A new Park Service sign at the start of the trip offers lots of tips. With a little fixing my OCR app translated a photo of the sign to the following text:
WINTER SEASON ACTIVITY
Skiing and Snowshoelng at the
National Historical Park
National Park trails on Mt Tom will not be groomed. They will be
left In their natural state for backcountry skiing and snowshoelng.
There will be no fee collected for winter activity on Mt Tom while the trails remain ungroomed. The Woodstock Nordic Center will continue to groom and Improve the Mt Peg Trail system to enhance its use for those who enjoy skiing and snowshoeing in a groomed environment.
Do not ski or snowshoe alone Carry a cell phone in case of an emergency. Let someone know where you are going, where you are starting from and ending at as well as the time you plan lo return.
Plan your route. Maps on Mt Tom end Mt Peg are available at the Nordic Center, the Billings Farm & Museum or National Park visitor center (when open), and the Woodstock Inn.
Be prepered tor all types of weather. Listen to a detailed local wealher forecast before heading out. Be minflful of the length of daylight hours.
Wear clothes that are warm and comfortable dressing in layers. Avoid cotton clothing and take an extra outer layer for any unexpected temperature drop.
FOOD AND WATER
You should expect to eat and drink almost twice as much while skiing or snowshoelng as you normally do. Carry water and enough food for the day's activity.
Choose equipment that is appropriate for your outing. When Skiing on the ungroonted trails of Mt Tom, wider back country skis are recommended.
SKI IN CONTROL
Skiers must always ski in control and take personal responsibilIty for having a safe and enjoyable experience on the trail.
Dogs are welcome on all ungroomed trails, but must remain on a leash at all times as a courtesy to other users and due to National Park Service regulations.
For emergencies, call 911.
For more information about the trails, call the Nordic Ski Center
(802.457.6674) or the National Park (802.457.3368)