A Five Snowball Rating

by: swimsmart - Jan 25, 2012

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 3
  • Nightlife 3

    Pros: lots of snow, family friendly, reasonable cost

    Cons: none

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Mar 1, 2011

Full review

Our family (children and grandchildren) rented a ski in-ski out condo on the mountain at Bolton Valley Ski Area during the 2010-2011 Christmas holiday season for two weeks and had such a great time we came back in March 2011 for another week. We will be back for a month in 2012. We think that Bolton Valley is great for many reasons including the following:
- skiing: well groomed trails and glades for all ability levels
- people: residents, visitors and employees are friendly, courteous, non pretentious and helpful
- access: convenient from either from Burlington Airport a half hour or so away or from I89/Route 2 which brings you to the BV access road
- weather: average six degree drop up the access road from Route 2 to base lodge due to 1500 foot elevation rise; seems to snow daily due to orographic lift, lake effect and ocean effect snow; perfect combination for lots of snow which was shoulder deep in March
- value: reasonable prices compared to other New England ski areas and a much less than a comparable vacation in the Rockies
-family orientation: children and pets welcomed
-non (downhill) skiing activities: snow shoeing, x country skiing, rec center with pool and restaurants at BV and nearby attractions like Ben & Jerry’s, Green Mountain Coffee, Vermont Teddy Bear, Trapp Family Lodge, Cabot Cheese, Stowe and the city of Burlington and all it offers all within a half hour or so from the mountain