Longer nights, falling leaves, cold weather in the mountains? It must be getting closer to ski season! Autumn excitement is coming, and in the spirit of fall we’ve got a few questions for our readers and members:
- Do you like sliding on snow?
- Do you like talking about nordic and backcountry skiing and riding?
- Do you like supporting backcountry access in the state of VT?
- Do you like engaging with other nordic skiers, backcountry skiers and splitboarders?
- Do you like potlucks, ski swaps, raffles, and other ways to gather with the snow-loving tribe?
- Do you like getting out and getting dirty with a pair of loppers or a brush cutter?
A few details about the event:
This year we are combining two of our usual fall events, the CTA Annual Meeting and the Vermont Backcountry Forum, into one day of pre-ski-season awesomeness. We’re also moving the Annual Meeting a little earlier in the month of November than usual.
We’ll be gathering at the Pierce Hall Community Center in Rochester on Saturday morning to share coffee and donuts before the Catamount Trail Association Annual Meeting at 10:30, which will be a fun series of reports and presentations about the CTA’s work in the past year and projects for the future. You’ll get to meet other members, learn new facts about our work, and get psyched to get involved as a backcountry user (and maybe as a volunteer, too!).
In the afternoon, we’ll have a couple of outdoor activities, including a ski swap and mini-expo with vendors such as Salomon, Voile, and Dynafit, as well as the option to help out with several trail work projects — one at the Brandon Gap Backcountry zone, sponsored by RASTA, and one at Catamount Trail section 15. We’ll also have a site visit to the proposed Vermont Huts Association hut at Chittenden Brook. In the evening, we’ll all convene for a potluck dinner and drinks along with the Vermont Backcountry Forum, and of course a great raffle!
On Sunday, RASTA is hosting another trail work day at Brandon Gap, so you can make a weekend of it by bringing your work gloves and can-do attitude! (Check the RASTA website or Facebook page for more details.)
Don’t forget, this is the most important time of the year to meet other backcountry enthusiasts, support the Catamount Trail Association, and get excited for the winter to come. Don’t miss the Annual Meeting!
To save your spot at the Annual Meeting, RSVP at this link before October 26!