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Lots of Snow

We have snow!! We did some creative snow farming on Monday with the frozen granular that was left after last weekend’s warmup.    New snow on Tuesday night and Wednesday on top of the nice solid base has made for some pretty good skiing this week.  We don’t have everything open, but there is 10km groomed for skate and classic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Cup after a busy day of skiers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryant Trail saw a lot of skiers last week and it almost looks groomed from all the skier/snowshoe traffic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful late afternoon sunset on Bryant Trail.  Snowshoe only in the backcountry this week- trail will be open for skiing once we get more snow.

 

 

 

 

 

Single track snowshoe path on North Slope.

Evidence of Snow.

The snow finally stopped today and the clouds lifted this afternoon…. at the Nordic Center we were  feeling like this was a never ending storm/instant winter.  In the late afternoon Zack and Liz got out for a ski and  these are our pictures. Enjoy.

Snow covered mountains- this is looking to the south west from the Broadway trail head.

Deep classic tracks headed out along the first tree line just above Joiner Brook on the way to World Cup/Broadway. It was thigh deep in some places here.

Scoping out some of the improved glades in the World Cup hillside.... these look great! Well done to our trail crew.

 

Zack looking over the edge and admiring more of the new and improved World Cup glades.

Knee deep snow at the Gardiners Lane/World Cup intersection!

 

Starting to Look Like Winter!!

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

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

Its March 24th and the Skiing is still GREAT!

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.

Check out our Conditions page for lots more info.

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Paul Stone took this photo on the backcountry trails Sunday, March 22. So much snow!!!

A view of Maple Loop and the trails on the Alpine Mtn in the background.

A view of Maple Loop from Saturday, March 21 and the trails on the Alpine Mtn in the background.

A perfect three day weekend starts NOW.

Sunday March 15: It’s another beautiful morning. At 9am it is 29 degrees and the forecast is for temps into the low 40s later. We have groomed 20km today for classic and skate. Trail surface is frozen granular and will transform as it warms up to spring conditions.

Backcountry report: skiers reported yesterday that the glades where no one had skied was really good. The strong sun and warm temps today should soften the snow by noon. It’s going to be a great spring skiing day in the backcountry.

Saturday March 14: 2pm update I was out grooming and things started to soften up around 11:30am, especially on the south facing trails. It is nice and soft out there now, but we have not seen the high temperatures expected today. It is about 32 degrees We had some adventurous backcountry skiers in late morning and we will report on their findings. – Liz

early am report: Today looks like a mirror image of yesterday, but a little warmer in the afternoon. It is going to be beautiful in the mountains. Clear sky, sun, great views and lost of snow pack. What does this mean for skiing? It means great things. The frozen granular surface should soften sooner and make for some really great skiing today. We are grooming 20km for classic and skate this morning.

If you are not keen on fast granular snow, but still want to escape to the mountain we recommend a snowshoe hike.

At 8am the temperature is 12 degrees and temps are forecast to rise into the mid 30s later in the day. Wax is klister today ot waxless… there is also fun crust skiing off the groomed trails.

img_2052Make a Day of It: Well it’s the start of sugar season. Sugar Houses around the state are boiling. Visit a sugar house after your ski today… sip some warm syrup, watch the fire, visit the horses and enjoy some sugar on snow. The official VT Maple Open House weekend is a couple weeks off, but if you drive by a sugar house on your way home stop in and see what’s going on.

Vermont Maple Association hosts the Vermont Maple Open House Weekend March 27-29.

Friday March 13: It’s a great day out there. Cool this morning… it’s about 12 degrees at 9am, but the sun is strong and warm.

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Snow surface is frozen granular. It’s nice fast snow. In the woods there is a pretty solid crust and some ice. Wax of the day is klister or waxless. We are grooming all our widest trails with an alpine groomer followed by a tracksetter. Picnic and Valley Loops, World Cup, Broadway, Spruce Run and the top part of Maple Loop. 15km skate and classic groomed.

10am update- There is some really hard snow out there. The groomed snow is pretty sugary on top of a frozen solid base and the track is setting really well in some places and really shallow in others.

Today is Ski and Ride with the Point. Get 1/2 off your ticket at Bolton today. more info

New Snowfall: 20″, Last 6 Days: 72″

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

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

New Snow (and a lot of it!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

awesome locally produced all year round and they are skiers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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