The Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt., is up and running on more than half its 60km of groomed and tracked cross-country trails, with more opening by the day. The Lodge also has 100km of backcountry trails in and around the lovely village of Stowe, nestled at the foot of Mt. Mansfield.
The Trapp family first started welcoming guests to their 27-room lodge in the summer of 1950, combining vacations in the mountains with music. The Nordic center, first of its kind in the U.S., began operations in 1968, and remains one of the nation's foremost cross-country resorts.
The resort has grown to 2,400 acres, with sweeping mountain views and accommodations in an Austrian-style Main Lodge with 96 rooms and suites, 100 two-bedroom Guest Houses, and 16 luxurious three-bedroom Villas.
The Trapp family fled Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938, as all know who have seen "The Sound of Music," the movie about U-boat Captain Georg von Trapp, his seven children, and their governess, Maria Augusta Kutschera. The family emigrated to the U.S. in 1939, settling first in Pennsylvania, then moving to Stowe in 1942.
The Nordic center includes a retail shop along with a rental center that includes back country gear, snowshoes and skis. The trail system has 60km of groomed trails and 100km of back-country trails.
The center has more than 40 km open and groomed for skating and classic styles. The skiers cabin is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Ski School meets at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Snowmaking behind the Lodge continues.
The Trapp Family plans events through the winter, including:
Catamount Trail Association Women's Day Clinic, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 9, designed for first time women skiers and those who want to improve on their current technique in classic, skating, or telemark-BC. Two on-snow sessions separated by lunch. A clothing demonstration, equipment talk and wine-and-cheese gathering will round out the day. Registration: $50 for Catamount Trail Association members and $75 for non-members. Download entry form on www.catamounttrail.org. Limited to the first 100 participants. Registration deadline Jan 5. Contact: Jhanowski@pshift.com Website:www.catamounttrail.org
Vermont Ski Museum Antique Classic 2.5km cross country ski race 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 10. Skiers navigate Trapp Family Lodge's trails on authentic wooden skis, dressed in 1960s garb, striving to evoke their best ‘old time' style. Wooden skis are available to those who would like to participate. Registration at the ski center: $25; includes lunch and race.
Ski with the von Trapp Family 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 18-22; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15-20. Each day a different member of the vonTrapp Family will take guests on a guided cross-country ski tour or snowshoe pointing out features of the property and relating some of its storied history.