Well-covered cross-country trails at Vermont's Catamount Outdoor Center

Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 04:55 PM

Great snow on Catamount's cross-country skiing trails on Sunday.

The Skimeister and I had some work and house chores to do this weekend. We felt a bit guilty about skiing on Thursday, so this was our penance. But all work and no play makes the Skimaven cranky, so we made time to do some cross-country skiing this afternoon in nearby Williston, Vermont, at the Catamount Outdoor Center.

Catamount is the closest cross-country trail network to Burlington. It is pretty fun to ski in Burlington at Red Rocks Park or on the Burlington Country Club, but there are no tracks set at either places.

We met up with Skimeister's parents to do a loop in the wooded section of the trail network. Once again we were there on a windy day and the woods were the place to be.

The snow coverage is the best I've seen it there all season. Not a single rock or dirt patch to be found. Hallelujah!

I stuck my pole into the snow by the side of the trail and it had to be at least a foot deep. With warmer temperatures and all this snow, I bet the skiing all around Vermont was fantastic today.

I just read something that I did not know. The property at Catamount is listed by the Vermont Division for Historic Places and the national Register of Historic Places as the "Giles Chittenden Homestead." The place was originally the home farm of Giles Chittenden, and the main house was built by his father, Vermont's first Governor, Thomas Chittenden, in 1796. Very cool.

I also see that one of Catamount's upcoming events is a Moonlight Snowshoe Tour on February 7. Here's a bit more about the nordic center.

CATAMOUNT CROSS-COUNTRY CENTER AT A GLANCE

  • Located at 592 Gov. Chittenden Road, Williston, Vermont
  • 35 km of cross-country skiing trails
  • Trails in both the woods and fields
  • Snowshoeing trails and a groomed sledding hill, too
  • Operated as a nonprofit organization, with mountain biking in the summer
  • Offers nighttime nordic skiing Tues - Thurs from 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Adult trail pass: $18 full day; $15 half day; $9 at night
  • Lesser rates for children, teens and seniors
  • Ski rentals and lessons available

Filed in: Catamount Nordic, Cross-country skiing

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