Backcountry

Winter at Ascutney guarantees adventure! Quickly gaining popularity as an easily-accessible backcountry destination for skiers and snowboarders, the old ski trails at Ski Tow Rd are being reclaimed to re-open some of our favorite terrain, offering open slopes of un-groomed powder.  As you pack up your skins ready for the epic downhill, you can’t help but to pause for an extra minute or two, taking in the breathtaking views across the valley of West Windsor and beyond. Further to the West at the Town Forest trailhead, venture up and around the Bicentennial Trail to explore open glades and find pockets of untracked New England powder.  Please note: These areas are unmaintained and unpatrolled, so backcountry skiing & riding is always at your own risk.

A groomed loop for xc-skiing can be found on privately-owned Mile Long Field, which is open for public use thanks to the generosity of landowners.  If you’re exploring the ungroomed trail network on snowshoes or xc-skis, a detailed map, signed and numbered intersections, blue blazes and the tracks of those who’ve gone before will help guide you through forests, over fields, around frozen waterfalls and past rock formations.

Visit our ‘location’ page for more information, where to purchase a map and directions to each trail head.

Photo by Felicity Knight
Photo by Felicity Knight