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Slopeside: Bolton Valley

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Skiers and riders will celebrate any amount fresh snow, but there's extra incentive to get up to Bolton Valley this year.

There's something different in the air at Bolton Valley this year -- snow. 

"First of all we've got winter again, which is tremendous, second of all it's our 50th anniversary," said George Potter, Bolton Valley's President.

Monday ticket prices reflect the opening date 50 years ago -- running a mere $19.66. "It's definitely a little less expensive for us," said John McCann from Montpelier.

The price, coupled with better conditions this year, has brought twice as many skiers and riders to the mountain on days like this. "Every week it seems to gain momentum, and I think that's the word of mouth -- more and more people are participating," Potter said.

"We've been skiing here quite a bit this year, and we like the tracks for our kids. It's a nice condition for us up here," McCann said.

The deal doesn't mean that every chair on the lift is full, but those who run the mountain have found that this, plus the extended night skiing, is making a big difference, and lifting the bottom line. From 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturday, night owls can also cash in on the historically-themed $19.66 price. "And that has just turned our night business around -- it's really incredible," Potter said.  

Potter says they're considering keeping the late-night hours next year, and potentially expanding to seven nights a week. Operators worry though that their deal may have been too enticing this Monday.  "You can see there are some kids here, and I'm not sure why they're not in school." We looked into it, but our investigation took a quick turn, revealing no truancy.

Reporter Kyle Midura: So are you guys playing hooky -- got a teacher in-service day?

John McCann: It's an in-service day.

Reporter Kyle Midura: Gotta love 'em

John McCann: Gotta love 'em.

And for those absolutely opposed to change, if you round a specialty $19.66 price up to $20, the difference benefits Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.

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