|Retro-Gear Tour Series|
Retro-Gear Tour Series - New in 2013
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The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum (VSSM) will host a 2013 statewide cross country ski Retro-Gear Tour series. The series kicks off January 13th at Craftsbury Outdoor Center and will visit Strafford Nordic Center (Strafford), Timber Creek Cross Country Center (West Dover), Viking Nordic Center (Londonderry), Rikert Nordic Center (Middlebury), and Ole’s Cross Country Center (Warren). These fun tours will be led by some of Vermont’s skiing legends along with local celebrities and are designed to be fun for the whole family and every level of skier.
The Retro-Gear Tour is themed to re-live Nordic skiing from the 1960’s through the 1990’s. Participants are encouraged to come in vintage clothing including hats, mittens, shells, wool sweaters, knickers and socks, and tights and suits (if it still fits, wear it!) along with wooden, ‘glass or waxless skis, leather or early synthetic boots, and Tonkin or ‘glass poles.
Each Tour will kick off with a parade at 1:00 pm. Keep in mind that this is fun, vintage clothing and equipment is optional, and everyone can ski to their ability and interest while on the tour.
Director/Curator Meredith Scott will be present at the centers with a display. “The Museum hopes to share its message with new audiences while promoting cross country skiing,” Scott explains, “as well as highlight the people and places that make the sport so rooted in Vermont.” In fall 2013, the Museum will open a comprehensive exhibit on cross country skiing to coincide with the 2014 Winter Olympics and during this tour, the Museum hopes to get ideas for the exhibit, contributions to the collection, and insights into local skiing histories.
Proceeds from the Retro-Tour Series will benefit the development for the 2013 Nordic exhibit and a summer intern to help track and document the histories of Vermont cross country ski areas, both open and closed. The tour is $10/person and $25/family in addition to trail passes; the ski area will be donating $1 of each trail pass sold that day to the Museum. Space is limited to 24 skiers. Reservations can be made through the VSSM web site or with the host areas. This is a great opportunity to explore cross country skiing at six of Vermont’s premier ski areas while supporting the Museum!
2013 Retro-Gear Tour Series Calendar
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The 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:
While much of the programming will continue, everyone should watch for new opportunities made possible by the new organizational model and mission as well.
Now 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.
At Timber Creek, the skier has a choice of adventures on a trail system that meanders and explores forested hills and reaches views of the high mountain ridges. The trails coincide, at times, along the way allowing the skier to create fun, mysterious loops that offer varying skiing experiences. Discover a wonderful winter world in the Vermont mountains through the trails of Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Area! 14 km of terrain with views of Mount Snow.
Those 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.
Offering 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.
Why 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.
For more information, visit the Museum web site www.vtssm.comor call Meredith Scott, Director/Curator at 802.253.9911 x 202.
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.
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