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 2000 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.

Everything You Need for Your Next Backcountry Experience

With its proximity to the alpine resort and all its amenities, the Bolton Valley Backcountry Program also provides a unique experience for parents, in that childcare and kids ski school programs are all available on-site while they explore pristine Vermont wilderness. Check out the different links below for more information on our program.