Bolton Valley: Vermont’s ATV Indy

Thanks to some strategic scheduling, I found myself in northern Vermont with some free time on Friday. After talking with Harvey and checking the Indy Pass resort list, I loaded up my car early and made the short trip to Bolton Valley.

As I approached, I started getting excited. It’s the kind of mountain road that feels like it will lead you to a promised land. Bolton reveals itself slowly; a few miles up the access road, you’ll pass the quaint Timberline Lodge. I continued on to the base lodge a few minutes further up.

Rolling in to the main base area, I saw other early-bird AT skiers. Bolton has a friendly uphill policy, and quite a few locals take advantage of it for early morning workouts.

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Indy Magic: Opening Day 2019

My younger son wanted to go to Plattekill on Saturday. He missed Plattekill, and he told me repeatedly. He wanted to eat chili and nachos for lunch and the Plattekill lodge was the best for playing hide and seek at the end of the ski day. I admit it was a compelling argument.

I told him he would like Magic. It was just as cool as Plattekill — cool trails, cool old lifts, cool and welcoming crowd. And considering the recent snowfall, there would likely be some cool powder to ski — just like at Plattekill. And, I assured him, Magic would have chili and nachos.

My son didn’t care, but Magic is on the Indy Pass, a selling point for me. And like Catamount — our first stop on our “Indy Tour” — Magic has upped its infrastructure game, bigtime.

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Killington World Cup 2019

Mikaela Shiffrin was the overall podium winner at this year’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington, taking third place on Saturday’s giant slalom and first place on Sunday’s slalom. Attendance was 36,000 for the three-day event.

Mikaela Shiffrin
Shiffrin wins the slalom

In the afterglow of Thanksgiving celebrations, the crowd took on the bitter cold and went home smiling on Sunday, after the win by Shiffrin, who placed first in slalom for the fourth straight year.

Marta Bassino was Saturday’s winner and teammate Federica Brignone, both from Italy, placed second while Shiffrin, who came into the weekend with 61 World Cup wins took third on the giant slalom course.

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