Conditions

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Our general weekly grooming plan is very limited to no grooming on Mondays and Tuesdays, then complete grooming Wednesday-Sunday with classic and skating tracks.

2011

April 3 | Spring at last!  There are bright blue skies and warming temps up at the Nordic Center this morning.  We did not groom last night, but are planning on sending the groomer out this morning, skate grooming Picnic and Valley, World Cup, Broadway, Pond, Maple Loop, Beaver Pond and Deer Run.  It is 34 degrees out at 10am.  Backcountry conditions are improving as we speak, softening nicely in the sun.  It’s a great day to kick-start your vitamin D production!

April 2 | Fresh snow for the last weekend of the season!  A couple of inches of new snow have covered last night’s grooming, though there was plenty of it.  Picnic and Valley loops, World Cup, Pond Loop, Broadway, Maple Loop, Spruce Run, Beaver Pond and Deer Run were all groomed and remain fully covered, which is particularly exciting for this point in the season.  Wax of the day is red, and it is 32 degrees out at 8:30 am.

There is still plenty of coverage in the backcountry.  The new snow that fell is on the warmer side, making it a better touring day than glade skiing.

April 1 | Reporting from my cozy house, after a failed attempt to make it up to the Nordic Center this morning.  That foot of snow they were predicting really hit us hard!  APRIL FOOLS! We were a little let down this morning to see that the storm hadn’t (yet) hit, but the snow has started up on the mountain, and a dusting has already added a fresh white-wash to the trails.

We called off the groomers last night, in anticipation of the storm, so there is no fresh grooming today. Conditions are variable on trail and backcountry.

This weekend is Bolton’s last weekend of the 2010-11 season! We are still 100% open with plenty of snow coverage, and will be sending the groomers out tonight to refresh for the Saturday morning crowd.  This weekend is also 50/50 weekend at Bolton, so all tickets and rentals will be 50% off!  Bring a friend and enjoy the end of the season!

March 27| What an incredible day!  Yesterday’s snowfall ended up totaling between 4-6 inches on the Nordic trails, and there are still plentiful fresh stashes in the backcountry. The big groomer went out last night and left us some incredible skate conditions throughout the groomed terrain.  It is a chilly 15 degrees out at 9am, and the wax of the day is blue.

Backcountry conditions were getting rave reviews yesterday, especially the higher trails and glades.

March 26| More fresh snow! We’re looking at conditions pretty similar to yesterday, with a light fresh few inches on top of the base that was groomed last night.  The wax of the day is extra blue, and with that well-set base, it’s a great day for classic or skate.  It is 20 degrees out at noon, and the snow continues to fall.

Backcountry conditions continue to improve with accumulating snow, but it is still probably a better day for low-angle touring.

March 25| Man was that groundhog wrong this year.  A couple of fresh inches fell last night, and there is still a light snow falling now.  Broadway, World Cup Maple Loop, Spruce Run, Beaver Pond, and Deer Run were freshly groomed last night. (The other regulars. Picnic, Valley and Pond, haven’t seen very much traffic or warm temps since they were groomed two nights ago.) The wax of the day is blue extra, and the temperature at 9am is a wintery 20 degrees.

Backcountry conditions aren’t quite as ideal as groomed, with a few fresh inches on top of a crust.  Touring should be great, but it probably won’t be much of a glade skiing day.

March 23| Sunshine, fresh snow, beautiful grooming, it doesn’t get much better than this! We picked up another inch overnight giving us 6-9″ of fresh snow since Monday. We skate and tracked all the regulars this morning, giving us 16km of great groomed skiing. At 8:30am it’s 20 degrees and sunny, wax of the day will be extra blue.

The backcountry  has 6-9″ of new snow, a very deep base, the temperature is not too hot, not too cold, and it’s sunny…what else could you ask for.

March 22| 6-8″ of new snow in the last 24hours! Winter is back and the skiing should be fantastic. We don’t have any new grooming since the snow started falling so today will be a great day to explore the backcountry and ski your favorite glades. We have a good 3 to 5 feet (at least) of solid base  depending on the elevation so this new snow is just what we needed.

Temps should be fairly mild today, it’s currently 30 degrees at 9am and foggy.Wax of the day is blue.

March 20| It’s a bluebird day.  It’s going to be a great day of skiing.  The trails started off pretty firm this morning, but they are softening up quickly.  At 10am the temp is 30 degrees.  Wax of the day is universal klister.

March 19 |It’s Waffle Weekend!  And to stick with the theme, the weather waffled a bit this morning, deciding whether or not today would be snowy, but it seems to have settled on sunshine.

We groomed 14km of the basics today: Picnic, Valley, Broadway, Pond, World Cup, Maple and Spruce Run.  The groomer reports that it is starting to soften up a little, though temps are expected to stay below freezing, so it shouldn’t get too soft.  The surface conditions are a frozen granular, and we’re waffling on the wax of the day too.  It will probably be somewhere between red and klister. It is 26 degrees out at 10am in spite of the sunshine.

Backcountry conditions will be challenging today due to the cold overnight temps- fast on trails and a breakable crust in the woods.

March 14| 12pm update.  Bruce just went out and groomed  Picnic, Valley, Broadway and Maple Loop.  These trails are groomed flat and there are no tracks.

We  are back to more seasonable temps and the new snow over the weekend was great.  Reports from the backcountry are quite good.  The base has firmed up a little and there is 4-6″ of new snow on top.  On groomed trails there is a couple inches of powder on the grooming– we will have new grooming for Wednesday.

At 10am the temp is 20 degrees and the sky is overcast. 

March 13 | It’s snowing again! A couple of inches fell last night, and it continues to snow this morning.  So far, the white stuff has been just enough to freshen us up after the on-and-off rain of the past few days.  The groomers went out midday yesterday, but the snow was pretty soft so we kept the machines off the trails last night.  Wax of the day is starting out between violet and red, though we’ll have to see which way the temperature moves throughout the day.  It is 34 degrees out at 8:30 am.

Backcountry conditions are variable, a few inches of fresh snow on top of wet pack.  The woods are beautiful as the snow is sticking to the trees and it looks like winter again.

March 12 | We have tons of snow, but it did rain quite a bit yesterday.  The big alpine groomer is out this morning… so a couple trails are groomed.  We will update with exactly what trails are groomed later in the morning when we get a report from the groomer.

It has been snowing lightly all morning and about an inch has accumulated.  Temp at 9am is 28 degrees.

March 10| 12:30pm update- Winds have picked up and we are closing the mountain for the rest of the day… this includes Nordic Ctr.

It’s back to intense winter weather at 2100′ feet.  The wind is howling up here and it’s snowing pretty hard.  The snow from the big dump earlier this week was finally hardening up on  the groomed trails, but after the new 2-4″ last night it’s soft again.  Jonas, our groomer, was out last night on Picnic, Valley, World Cup and Broadway- but his tracks are pretty well windblown in at this point.

Temp at 9am is 26 degrees.  Wax is extra blue.

March 9 | Sunshine and beautiful grooming! We were able to take one of the big alpine groomers out last night to pack down all the snow we received on Monday. Today we have 19km of trails groomed for skate skiing on perfect surfaces of packed powder. There are no classic tracks today because we needed the alpine groomer to tackle all the snow and the machine doesn’t have a track setter. Tonight we will take our regular groomer out and set tracks for Thursday. Wax of the day will be extra blue going to violet as temps rise.

Backcountry conditions are deep, and deeper. If you’ve been looking for a time to tackle some steeper and harder terrain but have been hesitant, now is the time.

March 8 | 30″ of new snow!!! We are going to try and get a groomer out later in the day to pack down all the new snow, until then Backcountry skiing is where it’s at. For all of you waiting …yes, skiers have broken trail up to Bryant!

March 7 | It snowed all night at Bolton and the accumulation is 15-17″ it is moderately windy.  Because of our normal Monday and Tuesday grooming schedule with no grooming— It will be an all POWDER day!  We recommend Backcountry…. skiing should be pretty awesome.

March 6 | 12pm update – we are back to snow at 2100′ and it is forecast to snow 12″-16+” between now and Monday noon.

9am- The term that we’ve been using for the precipitation today is “premature snow”; it just didn’t know to wait until the air got a little cooler.  The forecast is calling for cooling, and snow by the end of the day.  We held off on grooming last night, as the temps stayed pretty high.  Conditions are loose granular, and spring-like in the backcountry.  Wax of the day is somewhere between red and klister.  It is 48 degrees at 8:30am.

March 5 | The variable weather of March is in full swing.  It’s overcast up here today, though there hasn’t been much precipitation yet.  The usual 19km were groomed last night, and the snow on the groomers is definitely transformed.  Wax of the day is red, and it is 38 degrees out at 10am. Backcountry is variable, softer as you climb higher.

March 4 | Blue, sunny skies again today!  Broadway, Pond Loop, Tear Drop, Maple Loop & Spruce Run were groomed and tracked last night, and their conditions are a beautiful rolled granular.  Wax of the day is blue, and it is 20 degrees out at 8:30am.

Backcountry conditions are variable.  There is a crust down low, though the surface seems to be softer higher up.  It’s a great day for touring.

March 1 | Sun is shining and we didn’t get any rain yesterday! We groomed 10km for skate and classic skiing giving us beautiful surfaces of packed powder on Broadway, Picnic, Valley, Pond, and World Cup.

Our backcountry trails are in good shape considering yesterday’s strange weather,  we didn’t get any rain and avoided getting a crust. There is a layer of dense wind blown snow on the surface that is very easy to ski, it just takes a little concentration. With cold weather and more snow in the forecast, skiing should continue to be great all week.

February 27 | If you liked the conditions yesterday, you’ll be a fan of the trails today as well.  We’ve received a dusting of fresh snow since the groomer went out early this morning, and the snow is still falling.  Picnic and Valley Loops, World Cup, Broadway, Pond, Tear Drop, Maple Loop, Beaver Pond and Deer Run were all rolled and tracked this morning.  The thermometer is reading 20 degrees and the wax is blue.

Backcountry conditions are fantastic, as the woods are being topped off with a little extra powder as we speak!

February 26 | Good morning!  The crack team of Bolton Valley snow reporters are saying we received 14-16″ of the good stuff-It is light, fluffy, and screaming to be skied!  The groomer is going out as we speak to pack and track, and you can expect all our groomed terrain to be  done by mid-day.  Backcountry conditions should be about as good as they get, with all this fresh snow on top of a solid crust base.  Temps are hovering right around 10 degrees at 9:00 am, with an expected high of 15, but there is no wind and it feels warmer.  Come on up and make the most of it…

February 25 | The storm is starting!  It’s actually a fairly calm snowfall at the moment, so other than the accumulation, it really doesn’t feel all that “stormy” out.  We did not send the groomer out last night, anticipating that fresh tracks would be filled in pretty quickly this morning.

12pm update! It’s snowing hard.  We have received 3-5″ of snow since 8:30am today.  Temp remains steady at 25degrees.

Snow Day! This is our favorite quote from the Bolton Newsletter yesterday- “On the color-coded alert system that I developed last year to tell me how excited I should be for each week, these upcoming days have been declared “Nantucket Sunrise”. Justin, Snow Reporter.

February 24|Beautiful morning.  Bluebird sky, cool calm air and warm sun!  It should be a great ski day.  Our conditions have been steady all week and all our regular trails are groomed. 

At 9am the temp is 15 degrees and  the forecast is for warming into the mid 20s later today.  The afternoon we are expecting increasing clouds and snow overnight into Friday.  Friday could be a a great power backcountry day!!!

Trail of the day is Pika for groomed trails and Bryant for backcountry.

February 21| Anybody out there want to work the Nordic Center today?  We went for a ski this morning and decided we’d really rather just stay outside …

The groomer went out this morning and passed through Picnic and Valley Loops, World Cup, Broadway, Pond Loop, Maple Loop,  and Spruce Run.  Some of the frozen granular from the past two days is mixing in with the fresh snow, and classic tracks are setting up really nicely.  Those trails that were not groomed will have 2-3″ of fresh snow over yesterday’s grooming.  It is both sunny and snowing so far this morning, it is 10 degrees out at 8:45am, and the wax of the day is blue.

Backcountry conditions remain very variable.  The glades will continue to be closed today.

February 20| It is decidedly wintery outside.  Snow is blowing, though the wind is expected to die down mid-day.  The grooming has firmed up well and is looking great on Picnic and Valley Loops, Broadway, World Cup, Pond Loop, Maple Loop, Tear Drop, Spruce Run, Deer Run and Beaver Pond.  The wax of the day is blue, and it is 8 degrees out at 8:30am.

The backcountry surface is hard and fast, great for low-angle trails.  Ski patrol has asked that we close the glades today due to snow conditions.

February 19| Attention: Nordic Trails are NOT on wind hold!

All of the usual suspects are freshly groomed this morning: Picnic and Valley, Broadway, World Cup, Pond Loop, Maple Loop, Tear Drop, Spruce Run, Deer Run and Beaver Pond.  Snow conditions are a fresh dusting over frozen granular, and the wax of the day is Blue.  It is 20 degrees out this morning, with strong winds.

Backcountry conditions are not ideal today.  The fresh dusting was not quite enough to bury the melt-freeze effected snow beneath.

February 18| We are still 100% open and the skiing is quite good with spring-like weather and conditions.  We have 8 km of fresh skate grooming and classic tracks today with an additional 10 km set yesterday.Today would be a great day for waxless skis or klister.

