We had a fantastic day last Thursday at the Bolton Nordic Center for the 3rd Annual UVM and Mansfield. It was hard to tell if the college skiers or the elementary skiers were more excited for the games to begin.
The UVM Ski Team arrived at Bolton a couple hours early to prepare the jumps and setup the dual slalom. The theme of the day was Harry Potter and the first game with the whole group was Quidittch on Skis. It was one of the most exciting games of Quidittch I have ever seen and I saw some spectacular crashes followed by lots of laughing.
After the warm-up game of Quitittch everyone split up into groups and moved though a series of events setup by the UVM Skiers. Jumping was one of the most popular activities… we even saw a perfect 360 landed! Other games included the limbo, dual slalom and Sharks and Minnows.
As the afternoon light waned everyone got together for a group photo and then headed inside for hot chocolate and homemade cookies. The Mansfield Nordic Skiers enjoyed having autographs signed by the UVM racers and Coach Pat Weaver (1998 Olympian).
Mansfield Nordic Website- click here
UVM Nordic Ski Team Blog- click here
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.
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.
Lollipop kids coming into the finish line with lots of cheering from parents and other racers.
Racers getting a course description from Murray.
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.
On Friday, January 9th under a clear sky complimented by setting sun and rising full moon the Mt. Mansfield Nordic Club BKSL Skiers and UVM Ski Team joined forces for a great afternoon of ski games, jumping, dual slolom, obstacle course with rollers, Stick in the Mud and a relay race at the end. After the sun had set everyone headed inside for homemade goodies, hot chocolate and poster signing by the UVM Ski Team. [read a little more about this on the UVM blog]
Most important before games on skis is stretching and warmup.
The UVM Team shares their secret stretch with the MMSC skiers. . . we are actually not sure what's going on here.
The group get's organized and UVM Skiers do introductions and tell a story about their first memory of skiing.
Let the games and jumping begin... the snowbank luge jump was amazing. And there were some spectacular landings and huge crashes.
There were also rollers at the end of the obstacal course.
Ryan is starter for the dual slolom and it looks like the kids in the starting gate are about to go down backwards.
This crew is getting ready for a serious game of Stuck in the Mud... including some crashes and spills. Everyone was laughing.
Just before sunset everyone gathered on the snowbank for a group photo.