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CTA’s guided ski tours are a great way to discover new sections of the Catamount Trail, other places to ski and make new ski friends. SDTs are FREE and open to both CTA members and non-members.  View maps of each trail section before you sign up for a tour on the Catamount Trail to learn if your skill level matches the tour difficulty level.  

New for 2019: we’ve added color coding for each tour description, distinguishing what is a “nordic tour” (in standard black) from a “skin up/ski down”tour (in navy blue). Nordic tours call for traditional backcountry touring equipment such as three-pin bindings, flexible boots and kicker skins, while skinning tours require stiff AT or telemark boots and full-length skins. Skin up/ski down tours also require intermediate to advanced off-piste turning skills. Contact the tour leader or the CTA office with any questions.

 

Registering for a Single-Day Tour:

To sign-up for a single-day tour contact the tour leader at least a few days in advance. Don’t wait until the night before! The leader will provide information on the meeting place and time and other details. All CTA Tour Leaders are volunteers. Please visit our calendar for additional details about each tour and leader contact information.

 Some guidelines to participate in a CTA tour:

  • Have the skills and physical conditioning necessary to complete the trip.
  • Bring sufficient food and water for a full day and an extra layer of clothing.
  • Stay with the group.
  • When leaving the trail, tell someone or leave a pack.
  • At the end of the tour check out with the leader before leaving, otherwise the leader may go back to look for you when you are already on your way home.
  • Leave your dog at home unless specifically allowed by the tour leader.

All tour participants must read the following information before signing up for a SDT.

Skier Responsibilities
Recommended Equipment List
Skills and Fitness Guidelines

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2019 Single-Day Tours


Recurring Day Tours

Dutch Hill Intermediate/Advanced Tour Series (Readsboro)
First and third Sundays, January through April (weather permitting) — Intermediate to Advanced
Introduction to Dutch Hill Tour Series – Come see what DHASH is doing at Dutch Hill, and see the potential for the future. Join us as we skin up and ski down some of the historic ski trails of Dutch Hill in Readsboro and new glades created by DHASH. This is not a beginner tour. Tele skiers, AT-skiers and split-boarders will need climbing skins or good climbing skills and be able to control downhill speed. Typically a less-than-one-hour climb, then lunch at the top to enjoy the view. Tele-turning skills are useful but not required for the descent. We can do laps until your legs quit! Exact route will vary and depend on conditions and participants. If conditions are poor, we can tour to the top of Dutch Hill proper, about a two-hour loop. This requires climbing and descending skills, but more gradual descents. See www.dhash4vt.org for more information on the Dutch Hill Ski Area and the Dutch Hill Alliance of Skiers and Hikers.
Contact Sam Bartlett, sam@bart-tech.com (Put CTA in the subject line) or 413-624-0192.


December Day Tours

Camel’s Hump Backcountry Areas (Huntington)
Intermediate to Advanced – Sunday, December 23, 2018
Volunteer-run Camel’s Hump Nordic Skiers Association (http://www.camelshumpskiers.org/) maintains a spectacular network of trails. Enjoy 4 or so hours of moderate to difficult backcountry skiing on trails such as the Cobble Hill, the Challenge Trail and Lion’s Ridge. Metal-edged Nordic skis required. Bring the Ten Essentials. This not a skin-up type ski. Suggested donation: $10 (for trail access). Conditions may affect route.
Contact: Terry Ryan, 802-434-3640, terryc_ryan@hotmail.com


January Day Tours

Prospect Mountain Touring Center (Woodford-Southern Vermont)
Easy Intermediate – Saturday, January 5 — postponed to Saturday, January 12
For those who have never experienced one of Vermont’s best nordic centers (now a nonprofit) come enjoy the usually great early snow conditions. Prospect has the highest base lodge elevation of any nordic center in Vermont. Trail fee required.
Contact: Alan Binnick at anbin@myfairpoint.net or call 802-464-3917.

