Bolton Valley Ski Getaways
A high base elevation and a location next door to Vermont's tallest peak do much to maintain Bolton's reputation for reliable snow. From the 2,035-foot base the slopes rise 1,625 feet. It's modest, perhaps, by big mountain standards, but Bolton packs a lot of variety between base and summit.
The central mountain favors intermediates, with many good choices from the two highest summits as well as lower down. Cobrass Run off the right-hand summit (looking up) is a fine long cruiser, as are Showtime and Twice as Nice off the Timberline Quad.
While not a beginners' mountain (there are too many testing shots in the woods for that) beginners are in for a treat at Bolton. Much of the green circle terrain is available up high, affording views and a real in-the-mountains feeling that new skiers and riders don't often get. And because the easier trails cover a lot of ground, there's a nice progression of challenge available to those starting out.
Better skiers and riders will want to head to Vermont 200, Hard Luck, The Show Off, The Spillway, and The Preacher, all handily clustered together. And while much of the gladed terrain isn't marked, it's obvious, challenging, and fun. But please stay inside the area's boundary - Bolton sits firmly in the middle of a vast wooded area best left to locals.
A lift serves the half pipe and terrain park, both lit at night.