Stowe Reporter
March 14, 2013

Blue skies, warm temps and fast but edgeable snow made for a perfect day on Section 22 of the Catamount Trail, host site for the Catamount Trail Association’s fifth annual Backcountry Challenge on Sunday, March 10.

Fifty-seven backcountry enthusiasts gathered in the early hours of the day to tackle the challenge, which leaves from Trapp Family Lodge, travels up and over the spine of the Green Mountains and eventually finishes at Bolton Valley Resort. In total, the course covers 17 kilometers, climbing 2,200 feet then descending 1,300 feet, all in the woods on un-groomed snow.

The first person to cross the line was Eli Enman of Huntington, defending his title and setting a new course record of 1:17.58, which bested his previous record of 1:30.30 by over 12 minutes. Hot on his heels was Chris Rodgers of Stowe, coming in second with a time of 1:38.58. In third place was Stowe’s Sam Von Trapp, with a time of 1:44.16.

On the women’s side, Kristina Von Trapp of Stowe took the top spot with a time of 2:06.25, while Kate Crawford of Essex Junction and Elisa Von Trapp of Stowe took home second and third with respective times of 2:13.00 and 2:30.46.

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