Ruschp Sterling Ridge Trail (Morrisville)
Intermediate/Advanced – Saturday, January 5 — postponed to Saturday, January 12
Ski the Ruschp Sterling Ridge Trail atop Sterling Valley, a winter access uphill route with descent ski lines: an intro to “vertical” ski touring. The specific descent will be based on conditions and participants. Skis (or splitboard) with skins for uphill travel, and comfort skiing open trees in variable snow conditions required. Sign-up by January 2. Limit of 6 skiers.
Contact: Jeff Egan: wanderingchef.egan@gmail.com

Greendale Loop Excursion (Weston)
Easy Intermediate – Sunday, January 6
A 4-mile tour of 3 to 4 hours on the trail with a long but gradual uphill climb and a very rewarding downhill. Sign up by Thursday, January 3. Trip may cancel due to weather or lack of participants.
Contact: Shelley Lutz, shelley.lutz@gmail.com or 802-775-4867 before 8 pm.

Camel’s Hump Groomed Trails (Huntington)
Easy – Sunday, January 6
Volunteer-run Camel’s Hump Nordic Skiers Association (http://www.camelshumpskiers.org/) maintains an idyllic network of trails. Ski 2 to 3 hours on groomed trails suitable for beginners. Suggested donation (for trail access): $10.
Contact: Terry Ryan, terryc_ryan@hotmail.com or 802-434-3640.

Section 1: Harriman Dam to Route 100 (Readsboro)
Easy Introductory Tour – Saturday, January 12 (backup Sunday, January 13)
A good introduction to the backcountry for novice skiers. It follows an easy 3 miles on a backcountry railroad grade along the Deerfield River. A short, steep section can easily be walked. Our pace will accommodate the slowest skier. The tour leader will cancel if there are insufficient sign-ups by Thursday January 10.
Contact: Sam Bartlett, sam@bart-tech.com (Put CTA in subject line to get past filters) or 413-624-0192.

Section 12S: Tin Shanty to Brewer’s Corner, Shrewsbury to Mendon
Expert – Saturday, Saturday, January 12 (backup Saturday, February 23)
This section is accessed via a snowmobile trail then follows the undulating flanks of Killington, Little Killington and Mendon peaks. The terrain includes a number of stream crossings and steep uphill and downhill sections, and can be far (miles) from easy exit points. About 9 miles. Car shuttle. Wider, metal edged skis, climbing skins required. Expert skiers only with comfort making turns or holding a very robust snowplow on challenging descents. Bring snacks, lunch, hot drinks and a foam seating pad. Sign up by January 9 and put “Tin Shanty ski” in the subject line.
Contact: Hilary Coolidge, hcoolidge@hotmail.com

Paine Mountain Ski Hill Tour (Northfield)
Intermediate – Sunday, January 13 (backup Sunday January 27)
Tour Paine Mountain, doing one or two laps on the revived ski hill at Norwich University. There are a number of great ski runs that have been cleaned up in recent years, making great skiing. Number of laps and trails choice depends on the group and conditions. Skins and metal-edged skis required.
Contact: Matt Williams, mwilliams@catamounttrail.org

Rikert Nordic Center area loop (Goshen)
Easy/Intermediate Introductory Tour – Saturday, January 19 (backup January 26)
A fairly easy tour of 6.5 miles on rolling terrain. A good tour for cross country skiers comfortable with moderate climbing and descending, wanting to try a backcountry outing. We begin near Rikert Ski Center, follow the Catamount Trail for 5 miles, then loop back on a snowmobile trail.
Contact: Phil Kivlin, redsled@shoreham.net or 802-897-8031.

