Started in 1942 by the famous von Trapp family, who fled Austria at the start of World War II and eventually settled in Stowe, Vermont, the Trapp Family Lodge hosts some of the best cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the region, in a spectacular mountain setting.
The 2600-acre property—still owned by members of the von Trapp family—comprises some 62 miles of groomed backcountry trails for both skate and classic skiing, many of which connect to trails on the Stowe ski area.
In addition, the lodge maintains backcountry snowshoe trails that wind through deeply wooded areas.
Trails are free to use by lodge guests, but day-trippers can purchase a pass for $25 per adult. Passes can be purchased at the lodge’s outdoor center.
Don’t own any equipment? No problem, as the lodge’s outdoor center rents skis, snowshoes, and apparel, and also provides both group and private lessons.
A popular destination for both skiers and snowshoers at Trapp Family Lodge is the Slayton Pasture Cabin, a three-mile journey from the ski center. Here you can warm up and refuel with a hot chocolate, soup, or sandwich before hitting the trails again.
Trails also lead to the von Trapp Brewery and the Trapp Bierhall Restaurant, where you can order an Austrian-inspired meal and a few von Trapp lagers. A complimentary shuttle is provided for those who might feel a bit logy after their repast!