Southern 4-Day Tour #2
Friday to Monday, February 3rd – 6th
Section 12n to 15 – Brewers Corner to Widow’s Clearing Trail
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.
Steve Fernandes | email@example.com | (802) 773-7034, (603) 490-3089
Steve Fernandes is the trail chief for section 13 and is looking forward to leading this 4 day tour again. He completed his Catamount Trail end to end in 2010. Steve works as a Technical Consultant and lives in Rutland, Vermont with his wife Bernadette.
Debbie Page | firstname.lastname@example.org | (802) 878-6529, (802) 922-5621
Debbie Page fell in love with the Catamount Trail after doing a daylong tour up in Beaver Meadow in Stowe. She has now completed the whole trail, made a fistful of fast friends and is working on completing the Long Trail. She lives in Williston with her husband Steve and aging golden retriever Keister.
Section Descriptions … 15, 15, 13, 12N
Section 15: Route 73 to Widow’s Clearing Trail – February 3rd
The CT in Goshen between Rte. 73 and Flora White Rd now follows a rolling backcountry route within the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF). Between FR 224 and Widow’s Clearing Trail, the CT follows the delightful, scenic, ungroomed trails of Blueberry Hill Inn and X-C Ski Center. 10.1 miles.
Section 14: Mountain top to Route 73 – February 4th
Largely within the Green Mountain National Forest, this section follows the groomed trails of Mountain Top Ski Center and a VAST snowmobile corridor trail. 11.0 miles.
Section 13: Route 4 to Mountain Top – February 5th
This section of the CT runs along ungroomed trails, groomed snowmobile trails, and the excellent groomed trails of Mt. Top Inn Ski Center. It features wonderful views of secluded Chittenden Reservoir. 10.3 miles.
Section 12N: Tin Shanty to Route 4 – February 6th
This section can be accessed from a moderately used snowmobile route travelling .7 miles to reach the CT. The CT then continues as a remote backcountry ski along the undulating flanks of Shrewsbury, Little Killington, and Mendon Peaks, before entering the Rutland City Forest. It is mostly at elevations of 2000′ feet or more so good early/late snow is often available.
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
Trail Section Shuttle Directions
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.
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:
- They have spoken to the tour coordinator and are screened regarding skill level.
- All parts of the online registration form have been completed, including acknowledging having read the MDT Waiver and all required documents.
- 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
- The Tour Leader confirms that there is space on the tour dates requested to ski.