Section 11B: Out and back, up and over Burnt Mountain – Cancelled
Advanced Intermediate – Saturday, January 19
Recent multi-day tours have detoured around this entirely backcountry route because of logging or lack of snow. Burnt Mountain has relatively challenging skiing on both sides, including a notable glade on the south side, with many possible off-piste lines if the group is willing. About 7 miles. Includes a snack stop (BYO) at John’s View near the summit.
Contact: Lynn Fisher, fisher.lynn@gmail.com

Section 5: Kelley Stand Road to Kendall Farm Road (Stratton)
Intermediate – Sunday, January 20 (backup Saturday, February 9)
This backcountry section in the Green Mountain National Forest leads to beautiful Stratton Pond then to Little Pond, another pristine, isolated pond. The first 9 miles are fairly gentle. The last mile is a steep but wide downhill run on an old logging road (Pony Hill) with 3 new bronco-busting switchbacks to tame the ride. Even this can be avoided by detouring onto the I.P. Rd. (former CT), adding 2 miles. 10.4 miles via Pony Hill.
Contact: Andrew Harper, ap_harper@hotmail.com or 802-824-3139

Section 16 (Partial): Widow’s Clearing to Rikert Nordic Center (Ripton) Cancelled
Easy – Saturday, January 26
Mostly flat, easy intro to the Catamount Trail, ending at Rikert Nordic (with facilities). Option to add trails on Water Tower Hill or Rikert (groomed). Leader will cancel if insufficient sign-up by Thursday, January 24.
Contact: Amy Otten, amyotten@netscape.com or 802-878-4070


February

Dutch Hill Introductory Tour (Readsboro)
Beginner to Intermediate – Sunday, February 3
Want to explore Dutch Hill but aren’t confident about your downhill skills? Held at the same time as the regular Dutch Hill Intermediate/Advanced Tour Series, but without focus on the down (perfect for those coming with someone having more experience). We’ll head to the top and through the woods to the summit vista. With an easier descent route, we’ll wait for everyone who falls. Bring waxless or waxable skis you can climb in, but also skins for the first climb. Suitable for beginner backcountry skiers or intermediate/advanced cross country skiers. See www.dhash4vt.org for more information on the Dutch Hill Ski Area and the Dutch Hill Alliance of Skiers and Hikers.
Contact: Jeff Nugent, jnugent.vt@gmail.com or 802-257-1325

Camel’s Hump Backcountry Areas (Huntington)
Intermediate to Advanced – Sunday, February 3
Enjoy moderate to difficult backcountry skiing on the volunteer run Camel’s Hump Nordic Skiers Association (www.camelshumpskiers.org) trails, such as Cobble Hill, Chimera, and Woodchuck Ramble. Bring the Ten Essentials. Metal-edged Nordic skis required. Not a skin-up type ski. Suggested donation (for trail access): $10. Snow conditions may affect route.
Contact: Terry Ryan, terryc_ryan@hotmail.com or 802-434-3640

13th Annual Beaver Meadow Loop (Morristown)
Intermediate – Sunday, February 3 (backup Saturday, March 9)
This tour of 7 to 8 miles is a loop gradually up to Beaver Meadow where a rustic Long Trail shelter will be a nice snack break. We will return via the Burling trail. 820 foot elevation gain. Tailgate potluck at the end of the tour, conditions permitting.
Contact:  Kim Dunkley and Scott Meyer, 802-635-2418 or Luna4819@myfairpoint.net

NEKBC Backcountry Ski Series:  Tour de Hor (Sutton, VT)
All levels – Sunday, February 3, 9am – 1pm, Free for CTA/NEKBC members, $15 suggested donation
The Northeast Kingdom Backcountry Coalition (NEKBC), a chapter of the CTA, has been working closely with the State of Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation to improve access to a new backcountry ski destination on Mount Hor, above magnificent Willoughby Lake.  The NEKBC has helped to provide a variety of terrain for all abilities of backcountry ski enthusiasts. Staff from NorthWoods Stewardship Center and NEKBC Council members will guide tours – with route options depending on ability level. Bring a bag lunch, hot thermos, plenty of warm layers, and alpine touring gear. Support ongoing stewardship of this resource by becoming a NEKBC member at www.catamountrail.org.
Register for this tour at www.northwoodscenter.org.
Contact: Maria Young, maria@northwoodscenter.org

Section 2:  Harriman Dam to Route 9 (Wilmington)
Easy/Intermediate – Saturday, February 9 (backup date Saturday, February 23)
This tour is 10 miles of fairly flat and easy skiing. The first 8 miles is wilderness with no bailout points. Our pace will accommodate the slowest skier in the group. Tour cancels if insufficient sign-up by Thursday February 7.
Contact: Sam Bartlett, sam@bart-tech.com (Put CTA in subject line to get past filters) or 413-624-0192.

