The Length of Vermont on Skis


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 2016. 2017 Tour Dates will be updated soon…stay tuned!

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 – Postponed to Friday February 19th
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

Liberty Hill/Contest Trail – 2016 Share the Stash Tour!
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

Teardrop Trail Backcountry Lunch Trip – (Underhill State Park) – Canceled
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,

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,

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

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.
Contact: Karl Fjeld, or 802-236-8023 cell or George Fjeld, 802-236-4662 cell

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!

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