Monthly Archives: November 2010

Weather and Conditions Information

NEW—We have a weather station on the roof of the hotel at Bolton.  Click here to see the data for this station.
What is the best way to get information about snow conditions at Bolton?

1.  Follow the Bolton Nordic blog Conditions Page.  You can find this page by going to the blog and choosing the page called Conditions.  We write a detailed description of what’s going on at the mountain every day between 8-9am and often make updates as the weather changes throughout the day.

2.   Become a super-fan of Justin, the now famous Bolton Valley Snow Reporter.  He makes his first update to the website predawn and continues with updates throughout the day.  You can find the Snow Report at the Bolton Valley Website

3. If you are looking on, the US Govt’s weather website, Bolton is located at approximately  Lat/Lon: 44.42°N 72.85°W and   Elevation: 2276 ft.  The Bolton Valley base area elevation is 2150ft, Bolton Lodge on Broadway is at 1600ft, Bryant Cabin is at 2690ft, Harington’s View is 2600ft, Raven’s Wind/Catamount Trail Intersection is 3100ft.

Are we missing something on this list?  Send and email and let us know how you get conditions and weather updates.

This info was previously printed in the Nordic Newsletter November edition.

Nordic Kids

Back by popular demand–  Bolton Valley Nordic Center will be offering a multi week kids Nordic program. The program is open to kids between the ages of 6 and 12, and it focuses on the development of basic Nordic skiing skills as well as natural science and orienteering lessons. We will explore the extensive trail system of Bolton Valley using Adventure Quest Poems as our Maps. At the end of each Quest we will test our Nordic skills with fun games like ski soccer and tag.  Also stay tuned for into about our February vacation camp information!

Here is what parents are saying about the Bolton Nordic Kids program

We appreciate the quality of the instruction–3hrs is a long time to be off on the trails and we knew Sofia was in great hands.”

“We also loved that she learned to herringbone this year, and that she is so much more confident on skis.  When we skied together at the end of the year, I couldn’t believe how quickly she could bomb up (and down!) World Cup.”

Kids are telling their friends about Nordic Kids and having a great time “Hey friend! Do you want to learn how to nordic ski? It’s not downhill skiing, it’s not uphill skiing, it’s on flat surface.  You fall over less.  Tell your mom to go to because you get to pick which trail you want to go on.” Sofia, age 7

Click here for more information and registration.

There is a new hat in town!

Skida hats are colorful, fun and light weight for high energy outdoor sports like xc skiing and snowshoeing.  Created by a Middlebury College ski racer- check them out at

Skida is the Swedish word for skiing!!!

Good Question -Metal Edge Skis


I’m planning on buying a new set of skis.  In doing my research I came upon a comment at the REI site that some touring centers do not permit metal edged skis in their tracked trails.  Do you allow metal-edged skis under 70mm wide on your tracked trails?

Thanks,     Erin


Hi Erin,

That’s a great question.  We don’t have any specific restrictions to type of ski on our trails.  We do not have any rules against metal edge skis under 70mm on out tracked trails.  This type of ski is great for skiing at the Bolton Nordic Center because you can take advantage of lots of different trails- both groomed and backcountry touring.

The width of standard classic tracks is about 63mm.  This means to ski in the groomed classic tracks comfortably without compromising their integrity for other skiers you need to have skis that are no wider than 63mm.  Our groomed trails have both classic tracks set to one side and a wide (10’-12’) area for classic skiing outside the tracks, skate skiing or snowshoeing.    So depending on what type of ski you get and their width you could either ski in the set classic tracks or on the groomed area next to the tracks.

See you on the trails, Liz


Starting to Look Like Winter!!

Here are a couple of photos of the recent snow from last weekend.

Blast from the Past– This is the time of year that I often look back at old posts and see what the snow was like.  Today I looked at posts from December 2007–  We have our fingers crossed that this year is like December 2007… there was so much snow and we had great skiing. — Liz