Bolton Valley Ski Resort

Bolton Valley Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Vermont in USA. The resort is in the town of Richmond, VT. We recently ranked all of Vermont's ski resorts, so you can see where Bolton Valley stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Bolton Valley is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.

Bolton Valley Lodging:

Bolton Valley Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Bolton Valley has a total of 71 ski trails, which are serviced by 6 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Bolton Valley is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 165 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 67 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
165(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Bolton Valley Ski Resort Elevation

Bolton Valley Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 3,150 feet, or 960 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 2,100 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,050 feet (320 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Bolton Valley's summit elevation is about average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are quite a bit higher, but also many that are much, much smaller.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
3,150'(960 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,050'(320 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
2,100'(640 m)

Bolton Valley Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
40.5out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Bolton Valley can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 68% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Bolton Valley has 165 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Bolton Valley is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 32% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 68%.
32%(53 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
36%(59 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
32%(53 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Bolton Valley Ski Resort good for beginners?

Bolton Valley can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 68% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Bolton Valley Ski Resort Location

Bolton Valley Ski Resort is located in the state of Vermont, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Richmond, VT.

Richmond, VT 05477 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
44.42000, -72.85000

Getting to Bolton Valley Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Bolton Valley Ski Resort), its coordinates of 44.42000, -72.85000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Richmond, VT to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Bolton Valley Ski Resort.

Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International AirportYULMontréal, QC85 mi
Portland International JetportPWMPortland, ME137 mi
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International AirportYOWOttawa, ON151 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Bolton Valley.

Burlington International AirportBTVBurlington, VT15 mi
Plattsburgh International AirportPBGPlattsburgh, NY34 mi
Lebanon Municipal AirportLEBLebanon, NH61 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Bolton Valley Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Bolton Valley Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Cochran Ski AreaRichmond, VT950 ft32%6 mi
Smuggler's NotchJeffersonville, VT3,640 ft59%9 mi
Suicide SixSouth Pomfret, VT1,200 ft36%17 mi
Mad River GlenMorrisville, VT3,637 ft59%17 mi
SugarbushWarren, VT4,083 ft60%21 mi
Pico MountainMendon, VT3,967 ft53%39 mi
Jay PeakJay, VT3,968 ft50%42 mi
Burke MountainEast Burke, VT3,267 ft60%48 mi
Mont SuttonSutton, QC3,175 ft41%49 mi
Whiteface MountainWilmington, NY4,650 ft70%51 mi
KillingtonKillington, VT4,241 ft68%52 mi
Owl's HeadMansonville, QC2,480 ft46%53 mi
Cannon MountainFranconia, NH4,080 ft57%60 mi
BromontBromont, QC1,693 ft41%61 mi
CatamountHillsdale, NY2,000 ft35%62 mi
Mt. Pisgah Recreation CenterSaranac Lake, NY2,500 ft38%64 mi
Mont OrfordOrford, QC2,800 ft40%69 mi
Bretton WoodsBretton Woods, NH3,100 ft52%70 mi
Okemo MountainLudlow, VT3,344 ft52%70 mi
Woods ValleyBolton Landing, NY1,400 ft33%70 mi
Titus MountainMalone, NY2,025 ft36%72 mi
Waterville ValleyWaterville Valley, NH4,004 ft49%74 mi
Mont Hatley (Montjoye), QC0 ft0%76 mi
Gore MountainNorth Creek, NY3,600 ft60%79 mi
Mont Bellevue, QC1,089 ft11%81 mi
Wildcat MountainGorham, NH4,062 ft55%82 mi
Ski Saint-BrunoSaint-Bruno-de-Montarvill, QC574 ft20%82 mi
Bromley MountainPeru, VT3,284 ft42%82 mi
Ragged MountainAndover, NH2,250 ft42%83 mi
Mount SunapeeNewbury, NH2,743 ft44%83 mi
AttitashBartlett, NH2,350 ft51%84 mi
Magic MountainLondonderry, VT2,850 ft52%84 mi
Black MountainJackson, NH2,350 ft43%85 mi
Cranmore MountainNorth Conway, NH2,000 ft39%90 mi
Stratton MountainWinhall, VT3,875 ft45%90 mi
West MountainQueensbury, NY1,470 ft30%91 mi
Groupe Plein Air TerrebonneTerrebonne, QC100 ft0%98 mi

Bolton Valley Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation3,150 ft
Base Elevation2,100 ft
Vertical Drop1,050 ft
(32% Beginner,  36% Intermediate,  32% Expert)
Skiable Acres165
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Bolton Valley Ski Resort Mountain Stats