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Section 12: Tin Shanty to Route 4 

We recommend splitting this section into two tours, one from Tin Shanty to Brewers Corner (Section 12 South) and another from Brewers Corner to Route 4 (Section 12 North). 


This section can be accessed from a moderately used snowmobile route travelling .7 miles to reach the CT.  The CT then continues as a remote backcountry ski along the undulating flanks of Shrewsbury, Little Killington, and Mendon Peaks, before entering the Rutland City Forest. It is mostly at elevations of 2000′ feet or more so good early/late snow is often available.

13.3 miles

The trail from Tin Shanty to Route 4 is long, isolated, and very steep in places.  The trail is ungroomed and often unbroken. This section is suitable for advanced, properly equipped skiers only.  A group of three or more skiers is recommended for safety purposes.   Only very fit and competent skiers should attempt to ski the full length of this section in one day.  

Catamount Trail Section 12 – Map & Elevation Profile (.pdf ~1mb)
Catamount Trail Section 12 – Written Description (.pdf ~66k)
Shuttle Directions Section 12


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Trail Conditions & Updates – #CTsection12

With 300 miles of trail to keep track of it can be hard to know exactly what to expect on a specific section of trail, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try. Using Twitter we are hoping to help skiers out on the trail communicate their experience to skiers at home using specific hashtags for trail updates. The format is #CTsection(#). When planning an adventure you can view current updates by visiting the specific section page on the Catamount Trail website, or by searching twitter for the appropriate section you hope to ski. Below are updates for Catamount Trail Section 12… #CTsection12.