Brian Mohr, Seven Days
January 26, 2011

Since the 1960s, when Johannes von Trapp and his family first opened the Trapp Family Lodge above Stowe, skiing has been at the heart of the winter experience there. In the early days, von Trapp might have been content simply to escape into the pristine woods for a few hours alone on skis. His development of a modern Nordic skiing center shifted the focus to groomed trails, fitness and racing, and made “Trapps” a prized destination for lovers of the sport. Today, however, the growing demand for untracked snow and backcountry solitude is bringing skiing at Trapps full circle.

“What my dad was envisioning back then is what we are really getting back to now,” says Johannes’ son, Sam von Trapp, who is helping to run the family business. “After 42 years, we are really getting back to skiing in the woods again.”

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