Section 25: Ryder Brook Golf Club (Morrisville) to Route 12 (Elmore) Cancelled
Advanced Intermediate – Saturday, February 9
9.5 miles with mostly intermediate terrain. We start fairly level then climb up, around and down the shoulder of Elmore Mountain. Cookies & hot chocolate available at the Elmore Country Store, our destination. Based on interest, option to continue 4.6 miles to Route 15, and finish Section 25.
Many find climbing skins useful. Trip cancels if insufficient sign-up by Thursday 6 p.m.
Contact: Jill Aspinall, happy.jill.aspinall@gmail.com

Brandon Gap Backcountry Area Ski and Splitboard Tour (Rochester)
Intermediate to Advanced – Saturday, February 9
The Brandon Gap Backcountry Area has over 15,000 vertical feet of skiing in 4 four separate zones. We split into groups based on ability and desire to sample the gap. Climbing skins, some aerobic capacity and the ability to climb and descend in open hardwood forest are required. About 6 hours. Bring AT skis, telemark skis or a splitboard, lunch, plenty to drink and weather-appropriate clothing. Come explore these new backcountry zones, a joint project of the US Forest Service, RASTA, VTBC and the CTA. Participation limited to 40 skiers and riders.
Contact: Karl Fjeld, karlfjld6@gmail.com or 802-236-8023

Grout Pond Side Trails (Stratton)
Intermediate – Sunday February 10 — Rescheduled to February 17th
Ski 8 miles on the mostly flat East Trail around Grout Pond with its expansive beaver ponds. Return on the moderately hilly West Trail with a stop at beautiful Somerset Reservoir.
Contact – Alan Binnick, anbin@myfairpoint.net or 802-464-3917.

Women’s Ski on Whiteface Loop (Johnson)
Intermediate – Friday, February 15
A fairly short 2-3 hour ski on the outskirts of Johnson, beginning and ending on VAST trails. We’ll take a snack break at the Long Trail shelter then enjoy some turns if the snow pack is reasonable. This is a great beginning backcountry ski but you need control on the downhills; trees abound!
Contact:  Kim Dunklee, 802-635-2418

South Pond Preview Tour, Section 13 South from Wildcat Rd (Chittendon) – FULL
Intermediate/Advanced – Saturday, February 16 (backup Saturday, March 23)
Ski from Wildcat Rd on the CT, then loop to preview the future CT from the Elbow to Lefferts pond (via South Pond). A challenging 7-8 mile tour, including a beautiful lunch stop at the future South Pond hut site. Finish with some great tree lines as we ski back to Leffert’s Pond.
Contact: Matt Williams, mwilliams@catamounttrail.org

Wild Trails Farm (Springfield)
Intermediate  – Saturday, February 16
Groomed trails on private farm and forest land. 5+ mile guided tour, with a few steep hills. Refreshments and fire in the cider house. Guided tour is optional. Trails are marked and open for self-guided skiing throughout the day. Please sign up by Thursday, February 14.
Contact: Jim Veltrop, jdv@wildtrailsfarm.com or (802) 875-2275.

