Monthly Archives: February 2009

A great weekend of skiing.

Thanks for a great Catamount Trail BC Challenge- Results. Check back soon for photos, race report, etc.

Kate Duffy, WCAX-3 did a nice story on the race. Link here

Sunday: Today is the big day- Catamount Trail BC Challenge Trapps to Bolton. Tour starts from Trapps at 10am and the race starts at 11am. We expect to see the first racers at Bolton around 12:40-1pm. Come on out and cheer on the racers and support the folks touring.

Catamount Trail in the New York Times travel section.

Saturday: 9am update: snow flurries have slowed and the sun is coming out. Clouds are lifting and there is a beautiful blue sky showing through. Temps are up to 15 degrees and the forecast is for temps in the low 20s later today. Should be a great day of skiing.

Overnight temperatures dropped into the teens and and snowed 2-3″. We have grooming in progress at 7am and it will be nice skiing on groomed trails. 20km groomed for classic and skate. The surface is frozen granular mixed with packed powder. Wax is blue.

In the backcountry there is a hard base with a couple inches of powder on top.

Sunday March 1- Catamount Trail BC Challenge

We have opened Day of Race Registration– 9am-10:30am at Trapps

Check out the feature about the event in the Burlington Free Press … and see 2/28 Section B for full article.

I had a great afternoon ski on Friday- conditions on groomed trails were soft and fun for skate skiing. In the later afternoon it was about 40 degrees and skiing without gloves felt so good. It did rain on Friday afternoon, and we still have a huge base of snow. -Liz

Beautiful, Blue Sky!

Backcountry snow.

Backcountry snow.

Thursday is beautiful.  At 1pm the sky has just cleared and it’s beautiful and blue.  We had a squal this morning that left a couple inches of light powder on the groomed corderoy.  By mid day temps in the high 30s have made the powder a little sticky.

Wednesday the powder is so deep in the backcountry!  Temperatures are going to feel so warm today (in the high 20’s), the sun is so bright, and if you’re on vacation you should be skiing because this is the best! Back Online.

Register for Catamount Trail BC Challenge- registration website is back online.  More info available on our Events page and also at Catamount Trail.

New Snowfall: 20″, Last 6 Days: 72″

So much snow! Nothing to do but ski? Not so bad.   12k groomed today. All skate.

Special deal – this week only: Buy an adult full day ticket and get a free kids ticket!  Come up and enjoy the snow!

12 inches and counting (and blowing)!

Catamount Trail BC Challenge Event Update: If you are trying to register online, the website is currently down.  Please be patient as they try to get it back online…registration is beginning to fill up, so we will let you know when the site is back online.   We are going to have great conditions for the race and tour this weekend.

This morning the trails are all powder. Snow falling, snow blowing, powder in piles and drifts, and forecasted to keep coming. Picnic and Valley were given two passes at 9:30am with an alpine groomer.  It was  packed well, but will still be soft as it continues to snow hard. No classic tracks…

Lots of shoveling.

Lots of shoveling.

New Snow (and a lot of it!)

Sunday: Bolton By the Numbers looks pretty good and skis even better.

Base: 20° Snowfall Average Base Depth: 29″-55″
Summit: 14° Last 24 Hours: 1-2″
Trails Open: 64 Last 48 Hours: 10-14″
Lifts Open: 6 Last 7 Days: 34-38″
Primary Surface: Powder Season Total: 247

Wax is Blue. Today we have 20km Skate and Classic Groomed.  It is forecast to just keep on snowing for the next 24 hours, so trail surfaces will be a mix of packed powder and powder.  We will be grooming through the day… but it’s going to be pretty soft.

Backcountry trails are all powder.  Lots of groups skied Bolton to Trapps on the Catamount Trail- conditions are perfect.

Make a Day of It: Today’s spotlight is on Jericho Settlers’ Farm.  Krista and Mark do a great job providing

Stop by their farm store for some great local food year round.

Stop by their farm store for some great local food year round.

awesome locally produced all year round and they are skiers.

Eggs and baked goods, jam and meat in the winter- then it’s veggies, flowers, meat, in the summer.  Jericho Settlers’ Farm also has CSA Shares… check out their website for more information.

