Trail Improvements & Expansion Project

Trail development, maintenance, and expansion have been ongoing at CHNSA since the late 1970s. The unparalleled upland terrain has enabled us to create a wonderful network of trails for all skier ability levels. We have several trail projects that we'd like to undertake in the near future to make the CHNSA trail network even better than it already is! Here's a list of what we're considering:

  • Finish the long-delayed re-route/construction of Woodchuck Ramble (from Stagecoach Road to Gullywhumper) once logging has been completed in that area.
  • Work with the yurt owners up on Stagecoach Road to skirt their yurts with a re-route of Stagecoach Road.
  • Smooth Bear Claw for grooming.
  • Create a meandering, groomed trail ("Poole’s Haunt") through mature maple forest from Dead River Run to Upper Crow’s Foot. This trail will offer an additional choice of loops on moderate terrain and provide a direct, groomable connection to the Gateway Loop and the more reliable, high elevation snowpack in the Bald Hill area.
  • Complete construction of the southern section of the Gateway Loop for grooming.
  • Establish a 2.5km race loop that can be used mid-week to host high school ski races.
  • Work with the VT Dept of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) to establish a groomable trail that starts at the Madrid Junction intersection of Dead River Run and Skunk Brook Trail, and then climbs gradually within Camel's Hump State Park to a connection with the Gateway Loop (2300’ elevation) at the base of 3000’ Bald Hill.
  • Work with the Vermont FPR to extend the Lion’s Ridge Trail further north along the ridgeline of Robbins Mountain.
  • Create a more challenging route to the top of 2700’ Crow Hill for backcountry skiing.
  • Work with Vermont FPR and the Catamount Trail Association (CTA) to formalize a backcountry zone on Bald Hill and explore the possibilities for additional moderate terrain in CHSP to the west of Bald Hill.