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Become A Trail Chief: Adopt A Trail Section

The CTA is often in search of committed, outdoor-oriented people who have a little spare time, like to hike and work in the woods, and want to make a significant contribution to cross-country skiing in Vermont. Does this sound like you or someone you know? Then why not consider becoming a CTA Trail Chief?

CTA Trail Chiefs are key volunteers who each take on maintenance of a five- to fifteen-mile section of the Catamount Trail. Their main responsibility is to ensure that the Trail is well marked and clear of brush and blow-downs prior to the winter ski season each year. Trail Chiefs help organize local volunteers to assist in these trail maintenance efforts.

They also serve as the CTA’s “eyes and ears” on the Trail. We count on them to let the organization know of any major work or improvements needed on the Trail such as bridge construction and repair, erosion control, or a re-route. Some parts of the Trail cross private lands and in these areas Trail Chiefs serve as key landowner contacts. This involves checking in with landowners once per year and signing a landowner “thank you letter” each spring.

The Trail Chiefs do not do all this work alone. The CTA staff work closely with Trail Chiefs and provide support wherever it is needed. Major trail improvements and relocations are usually accomplished with the help of grants and college or youth crew groups. New landowner contact is usually a co-operative effort between staff and Trail Chiefs. Members usually assist Trail Chiefs with annual maintenance by joining one of the fall trail work days.  Keeping the Catamount Trail open and in tip-top shape is a team effort!

If you are interested in becoming a Trail Chief, please email 


Trail Chief Volunteer Time Log
CTA Trail Chiefs, please submit your volunteer hours here.