Backcountry reports from yesterday were extremely positive, with some of our regular skiers stating that it was one of the best days of the year in the colder north facing slopes. The fresh snow coming should make for some great bc skiing this weekend.

With seasonal temps returning tonight and a good amount of snow in the forecast for the weekend, we predict that we will soon forget about this warm spell. The snow in the forecast should help insulate our deep base and keep it from getting hard, making for more great skiing.

February 15| We’re back to normal February weather with sunny skies and cold temps. We were able to get Picnic and Broadway groomed this morning giving us 5km of skate skiing. The rest of our trails have 4-6″ of fresh snow on them with a few drifts in exposed areas. The temperature at 10:30am has climbed up to 6 degrees and the wax of the day is green.

Backcountry conditions are surprisingly good today. We weren’t able to find any crust this morning, instead we have 4-6″ of fresh snow on top of a slightly frozen and dense but edgeable base.  Come on up and get first tracks, just don’t forget your sunglasses!

February 12| It is a beautiful snowy and mild Saturday up here on the mountain.  16 km were groomed last night, including most of the regulars, but leaving Picnic and Valley loops.  (There is a snowshoe race on those loops this morning, and we figured those guys would do just fine on day-old grooming.)  The temperature at 8am is 20 degrees, and the wax of the day is blue.

Backcountry conditions are in great shape due to the consistent snowfall this winter has brought.  Skiers are still coming back with reports of untracked possibilities.

February 10| It’s been a very snowy week!  We are over 200″ for the year and Feb is proving itself with some beautiful sunny days.  Today it is about 10degrees at 9am and the wax of the day is green.

We have 15km groomed last night, then it snowed about 2 ” on top.  The new snow is light like air.  There is up to 3″ of new snow in the higher elevation backcountry trails… up near Bryant.

February 5| The skies are clear and it is fairly mild up here on the mountain today.  Broadway, Pond Loop, Tear Drop, Spruce Run, Beaver Pond, and the lower parts of Bobcat and Telemark, connected by Pika have all been freshly groomed and classic tracked for today.  The wax of the day will be blue extra, and it is 20 degrees outside at 8:45am.

Backcountry conditions are powder, and packed powder where eager skiers have already tracked.  It is going to be a fantastic day out on the trails, so come up and play!

February 4| It’s another stunning post-storm morning up at Bolton.  Mostly we’re feeling grateful for all of this sunshine, but a part of us really thinks we’ve earned it.

Freshly groomed last night: Picnic and Valley Loops, World Cup, Broadway, Pond Loop, Maple Loop, Spruce Run and… Deer Run! The snow on groomed trails is a beautiful fresh packed powder, and the wax of the day is blue.  The thermometer is reading 20 degrees at 9:30am.

Backcountry conditions are deep powder.  Come and get it while the getting’s good!

February 3| February is already living up to it’s name.  Feb is known as the snowiest month of the year.  When the snow finally stopped sometime last night we were left with 12-16″ of beautiful powder.  It was very windy above 1200′ yesterday, but today is calm and there are patches of blue sky.

Harold has been out grooming this morning.  He is packing most of the trails with a big alpine groomer to get all this new snow packed.  It will be great skiing today- just keep in mind that there are no classic tracks set.   Tomorrow we will bring the BR 180 and set tracks.

Temp at 10am is 10 degrees.  The forecast is for a mix of sun and clouds today.  Temps should rise into the low teens.  Wax of the day is green.


February 1 | The snow is on the way! We’ve already received 2-4″ and Wednesday is going to be awesome with well over a foot of snow forecasted.

Because of the heavy snowfall on the way (up to 2″ per hour at times during the day Wednesday) we aren’t planning on any grooming overnight so it will be a good day for backcountry skiing to say the least. If the snow comes early enough in the day we may try and get a groomer out to provide some skate and classic tracks, but this will depend on the snow and timing. Skiing is about to get even more fantastic so we to hope to see you up here soon.

January 29 | There is a light snow falling this morning, and a few inches have accumulated.  Picnic and Valley Loops, World Cup, Broadway, Pond Loop, Tear Drop, Maple Loop, Spruce Run and Beaver Pond were all groomed last night.  The wax this morning is blue extra, and the thermometer is reading 22 degrees at 9am.

Backcountry conditions are a few inches of fresh snow over a packed powder base.

January 28| There are blue skies over Bolton Valley today.  Picnic and Valley Loops, World Cup, Broadway, Maple Loop and Pond Loop were all groomed yesterday, and are holding beautifully.  Conditions are packed powder, with some powder over the trails that haven’t been groomed since earlier in the week.  The wax of the morning is blue extra, and it was 19 degrees at 9am.

Backcountry conditions are still powder and packed powder.  Most trails have been skied since the last big snow, so there’s no need to break trail.

January 23| The sun is out, wind is minimal and it’s cold.  At 10:30am it is 3 degrees.  Wax of the day is Green.

With the snow in the last week we have groomed up some trails like Deer Run and Beaver Pond for the first time of the season. Today 16km groomed for skate and classic. We have Pond Loop, Tear Drop, Broadway, Deer Run, Maple Loop, Picnic Loop, Valley Loop, Beaver Pond and World Cup groomed for classic and skate.  Spruce Run is groomed for skate.

January 22| IT’S NOT THAT COLD!  THERE ARE PEOPLE SKIING TODAY (a group of 10 women skiing Bolton to Trapps).  With that said please make sure to check yourself and your ski buds for white skin. The temps have been very stable for a couple weeks and we have had new powder almost every day.  The glades are awesome and we have groomed Beaver Pond, Deer Run.

At 9am temps are around zero degrees.  The sun has just come over the mountain and it’s going to warm up a couple more degrees through the day.  Wax of the day is green.  We have picnic and Valley groomed for skate. World Cup, Broadway, Maple Loop, Deer Run, Beaver Pond, Pond and TearDrop are groomed for skate and classic.

January 19 | Due to the wind and unpredictable weather last night the groomer stayed off the trails until this morning.   Our last grooming was on Monday so we have 15km of trails with 3-5 inches of new snow on top and some serious snow drifts in places. Groomed for today- Broadway (s/c), World Cup (s/c), Pond Loop(s/c), Picnic (s), Teardrop and Maple to Teardrop (s). s=skate, c=classic

The good news is that Bolton Nordic did not receive any of the sleet that lower elevations picked up yesterday and last night.

For those looking to escape into the woods for backcountry, conditions are great and the new snow coupled with yesterdays wind did a great job at refreshing the backcountry.

At 9:30am temp is 20 degrees.  The forecast is for temps into the mid 20s today, colder tonight into the single digits.  We expect to get flurries through today and  tomorrow should be partly sunny!

January 15 | It was cold over night- temps in the single digits and this means that the new snow we have from this past week is perfect for bc skiing and the groomed trails have packed out perfectly.  This morning the temps are in the high teens and low 20s.

Today we have 13km groomed for classic and skate.  Including Picnic, Valley, World Cup, Pond Loop, Broadway and Maple Loop.  Wax of the day is blue.

January 14| A few more inches overnight brings our 2 day total to a foot and a half and our 5 day total to 3 feet…conditions are pretty amazing to say the least. We have Picnic, Broadway, World Cup, Pond and upper Maple Loop groomed for skate and classic skiing for a total of 8km. Outside temps are in the mid teens with wax of the day being blue. Backcountry conditions are powdery and deep and the sun might even come out!

January 12| This storm has rocked Bolton Nordic.  We have 4-6″ of new snow today since 8am.  And it is still snowing hard.  The snow is fine because temps have remained steady at about 14degrees.  We did groom this morning, but it promptly got snowed over.  We will groom and pack again tomorrow morning…. It’s great powder skiing!

January 9 | We received more snow overnight.  We have maintained the same grooming schedule we set earlier in the week, so Picnic Loop, Pond Loop, Broadway, part of World Cup and the top of Maple connecting to Tear Drop were groomed early this morning.  About an inch has dusted over this morning since the groomer passed through.  The wax of the day is blue.

We have officially reopened backcountry terrain, but conditions are still somewhat early season.  The snow is very hardpack under the light, fresh powder we’ve been receiving.

It is snowy out on the Nordic trails today, and the temperature has been holding steady this morning at 20 degrees.

January 8| Winter is surely returning.  The groomers went out this morning to freshen up Picnic Loop, Broadway, Pond, Tear Drop and the top of Maple as well as our modified World Cup.  Classic tracks have been set on all of those trails.  The wax of the morning is Blue.

We are starting to open up the backcountry to skiers again, beginning with Bryant Trail, Birch Loop, Gardiner’s Lane and Coyote.  Conditions in the backcountry are powder on top of the transformed snow which survived last week’s melt.  It is 20 degrees out at 9:30am with mostly cloudy skies and a light falling snow.

January 6| We’re starting out the day with snow again!  Thanks to yesterday’s accumulation, we were able to add a modified section of World Cup to the grooming schedule, as well as lay down classic tracks on the groomed trails.  That means that aside from World Cup, Picnic, Broadway, Pond and part of Maple Loop and Tear Drop have all been groomed for skate and classic.  The wax of the day is blue, and the temperature at 8:30am was 16 degrees.  With the cloud cover and falling snow, that should hold steady through the day.

At this point, backcountry trails are not recommended for skiing.  We had some positive reports from snowshoers up above Bryant yesterday though, so that is probably the best way to get off the groomed for now.

January 5| It’s been snowing all day!  At our 12pm snow depth check there was about 6″ of new snow.  It’s very light powder.

Grooming today was minimal- we are still on the rebound from the warm weather event of last weekend.  We have Broadway, Picnic, Pond, Tear Drop and the top part of Maple groomed flat.

January 3| We got hit pretty hard with warm temps and rain.  This morning we are grooming and pushing snow on Broadway.  We are using a big alpine groomer, so the hard frozen granular will be tilled pretty well.  But no classic tracks until we get more new snow.  We will assess and groom more trails as snow conditions permit.
At 8am the temp is

Backcountry is hard frozen  granular.

January 2| As a result of the spring like weather we are not grooming anything.  The trail conditions are soft granular.  For groomed trails Broadway is the best bet and trail of the day today.  Wax is universal klister or waxless skis.

The forecast is for temps around 40 today dropping through the day back to more seasonable temps by tomorrow.

We recommend snowshoeing today if you are looking for a outdoor activity.  Bryant Trail to Birch Loop is the recommended snowshoe loop of the day.

January 1| Happy New Year from everyone at Bolton Nordic! Conditions today are spring like.  We had temps in the high 30s yesterday and some fog/rain last night.  We did loose snow. It did not go below freezing last night.

Current conditions are soft granular snow.  We did very minimal grooming last night.  We groomed Broadway, World Cup and Pond Loop.

In the backcountry the snow is heavy and wet.  There is more snow up above Cliffhanger on Bryant because there was more to begin with and because of cooler temps less was lost.

December 31| Picnic and Valley Loops, Pond, and Broadway were freshly groomed and tracked last night. World Cup, Maple and Spruce Run are holding onto their grooming from earlier in the week, awaiting the next snowfall to be rolled again.  The wax of the day is starting out violet, turning to red as it continues to warm up.  Backcountry conditions are thickening as the temperature rises and the powder transforms.  It is overcast today, and the temperature was 30 degrees at 8am, feeling downright spring-like.

December 30| Beautiful day – we have classic tracks on 12k and the same trails open for skate skiing.  At 8am it was 20 degrees and by 11am it warmed up to 30.  The sun is strong and we expect that it will warm even more through the early afternoon.  Backcountry trails are in fantastic shape… and there is still some untracked power out there.  Come on up for a ski, then hang out for our last bonfire of 2010! Bonfire is from 4:30-6:30 in the teaching area near the top of Picnic Loop.

December 28| It is a gray morning today at the Nordic center, but with milder temps and continuing snow, it is still a beautiful day to ski.  The groomers really took care of us last night, covering Picnic, Valley, Pond, Broadway, World Cup, Tear Drop, and Spruce Run for skate and classic skiing.  They were also able to roll out Maple Loop and Beaver Pond.  The wax today is starting out at blue extra, changing to violet.  Backcountry conditions remain promising, packed powder and powder.

December 27| It’s pretty windy today, but there is lots of great snow.  Wind gusts to 6p mph.  We have 12km groomed- including Picnic, Valley, World Cup, Broadway and Pond.  Wax of the day is extra green or special blue.  Snow conditions are windblown powder.

December 25| It is a beautiful Christmas morning at Bolton!  For the first time this season, the top part of Maple Loop and Spruce Run were groomed last night, joining Valley Loop as skate-groomed trails.  Pond Loop, Picnic Loop, World Cup, Teardrop and Broadway have all been groomed with classic tracks.  Backcountry conditions are packed powder and powder, thanks to this week’s snow.  The wax this morning is Blue, and at 9am the temperature is 18 degrees.  The skies are partly cloudy and the air is calm and still.  A fantastic morning to be in the woods!

December 24| It is a winter wonderland at Bolton.  We have had about 12″ of snow this week.  We are still in an early season grooming mode because some trails like Maple Loop, Telemark and Bobcat have waterbars and are not groomed.  Today’s grooming includes Picnic, Valley rolled flat.  Broadway, Teardrop and World Cup with classic tracks and flat section for skate.  Wax of the day is Blue and at 9am the temp is 20degrees.  The sun is shining strong in a perfect blue ski!!

