Vermont's Gateway To Backcountry Skiing And Riding

Trip Planning

Many kinds of trip are possible on the Catamount Trail, from a quick spin around a ski-touring center or a few hours out-and-back, to a one-way all-day excursion, or a through-trip the entire length of the Trail.  Each kind of trip requires planning.  For longer trips, consider transportation to and from trail access points and overnight accommodations.

Safety should be the primary concern when planning a trip of any length along the CT.  Consider the strenuousness of the trip – the length of the route, the steepness of the terrain, and whether there are possible bailout points along the way.  Choose a route that can be accomplished comfortably by the least skilled and least fit members of your group.  Before leaving, get a local, detailed weather forecast.  Remember that it is colder in the mountains than in lowlands and that conditions are even more changeable.  Remember that day length is very short in winter in Vermont.  Plan to finish your outing with daylight to spare.  Skiing by headlamp is far more challenging than skiing in daylight, even if you are familiar with the route.  Keep your group together. Always let someone know your intended route and when you plan to return.  Be prepared to alter your plans if weather or snow conditions suggest this is prudent. Please read the safety section of this website for important information.

It’s also a good idea to check the page/s on the CTA website that correspond the the section/s you plan to ski. A variety of factors lead to periodic trail closures and reroutes and we do our best to keep the online trail information up to date.


Inn-to-Inn Excursions Along the Trail
There are many country inns and bed and breakfasts along or near the Trail. What could be better than enjoying a good meal and relaxed Vermont hospitality after a great day of skiing the Catamount Trail? In many cases, all you need to carry with you are clothes, toiletries, lunch, and touring items. In some cases, an inn will transport your luggage to the next stop for you. Many of the lodging possibilities near the Trail are listed in the back of the CTA Guidebook and on the individual trail section pages on the website. You can also find lodging recommendations for multi-day trips on the self-guided tours page.  For more information on these accommodations, you can also visit the Lodging page. 


If you are interested in winter camping on or near the trail, see the Camping section.