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About Ski Cubs

Ski Cubs is the CTA’s youth cross-country skiing program. Ski Cubs partners with Vermont organizations to provide beginner cross-country skiing at no cost to youth participants.


Program Mission

Ski Cubs is an educational program of the Catamount Trail Association focused on introducing youth to cross-country skiing as a means to promote healthy lifestyles for Vermont families and communities. Ski Cubs collaborates with local organizations and schools to serve participants with limited resources and limited access to winter sports opportunities. This program empowers Vermont youth to enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle during the winter. We hope that Ski Cubs participants will develop a lifelong affinity for outdoor recreation and natural areas while continuing to ski with friends, family, and community members.



In its 2011 pilot season, Ski Cubs collaborated with five Burlington area youth organizations, teaching 60 youth participants to ski. In 2012, the Ski Cubs program continued to offer youth programming to Burlington area organizations, reaching similar participant numbers. In 2013 Ski Cubs diversified its program offerings with the launch of its first school program. In 2014, Ski Cubs moved its programming to Bolton Valley Nordic Center and Sleepy Hollow Ski Center to offer improved skiing conditions. Since 2015, Ski Cubs programs have been running throughout the state of Vermont, offering weekend, in-school, and community- run initiatives. 



Weekend Programs

This Ski Cubs Program runs on six Saturdays in January and February, from 9am-12pm at Bolton Valley Nordic Center. It is 100% free of charge, including equipment, instruction, ski pass and snacks. CTA offers bus transportation to and from Burlington, although we welcome groups from surrounding areas as well!  All instruction is done by volunteers. Each day includes fun games on skis, skill building, environmental education and exploring the Bolton Valley Nordic trails.

Participating youth must be accompanied by one or more adult chaperone from their organization.
Groups must commit to all 6 weeks unless prior arrangements have been made with the CTA.

Where Do Our Weekend Program Participants Come From?
Folsom School (South Hero, VT). Years with Ski Cubs: 1
Lyman C. Hunt Middle School (Burlington, VT). Years with Ski Cubs: 3
Integrated Arts Academy (Burlington, VT). Years with Ski Cubs: 2
O’Brien Community Center (Winooski, VT). Years with Ski Cubs: 3
Rock Point School (Burlington, VT). Years with Ski Cubs: 4
Sustainability Academy (Burlington, VT). Years with Ski Cubs: 2

Contact if you’d like to get your school or organization involved in the Ski Cubs weekend program

School-Day Programs 

Ski Cubs partners with schools to create customized 6-week long programs. Students are either bussed to a local Nordic ski area or spend part of the school day exploring the snow covered fields and hills surrounding their school.  Ski Cubs staff and volunteers instruct the program, which includes fun games on skis, skill building, environmental education and skiing along Nordic trails. CTA provides program development assistance and cross-country ski equipment for the students to use. In previous years, CTA has partnered with Robinson Elementary School in Starksboro, and Brewster Pierce Memorial Elementary School in Huntington. We welcome interest from schools within a reasonable driving distance from Burlington. 

Participating schools must provide chaperones to accompany students.



Community-Run Programs

Are you interested in starting a Ski Cubs program in your community? Visit our Ski Cubs in Your Community page to learn how the CTA can help you get started.



Volunteering with Ski Cubs

Ski Cubs is primarily instructed by experienced and friendly volunteers.  Most volunteers are experienced cross country skiers who enjoy working with kids and exploring winter trails. We ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of two sessions of Ski Cubs, so they can get to know the participants.  Ski Cubs volunteers receive a complementary Nordic ski pass for the day on which they volunteer, and the satisfaction of helping teach a fun sport.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact


Ski Cubs in the Media

Inspiration and Giving Back: Starting a Cross Country Ski Program for Kids
Catamount Trail Classic Fundraiser
Catamount Trail Association helps two schools host ski programs
A new after-school program gets kids on cross-country skis
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