In the backcountry things are skiing really well.  There are bumps and rolls on some trails, but snow coverage is great.  Skiers have been exploring most trails, so  there is a good skied in track on the up trails and plenty of powder left on the glades!

December 18 | Another beautiful early-season day on trails today.  Broadway, World Cup, Pond Loop, Tear Drop, the upper half of Maple Loop, and Picnic and Valley Loops were skate groomed early this morning, and have received a dusting of about an inch since then.  The official word on backcountry conditions are powder and early-season variable, but we are universally impressed and excited by how good coverage is so far this season.  It is 25 degrees and overcast up on the mountain at 9am, with predicted snow showers throughout the day.

December 17 | Groomers went out early this morning and hit Broadway, World Cup, Pond Loop, Tear Drop, the upper half of Maple Loop, and Picnic and Valley Loops .  It has been snowing all morning though, and a few inches have accumulates over the grooming.  No classic tracks have been set yet.  Conditions overall are early season powder, with the new light dusting on top.  At 8:30am it is a beautiful 25 degrees outside, and the snow continues to fall. 

December 16 | It snowed another couple inches last night.  Broadway was groomed this morning … we are waiting for another couple inches to groom World Cup.  We expect to have more trails groomed for Friday through the weekend.  At 10am the outside temp is 20 degrees and it’s nice and sunny!

December 15 | Winter is here!  Today Broadway is our only  groomed trail.  It is groomed for skate and the surface is flat and hard pack.  We lost a lot of snow on Sunday night into Monday morning before the precipitation changed back to snow.  The trails are in recovery mode- new snow Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday combined with cold temps should mean that we can groom more by the weekend.

November 16 | I have noticed more and more and more people looking at the Conditions page of the blog.  So I though I would write an update.  We had a nice covering of snow in mid October, but that melted pretty quick.  It snowed again at the end of Oct and that snow while not enough to ski has stuck around on the ground for longer than we expected.  The Nordic trails don’t have any snow. The backcountry trails above Bryant Cabin do have patches of snow and on the alpine trails there is snow coverage up above mid mountain.

2010 — April 6| We are closed for the season.  Thanks for a great season everyone.

April 4| It’s finally here, the great spring corn. Backcountry skiers are coming back after a long day of skiing with big smiles. Yesterday might have been a bit warm, but today should be perfect, easy turning, and still plenty of snow in the backcountry.  For people who want to ski groomed, Pond around Broadway makes for a good loop, and most of World Cup is still good. This is it, get it before it’s gone!

Don’t forget!  2010-11 season passes will increase in price on Monday, so pick yours up this weekend if you haven’t already! Or order online.

April 2| Backcountry is the word of the day.  With all of this sunshine and incredibly warm temps there is no excuse for staying inside today, and heading into the backcountry is the way to get out.  There’s still snow up high, with some great runs for folks who want ’em.  The meadow at the intersection of Heavenly Highway and Birch Loop is our pick of the day for a great lunch spot.

Oh, and to top it off, as a thank you to all of our guests, and in a gesture to welcome April, Nordic tickets are only $10 through closing day on Sunday.

Don’t forget!  2010-11 season passes will increase in price on Monday, so pick yours up this weekend if you haven’t already! Or order online.

April 1|  This is no April Fools Joke…. the sun just came blasting through the clouds and mist and it’s a beautiful day outside.  As a  thank you to everyone and to welcome April we are doing $10  tickets Thurs-Sunday.  Join us for one last ski!

We have keep the groomer off the snow because the combination of warm weather and precipitation the surface is loose granular and quite soft.

We recommend skiing in the backcountry.  Bryant trail is in great shape and all the waterbars are still well covered.  The other higher elevation bc trails Birch Loop, JJs, Gardiners, Big Blue, Heavenly Highway are great skiing.  (I skied Bryant and Big Blue yesterday afternoon was was happy to find Bib Blue totally covered with snow and great skiing.

March 31| It was raining most of my commute to Bolton today, but once I got up past Timberline Lodge the rain stopped and the sky cleared a little bit.

At 10am it is still a little cloudy, but it looks like the sun is trying to shine through.  The temp is 40 degrees.

Our last grooming was on Saturday and the snow is too soft to get out on the trails again.

We recommend skiing on the upper trails including the backcountry.  It looks like Thurs, Fri and Sat will be warm, sunny and beautiful for backcounty skiing.

We recommend skiing for adventurous and/or expert skiers.  There are

March 30 | This morning it is 36 degrees and things have firmed up from yesterday.   We are recommending  skiing for adventurous and expert skiers.  We plan to remain open until Sunday April 4th and by this weekend it should be pretty great corn snow for backcountry skiing.

March 29| Soft conditions! We received 1-2″ of wet snow last night before shifting over to rain. Some of the new snow has clung to our trails and conditions look surprisingly good right outside the nordic center doors. At 8:00 am the temp is 39 degrees and it’s not raining…yet. If you don”t mind a little dampness, it will be a fun day to enjoy soft snow, especially in the higher elevation backcountry.

March 28| Today is out last Waffle Day.  Come on up to Bolton Nordic this morning, enjoy some waffles while the snow softens, then get out for a ski.

Temperatures are expected to rise later today and skiing should be pretty good.  Snow in the middle elevation trails should soften nicely.  We don’t have any new grooming today, but 12km was skate  groomed and classic tracked yesterday.

March 27| The sun is out and the temps are low.  Mother nature is granting us mercy in helping to preserve the last of our snow.   The groomer went out this morning on a limited program, covering Picnic and Valley, World Cup, Broadway to the lower Maple Loop intersection, Upper Maple, Spruce Run, Tear Drop and Pond.

11:00 am Update: Great grooming and great skiing! After skiing the trails mentioned above, we’re glad to report that conditions are fantastic with only a few sink holes to watch out for around water bars but they are easily avoidable. Upper Maple loop and Spruce Run are the only trails that have major exposed areas and holes to watch out for so we recommend that only expert skiers attempt them and preferably skiing them in the reverse starting with Spruce.

March 26| We have has some serious spring yo-yo weather in the past couple days.  After some warm weather last week it’s back to winter at Bolton today.  Overnight temps were in the low teens and forecast is for temps to rise into the low 30s today.  The sun is shining this morning and it’s a great day for a spring ski.

Harold  groomed the large trails yesterday- World Cup, Broadway, Picnic and Valley for skate.  We plan to groom again on Saturday and Sunday.  It should be a great weekend of skiing.

March 25| Grooming this morning is going to make skiing great.  We are only grooming for skate and not setting tracks today.  We will be grooming World Cup, Broadway, Picnic and Valley.

At 8am it is 30 degrees and it is nice and warm in the sun!

There is still lots of snow in the backcountry.    It is expert only skiing out there.

March 24| In  true March fashion winter is back today.  After a good amount of rain yesterday it got colder last night and precipitation continued in the form of snow.  We have received 1-2 inches of new snow on top of a hard frozen granular base.  Some of the waterbars on our trails have opened up.  Skiing today is best for experts only.

We plan to get out for some grooming later in the day, but we recommend checking back here or calling to confirm conditions.

At 9am it is windy, 30 degrees and we are in the clouds.  Alpine lifts are on wind hold.

March 23| We have a steady rain this morning and the forecast calls for continued showers throughout the day. We still have good coverage on our trails around the Nordic center and at higher elevations for anyone that isn’t afraid of a little rain. We should see cooler temps and possibly a change to snow later in the day lasting overnight. We’ll update the conditions as the weather changes, so check back later in the day.

2:30 pm Update: The rain and wind have stopped! We just had a skier report that World Cup, Maple Loop, and Broadway are skiing fine with only a few open patches. With colder temps and snow in the forecast, we plan to get out and fix any trouble areas  tomorrow morning.

March 22| We have the highest base elevation of any Nordic Ski Area in the state of Vermont and as a result we still have good skiing right out our door.  The 1-2″ of new snow we received yesterday morning made for a great day of skiing yesterday.

Temps stayed warm last night under heavy cloud cover.  And it is about 37 at 8am today. Yesterday we groomed  Picnic, Valley, Broadway, World Cup and Pond Loop for both classic and freestyle.

March 21| 10am update: It just started snowing lightly!!!

Join us today for Costume Relay at 11am and Snowball Biathlon at 12am.

We had a very warm day yesterday and overnight temps got into the low 30s.  The snow is pretty crusty, but Larry is out in the groomer this morning working on some of the groomed trails.  He is grooming Picnic, Valley, Broadway, World Cup and Pond Loop.

Trail surface conditions are frozen granular and loose granular.  The forecast for today is warming into the high 30s.  Art went for a morning ski and reports that the crust  is edge-able.

We have our fingers crossed for some new snow next week.

March 20| The skies are clearer than expected today, and the snow is softening more quickly than it has the past few days.   The groomers were out again last night, taking care of all the regulars – Picnic, Valley, Pond, World Cup, the top half of Maple Loop, Spruce Run, and Beaver Pond.

The status of snow cover is holding pretty consistent.  Certain sunny spots are becoming exposed, but the more sheltered areas and higher elevations are still providing plenty of base.

March 19| Sunny and warm…again! At 8:30 it’s already 35 degrees and the forecast calls for temperatures to warm rapidly into the mid to upper 50s. We kept the groomers off the trails last night leaving us with the same 18 km of trails as yesterday. Surfaces will start out hard but should soften up quickly leaving us with another great day of spring skiing conditions.

Snow cover on some of our lower trails is opening up in places but is still very skiable, just be aware of any water bars or bare ground that may appear with the warm temps. At higher elevations, around Cliff Hanger,  there is still plenty of snow with no evidence of bare ground.

March 18| More sun and warm today… and great spring skiing.  We did some strategic grooming this morning – Bobcat, Telemark, World Cup, Picnic and Valley.  Other trails were soft yesterday, so we held off on grooming  them again today.  Trail surface conditions are loose granular.

Temps are forecast to rise into the low 40s today and my mid morning it will be great groomed or backcountry skiing.

Join us this Sunday for Family Fun Day and waffles.

March 17| Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It looks like another beautiful cloud-free day of spring skiing conditions here at Bolton. Last night we groomed and tracked all our regulars including Picnic, Valley, World Cup, Spruce, Broadway, Pond, and Maple Loop. At 8:00 am it’s currently 29 degrees and surfaces will be a little hard until it warms up by mid-morning. Temps are expected to rise into the 50s under sunny skies for what should be a great day of skiing.

Backcountry skiing has been great once it warms up, usually by late morning depending on the exposure of the area you ski. The woods are still holding lots of snow with no open spots, and the increase in depth of snow as you climb to Bryant is quite amazing.

March 16| The return of the sun.  At 8:30 am the temp is 26 degrees and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. We haven’t groomed since Sunday and surfaces are currently hard but with temps forecasted to be in the mid 40s coupled with the sun, conditions should soften up by late morning for some great spring skiing conditions.

March 15| If you have been waiting for spring skiing- it is here.  The snow is super soft and granular.  Temp at 8:30am is 40 degrees.

It did not get below freezing  overnight, but this wind did tighten up the granular snow a little bit.  We still have good snow coverage despite snow melting.

Backcountry conditions are good.  We groomed up to Bryant Cabin on Friday afternoon and it’s fun skiing up there.  There is a ton of snow in the higher elevation trails-especially above Clifhanger.

The forecast for the rest of the week looks like nice sunny days and colder nights, so things should firm up overnights enough to groom.

March 14| The snow is already getting soft. At 9:30 am the temp is 38 degrees and conditions are much softer than yesterday.  There is a light precipitation in the air but not enough to call it rain. We have great grooming today with Bobcat and Telemark added to our list from yesterday giving us over 20km of groomed trails for both skate and classic tracks.

The Catamount Challenge from Trapps to Bolton is today, if you are skiing up to Bryant on the Catamount Trail please step aside for the racers and cheer them on.

Backcountry conditions should be quite good today with the softening snow. There is still lots of snow up here, so bring a shell and enjoy the spring snow while it’s still around.

March 13| 3:45 update- The snow conditions got nice and soft here in the afternoon.  We groomed up to Bryant Cabin this afternoon in anticipation of the Catamount Trail Trapps to Bolton event tomorrow.

We are in serious spring ski conditions.  It did get below freezing last night.   Surfaces are  frozen granular and loose granular.  Our groomer prepared the trails last night and set fresh tracks on Broadway, Maple Loop, Spruce Run and World Cup, giving us 22km of both skate and track skiing.

At 8:30am the thermometer is reading 37 degrees, with temps expected to rise into the low 40s by the afternoon. It’s spring conditions so wax of the day will be kister.   Backcountry skiing should continue be great as the snow softens up.  Backcountry skiing is best for experts only.

One of our pass holders just came in from a great ski, but said “today is the reason that God made skis with edges”.

March 12| With increasing clouds last night the temperature did not drop below freezing.  At 8am this morning it is 41 degrees.

There is still a great base of snow on the trails.  We have 15km groomed classic and skate.  Surface conditions are frozen granular and spring conditions.  It is pretty soft in some places.

In the backcountry it should be great today.

1. lots of snow, 2. warm temps, 3. soft and forgiving fun snow

March 11| Beautiful morning.  Sun is shining and we have some early morning skiers.  Rick, our groomer did a great job last night and the trails are both skate groomed and classic tracked.  At 9am the temp is 40 degrees.

