If you love Bolton’s backcountry skiing, take note!
A group of backcountry skiers are on a mission to save Bolton’s backcountry. They are trying to buy the 1,100-acre parcel of land that includes most of Bolton Valley Resort’s backcountry ski trails, the very trails that have earned a reputation as the best backcountry skiing in the East.
When skiers heard that the land was going to be sold to a buyer who wanted privacy, they were understandably dismayed, because the land has a long history within the local ski community. The trailhead to the Bolton to Trapp trail sits on the land, as does the Catamount Trail and all of Bolton’s backcountry ski trails.
Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry
The skiers quickly formed a group called Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry. They met with the sellers, Catamount/Bolton Land, LLC, and expressed their concerns. When the potential buyer learned how important the land was to the community, he respectfully withdrew his offer.
The Friends realized that this could happen again at any time, so the decided to try to buy the land. In February, 2012, Friends signed a sales agreement and immediately began fundraising. They have until March, 2013, to raise $1.85 million. By October, 2012, they had reached 75 percent of the goal, with donations coming in from private individuals and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and help from the Catamount Trail Association and the Green Mountain Club. Once the deal closes, the land will be transferred to the State of Vermont and become part of Mount Mansfield State Forest.
You Can Help!
If all goes according to plan, the 1,100 acres will become part of Mount Mansfield State Forest by May, 2013, but Friends needs your help to make it happen. If you want to keep Bolton’s backcountry open to the public, please make a donation by clicking on Vermont Land Trust.