3-18, 19, 20 Bolton Valley, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen PICS!

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    3-18, 19, 20 Bolton Valley, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen PICS!

    After that giant storm on Tuesday last week

    I was lucky enough to have a VT trip planned to 3 mountains that I had never been to before.
    We made Bolton Valley the home base and skied there, Jay, and MRG.

    Bolton was outstanding. If I had to guess, their clientile doesn't venture into the trees often. The low grade stuff was very good, the chutes and steeper trees still had plenty of fresh lines in them- 4 days after the storm!!
    I ventured off following someones tracks and found the "snow hole." Man, that was fun.

    Looking down.


    Looking up

    Timberline lift held some great skiing. The Lost Boys and Adams Solitude were outstanding runs. Even the run out for Adam's was kinda fun to haul ass though with all the whoop-de-doos. The ride down the glade itself still had soft landings for the cliffs and drops. The ladies tee options were getting a little carved out though.

    The sky was this impossible color of blue.

    Sunday we treked up to Jay. Wow- thats a helluva ride!
    We lapped Zoomer all morning getting after the trees just off the trail under the lift. Tight, technical runs, but LOADS of good snow in there. No reason it shouldn't be there this weekend, too.

    Looking up Beaver Pond.


    Down Beaver Pond.


    Lower portion of Everglade area.


    Peak of Jay.


    Vahalla trees. Still great lines to be had.


    Monday brought more blue skies and some 43 degree temps at MRG. This was my first visit to MRG, and man, was it fun! However, very few fresh lines available, and lots of "well, thats the only way down" skiing. Bumps, though super soft, were large. The rhythm and steep pitch was perfect for them. I actually felt like I know what the hell I was doing. Though, I'd of loved to ski the Wednesday powder day there. The main attractions were pretty tired and skied out, but little stashes were still a blast, pending that you don't find yourself on a cliff.
    The actual defined/windy trails were in very good shape.


    Partridge/Slalom hill.


    Looking back up the same area. What you can't see is that behind those big bumps are huge patches of rocks, stumps, and bare ground.


    Soft bumps all the way down Lynx and Beaver were a blast. Catamount was also fantastic.


    Some unmarked area under Beaver off of Bunny.

    Overall, a fantastic trip. Hope this helps some folks decide this weekend!
    The chairlift is a free rollercoaster!

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    Nice trip.

    Bolton is kind of known for it's tree skiing but gets a lot of families and kids too. Crowds are light so good place to find freshies.

    and now you see MRG has even more liberal trail open policy in the spring than Sugarbush lol.. fantastic mountain though I'm going to try to get more trips up there next year

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    Good show Ray! Glad you timed it just right

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    Nice timing and cool pics!

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    Never been to Bolton. Nice pics. That sounds like it was a really sweet skiing St. Paddy's Day Weekend throughout the whole Northeast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdfreetuna View Post
    Nice trip.

    and now you see MRG has even more liberal trail open policy in the spring than Sugarbush lol.. fantastic mountain though I'm going to try to get more trips up there next year
    Truth. I thought SB and Wildcat were pretty generous with open terrain.



    Despite the melted ice shelves, giant rocks, swaths of dirt & grass they were 100% open.
    The chairlift is a free rollercoaster!

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    With the amount of snow Bolton has gotten, is there any chance that they will stay open through the weekend of the 15th? I think they typically close a little earlier than that if I recall correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdskier View Post
    Nice timing and cool pics!

    We were slated to go the weekend prior to the storm and ended up bailing (Zero degrees, windy, hardpack/ice expected based on day earlier at Smuggs) - so, nice job on the timing! Still have tickets and hope to get up there. Never been.

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    Nice pics frapcap...
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