News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

The 300-mile Catamount Trail is now open to backcountry skiers with its recent completion. The trail extends from Massachuetts to Canada making it the longest backcountry ski trail in North America, according to the Rutland Herald. The project took 25 years to complete which began with three friends – Steve Bushey, Paul Jarris, and Ben Rose – as part of Bushey’s University of Vermont geography project. It was helped by countless others along the way. It’s divided into 31 secions, 6 to 13 miles long, so you can ski the parts you choose. "We’ve had people from Europe come to ski the trail," said Lenore Budd, trail manager. If your New Year’s resolution is to get more exercise, here’s your opportunity. It is estimated 60 people to date have skied the entire trail. Hey, do I hear your name being called to be number 61?

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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