Ski Touring Center Trails – Please read! Very important!
When you enter the trail system of a cross-country ski center, please check in at the center. Skiing the Catamount Trail does not exempt you from paying a trail fee at the center. Each center has its own policy; some may allow you to ski free, others may charge a fee. Bring along your CTA membership card/coupon to get a discount if you have to pay a fee. Please adhere to each center’s policies. Also note that most touring centers do not allow dogs on their trails. Plan your trip accordingly if bringing a canine friend along.
Snowshoe Etiquette on the Catamount Trail
The Catamount Trail Association recognizes the popularity and importance of snowshoeing in Vermont and welcomes snowshoeing on the Catamount Trail. Snowshoers should be aware that their tracks can be very difficult for people to ski through and should take the following precautions to ensure a positive experience for all that use the trail.
- Snowshoers should travel in single file — creating only one snowshoe track.
- Snowshoers should keep to one side of the trail, allowing the other side the trail for ski travel. This is especially important on hills where folks skiing downhill need sufficient space to make turns, slow down, or stop.
- Whenever possible, snowshoers should avoid stepping on ski tracks.
- Where the CT crosses cross-country ski center trails, all users of the trail are asked to abide by the rules and customs of the center.
The Catamount Trail uses many snowmobile trails through the generosity of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST). Skiers should step off the trail to allow snowmobiles to pass. VAST membership dues pay for the maintenance of these trails. If you will be regularly skiing sections of the Catamount Trail that use parts of the VAST trails, please consider supporting the maintenance of these segments by joining VAST. Contact VAST at: 26 Vast Lane, Barre, VT 05641, 802.229.0005
Following these simple guidelines will insure that everyone has the best possible experience on the Catamount Trail… ENJOY!
The Vermont Trail Ethic
In 2011, The Vermont Trails and Greenways Council (VT&GC) helped to establish the Vermont Trail Ethic, a set of ten guidelines aimed at enhancing trails experiences for all trail users in Vermont. The Trail Ethic is designed to unite all trail users, trail managers, and property owners who host trails. Vermont is a special place boasting a wide array of outdoor recreation activities; the trail ethic is one way to maintain the beauty and recreational opportunities of our trails for the future. Please keep the Trail Ethic in mind, both on and off the trail.