The Catamount Trail Association invites skiers to explore one of the most challenging and beautiful backcountry ski trails in Vermont and help support the Catamount Trail Association’s Ski Cubs Youth Program. On Sunday, March 15th, the CTA will hold its annual event, the Catamount Trail Classic, a fundraising ski tour of the historic Bolton-to-Trapp Trail.
The route leaves from the Bolton Valley Nordic Center and follows Section 22 of the Catamount Trail up and over Bolton Mountain to Nebraska Valley Road, ending at the Trapp Family Lodge. Upon arrival at the Trapp Family Lodge, tour participants will gather to enjoy food, refreshments, and social time. All tour proceeds will go to benefit the Catamount Ski Cubs Program, which introduces youth to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and provides a fun, winter alternative to typical indoor entertainment through cross-country skiing.
The Ski Cubs Program, now in its fifth year of operation, continues to offer free cross-country skiing to Vermont youth. The Ski Cubs Program continues to grow each year, now offering or supporting youth skiing programs in Chittenden, Addison, Bennington, and Orange counties. All proceeds from the Catamount Trail Classic will go towards funding this program and ensuring that it remains free for youth with limited resources and limited access to winter sports opportunities.
The Catamount Trail Classic is designed for experienced skiers who have a sense of adventure and are prepared to tackle intermediate to advanced terrain. Each individual is required to bring a small backpack with food, water, and extra clothes as there will be no official aid stations on the course. Climbing skins are highly recommended. Skiers will be challenged by the terrain and rewarded with great descents, spectacular views, and the satisfaction of supporting youth education.