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Super groomed trails and sunny backcountry trails at Rikert Nordic Center today

Today the Skimeister and I glided around the trails at Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vermont. The sun was bright and the temperatures were warming through the day. We just had to get outside! Rikert is owned by Middlebury College and it is situated on the Bread Loaf campus. If you were driving Route 125 you would recognize the Bread Loaf campus by its mustard-yellow buildings. They are rather stunning when surrounded by white snow and blue sky. We put on our classic...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Rikert

Thanksgiving week starts with good snowmaking temps — wintry mix to follow

Snowmaking at Sleepy Hollow cross-country center

Snowmakers are earning their keep these recent cold days and nights. Resorts are pumping out a lot of snow in anticipation of Thanksgiving weekend, as well as some December opening days. (Who's open? Check here.) It sounds like Mother Nature will get into the act on Tuesday night and Wednesday, with a wintry mix that should include rain, sleet and snow accumulation. We'll see how it pans out. Check the Burlington National Weather Service report. Even a few Nordic ski...[Read more]

Monday, November 25, 2013 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Rikert, Sleepy Hollow, Trapp Family Lodge

Warm weekend includes a walk up less snowy Smugglers' Notch road

We’re so glad that we took advantage of the fresh snow and cold temperatures earlier this week to go cross-country skiing on the road through Smugglers’ Notch. We went up there again today — this time from the Jeffersonville side of the notch — and a lot of snow had melted. We walked up this time and started on dry pavement, then hit slushy ice, then only at the top of the notch did we find areas of deeper snow in shady spots. Oh well, it is November! It was a cool walk just the...[Read more]

Sunday, November 17, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Fall & Early season, Rikert, Sailing, Smugglers' Notch

2013 NCAA Skiing Championships Women's Cross Country -- Middlebury, Vermont

The four leaders really stayed in the lead the whole race.

UVM skiers Linda Davind-Malm (16) and Anja Gruber (5).

UVM skier Janey McClelland.

The leaders approach a hill to cheers of the crowd.

UVM skiers working hard (5 and 16).

UVM's Anja Gruber (5) won NCAA Championship classic race on Thursday.

Race winner Joanne Reid of Colorado raises the CU flag.

Great sprint to finish for 2nd and 3rd place.

Eliska Hajkova of Colorado edged out Marine Dusser of U Alaska Anch.

Dartmouth's Mary O'Connell took 4th place.

Congratulations and hugs at the finish.

Midd students catchin' rays between the women's and men's races.

Congratulations to the ski racers at the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships! The races were contested on the slopes of Middlebury Snow Bowl and trails of Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vt. While things were looking very good for UVM to take another title this year, they finished on the podium in third place. U Colorado and U Utah beat them out on the last day. Sigh. The SkiMeister and I watched the last day of racing on Saturday. We saw the men's Nordic 20K freestyle and the...[Read more]

Sunday, March 10, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Rikert, Ski racing

Men's Cross Country 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships in Middlebury, Vermont

And they're off!

A gorgeous day to watch a Nordic race!

Into the woods they go!

Racers Havlick (2) and Oedegaard (4) would finish 1st and 2nd.

Dartmouth's Sam Tarling (5) would finish 7th.

UVM's Joergen Grav broke a binding, got a new ski & finished strong!

The leaders.

UVM's Scott Patterson.

At the finish, Havlick of Utah out-sprinted Oedegaard of Colorado.

Tarling of Dartmouth just edges out Ben Lustgarten of Middlebury at finish.

UVM's Rogan Brown nears the finish line.

Hope no one needed a moving truck; they became wax vans at NCAAs!

The SkiMeister and I watched the last day of NCAA Skiing Championships racing on Saturday. Here' you'll find photos of the men's Nordic 20k freestyle at Rikert Nordic Center at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf campus. Top 10 finishers in the men's race. 1 HAVLICK, Miles /U Utah 2 OEDEGAARD, Rune /Colorado U  3 ULSUND, Einar /U Utah  4 SODERMAN, Erik /Northern Michigan U  5 PERSSON, Niklas /U Utah 6 RESALAND, Mats  /U New...[Read more]

Sunday, March 10, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Rikert, Ski racing

Spring-like cross-country skiing at Rikert Nordic Center today

Spring was in the air and in the snow today as we visited Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vermont. It was Winter Trails Day and Rikert (pronounced rye-curt) was offering free skiing, rentals and a group lesson. Can't beat that deal! The Skimeister was helping with the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association's free sit-ski clinic. I took a tour that would bring me in a clockwise triangle of sorts through the Nordic network, which is based at Middlebury's Bread Loaf...[Read more]

Saturday, January 12, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Rikert

Thank goodness for good grooming at ski centers such as Rikert!

We had a sunny stretch this week before some ugly spring-like weather was to hit this weekend (a bit of rain on Saturday and then snow coming Sunday night). I just had to get out into the sunshine. But with a bit of rain that fell recently, a crust had developed in many places so I wanted to find a scenic cross-country ski center with very good grooming. Rikert Ski Touring Center in Ripton, Vt., filled the bill. Located at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf campus, Rikert has a lovely network...[Read more]

Saturday, March 5, 2011 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Rikert

Great grooming & some surprises at Rikert cross-country center

The kids that go to Middlebury College have it good. They can ski at the Middlebury Snow Bowl and the Rikert Ski touring Center; both are owned and operated by the college. To get to Rikert from Middlebury, we drove Route 125 up and along the Middlebury River, through the micro-village of Ripton, and then to the college's scenic Bread Loaf Campus. Rikert nordic center is based in one of the barns on this historic summer campus known for its writers' conference. The mustard-colored historic...[Read more]

Monday, January 25, 2010 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Rikert

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