Set the way back machine Sherman to 1975, the days before high speed quads, before customer service, and when you still had to boil your drinking water.
Just got back from March break and yes there was a boil water advisory in the condos at Bolton Valley. Condos were fine but probably at their prime 20 years ago. Servicing of the condo involved a daily phone call asking what we needed (we only learned by the last day to list everything we thought was standard like...please empty the garbage, remove the recycling, change the towels, bring toilet paper, etc etc...).
Hill was very flat...good runs ended half way up the hill with a long flat return to the slow-speed quad...so divide the quoted vertical drop by 2.
Hill staff was clueless...it was like the resort is run by kids that have never been to a ski hill before. I agree with the other posts that say stuff like the ticket window staff didn't know what was going on..it really was surreal dealing with staff that obviously was spending their first year at a ski hill, and generally not ski enthusiasts (one of the perks at working at a hill is the skiing...and there is no good skiing here...hence no skiing staff).
The rental area was poor...no high performance rental skis (or mid performance even) like most hills have available but with the wet snow the clapped out run of the mill rentals were fine for the week....warning don't loose your paperwork when you take a rental..they seem lost when you return a rental without the "pink slip" (computers weren't available in 1975 you see).
Roads haven't been paved since inception...extra parking is on outdoor tennis courts...so if you are going there in summer to play tennis you also have potholes to play around. Oh and despite no pet rules...the staff seem to have a few big dogs that leave presents all over the "grounds".
That's about it...glad we were there to enjoy time with family and friends and not just for the skiing. Can't see it changing anytime soon either...the lifts are just something out of the Smithsonian...the staff isn't their to ski obviously....this resort is only going one direction...downhill.
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- Vermont Skiing and Riding at its best!Bolton Valley Vermont is a unique, high mountain alpine ski village surrounded by over 5,000 pristine acres. At Bolton Valley the recreational opportunities are as numerous as the views are spectacular. In the winter, whether your're interested in skiing or snowboarding, telemark or Nordic, backcountry or night skiing, Bolton Valley has it all in abundance. After your legs have had enough, relax in the Sports Center's jacuzzi, heated pool or warm up in the sauna. Need more activities? Join a basketball game, play tennis, or work out in the exercise center. There is no limit on ways to stay active at Bolton Valley. Great food? We have that too. Want to stay in slope side lodging? Look no further. All lodging, whether it be the Inn accommodations, suites, or condominiums, are all slopeside or within a short walking distance. No cars needed at Bolton Valley, it's all right here. We are family friendly, affordable, and offer loads of fun. Bolton Valley is the place to get away and enjoy the best Vermont has to offer. ... more less
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