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 next time to bring our light backcountry gear (wider skis and beefier boots). That way we can enjoy any trail that looks enticing — whether it is a groomer or a lightly skied backcountry trail.
There was plenty of snow up there today. Our loop brought us up to nearly 1900 feet in elevation on the ungroomed Crow's Foot trail. That trail leads you through lovely hardwoods. And it allows you to connect to Honey Hollow on the Catamount Trail or the Camel's Hump Challenge Trail.
We found nicely groomed cruising on the Hale Woods, Stagecoach and Big Baldy trails. We returned to our car via the exciting downhills on Bear Scat Draw. Better have a good snowplow for that one!
If you go, be sure to print out a trail map ahead of time and bring it with you (some intersections don't have signage). Also, bring $10 per person to slip into the cash box for your trail fee.
It's a great place to explore the Vermont woods!