Trip Number: 13420A
Staff: Linda Cooper
- Enjoy cross-country skiing through bucolic Vermont backcountry
- Use the day off to relax or explore the town of Stowe
- Lodging at Craftsbury Outdoor Center
- Complimentary ski lessons
- Van transportation, including airport pick-up/drop-off
- All meals and tips
Unfortunately, this trip has been cancelled. If you
have questions, please
Because it is somewhat isolated from the rest of the state, the northeastern
section of Vermont has adopted the name, "Northeast Kingdom." Adding
to the rural nature of the area are bucolic scenes of farmland -- tiny villages
with white, steepled churches on the common and lots of snow. Snow often starts
falling before Thanksgiving and piles up well into March. Hardy residents live
in high boots and learn to ski at very early ages. Farms and self-sufficient
households proliferate, thriving on isolation from the "big city"
and taking great pride in being official residents of the Kingdom. Isolated
in the heart of this prime snowbelt, as if in another world, lies our lodge,
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Each afternoon during our week of cross-country
skiing, we'll return to hot showers, gourmet local food prepared with artistic
flair, and cozy beds. The Craftsbury Outdoor Center has a long history of hosting
the best skiing conditions in the East. With new owners and non-profit status,
the Center also focuses on sustainability in its every action.
Photo: Chris Milliman
Day 1: After our airport pick-up at 2 p.m., we'll drive to
Craftsbury, VT (1½ hour), where we'll get settled and acquainted.
Day 2: Today we take to the snow. Enjoy complimentary ski
lessons, rent your equipment, and find your ski legs on groomed trails of Craftsbury
Day 3: After breakfast, we'll depart by van for a day-long
ski trip using a local section of Catamount Trail.
Day 4: Again, we'll take a van to start our day-long ski trip
on another local section of Catamount Trail.
Day 5: Today will be our day off to relax, ski at the touring
center, or join the leaders to explore the town of Stowe and Ben and Jerry’s
Ice Cream Factory.
Day 6: We'll return to the snow to enjoy yet another local
section of Catamount Trail.
Day 7: In the morning, we'll catch one last ski. Our van departs
at 11:30 a.m. for the airport in Burlington. Please plan your flight so that
it departs after 2 p.m.
Rental equipment is available for a small charge.
Round-trip shuttle service to/from Burlington, VT airport is provided by your
leaders. Please plan to arrive for a 2 p.m. pick-up on the first day and depart
on a flight after 2 p.m. on the last day. If you have difficulty arranging flights
within this time frame, you should consider arriving a day early or departing
a day late. Talk to the leader for suggestions of nearby hotels. You may also
choose to take a taxi to Craftsbury, but be forewarned that this is not inexpensive.
Driving directions will also be provided if you are planning to arrive under
your own power.
Accommodations and Food
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center has a long history of hosting the best skiing
conditions in the East. With new owners and non-profit status, the Center also
focuses on sustainability in its every action.
The trip cost includes double or triple rooms, with shared bath, all meals,
ski passes, and taxes and tips. The cost does not include equipment rental or
Please be an intermediate cross-country skier for this trip, as we will venture
onto backcountry trails with unpredictable conditions. Daily 6- to 12-mile ski
runs will explore several sections of the Catamount Trail, designed to run the
entire length of the state on public rights of way. Frequently hilly, often
wooded, and sometimes following old logging roads, the Catamount Trail winds
its way south.
Winter weather in a wilderness setting needs to be taken seriously. Proper
layering and "broken in" equipment in good repair are essential for
backcountry skiing, and even for the groomed areas near the lodge. Temperatures
below zero are common. This trip is for adults only (18 and over).
Equipment and Clothing
You will need layers of clothing to provide protection from rain and extreme
cold. You may bring your own lightweight touring skis, boots and poles, or plan
to rent them. Bring a day pack that will hold extra clothing, food, and shelter,
such as an emergency Space Blanket. Bring stuff sacs and plastic garbage bags
to keep everything dry. Bring a personal first-aid kit (Bandaids, moleskin,
etc.), toiletry items, and of course any regular medicines. We will be happy
to discuss clothing and equipment details with applicants. A detailed list of
what to bring and driving directions will be provided to confirmed participants.
We will also periodically provide trip roster updates so you can arrange carpools
- Any poetry of Robert Frost.
- Meeks, Harold A., Time and Change in Vermont, A Human Geography.
- www.VermontLife.com (for Vermont Life Magazine)
Photo: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
In its new incarnation as a non-profit, Craftsbury Outdoor Center has embraced
alternative energy in solar water systems, photovoltaics and heating with the
abundant local resource, wood. We will get a behind-the-scenes view of the features
making this special place more energy efficient. When traveling between towns
or in a wilderness setting we will follow Leave No Trace protocol.
See the How to Apply for an Outing section for more details on registering for this trip and details
about our Reservation and Cancellation Policy.
The payment of a deposit does not confirm you as a member on the trip. Participants must be approved by the trip leader. After signing up for this trip, you will be sent a confirmation packet containing approval materials (Participant Approval Questionnaire, Medical Form, Liability Release Form). Each applicant (including those on the waitlist) must fill out these forms and promptly mail them to the trip leader. The leader will review the approval materials and notify you of your acceptance in a timely manner.
Linda Cooper has over 35 years experience as a counselor, social worker, university administrator and outdoor adventure guide. Certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR, Linda is an environmentalist committed to inspiring others with the love and appreciation of our fragile world. She is now partially retired with more time to play in the outdoors and lead trips for Sierra Club. She moved to Vermont in 2007, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
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