X/C trail celebrates 30 years of traversing Vermont
Jan 06, 2014 | 1425 views | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend | print
VERMONT- In the winter it can be a challenge to get outside, be active, and stay social. When it’s cold and snowy outside it’s very easy to want to hole up at home in front of the fire. The Catamount Trail Association offers opportunities to get outside, meet new people, be active, learn new skills, and have fun. The Catamount Trail Association is celebrating its 30th anniversary since being incorporated as a nonprofit backcountry skiing organization in 1984 with the “purpose of building, administrating, and maintaining the Catamount Trail as a public resource.” The last stretch of the CT was completed in 2007, making the trail 100% complete extending from the Massachusetts line in Readsboro to the Canadian border at North Troy. The trail consists of 31 sections totaling 300 miles. The trail is marked with blue catamount paw signs and runs through private, municipal, state, and federal land.

Anyone can get involved, from individuals who have never skied to seasoned backcountry explorers. The CT sponsors instructional events that are ideal for the new or beginner skier. There are free single day tours with some tours geared toward novice skiers and others that are longer and geared for more intermediate or advanced skiers. Multi-day tours are perfect for the experienced skier looking to bite off a bit more-perhaps even looking to be an “end to ender,” skiing the length of Vermont. The multi-day tours are also great social events.

Further information on the CT can be found on catamounttrail.org. On the toolbar click on Ski The CT for detailed information including maps on the individual sections. Click on tours to check out the single day guided tours as well as the multi-day tours. The special events are also listed on the website. The CTA office can be contacted at (802) 864-5794.

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