Best Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding in Vermont

This list represents the most popular backcountry skiing & snowboarding in Vermont. Use this list to plan your next Vermont backcountry skiing & snowboarding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Stratton Pond


This is a gentle ski tour on the Catamount Trail to the beautiful and tranquil Stratton Pond, located in the Green Mountain National Forest.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Stratton Mountain, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 7.8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Merck Forest


A variety of gentle ski tours through the historic and beautiful Merck Forest, with the option to stay overnight in cabins. A ski ascent of Antone Mountain is a highlight, offering views over southern…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Dorset, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Root Beer Ridge Trail


This is a beautiful, rolling tour with intermittent views of the snowy spine of the Green Mountains and a long, moderate descent.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Markham Mountain, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 8.3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Moosalamoo Tours


Mount Moosalamoo, in the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest, crowns a region teeming with high-quality skiing. This chapter features four tours: a mountain tour to the summit of Mount Moosala…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Mount Moosalamoo, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 4.2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. The Long Trail–Monroe Skyline


This ski tour along the spectacular Monroe Skyline section of the Long Trail traverses the high, narrow ridge between Sugarbush and Mad River Glen ski areas.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Lincoln Mountain, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 5.7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Woodward Mountain Trail


This is a high-elevation ski tour from the top of the Bolton Valley Ski Area down to the Little River State Park in Waterbury. The trail features excellent skiing and spectacular mountain views.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Waterbury, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 5.6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Bolton–Trapp Trail


A beautiful and exciting ski tour from the Bolton Valley Nordic Center that crosses the high shoulder of Bolton Mountain and descends into the Nebraska Valley in Moscow, with an option to fi nish at t…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Stowe, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 6.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Big Jay


A descent of the steep, trailless east face of Big Jay is a beautiful and remarkable backcountry powder run.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Stowe, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 3.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Monroe Trail


The Monroe Trail is one of the most popular hiking routes up Camel’s Hump. There is excellent skiing both on this trail and in the glades that fl ank it.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Waterbury, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 7.4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Honey Hollow Trail


The Honey Hollow Trail, which is part of the Catamount Trail, mixes fun backcountry downhill sections with skiing on gentle logging roads. It is a good introduction to the numerous skiing possibilitie…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Richmond, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 5.4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Bruce Trail


The Bruce Trail plunges 2,000 feet down the south side of Mount Mansfi eld, ending on the trails of the Stowe Mountain Resort Cross-Country Ski Center. This legendary down-mountain ski run was cut in…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Mount Mansfield, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Teardrop Trail


The Teardrop is a classic down-mountain trail cut in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It leaves just south of the Nose of Mount Mansfi eld and descends the steep west face of the mountain…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Mount Mansfield, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 1.8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Skytop Trail


This high-elevation ridge trail with spectacular views of Mount Mansfield and the surrounding peaks connects a number of backcountry ski trails of the Trapp Family Lodge and Stowe Mountain Resort cros…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Stowe, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 9.8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#14. Steeple Trail


A thrilling, steep descent of a classic 1930s-era down-mountain ski trail that lies in the shadow of Mount Mansfi eld.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Mount Mansfield, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 6.7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#15. Nebraska Notch and Overland Trails


Two tours that share a trailhead showcase the excellent skiing on the west side of Mount Mansfi eld. The fi rst is a ski tour into the dramatic and scenic Nebraska Notch. The second tour is on the Ove…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Mount Mansfield, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 4.8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#16. Mount Hor


A breathtakingly scenic ski tour on Mount Hor offers moderate skiing and excellent views of Lake Willoughby and the towering ice cliffs on Mount Pisgah.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
West Burke, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#17. Bald Mountain


The ski tour up and over Bald Mountain features fun downhill skiing and a summit fi re tower with spectacular views over the Northeast Kingdom.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
West Burke, VT - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books