18 Km of Cross Country Trails open
This weekend is the Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival. There was a ½ Km Kid Fun Run, a snowshoe obstacle course, a scavenger hunt, free demos, an 8 Km Race, and a 4 Km Fun Run. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Cambridge Food Shelf and the IAN Fund. It was great to watch the snowshoe races. It is pretty amazing how snowshoes have changed over the years. The snowshoes that they race on are smaller than the usual snowshoes. The racers also wear running shoes. I saw a few families who were out cross country skiing. One family had their young child in a covered sled that they pulled behind them. They told me that they were hoping the ride would allow their child to take a nap.
I also went over to the ice rink to see what was happening. There were kids having fun playing hockey. It was fun to watch a couple groups of people who were teaching their friends how to ice skate.
16th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe 8K Race and 4K Fun Run
Thumbs up to learning how to ice skate
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. PK is Paul Kayhart, Smuggs Nordic Director. 5K is 3.something miles. OK is an American expression popular around the world. Anywho, this past Saturday the Nordic Center hosted PK’s 5K Ramble, a non-competitive jaunt on our cross country trails.This event was part of the Heritage WinterFest presented by the Smugglers’ Notch Area Chamber of Commerce. PK, like his predecessor Zeke Zucker, is passionate about cross country skiing. In an effort to introduce more people to the sport, PK convinced the Resort to offer FREE rentals and trail passes. Local dignitaries Mike Moser of the Cambridge Planning Commission and Lynn Saywer of the Cambridge Historical Society took advantage of the offer. Mike and PK (pictured) got out their wooden skis, wouldn’t ya know.
“Well OK then, that was a couple of days ago, what about today Rockin’?” you ask. Twas a bluebird beauty of a day and I skied like I had wings. I made my maiden flight of the season to Morse Highlands. I took the cut-over trail from Lower Morse Liftline right below where Sam’s Run enters (how come I never noticed that trail before?).Then I did my first fly-by of the season on Snow Snake. I never get tired of that trail. It has some nice pitches, rolls, and turns. That’s where I take my friends on Morse, before we migrate to Madonna and Sterling. I gotta migrate outta here… catch ya on the fly.