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Kick and Glide Around Vermont

 

The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum (VSSM) newest exhibit Kick and Glide: Vermont’s Nordic Skiing Legacy is on the move – the Museum will visit six Vermont cross country ski destinations this winter. The series kicks off January 4 at Strafford Nordic Center (Strafford), and will continue on to Stowe’s Tour de Snow, Craftsbury Outdoor Center (Craftsbury), Rikert Nordic Center (Middlebury), Viking Nordic Center (Londonderry), and Ole’s Cross Country Center (Warren). The Museum proudly partners with these areas, in this Olympic year, to celebrate the evolving tradition of Vermont’s cross country skiing and its skiers.

 

2014 Series Calendar:

 

Strafford Nordic Center (Strafford) – January 4

This will be our second year visiting Strafford Nordic Center. Former Nordic Ski Olympian and VSSM Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Gray will lead a tour at the Strafford Nordic Center. $1 for every trail pass sold today will go to the Museum. The Center is open 9-4 and will have a fire pit in the woods with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Come for the tour or just to ski and learn more about the Museum. For more information on the Strafford Nordic Center, click here

 

Tour De Snow (Stowe) – January 19

The Museum hosts the Tour de Snow’s first race!

12-12:30 Registration. Registration in the race is included with your bib for the Tour de Snow. Nordic Barn, the race will start here as well.

12:35 – Antique Race. Interested in waxing up your wood skis with three pin boots? This is a special category of racer for the nostalgic! Racers will leave individually. The Museum has a few pair of skis and boots to loan, but you must make arrangements in advance by contacting This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

12:40 – Citizen’s race. Mass start for skiers of all ages and abilities. Ski as best you can to the Red Barn Shops and from there cross the street to the Tour de Snow festivities. The race is entirely on the Rec Path and does not require skiers to cross the road.

3:30 – Awards at the Helen Day Arts Center.

 

Craftsbury Nordic Center – The 33rd Annual Craftsbury Marathon from Greensboro to Craftsbury, February 1, 2014

The Marathon needs volunteers and by volunteering with the Museum, your time will result in a monetary donation to the Museum. Sign up here and list the Museum as your group.

The 50k or 25k race offers competitors a mass start, timed challenge over a beautiful point to point, PistenBully groomed course. Feed stations dot the route every 4 to 7 kilometers. After the finish, all participants are treated to a hearty post race meal and awards.

 

Rikert Nordic Center – Rikert ½ Marathon (Middlebury) – February 15th

Bring your sweetie or just yourself and enjoy a 25K race and tour through the beautiful Green Mountains. Classic technique. Hot Blueberry Soup on the trail, awards, raffle prizes and good food await at the end. Event benefits the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum. For more information, click here

 

Viking Nordic Center (Londonderry) – February 23rd

Visit the Museum at one of Vermont’s most historic cross country ski areas.

 

Ole’s Cross Country Center (Warren) – March 15th

The Tour coincides with Ole’s Annual Spring Fling, so come at 10 for a parade and tour and stay for music and a barbeque from 12-2.

 

This winter if you visit Stowe, the Museum is offering monthly vintage movie nights and special programs to connect the community with the exhibit.

Nordic Movie Night (VSSM) – January 29th February 26th, March 19th

 

See an inerview on WCAX about the event - click here.

 

More information about the ski centers:

altThe Craftsbury Outdoor Center began in 1976 when Russell Spring and his family purchased the Cutler Academy campus and began remaking the facilities into lodging for guests and athletes. A Nordic trail network was cut on the land, with sculling and running camps founded shortly after, providing year round training and athletic opportunities in a beautiful natural setting.

 

After over thirty years of growth and guidance under the Springs, the Center began a new chapter in its life in November 2008 when Dick Dreissigacker and Judy Geer purchased the Center. Dick and Judy promptly reformed the company as a non-profit organization with a new mission:

 

  1. 1.to support and promote participation and excellence in lifelong sports with a special focus on rowing, nordic skiing, and running;
  2. 2.to use and teach sustainable practices; and
  3. 3.to protect and manage the surrounding land, lake and trails.

