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Local ski inns struggle to say afloat

Posted on December 19, 2013 |
By Tom Slayton



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GOSHEN — Innkeeper Tony Clark, one of the pioneers of cross-country skiing in Vermont, has seen the handwriting on the snow. Or rather, lack of snow.

“The season is getting shortened from both ends,” he said glumly last week.

At the same time, he believes, changes in the sport have reduced the overall number of recreational cross-country skiers and vacation patterns are shifting. None of those changes is good news for small, backcountry inns like his.

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Blueberry Hill ski area stops grooming, Nordic trails will still be open

Posted on December 9, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



GOSHEN — After 40 years of providing groomed Nordic skiing opportunities, Blueberry Hill Inn in Goshen has turned in its grooming equipment and is returning to a simpler model of providing recreation opportunities to outdoor enthusiasts. For the 2013-2014 season Blueberry Hill will provide ski and snowshoe opportunities on trails that will remain ungroomed.

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Frost Mountain coach to lead regional team

Posted on November 26, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Local Nordic skiing coach Cam MacKugler has been named the head coach of the team that will represent New England at the Junior National Championships at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe from March 1-8. MacKugler is executive director and head coach of the Frost Mountain Nordic Club

The March races, sanctioned by the United States Ski Association (USSA), will be held on the Lodge’s 100-kilometer network of cross-country ski trails.

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Could Middlebury become a ski destination?

Posted on April 29, 2013 |
By Anglo Lynn



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RIPTON — A good ski season, boosted in large part by new snowmaking at Rikert Ski Touring Center at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf campus, is helping set the stage for a renaissance in winter tourism in the greater Middlebury area.

“The past season was great in a lot of ways,” said Rikert Ski Touring director Mike Hussey. “While the weather was up and down, a real roller-coaster throughout the year, we were able to host our major events without worrying about whether we’d have adequate cover on the trails.

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Local youth Nordic skiers fare well in major meet

Posted on April 4, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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RIPTON — On March 23 and 24, Ripton’s Frost Mountain Nordic Club and Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Center hosted the “Grand Prix,” a championship youth Nordic skiing event that culminated a winter-long race series for athletes between the ages of 10 and 13 from Canada and the Northeastern states.

The event was held in conjunction with the Championnat Jeunesse NorAM of Joliet, Quebec, and at the conclusion North American Youth Champions were crowned, according to Frost Mountain organizer Cameron MacKugler.

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Families race at Bread Loaf Nordic ski area

Posted on April 1, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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RIPTON — A crisp and sunny but windy day accompanied 40 skiers out of the mass start area and onto the Tormondsen Family Race Trail for the annual Bread Loaf Citizens’ Race at Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton on March 17. Participants ranged in ages from 6.75 (Greta Jennison) up to 70.

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Area Special Olympians compete in Winter Games

Posted on April 1, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



WOODSTOCK — Athletes from Special Olympics Addison County competed in the winter games at Suicide Six in Woodstock on Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10. On Friday evening the Woodstock Rotary hosted the opening ceremonies that were attended by Gov. Peter Shumlin. The torch to open the games was carried in by members of the Woodstock Police Department. Opening ceremonies were capped off by a fireworks display high above the village green on Mt. Tom.

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College hires former Olympian to coach Nordic skiing

Posted on March 28, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Former Middlebury College skier and two-time U.S. Olympian Andrew Johnson has been named the new head coach of the Nordic ski program at Middlebury College. Johnson comes to Middlebury from the University of Vermont, where he served as an assistant coach for the past three years and helped the Catamounts win the 2012 NCAA title.

Johnson said he welcomes the move back to Middlebury.

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Middlebury College skier gets slot on Canadian team

Posted on March 25, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College senior alpine skier and Toronto, Canada, native David Donaldson has earned himself a starting spot on the Canadian team in every FIS World Cup giant slalom race next winter.  

Donaldson recently capped off the most impressive winter of competition for any Eastern collegiate skier by placing second in the Audi Coupe Nor-Am Cup giant slalom standings.

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