- There are a number of places in the park which, when the weather cooperates, afford good skiing for the beginner and intermediate. Catoctin Mountain has snow conditions that are often significantly different from conditions in the nearby metropolitan areas. Conditions change quicky, so skiers are advised to phone 301-663-9388, or to stop at the visitor center before embarking on a ski adventure.
Generally, the best skiing is along certain sections of park roads which are closed to vehicular traffic. Three to four inches of snow are needed to provide a good base. Most of the park trails are narrow, steep and rocky; but a few sections offer fair possibilities for good skiers. A minimum of six to eight inches of snow is needed for safe trail skiing. All trails are designated as foot trails, not ski trails.
Neither roads or trails are groomed or broken by machines.
There are no equipment rentals in Catoctin Mountain Park or in Thurmont, MD. Equipment is available for rent in Frederick, Knoxville and other large cities.
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