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Evidence of Snow.

The snow finally stopped today and the clouds lifted this afternoon…. at the Nordic Center we were  feeling like this was a never ending storm/instant winter.  In the late afternoon Zack and Liz got out for a ski and  these are our pictures. Enjoy.

Snow covered mountains- this is looking to the south west from the Broadway trail head.

Deep classic tracks headed out along the first tree line just above Joiner Brook on the way to World Cup/Broadway. It was thigh deep in some places here.

Scoping out some of the improved glades in the World Cup hillside.... these look great! Well done to our trail crew.

 

Zack looking over the edge and admiring more of the new and improved World Cup glades.

Knee deep snow at the Gardiners Lane/World Cup intersection!

 

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Mansfield Nordic Club- BKSL Duathlon

mansfieldnordicclub Today was a cold day, but it was not without lots of  skiing action.  Early morning clouds vanished and a brilliant blue sky appeared in time for a great ski day.  We hosted the Mansfield Nordic Club Youth Ski League Duathlon.  It was a great crowd of excited kids and parents coming from as far away as the Frost Mountain Club in Ripton. (Frost Mountain has the best team hats.)

The events started with a Lollipop Race for the littlest kids…. and the prize was not just any old lollipop, but a fancy rock candy lollipop.  The J5-J3 racers did race in Duathlon format- Starting with a mass start and classic race loop, then they changed their skis and poles and finished up the race with a skate loop.  With bomber classic tracks and nice firm corduroy for skate the racers were happy and skied fast.

J3 racer coming into the finish line.

J3 racer coming into the finish line.

The lead boys working together into the last lap on Picnic Loop.

The lead boys working together into the last lap on Picnic Loop.

Parents directing racer into the transtion zone to change skis from Classic to Freestyle.

Parents directing racer into the transtion zone to change skis from Classic to Freestyle.

Lollipop kids coming into the finish line with lots of cheering from parents and other racers.

Lollipop kids coming into the finish line with lots of cheering from parents and other racers.

Racers getting a course description from Murray.

Racers getting a course description from Murray.

Parents cheering with a bell for the Lollipop Race.

Parents cheering with a bell for the Lollipop Race.

Lollipop racer from Frost Mountain Club making the turn on her second lap as her dad cheers.

Lollipop racer from Frost Mountain Club making the turn on her second lap as her dad cheers.

Friday Adventures

[scroll down or link here for Saturday Ski Report]

On the Trail- by Liz

Friday morning stared out very cold– almost record temps in the valleys. Some places were reporting -17. But at Bolton it was not that cold (only -10) and the sun made it feel warmer. Paul and I decided to take Wilderness Lift and get into the backcountry off Peggy Dows. It was a cold ride– but the views were amazing. One thing that we don’t promote enough are the range of great views from the mtns around Bolton Valley. (click on the photos to get a full view)  This is a little bit about our adventure and the view.

ski tips

On the Wilderness Lift– lots of powder under the lift line!!

to the west from wilderness

A beautiful view from the top of Wilderness.

lakeandmtns

More views of Lake Champlain and Adirondack Mtns.

Camel’s Hump

And to the South check out Camel’s Hump— and the alpine trails.

Mt mansfield

Mt. Mansfield to the North– and Smuggs to the right.

putting on skins
We stopped again at the turn off to Heavenly Highway– to put on climbing skins- in preparation for the rolls on the way to Cottonbrook Trail.

snow in the woods
The powder in through the trees–there is so much snow.

paul at signs

We stopped here to take off our skins and take a photo of how low the signs area– in summer these signs are way over head.  From Heavenly Highway we got onto Paradise Pass.

Cottonbrook signs

We had been following a skied in track most of the way from Peggy Dow’s– it made it pretty quick going.  And the tracks continued down Cottonbrook– so we knew someone had beaten us there.

looking back at tracks
It was a fab ride down Cottonbrook– 10″ of great powder to start, a little slabby in the middle and great again near the bottom.  And hiking out we met up with two guys who had made the tracks just in front of us.  And the 4 of us put our skins back on and climbed back out– telling stories of powder all the way back out.

bolton mtn

So after 1 pass down Cottonbrook we decided to try somewhere else.  So we went back out Stowe View and stopped to check out the view of Bolton Mtn, Stowe and Waterbury from the Lookout.

tracks on birch loop

On the way back in we tried out some of the glades off Stowe View– they were amazing and there was more snow in there than in Cottonbrook.  At the bottom we found Birch Loop/Catamount Trail and skied on on Gardners Lane and A1A…. back to the Nordic Center.