The Length of Vermont on Skis

Single-Day Tours


CTA’s guided ski tours are a great way to discover new sections of the Catamount Trail, other places to ski and make new ski friends. SDTs are FREE and open to both CTA members and non-members.  View maps of each trail section before you sign up for a tour on the Catamount Trail to learn if your skill level matches the tour difficulty level.  


Registering for a Single-Day Tour:

To sign-up for a single-day tour contact the tour leader at least a few days in advance. Don’t wait until the night before! The leader will provide information on the meeting place and time and other details. All CTA Tour Leaders are volunteers. Please visit our calendar for additional details about each tour and leader contact information.

 Some guidelines to participate in a CTA tour:

  • Have the skills and physical conditioning necessary to complete the trip.
  • Bring sufficient food and water for a full day and an extra layer of clothing.
  • Stay with the group.
  • When leaving the trail, tell someone or leave a pack.
  • At the end of the tour check out with the leader before leaving, otherwise the leader may go back to look for you when you are already on your way home.
  • Leave your dog at home unless specifically allowed by the tour leader.

All tour participants must read the following information before signing up for a SDT.

Skier Responsibilities
Recommended Equipment List
Skills and Fitness Guidelines


2016 Single-Day Tours – 2017 Tour Dates will be updated soon…stay tuned!

Greendale Loop Excursion – (Weston) – Cancelled
Easy Intermediate – Sunday, January 10
This is a 4-mile tour of 3 to 4 hours on a southern portion of the Trail with a long but gradual uphill climb and a very rewarding downhill.
Contact: Shelley Lutz, or 802-775-4867 before 8 pm

Section 16: Widow’s Clearing Trail to the Bridges Trail – Cancelled
Easy to Intermediate – Sunday, January 10
This ~10 mile tour begins on an ungroomed trail within the GMNF, traverses the groomed trails of the Rikert X-C Ski Center, and then follows a new backcountry route through the National Forest before finishing on a snowmobile trail.
Contact: Rick Molz, or 802-272-4998

Mount Cushman and Rochester Mountain – (Randolph)
Advanced Intermediate – Sunday, January 17 (rescheduled to February 21)

Rikert Nordic Center to Blueberry Hill or loop – (Goshen)
Easy/Intermediate Introductory Tour – Saturday, January 23
A fairly easy 6.5 mile tour on rolling terrain, perfect for cross country skiers who are comfortable with moderate climbing and descending, and want to try a backcountry outing. The tour begins near the Rikert Ski Center and can end at Blueberry Hill Ski Touring Center or loop back to the start. Trail fee. Two-for-one discount with CTA coupon.
Contact: Phil Kivlin, or 802-897-8031

Rikert Nordic Center to Chipman Inn – (Ripton)
Intermediate – Sunday, January 24
Follow the CT on the east side of Rikert Nordic Center to Wagon Wheel Rd. Then follow the trails of Ripton to the Chipman Inn and their pub. 3 to 5 hours depending on the route. Wider back-country skis are NOT recommended.
Contact: Andy McIntosh, or evenings 802-388-8376 or weekdays 802-236-2488

Skin up and Ski down the Tear Drop Trail on the West side of Mt. Mansfield – (Underhill State Park, Underhill, VT)
Most difficult – Friday January 29th (cancelled)
The Tear Drop trail is a classic down-mountain ski trail cut by the CCC in the 1930s. The steep and winding 2000’ ascent is 1.8 miles and requires climbing skins and some aerobic capacity. The descent is challenging with sharp turns, steep drops, and double fall-lines. If conditions are poor, we will shorten the tour to the lower half of the trail, opt for a different location, or reschedule for Friday February 5th. Post-ski lunch provided, next to a woodstove, a few minutes drive from the trailhead.
Contact: Amy Kelsey, or 802-864-5794

Section 24: Edson Hill Inn to Mud City – (Stowe) – Cancelled
Intermediate – Saturday, January 30 (Date Changed: Old Date 1-23)
Ski some of the most beautiful miles on the Catamount Trail, between Edson Hill Inn and Mud City. For those who aren’t quite ready to bite off a whole section or who would simply like a shorter ski, this piece of section 24 through Sterling Forest is great. The trail provides just enough twists and turns for some great practice, without being too intimidating for those who are honing their skills. The ski is 6.8 miles long.
Contact: Karen Heinzmann, or 802-333-9772.

