Vermont's Gateway To Backcountry Skiing And Riding

Southern Week-long Tour

Saturday to Sunday, February 24 – March 4, 2018
Sections 9 to 15 – Greendale Road to Widow’s Clearing

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.

 


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Section Descriptions

Section 9: Greendale Road to Healdville – February 24th
This section passes primarily through state and national forest land mainly on groomed snowmobile trails. As of 2008, the two miles immediately South of Healdville on the North slope of Ludlow Mountain (Okemo) are no longer shared with snowmobiles.

Section 10: Healdville/Buttermilk Falls to Patch Brook Rd/Ninevah Four Corners – February 25th
This tour entirely a backcountry trail between Buttermilk Falls and Patch Brook Road. A steep, switch-backing ascent heading north from old Route 103 west of Buttermilk Falls turns to more rolling terrain through mixed hard and soft wood forests, much of it on old logging roads.  The trail crosses a powerline (great for southbound turns in the right conditions), skirts beautiful Tiny Pond, and then contours around Tiny Mountain en route to Patch Brook Road.

Section 11: Patch Brook Road/Lake Ninevah to Tin Shanty – February 26th
This is a mostly wilderness section running over Round Top and Burnt Mountains through hardwood forest. There are many excellent views. 

Section 12S: Tin Shanty to Route 4 – February 27th
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.

Rest Day – February 28th

Section 12N: Tin Shanty to Route 4 – March 1st
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.

Section 13: Route 4 to Mountain Top – March 2nd
This section of the CT runs along ungroomed trails, groomed snowmobile trails, and the excellent groomed trails of Mt. Top Inn Ski Center. It features wonderful views of secluded Chittenden Reservoir.

Section 14: Mountain Top to Route 73 – March 3rd
Largely within the Green Mountain National Forest, this section follows the groomed trails of Mountain Top Ski Center and a VAST snowmobile corridor trail.

Section 15: Route 73 to Widow’s Clearning Trail – March 4th
The CT in Goshen between Rte. 73 and Flora White Rd now follows a rolling backcountry route within the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF).  Between FR 224 and Widow’s Clearing Trail, the CT follows the delightful, scenic, ungroomed trails of Blueberry Hill Inn and X-C Ski Center.

 

 

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 9
Shuttle Directions Section 10
Shuttle Directions Section 11
Shuttle Directions Section 12
Shuttle Directions Section 13
Shuttle Directions Section 14
Shuttle Directions Section 15
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Registration

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.