This tour takes skiers through a stunning section of the Green Mountain National Forest in central Vermont. Starting at the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail/Catamount Trail parking lot, this tour follows the Catamount Trail to the beautiful and scenic Mountain Top Cross-Country Ski Center, with a stay at the classic Mountain Top Inn. Day 2 offers a taste of Vermont wilderness on the way to the town of Brandon. On Day 3 travel to Blueberry Inn and end your trip skiing a small network of beautiful cross-country trails.
Total Days: 3
Total Ski Distance: 24.7 miles, plus skiing at cross-country centers
Shuttle Details: Roughly 30 miles/50 minutes driving between trailheads – Printable Directions
Itinerary: LT/AT/CT arking lot to Mountain Top Cross-Country Ski Center (Catamount Trail Section 13)
Route Description: Access the Catamount Trail from the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail/Catamount Trail parking lot, located off Route 4, just before Pico Mountain. This section of the trail features 9.7 miles of intermediate skiing through varied terrain with fine views of the Chittenden Reservoir. Along the way, you’ll ski a variety of trail types: ungroomed backcountry, snowmobile trails, and the groomed trails of Mountain Top Cross-Country Ski Center. Once arriving at Mountain Top, explore their cross-country trails or relax at the inn and enjoy the views of the Green Mountains.
Mountain Top Resort, 195 Mountain Top Road, Chittenden, VT 05737
1-800-445-2100, 802-483-2311 www.mountaintopinn.com
Itinerary: Mountain Top Cross-Country Ski Center to Route 73 Brandon (Catamount Trail Section 14)
Route Description: From Mountain Top Inn and Resort, ski 10 miles of the Catamount Trail along groomed ski trails and VAST snowmobile trails. Note: You will need to arrange transportation from Route 73 in Brandon to the Brandon Motor Lodge, located about 3.5 miles from the trail-head.
Brandon Motor Lodge, 2095 Franklin Street, Brandon, VT 05733
1-800-675-7614, 802-247-9594, www.brandonmotorlodge.com, email@example.com
Thrifty Shuttle Service (802) 775-2490
Itinerary: Route 73 Brandon to Blueberry Hill Cross-Country Ski Center (Catamount Trail Section 15)
Route Description: Pick up the trail again from Route 73. The first 4 miles traverse intermittent streams and gullies, requiring good ski control. Once across the streams and gullies, hop on the gently rolling terrain of the Blueberry Hill Nordic Center. At Blueberry Hill, you’ll have access to 50km of ungroomed skiing. At the end of the day, stay the night at Blueberry Hill Inn, a classic Vermont country bed and breakfast.
Blueberry Hill Inn, Goshen, VT 05733
802-247-6735, www.blueberryhillinn.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Middlebury Taxi: (802) 349-8833