There is a long ski history at Bolton. It all started with the Bolton Mountian Club and Edward Bryant in 1922. Bryant and the Club hiked the mountains to get into the remote back country areas and earn their turns. The Bryant Cabin and Bryant Trail are named for this early ski pioneer. Most of the infrastructure we think of as part of Bolton Valley Resort was constructed starting in 1964. The DesLaurier family saw the potential of the mountains and in 1965 nine trails and 3 lift lines were built on Rikert Mountain.
On the Nordic Center at Bolton was first started by Gardner Lane in a small gravel floor building near the start of the Broadway Trail.
The Old Goats were formed in 1990 by Gardiner Lane. They continue to maintain the nordic trails in the off season and can often be sighted on the trails during the winter with family or volunteering for ski patrol.