Catamount Trail Section 24
The Catamount Trail runs the entire length of Vermont (Section 24 runs from Edson Hill to Ryder Brook north of Stowe). The CT passes through all of the touring centers in Stowe. Through the touring centers the trail is groomed (dogs and walking not permitted and trail pass may be required) but other parts ungroomed, free, and good for skiing with your dog. Many sections of the trail pass over private land - please be respectful and stay on the trail. See the CTA web page for more details. Maps covering the two Stowe sections of the trail are available here on our website. Access points (in south to north order) are: Trapp’s XC Center, Stowe Mtn XC Center, Topnotch, Edson Hill, Wiessner Woods and Sterling Forest - for directions to any of these access points see the links from the main map for the access point you wish to use.
Umiak Outfitters “Vermont's Leading Winter Adventure Center” offers fun & exciting activities throughout the Stowe area. Umiak’s retail shop carries top Nordic and Backcountry gear from top brands like Rossignol, Fischer, Madshus, Sport Hill, Mammut, and Outdoor Research. Nordic Ski, Backcountry, AT and Telemark skis, snowshoes, sleds, skates and more are available for rental. Stop by and learn more about guided Backcountry Tours that mix pristine wilderness and delicious food & drink! Umiak is open 9:00- 6:00 every day at 849 South Main St, Rt. 100 Stowe’s Lower Village.
MountainOps is an outdoor gear store located in Stowe, VT dedicated to providing high quality and unique equipment & clothing for life in these Green Mountains and for your travels to the snow capped peaks around the world. If you've never been to the shop, you've got to check it out. Located in an iconic red barn built in 1893, we offer 3000 square feet of clothing and gear for outdoor enthusiasts, along with the friendliest and most knowledgeable staff in Vermont.
Mountain Ops also offers a wide selection of rental skis - cross-country, backcountry, AT and alpine - with a knowledgable staff to set you up right.
AJ’s Ski & Sports
A Stowe Land Trust property - Wiessner Woods is crisscrossed with walking trails that also make for nice skiing, particularly after a fresh snowfall. It is a very popular dog walking area and a good location to ski with your dog. Skiing to the old sugarhouse (with its mailbox full of dog treats) makes a nice short loop. Abutting Wiessner is a large private property with a nice network of trails that are periodically groomed and made available for public use (please be respectful since it is private land). Maps of those ski trails are posted on trees throughout the property. Trails are suitable for all ability levels.
After your ski in Wiessner check out the short trail across the street from the parking lot that leads to the Stowehof where you can get a hot drink and warm up by the fire.
Trapp Family Lodge
One of the two flagship XC centers in Stowe with over 60km of pristine Piston Bully groomed trails serving all ability levels. Cruise the lower trails such as Sugar Road or Fox Track and check out lunch at the new Austrian Bier Hall or climb to the upper more challenging trails with a stop at Slayton Cabin for a homemade lunch. Lessons and rentals available at the touring center. This is also a great access point to the amazing backcountry skiing in Mt Mansfield State Forest (good snow cover is required to safely ski the backcountry so check with the experts at the touring center before setting out). Trail pass required. No dogs or walking on the ski trails (snowshoes permitted).
Located near the top of the Stowe Rec Path, the Topnotch Lower trail system utilizes a beautiful pasture and has limited grooming right up to Mountain Ops rental and retail outdoor shop from the Rec Path. If you find yourself traveling down into town along the Rec Path and wanting a shuttle back, check with the free winter public shuttle at ridegmt.com/gmt-schedules/ As with the Rec Path these are multi-use trails serving walkers and skiers during the winter. Dogs are allowed but must be on leash
Stowe Recreation Path
Groomed by Stowe Nordic - ski in the heart of Stowe along the 5.5 mile trail that follows the West Branch of the Little River in a serene mountain setting. The Rec Path also links with Mayo Farm Loop, Topnotch Resort trails and other small connecting loops offering 8-10 miles of groomed trails. Explore Stowe with trailside stops available at local restaurants, shops and hotels. The Rec Path is a multi-use trail serving walkers and skiers during the winter. Dogs are allowed but must be on leash.
