Monthly Archives: January 2010

Weekend Updates: The return of the snow.

We have had some of everything this week. It was mostly bad weather followed by really good weather. Tuesday-Thursday brought us 8-12″ of new snow. It was really heavy snow on Tuesday night that packed well and filled in lots of holes on the groomed trails. Then Thursday we received one of the many squalls that rumbled across the Lake. On Thurs afternoon we received a quick 6″ in 1-2 hours. And Friday was cold. The cold temps and clear sky’s have sucked some of the moisture out of the snow.

Make a Day of It! Today’s recommendation is a stop at On The Rise Bakery in Richmond. I was in there last week and saw a new sign for Bagel breakfast sandwich. Get extra cheese or extra cream cheese… so you have the energy to ski a full day in the Bolton Backcountry.

The Late January edition of the Nordic Newsletter hit email in boxes Friday morning. Click her to read it online.

Today there was a article on NPR’s Only a Game about Bill Koch Youth Ski League. Click here to see the article and listen to story.

Event Report: Get Out and Ski Backcountry Festival

As alpine lift ticket and equipment prices continue to rise, more and more skiers are looking to the backcountry to satisfy their sense of adventure while gaining positive health benefits.  The Catamount Trail Association offers opportunities for those new to the backcountry to try new equipment, practice new techniques, and learn about other strategies and accessories that help set the stage for positive and safe excursions.

photo credit: Sheri Larsen

The Catamount Trail Association hosted its 2nd Annual Get Out and Backcountry Ski Festival at Bolton Valley Nordic Center Sunday January 24th.  Sixty-six enthusiastic skiers from throughout New England experienced a perfect day of backcountry skiing on some of the best terrain in Vermont.

Designed for skiers who had previous cross-country ski experience,

Full ski rack!

this all day event focused on the basic techniques needed to feel comfortable in the backcountry. Numerous companies including Rossignol, the Ski Rack, the Outdoor Gear Exchange, and TSL Snowshoes were on hand with demos, giving participants the opportunity to experience first hand the various types of backcountry gear.

Under the sunny skies and powder conditions, expert instructors led groups of skiers through Bolton Valley’s backcountry trail network. Lessons on ungroomed backcountry trails and in powder filled glades covered basic balance and edge-control, climbing and descending techniques, and the classic telemark turn.  Many skiers were captured on video and were able to review their technique as an additional learning opportunity at the après ski social.

While the perfect day of backcountry skiing came to an end,  Amy Kelsey, Catamount Trail’s Management and Protection Director, gave an informative talk about being prepared for the unexpected in the backcountry and what accessories one might carry to meet those needs. Jim Fredericks, Catamount Trail’s Executive Director followed with a talk about matching the proper equipment to the personal needs of the individual.

The Catamount Trail Association will also host the 3rd Annual Backcountry Challenge Race and Tour on March 14th. This 17km race or tour starts at the Trapp Family Nordic Center and ends at the Bolton Valley Nordic Center. For more information, go to or call 802-864-5794.

New Snow

We have received over 8 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours and conditions have improved drastically!

Check out the conditions link below for more details:

click here for our nordic conditions

World Cup looking back towards Vista Quad and the Wind Turbine.

This Saturday we will be offering our full moon snowshoe tour. For more information and to make a reservation please call us at 434-6876.

What rain? Our trails have recovered and the skiing is great.

Trip Report from Petra Cliffs

We have teamed up with Petra Cliffs this year and they are doing some awesome programs at Bolton Nordic.

photo credit: Andrea Charest & Andrew Blessing

1.9.10 –“Well, Saturday was forecast to be a high of 9 degrees with a wind chill toabout -20.  Tropical!  However, we knew that since we were ski touring, we would be able to stay warm.  The group showed up well-prepared and excited- Bolton had received over 3 feet of snow in the past week- and the woods had caught more from the wind.”  click here to read more on the Petra Cliffs Blog

Nordic Newsletter

The mid January edition of the Bolton Nordic Newsletter hit email in-boxes last week.

