Today we’re happy to be able to officially announce the formation of a new CTA working group and advocacy group here in Vermont – The Vermont Backcountry Alliance. Representatives from the CTA and various other partners have been working all winter to make this happen. Check out the official press release below and stay tuned for more information!
Next weekend we will be at Smuggler’s Notch Resort at Backcountry Magazine’s Basecamp Tour. Members of the VTBC working group will be available for comment.
NEWS RELEASE – March 20, 2014
Vermont Backcountry Skiers and Riders Get Organized
New Alliance Seeks Input from Vermont’s Backcountry Skiing and Riding Community
Brian Mohr / VTBC / ph:802-989-0570 / email: email@example.com
Amy Kelsey / Catamount Trail Association / ph:802-864-5794 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Info: vtbc.org, catamounttrail.org
Green Mountains, VT – In response to the growing interest in backcountry skiing and snowboarding in Vermont, a mostly volunteer group of Vermonters has been at work this winter creating a new Vermont Backcountry Alliance (VTBC).Working in close collaboration with the Catamount Trail Association (CTA), the VTBC aims to be a unified voice for Vermont’s broader backcountry skiing and snowboarding community on issues of mountain lands conservation, backcountry access, safety and responsible terrain management.
“Skiing and riding are coming full circle with their human-powered roots in Vermont,” says spokesperson Brian Mohr. “The VTBC is embracing this evolution and engaging with Vermont’s broader community of backcountry skiers and riders.”
Throughout the winter, VTBC has begun building partnerships with a broad base of Vermont organizations and businesses (see list at lower left) that support VTBC’s proposed mission. And starting this week, VTBC is encouraging Vermont backcountry skiers and snowboarders to complete a new Vermont backcountry survey, available online via the vtbc.org website. The survey will be a primary tool for gathering input from the wide variety of backcountry skiers and snowboarders in Vermont.
“There are already local efforts underway, including those in the Rochester, VT area, to responsibly manage backcountry terrain and access on both public and private land,” says Mohr. “VTBC has also been in discussions with the VT Dept of Forests, Parks and Recreation (VTFPR) about updating land management strategies to better accommodate backcountry skiing and snowboarding in Vermont.”
VTBC is also engaged with groups such as Stowe Mountain Rescue and Vermont Search & Rescue to improve backcountry awareness and safety in Vermont. And after the recent successful conservation of the Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry lands, VTBC hopes to facilitate other conservation opportunities that could benefit backcountry skiers and riders long term.
Anyone interested in getting involved or supporting the VTBC are encouraged to join or donate to the CTA, which will be accepting grants and donations in support of relevant backcountry skiing and riding initiatives.
Upcoming VTBC Events – Backcountry Basecamp – March 29-30
VTBC will be attending the Backcountry Basecamp event on March 29-30 at Smuggler’s Notch ski area, The event is a resort-based showcase of all things backcountry. Members of the VTBC working group will be available, accepting donations and encouraging supporters to join the CTA.