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Bolton Valley is a family and learning-skier resort not far from Stowe and Burlington, Vermont.



Vermont's kid- and family-friendly Bolton Valley Ski Resort is a complete, self-contained ski resort in the valley at the end of a steep 4-mile (6.5-km) climb up a winding road (map).

Located eight miles north of Interstate 89 between Vermont's largest city of Burlington and its capital, Montpelier, Bolton gets lots of local skiers from those cities, especially college students from the University of Vermont and Champlain College.

The Interstate makes it a convenient choice for out-of-towners as well.

Founded in 1922, ownership of the ski area has changed several times over the decades. It's now back in the hands of the DesLaurier family who had bought it in 1964, sold it in 1997, and bought it again in 2017. The family is devoted to teaching kids how to ski, and hosting them and their families for enjoyable times on the slopes.

Bolton's three peaks and four skiing areas provide plenty of variety (see the map on the right-hand side of this page). Most of the trails end back at the main lodge, making it easier for families to find one another and keep in contact during the day.

The vertical drop is an impressive 1704 feet (519 meters), with 71 trails (34% Beginner, 38% Intermediate, 28% Advanced/Expert) served by six lifts: 2 quad chairs, 3 double chairs and a surface lift. Plenty of opportunity for night skiing and riding, too.

For snowboarders, there's a 1500-ft terrain park and half-pipe.

Those who don't do winter sport can stay busy at the indoor swimming pool and spa, Jacuzzi and sauna; and the indoor basketball court and the aerobics and weights exercise room. The child care center can watch the young ones.

The annual snowfall is also impressive, at more than 300 inches (7.62 meters), partly because Bolton has the highest base elevation (2100 feet/640 meters) of any Vermont ski resort. The summit's elevation is 3150 feet (960 meters) at Vista Peak, the skiable area 300 acres (121 hectares).

As for Nordic/cross-country skiing, Bolton has 62 miles (100 km) of trails, 16 miles d(26 km) groomed.

The delightful town of Stowe is just around the corner, with lots more lodgings and Mount Mansfield, a different skiing experience, if you'd like variety. More...

Bolton Valley Ski Resort
4302 Bolton Valley Access Road (map)
Bolton Valley VT 05477
Tel 877-926-5866 or 802-434-3444

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