The cross-country ski trail network at CHNSA has, over the last few years, been undergoing a gradual transformation that will continue for some time. With unprecedented access to dramatic, higher elevation terrain, we now have the opportunity to expand the trail network in an exciting direction. First time skiers at CHNSA will find that there are essentially three different areas of the trail network to explore, each with its own distinct character, and two different parking lots/trail access points.
The primary parking for CHNSA is now located at the height of land on Bert White Road and offers ready access to the “southern” network of trails that form the central groomed trail network of gentle to moderate terrain. Those preferring more of a backcountry skiing experience can access the “northern” trails (Pond Road, Honeymooner, Lost Farm Loop, Echo Woods, etc.), which recently reverted to ungroomed at the request of landowners, via the Handy Road parking area. The third area of trails at CHNSA is in the northeast quadrant of the trail map and includes the higher elevation, more challenging backcountry trails of Camel’s Hump State Park: Lion’s Ridge, the Honey Hollow section of the Catamount Trail, and the Camel’s Hump Challenge Trail that circumnavigates Camel’s Hump. This sector can be reached via either parking lot/trailhead.
The groomed option for skiers is the terrain surrounding Cobble Hill and Windekind Farm--the “southern” trail network accessed from Bert White Road. One can take Marijke’s Mainline and Jackrabbit across the road, or extend a loop onto The Sugarbush. Skunk Brook to Dead River Run ultimately leads to breathtaking views from Windekind Farm, a scenic gem tucked away at the end of the road. A new favorite takes skiers out Big Baldy to Crow’s Foot, a groomed route topping out at 2000’. Northern Lights takes one across the top of an open meadow for a dramatic Adirondack skyline view before heading into the woods toward Gullywhumper. From Gullywhumper, find your way back to parking via Stagecoach Road, The Snake, and Bear Scat Draw, completing the loop with a great roller coaster ride.The backcountry Cobble Hill is no longer just backcountry.·The north side of Cobble Hill has been re-routed for grooming to an 1800' scenic summit.The south side of Cobble Hill has also been re-routed as a more skier-friendly backcountry powder run that now exits onto Skunk Brook Trail
For those preferring backcountry ski terrain, the northeast portion of our trail network (upper right on the trail map) takes one to ungroomed trails and the highest elevations on the network. Stagecoach Road leads to the Catamount Trail and Camel’s Hump State Park, where the Lion’s Ridge trail loops around on a gentle shelf above 2000’ with the most dramatic views of Camel’s Hump you will find in the area. Make sure you have your camera for this trip! And, if you’re interested in a longer distance ski, park a second car at the maintained parking lot on the River Road in Bolton, just east of the Honey Hollow Road, then drive back to CHNSA and head for the Honey Hollowsection of the Catamount Ski Trail that descends 1500 vertical feet to the Winooski River. The newest addition to the backcountry terrain is the Camel’s Hump Challenge Trail, a naturally “challenging” 25k ski that circumnavigates Camel’s Hump and should be skied in a group, allowing five to eight hours depending on your level of expertise and experience.