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On today's agenda: A ski tour at Camel's Hump Nordic in Huntington, Vermont

Photo of cross-country skier and tall pine trees

In the shadow of Vermont's third-highest peak (Camel's Hump) sits a low-key, nonprofit trail system called Camel's Hump Nordic Ski Area. We did a very nice ski loop there this morning. Camel's Hump Nordic maintains over 65 kilometers of groomed and backcountry trails. They say they regularly groom 20-25 km for both classic and skate skiing. The trails range from easy field loops to challenging backcountry trails and steep terrain. We took our waxless cross-country skis today but we decided...[Read more]

Sunday, February 16, 2020 Filed in: Camel's Hump Nordic, Catamount Trail, Cross-country skiing

Snow and warm temps in Stowe, Vermont's Sterling Forest

Backcountry ski tour in Stowe, Vermont

We knew that Friday’s weather was going to be gloomy, so the Skimeister and I took time on Thursday to do a backcountry ski tour in Stowe’s Sterling Forest. We wanted to enjoy the snow before it got bogged down by warm temperatures and rain. <Sigh.> The morning featured spectacular blue skies. We found rather deep snow to ski through and as the morning turned into afternoon the snow was definitely getting heavier due to the warm temperatures and the warmth of the sun. Sometimes I would...[Read more]

Friday, February 21, 2014 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Skiing the trails in Stowe's Sterling Forest

Skiing in Stowe's Sterling Forest

On a sparkling day, the Skimeister and I enjoyed a ski tour in the Sterling Forest of Stowe, Vermont. This town-owned land has a network of backcountry skiing and snowshoe trails. It is also crossed by the Catamount Trail and a VAST snowmobile trail. We parked near the Sterling Falls Gorge, picked up a map, and crossed an open meadow before heading into the woods on the Marston Trail. We enjoyed skiing on this trail and on a mellow section of the Catamount Trail — the...[Read more]

Saturday, February 16, 2013 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

Snow, sleet, rain and Catamount Trail coupons

Well, elevation means everything this week in Vermont. While many towns and villages and base lodge areas have seen rain and sleet, there's been a mix of snow, sleet and rain up higher on the mountains. Yesterday morning 2 to 5 inches of new snow were being reported at many Vermont ski areas. And this morning a couple more inches were being reported at the tops of some peaks. Middlebury Snow Bowl, Sugarbush, Stowe, Jay, Bolton, Burke and Killington were among those reporting snowflakes this...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bromley, Burke, Catamount Trail, Cross-country skiing, Killington, Middlebury Snow Bowl, Mount Snow, Sugarbush, Ticket discounts

Catamount Trail skiing & a stay at a farmhouse inn in Waitsfield, Vermont

Catamount Trail Light snow fell most of the weekend in Vermont's Mad River Valley and on the other side of the Green Mountains, where I was skiing section 17 of the Catamount Trail. As our group skied the 10-mile section of this backcountry trail on Saturday, the fluffy snow created a featherbed effect along the trail. This section starts on the Natural Turnpike in Ripton, Vermont, and snakes its way to Lincoln Gap in Lincoln. We skied north, following the western edge of the Green Mountains....[Read more]

Monday, January 31, 2011 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Blueberry Lake, Catamount Trail, Food, coffee & après ski, Mad River Glen, Ole's, Sugarbush

Views and turns earned on Burling and Beaver Meadow Trails

Well if it's going to be 10 degrees, it's always nice to have the sun out! We were treated to sunshine and blue skies as a group of us skied up the Beaver Meadow Trail and down the Burling Trail in Morristown, Vermont — on the flanks of the Sterling Range, north of Stowe. Because the Skimeister is recuperating from ACL reconstruction (yes, he messed up his knee while snowboarding), I've been seeking out friends and groups to ski with. Today I joined nice folks as part of a Catamount Trail...[Read more]

Saturday, January 22, 2011 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Stowe

Eight resorts now open; and Catamount Trail member savings

Mother Nature has been cooperating with Vermont ski resorts by allowing for some serious snowmaking to take place recently. And, some snow squalls added a bit of natural snow to the mix today. Eight ski resorts are now open in Vermont — most with limited intermediate and expert terrain. Gets a skier in the mood for skiing off some of their holiday overindulgence, and for saving some dough! On that note, I received my Catamount Trail Association member coupon booklet earlier this month and it's...[Read more]

Saturday, November 27, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Cross-country skiing, Ticket discounts

Cold, scenic ski tour in the woods in Stowe, Vermont

I'd say it was about 5 degrees (F) on Saturday when we clicked into our skis in the Sterling Valley area of Stowe, Vermont. Needless to say, it was not a day for dallying about. We selected a backcountry ski tour so that we'd keep moving and generate our own heat on this clear but cold day. I had been eyeing a section of the Catamount Trail in Stowe ever since our summer hike up in the Upper Sterling Valley. The Mount Mansfield Ski & Snowshoe Waterproof Trail Map (you can buy it at the...[Read more]

Sunday, January 31, 2010 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Stowe

We're off and skiing in Vermont; and women's nordic event approaches

We're off and skiing in Vermont! Have you hit the slopes yet? I plan to go on Tuesday; I'll be sure to let you know how it is. It's nice to see that occasional snow is in Vermont's forecast this week, as well. This past weekend you could choose between Killington, Jay Peak, Okemo, Stowe and Sugarbush. Mount Snow opened today with a line of people waiting for their first lift ride, and Stratton and Smugglers' are opening Tuesday. More resorts are slated to open this coming weekend. Check my...[Read more]

Monday, December 7, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Catamount Trail, Fall & Early season, Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Stowe, Sugarbush

