The Touring Cat
Our more popular winter itinerary, this is a modification of our original Catamount Excursion, emphasizing the use of well-marked and groomed touring center trails of varying levels of difficulty spiced with optional moderate backcountry skiing chosen for truly scenic and peaceful settings on the always-nearby Catamount Trail and other ungroomed trails.
The Touring Cat starts with a gourmet dinner at the charming Chipman Inn in Robert Frost Country on your first night. Enjoy breakfast at the inn the next morning, then head off, skier’s trail lunch in hand, with your day pass to the Rikert Touring Center 4 miles east of Chipman Inn (50 km groomed trails, including 5k of snowmaking). After your day on skis, head on by car to another delicious Vermont dinner and overnight at the secluded Blueberry Hill Inn, deep in Vermont’s Moosalamoo National Recreation Area. Settle in by the fire or request a session in the onsite wood-fired sauna. On your next day, ski some of Blueberry Hill’s extensive (70 km, ungroomed) onsite Nordic Center trails, taking it easy on Elsie’s Loop or venturing up to Romance Mountain, the highest Nordic trail in Vermont at 3000 feet. This is a nice way to enjoy backcountry skiing on trails that are well-marked and maintained. If you prefer groomed skiing again today, take a complimentary day pass to Rikert from the innkeepers. The Blueberry Hill ski center will have hot soup and cookies for you to augment your midday skier’s lunch. This is an excellent inn to spend a second night if choosing the four-night package. The next day after a hearty breakfast head to Chittenden and your final country gourmet dinner & overnight at luxurious Fox Creek Inn. Fox Creek offers an intimate pub, gracious fireplaced common rooms, and your departure-day lunch and ski passes to the 60 km (40 km groomed; 2.5 k of snowmaking) Mountain Top Ski Touring Center, where President Eisenhower was a guest.
Package includes: served dinner nightly; overnight country inn accommodations with private ensuite bath (Queen room or room with two beds – your choice; non-smoking inns); full served country breakfast each morning; skier’s trail lunch to take with you; day pass to touring center indicated; all taxes (9%) and housekeeping and waitstaff gratuities. Out-of-pocket expenses: alcohol and any optional rental equipment or lessons at the ski centers.
OPTIONAL ENHANCEMENT: A private guided day on snowshoes (or skis, conditions permitting) with a trained, experienced guide with knowledge of local nature and culture is available. Your guide meets you after breakfast at Chipman Inn or Blueberry Hill, provides dedicated service to you during the day, and finishes with you midafternoon before you depart for dinner at your next inn. We are delighted to offer this service for our guests in 2014. The cost is $100 per person ($200 per couple) per day and must be arranged in advance.
The Touring Cat is offered in January and February only.
Cost for 2014: 4 NIGHTS: $795 ppdo or
3 NIGHT PACKAGE: $595 ppdo