The daylong backcountry-ski tour from Stowe to Bolton Valley, another downhill resort in the next valley, is a rite of passage for Vermonters and one of the region’s quintessential winter journeys. But visitors and inexperienced skiers would be ill advised to try the wilderness route on their own. Fortunately, Bolton Valley’s Nordic Center offers guided trips, both private and group, and will even arrange to pick you up in Stowe. The Slayton Pasture Cabin, hidden in the midst of the Trapp Family Lodge network, is a must-stop when you're skiing the town’s extensive trail network. Here you can defrost in front of a roaring fire with a bowl of the soup du jour, or better yet, some hot chocolate and homemade cookies.
4. Insider's Tip
Published on Dec 20, 2006 as a web exclusive.