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Section 22: Bolton Valley Nordic Center to Trapp Family Lodge


This popular section is a rugged, backcountry tour climbing 1300 feet and descending 2300 feet. It features a narrow trail in the spruce forest above 2700 feet, a long descent through open forest, and marvelous views in many directions – the Little River and Cotton Brook Valleys and Worcester Range to the east, Camel’s Hump to the south and Mt. Mansfield to the north. The region between Bolton Valley and the start of the descent is a reliable area to find good early and late season snow, but the descent becomes very difficult if the snow is icy or crusty, or if there is insufficient snow cover.

9.4 miles

The portion between Bolton Valley and Nebraska Valley Rd. is suitable for advanced, properly equipped skiers only. It is long, isolated, and very steep. A group of three or more skiers is recommended for safety purposes. The portion between Nebraska Valley Rd. and Trapp Family Lodge is suitable for intermediate skiers because of the easier terrain. The last bit is on Trapp’s groomed trails.

Note: Please remember to check in at the nordic center where you begin your tour (Trapp or Bolton) and purchase a trail pass. CTA members receive a coupon for discounted passes at both areas in their Membership Rewards Book.


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Local Business Supporters:

Bolton Valley Resort, 4302 Bolton Valley Access Rd., Bolton Valley, VT 05477
1-877-9Bolton, 802-434-3444,,

Old Stagecoach Inn, 18 N. Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05676
(802) 244-5056,,

Trapp Family Lodge, 700 Trapp Hill Rd., P.O. Box 1428, Stowe, VT 05672
1-800-826-7000, 802-253-8511,

Topnotch Resort & Spa, 4000 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 05672
1-800-451-8686, 802-253-8585,,

The Golden Eagle Resort, 511 Mountain Rd., PO Box 1090, Stowe, VT 05672

Edson Hill, 1500 Edson Hill Rd., Stowe, 05672
1-800-621-0284, 802-253-7371,

Commodores Inn, 823 South Main Street, Stowe, VT 05672 
1-800-447-8693, 802-253-7131,,

Brass Lantern Inn, 717 Maple St., Stowe, VT 05672
(802) 253-2229,, 

Stowe Timeshare Rentals, Stowe, VT 

Stowe Motel & Snowdrift, 4043 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672
1-800-829-7629, 802-253-7629,,

The Stowehof, 434 Edson Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672

Timberholm Inn, 452 Cottage Club Road, Stowe, VT 05672
(802) 253-7603,,

Inn at the Mountain at Stowe Mountain Resort, 5781 Mountain Road, Stowe VT 05672
(802) 253-3656,,

Green Mountain Inn, 18 Main Street, PO Box 60, Stowe, VT 05672
(802) 253-7301,,


Sushi Yoshi, 1128 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672
(802) 253-4135,

Rusty Nail, 1190 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672

Cold Hollow Cider Mill, 3600 Waterbury-Stowe Rd, Waterbury Center, Vermont 05677
(800) 327-7537,


Trail Conditions & Updates – #CTsection22

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 22… #CTsection22. 


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