never been easier.

With its proximity to the alpine resort and all its amenities, the Bolton Valley Backcountry Program stands alone in making backcountry skiing and riding easily accessible to everyone. Every private guided tour and lesson includes two 1-ride lift tickets, so backcountry skiers and riders are instantly transported to the high peaks of the Green Mountains. This access sets us apart from any other guiding company in the Eastern US and Canada by maximizing the amount of vertical our guests can expect from a day or half-day of guided touring.

To make things even easier, Bolton Valley’s certified child care and kids ski and ride programs are all available on-site! Parents can literally drop the kids off as they and their guide walk to the chairlift to access pristine Vermont wilderness through the access gates at the top. Check out the different links below for more information on our programs.