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Northern Four-Day Tour #2: Catamount Trail Sections 20-23

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  • Northern 4-Day Tour #2

    Friday to Monday January 20th to 23rd 2017 
    Sections 20-23 – Camels Hump Road to Trapp Family Lodge

    Skiers are welcome to sign up for as many days as they wish, even one. Register at or contact the CTA Office at[masked]-5794. To ask specific questions about the tour contact the Tour Coordinator.

    This tour has a required fee. For more info and to register please visit

    Tour Coordinators:

    Kevin Batson  | [masked]  | (802)[masked]

    Kevin is a trail chief for Section 20. Over the past three years he has skied all sections of the Catamount Trail becoming End-to-Ender #76 in 2014. When he is not skiing or at work, he likes to be on his bike with The Green Mountain Bike Club Touring group or hiking. He plans to join Bolton Valley Nordic Ski Patrol this winter.

    Lee Adams  |  [masked]

    Lee learned about the Catamount Trail in the early 90’s when she came upon the blue, diamond cat-track trail marker while skiing in the woods north of Sugarbush Golf Course. She completed the CT end to end in 2012. She and her husband Paul live in Sutton (central) Massachusetts.

    Section Descriptions:

    Section 20: Hump Road to Duxbury Road – January 20th 
    This section provides a variety of groomed and ungroomed skiing along moderately steep terrain, and passes through the groomed trail system of the Camel’s Hump Skiers’ Association (CHSA). The Trail from the CHSA trail system north to Duxbury Rd. (River Rd.) provides an exhilarating downhill ski along the popular Honey Hollow Trail. 7.8 miles.

    Section 21: Route 2 to Bolton Valley Nordic Center – January 21st
    This section starts with a long uphill climb on a trail shared with snowmobiles and ends on the beautiful groomed trails of the Bolton Valley Nordic Center. 7.3 miles.

    Section 22: Bolton Valley Nordic Center to Trapp Family Lodge – January 22nd
    This popular section is a rugged, backcountry tour climbing 1300 feet and descending 2300 feet. It features a narrow trail in the spruce forest above 2700 feet, a long descent through open forest, and marvelous views in many directions – the Little River and Cotton Brook Valleys and Worcester Range to the east, Camel’s Hump to the south and Mt. Mansfield to the north. The region between Bolton Valley and the start of the descent is a reliable area to find good early and late season snow, but the descent becomes very difficult if the snow is icy or crusty, or if there is insufficient snow cover. 9.4 miles.

    Section 23: Trapp Family Lodge to Edson Hill Manor – January 23rd
    This section of the CT runs mostly, but not entirely, on groomed trails of Stowe’s four ski touring centers: Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe Mountain Resort (a/k/a Mt. Mansfield) Touring Center, Topnotch Resort, and Edson Hill Manor. Many possibilities for shorter tours covering one or two of the three legs are feasible. For example: between Trapp’s and Mt. Mansfield TC, between Mt. Mansfield and Topnotch or Wiessner Woods, or Topnotch and Edson Hill. The distances of any required car shuttles are quite short – 5 miles at most. Parts of the last three miles of this section – between Topnotch and Edson Hill Manor – are groomed only occasionally, if at all. This stretch is generally well traveled, however, and includes the popular Wiessner Woods. 12.7 miles.

    For more info and to register for this tour please visit -

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