In the backcountry the cycle of freezing and thawing is creating some serious spring skiing.  Early morning the snow is quite crusty , but by noon things have softened up.  The crust means you can ski almost anywhere in the woods.

March 10| Yet another bright sunny warm day at Bolton.  Today might  be our last sunny day of the week, and it should be an amazing finale to this stretch of gorgeous weather. We have 16 km perfectly groomed for skate and tracked skiing. With the temp at 9:00 am reading 30 degrees, conditions will be a little hard until it warms up into the mid 40s by the afternoon. Wax of the day will be red silver changing to klister.

Backcountry skiing should be fantastic with springlike conditions once the sun warms things up a bit. Bring sunblock!

March 9| Another sunny day at Bolton.  Not a cloud in the sky and at 8:00 am temps are just below freezing.  Like yesterday, trails will be a little hard  until the sun comes up higher and soften things up.  With temps expected to rise into the mid 30s, it should be another great day to be on waxless skis or to use klister.

With the warmer afternoon temps and the softening snow, backcountry conditions have been great where the sun can do it’s magic. Dan skied the Bolton to Trapps trail yesterday and said conditions were perfect. It is a bit cooler today, so it might take longer for the snow to soften up compared to the previous days.

March 8| It’s another beautiful day on the mountain.  Sun is shining  bright at 8am and it is already in the mid to high 30s.  Trails are a little crispy this morning until the sun comes up higher and soften things up.  It’s a great day for klister or waxless skis.

We will post a Trapps to Bolton conditions preview later today, so check back on the main page of the blog for more info on BC conditions.

March 7| Today is a mirror image of yesterday- perfect spring weather, sun and warm!!! All trails are groomed for classic and skate.

March 6 | It’s a perfect day for Bolton to the Barns.  Blue sky and 30 degrees at 9am.  We have 20km groomed for skate and classic today.  Trail surfaces are packed powder with some frozen granular.    It is going to warm up and me soft later in the afternoon.

We recommend skiing a perimeter loop- Broadway-Beaver Pond- Deer Run- Maple back.

In the backcountry things are pretty hard to start… but should soften later in the afternoon.  It’s fun skiing because you can ski anywhere.

March 5| Blue bird sky and perfect grooming!!! The trails set nicely overnight, and we’ve gotten some enthusiastic reports back in from the early morning skiers.  The big news of the day is that the Beaver Pond/Deer Run loop is finally completely groomed.  It was 26 degrees at 8am, and it looks like as things continue to warm up it will be a klister day.

The warmer temps have yet to do any damage to our backcountry coverage, but conditions are still a bit challenging.  The warmer weather later in the day and this weekend should soften things up a bit out there.

March 4 | Spring conditions!  Below freezing overnight and in the high 30s/low 40s by mid day.  It’s a beautiful blue ski this morning.  The snow has transformed and is pretty fast.  We have tracks for skate and classic skiing on all of our  trails. At 8am it is 25 degrees.  It’s a klister day.

Backcountry conditions are pretty challenging.  It is crusty and hard in the mornings until it warms up in the late day.  There is a ridiculous amount of snow in the backcountry . . . but until it warms or we get some more snow.

March 3| New grooming overnight and packed powder surfaces.  It’s nice skiing today.  We have 18km groomed for skate and classic.  At 8am it is 28 degrees and the forecast is for temps in the low 30s and a mix of sun/clouds.  It’s perfect spring skiing!

The wax is going to change through the day today as the temps increase.  The morning with powder in the tracks it is extra blue/special violet and later in the day it will warm up to red hard wax/klister.

In the backcountry the snow from last week is a great base and there is still powder out there.

March 2| Calm and warm.  At 8:15 this morning the temp is 30 degrees with no wind, perfect conditions for a day of skiing. With no new grooming and no new snow, conditions will be almost identical to yesterday.

Report from an early morning skier is that the trails are great, with a little powder still on the trails from yesterday on top of a solid base. With all of our favorite trails groomed, including Deer Run and lower Maple, there is a loop out there for every skier skill and type.

March 1| In typical early March fashion it is a winter day at Bolton.  We are in a snow cloud and it’s snowing lightly at 8am.  We received 1-2 inches of new snow early this morning and the temp is 30 degrees with light winds.

The skiing should be great today with a little new powder on top of the grooming.  We have the most number of  trails open and groomed that we have had all year thanks to the 5 FEET of snow we received last week.

Feb 28| Today is going to be the best skiing of the week.  We finally have some cold weather overnight and the groomer  was able to make some great tracks last night.

Rick, our groomer, was out last night and groomed Picnic and Valley, World Cup, Maple (100%), Spruce Run, Deer Run, Beaver Pond, Broadway, Pond and Teardrop.  Yesterday- Telemark and Bobcat were groomed and sun skiing with a couple inches of powder on top of a groomed base.

Trail surface conditions are packed powder mixed with some frozen transformed snow.   Overnight temps were in the teens, at 9am temp is 23 and the forecast is for high around freezing.  Perfect spring skiing weather.

In the back country conditions are fun.  There is a ton of snow and the powder from Friday night is nice and light on top of the super dense layer from mid week.  Bryant trail is a sunken single track.  At elevations  below Cliffhanger the powder on top transformed yesterday afternoon and is crusty this morning.  Up above Cliffhanger there is still great powder.

Feb 27 | Another 5″ of snow overnight! Thanks to all the new snow this week, today we have the most groomed trails since opening. We have 22km of groomed trails with 18km tracked, including our favorites; Deer Run, all of Maple Loop, Telemark and Bobcat!

Groomed trails have 2″ of fresh snow that fell since grooming on top of a transformed base. At 8:30am, the temperature is 31 degrees and wax of the day is violet.

Backcountry conditions will benefit nicely from the new snow. We have a heavy 2′ layer that fell Wednesday that has been challenging to ski. The new snow overnight and in the forecast might set us up for the best backcountry conditions to date. We’ll post an update later in the day when some of our skiers return from the trails.

Feb 26 | We had a surprisingly good day yesterday in that we didn’t get any of the rain that valley locations received.  It flurried through the day with minimal accumulation.

This morning our groomer prepared the trails for classic and skate.  He groomed Picnic and Valley, World Cup, Broadway, Maple, Teardrop and Pond Loop.  Spruce Run and Beaver Pond were groomed on Thursday.

Trail surface conditions are wet pack.  There is tons of snow on the trails.  In some deep moose footprints on Maple Loop yesterday we measured a meter + of snow.  Temp at 8am is 32 degrees.  Wax of the day is red or klister.

Backcountry skiing is challenging. The snow is heavy and wet.  It’s great for snowshoe adventures and intermediate/advanced bc skiers.

Feb 25 | It’s quite a spectacle up here today.  The snowbanks are huge and  the Nordic trails look like they have been carved out of snow piles.

Our groomer did a lot of work last night and we will continue to groom more trails and set tracks tonight.  For today we have Broadway, Maple (top 1/2), Spruce, Beaver Pond, Teardrop, World Cup, Picnic and Valley Loop groomed and rolled.  There are no tracks out there . . . but check back later for a mid day  grooming update.

At 9am it is 35 degrees and there is no precipitation.  Wax of the day is violet.   It’s also a great  day to try those zeros.

The snow is quite dense and in the base area it’s more wet than it was yesterday.  At higher elevations- above Bryant Cabin it’s a little dryer, but still dense.    We will also have a backcountry report updated at 10am, so check back.

It’s heavy deep snow… and more on the way!

Feb 24| Well- the forecast and then some happened.  It snowed all afternoon yesterday, all night and it continues to snow hard this morning.

The snow is great quality- medium dry and nice powder.  Temp at 8am is 25 degrees.  Wax is Blue.

Reports from folks that spent the light at Bryant are that there is 12-15″ of new snow up at higher elevations where the wind is calm!!!

We will try to regroom some trails this morning/mid day, but with the wind and hammering snow it’s pretty much going to be a powder day out there.  Fell free to give a call if you are curious what’s going on.

Feb 23| Intensifying snow.  Today we have the same 12 km of skate and classic groomed trails as yesterday. At 8:30 am the temp is 27 degrees and the wax of the day is extra blue. The snow and wind has intensified in the last hour, which may fill in some of the tracks.

After yesterday’s warm and sunny afternoon, backcountry conditions may have become variable. However, as the temps reach the low 30s today, conditions should get soft and fun. With our deep base, serious snow currently falling, and snow in the forecast every day this week until Sunday, conditions should be refreshed and powdery in no time.

Feb 22| Great skiing today.  It’s back to winter wonderland snow globe world at Bolton Nordic. Today we have 12km skate and classic  groomed.  Wax of the day is extra blue and morning temps are in the low 20s.  Today’s weather should be a mix of sun and clouds.
Looking ahead the forecast is for more and more snow all week!

Backcountry.  There is some great skiing out there.  Sunday skiers reported that there is some wind blown snow in the higher, exposed glades and  trails.  Saturday night  there was some mist that created a crust under the 6″ of new snow from Sunday morning . . .  we are calling it a friendly crust.

Feb 21 | 8:30am update: we will have some new grooming in progress this morning.

3 powder days in one week-wahoo!  Our forecast says a dusting of snow last night, but we got much more than that.  In the early morning we received 4-6+” of fresh light powder.  It is s till snowing lightly at 8am.

There is several inches of new light powder on top of the grooming from this morning and the classic tracks have  been snowed in.  But it’s great s now and we have been able to start  grooming lower Maple again and anticipate grooming Deer Run later in the week.

In the ungroomed areas near the Nordic Center there is definitely a breakable crust under 6″ of very light powder.  At the higher elevations there might be a thinner crust under more snow!

At 8am the temp is 17 degrees and it is a little windy.  Wax of the day is  blue.

Feb 20 | Great Grooming!  All the new snow refreshed our trails beautifully and it’s looking like a winter wonderland out there. We have 22km of groomed and tracked trails to enjoy today, on Picnic, Pond, Teardrop, Broadway, Maple, Spruce Run, Valley, and Beaver Pond. At 8:30am the temp is 20 degrees and wax of the day is blue extra.

Backcountry conditions are fantastic right now, with heavier snow at lower elevations and very agreeable powder at elevations above Bryant Camp.

Feb 19 | Take this, Washington, D.C.!  We are finally getting the snow that is rightfully ours, after having all the big storms of the past month stolen by the South.  Right now we are looking at 4-6″ of new snow overnight, on top of the 2-4″ we got yesterday.  Grooming was done late last night, so that nice corduroy has been covered by all the new snow, but who can really complain?  You’ll be sure to have a nice packed base underneath the new snow, which means less chance for “snow snakes” and a more predictable surface.  Look forward to expanded grooming for tomorrow on favorites such as Telemark, Bobcat, and  Lower Maple!

We have a temperature of 18 degrees F as of 8:30am, with gusty winds, so dress warm!  Wax of the day is Blue.

Today would be an excellent day to venture into the backcountry.  Enough said.  Drive safely on your way!

Feb 18 | Powder Day… the snow we have been asking for has arrived! We have received 2-4″ of fresh snow already and it’s still snowing heavily. The 20km of groomed trails has  snow on top so today will be a great day to make your own tracks and play in some fresh snow! At 8:30am the temp is 29 degrees, wax of the day will be either violet or extra blue depending on the elevation you plan on skiing.

Backcountry conditions are great and getting better.  We did some exploring yesterday and found lots of untracked trails and glades so today should be a good day to get fresh tracks on your favorite trails.  Click here to read a report from Bolton to Trapps trail.

Feb 17 | We groomed out the 2-3 inches of powder we got yesterday, so everything should be fresh!  Liz is out on the trails right now setting us some tracks, leaving us with a total of 11 and 20k groomed for classic and skating, respectively.  We are looking at snow flurries coming in later today, but with no real expected accumulation.

It is 22 degrees as of 8:30 up here, with an expected high in the  upper 20s.  Wax of the day is blue extra now, moving towards violet.  Come in and ski, then watch the Nordic events from the Olympics on our big screen starting at 3:00!

Feb 16| The SUN is out! No new grooming overnight, so we have the same 8 km of groomed and tracked trails as yesterday, with an additional 10 km that were groomed on Sunday. It’s 24 degrees at 8:00am and sunny with a high of 28 and snow in the forecast for latter in the day. Wax of the day is blue.

Backcountry conditions are great, with most trails having been tracked by skiers making for easy touring on our 80 km of trails. There are still lots of powder stashes to enjoy off the sides of the trails.

Feb 15| Powder day! This morning we groomed and classic tracked just over 8km of trails, including Picnic, Valley, World Cup and Broadway.  We have an additional 10 km of trails that were groomed yesterday that have 2-4″ of powder on top. Wax of the day is blue and the temp at 8am is 17 degrees.

The new snow overnight refreshed most of our backcountry trails making it a great day to explore the woods. We have some major snow events in the forecast so it’s a great time to come explore our extensive backcountry terrain.

Feb 14| It snowing this morning.  The snow that is falling is a fine light snow and since 7am we have received a nice dusting.  We groomed last night and there is a great packed powder base with both deep-set classic tracks and corduroy for skate skiing.  Wax of the day is blue and the temp at 9am is 20 degrees.

There is still powder in the backcountry.  Some trails, like Bryant have been skied a lot, so they are very well packed.  There are lots of places in the woods, glades and between trails with great powder.

Feb 13| Snow Showers.  At 8am the temperature is 15 degrees and it’s snowing nicely. We have 18km of skate groomed trails today and will have 17km of classic tracks set later in the morning. Wax of the day is Blue/Extra Blue.

