Three cheers! Three cheers: for temperatures in the high 20s, for 5″ of new fluff, for seventeen NB skiers, for “oohs” and “ahhs” as skiers started off on the fresh snow, for Utley Brook Trail, for waxless skis, for MaxiGlide, for rolled-up sleeves, for no snowmobile tracks on the backcountry snowmobile trails, for artwork and
It was early on a Saturday morning, and I had plans to meet a CTA Trail Chief to begin repairs on the Catamount Trail after a severe winter storm. Picking up the phone, I called ahead to confirm our rendezvous, only to discover that while I was still drinking coffee, he had already hit the
We Are the Luckiest People in the World! I’m tired of writing sentences: breakfast, warm meeting place in Landgrove Inn Lounge (Thanks Tom!), key-swap, -6 degrees F, ski (17 NB, 14 SB), easy trail-breaking, ponds, bridges (thanks John Stearns!), fast skiers, slower skiers, blue wax, green wax, uphill, downhill, whoop-de-doo, side step, herringbone, birch, maple, hemlock, spruce, pine, lunch, road
I love puffy jackets. I wear them all the time: skiing, sleeping, eating breakfast, winter-spring-summer-and-fall. Luckily, the CTA blog is the perfect place to express puffy jacket love, as we are on an eternal quest for the perfect puffy. Recently, the CTA office crew acquired matching puffy jackets: Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Sweaters. Here’s our take on this lightweight down jacket.
Powder Hound Heaven Today’s turnout was greatly reduced by the cold forecast, the ski started with about -4F temperatures and some wind. We decided to all ski northbound, partly due to the relatively small (eighteen) group, partly due to having the wind at our backs, and partly due to the anticipation of powder in the glade downhill to Rt 30.
In this continuing series, we are highlighting some of the recent changes to the CTA Board of Directors. At the Annual Meeting in Killington, VT, we said good bye to several long time board members. While we are sad to see them go, we know that their energy and enthusiasm will be well spent in other
Two new End-to-Enders… Today, at Day Leader Andrew’s advice, all nineteen of us skied together NB. The temperature stayed in the teens all day, the sun tried to peep out, and the snow showers left a few inches. The trail breaking wasn’t bad (I’m told), several inches of fluff on an old broken track.
We all say a prayer for white stuff, ‘Cause skiing on leaves can be tough, We’re up to our pits, Or can I say tits, Snow Dancers, OK, that’s enough. Low temperatures quickly get old, Treat mild days as if they were gold, If you stop to eat, You soon will beat
The Land of Unending Drifts… Today’s key swap started off a bit rocky, but everyone got to ski and no one got left at a trail head or Seven-11. It might seem like I’m too detail-oriented getting things set up, but clearly not enough. We were fifteen NB skiers and six SB, today Rich
To ski or not to ski….300 miles of Vermont! It takes grit to ski the entire length of the Catamount Trail. We call folks who do this “End-To-Enders“, and since the inception of the Catamount Trail nearly 70 intrepid skiers have completed all 31 sections of trail. Some complete the Catamount Trail section by section, over the course