The farms is located on Barber Farm Rd in Jericho… it’s worth the detour when you are in the Richmond/Jericho area.  directions

Saturday: All the rumors are  true.  While valley locations have only a dusting in the last 48 hours, Bolton has been hammered with powder.  Today might be about the best day of skiing of the year.  With some nice heavy snow on Wednesday topped with some of the lightest powder.  Justin, our ace  snow reporter, is saying 23-27″ of new powder in the last 48 hours.  full report

Harold is grooming 25km this morning and on the groomed trail surface is packed powder/powder.  It is going to be pretty soft, fun skiing today.  Wax is blue and at 8am the temperature is 15 degrees.  The forecast is for warming a little  through the day and maybe some sun later in the afternoon.

In the backcountry first tracks are the name of the game today….. it’s a no consequences powder day.

Event Update: All this new snow is great for next Sunday’s Catamount Trail BC Challenge Trapps to Bolton.  Conditions don’t get much better. Register online  today.

Friday: It certainly is a winter wonderland once again up here at Bolton Valley. With 6″ two nights ago and 6-8″ last night, the backcountry is in great condition. We have not been able to groom the nordic trails as of 10am, but anticipate having it finished by noon. We will post what has been groomed as soon as we know. So come on up and enjoy the snow! There is even more on the way!

Vermont Vacation Week

Great deal at Bolton Nordic and Alpine-  February  23-27

Purchase one Adult Full day ticket and receive one Youth ticket free!!!

Ski Local. click here for full details

“February Vermont School Vacation week is a great way to celebrate winter with the family. February 23-27, youth 17 and under ski, ride and cross country ski for free when accompanied by an adult who purchases a full day lift ticket. So make the short drive to Bolton Valley and celebrate. Free skiing and riding for kids 17 and under* and a great day of fun with the family. “

Snow in our forecast.

3:45pm Update. It just started snowing.  It is a very fine snow. Wind has picked up through the day.  Temp is 22 degrees.

At 9am Wednesday morning the only evidence that we are supposed to get a storm tonight is the wind. Eye on the Sky forecast reports 6-8″ in the next 24 hours. Check back through the day today and we will report what time the snow starts.


A perfect long weekend.

Monday: Overnight temps around 10degrees and morning grooming will make great skiing to

Our grooming advisors.

Our grooming advisors.

day on our groomed trails.  We have 25km groomed classic and skate.  And it doesn’t get much better than this- extra blue.  Temperature at 8am is 12 degrees and forecast is for temps to rise into the mid 20s.

There is still nice power on our backcountry trails.  And folks skiing Bolton to Trapps trail report good skiing.

Sunday: It’s another great ski day today.  Groomed and Backcountry Skiing is awesome.  25km groomed, trail surface is packed powder mixed with frozen granular.  at 8:30am it is 12 degrees and no wind.

Backcountry reports are great.  And we have heard that there is powder everywhere and no breakable crust.  Out pass holders are calling it “BOLTON MAGIC”– great powder when you lease suspect it.

Make a Day of It– Our spotlight today is  On the Rise Bakery



This place is amazing.

They make a mean pizza, fab baked goods, coffee, great music and if you get there early enough in the morning a bag of day olds.  And everything is local!!!  Also live music Wednesday-Saturday.

They are just off Rt 2 in Richmond.  Turn at the light in Richmond onto Bridge street and they are down the hill on the right.

[do you have an idea of a place that we should add to our Make a Day of It listing… let us know. send an email]

Happy Valentines Day! Bring your valentine skiing and check out our Make Your Own Valentine Table.

Saturday: Conditions are perfect today. 4-6″ of powder on Thursday afternoon and some cold temperatures in the past 48 hours will make for some great skiing all weekend. Today we have 25km groomed Classic and Skate. Trail surface conditions are packed powder with some granular snow tilled in. Wax of the day is Blue. Temps at 8am is 7 degrees, it’s a perfectly clear blue sky and the sun is just rising over the mountains. The forecast is for warming through the day.

We recommend getting here early to ski for the next couple days so you can get parking. And don’t forget there is often space in the Tennis Court Lot down behind the Sports Center building.

Today we have Groups lessons at 10am and 1pm. Our Explorer Snowshoe Tour is today from 2-4pm.

Williston Farmers Market

Make a Day of It- Today’s spotlight is on Williston Farmers Market Winter

Market. Grab breakfast at the market on your way to Bolton and you will be fueled for a great day of skiing with some yummy locally made food.

Friday 2/13 we hosted the CVU/CHS High School 5km Freestyle Race. Thanks to everyone who helped make this race happen. We had great trail conditions and it was fun to see so many parents and spectators cheering.

Link here to the CVU Ski Team Results Page [results will be posted asap]