Storm Chase: Snowboarding Bolton Valley, Backcountry Hike

Posted on January 27, 2012

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It’s raining outside right now, after we’ve received about an inch or two overnight.

The Valley is a patron of Mother Nature’s slushy machine, and this has been the typical story of our winter in New England this year. Optimistically, we’ve had worse… but, of course, we’ve also had better.

Bolton Valley pow POV. March 8, 2011. Photo: Justin Gural / JAG::PHOTO

Bolton Valley pow POV. March 8, 2011. Photo: Justin Gural / JAG::PHOTO

There’s certainly snow on the trails and the resorts are cranking, and there have been some blissful powdery moments, but we’ve yet to receive a healthy dump.

[Queue the voodoo; let’s hope we can shake a storm loose.]

That said, this is some footage captured last year, when the Champlain Valley and surrounding Green Mountains received yet another record-setting snowfall. During the storm, I went straight to one of my secret spots for a deep hike. Day two, your classic bluebird day-after, was spent zig-zagging through Bolton Valley’s glades.

This particular storm on March 7, 2011 set a record in Burlington with 24.3” for a single storm in March. Two months earlier, Burlington recorded it’s biggest storm snowfall ever –totaling around 33.1” of the white on January 2-3, 2011. What’s the closest lift to Burlington? You guessed it, Bolton Valley.

No doubt, La Nina’s grace was appreciated during the 2010/11 winter season. And now we’re patiently –and sometimes superstitiously– waiting for her to show up this year. Until the Ghost of Winter’s Past returns, there’s always last year’s footage to drool over.

That’s where this came from… the archives. I needed a little pick-me-up after this repeat slushy storm, and maybe it’ll help cure your itch too –at least for a few minutes. Cheers to optimism.

Let. It. Snow.

Board meeting in the white room. Photo: Justing Gural / JAG PHOTO

Board meeting in the white room. Photo: Justing Gural / JAG PHOTO

Filmed by: Justin Gural

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Produced by: Cortex Marketing Network

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Audio by: Talking Heads, “What a Day That Was” (Byrne, 1984, Sire/London/Rhino)

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Thanks to: Bolton Valley, Jeep, Burton Snowboards, GoPro, Eastern Mountain Sports, Apple, La Nina

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[And yes, my video savvy friends, I probably should've shot it in 60fps to plan for the slow-mo. But I didn't, and I still dropped it into slow-mo for the heck of it.]

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