BOLTON, Vt. (AP) — Cross-country and backcountry skiers may notice trail improvements this winter at a backcountry ski trail system in Bolton, Vt., that is now state land.
A partnership between the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, The Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry and Bolton Valley Ski Resort has resulted in two rebuilt bridge structures, 15 new culverts, over a mile of new drainage ditching, new signs and several miles of mowing and brush cutting, officials said.
The work has happened since the 1,160-acre-parcel was acquired by the Vermont Land Trust in June and transferred to the state.
About $40,000 has been invested in the trails.
‘‘The focus since June has been managing water, which is the enemy of a good trail,’’ said Rob Peterson, state parks regional manager. ‘‘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.’’
The Vermont Land Trust conserved the property and turned it over to the state after a $1.8 million fundraising campaign, including grant funding and donations from hundreds of individuals, officials said.
The trails are operated by Bolton Valley Resort, in a license agreement with the state.