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Bolton Valley

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Exposure is north and northwest
Average Snowfall - 300 inches


Burlington International Airport
JETBlue, US Airways, Continental, United and Delta.
Major car rental agencies are available at the airport.  
Other nearby airports include:
Montreal, QC
Manchester, NH

Ground transfer through the Inn at Bolton Valley by calling (802) 434-3444 x.1050 in advance.


From Washington, DC, New York, Boston, or from Montreal to Waterbury Station



Vermont Transit offers bus service to Waterbury, Vermont (only 10 miles from Bolton Valley Resort) and offers connections to points throughout North America.

By car:
From the south:
Get on I-89 Northbound and proceed to Exit 10 (Waterbury) Make a left turn from the exit ramp onto Vermont Rt. 100 and then a right turn onto U.S. Rt. 2 Westbound Remain on Rt. 2 for approximately 8 miles and turn right onto Bolton Valley Access Rd. in the town of Bolton (just before crossing under the interstate and passing the Shell station) Follow Bolton Valley Access Rd. to the resort, approximately five miles to the hotel and main base lodge. The Nordic Center is located to the left of the main base lodge past the five tiers of parking.
From the north:
Get on I-89 Southbound and proceed to Exit 11 (Richmond) Make a right turn from the exit ramp onto U.S. Rt. 2 Eastbound Remain on Rt. 2 for approximately 8 miles (passing through both Richmond Village and Jonesville)Turn left onto Bolton Valley Access Rd. (immediately after passing under the interstate in the town of Bolton). Follow Bolton Valley Access Rd. to the resort, approximately five miles to the hotel and main base lodge. The Nordic Center is located to the left of the main base lodge past the five tiers of parking.

Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

The Inn at Bolton Valley

Base slopeside

Resort reservations

Suites and Condominiums
Suites featuring Studio, 1 Bedroom and 2 Bedroom accommodations, and Condominiums featuring 1 bedrooms – 4 bedrooms are also available and offer ski & stay packages. Packages include lift ticket and access to the Bolton Valley Sports Center.




The Black Bear Inn
4010 Bolton Access Road
Bolton Valley, Vermont


Rooms with full breakfast, private baths, cable TV, free wireless internet access, and full country breakfasts. Other amenities can include firestoves, balconies, and private outdoor hot tubs. Suites with kitchens some with private hot tub. 6





Fireside Flatbread, James Moore Tavern, fine dining at Bailey's Resaurant, Bolton Valley Deli & Grocery, Waffle Cabin, Sports Center Bar

Night Skiing: 12 trails open to night skiing and riding, 2 Lighted Terrain Parks. * Wednesday-Saturday nights 4:00 -8:00 p.m.

Indoor Sports Center:  Indoor pool,  Spa, Jacuzzi and Sauna, Basketball, Aerobic & Weights, Sports Bar

Bolton Adventure Center: Corporate Outings, Adenture Packages, Outdoor Education, Teambuilding,
Guided Excursions, Custom Programs, Challenge Course
For More Information call: (802) 434-6831


Nordic: 100km of trails for touring, telemark & snowshoeing


Good - Close to Stowe for more dining, lodging and activity options
Better - Affordable
Best - Private backcountry tours for skiers and boarders
Bolton Valley

Choose from Nordic or alpine skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing. Or maybe you'd rather relax and take in the peaceful Vermont scenery in a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Bolton Valley is a Winter Wonderland and there are numerous sights and attractions in the immediate area. Experience the quality of life that Vermont is famous for in a world apart from the everyday. Bolton Valley offers a wide range of lodging options in a unique mountain village setting. The resort features fine dining, shopping, childcare, a fitness center and many outdoor activities.

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General-Base elevation2100'
General-Vertical drop1704'
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General-Total area in bounds165 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Proximity to Burlington, Price, Terrain

Cons: Needs a refresh

If you live in or are staying in the Burlington area, Bolton is only 30min away.  For perspective:  Stowe, Mad River Glen and Sugarbush are about 1 hour (half interstate travel).  Smuggler's Notch is 1 hour (no interstate, lots of town, slow route 15).  Jay Peak and Whiteface are 2 hours away, long and complicated.


The road up to Bolton is a four mile, fairly steep climb.  It has two parking areas that are pretty close to lifts compared to other resorts in the area. 


From a low intermediate perspective, the availability of short, gentle runs is very nice.  Width is good enough to avoid fear of trees, and available intro blues are very accessible.  Two low/mid mountain lifts allow quick access to easy terrain while two full mountain quads and a double access the rest.  I can't comment on the expert terrain and glades/woods runs, but my coworkers and friends that can usually rate it as pretty good (probably has high a praise as you'll get from these Mad River junkies).


The place needs a bit of paving work, and the facilities could use an update, but overall it's your perfect, value oriented mid size resort.  It also offers the only night skiing in the area -- great for an after work session Wed though Sat.


It has the usual bar, a cafeteria and a wood fired pizza (very good, reasonably priced) area, but for nightlife you will need to drive the half hour into Burlington.


Pros: Tons of Glades from green to double black. Great family mountain. Great ski school.

Cons: Stuck in the 60's. If you are looking for a resort this should not be your choice.

Outstanding family mountain.  This is a true Vermont mountain skiing experience.  No bells and whistles here just INCREDIBLE skiing.  This is true old school.  Cut trails but leave large wooded areas for those who like to ski in the trees. This ski area has a ton of glade skiing both in bounds and out of bounds.  It also has a very nice mix of groomed runs.  Check out Spillway.  Bolton is a true family mountain and one of the best mountains in Vermont for families.


Pros: Conditions, terrain, friendly staff

Cons: Tired lodge

I've had a season membership for eight years.  In that time the skiing has gone from good to great.  They have upgraded their snowmaking equipment for when its needed, but the last few years they natural snow has been outstanding.  I've skied Colorado and Utah and the last few years the only advantage to the western resorts over Bolton has been the vertical.  The take very good care of the mountain.  The lodge and facilities are tired (sort of like Stowe ten years ago) and I can't ever recommend the hotel.  There are some very good local condos that you can rent.  I hear that the nordic ski trails are very good.  The snowboarding is great with almost no traverses, which we all hate!  If you want to try a good eastern mountain, come to Bolton Valley!


Pros: Price, terrain, retro feel. One ticket for day and night skiing (why stop at 4?)

Cons: parking lot is hoof

We stay with friends in Stowe, but ski here when we have a large, mixed family that doesn't need or want anything more than fine blue skiing.  while it's filled on weekends with the Burlington crowd, I have skied with my littlest and biggest here and always had fun.  Not much in terms of glades, lift are a little slow, but I'm there to be outside and enjoy, low stress skiing.  The lodge is packed on weekends, lots of people tripping on each other.   We can get off cheaper here than any other place in the area, save for Cochrans!


Pros: crowds are light, diverse terrain

Cons: slow lifts

This is a wonderful smaller Northern Vermont ski area which reminds me of Burke Mountain.  Diverse terrain with nice glades, steeps, bumps and groomed slopes.  There's a nice little climb with your car to get to the resort, which is rather unusual around these parts.  It actually feels like you are going to a mountain!  Last time I was there on a Saturday in late January, the crowds were very modest (no lift lines to talk of) and the snow was excellent.  A very relaxed resort.