Happy Valentine's Day, welcome to the weekend!
This week we've had some excellent conditions on the mountain. The temps have remained cold, but not too cold, or as Goldilocks would say, "just right." We've also picked up some small snowfalls to keep things nice and powdery out there. We have a chance for snow tomorrow and after Friday evening, the temps are expected to drop down a bit and stay in the 10-15 degree range for most of the weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday bring along the chance of snowfall for us as well.
Trails and Conditions:
That "just right" weather I mentioned also helped out our groomers and snowmakers. Snowmaking on Spillway kept chugging along all week and we hope to get snow piles pushed out on Friday evening to have Spillway up and running for you on Saturday. We project nearly 65 trails for the weekend, which gets us very close to being 100% open! To get to those 65 trails is the addition of Wilderness starting at 10am on Saturday. The snow surfaces are a mix of powder and packed powder conditions, with the ungroomed and natural snow trails containing some thin or variable spots. Overall, it looks to be another great weekend of skiing and riding as we begin to creep ever closer to a season total of 200 inches of snow. And you'll get even more time to enjoy it with a bonus evening of $19 night skiing this Sunday the 17th. We'll be here 'til 8pm under the lights. February is short and sweet, so don't let a day get past you!
Plenty of music in the James Moore Tavern for the listening this weekend. Blue Fox will join us for back to back performances, both tonight and Friday evening from 8-11pm. Sip Long Trail specials and enjoy what Art Edelstein of the Times Argus newspaper calls, “One of the few authentic blues musicians in Vermont – well worth the listen.”
Saturday don't miss The Woedoggies, also from 8-11pm. Besides having a great name, The Woedoggies play classic, simple, honest, acoustic country. The perfect blend for a chilly Vermont après ski evening.
Sunday catch Chad Hollister from 8-11pm. Trivia will return next Sunday, so throw your thinking cap in the laundry so it will be sparkling clean for the next competition.
President's Day is coming up and thanks to our nation's forefathers and a few other presidents after that, you get an extra day off. Perhaps you were thinking of growing (or donning) a Lincoln-esq beard. While it is a fine tribute, we suggest honoring our leaders by exercising your right to life, liberty and the pursuit of powder.
Why not stay the weekend for $144 per person per night? That gets you slopeside lodging, an All-Access lift ticket, continental breakfast and use of the Bolton Valley Sports Center. That even sounds like a financial deal that both Republicans and Democrats can agree on. Availability is limited, so book now or call 877-9-Bolton to reserve your room!
Maybe you've driven past the West Monitor Barn on your way to Bolton Valley, maybe you've seen the bright red paint and stone foundation from I-89 or maybe you have no idea what I'm talking about. The barn is the headquarters for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and is a symbol of the organization's programs as they promote leadership, service and conservation for Vermont youth.
If you're looking for an epic backcountry ski tour, then join us for Bolton to the Barns and know that you'll not only have an incredible day on skis, but you'll also be supporting the mission and programs of the VYCC. This tour is fast becoming a classic mid-winter Nordic event for backcountry ski enthusiasts. Various routes and distances are available to suite your ability. So join us Saturday, February 16th for Vermont backcountry skiing at its finest with the 4th annual Bolton to the Barns.
We do love Vermonters and there's no better way to show our love than with Vermont Week here at Bolton Valley. Beginning Monday February 25th, in addition to our killer terrain, there will be plenty events to keep everyone entertained off the slopes.
Magic Monday kicks off the week with Vermont magician Tom Joyce at Fireside Flatbread from 4-5pm. That same day is 50/50 Mondays, where folks age 50 and over can score 50% off in many spots on the mountain.
Tuesday (2/26) we have two ice cream socials and kid's movies, with one session from 4-5:30pm and the second from 6-7:30 pm. We’ll bring the sprinkles, you bring the kiddos.
Wednesday (2/27) is one of two days to enjoy a complimentary sled dog tour between 10am and 3pm. Be sure to get all the details about this puppy powered event before you come on out. Wednesday is also College Night, where starting at noon, students with a college ID can ski and ride for just $19. And Night Riders will keep the evening lively in our terrain parks.
Thursday (2/28) we welcome the No Strings Marionette Company for their performance of “The Snowmaiden.” This show is best for kids 12 and under. It will run from 4:30-5:30pm at Fireside Flatbread. And once the kids are in bed and under the watchful eye of the babysitter you’ve hired, catch Rob Dasaro and Friends from 8-11pm in the JMT where Wolaver’s will be on special.
Friday (3/1) you can grab another sled dog tour from 10am-3pm and end the day on a mellow note with a free bonfire starting at 3:30pm down near the Nordic Center. We’ll have hot cocoa and delicious treats for the perfect end to a Vermont week.
Last week I received a record number of correct answers to my question about Rudyard Kipling's winter game invention. It was in fact, snow golf! Our winner's name was chosen from my ski helmet and that is Elizabeth of Burlington. You go Elizabeth.
For this week: In celebration of President's Day, create three anagrams from the following presidential names:
- Rutherford B. Hayes
- Ronald Reagan
- Barack Obama
Not sure what an anagram is?
I'll pick the cleverest answer from the bunch (and be sure your submission is correctly done). Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll take answers from now until the end of the day Monday and pick the winner.
Enjoy the snow!