CrabApple Whitewater, Vermont West River Trip
May 6 - May 7
We raft the West River on scheduled dam releases provided by the Army Corp of Engineers. The West offers a unique trip combining eight miles of continuous Class III intermediate action with some bigger whitewater in rapids such as “Landslide” and “The Dumplings”. We meet our trip at Mount Snow Ski Resort and end the trip there with a delicious cookout and slide show of the day’s raft trip.
We begin our trip by walking to the top of Ball Mountain Dam. Views from atop the dam are breathtaking as we look down at the first rapid and back across the reservoir at Stratton Mountain Ski Area. We then descend to the river and practice paddling for the upcoming action. The first half of the trip runs through beautiful Jamaica State Park and includes a half-mile rapid called “Landslide” and the feature rapid of the day, “The Dumplings”. “The Dumplings” is a tight S-turn where strong team paddling is necessary to avoid giant boulders and hit the biggest waves. After a quick snack, the second half of the trip has several more Class II-III rapids like “Tornado Alley”, “The Ledges” and works back toward our base camp at Mount Snow.
The West has an unbeatable combination of action and scenery which is universally loved by both veteran and new rafters.
Includes: Pre-trip safety instruction, professional guide, PFD and helmet, transportation to and from river, cookout at Mt Snow after trip (chicken, fish or vegetarian option), photo presentation of your adventure.
Raft Capacity: Our rafts hold 6-7 paddlers (6 is ideal). We have a few rafts that hold 8. Groups of 6, 7, or 8 will have a private raft. Groups with fewer than 6 may we joined by other parties.
Schedule: We will run the West in 2023 on May 6 and 7 only. Due to an ongoing Army Corp of Engineers project at Ball Mountain Dam during the spring and summer of 2023, the fall release in September is very unlikely to occur. The ACOE project was started in 2020 and has been delayed and extended repeatedly. We hope to be back for two weekends on the West River in 2024.