Check out one of Vermont's newer gems: the Brandon Gap backcountry ski zones and Chittenden Brook Hut. Friday and Saturday nights we'll be staying at the Vermont Huts Association's Chittenden Brook Hut. The hut is fully winterized (temp set at a constant 60) and has a full kitchen with gas cook stove. Water must be brought from creek and boiled. Bathroom is a long drop outhouse just up the hill. There are two sleeping beds/couches by the heater in the main room and a separate bunk room with multiple sets of bunks. Bunks have mattress but sleeping bag is required (see note above about indoor temperature).
We'll meet Friday at the Chittenden Brook camp ground parking area (gate is closed for winter) and skin to the hut (about 2 miles) and make dinner together and plan the next day. Saturday morning we'll skin over to check out Brandon Gap (about 2 miles). Brandon Gap has three ski zones, ranging from mellow to steep and challenging. Which zones we ski will depend on group make up and interest. We'll eat a trail lunch so we can do multiple laps and perhaps check out multiple zones, then skin back to the hut for dinner. Sunday morning we'll pack trail lunches, clean up the hut and check out. After skinning back to our cars we'll drive over to the Brandon Gap parking area and spend the morning skinning and skiing.
Greg has been instructing telemark and co-leading backcountry trips with the Boston ski committee for the last 3 years. He's a fan not only of sliding on snow, but occasionally rolling in it head first down hills.