Burlington, VT (February 12, 2010) — Skiers from throughout the East will test their backcountry skills on one of the most famous sections of the 300-mile Catamount Trail on Sunday March 14th. Both competitive and non-competitive skiers will ski from the Trapp Family Touring Center to the Bolton Valley Nordic Center over some of Vermont’s most scenic mountain terrain. Ascending 2300 vertical feet, participants will test their stamina and strength as they climb to the highest point on the Catamount Trail to breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. From there they will traverse Bolton Mountain and make a hair raising 1300 ft descent to the Bolton Valley Nordic Center. The demanding 17km course is 30% groomed trail and 70% non-groomed.
This event is designed for experienced skiers who have a true sense of adventure and are open to the unexpected. Each individual is encouraged to bring a small backpack with food, water, and extra clothes since there are no aid stations on the course. Climbing skins will be allowed and competitive class skiers may only use one pair of skis.
A special non-competitive start (10:00am) will take place 90 minutes prior to the start of the competitive race at 11:30am. This is ideal for skiers who wish to take a more leisurely tour, enjoy the scenery, stop for food breaks, and meet like-minded adventurers. The day’s event will culminate with a hearty meal, raffle prizes and awards for participants.
Registration will take place at the Bolton Valley Nordic Center from 8:00am 10:00am on March 14th. Optional bus service will be available for those participants who will need a ride to the start. The event will be limited to 100 participants and registrations must be received by March 8th. For more information visit www.catamounttrail.org or call 802-864-5794.