With snow currently falling and snow showers in the forecast for every day well into next week, backcountry conditions will only keep getting better.  We have well over a 3′ base at higher elevations with lots of powder to be found in the woods.

Feb 12| Blue Bird day on the mountain.  We have 16km groomed for skate and we will have classics track set on 12km later in the morning. At 8am the temp is 9 degrees… but the sun is shining bright and should warm things up by mid morning.  Wax of the day is Blue and trail surface conditions are packed powder.

In the backcountry there is still powder to be found and the conditions are good.  Yesterday afternoon Zack and I skied Bryant Trail, then hit some of the glades on the way back down… it was fun and in places that haven’t been skied there is 6-8″ of powder.

Feb 11| It’s snowing lightly this morning and it looks like clear sky over Lake Champlain will be making it’s way to Bolton later in the day.

We have 16km groomed today- World Cup, Broadway, Maple Loop, Spruce, Teardrop, Picnic and Valley.  For now it’s just rolled and groomed flat.  We will be setting classic tracks on 12km later this morning.

At 8am the temp is 17 degrees and there is a light wind.  Wax of the day is blue.

Feb 10 | 12pm update: Fresh classic tracks on World Cup, Broadway, Picnic and Valley.  It is snowing lightly and we have already picked up a good dusting of snow already this morning.

This morning we groomed out the 5-7″ we’ve picked up over the past few days, and conditions are looking immaculate…  We are currently waiting on  a part to repair the track setter, so no classic tracks are set right now, but that may change by as early as this afternoon!  For now, you’ll have to settle with perfect corduroy on 12k of trails, including Picnic, Valley, Broadway, Tear Drop, and World Cup.

Temperatures are very moderate, at 24 degrees F as of 8:30am, and should stay fairly constant throughout the day.  The wax of the day is Blue Extra, maybe getting into Violet Special if the sun peeks out.

We’re already having people head up into the backcountry, so get here quick to get to your favorite powder stash!

Feb 9| Another 2-3 inches overnight, and no, I didn’t cut and paste from yesterday! Today is the last day of our limited grooming, so with the 5-7″ of fresh snow in the last few days , it will be a great day for skiers that love making their own tracks.

Sunshine and warmer temps are in the forecast for today, currently the mountain tops are glowing from the sunrise. The temp at 8:15 am is 8 degrees, the wax of the day is blue extra.

Feb 8| Another 2-3 inches overnight and it’s still snowing! No new grooming today but we have the same 20 km of groomed trails from Sunday that now have a dusting to 3″ inches of new snow. Conditions are powder on top of a packed powder base. At 8:15am the temp is 6 degrees and the wax of the day will be green turning to blue as the temps rise to the mid to upper teens.

Backcountry conditions are amazing and just keep getting better every day, not much else to say!

Feb 7 | Buenos Dias! Well, it’s not the bluebird day we got yesterday, but today should still be a great skiing day, with occasional snow flurries and generally overcast skies.  The temp at 8:30am is 12 degrees F, with an expected high of around 15 by mid-day.  There will be some gusty winds as well, so dress warm!  That being said, the snow is great, and fresh grooming overnight has left us with 18km classic tracked and 20km skate groomed, including some of our favorites, Telemark and Bobcat. The trail of the day is the combination of Picnic and Valley loop.

The backcountry is shaping up to be great again, watch for a heavier powder layer on top at lower elevations and some windblown drifts, but you can count on great coverage and light fluffy stuff up high.  Enjoy.

Feb 6| Perfect grooming and new powder.  It’s a great ski day.  We have groomed Telemark and Bocbat today.

We have 16km classic tracked and 20km skate groomed.  Trails of the day are Maple Loop and Cliff Hanger.  Surface conditions are powder and packed powder.  Temp at 9am is 10 degrees and the forecast is for temps rising into the 20s.

The new snow we received on Thursday night was light and powdery… it makes a great addition to already nice powder conditions in the backcountry.  The strong February later afternoon sun did make for some heavier powder in the lower elevation southern exposure  trails… especially down near Beaver Pond.

Don’t forget that if you are looking for parking this afternoon you should try the lower tennis court lot below the Nordic Center.

Feb 5 | New snow by the #s:

Last 24 hours: 3-4″     Last 48 hours: 7-9″     Last 7 Days: 11-15″

More fluffy powder overnight, blue skies today and temps in the low 20s… what more could you ask for.

Last night we groomed Picnic, Valley, Broadway, World Cup, Maple Loop, Telemark, Bobcat and Spruce Run. Wax of the day is Blue.

We are hosting a high school race on Saturday.  It’s a 9:30am start and the course is Picnic and Valley Loops.  We don’t anticipate this event closing any trails except Picnic and Valley from 9:00am-12:00 pm.

Feb 4 | With more new snow overnight conditions are great.  We received 2-3″ of powder last night on top of an already great base.  This morning it is 10 degrees.

We have a high school race on tap for today.  Its hosted by BFA St. Albans.  Format is a freestyle sprint relay. Course is Pond, Broadway, World Cup.  Start time is 3:20pm.

Grooming last night included Picnic, Valley, Broadway, World Cup, Pond Loop, Maple Loop and Spruce Run.

Feb 3 | Continued snow flurries have freshened up our trails yet again, and we have 11 K of beautifully groomed trails for skate and classic, including the Picnic, Pond, World Cup, Broadway, and Tear Drop trails. No grooming today on Maple Loop or Spruce Run, we’re trying to build up a little base on these trails as they were getting a little thin.  Still very skiable, just not freshly groomed.

Backcountry conditions keep getting better and better, the snow we picked up yesterday really made skiing fun, still keep an eye peeled for water bars and dips till we get another big dump.

The temp as of 8:30 is 18 degrees F, and the wax of the day is Blue. Get after it!

Feb 2 | 1-3″ of light snow overnight bringing our 2 day total to 5″.  It’s 10 degrees at 8am with temps rising into the high teens and partly sunny skies in the forecast for latter in the day.

We have the same 17km groomed for skate and classic as yesterday, with 1 to 3 inches  of new fluffy snow on top depending on the elevation.  Trail of the day is Bryant and the wax of the day is blue.

Backcountry skiing is still great, with lots of powder out there to be found.

Feb 1 | We ended a great weekend of midwinter skiing with a dusting of new s now last night.  This morning it is 6 degrees at 8am and with the help of the sun we  expect the temps to rise into the teens.

We have 17km groomed for skate and classic…. with a dusting of new snow on top.  Trail of the day is Broadway and wax of the day is green… changing to blue as it warms up.

There is still great powder out there . . .

Jan 31 | Good morning!  It’s above 0 degrees as of 8am, which is always a good way to start the day.  It’s 2 degrees or so now, but is expected to rise to the  mid-teens by mid-day.  We still have the best snow around; conditions are not pristine but they are pretty darn good!  We’ve  recovered well from monday’s thaw, now we just need some new snow to freshen us up and get us fully open again.  For now, we have 17 k of skate and classic groomed trails, and the backcountry is beckoning, just watch out for water bars, etc on our ungroomed terrain.  In the  backcountry the surface conditions are 6-8″ of powder on hard pack snow.

It is definitely worth the trip!

Jan 30 | The secret is still not really out yet, so come on up and get a piece of the new snow that fell this week. We have had 8-12″ of new snow since Tuesday at noon.

17km groomed this morning and set with perfect classic and skate tracks. At 8:30am the temperature is -4 degrees…. the forecast is for temps to rise to about 10 degrees by mid day. Wax of the day is special green or green.

Jan 29 | Perfect grooming last night.  We have 17km groomed for skate and classic today.  At 8am the temp is 20 degrees and it’s a blue wax day.

Jan 27 | 8-9″ of new snow and it’s still snowing! Conditions are improving rapidly and we should be able to groom and track more trails as the week progresses. One of our early morning skiers is amazed at how well we have recovered and said that apart from some open patches on the sides of the trails you would never know that we lost any snow.

We have over 7km of groomed trails today with a  primary surface of soft tilled-snow with a few inches of dense fresh snow that has fallen since being groomed .  It’s challenging freestyle skiing today, but we will groom again tonight.  For today all of Broadway, Picnic, and Teardrop were groomed and tracked, World Cup was only groomed. Conditions are still variable and skiers should be alert, especially on any trails that have not been groomed yet.  At 8:30am, the temp is 28 degrees and the wax is Blue.

Backcountry conditions will benefit nicely from the new snow and skiing in areas around Bryant should be fun, particularly on the trails that had been packed prior to Monday. Off-track skiing will require some skill since a breakable crust is still noticeable on top of a 2-3′ base.  Be aware of open water and stream crossings.

Jan 26 |  8pm Update: Good news- It’s snowing at Bolton! I just talked to Rick our groomer and he was out on Broadway.  He reported that there is 4″ of nice heavy dense new snow on the trails and it is still snowing a little.  Rick is grooming with a big alpine Bombardier groomer with a 18′ wide tiller and this machine will fill in a lot of the dents in the snow pack from the rain.  Trails are skate groomed and we plan to set tracks on Thursday or Friday.  For Wednesday the trails groomed will include Broadway, Teardrop, World Cup and Picnic Loop. -Liz

2pm report: We are back online! The Mountain lost power yesterday during the storm!

Started out today with hard trails – hoping that the sun and the grooming this afternoon will soften them for skiing.  Some trails, like Telemark at the intersection with Maple and Brook Run and the top of World Cup,  have water running across the trail.  Any skiing today will be very challenging!  In the trees, off the trails, we still have a 2 ½-3 foot base with a thick breakable crust.  Heavy snow is now falling, temps. are expected to stay below freezing, and we’ll let you know how quickly conditions bounce back from yesterday’s rain.

Jan 25 | We had a beautiful ski weekend and it was great to see so many people take advantage of  perfect conditions.  With warming temps and some rain overnight we have suspended  grooming until we get colder temps.  Currently temp is 36 degrees and it is sprinkling.

Skiing today is only for expert skiers or snowshoeing.  Please be aware of opening streams on backcountry trails.

We have a great base of snow, so we expect to be back to good skiing either Wednesday or Thursday.  The good news is that it looks like we will get snow on the back side of this storm and by tomorrow temps will be back into the hight 20s and low 30s.

Today’s trail conditions are loose granular.  22km of trails were groomed yesterday for skate and classic.

Jan 24| It’s another great ski day here.  The temps have already warmed up to 28 degrees and the forecast is for highs in the low 30s.  Trail surface conditions are powder and frozen granular.  Wax of the day is violet and may change as it warms up.

There is 22 km skate and classic groomed.  Broadway, World Cup, Maple Loop down to Spruce Run, Beaver Pond,  Pond Loop, Picnic and Valley Loops.

In the backcountry its fun skiing.  In the backcountry there is a ton of snow although it is starting to get a little dense.  Reports from bc yesterday afternoon were good and we think that once it warms up a little later in the morning skiing should be pretty great.

Link to today’s Nordic Report pdf

Jan 23 | It was clear and cold last night and it’s a beautiful morning on the mountain.  We expect that temps will rise into the mid 20s later in the morning.  At 8am it is 5 degrees… but with the sun rising over the mountains the temps should rise quickly.  Wax of the day is going to be changing at the temps rise- green to start, blue sometime mid day and maybe changing to violet depending on what elevation you are skiing at.

All the usual suspects are groomed today.  World Cup, Broadway, Maple (top 1/2), Spruce, Beaver Pond, Pond Loop, Teardrop, Picnic and Valley.  (We have a BKL Duathlon on Picnic and Valley, so they will be occupied from 11-1 by kid racers.)  Trail surface  conditions are packed powder and frozen granular.

In the backcountry there is a ton of snow although it is starting to get a little dense.  Reports from bc yesterday afternoon were good and we think that once it warms up a little later in the morning skiing should be pretty great.

Jan 22 | Perfect blue wax conditions.  I love saying that.  With temps expected to gently rise from the current 14 degrees F, reaching low 20s midday, it is looking to be a perfect day for winter fun.  No new grooming this morning, but the tracks are still in great shape from yesterday.  We didn’t pick up any new snow overnight.

Picnic, Valley, Broadway, Maple Loop to Spruce Run, and World Cup were all rolled and tracked yesterday, with an additional 5-6 K that is very skiable but has not been groomed for a few days.

Backcountry reports are still positive, with the colder temps things will likely be pretty hard under ski, but lightning fast on the downhills!  Ski conservatively out there.  See you up here!

Jan 21 | Blue Sky!  It’s going to be a great ski day.  At 8am temp is 20 degrees.  Grooming overnight is perfect and there is a nice track set.  Picnic and Valley Loop, Broadway, Maple Loop to Spruce Run and World Cup were groomed this morning.

Wax of the morning is extra blue and we suspect that with warming in the afternoon the wax will change to violet.

There is a ton of snow in the backcountry and the skiing is really fun!


Jan 20| The hallmarks of skiing today sun and perfect temperatures.  At 8am it is 25 degrees and the sun is out.  As you drive up the Bolton Access Rd the sun escapes from the low clouds.

Our professional grooming today includes 17km classic tracked and skate groomed.  Picnic, Valley, World Cup, Broadway, Teardrop, Maple down to Spruce.  Wax of the day is extra blue and we expect things to warm up to violet in the afternoon.