“Happy New Year from the Bolton Nordic Center.  We have had a fantastic season thus far and we have to keep reminding ourselves that we are only a month into the ski season.

The Banff Mtn Film Fest is coming up on January 29 and 30 in Burlington, and we are one of the sponsors.  The Ski Rack website has more info and tickets.

In this issue:

Cabin Rentals, Nordic Kids Program, Upcoming Events, Information for Nordic Season Pass Holders , Photo Exhibit at the Nordic Center Gallery, Conditions”

Click here to read the rest of the newsletter online.

To sign up for our Nordic Newsletter click here and choose Nordic Newsletter.

Photos of the Week

learning to ski!

Old Skis- New Grooming



MLK Weekend

Perfect weather and great snow. . . to try cross country skiing.

Special MLK Weekend Schedule:click here for more information

Group Lesson 1 Hour

Saturday 10am and 1pm

Sunday 10am

Monday 10am and 1pm

Snowshoe Explorer Tour:

Saturday 2pm-4pm

Monday 2pm-4pm

Make a Day of It! – this is our way to spotlight some great community events that you can pair with a fab day of skiing at Bolton Nordic.

Today is the Farmers Market Winter Market in Burlington.  This is a great stop for lunch or afternoon snack after a fantastic morning of skiing at Bolton Nordic.  Or stop at the Winter Market today and pick up some great fresh local food to bring skiing Sunday.

It’s also open house day at Bread and Butter Farm in S. BTV.

Bread & Butter Farm Open House!
Live music, bread for sale, hot chocolate, farm tours
and updates, milk tastings! Noon – 4pm!

(200 Leduc Farm Dr.–Off of Cheesefactory Road, between Dorset and Hinesburg Road.)

Catamount Trail Tours and Events at Bolton Nordic

A happy group of skiers in front of Bryant Cabin.

We have heard from several people interested in skiing with other folks on the Bolton Backcountry Trails… these tours and events are perfect way to explore and meet others interested in BC skiing.

Please visit for detailed event descriptions and for registration/sign-up information.

Exploring the Bolton Backcountry

Part 1 – Strong Intermediate

Friday, January 22

2nd Annual Get Out and Backcountry Ski Festival

Sunday, January 24

Bolton Valley to Nebraska Valley Road


Saturday, January 30

Exploring the Bolton Backcountry

Part 2 – Strong Intermediate

Sunday, January 31

3rd Annual Catamount Trail Challenge

Trapp to Bolton Backcountry Race and Tour

Sunday, March 14

3rd Annual UVM & Mansfield Nordic Ski Club Fun Day

We had a fantastic day last Thursday at the Bolton Nordic Center for the 3rd Annual UVM and Mansfield.  It was hard to tell if the college skiers or the elementary skiers were more excited for the games to begin.

The UVM Ski Team arrived at Bolton a couple hours early to prepare the jumps and setup the dual slalom.  The theme of the day was Harry Potter and the first game with the whole group was Quidittch on Skis.  It was one of the most exciting games of Quidittch I have ever seen and I saw some spectacular crashes followed by lots of laughing.

After the warm-up game of Quitittch everyone split up into groups and moved though a series of events setup by the UVM Skiers.  Jumping was one of the most popular activities… we even saw a perfect 360 landed!  Other games included the limbo, dual slalom and Sharks and Minnows.

As the afternoon light waned everyone got together for a group photo and then headed inside for hot chocolate and homemade cookies.  The Mansfield Nordic Skiers enjoyed having autographs signed by the UVM racers and Coach Pat Weaver (1998 Olympian).

Mansfield Nordic Website- click here

UVM Nordic Ski Team Blog- click here

Conditions Page

Don’t forget to check out our Conditions Page on the blog.   The link to this Conditions page is at the top of this page… just click on where it says Conditions to get to our daily conditions report. Click Here

There are also daily updates to conditions on the Bolton Valley website. Click Here.