As Bolton focuses on water management on the trails, they make improvements to both the nordic and backcountry trails offered.
BOLTON -Bolton Nordic and backcountry skiers will enjoy significant trail improvements this winter season.
A partnership between the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, The Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry (FOBVNBC) and Bolton Valley Ski Resort has resulted in significant trail work, including two rebuilt bridge structures, the addition of 15 new culverts, over a mile of new drainage ditching, and several miles of mowing and brush cutting in addition to the installation of many new trail signs since the 1,160-acre parcel was transferred to state ownership in June.
“We’ve been making significant improvements in preparation for this ski season, getting to know our partners and continuing to honor the rich history of recreation on this property. Between the bridge repairs and drainage work, the trail maintenance completed by the FOBVNBC and the significant resources and equipment time invested by Bolton Valley Resort, some of the main trails should see an immediate improvement over previous years,” said Rob Peterson, State Parks Regional Manager.
“The focus since June has been managing water, which is the enemy of a good trail. Having proper drainage, whether achieved through a bridge, culvert or properly-crowned trail, allows for water to move away from the trail, in turn protecting it. We’re hoping for drier trails overall, which will translate into better early and late season skiing.”
Since the property was acquired in June, around $40,000 has been invested into the trails located on state land.
The property was conserved by The Vermont Land Trust and transferred to the state after a 1.8 million dollar fundraising campaign which utilized grants funding as well as hundreds of individual donations by the Bolton skiing community and others.
The Nordic Trails are operated by Bolton Valley Resort, as in past years, through a license agreement with the state.