Vermont's Gateway To Backcountry Skiing And Riding

4-Day Self-Guided Tour: VT/MA Border to Somerset Reservoir

Tour Summary
This tour samples the remote backcountry of Southern Vermont, where the Catamount Trail winds along reservoirs, lakes, and rivers. The terrain is relatively flat for most of the trip, making this tour a good option for those seeking a less strenuous ski through the backcountry. Day 1 begins at the Harriman Station on the Massachusetts border, then travels along Sherman Reservoir and Deerfield River until reaching Harriman Dam. Day 2  follows the shore of Harriman Reservoir up to Route 9. Day 3 and Day 4 pass through more remote areas, offering additional scenic views of Southern Vermont. Note: For each stage of this tour you will need to arrange transportation to/from accommodations in Wilmington.
Total Days: 4
Total Ski Distance:
33.2 miles
Shuttle Details: 
25 miles/60 minutes driving between trailheads – Printable Directions

 

 

 

Day 1
Itinerary: 
Vermont/Massachusetts Border to Harriman Dam (Catamount Trail Section 1)
Route Description: This is a relatively flat section, so get ready to kick and glide! Start from the southern terminus of the Catamount Trail at Harriman Station, then ski 8 miles north along Sherman Reservoir and the Deerfield River until reaching Harriman Dam. From Harriman Dam, you’ll need to arrange transportation to overnight accommodations in Wilmington. 
Recommended Lodging:

Old Red Mill Inn: Converted from an old saw mill dating back to the 1800s, the Old Red Mill Inn maintains a rustic ambiance with the charm of rural southern Vermont. 
(802) 464-3700

Crafts Inn: A popular destination for Mt. Snow visitors, the historic Crafts Inn has been providing hospitality in southern Vermont since the late 1800s. 
(802) 464-2344

Viking Motel: Located near Mt. Snow and within walking distance of downtown Wilmington, this small motel features bright and cozy double rooms, queen rooms, and suites.
(802) 464-5608

Vintage Motel: The historic and family owned Vintage Motel is located one mile from downtown Wilmington. On weekends and holidays they serve a continental breakfast.
(802) 464-8824

Taxi Service
Valley Cab: 802-348-7827

 

 

 

Day 2
Itinerary:
Harriman Dam to Route 9 (Catamount Trail Section 2)
Route Description: From Harriman Dam, follow the Catamount Trail along the shore of the Harriman Reservoir. This section is also mostly flat, with several modest ascents. Finish out the day near the intersection of Route 9 and the Deerfield River. From here, you’ll need to arrange transportation to overnight accommodations in Wilmington.
Recommended Lodging:

Old Red Mill Inn: Converted from an old saw mill dating back to the 1800s, the Old Red Mill Inn maintains a rustic ambiance with the charm of rural southern Vermont. 
(802) 464-3700

Crafts Inn: A popular destination for Mt. Snow visitors, the historic Crafts Inn has been providing hospitality in southern Vermont since the late 1800s. 
(802) 464-2344

Viking Motel: Located near Mt. Snow and within walking distance of downtown Wilmington, this small motel features bright and cozy double rooms, queen rooms, and suites.
(802) 464-5608

Vintage Motel: The historic and family owned Vintage Motel is located one mile from downtown Wilmington. On weekends and holidays they serve a continental breakfast.
(802) 464-8824

 

Taxi Service
Valley Cab: (802) 348-7827

 

 

 

Day 3
Itinerary:
Route 9 to Somerset Dam (Catamount Trail Section 3)
Route Description: Begin at the cul-de-sac on Lund Lane off Route 9 and ski the Catamount Trail through 7.3 miles of remote and scenic backcountry. Along the way, keep an eye out for views of the Deerfield River, Mt. Snow, and Searsburg Reservoir. The day’s trip concludes at Somerset Dam. From Somerset Dam you’ll need to arrange transportation to accommodations in Wilmington.
Recommended Lodging:

 Old Red Mill Inn: Converted from an old saw mill dating back to the 1800s, the Old Red Mill Inn maintains a rustic ambiance with the charm of rural southern Vermont. 
(802) 464-3700

Crafts Inn: A popular destination for Mt. Snow visitors, the historic Crafts Inn has been providing hospitality in southern Vermont since the late 1800s. 
(802) 464-2344

Viking Motel: Located near Mt. Snow and within walking distance of downtown Wilmington, this small motel features bright and cozy double rooms, queen rooms, and suites.
(802) 464-5608

Vintage Motel: The historic and family owned Vintage Motel is located one mile from downtown Wilmington. On weekends and holidays they serve a continental breakfast.
(802) 464-8824

 

Taxi Service
Valley Cab: (802) 348-7827

 

 

 

Day 4
Itinerary: Somerset Dam to Kelly Stand Road (Catamount Trail Section 4)
Route Description: Spend the final day of the tour experiencing another remote backcountry section of the Catamount Trail. This section offers  7.8 miles of relatively flat terrain, with excellent scenery along Somerset Reservoir and Grout Pond. Finish in style at Kelly Stand Road, an offshoot of Stratton/Arlington Road. You’ll need to arrange transportation to overnight accommodations from Kelly Stand Road. 
Recommended Lodging:

A Stone Wall Inn, 530 Hitchcock Hill Rd, Windham, VT 05359
802-875-4238, www.astonewallinn.com, sleepwithus@astonewallinn.com

 

Taxi Service
Valley Cab: (802) 348-7827