Vermont’s Highway of Snow

hghway-of-snowIt was 1982, and Steve Bushey was looking for adventure. Having recently bicycled from Vancouver, British Columbia to Vermont with a high school buddy, Ben Rose, Bushey knew it had to be something big. but something close to home too. A recent graduate of the University of Vermont, he needed a job almost as much as he needed adventure.

“Winter was coming, and I thought why not ski end-toned,” explains Bushey. “It seemed like a logical thing. You can hike end-to-endon the Long Trail. You should be able to ski end-to-end too.”

Bushey broached the idea to Rose and another friend, Paula Jarris, on a camping trip. “Steve said, “Let’s ski from Massachusetts to Quebec.”” remembers Rose. “There’s a great tradition on Nordic skiing in Canada. In Gatineau Park, just outside Ottawa, there are 200 kilometers of cross-country trails that link villages nearby. It was the living model for the Catamount Trail.” Read more…


-Peggy Shinn