Quickly gaining popularity as an accessible backcountry destination for backcountry skiers and snow shoe adventure, the upper slopes of the former Mount Ascutney Ski Area offer un-groomed snow and powder when conditions allow. You’ll come upon breathtaking views across the valley and beyond. Another popular area is accessible from the West Windsor Town Forest trailhead. Here you can venture up the Bicentennial Trail to explore open glades and find pockets of untracked powder.
Safety in the Backcountry
Backcountry skiing & riding is always at your own risk. These areas are not groomed or maintained. Hidden hazards include, but are not limited to, fallen trees and old ski area infrastructure. These areas are not patrolled and there are no provisions for rescue. Weather and snow conditions can change without warning and dramatically change the difficulty of skiing.
Never ski alone and be prepared for emergencies. Important safety tips for skiers are listed on the Catamount Trail Association’s website. Additional information on backcountry adventure on the mountain can be found on the Ascutney Trails Association website.
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 the landowners. If you are exploring the ungroomed trail network on snowshoes or xc-skis, please refer to the maps at the AOC or trailheads, which will help guide you through forests, over fields, around frozen waterfalls and past rock formations.
Visit our Location tab page for more information and directions to each trail head.