There are multiple access points: in Stowe center behind the church, at Chase Park (on Luce Hill just off Mtn. Rd-DIRECTIONS PROVIDED TO THIS LOCATION), at Thompson Park (on Mtn. Rd between Cottage Club and Houston Farm Roads), behind Mountain Ops ski shop on Mtn Rd, at at its far terminus on Brook Road (just off Mtn. Rd)
Stowe Mountain Resort Cross Country Center
One of the two flagship XC centers in Stowe with 45Km of groomed trails offering a more traditional cross-country ski experience with beautiful rolling terrain and a choice of broad modern trails (try the “Burt” trail along the river) and small single track gems (check out “Classic”). Lessons and rentals available at the touring center. This is also a great access point to the amazing backcountry skiing in Mt Mansfield State Forest (good snow cover is required to safely ski the backcountry so check with the experts at the touring center before setting out). Trail pass required. No dogs or walking on the ski trails (snowshoes permitted).
Offers a diverse set of trails from easy cruisers like the 8 Bridges Trail to downright adrenaline pumping lines down from the Sterling Ridge trail. The marked trails are great to ski with your dog. The Catamount Trail runs through this area as well as the VAST (snowmobile trail) which intersects with some of the ski trails – the VAST is skiable and not heavily used by snowmobilers, but stay alert just in case.
From Stowe Mountain Resort to Smugglers Notch Ski Resort, route 108 is closed in the winter creating miles of winter playground. Park at “the end of the road” just past the entrance to Stowe Mtn Resort. The Notch usually offers the earliest cross-country skiing in New England…so check it out on skis as soon as soon as a little snow flies. Also a great place to ski with your dog. Appropriate for all abilities.
Mansfield State Forest
Extensive backcountry trail network including over 30km of marked trails plus limitless off trail runs. Trails range from the relatively tame Underhill Trail to the not so tame Steeple Trail. These trails are accessible from either the Stowe Mountain Resort Cross Country Center or the Trapps Cross Country Center. Detailed maps of these trails are available in local stores and ski shops and also on the SMR Cross Country Center ski map. A ski pass is required at both access points. For directions see either the Trapps or Stowe Man Resort XC locations on the main map.
Mayo Farm Loop
This winter Mayo will be only groomed periodically when snow conditions permit so keep an eye on our website and catch a few laps of this beautiful trail when it is freshly groomed. 3km (1.8mi) loop of rolling terrain with beautiful views of Stowe and the Worcester mountains. Then hop across Mayo Farm road and ski across the new bridge to the Rec Path trails connecting you to 8-10 more miles of free groomed skiing either in towards town or out along the river. Mayo Farm is a ski specific trail so no walkers or dogs are permitted.
A Stowe Land Trust property, Kirchner features over 4 miles of trails climbing as high as 1635’, including a number of winter only trails that ski very well. It is a good location to ski with your dog. Be sure to check out the sugarhouse 1/3 mile from the trailhead. Beginners should take care, but intermediate skiers will have a blast with a little fresh snow.
We are hoping Edson Hill will resume grooming and be open again this winter – a modest size, but very nice network of groomed trails and a cozy XC Center to warm up in before or after you ski. Trail fee is required (if the XC center is not staffed please pay at the main Manor building).
Offers a fairly extensive network of forest service roads (usually groomed by VAST for snowmobile travel = easy skiing) and a few nice backcountry trails (ungroomed - a bit more challenging). A great location for Ski-Joring or just plain skiing with your dog. From Nebraska Valley Rd turn down Cottonbrook Rd and park where the plowing stops.
Catamount Trail Section 23
The Catamount Trail runs the entire length of Vermont (Section 23 runs from Trapps to Edson Hill). The CT passes through all of the touring centers in Stowe. Through the touring centers the trail is groomed (dogs and walking not permitted and trail pass may be required) but other parts are ungroomed, free, and good for skiing with your dog. Many sections of the trail pass over private land - please be respectful and stay on the trail. See the CTA web page for more details. Maps covering the two Stowe sections of the trail are available here on our website. Access points (in south to north order) are: Trapp’s XC Center, Stowe Mtn XC Center, Topnotch, Edson Hill, Wiessner Woods and Sterling Forest - for directions to any of these access points see the links from the main map for the access point you wish to use.
Nestled right in town providing excellent winter double and single track trails that are a favorite for snowshoers, backcountry skiers and fat bikers. Trails are ungroomed. Please obey all trail closures and signs at the Cady Hill trail system and note that some trails are one-way only. A good in-town location to ski with your dog.