Bolton Valley, Vermont’s most convenient ski resort just 30 minutes from Burlington, will host the Bolton Valley Snowshoe Shuffle, a 5K walk or 5k/10K run on snowshoes to benefit the American Lung Association. “Fight for Air” will be held on a specially designed course at the Bolton Valley Nordic Center. Both courses will include several hills and groomed trails as well as deep powder sections and single track.
The event also is part of a multi-stop circuit within the Northeast Snowshoe Federation, and racers can earn points for their overall score at this event. Awards will be presented to the fastest team, fastest participants and top fundraisers directly following the event. All walkers and runners will be entered into a drawing for great prizes from Dion Snowshoes, TSL Snowshoes, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Catamount Family Outdoor Center, and more. After the awards ceremony, participants and family members can swim at the Sports Center’s indoor pool at a discounted rate ($5 for adults, free for children under 6).
The Bolton Valley Snowshoe Shuffle 5K/10K begins at 10 a.m. 10K runners will line up at the start line first, followed by 5K runners and then 5K walkers. Check-in begins at 9 a.m.
Registration is open to the first 500 participants and is on a first come, first-served basis. Online registration can be made on the American Lung Association website by Wednesday, Feb. 9. The cost is $40 for individuals ages 19 or older and $20 for children between ages 10-18. There is a suggested $100 per person fundraising goal by having friends, family or business sponsor the participant. Individual giving pages also can be established on the American Lung Association website upon registration. Individuals and teams are encouraged to participate. Bolton Valley will provide participants who raise at least $100 a pass to ski in the afternoon.
With one of the highest base elevations of any Vermont Nordic Center, at 2,100 feet, The Bolton Nordic Center receives plenty of natural snow for its 70 km of terrain—earlier in the season and more often—and keeps it longer so guests can enjoy the pristine trails, lined with snow-covered balsam firs, where they may even find an animal track or two. Of the extensive trail system, 30 km of professionally groomed trails and high elevation with plenty of snow and vistas are just a few features of the Nordic terrain. Instruction is available for beginner groups, Nordic Kids, backcountry skiers plus private lessons for all abilities in classic and skate skiing and free Sunday morning ski clinics are available.
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.