Vermont's Gateway To Backcountry Skiing And Riding

North Central 4-Day Tour

Friday to Monday, February 16-19, 2018

 

Section 16 to 19 – Widow’s Clearing to Camel’s Hump Road

Skiers are welcome to sign up for as many days as they wish, even one. Register below or contact the CTA Office at 802-864-5794. To ask specific questions about the tour, contact the Tour Coordinators.

Meet the Tour Coordinators

Kevin Batson: Kevin is a trail chief for Section 20. He has skied all sections of Catamount Trail, becoming End-to-Ender #76 in 2014. When he is not skiing or at work, he likes to be on his bike with The Green Mountain Bike Club Touring group, or hiking. He is a Bolton Valley Nordic Ski Patroller in winter. Contact him at kevbvt@gmail.com, or 906-825-2618.

Will Skerret: Aspiring to be a Catamount Trail end-to-ender, Will enjoys time outdoors with others, whether skiing, mountain biking, hunting, or road bicycle touring with his family. Contact him at bikefor4@myfairpoint.net.

 

Section Descriptions

Section 16: Widow’s Clearing Trail to the Bridges Trail – February 16th

This varied section begins on an un-groomed trail within the Green Mountain National Forest, traverses the groomed trails of Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Center, then follows a new backcountry route through the National Forest before finishing on a snowmobile corridor trail.

Section 17: The Bridges Trail to Lincoln Gap – February 17th

This section is a mix of back-country trails with a few short, steep climbs and descents; a partially plowed road; wide, groomed snowmobile trails; and an ungroomed, unplowed forest road to the top of Lincoln Gap. There are wonderful views of the Breadloaf Wilderness along the way. A 1.2-mile road walk along South Lincoln Rd. can sometimes be skied.

Section 18: Lincoln Gap to Route 17 – February 18th

This section includes a fun and challenging traverse and descent from Lincoln Gap, an open traverse of the rolling Sugarbush Golf Course with beautiful views, and a meander through the woods of the Mad River Valley.

Section 19: Route 17 to Camel’s Hump Road – February 19th

This is a challenging, remote, back-country section through Phen Basin, over Huntington Gap, and then through the wilds of Camel’s Hump State Park to Camel’s Hump Rd. in Huntington. Approximately two miles of trail are collocated on a snowmobile corridor.

 

 

Recommended Gear for the Trail

Choose equipment and clothing that is appropriate for your outing.  Portions of the CT that follow groomed ski touring center trails or snowmobile trails can be comfortably skied with regular touring skis and boots.  Most other sections are best skied with wider, metal-edged, back-country skis. For these sections you should have boots, bindings, and poles designed for back-country terrain. For long, steep climbs or descents you will probably want climbing skins even if you have wax-less skis. These sections are listed as “Advanced Intermediate” or “Expert.”  An easy, fun tour can turn into an ordeal when your equipment breaks. Be sure your equipment is in good working order before you start your tour.   Skins may be useful on any section but are recommended for all sections labeled “Advanced Intermediate” or “Advanced.”

You will need to bring a pack to carry your extra clothing including a wind breaker, fleece, mittens, and a hat; lunch and snacks; water; head lamp or flashlight; and extra gloves.  Be prepared to keep warm even if you must stop for an extended period of time.  We will stop for water and food often as each stop will be brief.   Avoid cotton clothing as you will not be warm and dry. Visit our Gear for the Trail page for more information.

 

 

Lodging/Food Options along the Trail

Please email your Tour Coordinator for more information about lodging and food accommodations along the trail near this tour.  You can also visit the section pages for each section of the tour for a list of lodging options.

 

 

Important Documents – Participants Must Read Before Registering For Tour

MDT Waiver Form

Skier Responsibilities

Skill & Fitness Guidelines

Recommended Equipment List

 

 

Trail Section Shuttle Directions

Shuttle Directions Section 16

Shuttle Directions Section 17

Shuttle Directions Section 18

Shuttle Directions Section 19

 

 

Registration

To begin registration for a multi-day tour please fill out and submit the Online Tour Registration Form (step 1), then Make An Appropriate Donation Via NEON (step 2). You can also call the office at 802-864-5794 and register via phone. Please note that participants are not fully registered for a tour until:

  1. They have spoken to the tour coordinator and are screened regarding skill level.
  2. All parts of the online registration form have been completed, including acknowledging having read the MDT Waiver and all required documents.
  3. A non-refundable donation has been paid to the CTA to hold a position on the tour… $25 for 1-2 days or $50 for 3 or more days
  4. The Tour Leader confirms that there is space on the tour dates requested to ski.