Vermont Bolton Valley Ski Area visitors have no fewer than 64 different trails to choose from. These trails are spread out over 165 total skiable acres and cater to beginners, intermediate level skiers and snowboarders, and expert riders. The Bolton Valley Ski Resort might not be the largest in the northeastern United States, but it does boast the highest base elevation this side of the Mississippi River. The resort's base elevation is 2,100 feet, while the summit elevation is 3,150 feet. The vertical drop is 1,704 feet, and as for average annual snowfall, it's around 315 inches. In other words, the conditions are usually ripe for a fun day on the ski slopes in Vermont.
The Vermont Bolton Valley Ski Area is only about twenty miles northeast of the capital of Montpelier. It is even closer to Burlington, which lies to the near west. This helps to make it a popular place to escape to for both residents and visitors of these two cities. It also means that there are plenty of Vermont Bolton Valley Ski Area accommodation options. As is true of some of the other Vermont ski resorts, Bolton Valley is an excellent year-round destination. Skiing and snowboarding are understandably among the top winter activities, and you can also strap on some showshoes and do some winter hiking.
The two quad lifts, three double lifts, and single surface lift at the Vermont Bolton Valley Ski Area open at 9 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends. Sunday through Tuesday, the lifts close at 4 p.m., while night skiing is possible Wednesday through Saturday. Twelve of the trails stay open for night skiing and snowboarding, and you can also enjoy the resort's three terrain parks when the lights go on. Night skiing hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. When you're not enjoying some time on the slopes at the Bolton Valley Ski Resort, you can visit the deli/grocery store to get something to eat. You can also see what the mountainside food court has to offer or drop by one of the main tavern restaurant.
When it comes to the Vermont Bolton Valley Ski Area accommodation options, the Inn at Bolton Valley is among the best. This hotel sits slopeside and offers 60 spacious guest units with balconies. The decor is on the modest side. Some of the rooms are suites, and you can even rent a larger condo if you are interested.
Another excellent Vermont Bolton Valley Ski Area accommodation is the Black Bear Inn. This cozy bed and breakfast is right next to the resort and offers ski-in ski-out access to the trails. The 25 rooms and suites at the Black Bear Inn boast a tasteful homey appeal and feature cable TV, complimentary Internet access, and private bathrooms. You'll also have a balcony at your disposal, not to mention a fire stove and a private hot tub. A full, country-style breakfast is included in the rates at the lovely Black Bear Inn, and as is true of the Inn at Bolton Valley, there are some enticing lodging packages to choose from. Among these packages are ski and stay packages.
It is worth noting that anyone who stays near the slopes of the Bolton Valley Ski Resort will also be relatively close to the slopes at some of Vermont's other top ski areas. These ski areas include the Smugglers' Notch Ski Resort, Stowe Mountain Ski Resort, and Mad River Glen Ski Area. You might be interested to know that the famed Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory is also found in the general area.