Section 17: Lincoln Gap to The Bridges Trail – (Lincoln & Ripton)
Intermediate to Advanced – Saturday, February 16  (backup Saturday, February 23)
Section 17 has rolling terrain and will be skied from North to South. The top of French Settlement Road could be interesting!  The “bridges section” is always fun and pretty! This tour of 12.3 miles limited to 10 skiers.
Contact: Dean Bloch, dtbloch@gmail.com or 802-899-5127

Backcountry Ski Tour from Mt. Mansfield Touring Center (Stowe)
Intermediate (Backcountry) – Sunday, February 17
Start on touring center trails and then ski in the backcountry on a loop up Dewey Trail, across Underhill Trail and down Burt Trail. Total elevation gain about 1000 feet. Backcountry skis and skins required; expect 3.5 hours or so of skiing. Trail fee. Respond by February 15 or trip may cancel.
Contact: Rich Larsen, larsen007@aol.com or 802-878-6828

Section 31: Jay Pass to the Jay Country Store (Jay)
Intermediate/Advanced – Saturday, February 23 (backup Saturday, March 9)
This six-mile section of the CT features a 1000-foot descent from Jay Pass to the Jay Country Store. With some tricky descents and a few taxing climbs, it is best suited for intermediate and advanced skiers. Limited to 5 skiers. Sign up by Thursday, February 21.
Contact: Ferdinand Lauffer, flauffer@gmail.com or 802-933-4252 (home)

Huntington Ramble (Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Association on Bert White Road, Huntington)
Intermediate – Saturday, February 23
Ski trails and backcountry on Section 20 of the Catamount Trail, Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Area trails, and the Camel’s Hump Challenge Trail.  The exact route will depend on participants and conditions. Skins and backcountry skis required. Suggested donation $10 (for trail access).
Contact: Peter Cottrell, pcottrel@gmail.com or 802-879-0755

Rikert Nordic Center to Chipman Inn (Ripton)
Intermediate – Sunday, February 24
A point to point ski. Follow the CT on the east side of Rikert Nordic Center to Wagon Wheel Road, then follow the trails of Ripton to the Chipman Inn and their pub. 3 to 5 hours depending on the route. Wider back-country skis are NOT recommended.
Contact: Andy McIntosh, andymac@together.net or evenings 802-388-8376 or weekdays 802-236-2488

Overland/Skytop Loop Tour (Underhill Center/Stevensville Trailhead)
Intermediate/Advanced – Sunday, February 24 (backup Sunday, March 17)
This tour follows the classic Overland Trail from the Stevensville Trailhead in Underhill Center across the Dewey Ridge and into the upper Ranch Valley, passing through Devil’s Dishpan and descending to the base of the Burt Trail. Link into the Ranch Camp nordic trail to head east and return on the Skytop Trail, schussing on marked trails as well as moderate glades. Total mileage/elevation gain approx. 12mi/3000′. Participants require a background in touring (no need for advanced alpine or telemark skills) and comfort on all-day skis. Lightweight alpine touring/telemark skis with metal edges and skins are required.
Contact: Scott Berkley, sberkley@catamounttrail.org


March

March Mystery Tour in the southern Green Mountains
Intermediate to Advanced – sometime in March
A skin-up, ski-down tour somewhere in the Southern Green Mountains when the snow is good. Contact the tour leader if you are interested. He will choose a suitable date and send a message a few days ahead of time.
Contact: Sam Bartlett, sam@bart-tech.com (Put CTA in subject line to get past filters) or 413-624-0192.

Section 31: Jay Country Store to the Canadian Border (Jay)
Beginner/Intermediate – Saturday, March 2 (backup Saturday, March 16)
This tour of 5.3 miles on the northern half of section 31 features a mix of snowmobile and backcountry trails on flat, open terrain. Ideal for beginner and low intermediate skiers. Sign up by Thursday, February 28.
Contact: Ferdinand Lauffer, flauffer@gmail.com or 802-933-4252 (home)

