Cross-country skiing in heavy, new snow in Stowe's Wiessner Woods

Monday, February 3, 2014 at 03:30 PM

Cross-country ski in Stowe
A cross-country ski tour in Stowe's Wiessner Woods on Sunday.
View from Stowe's Wiessner Woods
A view from the Meadow Trail.
Skiing in Wiessner Woods in Stowe
A less-traveled trail.

You know what they say about heavy, damp snow: It's good for the base!

Higher elevations in northern Vermont received a handful of inches of new snow overnight on Saturday. On Sunday, I did a ski tour through the damp snow — the kind that is good for snowballs — in warm temperatures. I was sure to have a ski scraper in my pocket in case the snow clumped onto my waxless skis.

It was the first time I took skis into Wiessner Woods in Stowe — 79 acres of wooded land that is protected by the Stowe Land Trust. A lot of people walk and snowshoe here, so the higher-traffic trails were packed down and a bit tricky. But as I got out farther away from the Edson Hill Road trailhead, I found fewer and fewer people had been in the new snow.

It was a fun and peaceful afternoon jaunt through some pretty woods. Visit the Stowe Land Trust website to learn more and see a map of trails in Wiessner Woods. The Catamount Trail even passes through here. While you are on the SLT website, consider becoming a member!

Looks like there is more snow on the way on Wednesday! Yay!

Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Stowe

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