Skier, meet llama. Llama, meet skier.

Skiers exploring the outer reaches of our trail system have been enjoying saying hello to Craftsbury members (and dedicated timing volunteers) Bob and Suzanne Griffiths’ llamas, Bamba and Chancha. “They’re half brother/half sister, as well as half aunt/half nephew, which is evidently legal in the Northeast Kingdom,” explains Suzanne.

Regardless of their lineage, I can personally vouch that the llamas love to patrol that stretch of trail. They have been very interested as my family and I schussed by their pasture on the way to the village from Highland. The Griffiths say that while they don’t like hands near their faces, the llamas LOVE to rub noses with people – like the picture above.

With 110k of skiing, there’s a ton to see along the Craftsbury trails, from the llamas, to Charley’s Cabin, great views on the Highland Lodge trails, to other wildlife like Mo the grouse. If you’re interested in finding the llamas or some other great destination goal to ski to, talk to the Touring Center and they’ll help you on map a route you’re sure to remember.

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4 Responses to Llamas!

  1. Jacki says:

    I’ve met both Bamba and Chancha. Very well behaved llamas. And their parents, Bob and Suzanne? Well, they’re pretty okay, too.

  2. Dan Sweet says:

    I’m the skier in the photo and I can attest to the fact that they are very well behaved llamas. I was a bit skeptical when I was told that they loved to rub noses but I emerged unscathed. It was a great ski day. My family and I took advantage of the shuttle to Highland Lodge and enjoyed the beautiful ski back to Craftsbury.

    • sheldonm says:

      Hi Dan – thanks for the first hand account! And glad to hear that you had a great day. This season, I think we’ve all come to value our ski days a bit more!

  3. Suzanne Griffiths says:

    Dan, I’ve got more pics of you and your kids if you want them!


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