Older posts (2016-17)


Does anyone have a ‘GPS tracks’ file of the Bolton Valley Nordic Center to Nebraska Valley parking lot portion of the Catamount Trail that they would share with me? I skied this section with a group yesterday and forgot to pack my Garmin Etrex-20. I have saved many such ski tour tracks to view on Google Earth and would like to add this one to my collection. I think the file extension is .gpx. I looked online but there is only Catamount website pdf maps showing the trail and a Google Earth image or two from others. Thanks (at 69.5 y/o I’m not sure I’ll get back there for a second go).

Old Goat Feb. 20th

Hi Kenneth,
I will send you the gpx file.
Since I’m the web administrator, I can see your email address (other’s can’t) Jerry
P.S. if you are interested I can also send you a kmz file with the Bolton Map which can be viewed in Google Earth.


Ah, the SNOW, sky and trees–truly heavenly.

A beautiful day in our beloved backcountry after some fresh powder.

Britt Nieslen on said:

















Nick Branch, Dec 8th

12″ on Alchemist today.  It was doable.  We trashed it somewhat but other lines in the area should be ok.

Wonderful day on the upper trails. Great skiing. Here’s the view at “Stowe View”.

Old Goat, Dec. 6th

Our building water bars and bridges on Gardiner’s has worked! All stream crossings were bridged, and our trenching resulted in the water staying off the trail! With a fresh 7 inches of snow over the earlier base it was excellent skiing.
Outdoor Gear Exchange has generously given us a $1500 grant to be used for lumber to continue this work next year!


Old Goat Dec 4th:

We skied up Bryant, around Birch Loop, up Heavenly, Moose ski, Paradise and down the Wilderness Lift. Bryant had many open stream crossings, and some sketchy spots. I have heard Gardiner’s has better coverage. There was some open water around Birch Loop, but it was very skiable. Conditions improved with elevation, but there was only 12-14 inches on the upper trails. It skied better than that, since it is dense and packed down by MANY skiers. We did not descent the back country trails as we though that would be too “exciting” but uphill and rolling terrain were fine. It’s as beautiful as ever up there and if you are willing to work with what the snow has to offer, it’s time to ski!


Phyl Newbeck
Nov 26th
Not quite the Bolton Backcountry but some earned turns on the Wilderness side of the alpine area on Thanksgiving morning.


Barry Driscoll on said:

In the days prior to ‘Black Friday’, conditions were powdery with an aspect and overstory-dependent thin crust above ~10″ of settled powder. That was improved by Thanksgiving Day’s AM snow, ~2″. The BC coverage was surprisingly good; turns in Trapp glades, Randy’s & Not a Trail were nice. The sound of slicing through the crust was more unsettling than actually skiing through it. Turnpike had seen plenty of skier traffic and was almost entirely loose packed powder – perfect early season hero snow!

By Friday things had warmed up, settled more and gotten heavier. Still good skiing most places, though more stumps, rocks & wet spots poking through. Work continues on Bryant Camp and the humongous privy/deck structure. Quote of the day, from Mr. Costas of BV Mtn Ops, regarding eastern skiers – “Never underestimate a Vermonter”3861






3-4 inches of snow up there on Goat Path and brooks running fast.
A great work party got it all done on Sunday clearing Goat Path and upper and lower Telemark as well as Fox Hollow and Eagles nest. Glad I could join the group.

I talked to Ann about this but will mention it anyway.
I would like to see a sign at the jct of Telemark at the bottom of the shute where you can go left toward Fox Hollow instead of going down another hill of Telemark toward Maple Loop and back tracking up the hill into the lower access of Fox Hollow.
Why go down hill to go up again when you have a nice down hill access.

John Hamerslough



This time of the year we’re mixing trail work and skiing!First Tracks Bolton Oct. 23rd 2016


Many thanks and much appreciation to all the Bolton Friends (Old Goats & Young Goats) for your magnificent work this fall! Caregiving keeps me from joining you, but I do hope to see your improvements in action this winter.