The Catamount Trail Association is a passionate group of backcountry skiers and outdoor enthusiasts. We’ve been breaking trail since 1984, creating North America’s longest backcountry ski trail and pioneering innovative recreation projects throughout Vermont.
Our mission is to expand access to Vermont’s backcountry because we believe days spent in the mountains with friends are powerful, and that those experiences should be open to everyone. We are advocates, volunteers, supporters, and trailblazers working to steward the Catamount Trail, manage backcountry ski terrain, permanently protect mountain lands, and expand equitable access to skiing. By building trails, community, and opportunity we connect people to Vermont’s mountain landscape.
The Catamount Trail…
- is a 300-mile, winter-use trail open to the public for skiing and snowshoeing;
- follows remote wilderness routes, groomed cross-country ski trails, snowmobile trails, and old logging roads;
- is divided into 31 sections, each of which has its own volunteer trail chief;
- includes stretches appropriate for a broad range of skiing and snowshoeing abilities;
- crosses private land through the generous permission of nearly 200 landowners; and
- traverses approximately 135 miles of public land including Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont state land, and town-owned parcels.