Monthly Archives: December 2008

What’s up in backcountry ski world?

The Catamount Trail Organization has just published it’s winter 09 Events schedule.  And it looks like a great mix of ski tours, races, snowshoe tours taking place across the state.  link to the CTA Events Page.

Read a new article on about Bolton Backcoutry by Roger Lohr called Bolton Valley to Trapp Family Lodge Backcountry Trip on the Catamount Trail.

” Some of the best backcountry skiing in New England for seekers of fresh powder is in the woods between Vermont’s Bolton Valley Nordic Center and Trapp Family Lodge. The 9.4 mile (16 km) tour climbs 1,300 feet and descends through open forest with marvelous views in many directions.” Read more. . .

New Years Week

Beautiful sunset looking south west from Picnic Loop.

Beautiful sunset looking south west from Picnic Loop.

Wednesday- It’s snowing!!! At 9am it is 3 degrees and calm. We have Broadway groomed- it’s great for a quick ski workout. Once we get some more snow we will groom more trails abut for now we are relying on old faithful Broadway.

If you are looking for a fun activity for friends and family join us today from 1-3 for our Explorer Snowshoe Tour. more info

Tuesday- Winter is back. At 8am it is 20 degrees and very windy. (all alpine lifts are currently on wind hold) We received 2-3″ of new s now last night. Today we will groom and till Broadway and it should turn out pretty nice. Stay tuned it looks good for new snow almost every day this week. read the forecast

We recommend snowshoeing today and we have a Explorer Snowshoe Tour going out this afternoon from 2-4pm. Call to sign-up.

In the backcountry this new snow will really help and higher elevations did receive 3-5″ last night.

Monday- We had significant warming yesterday and loss a ton of snow. But sometime overnight it got colder and this morning it is 25 degrees. The forecast for the week looks like good for some more snow each day. And there are even some flurries in the air today.

The surface is hard granular. We have no new grooming today.

There is still snow coverage on our backcountry trails, so if you are looking for an outdoor adventure snowshoeing will be your best bet today. A snowshoe trip to Bryant Cabin and around Birch Loop is our recommended adventure of the day.

Getting warmer

Great Warm December Skiing!

This morning the sun is out and the temperature outside the Nordic Center is 45F and it’s expected to climb into the 50s!  The soft granular snow is still hanging onto the trails, but the rain yesterday really reduced our base.

Coverage on Picnic, Broadway, Spruce Run, and the close side of Maple is looking good and  Ski Patrol just called from Bryant and reported that there’s still more than a foot of snow in the backcountry.  Bryant has a number of water crossings that are open, but nothing you can’t step over.   More conditions will be posted as news comes in.

Enjoy the warm December weather!

Beautiful blue sky day.

Saturday: 10km groomed and it is soft granular snow. We had a couple nice hours of skiing this morning an now it is raining. There is still snow on the trails… but check back tomorrow for conditions update.
Saturday we are hosting the CVU Annual Holiday Race. Race course is Picnic and Valley. See the Events page for full race details.
Picnic Loop - looks good.

Picnic Loop - looks good.

Friday: It’s a beautiful early morning. Clear, cold and it looks like it will be a really nice ski day. Greg is out grooming now. And it will be fast snow today. We still have pretty good coverage after the past couple of weather events. And we have 12 km groomed and tilled today. There are no tracks set- the snow is just too hard and thin in some places to get a track set.

Check out our lessons and programs page for lots of info about special holiday week programs. Today we have beginner lessons at 10am and 1pm and a Explorer Snowshoe Tour from 2-4pm. Call to make a reservation.

Groomers going out just as the sun rises over the mtns.

Groomers going out just as the sun rises over the mtns.

The Bolton backcountry is the perfect place for a ski or snowshoe adventure . . . trails winding through these woods.

The Bolton backcountry is the perfect place for a ski or snowshoe adventure . . . trails winding through these woods.

We have great new hats, gloves, mittens and sox for sale.  Maybe it's time to replace those worn out gloves.

We have great new hats, gloves, mittens and sox for sale. Maybe it's time to replace those worn out gloves.


Thursday.  Happy Holidays!  After a challenging weather night last night we did get some rain and some snow.  It is currently 25 degrees.  The trails are pretty crusty and fast due to the rain.  But there is still good coverage and there is even some blue sky showing today.

Wednesday: With lots of powder on the ground from the last couple storms things are looking great on the trails . We have had fantastic reports from the backcountry– folks are talking about the powder! And on the groomed trails we have 12km groomed- World Cup, Broadway and Picnic.

