First snow of the season: Rail jam tomorrow at Vermont’s Bolton Valley

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 2, 2010 3:25 pm

For those who are desperate to get back on snow again this season, Vermont’s Bolton Valley ski resort is offering up a bit of “snow” Labor Day Weekend at the Labor of Love Rail Jam, tomorrow evening, Sept. 3. The one hour jam will allow participants to ease their ski and snowboard desires until the resort officially opens in December.

“To some it may feel like a tease to only be on snow for an hour and then have to wait another three plus months for the real deal,” said Josh Arneson, marketing director at Bolton Valley Resort. “But we expect it to be a fun time for kids and families and it’s a perfect complement for the largest ski and snowboard sale in Vermont, which is being held at the resort from Thursday through Monday. We hope people will come out and celebrate a bit of pre-season fun with us and get psyched for what’s to come.”

Park crews will collect snow from a local ice rink and then cover the tennis courts next to the Sports Center. Competitors will kick out the summer cobwebs on rails during the session, which will see prizes awarded to the best skiers and riders at the end of the jam as well as a few extra prizes being tossed out to all entrants. Registration and bib pick up begins at 5 p.m. and space is limited so participants are encouraged to pre-register online. The jam session begins at 6 p.m. with awards at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.

Vermont’s largest ski and snowboard sale will be held in the Sports Center at Bolton Valley as well, from Sept. 2-6. Produced in conjunction with The Ski and Snowboard Liquidation Center, a New England company with years of experience producing large scale ski and snowboard events, the ski and snowboard sale will include more than $1 million in inventory including products like skis and snowboards starting at $99 and kids snowboards starting at $59. Top manufacturer names will be sold including skis from Volkl, K2, Dynastar, Atomic, Elan, and Nordica as well as adult snowboards from Burton, Forum, K2, Atomic, and Oxygen.

Skiers and riders can purchase their Bolton Valley All Access Season Pass at the sale as well, and receive an additional 5% off by purchasing it at the sale. Passes are priced at $499 for adults and $149 youth when purchased with an adult parent’s pass, but the rate will increase after Sept. 20.

Ski and snowboard sale hours are Thursday from 4-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Monday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The sale will be held at the Sports Center located at the opposite end of the parking lot from the main base area of the resort. For more information, visit