Most ski areas begin to wind down at 3:30 p.m. Not Bolton Valley Resort — it literally lights up and livens up. That’s because the area, which is open daily, offers extensive night skiing Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 to 10 p.m. With Bolton’s location near Burlington and Montpelier, night skiing attracts all ages: adults for league racing, kids for the after-school program, college students after classes, and others for recreation with family or friends. With its iconic Alpine Village and amenities, Bolton also entices families from out of state with convenient and affordable slopeside lodging. Sue Brisson, who first skied at Bolton Valley 45 years ago, has seen many changes, but she’s most impressed “by what hasn’t changed. It’s kept its old-Vermont flavor and friendliness.
BURLINGTON — Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center (CSC) hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking event on Nov. 15, just north of Waterfront Park in Burlington. The site will be home to CSC’s new world-class waterfront campus and sailing education center, which are already under construction. The ceremony included the announcement of two major “anchor” gifts — of $1 million each — which went a long way toward fulfilling CSC’s $5.75 million Love Your Lake Capital Campaign. These gifts, from the Pomerleau Family Foundation and from family and friends in honor of Raymond P. Sullivan, will help create The Pomerleau Community Waterfront Campus and Raymond P. Sullivan Sailing Education Center.
The recent revival of the Snurfer has spawned backyard and local hill fun on a back-to-basics, low-tech forerunner of the snowboard. And based on the crowds that flocked to their booth at the recent Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo, Snurfers — and their Vew-Do Balance Board cousins — are more popular than ever. “We were busy from the moment the show opened until the final hour. We had at least eight demo boards on the floor and all were being used most of the time. It was great to see both kids and adults testing them out,” said spokesman Dave Schmidt.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Kelly Brush Foundation recently awarded $275,000 for adaptive sports gear and ski racing safety equipment grants and strategic partnerships. This year’s annual grants marked a milestone for the foundation both in the number of awards and the amount awarded. The foundation awarded 95 adaptive sports equipment program grants totaling $175,572 for equipment, including on-road and off-road handcycles, sport chairs for basketball, tennis and rugby, and monoskis and race chairs for skiing. A total of 15 ski racing clubs were awarded a total of $54,500 in ski racing safety grants to purchase safety netting to line training and racing courses.
MONTPELIER — Union Mutual, a central Vermont-based insurance provider, will present the 2016 Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games from June 3 to 5 at the University of Vermont, extending its lead sponsorship through the 2018 Games. Athletes will compete in swimming, track and field, bocce and softball. Summer Games is Special Olympics Vermont’s largest competition event of the year, featuring nearly 500 athletes representing every Vermont county. Opening Ceremonies will also feature guest speaker Andy Newell, a Vermont native sponsored by Union Mutual and a three-time Olympic Nordic skier. For more details, visit www.specialolympicsvermont.org or www.unionmutual.com.
SHELBURNE — This spring, many drivers along Spear Street in Shelburne noticed new signs, banners and activity around the practice facility at Kwiniaska Golf Club. Steve Gonsalves, PGA director of instruction at Kwiniaska, hopes golfers — and others — will stop in to see what the buzz is about.