Bolton Valley Resort’s Chill Zone Appeals to a Larger Audience

By AlpineZone News |
Feb 08 2006 - 10:48 AM

BOLTON VALLEY, Vermont ??” This season Bolton Valley Resort has listened to the comments and desires of pass holders and terrain park junkies by providing skiers and riders with a park designed to please all ages and abilities. Bolton Valley’s lighted terrain park, the Chill Zone, gets its name from Burton’s Chill Program. Bolton Valley Resort was the first mountain to partner with Burton 11 years ago, giving disadvantaged kids a chance to learn to snowboard.

The Chill Zone has come together thanks to many hours of snowmaking and natural snowfall. Two lines have been created in the park. Line one starts with a 25-foot step-down, to a 40-foot booter, then moves to a big hip jump, and finally a 25-foot street-style down box finishes it up. Line two is made up of a 22- foot table and a flat down box to a 40-foot table with his and hers jump options.

“Our focus this season is to provide flowing jump/rail lines for every ability level. In past years we have presented an intermediate park experience, and our goal now is to also appeal to advanced riders,” says Zach Hoag, Bolton Valley Resort’s Snowboard Supervisor. “We’ve also stepped it up in our daily maintenance of the park. A full park ranger staff meticulously manicures each feature by hand on a daily basis, and groomers sweep the hits and landings nightly.” Features are being added to the park daily.

Bolton Valley Resort is home to the weekly Night Rider Series sponsored by Burton. Night Rider started January 25, 2006 and will run each Wednesday through March 1, 2006 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Participants of all ages compete in two park events each night, focusing on a particular park feature: jump, rail or pipe. Prizes from Burton and Sobe are awarded each night in the series. The Finals will be held Saturday, March 4, 2006 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., where a live DJ, awesome prize give-aways and the best moves of the season are sure to draw a crowd!

Bolton Valley Resort features 64 trails and new glades, six lifts including a new top-to-bottom quad chair, night skiing and riding, slopeside accommodations and Vermont’s only lighted terrain park. Bolton Valley is conveniently located just eight miles from interstate 89 and 20 miles south of Burlington, Vermont. For more information, visit or call 1-877-9BOLTON.