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Skin Up / Ski Down Tours

Here  you will find information regarding our more vertically oriented tours. Historically, the Catamount Trail Association has focused primarily on backcountry point-to-point touring. However, the sport of backcountry skiing has evolved over the 30 years we’ve been around we’ve started to expand our offerings to make sure that we have something to offer no matter how you prefer to slide on snow. We’re an inclusive organization and we want to connect skiers and boarders to the best backcountry experience possible regardless of your own personal goals and what type of equipment you strap on your feet.

If you’re interested in leading a tour for us please get in touch. We’d appreciate the help and every additional opportunity to get out and explore benefits the backcountry community here in Vermont!

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



List of Skin Up / Ski Down Tours – Winter 2017


Brandon Gap Backcountry Area Ski and Splitboard Tour (Rochester)
Intermediate to Advanced – Sunday, February 5
This backcountry area has over 15,000 vertical feet of skiing in four separate zones. We will sample the Gap with room for all; grouping folks by desire and ability to get the most out of the day. Skins, some aerobic capacity, and the ability to climb and descend in open hardwood forest are required. The tour will last about 6 hours. Bring your touring skis, telemark skis, or a splitboard, lunch and plenty to drink. Wear weather appropriate clothing. Come explore these new backcountry zones, a joint project of the US Forest Service, RASTA, VTBC, and the Catamount Trail Association.
Contact: Karl Fjeld, or 802-236-8023

Skin up, Ski down the Tear Drop Trail (West side of Mt. Mansfield, Underhill State Park, Underhill)
Most difficult – Friday, February 17 (backup date: Friday, February 24)
This is a classic down-mountain ski trail cut by the CCC in the 1930s.  The steep and winding 2000’ ascent is approximately 1.8 miles and requires climbing skins and some aerobic capacity.  The descent is a challenging, ever changing ride presenting sharp turns, steep drops, and double fall-lines.  If conditions are poor, we will only ski the lower half of the trail, change location in the same general area, or reschedule for Friday February 24th.  Post-ski lunch provided, next to a wood stove, a few minutes drive from the trailhead.
Contact: Amy Kelsey, or 802-864-5794

Teardrop (Underhill State Park)
Beginner to Intermediate – Saturday, February 25  
Introduction to Splitboarding tour-  should be able to comfortably ride in glades at resorts. 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 splitboarding, plus a lot of fun for the more experienced to meet fellow riders in the area.
Contact: Aaron Descrochers,


More skin up / ski down opportunities can be found over on our Page. In addition to our regular tours you will also find impromptu tours posted by members and you yourself can invite others to join you for a day of skiing! Check us out at