We have a lot going on this week special beginner lessons and daily Explorer Snowshoe Tours. Click here for a full listing.

Nordic Kids also starts Sunday January 11th. This is a 4 week program for kids ages 6-12. Join Todd, one of our instructors, for this fun kids program. click here for more information

Monday: It’s a snowy day here . . . we had a good dump of white stuff yesterday and it is still snowing. There is a perfect powder day- or powder week. It is 100% ungroomed trails today. And the plan is to have grooming tomorrow. And this snow should make for some great skiing later this week and next week. The backcountry skiing should be pretty amazing today.

Looks like snow – and wind!

Sunday PM Report- As of Noon today, Bolton Valley Nordic Center is Closed. We will be getting snow tonight so check back in tomorrow.
Sunday AM Report – The wind up here is fierce today until you get out onto the lower trails.   Drifting snow was filling up the tracks set on Picnic, but it was calm this morning down at the bottom of  Broadway when we were grooming.
Grooming report:  Picnic, Broadway and World Cup all nice and tracked; Tear Drop, Pond Loop, and the close section of Maple (between Broadway and Tear Drop) groomed out for the first time after the great snow we all got yesterday.
Snowing heavy now and the lifts for the Mtn are on hold because of the wind.  It’s looking like we’re going to be able to open a few more trails next week after this storm passes!
Bundle up if your coming out to the Nordic Ctr today.
Larry and Erik stopped outside the Nordic Center before grooming Picnic Loop.

Larry and Erik stopped outside the Nordic Center before grooming Picnic Loop.

Saturday AM report…. roads are clear, 8″-10″ of fresh powder on the ground, its still snowing. Honestly what more could you ask for. And for folks looking to ski groomed trails Larry and Erik are out making corduroy on Picnic Loop, World Cup and Broadway. |see the conditions page for more|

Saturday is going to be a powder day!!! [6pm Friday we have 5″ and it still dumping]

Friday AM Report -It looks like snow up here at Bolton Nordic today. There are low clouds covering the top of the mountain and the temperature has dropped in the last couple hours from 10 degrees to 3 degrees. The forecast is for snow this afternoon and night.

Reports from the back country are quite good. It seems like the higher elevation trails were spared from the super warm temps on Monday. Today we have Broadway open and rolled. It is nice hard pack skiing. Other trails were victims of water-bar-opening-itis. The good news is that there are two storms on the horizon. 2″-4″ tonight and big on on Sunday night.

Cool link of the day

Snow Dance

New snow on the trees... a view of the alpine mtn from World Cup.

New snow on the trees... a view of the alpine mtn from World Cup.

Thursday: With another dusting of snow last night and colder temps things are getting back to normal. At 8am it is 20 degrees and we have grooming in progress. see conditions page for more info.

Wednesday: We are back to winter…. there are low snow clouds over Bolton today and it is quite windy. At 8am it is 10 degrees. There is 3-4″ of windblown snow on top of a hard transformed icy layer…. but once things are groomed skiing should be pretty good. We plan to have grooming in the afternoon, so please check back for updates.

Tuesday: The warm weather and rain of Monday took its toll on the conditions here at Bolton Valley Nordic, but it was not enough to keep away a bus load of eager High School Students from Essex and Mount Mansfield. Tuesday has been a return to winter temperature and the skate skiing was fast and fun. With the anticipated winter storms approaching we will be back to great conditions by wednesday or thursday of this week!

Bolton Season Opener

Results and Race Report/ Photos


Katrina Howe, UVM, getting ready to start.

Race day dawned with cold temps and a perfect blue sky yesterday. By 9:30, men’s start time, temps were in the mid single digits and the sun was shining. Today’s races was 6km — two laps on World Cup and a finish lap on Broadway and Teardrop.

Thanks to Northwest Vermont Ski Club for working hard to get this race together and collect great prizes. Racers enjoyed homemade cranberry orange bread and prizes donated by the Ski Rack and Seventh Generation.

Race Report by Damien Bolduc, NWVT    The Bolton Opener was held yesterday, December 13, in mid-winter conditions! Seventy-five racers from around New England made their way to the event making the race a great success.

The morning started early with volunteers setting up the course, and getting registration going. Temps were in the single digits with a light breeze blowing. The sun was bright as the morning haze gave way to clear skies. The snow was fresh firm powder groomed and set perfectly by the folks at Bolton. It was deep too! The course was as much of a wake up call as were the temperatures. Starting with an interval start, the course was a long 5K, two laps on World Cup and a trip down to Tear Drop before finishing up the last stretch of Broadway.

