Trails Bring $Millions into Vermont
Catamount skiers spend $145 per day—when there is snow.
An economic impact study commissioned by the Vermont Trails and Greenways Council of four trail systems—the Long Trail, the Vermont All-Terrain Sportsman Trail (VASA), the Kingdom Trails and the Catamount Trail—calculated they had a combined economic impact of nearly $31 million dollars and supported 365 jobs in Vermont.
Because the study focused on just four trails, it represents only a fraction of the total economic impact of recreational trail use in Vermont. Nonetheless, the stats are impressive. Together, the four trails tally nearly 410,000 user-days annually and contribute more than $2 million to the state's coffers in the form of sales taxes. Most of that money was brought in from out-of state, as 60 percent of the trail users came from outside Vermont.
The amount spent by trail users varies greatly.
Although Long Trail users spend the most time in Vermont, they spend the least money—roughly $31 a day—because they do not venture off-trail and they bring food with them. In contrast, Catamount Trail and VASA users spend the most money—$145 and $111 per day respectively.