Welcome to Vermont's Mobile Friendly Cross Country Ski Report
Presented here is a collection of movies we've made of winter sporting events.
The Craftsbury Marathon 2016
For the third year in a row, the Craftsbury Marathon was held on limited terrain instead of a full 50km through the winter countryside around Craftsbury. The 35th annual event was held on mostly man made snow with contestants skiing laps around a 12.5km course. Even so, the event attracted more than 400 participants and most people thought the conditions were very good given the general lack of snow. Below is our video of the Marathon.
Scenes from the Stowe Derby 2015
The Stowe Derby is an annual race in Stowe which sees skiers competing in a cross country ski race from the top of Mount Mansfield to the Stowe Congregrational church in the center of Stowe Village. The race is generally held in late February. Because of the growing popularity of "Fat Tire" biking, the contestants included Fat Tire bikers, though they didn't bike from the top of the mountain because the terrain was considered too steep for them.
Craftsbury Marathon 2015
This year's Marathon was held in very chilly weather with wind chill warnings throughout Vermont. Contestants skied successive laps on trails in the woods, protected from the wind which was biting!
Winter Storm transforms northeastern Vermont into a winter wooderland.
An aerial view of a winter landscape
Backcountry Skiing & Riding Safety
The growing interest in backcountry skiing in Vermont has the major ski areas wondering what to do, just like they wondered what to do about snowboarders. With the growing interest there is also growing concern about safety. At the moment, Vermont doesn't charge for a rescue if you get lost because it is considered unfriendly to the state's over all promotion of outdoor recreation. Being safe in the woods is all about self responsibility. This Mountain Rescue Association Backcountry Skiing & Riding Safety video highlights safe practices for outdoor enthusiasts heading into the backcountry on a skiing or riding adventure. Produced by Stowe Mountain Rescue for the Mountain Rescue Association
Winter Bike 2013
This year's Winter Bike Races at Kingdom Trails in East Burke was a bit slushy. Contestants had a difficulty time in the corn snow maintaining balance, steering and speed. The temperature was almost 50 degrees. Still, the sun shone, musicians played and everyone had a good time!
Short Course at the Stowe Derby 2013
Our Go Pro assignees didn't produce any nice video for the Stowe Derby in 2013, so we present coverage of the Short Course Derby. The Stowe Derby Short Course is designed for children ages 6 and up and those who prefer to avoid the rigors of a long and sustained descent. This race is approximately 6km. The course begins in a mass start on the Stowe Recreation Path ) and follows the final leg of the Long Course to the finish behind the Congregational Church in the center of Stowe.
The Stowe Derby will be held on February 24th. This race runs from the top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest mountain, to the village of Stowe. Here is a video from last years race. We put a Go Pro on a racer and called it Wendy's Fantastic Stowe Derby!
The Stowe Recreational path in Stowe changes over to a 5.3 mile long cross country course during the winter. It's not a race course, although skaters can use its center lane. The path is for everybody, so expect to see people out walking and walking their pets. The path is groomed with a skating track and a regular ski track. The grooming is something the village added in 2010.
The biggest Cross Country Skiing event in Vermont is the annual Craftsbury Marathon. It attracts hundreds of skiers. Unfortunately the winter of 2011-2012 did not bring a lot of snow. The organizers had to reduce the length of the 25 km and 50 km courses due to insufficient snow. Instead, the race was conducted over a shorter course which the contestants had to ski, once, twice or three times. Still, the course did afford some picturesque countryside and the weather on the day of the race, January 28th, was nice.
Dozens of mountain bikers, some with “fat tire” equipped bikes race down an icy trail near Burke Mountain, Vermont. Winterbike, as it is called, offers spectators plenty of action. There are plenty of wipe outs and “air time.” This annual event held in early March ended the 2011-2012 season in northeastern VT.
Mountain bikers race down a trail at Bretton Woods, NH, during spring skiing. Nearly all take a tumble before the finish. Some of the falls a spectacular as rider and bike skid down the slope. This winter bike event is organized by Ernie's Cycle Shop in Westbrook, Maine