Tiff between Trapps and Stowe resort affects nordic skiers

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 05:39 PM

The cabin at Trapp Family Lodge nordic center.

The two largest cross-country centers in Stowe, Vermont, are in the midst of a tiff over a forest trail that connects the nordic centers.

Because of the falling out between the Trapp Family Lodge and neighboring Stowe Mountain Resort, the Ranch Camp trail will not be groomed for at least part of its length — causing skinny-skiers to think twice about moving between the two resorts.

And the Catamount Trail Association is now saying that those who want to ski the Catamount Trail, which follows the Ranch Camp Trail, must pay for a ticket at both nordic centers because the trail passes through both.Cabin at Trapp Family Lodge nordic center

The reason is financial, of course. Trapps feels their trails are being used by many Stowe Mountain Resort skiers without compensation. They want Stowe resort to pay $3,000 a year to allow their guests to access the Trapps trails. Stowe would rather add on a $5 fee for its guests that want to ski the 6 kilometers to the Cabin or elsewhere on the Trapp nordic network. Stowe would forward that revenue to Trapps; this was last year's arrangement.

For details on this row, check out the Stowe Reporter's article published December 17.

Filed in: Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

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