Trip went great. Six of us took the Long Trail up from Duxbury Road and went 1.6 miles south on the Long Trail to the shelter there. The shelter was beautiful- thank you Green Mountain Club, you'll be getting a donation soon.
It took us four hours to go 1.6 miles. We were breaking trail in 2-4 feet of fresh powder, it was pretty arduous but fun. The steepest sections were snow on top of ice, so it often felt like we took many steps backwards and few forwards.
We did a day hike on our second day, and made it near the treeline. Our original plan of passing over the summit was quickly abandoned, since it was snowing both days and breaking trail was pretty taxing. We had a great time at the shelter and the challenge of the trails was a real treat regardless.
We were all warm, comfortable, and safe thanks to careful planning and equipment selection. However, after the trip, we saw a car nearly overturned in a ditch on Camel's Hump Road, and then we accidentally fell into the same ditch farther down the road while avoiding a pickup truck. Luckily, some true VT locals with a lifted 4-runner, a winch, and an unmitigated will to help us got us out in fifteen minutes. Only in VT....
If anyone wants more details on sleep setups, carried food, water sources, etc. Just ask!
Be careful on those roads during winter. Stay in the middle!