This year we’re pleased to again be offering a Full-Service Inn-to-Inn Backcountry Ski Tour on the Catamount Trail and surround area. You asked for it and we’ve made it happen. This year we have one offering and will be working with Bredeson Outdoor Adventures to provide a luxurious ski experience where all of your needs are taken care of. The package below includes all of your meals, transportation, lodging and luggage shuttle service… All you need to do is show up and ski! If this option is well received we hope to add additional full-service tours in the future. In the meantime, please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or comments. THINK SNOW!
Full Service Inn-To-Inn 4-Day Tour: Stowe Area – Cancelled!
Intermediate – Friday, February 5th to Monday, February 8th
Sections 23, 24 and Stowe Area Ski Trails
This fully supported inn-to-inn adventure includes a two night stay just outside Stowe proper and one night in the heart of Stowe village. The tour cost includes: four days of backcountry cross-country skiing led by CTA volunteers, accommodations for three nights, three breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners, trail access for February 6 (Stowe Mountain Resort and Trapp Family Lodge ski touring centers), participant and luggage shuttles, and all gratuities and taxes. Equipment is not included. Since luggage will be transported between destinations participants will only have to carry with them what they need for the day. Daily tour leaders will be CTA members familiar with each trail section and each outing will have a leader and a sweep.
Stowe is the classically charming village in the Green Mountains with Vermont’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield. It is a ski history legend. Unlike many places in Vermont, its history does not center exclusively around farming and lumber. By the mid-1800’s Stowe had developed into a famous summer resort due to its transportation connections and spectacular scenery. In fact, the Toll Road to the Top of Mount Mansfield was finished in 1870. Stowe can be considered the birthplace of downhill skiing in the U.S. (though Woodstock might dispute that!), and its first ski trails were cut in Stowe’s Ranch Valley in the 1930’s. Before downhill skiing as we know it was event invented, Stowe was the location of the first hearty skiers in the U.S. who spent half the day climbing up Mount Mansfield and the remainder skiing down. When you are not cross country skiing in Stowe, you can visit the Vermont Ski Museum right in the heart of town.
Stowe is blessed with an interconnected network of cross country ski trails. On this trip you will spend two nights outside the village and the last night in the village soaking up Stowe’s New England charm. On Friday, February 5 you’ll overnight in the Stowe Motel & Snowdrift Inn after joining your CTA friends for a guided ski tour of the Beaver Meadow Loop in Morristown. The second group adventure will take place on Saturday, February 6 when you will be shuttled to Edson Hill Touring Center for a ski on CT Section 23 through the historic Ranch Valley, ending up at the legendary Trapp Family Lodge. You’ll overnight in Stowe Motel & Snowdrift again tonight. On Sunday, February 7 you’ll ski Section 24 from the Ryder Brook Golf Club to Edson Hill Manor and will spend the night in the heart of Stowe in the historic Green Mountain Inn. Monday, February 8 will be a half day ski on the Marston Trail before returning home. The specific day by day itinerary is:
- Friday, February 5: arrive in Stowe and leave your cars at the Stowe Motel & Snowdrift; shuttle to the trailhead to enjoy the Beaver Meadow Loop in Morristown. This intermediate 7- 8 mile tour loops gradually up to Beaver Meadow where a rustic Long Trail shelter will be a nice trail lunch break. 820’ elevation gain. Shuttle back to the motel and welcome dinner in Stowe. Included meals: L, D. Note: we’ll be staying in deluxe efficiency units with two queen beds each.
- Saturday, February 6: after a hearty continental breakfast, shuttle to the trailhead and ski 12.7 miles on CT Section 23 from Edson Hill Manor to Trapp Family Lodge with a trail lunch along the way. Shuttle back to the motel at the end of today’s skiing. Dinner at a local restaurant. Included meals: B, L, D.
- Sunday, February 7: after breakfast, shuttle to the trailhead and enjoy a full day 12 mile ski on Section 24 of the CT from Ryder Brook Golf Club to Edson Hill Manor, passing the beautiful and historic Sterling Valley. Trail lunch included. Bags shuttled to the Green Mountain Inn in Stowe. We’ll be staying in classic rooms with two queen beds.Dinner in Stowe, possibly in the Green Mountain Inn’s famous Whip Room. Included meals: B, L, D.
- Monday, February 8: half day ski (5-6 miles): after hot (and huge) buffet breakfast at the Green Mountain Inn, ski Marston Trail in Sterling Gorge. Assistance in shuttling bags and cars. Depart. Included meals: B
$990 per person double occupancy
$300 supplemental fee per person for single occupancy
Participants: minimum (4), maximum (10)
Register for the tour by emailing Deborah Lewis at Bredeson Outdoor Adventures – firstname.lastname@example.org – by January 1. Full payment is required to reserve your spot.
For skiing related questions regarding what to bring, equipment selections, and terrain expectations please contact Jill Aspinall at email@example.com.
In the event that conditions prevent cross country skiing, this tour will become a snowshoeing or (unlikely) a hiking trip.
We recommend Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance. Travelex offers a travel insurance policy called Travel Max that includes cancellation for any reason. Details are posted at http://www.travelexinsurance.com/travel-insurance/plans/travel-max.
Before January 10th – trip fee is refundable minus $100. On or after January 10th – no refunds are available.