Vermont's Gateway To Backcountry Skiing And Riding

Southern Week-long Tour

Saturday to Sunday, February 11th – 19th
Sections 1 to 8 (Feb 15th rest day)– Massachusetts Border to Greendale 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 Coordinator.

Tour Coordinators:

Sam & Marie Bartlett: (Put CTA in subject line to get past filters) or 413-624-0192


Section Descriptions


Section 1: Massachusetts Boarder to Harriman Dam – February 11th
One of the easiest portions of the CT to ski, most of this section follows an ungroomed old railroad bed.  It runs along the scenic Deerfield River and includes a half-mile road walk.  To reach the Massachusetts border, you must ski south from Harriman Station. 8.0 miles.

Section 2: Harriman Dam to Route 9 – February 12th
This section offers a very beautiful and almost entirely level ski along the shore of Harriman Reservoir and the Deerfield River. 10.1 miles.

Section 3: Route 9 to Somerset Reservoir – February 13th
This remote, back-country section of the CT offers varied terrain and scenic views of the Deerfield River, Mt. Snow, and Searsburg Reservoir. 7.4 miles.

Section 4: Somerset Reservoir to Kelley Stand Road – February 14th
This is an un-groomed wilderness section offering beautiful views of Somerset Reservoir and Grout Pond. The Trail briefly shares a snowmobile trail at the south end and at the north end. 8.4 miles.

February 15th – Rest Day

Section 5: Kelley Stand Road to Kendall Farm Road – February 16th
This primarily back-country section lies completely within the Green Mountain National Forest and leads to beautiful Stratton Pond, where there is a shelter for overnight camping, and to Little Pond, another pristine, isolated pond. The section ends with a steep, downhill run on an old logging road before crossing the Winhall River. 10.4 miles.

Section 6: Kendall Farm Road to South Road – February 17th
This section includes a little bit of everything: unplowed roads, a short stretch of snowmobile trail, a 0.25-mile road walk, and long stretches of ungroomed trail through the Green Mountain National Forest. There is one long climb on a snowmobile trail and one steep, switch-backing descent to Rte. 30. Otherwise the terrain is generally level, with some gentle ups and downs. 9.0 miles.

Section 7: South Road to Danby-Mt. Tabor Road – February 18th
This section offers a mix of back-country trails, the ungroomed trails of the Mountain Valley Trail Association, and Class IV roads, ending in open fields near the Landgrove Inn. 8.9 miles.

Section 8: Danby – Mt. Tabor to Greendale Road – February 19th
Part back-country and part snowmobile trail, this section of the CT runs through a lovely part of the Green Mountain National Forest, and ends with a long downhill run on Jenny Coolidge Rd. 9.7 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 1 
Shuttle Directions Section 2
Shuttle Directions Section 3
Shuttle Directions Section 4
Shuttle-Directions-Section 5
Shuttle-Directions-Section 6


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

Sam also has his own website where he provides information for his tour participants. Please visit his website ( for additional information concerning the Southern Week-Long Tour. 



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.