Vermont's Gateway To Backcountry Skiing And Riding

Northern 4-Day Tour #2 (FULL)

Friday to Monday, February 2-5, 2018  
Sections 24 to 27 – Edson Hill to Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Skiers are welcome to sign up for as many days as they wish, even one. Register below or contact the CTA Office at 802-864-5794. To ask specific questions about the tour contact the Tour Coordinator.


A Message From Your Tour Coordinators

Greetings: Michael and Rick have been on a number of skiing adventures over the last few years and when the snow gods have not smiled have donned microspikes or Nordic skates to get out.  We are happy to be o-organizing this tour along with our new assistant Tom Burgos.

This Northern 4DT#2 starts in Stowe and ends in Craftsbury.  The first day is a very nice 12.2 mile intermediate ski on section 24 that starts at the Edson Hill Inn.  A trail pass may be required.  Day 2, section 25 is a long 14.1 mile intermediate ski tending to advanced because of a steep descent from Elmore Mtn.  Day 3, section 26 is a 12.3 mile intermediate ski touring past Green River Reservoir; 2mi of which is on a groomed snowmobile trail.  Day 4, section 27 is a relatively short 7.6 mile intermediate ski ending on the groomed ski trails of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.  This should put us on the road home at an early hour.


Meet Your Tour Coordinators

Rick Biddle:  I enjoy exploring wild places in all seasons, from rivers, lakes, and mountains to the sea.  I am an avid back country skier.  Most of my skiing is off trail following animal tracks or finding sweet runs in the woods local to Thetford, VT.  In the winter when the snow is marginal, you may find me exploring wild ice with a cohort of intrepid nordic skaters.  When the weather is warm you may often find me face down in a lake or snorkeling in a river while dragging my kayak behind.  I also love sailing, hiking, growing food, and relaxing hanging out in trees with a good book.

Michael O’Leary: Michael is on the CTA Board of Directors, a past member of the Tours Team and the Trail Committee. Michael and his wife Gretchen became, End To Ender in 2012 and he is also working on skiing the trail for a second time This is the fourth CTA ski tour that he has co-lead when he is not skiing you might find him hiking or playing golf.

Tom Burgos: Tom enjoys all types of skiing, and practically everything outdoors. He started with CTA as a follower on a Two Day tour two years ago and last year was a leader on a One Day Tour of Rochester Mountain and Mount Cushman. He is co-leading a trip this year to Mount Cushman and Braintree Mountain Forest. He and his wife Sue both want to someday become End to Enders.


Section Descriptions

Section 24: Edson Hill to Ryder Brook Golf Club – February 2nd
This section includes groomed ski center trails, ungroomed, backcountry terrain, snowmobile trails, open farm fields and a golf course. It gently loses elevation as it proceeds north. A side trail connects to Beaver Meadow and Burling Camp. Wonderful farm fields, beautiful hardwood forests, and some gorgeous mountain views highlight this section.

Section 25: Ryder Brook Golf Club to Route 15 – February 3rd
This primarily backcountry tour begins by climbing gently out of the Rte. 100 valley, then climbs and descends steeply over the shoulder of Elmore Mountain, and concludes with a downhill run on a snowmobile trail to reach the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail and Rte. 15. There are great views of Mt. Mansfield from the shoulder of Elmore Mountain.

Section 26: Route 15 to Eden/Craftsbury Town Line – February 4th
This section is characterized by gently hilly terrain.  The trail is predominantly an un-groomed backcountry trail, with short portions following abandoned snowmobile corridors. 

Section 27: Eden/Craftsbury Town Line to Craftsbury Outdoor Center – February 5th
This section offers a combination of gentle, rolling, un-groomed terrain through the woods, and the groomed trails of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. A short stretch, between Rte. 14 and Craftsbury Common, is shared with snowmobiles.


Recommended Gear for the Trail

Choose equipment and clothing that is appropriate for your outing.  Portions of the CT that follow groomed ski touring center trails or snowmobile trails can be comfortably skied with regular touring skis and boots.  Most other sections are best skied with wider, metal-edged, back-country skis. For these sections you should have boots, bindings, and poles designed for back-country terrain. For long, steep climbs or descents you will probably want climbing skins even if you have wax-less skis. These sections are listed as “Advanced Intermediate” or “Expert”.  An easy, fun tour can turn into an ordeal when your equipment breaks. Be sure your equipment is in good working order before you start your tour.   Skins may be useful on any section but are recommended for all sections labeled “advanced intermediate” or “advanced”.

You will need to bring a pack to carry your extra clothing including a wind breaker, fleece, mittens, and a hat; lunch and snacks; water; head lamp or flashlight; and extra gloves.  Be prepared to keep warm even if you must stop for an extended period of time.  We will stop for water and food often as each stop will be brief.   Avoid cotton clothing as you will not be warm and dry. Visit our Gear for the Trail page for more information.


Lodging/Food Options along the Trail

Please email your Tour Coordinator for more information about lodging and food accommodations along the trail near this tour.  You can also visit the section pages for each section of the tour for a list of lodging options.  


Important Documents – Participants Must Read Before Registering For Tour

MDT Waiver Form
Skier Responsibilities
Skill & Fitness Guidelines
Recommended Equipment List


Trail Section Shuttle Directions

Shuttle Directions Section 24
Shuttle Directions Section 25
Shuttle Directions Section 26
Shuttle Directions Section 27



To begin registration for a multi-day tour please fill out and submit the Online Tour Registration Form (step 1), then Make An Appropriate Donation Via NEON (step 2). You can also call the office at 802-864-5794 and register via phone. Please note that participants are not fully registered for a tour until:

  1. They have spoken to the tour coordinator and are screened regarding skill level. 
  2. All parts of the online registration form have been completed, including acknowledging having read the MDT Waiver and all required documents.  
  3. A non-refundable donation has been paid to the CTA to hold a position on the tour… $25 for 1-2 days or$50 for 3 or more days
  4. The Tour Leader confirms that there is space on the tour dates requested to ski.