on February 2, 2004
Bolton Valley is a relatively smaller mountain than nearby Stowe, but it's big enough for snowboarders like us who just want to warm up for the new year and get a little exercise. It's a short drive from Burlington and because it's not Stowe, you won't get hundreds of people on the same slope as you are. There's more than enough room to make wide turns with your board and getting off the lift is not as nerve-wracking as when you have a whole group right behind you.
We started at noon and we were able to buy the afternoon half-day tickets for only $25 with my boyfriend's student ID card. Still, the $49 full day rate is not as expensive as what the other mountains charge.
We went on a beautiful sunny Sunday and the fresh snow was about two inches, enough to have a good ride down and enough to make a clean stop. If you're not planning on spending more than five hours in the snow and you don't want to deal with a crowd, Bolton Valley is the way to go. You'll save a few dollars good for a nice pint back in downtown Burlington.
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