Grout Pond Area Tour
Beginner – Saturday, January 30
Approximately 5 mile ski primarily on the East Trail around Grout Pond. This is a beautiful flat trail with several large beaver ponds. We will make a loop returning on the east side of Grout Pond via the Catamount Trail portion of the Pond Loop. Excellent ski for anyone who wishes to do their first backcountry ski! Metal edges are not required.
Contact: Alan Binnick, or 802-464-3917

Mt. Mansfield Backcountry: Skiing Through Time – (Stowe)
Advanced – Sunday, January 31 (cancelled)
Ski the legendary Ranch Valley, the birthplace of Mt. Mansfield skiing. Starting at the Stowe Mtn Resort XC Center, we will follow the historic backcountry trails on the flanks of the Ranch Valley. Depending on conditions, we have several good options. Trip leader and guidebook author David Goodman (Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast) will point out and discuss the rich ski history of Mt. Mansfield as we ski. Metal-edged backcountry skis and climbing skins required. Trail fee.
Contact: David Goodman,

Section 5: Kelley Stand Road to Kendall Farm Road
Intermediate – Sunday, January 31
This backcountry section lies completely within the GMNF and leads to beautiful Stratton Pond, and Little Pond. The section ends with a steep, downhill run on an old logging road before crossing the Winhall River, for which metal-edged skis are required. A bail-out option avoids this. 9.8 miles.
Contact: Andrew Harper, or 802-824-3139

Liberty Hill/Contest Trail – 2016 Share the Stash Tour! Cancelled
Advanced – Sunday, January 31
This is a difficult ski suitable for backcountry skiers comfortable with making turns down moderate to steep terrain through unmaintained glades/trees. The Contest Trail is a beautiful multi-use (ski, hike, bike) National Forest trail through gorgeous stands of big maples, old homesteads, and an old apple orchard. The route and terrain are suitable for scales, skins, telemark, split board or AT gear. If there’s interest, in addition to the steep and tight decent, we can take a moderately difficult route though open fields, shallow slopes and wide open glades. This is about fun, skiing together and sharing our love of snow. ~3 hours – Option to extend with laps or second route. Bring a lunch. Max Number: 15. We’ll have a few tour leaders to give us options for a few routes down.
Contact: Dan McKinley,, also check

Section 2: Harriman Dam to Route 9 (Wilmington) – Cancelled
Easy/Intermediate – Saturday, February 6
This tour is 10 miles of fairly flat and easy skiing. The first 8 miles is wilderness with no bailout points. Our pace will accommodate the slowest skier in the group.
Contact: Sam Bartlett, (Put CTA in subject line to get past filters) or 413-624-0192

Portion of Section 16: Widows Clearing to Rikert – Cancelled
Easy – Saturday, February 6
Mostly flat, easy intro to the Catamount Trail, ending at Rikert Nordic (with facilities). Option to add trails on Water Tower Hill or Rikert (groomed) depending on interest.
Contact: Amy Otten or 802-878-4070 (trail fee)

Sky Top (Stowe area)
Difficult – Saturday, February 6
Climb 2000’ from Mount Mansfield XC, ski the ridge in the spruce forest, then descend rapidly on the Burt Trail back to the touring center. Probably 10 miles total. Skins are required, expect 5-6 hours, similar to Bolton-Trapp, but longer with more climb.
Contact: Sheri and Rich Larsen, or 802-878-6828 (trail fee)

Section 17: Lincoln Gap to The Bridges Trail – (Lincoln & Ripton)
Intermediate to Advanced – Sunday, February 7
Section 17 has rolling terrain and will be skied from North to South. Whether to include Lincoln Gap Road will be a group decision. The top of French Settlement Road could be interesting! The “bridges section” is always fun and pretty!
Contact: Dean Bloch, or 802-899-5127

Wild Trails Farm – (Springfield) – Cancelled
Intermediate – Sunday, February 7
Groomed trails on private farm and forest land. 5+ mile guided tour, with a few steep hills, followed by refreshments and fire in the cider house. Trails will remain open for self-guided skiing for the rest of the day. Please sign up by Thursday, February 4th.
Contact: Carroll Veltrop, or 802-875-2275