Dutch Hill Introductory Ski (Readsboro)
Beginner to Intermediate – Sunday, March 3 
Want to explore Dutch Hill but aren’t confident about your downhill skills? Held at the same time as the regular Dutch Hill Intermediate/Advanced Tour Series, but without focus on the down (perfect for those coming with someone having more experience). We’ll head to the top and through the woods to the summit vista. With an easier descent route, we’ll wait for everyone who falls. Bring waxless or waxable skis you can climb in, but also skins for the first climb. Suitable for beginner backcountry skiers or intermediate/advanced cross country skiers.  See www.dhash4vt.org for more information on the Dutch Hill Ski Area and the Dutch Hill Alliance of Skiers and Hikers.
Contact: Jeff Nugent, jnugent.vt@gmail.com or 802-257-1325

MRVBC Section 19 Tour: Route 17 to Huntington Gap (Fayston)
Intermediate – Sunday, March 3
Mad River Valley Backcountry Coalition (MRVBC) has fledged this year as a new CTA chapter. Ski an out-and-back through Phen Basin to Huntington Gap on part of Section 19 of the Catamount Trail. A portion of the trail is co-located on the VAST trail. Option to explore more BC terrain if conditions allow. About 8 miles. Route may change based on conditions. Skins required. Bring lunch. End the day with a stop at the brewery in Waitsfield.
Contact: Kate Sudhoff, tours@mrvbc.org

Al Merrill Ski Loop (Moosilauke) (Warren, New Hampshire)
Advanced Intermediate – Sunday, March 3
Ski in to Dartmouth College’s Ravine Lodge, then backcountry the Al Merrill Ski Loop on the shoulder of Mt. Moosilauke. There is a gradual uphill with bridges to cross, then a steeper climb with stream crossings to the height of land (BYO lunch) with a view. Exhilarating gradual downhill back to the lodge, with views of the summit, then out again on the access road (lollipop loop). About 8.5 miles, 1500’ elevation gain. Climbing skins required. Relaxed pace. A joint outing with the Upper Valley Ottauquechee Section of the Green Mountain Club.
Contact:  Kathy Astrauckas & Bob Hagen, 802-785-4311

Section 19: Route 17 (Battleground Apartments, Fayston) to Camel’s Hump Rd (Huntington)
Advanced – Saturday, March 9
A challenging, remote, backcountry section through Phenn Basin, over Huntington Gap, and then through the wilds of Camel’s Hump State Park to Camel’s Hump Rd. in Huntington. This 10.5-mile ski includes some long climbs and descents. Metal-edged skis, climbing skins, sufficient food and water required for what is often a long but exhilarating day. Will cancel if insufficient sign-up by March 6.
Contact:  Paul Demers, demers.paul6@gmail.com or 802-793-0888

Rikert Nordic Center to Chipman Inn (Ripton)
Intermediate – Saturday, March 9
A point to point ski. Follow the CT on the east side of Rikert Nordic Center to Wagon Wheel Road, then follow the trails of Ripton to the Chipman Inn and their pub. 3 to 5 hours depending on the route. Wider back-country skis are NOT recommended.
Contact: Andy McIntosh, andymac@together.net or evenings 802-388-8376 or weekdays 802-236-2488

Wild Trails Farm (Springfield)
Intermediate  – Saturday, March 9
Groomed trails on private farm and forest land. 5+ mile guided tour, with a few steep hills. Refreshments and fire in the cider house. Guided tour is optional. Trails are marked and open for self-guided skiing throughout the day. Please sign up by Thursday, February 14.
Contact: Jim Veltrop, jdv@wildtrailsfarm.com or (802) 875-2275.