In the backcountry conditions are good and it’s really fun skiing.  We have great snow coverage.  It’s going to be great skiing mid day once things soften a little.

Jan 19 | Fresh snow and fun skiing. We picked up about 2″ of fresh snow this morning  that refreshed our trails nicely (and it’s still snowing!). No new grooming overnight but conditions are great for classic and skate skiing, with a primary base of loose granular. See the January 18 report below for our groomed and tracked trails. At 8:30 am the temp is 31 degrees F and the wax of the day is violet.

Backcountry conditions should benefit nicely from the new snow, with all of our trails open and still holding lots of snow. There does seem to be a breakable crust off-trail but  conditions should improve as the day warms up.

Jan 18 | Happy Martin Luther King Day to everyone out there.  We are seeing temps at right around 28 degrees F at 8:30 a.m., it may get a little warmer but shouldn’t get much above freezing.  It should be noted that yesterday did get above freezing up here and the snow is slightly transformed; skate skiing is lightning fast on a frozen granular base, the best kick might be with a klister but you might be able to get by with a Swix red special or Toko yellow as well.

We picked up a small dusting overnight on all our trails, but our grooming from yesterday continues to be solid on Picnic, Valley, Teardrop, Broadway, Spruce Run, Beaver Pond, World Cup, Pond loop, and Maple Loop (from Teardrop to Spruce Run).

Backcountry reports from our early morning skiers are that conditions are good with a thin breakable crust on top of lots of soft snow.  With mild temps and a deep snow cover, today should be a great day to explore the Bolton backcountry.

Jan 16 | Warm temps and great grooming will make for a great day to be outside. At 9:00am the thermometer is reading 31 degrees F, wax of the day is violet. Overnight we skate groomed and classic tracked Picnic, Valley, Teardrop, Broadway, Spruce Run, Beaver Pond, World Cup, Pond loop, and Maple Loop from Teardrop to Spruce Run.

Backcountry skiing is great with snow conditions spring-like. We were in the clouds yesterday but no crust was formed, instead the snow is soft and lots of fun to ski.

Jan 15 | Perfectly groomed tracks and warmer temps are the name of the game today.  At 8:30am the outside air temp is 28 degrees.  Last night Picnic, Valley, Teardrop, Broadway, Spruce Run, World Cup, and Maple Loop from Teardrop to Spruce Run were classic and skate groomed.  Wax of the day is violet.

There is still lots of powder in the backcountry and snow on the trees.

Jan 14 | Warmer temps and sunshine in the forecast!  With the thermometer already reading 22 degrees F at 8:30 am,  today should be a great day to get outside.  No new grooming overnight but trail conditions are in great shape with a dusting of new snow atop a surface of packed powder. Picnic, Valley, Teardrop, Broadway, Spruce Run, World Cup, and Maple Loop from Teardrop to Spruce Run were groomed 24 hours ago. Wax of the day is blue/violet.

Our network of 85km of backcountry trails  are looking wonderful, with lots of snow providing for great skiing and snowshoeing exploration.

Jan 13 | Fresh grooming this morning has left us with what looks to be a near-perfect day for skiing!  While the temps are still chilly (7 degrees F at 8:30, expected high of 15), the sun is shining, and it is a bluebird day.  All the usual suspects are groomed today, including Picnic, Valley, Teardrop, Broadway, Spruce Run, and World Cup. Maple Loop is groomed from Teardrop to Spruce Run.

Backcountry continues to be good, there is ankle-deep fluff on top of solid packed powder in all the glades.  Anything off of Gardiner’s is great!

Jan 12 | Up here at Bolton Nordic we are seeing some light snow flurries, with accumulation of a 1/2 inch to an inch of fluffy goodness so far on top of our packed powder base.  With moderate temps (10 degrees F as of 8:30) and very little wind, it’s looking to be a nice day to play. Conditions are fast!

Grooming remains the same as yesterday (see yesterday’s post for trail count), with 18 K classic tracked, 20 K rolled, and endless possibilities in the backcountry.  Your favorite Nordic Center employees Zack and Dan are holding down the fort today, so swing by, say hi, and go for a ski!

Jan 11 | I loved being able to write BLUE as our wax of the day today! What that means is that we are out of the worst of the cold spell, with a temperature here of 16 degrees F (as of 8:30 a.m.) and rising.  The time is right for all sorts of winter fun!

Come play on our groomed terrain or venture into the backcountry for an adventure! Picnic, Valley, Teardrop, Broadway, Beaver Pond, Maple Loop (top half only), Spruce Run, and World Cup are all skate and classic tracked, for a total of 18 K, and Bobcat, Telemark, and Lynx are rolled but not tracked for an additional 2 K. Backcountry conditions are suburb, with a special recommendation from the birthday crew that did Bolton-Trapps yesterday. Come on up, it’s worth the trip!

Jan 10 | Cold overnight temps have really helped setup all the powder we have received on the groomed trails in the last week.  It’s going to be a great day for both classic and skate skiing.

There is an inversion today.  It’s several degrees warmer at Bolton than down in the valleys.  At 8:30am the temp is 2 degrees.  The forecast is for temps rising into the low double digits.

Our new groomer, Rick, has done some great work overnight.  Picnic, Valley, Teardrop, Broadway, Beaver Pond, Maple Loop, Spruce Run, and World Cup are skate and classic tracked today.

It is truly a winter wonderland at Bolton… there is a couple inches of white powder clinging to all the trees.

It is still more of the same great skiing in the backcountry today.  Groups have been skiing Woodward, Bolton Trapps and all the local trails.  Some of our regulars have been here almost every day this week and still can’t get enough.

Jan 9 | It’s cold but the Sun has finally come out of hiding! Today we have 17 km of skate and tracked trails with a primary surface of packed powder with a dusting of new snow on top. Trails that are skate and classic groomed include Picnic and Valley Loops, Broadway, Maple (top 1/2), Spruce Run and World Cup. The temp at 8:30am is 7 degrees, the wax is green/blue.

Backcountry conditions are great, with a thin breakable crust under fresh snow at lower elevations and nothing but powder above 2500′.

Jan 8 | With another dusting of snow last night things are looking pretty great outside today.  There is a dusting of snow on top of the skate and classic grooming.  Trails that are skate and classic groomed include Picnic and Valley Loops, Broadway, Maple (top 1/2), Spruce Run and World Cup.  If you’re not familiar with our trails, a map of our trail system can be viewed here.

At 8:30am the temperature is 16 degrees.  The wax of the day is blue.

The action in the backcountry is that there is still a couple inches of powder on top of crust on top of deep powder.  Jay Appleton, our friend behind the website Tree Skier, reports that above 2500″ there is almost no crust and great powder.

Jan 7 | It’s a winter wonderland up here…  A big dump on New Year’s Day has been helped out by consistent light snowfall every day, leaving us with excellent mid-winter conditions!  We’ll be having some light snow flurries today and tomorrow as well, but no significant accumulation is expected for the next few days.

The great snow and moderate temperatures (18  degrees F) combine for a perfect blue kickwax day and comfortable skiing.  We have 15 k beautifully tracked and rolled for both skate and classic skiing, and our backcountry trails are completely covered, with some powder stashes still around for those willing to search them out.

Our groomed trails include Picnic Loop, Broadway, Maple Loop, Spruce Run, Valley Loop, and World Cup.  If you’re not familiar with our trails, a map of our trail system can be viewed here.

Jan 6| It’s snowing! It was snowing lightly in Richmond as we drove up this morning but as we got closer to Bolton Valley the snow started coming down heavily. Bring some glasses or goggles to keep the snow out of your eyes!

Last night we groomed and tracked over 12km, including Broadway, Picnic, Maple Loop, World Cup, and Valley Loop. The temp at 8:30am is 18 degrees F, and the wax is blue. There are still some early season conditions on the lower elevation sections. Backcountry conditions are great and getting better with every snowflake!

Jan 5| A dusting of new snow and calm. No new grooming overnight, 18km were groomed 48 hours ago and have a dusting of snow on top of a breakable crust. Today is good day for snowshoeing or classic skiing. Backcountry conditions are variable with areas of deep drifts, light powder, and a breakable crust. At 9am the temp is 18 degrees, wax of the day is Blue.

Jan 4| It’s a quite post snowstorm Monday here.  We groomed Picnic and Valley, Broadway, Maple Loop, Deer Run and Beaver Pond late in the day yesterday.  This morning we groomed World Cup and Broadway for skate.  Trail surface conditions are variable.

There is a fog on the mountain today that is producing some snow flurries and a breakable crust.

Jan 3 |1pm update IT’S STILL SNOWING!  Harold and George are out grooming Nordic trails now.  They have done Picnic and Valley Loops… next they are headed to Broadway and Maple Loop.

The groomers report that  the snow on Maple Loop is up over the the tracks of the grooming machine.

It’s a powder day.  We groomed early this morning, but the wind and new snow have almost totally drifted in.  We will try to get out and re-groom some trails, so stay tuned or give a call to find out the updated report.

At 8:30am it is 10 degrees and the wax of the day is blue.  The forecast is for temps rising into the mid teens.

Conditions in the backcountry are going to be fabulous.

Jan 2| 12pm update: It’s been snowing all morning and we have picked up another 1-2″ of snow.  Temps are holding steady at 20 degrees and wax is blue.  The wind has picked up a little  bit and it seems like the forecast snowstorm has started.

The groomed trails have new snow on top and the tracks are getting a little snowed in.

It’s a powder day.  Outside air temp at 8:30am is 20 degrees and it snowing lightly.  We received a couple inches of new snow last night.

The good news of the day, besides the new snow, is that we groomed Beaver Pond last night.  It is an out and back at this point until we get another storm and are able to groom Deer Run.  We have 18km groomed and tracked.  Picnic Loop, Broadway, Maple Loop, Spruce Run, World Cup.

We received a couple inches of new snow last night and we are just gearing up for more snow through the day today and a good dump tonight.

Justin, the BV snow reporter titled today’s snow report as This Weekend: Snow, Followed by Snow. . . . Then Snow.  To read Justin’s report click here.

Backcountry is skiing really nicely right now.  We think it’s some of the best early bc skiing we have had in a couple years.  There are still stashes of nice powder . . . and a 24″ base.

Jan 1 | It’s a beautiful New Year’s Day at Bolton Nordic.  We received a dusting to 1″ of new snow last nigh.  This morning it is snowing lightly and 27 degrees. We have 15km groomed for skate and classic.  Groomed trails include Picnic and Valley, World Cup, Broadway, Spruce Run, Maple Loop (the top 1/2) and Teardrop.

Dec 31| At 9am it is 20 degrees and trail surface conditions are packed powder.  The exciting news for today is that Valley Loop is finally open.  Skate and classic groomed today are World Cup,  Broadway, Spruce, Maple (top 1/2), Teardrop, Picnic Loop and Valley Loop.

Conditions in the backcountry are good.  The snow at lower elevation low angle trails is a little dense, but there are some nice light powder stashes in the higher elevation trails.

The forecast for the day is cloudy, temps holding steady and possibly light flurries.

Dec 30 | Today is the best ski day of the year so far.  Bluebird sky!  We have 15km groomed, 10km classic tracked and 5 more km skate groomed.  Broadway, Teardrop, Maple Loop to Spruce, World Cup and Pond Loop are skate and classic tracked.  Picnic Loop is just skate groomed.  Trail surface conditions are packed powder.  Temps at 9am are 10 degrees and expected to rise into the teens by the afternoon.  Wax is green and probably changing to blue later in the morning/early afternoon.

In the backcountry there is good snow coverage… especially after 11- 15″  inches we received in the past 48 hours.  The wind yesterday did create some slabby snow surfaces in t he lower elevation bc trails.  We expect that in some of the higher elevation trails that have some more protection from wind there are stashes of nice powder.

Dec 29| The new snow we received in the past 24 hours has brought back winter.  At 8:30am it is 10 degrees.  There is a gusty wind today, but in the woods it’s a little more calm.  Trail conditions today are packed powder.

World Cup, Broadway, Teardrop and Picnic are groomed and rolled.  (there are no classic tracks today)

Backcountry should be great today.

Dec 28 | Today is a great day for snowshoeing or fast skate skiing.  Overnight the temps dropped back below freezing.  Surface conditions are crusty and we need another night of cold temps before grooming again.  The forecast looks good for some new powder!!! We are keeping our fingers crossed.

Dec 27 |  After a couple great days of skiing we got to the mountain to find rain and sleet this morning.  The change from flurries to rain happened sometime after midnight last night.  Temp at 9:30am is 40 degrees.  Although we do still have snow on the trails it’s getting thin in some places.  We have 12km groomed and 6km tracked today.  Surface conditions are soft and variable.  The forecast is for precipitation changing to snow later in the day and we will update the  blog when this happens.

11am update- Temp is holding at 40 degrees and the rain has stopped . . . and there are skiers out on the trails!

Dec 26 | Blustery and changing weather. At 9:30am the temp is 25 degrees and the wind is blowing. Broadway and Picnic were skate groomed overnight and classic tracked. World Cup, the top half of Maple Loop, Spruce Run, and Pond Loop were groomed in the last 48 hours and were classic tracked this morning. Surface conditions are transformed with windblown spots.

Backcountry trails still have good cover and most trails are benefiting from the wind protection provided by the trees.

Dec 25 | It’s a sunny and warm Christmas day. At 9:30am the temp is 30 degrees and the sun is out in full force. Broadway and Picnic were groomed overnight. World Cup, the top half of Maple Loop, and Spruce Run are well skied in. We are waiting for one more good storm before we have conditions enough to set a classic track.

