CHNSA is unique as a cross country ski area that offers extensive ski trails and diverse terrain with the unmistakable quality of solitude and wildness that comes from its thoroughly low key approach to skiing. There are few amenities…just an honor system, great skiing and an authentic experience. The views are dramatic…at times, Camel’s Hump feels close enough to reach out and touch, and the Green Mountain and Adirondack skylines are ever-present. There are fewer skiers to break the quiet, and the connection with the landscape is intimate. As Betsy Pratt, the former owner of Mad River Glen ski area once commented, “Camel’s Hump is the Mad River of Nordic skiing.”
The CHNSA trail network of about 30 miles, including a section of the Catamount Trail, was built by skiers and for skiers, and it encompasses 1000+ acres of private and public upland terrain in the western shadow of Camel’s Hump. You’ll experience mature, hardwood forests; stands of Norway spruce that give a feel of Scandinavia; ridgelines and deep ravines; bridges across icy brooks; and the sudden surprise of open meadows and farmscapes. Nearly thirty landowners, including the State of Vermont, have collaborated for more than thirty years to sustain this evolving, community trails project; a testament to the value placed on this resource by the community.
Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Area is both a place and an organization. The CHNSA trail network, which was founded and developed by Dave Brautigam and Myra Handy, operated for seventeen years (1979-1996) as Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Center in Huntington, VT. But CHNSA also refers to the enthusiastic skier volunteers who rallied to sustain the Nordic skiing tradition at Camel’s Hump in the transition years when the non-profit Camel’s Hump Skiers’ Association was incorporated in 1996 to continue maintenance and grooming of the trails of the disbanded Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Center. And today, CHNSA refers to the growing numbers of Friends of CHNSA who appreciate this unique skiing experience and have decided to make it their own through off-season volunteer trail work and other means of support now made possible by the recent designation of CHNSA as a tax-exempt, charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit (see mission statement). We hope you’ll decide to ski Camel’s Hump Nordic and make it your own as well!!