Section 25: Ryder Brook Golf Club (Morrisville) to Route 15 (Wolcott) Cancelled
Advanced Intermediate – Saturday February 13th
This is a long 14-mile section with both intermediate and advanced terrain. The route starts with fairly level terrain then climbs the shoulder of Elmore Mountain with great views before descending steeply. Cookies & hot chocolate at the Elmore Country Store preceed our descent on a snowmobile trail to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. Climbing skins recommended.
Contact: Jill Aspinall,

Teardrop Trail Backcountry Lunch Trip – (Underhill State Park) – Cancelled
Most Difficult – Saturday, February 13th
The Teardrop Trail on Mt. Mansfield is a classic down-mountain ski route. It’s 1.8 miles with 2,000 feet of ascent. On the descent enjoy sharp turns, double fall lines, and powder stashes. Skiers should be comfortable navigating gladed resort terrain. Alpine touring, telemark, and splitboards are all welcome. 
Contact: Andrew Sven McCall,

Huntington Valentine’s Day Ramble – (Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Association on Bert White Road, Huntington, VT)
Intermediate to Advanced – Sunday, February 14
We will ski trails and backcountry on Section 20 of the Catamount Trail, on Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Association trails, and on the Camel’s Hump Challenge Trail. The exact route will depend on the ability of the group and snow conditions. Skins and back-country skis are required.
Contact: Peter Cottrell, or 802-879-0755.

Exploring the Bolton Backcountry
Strong Intermediate – Friday, February 19
This tour starts at the Bolton Valley Nordic Center. The Bolton Valley provides access to wonderful backcountry skiing opportunities in the Mansfield State Forest. Spend the day skiing many ungroomed trails and descending several in-bound glades. Suitable for fit skiers. Trail fee required. 50% discount with CTA coupon.
Contact: Priscilla Kimberly, or 802-879-6153

Teardrop – (Underhill State Park)
Most Difficult – Sunday, February 21
Should be comfortable riding glades at resorts. We’ll venture up and down the classic Teardrop trail in Underhill state park, with the opportunity for yo-yoing in the surrounding glades. Roughly 4 miles round trip. A great intro to the world of split boarding, plus a lot of fun for more experienced riders.
Contact: Aaron Descrochers,

Pemigewasset Wilderness Ski
Advanced Intermediate – Thursday, February 25
We will ski between 13 and 14.4 miles depending on the group’s interests and abilities. We will ski out to the site of the Thoreau Falls Footbridge. It is a beautiful ski along a river with a few nice rolling hills. The bridge is scheduled to be taken out by the Forest Service so this might be the last time we can visit. This route is part of tour number 23 in David Goodman’s book, Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast.
Contact: Julie Higgins,

Bolton to Lake Mansfield Road
Advanced – Saturday, February 27
One of the most challenging sections of the CT, this 6 mile backcountry tour through remote terrain climbs 1300 feet and descends 2300 feet. The tour features ridge line skiing above 3000 feet, narrow chutes and abrupt turns. Climbing skins are required. Trail Fee. Respond before Feb 25, or trip can be canceled for lack of interest.
Contact: Rich and Sheri Larsen, or 802-878-6828

Chittenden Brook Recreation Area
Intermediate – Saturday, February 27
The 6.5 mile route climbs steadily along beautiful Chittenden Brook before becoming steeper to the height of land. It then descends to a rolling logging road, and follows the unplowed access road back to the start. BC equipment recommended.
Contact: Craig Hadden, or 802-234-5218

Bridges Trail and Beyond, CT Section 17 and vicinity – (Ripton)
Advanced Intermediate – Sunday, February 28 
Follow Alder Brook Rd over Cobb Hill in Ripton and return via  Section 17 and Bridges Trail. 3 to 5 hours depending on the route. Backcountry touring skis recommended.
Contact: Andy McIntosh, or evenings 802-388-8376 or weekdays 802-236-2488

Brandon Gap Ski Tour
Advanced – Sunday, February 28th
Ski and Splitboard Touring and Tree Skiing in the Green Mountain National Forest (skins are required). Some aerobic capacity and the ability to descend in open hardwood forests. Approximately 4-6 hours. Pack a lunch.
For obvious reasons there won’t be a BC Ski and Ride Tour this Sunday at Brandon Gap but RASTA will still be leading a hiking tour for those with cabin fever needing to get outside and wanting see what the Goshen Mountain and Bear Brook Bowl terrain look like. So if you’re game for a 4-6 hour hike with folks that know the Gap like no one else meet at the Long Trail Parking Lot Sunday Feb 28th at 9:00am.  Bring food and water. Gators are highly recommended.  Snowshoes won’t be much good for most of the hike.
Contact: Karl Fjeld, or 802-236-8023 cell or George Fjeld, 802-236-4662 cell