 

While much of the programming will continue, everyone should watch for new opportunities made possible by the new organizational model and mission as well.

 

 

altNow into their second season, Strafford Nordic Center, located at 53 Rockbottom Rd in Strafford, VT, offers 30KM of groomed Nordic trails for skiers of all ages and abilities, a Biathlon Range, a full service rental department, ski lessons and a cozy ski lodge. Located just 10 minutes off I-89 and 2 1/2 hours from Boston and Hartford CT, we are the most convenient Nordic Ski Area in Vermont.

 

Our initial trail system is the backbone for a proposed 50 kilometer trail system being created on two locally owned well known farms. The base lodge and trail head are located at Rockbottom Farm, a working organic dairy farm and home of the Strafford Organic Creamery. Scenic ski trails are hosted on Rockbottom Farm's spacious fields and rolling hills. Additional trails are hosted on Tamarack Hill Farm, long known for its high level equestrian training, gorgeous scenery and challenging terrain. While enjoying a day of skiing on these two majestic Vermont farms, take in the long range views of Vermont and New Hampshire from the ridge line on the Outer Loop trail. If cruising is more your style, try out the the rolling fields and winding woods trails. Whatever type of skier you are, we have the trails you've been waiting for.

 

 

altThose pictures of stern Nordic skiers, working hard, icicles hanging from their beards -- that's not Viking. At Viking it’s all about fun; fun on the trails, and fun before and after skiing. The trails have been recognized by experts for their quality and mix of terrain with wooded beginner loops with limited climbs and easy downhills designed to get you comfortable on skis and keep you close to the center. Longer intermediate loops take you further into the Vermont countryside. Choose to ski past meandering streams and rivers, through a beautiful pine forest, past beaver ponds, and to scenic overlooks. And for experts, there are side loops with long challenging climbs and super down hill runs.

“All our trails our groomed for skating and classical techniques but we don't subscribe to the flat and wide boulevard school of trail making. We've worked hard to maintain a classic Vermont ambiance out on our trail system…Our team of trail groomers are some of the best in the business, they work wonders with all types of snow in order to give you the very best ski experience possible. We're serious about grooming our trails so you have the best time skiing, we're serious about renting and selling you the right equipment for your needs now and in the future, we're serious about rewarding skiing with a cookie, we're serious about offering great on-site lodging at a reasonable price, we're serious about posting accurate ski reports and of course we are serious about you having fun.”

 

 

altOffering a unique experience in cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the heart of Vermont's beautiful Green Mountains, the Carroll & Jane Rikert Nordic Center is located on Route 125 in Ripton, Vermont, at the historic Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College.

 

The 50 kilometers of groomed cross country ski trails have terrain to satisfy skiers of all abilities, from beginners to collegiate and master racers. Hop on Vermont's Catamount Trail, which runs through thetrail system, or make your way through the woods to Robert Frost's cabin.

 

 

 

 

altWhy Visit Ole's? The combination of snow and scenery at Ole's Cross Country Center in the Mad River Valley is perfect for skiing and snowshoeing. Discover 30 miles(45K) of moderately rolling trails groomed for classic skiing and ski skating. All abilities can ski to panoramic views of Sugarbush, or into the rare quiet of deep woods. Ole has since moved back to Norway, but Ole's Cross Country Center continues to uphold his passion for creating a wonderful skiing experience for novice and expert skiers alike.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, visit the Museum web site www.vtssm.comor call Meredith Scott, Director/Curator at 802.253.9911 x 202.

 


 

 

Antique Nordic Race 2010 thumb
The Vermont Antique Ski Race will take a year off in 2013. Thank you to the Trapp Family Lodge for hosting the event. Click here to see a short video of the 2012 start.