Registration area with lots of great info from CTA and Bolton.
Perfect powder, excited participants and great volunteers were the hilights of the 1st Annual Get out and Backcountry Ski Festival at Bolton Nordic. Early morning temps in the single digits didn’t deter about 50 people from getting out to Bolton yesterday for a great day of backcountry tours and clinics sponsored by Catamount Trail Organization.
Morning action included Telemark Skills Clinic on the Tele Practice Slope, a mini tour up Bryant Trail to Bryant Cabin, then down Gardners Lane, Cliffhanger.
The festival group.
Amy Diller from the CTA opened up her pack to share what she brings out on a backcountry ski. Check out her blue helmet.
Lunch was busy with talks about How to pack backpack for a day of skiing and a discussion of skis, boots and poles for backcountry. Just before heading back outside for the afternooon sessions the group was tested on CTA, U.S. Skiing and Bolton trivia… prizes included great stuff from the CTA gift vault.
Jim from the CTA and Morgan from Rossignol answer questions about backcountry gear.
The afternoon session included longer tours to Georges George, Bryant, JJs and Holden’s Hollow. At the end of the afternoon everyone was tired and happy after a great day outside.
Big, wide-open-blue skys with very little breeze and lots of bright sunshine are the prize for anyone coming out today to Bolton Valley. Temperatures right now are above zero and forcasted to climb to 10 for the day. Beautiful start to the last week of January 2009!
Trails that were groomed yesterday afternoon include Broadway, Bobcat, Telemark, Maple and Deer Run. Plus there are a few others that if you always stay on the corduroy you may not be familiar with, but will love now that they are open, including: Lynx, Twin Knolls, Lower Lane (all off of Broadway), Grand View (a great little loop down around the old Bolton Lodge), and Moose-Ski (parallels the Beaver Pond trail on the other side of the ponds).