Side Trail Ramble (Huntington)
Intermediate – Saturday, March 16
Come explore the Catamount Trail in sections 19 and 20.  This 8 to 10 mile tour will follow the CT to several ungroomed trails in the Camels Hump Nordic Ski Center, including the famous Lion’s Ridge trail – a high elevation remote loop trail that holds its snow late in the year.   Based on time and interest, we may explore parts of the Camel’s Hump Challenge Trail.
Contact: Bill Hegman, 802-434-4759 or bhegman@gmavt.net

Camel’s Hump Nordic Skier Association Ungroomed Areas (Huntington)
Intermediate – Sunday, March 17
This time we will go up into the northern areas of volunteer run Camel’s Hump Nordic Skiers Association (http://www.camelshumpskiers.org/), skiing relatively easy but not groomed terrain, such as Lost Farm and Echo Woods. 4 + hours. Metal-edged Nordic skis required. Not a skin-up type ski. Suggested donation (for trail access): $10. Snow conditions may affect route.
Contact: Terry Ryan,  terryc_ryan@hotmail.com or 802-434-3640,

Bridges Trail and Beyond (CT Section 17 and vicinity, Ripton)
Intermediate to Advanced – Sunday, March 17 (backup Sunday, March 24).
We’ll follow backcountry trails in the vicinity of Cobb Hill in Ripton and return via CT Section 17 and the Bridges Trail. 3 to 5 hours depending on the route. Backcountry touring skis recommended.  
Contact: Andy McIntosh, andymac@together.net or evenings 802-388-8376 or weekdays 802-236-2488

Mount Cushman and Braintree Mountain (Randolph/Braintree)
Advanced/Expert – Sunday, March 17 (backup Sunday, March 24)
The trail starts at Rochester 4 Corners and climbs moderately for 1½ miles to the Randolph Gap. Ski northward on the ridgeline for 3-4 miles to Mount Cushman and then to Braintree Mountain. Both offer nice views. Some of the trail is on packed snowmobile trails and, in difficult conditions, may be icy. Some of the ridgeline requires bushwhacking and breaking trail. There are some steep ups and downs where skins are highly recommended. Descend through the Braintree Mountain Forest. Car shuttle required. 7-8 miles, 4-5 hours. Limited to 10 skiers.
Contact: Tom Burgos, tburgos5060@gmail.com or 802-234-9650 or Paul Kendall, pkendallb@gmail.com or 802-728-3726

Brandon Gap Backcountry Area Ski and Splitboard Tour (Rochester)
Intermediate to Advanced – Saturday, March 23
The Brandon Gap Backcountry Area has over 15,000 vertical feet of skiing in 4 four separate zones. We split into groups based on ability and desire to sample the gap. Climbing skins, some aerobic capacity and the ability to climb and descend in open hardwood forest are required. About 6 hours. Bring AT skis, telemark skis or a splitboard, lunch, plenty to drink and weather-appropriate clothing. Come explore these new backcountry zones, a joint project of the US Forest Service, RASTA, VTBC and the CTA. Participation limited to 40 skiers and riders.
Contact: Karl Fjeld, karlfjld6@gmail.com or 802-236-8023

Bolton to Smuggs Marathon Skimo Tour
Saturday March 30 (Alternate Date April 20)
A difficult and un-guided tour. We’ll start together and skiers of similar ability and speed will re-group occasionally. If you have any reservations about the distance or pace please plan to bail out at Nebraska Rd, Mountain Rd, or Stowe base area. Expect 8-10 hours of tempo skiing with very few short breaks. Skimo race gear is recommended and participants must be fully self-sufficient with food/water, clothes and safety gear. GPS and map recommended. Tour coordinator will provide gpx file. It’s helpful to have skied sections of this route beforehand. Requires expert level backcountry skill and race fitness. This tour has more vertical (9000’) in less mileage (26 miles) than Colorado’s Grand Traverse. This is a fast-paced skimo-style tour from the lowest elevation point available at Bolton Valley up and across ski area summits to the CT, through Trapps and Stowe nordic centers (Skytop, Steeple, Bruce trails), with the option to traverse Mansfield summit or head down Nose Dive to Spruce, then up Spruce or up Notch Rd to Sterling Pond, traverse from Sterling Mt to Madonna to Morse to finish at Smuggs base.This tour is highly snow condition dependent. Sweeper and bailout car needed. Multiple bailout points can be planned. Limit 15 people.
Contact Kevin Duniho, duniho@gmail.com, or 802-752-7990
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