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Bolton Valley Reviews




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...
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rockin rex

Real Vermont skiing


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.

Almost a private mountain


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...
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Well Above average


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!

Family resort without the crowds


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.