Vermont's Gateway To Backcountry Skiing And Riding

Southern 4-Day Tour #1

Friday to Monday January 27th – 30th
Sections 9 to 12s – Greendale Road to Brewers Corner

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 Coordinator.

 

Greetings From Your Tour Coordinators

This 4 Day Tour is for intermediate-to-advanced skiers, and the trail is primarily in National and State Forests passing Killington and Okemo Mountains. Wayne Flewelling and Pete Lane are excited to be leading the Southern Vermont 4 Day Tour and look forward to offering a supportive and fun filled ski tour.

This ski tour will take participants over the hills and valleys of Section 9 through 12 South.  Participants will ski on backcountry trails through City, State and National Forests between Weston and Mendon, VT along with short sections of the VAST (Vermont Association of Snowmobile Travelers) Trail System.  This tour will be skied from south (beginning with Section 9) to north (ending with Section 12S) and is geared toward intermediate level skiers with a few challenging climbs and descents on almost every section.  Skins are not required but might be helpful depending on trail conditions.  

 

Tour Coordinators:

wayneflewellingWayne Flewelling  |  wmflew@gmail.com  |  (802) 770-8077
 
Wayne Flewelling is in his second year as  trail chief for section 14. Having recently retired from public education it was time to give back to the great outdoors of Vermont, which has given so much to him. In addition to  cross-country skiing, Wayne enjoys road cycling, kayaking, mountain biking, rock and ice climbing, as well as hiking.  Wayne lives in Pittsford Vermont with his wife Liz.
 
 

Pete Lane  |  pete.lane@comcast.net  |  (774) 249-9649

Pete is a frequent skier on the Catamount Trail, and has organized and lead the CTA hut tours for several years.  When it’s not ski season, he is often biking, hiking, peak bagging, orienteering, or volunteering with one of several trail organizations.

 

Section Descriptions

Section 9 – Greendale Road (Weston) to Healdville – Friday, January 27th
Intermediate – This section passes primarily through state and national forest land mainly on groomed snowmobile trails. As of 2008, the two miles immediately South of Healdville on the North slope of Ludlow Mountain (Okemo) are no longer shared with snowmobiles. 12.6 miles.

Section 10 – Buttermilk Falls to Ninevah Four Corners – Saturday, January 28th
Intermediate – This tour was rerouted off VAST trails in summer 2011 and is now entirely a backcountry trail between Buttermilk Falls and Patch Brook Road. A steep, switch-back ascent heading north from old Route 103 west of Buttermilk Falls turns to more rolling terrain through mixed hard and soft wood forests, much of it on old logging roads.  The trail crosses a powerline (great for southbound turns in the right conditions), skirts beautiful Tiny Pond, and then contours around Tiny Mountain en route to Patch Brook Road. Ski conditions will determine which direction this section is skied. 7.8 miles.

Section 11 – Ninevah Four  Corners to Tin Shanty – Sunday, January 29th 
Advanced intermediate – This tour is mostly intermediate but with some real challenges, particularly in deep snow. This is a mostly wilderness section running over Round Top and Burnt Mountains through hardwood forest. There are many excellent views.  Midway there is a nice downhill where turns can be had. Climbing skins are recommended. 11.6 miles.

Section 12S – Tin Shanty to Brewers Corners – Monday, January 30th 
Advanced intermediate – This challenging section is a remote backcountry ski along the undulating flanks of Shrewsbury, Little Killington, and Mendon Peaks in Coolidge State Forest.  Climbing skins may be helpful in some conditions.  9 miles

 

 

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 9
Shuttle Directions Section 10
Shuttle Directions Section 11
Shuttle Directions Section 12

 

 

Additional Participant Resources

Once you’ve registered for a tour you will be contacted by one of our Tour Coordinators at which time they will share with you the password for the Additional Participant Resources webpage. Here you will find information that will help ensure you have a great tour experience. 

Go to the Additional Participant Resources Webpage

 

 

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.

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