10th Annual Beaver Meadow Loop – (Morristown)
Intermediate – Saturday, March 5th
This tour of 7 to 8 miles loops gradually up to Beaver Meadow where a rustic Long Trail shelter will provide nice snack spot. We will return via the Burling trail. 820 foot elevation gain. Tail gate potluck at the end of the tour, conditions permitting.
Contact: Kim Dunkley and Scott Meyer, 802-635-2418

Section 20 – Camel’s Hump Road to Duxbury Road – (Huntington)
Intermediate – Saturday, March 5
This 7.8 mi. section provides a variety of groomed and ungroomed skiing along moderately steep terrain, and passes through the groomed trail system of the Camel’s Hump Skiers’ Association. From the CHSA trail system north to Duxbury Rd enjoy an exhilarating downhill ski along the popular Honey Hollow Trail. Option to meet for some after-ski food at Hatchet or the Parkside Kitchen in Richmond.
Contact: Laura Koloski,, or 802-431-8350 cell, 802-864-5794 CTA office

Mimi’s Trail – (Thetford)
Intermediate – Sunday, March 6
Join us for a morning of skiing in Thetford, VT. Mimi’s trail offers a gradual climb to the top of Houghton Hill, where we’ll take some time to enjoy the view before heading back down. The trail is wide and may be groomed, although there are several sharp switchbacks at the top. The tour is 5.2 miles. For those who’d like to discover more of Thetford, there are several options for afternoon skiing.
Contact: Karen Heinzmann, or 802-333-9772

Section 19 Route 17 (Battleground Apartments) to Camels Hump Road
Advanced – Saturday, March 12
This is a challenging, remote, back-country section through Phenn Basin, over Huntington Gap, and then through the wilds of Camel’s Hump State Park to Camel’s Hump Rd. in Huntington.  This 10.5 mile ski includes some long climbs and descents. Please bring your metal-edged skis, climbing skins, sufficient food, and water for what is often a long but exhilarating day.
Contact: Paul Demers, or 802-793-0888

Nebraska Notch – Splitboard Tour
Intermediate to Advanced – Sunday, March 13
Should be comfortable riding glades at resorts and have basic backcountry knowledge. We’ll skin up to Nebraska Notch from the trailhead at the end of Stevensville Rd in Underhill to find some lines to shred. This tour comes right after the Bolton Valley splitfest on Saturday, March 12th and we welcome new and veteran splitters to share an adventure and find some good snow to slash!

Jay Pass to Hazens Notch
Advanced Intermediate – Sunday, March 13
This 7-mile section offers a variety of terrain from nearly level, groomed snowmobile trail and logging road to steep, narrow, and twisting trail which requires intermediate to advanced skill. The ridge below Buchanan Mountain offers fine views of Jay Peak to the north and Burnt Mountain to the south.
Contact: Sam Nelson,

Mount Cushman and Rochester Mountain – (Randolph)
Advanced Intermediate – Sunday, March 20
The trail starts at Rochester 4 Corners and climbs moderately for 1.5 miles to the ridge line and Randolph Gap located between two summits – Mount Cushman and Rochester Mountain. Both offer nice views. Most of the trail is on packed snowmobile trails. Hitting both summits and returning to 4 Corners is a 9 mile trip that takes 3-4 hours, depending on breaks.
Contact: Tom and Sue Burgos, or 802-234-9650

Mt. Garfield Ski
Advanced Intermediate – Friday, March 25
Ski to the shoulder of Mt. Garfield, 12 miles round trip. Mt. Garfield is one of the 48 4,000 footers in NH and is on the edge of the Pemigewasset Wilderness.  In addition to the ski, there is a possible .5 mile, round trip hike to the summit. Summit trip is dependent on the group’s interest and abilities as well as the weather. Mt Garfield is tour number 8 in David Goodman’s book, Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast.
Contact: Julie Higgins,