If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, then Sunday River should be all a shiver as Bolton Valley in Vermont follows suit with a Santa Sunday at Bolton Valley in Vermont on Dec. 18. The River's 12th annual Santa Sunday earlier this month brought out 250 Santas, preregistration sold out in 8 minutes.
This will be Bolton's third annual Santa Sunday, and skiers and riders must dress in the complete Santa outfits - just a red hat won't fly - to earn a free lift ticket for that day. Last year, two dozen Santas graced the slopes on skis and snowboards at Bolton, so this tradition could soon become as booming as the one in Maine, since most everyone loves Santa and free lit tickets (not sure the order of preference there).
Bolton Valley's Happy Holiday Week celebration continues Dec. 19-25 with $25 lift tickets and $5 Nordic tickets. Those $25 tickets are good for alpine night skiing too on Wed.- Fri. nights. Bolton Valley's ski and stay packages start at $55 per person that week as well, and the resort plans to ring in the New Year with fireworks and a torchlight parade beginning at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31.
Bolton Valley offers three mountain peaks, with a vertical of 1,704 feet, 70 trails served by five chairlifts, plus three terrain parks including a Burton Progression Park.
Bolton plans to open with limited terrain for skiing and riding this Saturday.
Photo by Greg Burke
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