A Family Adventure


Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Catamount Trail: Rutland City Forest

January 10, 2015
Emilie Phillips

With my parents visiting for an extended holiday vacation, we were hoping to get out skiing, but there just wasn’t much snow. It finally snowed a little, but not enough to ski in southern NH. Looking at the snow map, southern Vermont looked like it should have decent snow coverage. We couldn’t find information on any cross country ski trails there. So instead we picked section 12 of the Catamount a bit farther north, but still high in the mountains.

By the time we got everyone packed, out of the house, and drove over to Vermont, it was mid afternoon. We found that there wasn’t much more snow than back at home, and definitely not enough for the trail. It was somewhat steep as advertised by the guide, but the bigger problem was that there was no even trail base. The trail was a lumpy jumble of rocks and downed trees that needed a lot of snow cover to be skiable. Tyson, who was pulling the pulk, ended up just hiking because the trail was so uneven and he couldn’t get grip with his skis.

We gave up after not too long, turned around, and drove the two and a half hours back home.