It's snowing in Vermont — and NYT features the Catamount Trail

I just had a lovely, blustery walk for some Vietnamese pho (a delicious noodle soup). It's snowing again in Vermont! I discovered another great page on the NOAA/National Weather Service site. It gives estimated snowstorm totals: They also report: TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 9 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHERAMOUNTS IS EXPECTED BY TUESDAY MORNING ACROSS CENTRAL ANDNORTHERN VERMONT...INCLUDING THE WESTERN SLOPES OF THE...[Read more]

Monday, March 2, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Cross-country skiing

January 10: Free cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at several resorts, and a Ladies Nordic Expo

January 10 brings fun nordic events to Vermont ski country

Freebies don't come along every day, so this is one to take advantage of this weekend. Several Vermont nordic centers are offering free or discounted trail passes, cross-country skiing lessons and ski or snowshoe rentals on Saturday, January 10. Check out the Winter Trails site for a list of participating resorts, which include places like Ole's, Woodstock, Blueberry Hill and Sleepy Hollow cross-country centers. You may want to call first to confirm the details, and download the release...[Read more]

Monday, January 5, 2009 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Catamount Trail, Cross-country skiing

Help put a shine on a Vermont winter gem: the Catamount Trail

A Catamount Trail marker that is nearly buried in last winter's snow

Looks like it will be a cool but rather sunny weekend here in northern Vermont. October is a nice month to get out onto the trails and hey, while you are at it, perhaps you'd consider working a bit on your favorite section of the Catamount Trail? Maintaining 300 miles of trail is not an easy task. If you enjoy working in the woods and have some time to spare, please join CTA volunteers in their annual effort to clear the Catamount Trail of blow-downs, branches and brush.The CTA says: "Bring a...[Read more]

Friday, October 3, 2008 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail

Your vote could deliver $50K to Vermont's Catamount Trail

On the Bolton-Trapp ski trail, part of Vermont's Catamount Trail.

This news just came into my inbox... The Catamount Trail Association (CTA) is one of five finalists for a $50,000 grant that could help secure some 90 miles of unprotected sections of the 300-mile-long ski trail. Catamount Trail officials are asking skiers to visit their home page for a link to where they can vote for CTA. And you can add a vote every day! So, go on and use a disposable e-mail address from Yahoo or Hotmail and log in to vote! These funds would be a huge boost to CTA's...[Read more]

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Cochran's, Cross-country skiing

Catamount Trail Assoc. wants your opinion — yes, you!

I got an e-mail from the Catamount Trail Association, the caretakers of the 300-mile-long ski trail that covers the length of the state of Vermont. They are asking people to fill out their online survey so that they can prioritize their activities for the coming season. Members and non-members alike are invited to respond. It took me about five minutes to fill it out. I've enjoyed skiing sections of the Catamount Trail and I've made good use of my membership discount booklet at Vermont...[Read more]

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Cross-country skiing

My first Bolton-Trapp Trail backcountry ski excursion

I love checklists. It gives me great satisfaction to tick things off as I complete them. Yesterday I had the pleasure of checking off the Bolton-Trapp Trail on my skiing to-do list for this season. It was the first time I had done this backcountry excursion and it was tiring, but extra snowy and fun! The Skimeister, his step-mom and I dropped a car on Nebraska Valley Road in Moscow (a section of Stowe), Vermont, before driving to our starting point at the Bolton Valley nordic center. The car...[Read more]

Sunday, March 2, 2008 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Catamount Trail, Trapp Family Lodge

Catamount Trail celebrates completion of trail with many events

Ah, the beauty of backcountry skiing in Vermont!

The Catamount Trail Association (CTA), the group that cares for the 300-mile trail that runs the length of Vermont, got some good press a couple of days ago in the Burlington Free Press. The article is not online (sorry, the Free Press site is extremely lame) but it reported that the organization is hosting the most ski trips and events this winter than ever before. About 30 individuals are leading nearly 60 ski tours. The tours are rated for different abilities and you must sign up in...[Read more]

Friday, February 22, 2008 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Catamount Trail, Trapp Family Lodge

A snowy nordic ski at Mountain Top

A view from Mountain Top nordic center

Snow was the word of the day. We were headed this morning for Mountain Top Nordic Center in Chittenden, Vt., near Killington and Rutland. I had heard good things about it, so this was the time to check it out as we were heading north from Okemo. It was snowing during our drive, and it had snowed the night before, and as we prepared to hit the trails it really started coming down! I felt kind of silly, but I went back to the car for my goggles. (Hey, vision is a good thing when you are skidding...[Read more]

Sunday, February 10, 2008 Filed in: Catamount Trail, Cross-country skiing, Mountain Top

Hallelujah! I got my Catamount membership discounts!

I smell discounts!

I recently found a little treasure in my mailbox. The Skimeister and I received our Catamount Trail Association membership cards and the discount booklets that come with them. The Catamount Trail is a 300-mile cross-country and backcountry ski trail that crosses the state of Vermont from head to toe. Many private land owners and ski resorts allow the trail to pass through their properties. What a terrific gift to all of us skiers. Our membership money helps to maintain this trail. As an added...[Read more]

Tuesday, February 5, 2008 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Catamount Trail, Cross-country skiing, Ticket discounts

Sweet snow found in Honey Hollow

Sweet turns in Honey Hollow, near Camel's Hump

I've been wanting to ski Honey Hollow from Huntington for a couple of years. It's located near Camel's Hump—partially in Huntington and Bolton, Vermont. I've snowshoed and even skied up a ways from the Duxbury Road parking lot a few times, but I've wanted to do a car shuttle to allow me to check out what backcountry skiing lies above. Today was the day to do it. After dropping the car in the appropriate spot on Duxbury Road in Bolton, near the Winooski River, the Skimeister and I headed...[Read more]

Saturday, January 5, 2008 Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Camel's Hump Nordic, Catamount Trail

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