Last spring on one of the warm, blue bird days we did a photo shoot for some new Nordic photos. Dana, Zack and I loaded up one of the pulks with lots of different equipment and clothing and followed the photographers out to the trails. It was a world wind hour and we had a lot of fun. We did equipment and clothing changes (jackets and hats) right on the trail.
Thanks to photographer Justin Cash and his crew for their patients and direction. Keep your eye out this winter for some of the new photos.
Zack and Dana snowshoeing… and trying not to trip and fall or laugh too much.
Zack in the tracks getting ready for a shot on Pond Loop with the alpine trails in the background. Check out the pulk full of equipment in the foreground.
Here are a couple of our favorites:
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
Registration area with lots of great info from CTA and Bolton.
Perfect powder, excited participants and great volunteers were the hilights of the 1st Annual Get out and Backcountry Ski Festival at Bolton Nordic. Early morning temps in the single digits didn’t deter about 50 people from getting out to Bolton yesterday for a great day of backcountry tours and clinics sponsored by Catamount Trail Organization.
Morning action included Telemark Skills Clinic on the Tele Practice Slope, a mini tour up Bryant Trail to Bryant Cabin, then down Gardners Lane, Cliffhanger.
The festival group.
Amy Diller from the CTA opened up her pack to share what she brings out on a backcountry ski. Check out her blue helmet.
Lunch was busy with talks about How to pack backpack for a day of skiing and a discussion of skis, boots and poles for backcountry. Just before heading back outside for the afternooon sessions the group was tested on CTA, U.S. Skiing and Bolton trivia… prizes included great stuff from the CTA gift vault.
Jim from the CTA and Morgan from Rossignol answer questions about backcountry gear.
The afternoon session included longer tours to Georges George, Bryant, JJs and Holden’s Hollow. At the end of the afternoon everyone was tired and happy after a great day outside.
Before you know it winter will be here. . . but for the time being we are just waiting for snow and playing on the internet. Einstein says it best. . .
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