Backcountry trails have great snow cover, especially at higher elevation. Warm temps and Sunshine will make it a great day for touring.

Dec 24 | We had a wonderful snowy day at Bolton yesterday.  It snowed most of the day yesterday and we picked up 4-6″ of light fluffy new snow.  Groomed trails are in great shape and we have 12km groomed for skate today (Broadway, World Cup, Teardrop, Maple Loop (top 1/2), Picnic and Spruce Run).  Surface conditions are packed powder.  We are waiting for one more good storm before we have conditions enough to set a classic track.

At 9am the outside air temp is 20 degrees…. it feels tropical compared to the last weeks temps in the single digits.

In the backcountry the new snow from yesterday has given a nice boost to our already good conditions.  We have seen many happy skiers return from the backcountry in the past couple days with big smiles and snowy hats.

Dec 23 | Today is kind of a mirror image of yesterday in terms of temp and snow.  At 9am it is +10 degrees.  We groomed 10km last night for skate and after grooming received 2-4″ of fresh powder.

Backcountry reports are good… and with this new snow there should be some nice fresh tracks to be had out there.

Dec 22 | Flurries and cool temps. At 9:00am the temp is +10 degrees, with some light snow falling. We have 14km of skate groomed terrain and the remaining 100km of our trails are open and skiing great with a primary surface of packed powder. Note that ungroomed trails may  still have variable early-season conditions. We are still waiting for more snow to set classic tracks. Wax of the day is Blue.

Dec 19 | Blue skies, blue wax,  and lots of sun today.  At 9:00am the temp is +4 degrees.  The forecast is for temps to rise into the upper teens. Today we have 10 km of groomed trails for skate.  World Cup, Broadway, Picnic Loop and Teardrop. Backcountry trails are looking good with all the snow and lower temps we’ve had all week. There’s lots of powder and wind-blown powder on top of a solid base.

Dec 18 | It’s a classic December morning at Bolton.  The sun is rising over the mountains, clear sky and cool temps.  At 8:30am the temp is +2 degrees.  The forecast is for temps to rise through the day and top out in the low double digits. Wax of the day is green.

Today we have 4 trails groomed for skate.  World Cup, Broadway, Picnic Loop and Teardrop.

Backcountry conditons are good as we have received lots of new snow this week.

Dec 17 | It’s a cold morning at Bolton Nordic.  Temps at 9am are 0 degrees and the forecast is for temps to rise into the low teens.

Snow conditions are power and packed powder.  There are still early season conditions in some places, but this cold and new snow are quickly filling in waterbars.  There is no new grooming today, but broadway and world cup are well skied in.

Dec 16 | Overnight the temps dropped and conditions are more seasonable at Bolton today.  Clear sky, sun and some new snow overnight are the highlights.  Overnight temps dropped and we received a dusting of new snow.  Temp at 9am is 10 degrees.  Trail conditions are packed base with a dusting of new snow.  The base is edge able and fast.

Dec 15 | 2-3″ of new snow overnight.  Early reports from skiers this morning is that snow coverage in the higher elevation backcountry is great. World Cup, Broadway to Teardrop and the top part of Maple were groomed Monday, no classic tracks were set. Conditions are very soft today with the temperature reading 36 degrees at 10:30 am.

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Dec 14 | The update from Sunday afternoon is that we received 2-3″ of new snow between 3pm and 6pm.  There is 4-5″ of new snow from yesterday in the higher elevation backcountry trails.  Temperature at 10am is 30 degrees and the wax is violet.

We have no new grooming on trails this morning and there is just a fresh layer of power on top of a hard packed base.

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Dec 13 | The sun is out. It’s a bit warmer today, the thermometer is reading 24 degress at 8:30 am and the wax is blue. No new snow overnight and we still have about 8km of groomed trails. The higher elevation backcountry has lots of snow and reports from late afternoon yesterday was that there was still lots of fresh tracks to be had and that conditions were excellent.

Dec 12 | It’s looking great out there. We have about 8km of trails groomed and if the temp stays down we should be able to groom more soon. There’s lots of snow in the higher elevation making backcountry skiing great. At 12:00pm the thermometer is reading 19 degrees  and the sun is shinning.

Trails that are groomed and rolled- Broadway, World Cup, Tear Drop, Picnic, Valley, Pond and the top piece of Maple Loop.

Dec 10 | New snow overnight.  We got about 6″ of new snow overnight and the wind died down in the later afternoon.  We still need a couple more inches of snow before grooming.  If you do get out for a ski we recommend going for the woods.

Dec 9 | The forecast has delivered.  It has been snowing and very windy all morning at Bolton.  Yesterday we received a couple inches of snow and since then there has been a couple more.  We still need more snow before we start grooming and depending on what happens at the end of this week we are hopeful for skiing soon.

The wind has scoured snow in the areas outside the Nordic Center.  There are areas with drifts 10″-12″ and others showing ground.  The forecast is  Click here for the Eye on the Sky forecast.

Dec 7 | It snowed most of the day at Bolton.  Temps were more seasonal in the 30s all day and we have had temps in the 20s/30s for the past 3 days.  This is good news for the new snow.  By 5pm there was 3″ on the ground. … we still need lots more snow before opening/grooming.  Driving to work this morning from Burlington I could see the mountains were hidden my snow clouds- we hope the storm stays for a while!

Dec 4 | Today is a beautiful sunny day.  The rain stopped about noon yesterday and temps remained in the 40s most of the day.  Last night under clear sky and bright moon the temps dropped into the 20s.  There was no new snow overnight.

Dec 3 | After a couple days of pretty nice early season skiing it has been raining hard here this morning.  Temp is about 42 degrees at 9:30am. Hopefully with the cold front that is forecast to move in later this afternoon we will limit snow loss.  It sounds like we might even pick up some new snow.

Nov 30 | I was hoping that rain in Richmond would change into snow as I drove up the access road this morning, but it did not.  It is raining at Bolton today.  There is still a good thick covering of snow on the ground and I suspect that it is snowing at the top of the alpine lifts.  Current temps are just above freezing, so rain might change to snow later in the afternoon.  Although we are not open the best place for a little skiing is on Broadway down to Teardrop.

April 2 | Skiing is great today.  Temp at 10am is 45 degrees and it’s a mix of sun and clouds out there.   We groomed 10km yesterday including World Cup, Broadway, Maple Loop (top 1/2) and Spruce Run.  It looks like today is the day to ski this week and don’t forget some maxi glide… it’s sticky out there.

The backcountry still has at least 150cm of snow… Pat Weaver, UVM Ski Coach, skied on the Catamount Trail this morning and reported being able to sink his poles all the way in the snowpack.

April 1| Good Morning.  At 8am the temperature is 30degrees, there is a light wind and the sun is shining.  We will be out grooming about 10km this morning, so please check back for a grooming report.  The snow that fell Monday afternoon was quite saturated and is a little crusty this morning.  We expect that it might be better at higher elevations.  Today’s forecast is for a cold front to move in and increasing clouds.

March 31 | Monday afternoon about 1pm the rain turned to heavy wet snow.  The temperature was right around freezing, then sometime in the evening the temperature dropped even more. And by this morning we have 4″ of new snow on the ground in the bast area and 6″ – 8″ on the top of the mountain. It is still pretty thin underneath this snow, so we will not have any new grooming today.

March 29 | We recommend our backcountry trails today. Skiing is great on Bryant, Gardners, Birch Glades, Birch Loop, etc. At 9am it is 40 degrees and moderate wind. We have 15km of groomed trails open and it is spring conditions.

March 28 | Birds are chirping this morning and it is 40 degrees at 8am. It’s going to be a great day calm winds, sunny and warm! Larry is out grooming now and we will have 15km groomed. We have been pushing snow with the groomer to make the best trail surface possible. There is still tons of snow on the backcountry trails and it’s fun spring skiing out there.

Today our best recommendation for groomed trails is Broadway, World Cup, Maple Loop (top 1/2) Spruce Run, Picnic, Valley and Pond Loop.

See our Good Questions post for more info about the end of the season.

March 27 | With warm temps and a little rain overnight it is too soft to groom this morning. But skiing is still pretty good, especially in the higher elevation backcountry trails. At 8:30am it is 35 degrees.

The afternoon forecast is for clearing sky and sun. It should be a great afternoon for some skiing or a snowshoe hike.

We will be working on trails today to move some snow around and get things set for the weekend.

March 25 | They Eye on the Sky reported this morning’s temps as crisp. It was about 10 degrees overnight, but has warmed up to 30 degrees in the sun at 9am. The new snow from the weekend is great and we are going to groom trails this morning. Picnic, Valley, World Cup, Broadway, Maple (top 1/2) and Spruce. We recommend both classic or skate skiing today. Wax is extra blue and as things warm up it might change to violet.

March 24 | Spring is official and the skiing remains with winter like conditions. We are nearly 100% open and the snow cover is really good. No trails were groomed today, but we groomed in the later afternoon yesterday. Grooming of Broadway, Maple, Spruce, Deer Run, Beaver Pond, World Cup, Picnic, and Valley was done. Both classic and skate are recommended and the weather is going to be warming up into the mid 40’s for the rest of the week. So put on your t-shirts and get ready for some fun spring skiing.

March 23 | After a surprise 6″ of snow yesterday we are back to beautiful blue sky. Temps were cold last night in the single digits. At 9am it has warmed up to 10 degrees. Conditions are powder and packed powder on frozen granular today. We have 20km skate groomed and classic tracked. Wax is blue. In the backcountry reports are good, especially on trails and glades that were not skied last week while it was warm.

March 20-22 | click here for weekend report

March 19 | Another beautiful day. Temps are warming up quickly it is already 40 degrees at 10am. Yesterday we groomed World Cup and Broadway for skate. Please look at yesterday’s report for more information on conditions. It’s a klister day out there. Snow is pretty transformed at this point and it’s fast icy conditions. Great skate skiing out there.

March 18 | Spring and warm temps are starting to take a toll on our snow. On the groomed trails conditions are frozen granular and spring conditions. Trails are still covered well, but some ground is showing in some south facing trails. Broadway, World Cup, Maple, Spruce and Deer Run are all skiing very well. In the backcountry there is still plenty of snow, but please be aware of stream crossings and thin cover.

Sale! We have a sale going in our ski shop. 30% off Hats, Gloves and Socks!

March 16 | There is still lots of snow on the trails and skiing is good!!! Wow what a spectacular day. At 9am the temps was already up to 30 degrees and now at 10:30 it’s warmed up to almost 30. Plan to wax with klister or bring your waxless skis today. It’s also a perfect day to do some skate skiing.

The snow in the base area is getting a little dirty, but once you are out on World Cup, Maple Loop or Beaver Pond it is nice and firm granular snow.

We groomed everything over the weekend and the plan is to not groom anything today.

March 13-15 | Perfect spring skiing weekend! click here for the full report.

March 12 | Yesterday turned into great ski afternoon. It warmed up and the sky cleared and most importantly the rain stopped later morning. Last night temps were in the high single digits and this made a pretty solid base.

This morning we will groom with an alpine groomer. This will really chew up the surface and make things good again. We will not set tracks on Thursday, but once this base sets up we will work to set tracks on Friday and through the weekend. (Broadway, World Cup, Maple Loop-top 1/2, Spruce Run, Picnic and Valley)

Forecast for the afternoon is sun and clear sky should be pretty nice out there. We still have a ton of snow, come on up and check it out.

Please call ahead to check conditions.

March 11| This morning the temperature is holding right around 33 degrees. It is raining and there is some icing on the trees. The forecast is for rain this morning and clearing skys this afternoon. We groomed 12km Wednesday morning and have stayed off the trails last night to preserve the best conditions possible.

Maple Loop, Broadway, World Cup, Spruce Run… also groomed Monday afternoon Picnic and Valley Loops.
Trail surfaces on both groomed and backcountry is granular and because of today’s rain it’s an ice crust on top. It’s a good day for waxless skis or skate skiing. As temperatures rise in the afternoon and the precipitation subsides it could be a pretty nice day of skiing.

March 9| After a sunny warm weekend we are back to winter weather this morning. Temps in the low 20s, a couple inches of new snow in the early morning and lots of wind. And as of 10 am snow flurries are continuing and we should get a couple more inches through the day.

This morning we have 10km freshly groomed. Trail surface are granular mixed with packed powder…. also some wind blown snow. Today we are grooming World Cup, Maple Loop, Spruce Run, Broadway and Picnic loop.

March 4| It’s another chilly morning. 10 degrees at 8am. But the sun is out and the forecast is for warming into the 20s later in the day. Wax is Green now, but will most likely move into the blue realm later in the morning.

Trails were groomed yesterday morning and are still in great condition.Here’s a list of tall skate and classic tracked: Picnic Loop, Broadway, World Cup, Pond Loop, the whole length of Maple Loop, Spruce Run, Deer Run and Beaver Pond. There is a nice hard track. Trail surface conditions are packed powder mixed with frozen granular.

March 3| Wax of the day: Green! It’s cold out this morning – negative two degrees Fahrenheit with highs in the single digits. Here’s a list of the freshly groomed trails – all skate and tracked: Picnic Loop, Broadway, World Cup, Pond Loop, the whole length of Maple Loop, Spruce Run, Deer Run and Beaver Pond. 6″ of fresh snow fell last night making the backcountry much softer.

