Oct 06

2nd Annual Vermont Backcountry Forum (& Celebration)

2nd Annual VT Backcountry Forum

10/20 Update: View Forum press release, here. Thanks!

Are you curious about what Vermont’s growing backcountry skiing/riding community has been up to lately, and what it’s got in store for the future? Please join us on the evening of Thursday, Nov 6th, starting at 6pm, for a delicious potluck, great discussion, a big raffle, live music, dancing some multi-media on the walls… and a celebration of the coming winter season… in Rochester, VT.

The event is co-hosted by the VTBC and our parent organization, the Catamount Trail Association (CTA), as well as the Rochester Area Sports Trails Alliance (RASTA). The event is a benefit for the VTBC and RASTA. You can RSVP and stay tuned to more updates on our Facebook page, HERE.

Event  Schedule:
6pm => Doors Open – Potluck (Bring a Dish If You Can) – Cash Bar – Raffle Tickets for Sale – Multi-Media

7-9pm =>

VT Backcountry Updates

• Results of Spring 2014 VT Backcountry Survey

• Update re: Existing and New BC Zones in VT

• Draft Vermont Backcountry Ethics

Community Brainstorm – re: Vermont’s Backcountry Future

9-11pm => Raffle Drawing, Live Music by Main Street Syndicate, Dance, Celebrate

Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for more info.



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Sep 10

Leave Nothing But Tracks? Your Input Needed on DRAFT VT BC Ethics

Backcountry skiing and riding in the Green Mountains, Vermont

In case you missed the update about this back in August, we’re spreading the word again about the need for your feedback and comments on a DRAFT Vermont Backcountry Code of Ethics, which we are planning to have ready to go by this coming winter season. We’re seeking comments on the current draft through September 15th, and we’ll be presenting the next draft at the 2nd Annual VT Backcountry Forum and Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 6th in Rochester, VT.

You’ll find some background, supporting info and the draft itself under our Projects and Programs tab, here.

Please pass this along to others in the backcountry community that might be interested, and feel free to chime in with any questions or comments in the comments area of this post, too.



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Aug 05

Update: VTBC Takes Next Steps – Joins Forces with the CTA

After spending the spring and early summer formalizing its relationship with the Catamount Trail Association (CTA), the VTBC has been officially recognized as a new program area of the CTA. This a big step toward giving Vermont’s growing backcountry skiing and riding community a greater voice with respect to the issues it values most, and it’s the start of a new chapter in Vermont skiing and riding history.

Please take a minute to read our latest press release, which includes more details about what the VTBC has been up to, where we are heading next, and how you can be more involved. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our Friends of VTBC email list (in left hand column on home page). Also, we are encouraging all supporters of the VTBC to join the CTA, if you are not already a member. Donations can also be made to the CTA on behalf of the VTBC.


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Mar 01

Welcome to the VTBC!

Backcountry Skiing in the Green Mountains, Vermont - ©Brian Mohr/EmberPhoto

BACKGROUND: Since the fall of 2013, a dedicated group of backcountry skiers and riders in Vermont has been working with the Catamount Trail Association (CTA) to explore the idea a newly envisioned coalition, the Vermont Backcountry Alliance (VTBC), working in close collaboration with the CTA. In partnership with the CTA and a growing list of individuals, organizations and businesses around the state, VTBC aims to be a unified voice for Vermont’s backcountry and human-powered skiing and riding community.

To get involved, please visit our Get Involved page, and please consider joining or supporting to the CTA, which is now accepting grants and donations in support of backcountry skiing and riding in Vermont.

Also, we’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas about the VTBC and Vermont backcountry (please leave your comments within any post or page on this site), and please join the discussion on our VTBC Facebook and Twitter pages, too. If you have any questions about the VTBC, please contact us via email at brian@vtbc.org. Thanks!

PROPOSED MISSION: The Vermont Backcountry Alliance (VTBC) seeks to protect, advance and advocate for human-powered backcountry skiing and snowboarding in Vermont. The VTBC facilitates public access to backcountry terrain while promoting the conservation and responsible management of our mountain environment.


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