New Blog

Hi , The Nordic Blog has moved. This one can still be accessed , however our updates will be on our new blog which is  linked with the Nordic link on the Bolton Valley web site. Come see us at http://www.boltonvalley.com. Thanks Rob D

2011-12 season

Hi friends of Boltn Valley Nordic and BC touring scene. I will be managing the center this season, Liz will be a rookie patrol here on the Alpine side so I am sure you can visit her on the trails . I actually come from a patrol background myself. Twenty five years of that career finds me here at the center looking forward to being a part of the amazing trails up at the end of the Bolton Valley access road. We have many events this season , I hope to use this site to help  keep folks in the loop. I will also be using the Bolton Valley FB page to post events , photos and other nordic and touring happenings. Start thinking about snow , I look forward to skiing with you this season.  Rob D

Photo of the Day

Last Sunday was our closing day.  It wasn’t spring skiing at all.  Our friend Trum send a photo of Heavenly Highway from April 2nd.  There is going to be snow on some trails for a long time!

UVM Ski Team goes Bolton to Trapps

It’s become a post race season tradition for the UVM Nordic Ski Team to ski Bolton to Trapps on the Catamount Trail each spring.  Yesterday was the day they planned…. but it wasn’t like spring skiing at all.  The mountains between Bolton and Trapps are more like mid winter conditions.  I heard that part of the team also skied up to the Cabin at Trapps once they arrived at Russell Knoll at Trapps.  If you missed your annual Bolton to Trapps ski this season… there is still plenty of snow!   -LH

No snow at my house, but lots of snow at Bolton Nordic!

It’s amazing how much snow we have at Bolton right now.  Our weather pattern has been very consistent for the last week and it’s more comparable to early February than late March!  There is a great base of snow and with about 12″ of new snow this week on top of the base the skiing is awesome.  The normal spring time obstacles are non existent at this point– NO stream crossings and NO ribbons of snow on the trail.  It’s just plain old boring great skiing!  We want to encourage everyone for get up to this mountain for a couple more skis.

One more sign of spring- UVM Ski Team backcountry practice. On Thursday, they did Raven's Wind on skinny skis.

There are a couple signs of spring up here- daylight is back, the March sun is strong and we are forcing some Hobble Bush and Birch branches to flower inside the Nordic Center.

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Today I took photos along the way to work from Shelburne to Bolton on the Hunt for Snow!  Check out the progression:

Is this what it looks like outside your house? Or maybe there is a pile of gross crusty and dirty snow? This is what it looks like outside my house and the Daffodils are up about 4".

Driving through Richmond there is a little more snow!

Prospects looked a little better at the bottom of the Bolton Access Rd . . . some new snow overnight still visible on the road.

On the hunt for snow... at the Bolton sign there is a ton more snow!

New snow on the Bolton car.

2100' in the Bolton base area is covered! I wonder what the trails will look like?

Beautiful dusting of snow on top of early morning grooming!

Old skis with new bindings!

Event Report: Bolton to the Barns

On the first Saturday in March, 91 skiers traveled in soft snow and warm conditions to make the 2nd Annual Bolton to the Barns a smashing success. A hearty and adventurous group collectively skied over 1,100 miles and raised more than $18,000 to benefit the VYCC’s conservation and education programs.

On scenic terrain between the Bolton Valley Nordic Center and the West Monitor Barn, snow conditions were excellent and skiers endured only an occasional sprinkle of rain. Upon arrival to the barn, skiers feted to the lively tunes of Something with Strings, and enjoyed well-deserved hot chili, tasty crepes, and a cold beverage.

We would like to sincerely thank all of the Bolton to the Barns sponsors, skiers, donors, and volunteers for making it such a fantastic event! To view photos of the tour, visit the VYCC website or check out our new Facebook page (and while you are there, don’t forget to “Like” us).  (from VYCC Email newsletter)

Winter is back and the skiing is great!

We’ve received close to 10″ of fresh powder since Monday, add this to our enormous base ranging from 3-6′ depending on the elevation to make skiing as good as it’s been all year. The days are long, the sun is out more than ever, and the season is ending soon…get in a few more powder days while you can.