March 2| Interested in the Backcountry? Now is not the time, but we think tomorrow might be the time.

March 1 | Today is sunny and cold, temps in low 20’s. Trails have been groomed and are packed granular. Skiing is terrific!

February 27 |PM update. It did rain here this afternoon and temps are forecast to drop to about 20 tonight. We will groom everything in the morning and skiing on groomed trails should be quite good. A group of staff skied this afternoon and it was fun skate skiing.

At 8am there is a brilliant sun and blue sky. Temp is about 40 degrees and it didn’t get below freezing last night. Larry has been grooming this morning and we have about 20km skate and classic tracked.

Wax is violet and it might get into universal klister or red later in the day.

February 26 | New snow overnight! There is a coupe more new inches of snow from last night and it is still snowing lightly. No wind and nice big flakes… it’s beautiful and very light.

At 8am the temperature is 23 degrees. Today we have 17km groomed classic and skate. We will reset a classic track and the skating will be a layer of light powder on top of groomed trails as it continues to snow through the day.

February 24 | It is a sunny and warm Tuesday morning with 28 degrees forecasted for today’s high. 12 degrees F now at 8am. Wax of the day: Blue. 12km groomed and being tracked this morning.

February 23 | More new snow overnight and it is a blizzard here this morning. It is going to take us some time today to get things groomed… there is 12″ new inches overnight and it is dense fine crystals. And it should be great for skiing.

February 19 | We had new snow overnight and it is still snowing. 5″-7″ of fresh powder in the last 24 hours. In open places the snow is quite windblown, but once you get into the woods the trails are more protected. The snow is a little dense, but should make for great skiing on groomed and backcountry trails. Temperature is 28 degrees. We will be grooming this morning with classic tracks and a skate lane. Wax is extra blue.

February 18 | It’s another blue sky day and temps are forecast to warm up nicely through the day. We have 25km groomed for classic and skate. Trail surface conditions are frozen granular mixed with some powder. At 9am temp is 20 degrees. It is getting a little icy in some places on our groomed trails and we are looking forward to the snow that is forecast for tonight and Thursday.

February 7 | We have 99% of trails groomed and it is great skiing today. At 8am it is 12 degrees and warming up nicely. The sun out and the powder is abundant. Trails groomed for classic and skate- Picnic Loop, Valley Loop, World Cup, Broadway, Maple Loop, Bobcat, Telemark, Deer Run, Beaver Pond

In the backcountry conditions are good even 8 days after our last big storm the powder is abundant. All the up-trails are skied in and getting to Bryant Cabin is almost easy because it’s nice and packed out. The down trails and glades have nice powder.

February 6 | The groomers were out last evening to take advantage of the cold nights ability to firm up the snow. The trails that were groomed are all in great shape and ready for a weekend of use. Groomed Trails include; Picnic, Tear Drop, Pond Loop, Broadway, Maple Run, World Cup, Spruce Run, Valley Loop, and Beaver Pond. To accompany the wonderful snow conditions the sun is out in full force this morning and the temperature is above 10°.

January 31 | Today is your last opportunity to ski in January. We have had a great week with lots of fresh snow and even 4-6″ last night. The snow that fell last night is light and powdery. It makes a great layer on top of t he heavier snow that fell on Wednesday. We have 25km groomed skate and classic today. Wax is blue and tracks are awesome.

Try parking in the parking lot behind and below the sports center today.

January22 | Temps are on the rise today. At 8am it is 13 degrees. We picked up another dusting of snow early this morning and it is still snowing. Trail Conditions are powder on packed powder. We plan to groom this morning and will have 20km skate and classic tracked. Wax for today is blue.

8am -I just got in from a skate ski and conditions are very nice… the little bit of powder on the hard packed groomed surface makes for some fun skiing. It is a little bit of work on the uphills, but near perfect conditions.

1pm Update. Lets review… today the forecast was for no precipitation. And in typical Bolton Valley fashion it has been snowing steady all day. We are totally socked in with clouds and it seems like it will snow the rest of the day. We have received 2-4″ today. So we are skiing on 100% powder today… the grooming that we did is now totally covered with snow. It is great light powder and the glide is amazing.

January 21 | Great skiing today. At 8am it is 3 degrees and once the sun rises over the mountains the temps should rise into the low teens. The sky is generally clear with some hight clouds… the reflection of the rising sun on the clouds and snow covered trees is making everything glow pink. It’s beautiful.
Grooming report. We groomed 20km on Sunday for both skate and classic. The trails received a couple inches of snow since then. Monday night Harold groomed Picnic, Valley and World Cup for Skate. And this morning I am planning on setting tracks on about 7km. Please give a call if you would like more details about grooming.

Wax of the day is green and it might change to blue later in the day.

January 17 | It’s going to be quite a day up here on the mountain. At 8am it is just a couple degrees below zero. The forecast is for warming through the day to about 10 degrees. Don’t forget to grab a balaklava, buff, scarf, turtle fur… something to keep your face warm and your lungs happy.

We are grooming 22km today for skate and 17 kclassic. The tracks are deep and firm. Wax of the day is green.

Backcountry conditions are fantastic. Skier reports are that it’s heaven up there… lots of snow on the trails,snow in the trees and great views.

January 16 ↑ It’s warmer up here that it is down there. A wonderful thing about really cold weather here in the Green Mountain State is that on these chilling days the higher terrain is actually many degrees warmer. This morning the Winooski Valley-mountain top difference was 15 °!

Sunny, -10 and hoping to reach 0°. The packed power trails are lightly covered in some places with drifted snow – wide, beautiful, crisp, white – no new grooming today. A Polar wax day.

January 14 | It’s a chilly morning at Bolton. -12 degrees at 8am, but the sun is out and the forecast is for temps rising through the day to -3. We did have a dusting of new snow yesterday. Skiing is great and we have 20km skate groomed and 5km classic tracked. Please be aware of skin exposure today and stay warm. The wax of the day is Green and it’s all packed powder and powder out on the trails. Backcountry is skiing AWESOME with midwinter conditions!!!

January 10 | It doesn’t get any better than this. Wow! Perfectly clear blue sky and sun. It is a bit cold- 0 degrees at 10am, but should feel a little warmer with the sun. We will groom as much as we can today for classic and skate. Picnic and Valley Loop, World Cup, Broadway, Maple Loop (top 1/2) Spruce Run, Beaver Pond and Pond Loop.

The new snow we picked up on Wednesday night make for great skiing on groomed trails and backcountry. There is definitely lots of powder to be found out there.

As winter weekends start to heat up and get busy remember to get here early for parking and be prepared to park at Timberline Lodge and take the shuttle bus to the base area. There are sometimes spaces available in the lower tennis court lots.

January 8 | After a very windy day at Bolton yesterday (alpine lifts were on wind hold most of the day) the storm changed during the night and we got more snow. Yesterday it never rained at Bolton and only sleeted a little midday. We have 6-8″ new snow in the last 24 hours. At 11am it is 25 degrees and snowing lightly. Wax of the day is Blue /Extra Blue.

Harold is working on grooming this morning and grooming Picnic, Valley, Broadway and World Cup for Skate. The snow that fell last night is pretty heavy and should pack down well and fill in lots of places in the Backcountry. Backcountry should be great today with lots of powder stashes.

January 4 | It’s going to ber a beautiful day, clear, sunny and great snow. Today we have 15km groomed- Broadway, World Cup, Teardrop, Picnic and Pond are groomed for classic and skate. Spruce Run and Maple Loop are groomed, but still need more snow to fill in low spots.

At 8am it is 5 degrees and wax of the day is green. The forecast is for warming through the day and we expect it to be nice once the sun rises over the mountains from the east.

January 3 | 7:30am. We have 10-12″ of fresh powder from last night and it is still snowing hard. Larry will be out grooming today and it looks like it will be pretty soft snow. The plan is to groom Broadway, World Cup, Spruce Run, Maple Loop, Teardrop, Pond Loop. It is 10 degrees and temps are forecast to rise through the morning to high teens/low 20s.

January 2 | Today we have World Cup, Broadway, Teardrop and Pond Loop groomed for skate and there is a classic track set on World Cup and Broadway. There is some unevenness on World Cup around waterbars that have snow coverage, but still need more snow. At 9am it is 15 degrees – the wax of the day is blue.

1pm update. Jake and I had a wonderful skate ski this morning on World Cup and Broadway. Although we were not classic skiing we looked at the tracks with envy. And once we got back to the Nordic Center it started snowing!! Yahoo. I have heard mixed reports for accumulation tonight, but we are really hoping for a couple inches.

December 30 | 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

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

December 26 | It is a beautiful blue sky day today. The sun is just up over the mountains and it is starting to warm up. Snow is granular as a result of a weather event on Wednesday night. It is great fast skate skiing and should be pretty nice classic skiing. Temp at 9am is 10 degrees and the forecast is for warming thought the day. It should feel warm out there with limited wind and loads of sun.

In the backcountry we have had reports that there is still good coverage, but we did loose some of the deep powder we had earlier in the week.

December 20 | It’s the first real powder day of the season. Backcountry is in great shape and reports from skiers were good even before this latest 8″…. so come on up for fresh tracks.

At 9am it is 5 degrees and snowing lightly. But the snow is well worth getting bundled up for the temps. We have groomed Broadway, Picnic Loop and World Cup. On groomed trails it’s soft packed powder.

December 18 | With grooming in progress at 8am things are looking pretty good here… We have 10km groomed today and are looking forward to opening more trails for the weekend.

I just got in from at ski at 10am and there are definitely water bars still open on World Cup and some of the other trails we groomed today. But Broadway is your best bet for the day. It is snowing lightly again and it looks like we might get another inch today. The forecast is for cold temps and more snow in the next couple days, so it should be great skiing once again.

Reports from the backcountry are good… it is still early conditions with some open water bars but skiers just back from Bryant and Birch Loop said it was nice skiing.

December 15 | We are back to spring conditions today…. warm and temps in the mid 40s. There is skiing on soft saturated snow. We have not groomed today because things are so soft. But Picnic, World Cup, Broadway and Teardrop were groomed Sunday and are holding up ok.

But it looks like cold and more snow later in the week, so we will keep our fingers crossed. Monday-Friday this week Nordic tickets are just $5 as part of our mountain wide Happy Holiday Tickets… alpine are just $14. So you could come up and Nordic ski, then alpine ski for just $19.

December 11 | Winter is back on. After some rain yesterday morning that changed to snow just before noon things are back to seasonal at Bolton. We did not groom last night– but with a new 1-2″ of snow on top of the groomed surface skating is pretty good. Today we have 5km open and it looks like after tonight’s storm we will get much more back on line for Friday and through the weekend. 8am temp is 17 and we are in a cloud

December 10 | In an amazing turn of events temps this week have gone from -9 to 42 at Bolton… We have not groomed anything new today, there is still skiing and things that were packed yesterday like Broadway and World Cup should hold up ok. It is quite windy today and it sounds like all the Alpine Lifts are on wind hold at 9am.

Eye on the Sky Forecast—Today: Accumulations 1 to 4 inches north by evening. Early highs in the 40s to low 50s will be falling in the morning north and afternoon south. Temperatures remaining in the upper 20s in the St. Lawrence Valley. Winds southwest shifting to the west and then northwest 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight: Snow and snow showers north tapering off, additional accumulations of 1 to 2 inches. Any rain changes to snow showers south, less than an inch. Lows in the 20s through NH, northern MA, and southern VT, teens to near 20 farther northwest, except single numbers in the St. Lawrence Valley and Adirondacks. Winds north 5 to 15 mph, diminishing after midnight.

December 9 | We are officially Open!! 17km rolled and skate groomed. It is still thin in some places, so not everything is open. But the skiing is great on the groomed trails and in the backcountry. Harold groomed Picnic, Valley, World Cup, Broadway, Beaver Pond, Spruce Run, Upper Maple Loop, Teardrop…. not bad for the first day. There are still some wet spots, so be aware.

December 3 | We have had some warmer weather up here early this week and with today’s colder temps things are really firm and a little icy/crusty. We still have a nice base of snow, but there is some open water and drainage challenges. Please stay tuned about open day and conditions.

November 25 | It snowed more last night and there is 3″-5″ of new snow this morning. It was quite windy last night, so things are pretty wind blown. This morning the change over from rain to snow happed just below the S-Curve on the access road at 1400′. It looks like the low clouds will be around most of the day as it continues to snow. It is 30 degrees. Currently no grooming, but a track has been skied in.

November 18 | It snowed a dusting last night and there are flurries today, but the ground is just barely covered and it’s not enough to ski. At 10 am it is still snowing and about 20deg.

this will be the new home of the conditions reports. check back soon.

10/21/08

noaa.org is reporting snow in the forecast.

Tuesday Afternoon: Showers. High near 39. South wind between 3 and 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight: Rain and snow showers, becoming all snow after 3am. Low around 30. North wind between 11 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Wednesday: Snow showers likely, mainly before 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 34. North wind between 13 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Mark Breen, eotsweb.org is reporting snow in the forecast.

SIGNIFICANT/HAZARDOUS WEATHER:
Rain will mix and change to snow over the higher terrain late today in the Adirondacks, and overnight through most areas above 1500 feet. Accumu-lations near 1 inch at 1500 feet, and 2 to 4 inches above 2000 feet by mid-morning Wednesday.

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