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

Backcountry ski tour in Stowe, Vermont

A backcountry ski tour in Stowe, Vermont.

Blue skies and Sterling Forest

Blue skies as we entered the Sterling Forest.

Rather deep snow

Rather deep snow up here on Thursday.

Want to sit and rest?

Anyone want to sit and rest?

Great views from Peek-a-View point in Stowe

Great views from Peak-a-View point in Stowe.

A peek over to Mt. Mansfield

A peek over to Mt. Mansfield.

Skiing through the woods

Skiing through the woods.

Vermont's Sterling Range

A view of Vermont's Sterling Range.

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 lose my poles as they submerged into the depths of the snow!

Take a look at photos from our tour, which started at the Sterling Gorge trailhead on Stowe’s northern border with Morristown. We ascended to the Peak-a-View summit via the Catamount Trail. We descended via the Marston Trail to return to our car.

Here’s a <link http: fileadmin slt photos other sterling_winter_trail_map.pdf external-link-new-window forest trail>link to a winter map of Stowe, Vermont’s Sterling Forest area, which has been conserved by the Stowe Land Trust and some very forward-thinking residents. (If you go, consider a SLT membership!)

And read this post about the tour that we did in the past which included the <link http: post cold-scenic-ski-tour-in-the-woods-in-stowe-vermont _top external-link-new-window to another>Peak-a-View viewpoint and Maple Run, Billings Road and Lauren's trails. 

After our long ski tour, we were ready for a pizza and Vermont beer; we found them at The Blue Stone in Waterbury. A little pricey, but the pizza we had was unique and tasty!

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