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4-Day Self-Guided Tour: Bolton Valley to Stowe

Tour Summary
This Catamount Trail tour offers visits to four cross-country ski centers, spectacular backcountry terrain, and lodging at some of Vermont’s finest ski inns. Spend the first day at the Bolton Valley Nordic Center, then ski to the historic Trapp Family Lodge on Day 2. The tour continues to Topnotch Nordic Barn Adventure Center on Day 3, and then to the Stowe Cross-Country Ski Center on Day 4, concluding at either the Stowe Mountain Resort or in the village of Stowe.
Total Days: 4
Total Ski Distance: 24-27 miles + additional skiing at ski centers
Shuttle Details: Roughly 25 miles/40 minutes driving between trailheads – Printable Directions



Day 1
Itinerary: Skiing at Bolton Valley Nordic Center
Route Description: 
Spend the day skiing the trails at the Bolton Valley Nordic Center. Bolton boasts 100km of cross-country skiing for skiers of all levels, including 30km of groomed trails.
Recommended Lodging:

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



Day 2
Bolton Valley to Trapp Family Lodge Cross Country Ski Center (Catamount Trail Section 22)
Route Description: 12 miles of advanced and unpatrolled backcountry skiing. The trail is challenging and ungroomed, with beautiful views of the Worcester range. End the day at Trapp Family Lodge, home to the nation’s first cross-country ski center.
Recommended Lodging:

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



Day 3
Itinerary: Trapp Family Lodge to Topnotch Nordic Center (Catamount Trail Section 23)
Route Description: 
From Trapp Family Lodge, ski 7 miles of intermediate backcountry trail. From there, choose your own adventure: ski straight to Topnotch and finish out the day exploring the trails at the Topnotch Nordic Barn Adventure Center, or stop first at the Stowe Mountain Resort Ski Center to ski their trails there before continuing on. Topnotch has access to 30km of groomed and backcountry skiing, while Stowe boasts 45km of groomed trails and 30km of backcountry trails. Either option makes for great skiing!
Recommended Lodging:

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



Day 4
Itinerary: Topnotch Nordic Center to Route 100 (Catamount Trail Section 23)
Route Description: Spend the morning exploring the variety of nordic terrain offered by Topnotch and/or Stowe. Afterwards, finish out your tour with an easy 5 mile ski down the Stowe Recreation Path into the village of Stowe.
Recommended Lodging:

Inn at the Mountain at Stowe,
Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672



Other Recommended Lodging near Stowe

Brass Lantern Inn, 717 Maple Street, Stowe, VT 05672

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

Golden Eagle Resort, 511 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672

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

Timberholm Inn, 452 Cottage Club Rd, Stowe, VT 05672



Taxi Services in Stowe

Peg’s Pick-up/Stowe Taxi: (802) 253-9490 or 800-370-9490

Snowflake Taxi: (802) 253-7666

K&M Taxi: (802) 585-1340