Daily Archives: February 2, 2008

Catamount Trail Updates

Bolton signs agreement to help protect the Catamount Trail 

Catamount Trail Map

From the CTA Website:  CTA signed an agreement in Bolton on Friday, January 18, 2008, that will permanently conserve 3.5 miles of the Catamount Trail. Catamount/Bolton Land LLC, which owns the Bolton Valley Nordic Center, generously donated a trail easement that will ensure skiers the opportunity to traverse this area and provide access in perpetuity to the historic and much-loved Bolton-to-Trapp’s backcountry ski route.

link to the CTA Forum about Bolton Agreement

link to the CTA website for information about the trail around Bolton Valley Nordic Center

Burlington Free Press Article


Saturday Conditions

We have surprisingly good conditions today. This morning we groomed 15km packed and tilled for skate skiing. It’s 25 degrees at 9am and snowing lightly. Wax of the dayis extra blue or violet. [Yesterday we received a couple inches of new snow in the morning, followed by a sugary/icy layer and ending with 4″ more inches of powder through the night.]

With the wind and new snow yesterday we were hopeful that backcountry conditions would improve.   But today it’s a breakable crust.  Once you start turning your ski breaks through.  This makes for very tricky skiing and very challenging turning.  The Bryant Trail to Bryant Cabin is nice because it was groomed last week and now there is a nice layer of powder on top.  But skiing up higher from Bryant Cabin is the challenge.

All of our Backcountry Regulars say that today is a good day to stick to the groomed trails…. or snowshoe.

Join us tomorrow for Snowsnow Day— events kick off at 11:15am. See the events page for more information.