It was 4 year old Eva Thurston vs. 5 year old Camille Bolduc in the 1K mass start Freestyle from the top of Broadway to the pump house and back to the Finish. At the half way point the race was neck and neck, with Eva gaining the advantage due to Camille missing the turn around. Eva continued to open the lead to the finish with superior technique and determination. It was great to have these two compete in this division showing promise to the continuation of world class females emerging from Vermont.

The Men’s and Women’s fields were stacked with the best of the best in the region. Racers from UVM, Middlebury, Burke and others showed up by the van load. Last years winner, NWVT member Eric Tremble, knew the odds were against him as he started the race as #1. He held off the UVM team who followed in the start order by not getting passed. He was a great mark for them to chase and ended up 5th overall. He was a little over a minute back from former Olympian Pat Weaver, the overall winner. Other members having a strong showing were Jake Hollenbach, Evan Martell, and Josh Dillon. These three held their own, improving since last season amongst this rather elite field. Tyler Magnan and Leigh Mallory competed as well, shaking the rust off during the first race off the season. Damian Bolduc took home the “What the H@!! happened to you” award for regressing dramatically in the results since last season.

The Women had a very strong showing as well. NWVT skiers all had stellar performances, racing with each other among the aforementioned teams. Rose Long started things out for the NWVT women showing good technique as she gets back into action. It will not take much for her to be back up among the top finishers. Jessica started a few spots back and slowly closed the gap on Rose. Finally Ilke Van Genechten dug in for her first race of the season. She caught and passed Jessica and Rose as well as almost everyone else on her way to finishing 6th overall. These three were all very happy with how their seasons are starting out and are looking forward to the racing ahead.

So the Bolton Opener was a great success for all. Much gratitude to those who donated prizes: Skirack, Seventh Generation, Douglas and Mary Grant Sugaring, and Cat Tartaglia. A special thanks to all who helped out and especially the starters and timers for braving the cold and getting us all out and back on time. And last but not least Perry Bland for barking in the starting gate. He knew each person by name and gave a personalized word of encouragement to each athlete as they counted down to the start. What a great way to start a season!

Goodluck to everyone racing at Craftsbury’s 10km classic today.

Women’s Resuts

Place Number Name Club Finish Time
1 23 Caitlin Patterson UVM 0:21:41
2 27 Jennie Bender UVM 0:22:47
3 31 Keely Levins Rutland HS 0:23:09

Men’s Results

Place Number Name Club Finish Time

1 130 Patrick Weaver UVM 0:18:18
2 123 Juergen Uhl UVM 0:18:31
3 127 Alex Howe UVM 0:18:52
Full Results Link

UVM Ski Team Blog- Race Report Link

Racer crossing the finish line.

Racer crossing the finish line.

Jake Hollenbach, Alpina/NWVT racing on Broadway to the finish

Jake Hollenbach, Alpina/NWVT racing on Broadway to the finish

A perfect ski weekend

It is a beautiful blue sky Saturday today. Today we have 10km groomed for skate- Broadway, World Cup and Picnic Loop. It’s nice hard pack skiing on cold new snow. We are still waiting for a couple more inches before we can set classic tracks. In the backcountry there is a crust on top of 6″ new inches of powder from Thursday night.

It is Sunday and it is another beautiful day here at Bolton Valley. As of 9:30 it is 20 degrees, but with the sun shine it feels 10 degrees warmer. We have 12km of freshly groomed trails which include Picnic, Broadway, Teardrop, and World Cup. You can view the full report at Bolton Valley’s website. The recommended wax for today is blue because of the cold new snow that we received Friday night. We are anticipating a great day with temperatures much more friendly than Saturday but with the same great sunshine. So come join us in enjoying the snow!


6″ powder with some rain on top from last night and this morning. Grooming for skate at 8am. Today Picnic, World Cup and Broadway are groomed and packed for skate. It’s soft but skiing is pretty good. We are in a bit on an inversion at 10am it is 17 degrees and raining very lightly. At 12pm it is back to snow with some blue sky showing through, the temp has dropped to 10 degrees and we have accumulated another 1″ -2″ of snow this morning.

The Bolton Season Opener is a go and check back later this evening for race course updates. The plan for course is world cup and part of broadway- 2 laps.  click here for all the info