2/21/2005

VERMONT

The Hills Are Alive

Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Ski Center Named one othe "50 Top Ski Resorts in North America" - Conde Naste magazine readers - 2004 & 2005 Johannes von Trapp, President of Trapp Family Lodge, was the visionary behind the opening of America's first cross-country ski center at the Trapp Family Lodge in the winter of 1968-69. It was the first time cross-country ski trails, instruction and equipment sales and rentals were offered at one location. In "those early years" the two-mile road uphill to the Trapp Family Lodge was unpaved. The Lodge had 27 rooms and the Ski Center was located in a small shed. There was no grooming equipment, ski trails were packed by skiers. Tin can lids served as trail markers. The Ski Center Today The garage that once held the wooden skis has been replaced by a contemporary lodge with a retail shop and equipment rentals (including our Fischer "demo" program). 45km of groomed trails and 100km of back-country trails make the ski center Stowe's largest - suitable for all ages and abilities. Be sure to make the exhilirating trip (on skis or snowshoes) to the Slayton Pasture Cabin where soup, sandwiches, hot chocolate and homemade cookies are served fireside. Add your suggestions for Things You Should Do in Vermont by clicking on the comments button.

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