With more skiers and riders getting into uphill skinning, more people are wanting to develop their land into backcountry ski zones. It’s a complicated topic, so the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife, the US Forest Service, and the Catamount Trail Association developed a Backcountry Ski Handbook.
According to the Catamount Trail Association, the handbook covers “natural resource and social considerations, building partnerships with public and private land managers, delineating backcountry zones, and outlines the process for implementation, construction, and maintenance. It’s a complete how-to guide for creating high quality, sustainable backcountry ski terrain in a cooperative fashion with forest land managers.” One of the goals of this book is to create a more cooperative relationship between landowners and skiers/riders.
You can download the handbook here. To learn more about the book, you can watch a video from the Catamount Trail Association below that discusses the creation of this publication.
Image/Video Credits: Catamount Trail Association