BOLTON VALLEY, Vt. - With the one of the highest base elevations of any Vermont Nordic Center, at 2,100 feet, Bolton Valley’s Nordic Center will play host to a two-day Intro to Backcountry for Women clinic Feb. 5-6, with proceeds benefiting Girls Move Mountains, which is dedicated to supporting girls’ positive development with outdoor adventure, group experience, and personal reflection to help adolescent girls successfully navigate the challenges associated with this age group.
The two-day clinic will encourage girls and women of all ages who are beginners to intermediate skiers to build their Nordic skills while increasing confidence in a supportive, easy-going environment. The perception of backcountry skiing can be overwhelming, but the clinic is designed to make backcountry fun for all participants. The clinic will include learning the basics of backcountry skiing techniques as well as the ins and outs of winter backcountry travel. Low instructor to participant ratio (1:5 maximum) provides for individualized attention.
The Bolton Nordic trails wind through some of the most pristine high elevation backcountry skiing in Vermont. In fact, 70km of Bolton’s trails are ungroomed, backcountry trails that range from steep trails winding through stands of birch trees to mellower trails more suited to backcountry touring. Vermont’s famous Catamount Trail, which runs the length of the state from north to south, also travels through Bolton’s trail system. Of those 70 km, 35 of them are groomed daily. Adventurous skiers looking to extend their backcountry experience into the evening can rent the Bryant Cabin for overnight stays deep in the woods.
Day 1 will focus on basic skills to help improve skiing and prepare participants for backcountry travel. Utilizing the open trails at Bolton Valley participants will practice different climbing, descending, turning, kick and glide, and stopping techniques. Instructors will discuss using skins and wax, choosing proper equipment and clothing, what to pack in a backpack, and other tips for being comfortable in the backcountry. Day 1 ends with an après’ ski get together complete with wine and cheer.
Day 2 puts the skills learned on Day 1
to use as participants head “off-piste” (off trail) on Bolton’s backcountry trails for a day long tour. Day 2 will focus on traveling comfortably in varied terrain, making graceful turns off the groomed trail, and having fun. Map reading and route finding for those who are interested also will be included.
The cost of the clinic is $195, with proceeds benefitting Girls Move Mountains. Included in the cost is a an alpine and Nordic ticket on Saturday and a Nordic area ticket on Sunday, two days of instruction, coffee, tea, muffins and bagels both mornings, and a Saturday après ski with wine and cheese. Rentals are available at an additional cost. For registration visit www.girlsmovemountains.org or call 802.229.2976.
Bolton Valley Resort is Vermont’s most convenient big mountain for skiing and riding packed with value. Less than 10 minutes from I-89 and less than 30 minutes from Burlington, the family-friendly mountain offers skiers and riders of all abilities three mountain peaks with 71 trails and 6 lifts, plus 3 terrain parks including the Burton Progression Park.
Bolton Valley is one of only two ski resorts in the U.S. to implement wind power as an energy source and is the recipient of the National Ski Areas Association’s 2010 Silver Eagle Award for environmental initiatives. A complete Sports Center, outdoor ropes course, extensive back-country skiing and Vermont’s most extensive top-to-bottom night skiing and riding are just a few of the extras available to guests. All-inclusive, true ski-to-your-door lodging packages from $79/person/night. For more information visit www.boltonvalley.com or call 877-9BOLTON.