Ski racing

Mikaela Shiffrin is super-charged in Killington, Vt., World Cup races

Mikaela Shiffrin at Killington, Vt., World Cup

Hats off to ski racing phenom Mikaela Shiffrin for her wonderful performances this weekend in Killington, Vermont! This Burke Mountain Academy grad scored a strong fifth in the giant slalom, and she pulled off a win in the slalom — her specialty. Her grandma even watched her race on Sunday. [Read more]

Sunday, November 27, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Killington, Ski racing

More ski resorts poised to open + World Cup racing in Vermont

Snowmaking in Vermont 2016 - 2017

With the help of colder temperatures and natural snow moving into our area today, several Vermont ski resorts are poised to open during Thanksgiving week and weekend. We had a warm spell for a while but snowmakers have been getting back to work and Mother Nature has helped out with the real stuff. See our post about 2016 Vermont ski resort opening dates, which we update. Those tentatively planning to open in the coming week include Bromley, Burke, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers'...[Read more]

Sunday, November 20, 2016 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Fall & Early season, Killington, Ski racing

Vermont very well represented on 2013 US Nordic Ski Team

Vermonters Sophie Caldwell, Andy Newell, Ida Sargent and Liz Stephen, and other cross-country skiers who train in Vermont, have been named to the US Nordic Ski Team. The Green Mountain State is certainly well-represented during an Olympic year. This is going to be really fun to watch! Check out this Vermont-heavy cross-country ski team roster. -A Team- Name, Hometown, Ski Club Holly Brooks, Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski...[Read more]

Monday, October 21, 2013 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ski racing

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

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

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

Great results for Americans and Vermonters at Quebec City World Cup ski races!

Ooh la la! We had the good fortune to take in the World Cup Nordic sprint races in Québec City this weekend and what a weekend it was! First of all, I'd estimate that one-third of the crowd was from the US — many representing Vermont. This was the first World Cup event to be held in eastern North America in 27 years, and lucky for us it was withing driving distance of the Green Mountain State. With a handful of racers hailing from Vermont, you bet they had friends and family lining the...[Read more]

Monday, December 10, 2012 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ski racing

Exciting racing in Craftsbury: 2012 US Distance Nationals for cross-country skiing

Craftsbury Outdoor Center in northern Vermont has been hosting many of the country's best nordic skiers all week — first with the USSA Super Tour Finals and then with the 30k & 50k National Championships. The Skimeister and I hit the road early to catch today's men's race. The gun went off at 9 a.m. with 90 racers starting because juniors were also racing in the group, although for a shorter 20k distance. Craftsbury has been creative this season with...[Read more]

Saturday, March 31, 2012 Filed in: Craftsbury, Cross-country skiing, Ski racing

Sunday spring skiing, and UVM wins NCAAs!

First, the really exciting news: The University of Vermont ski team has won the NCAA championship! This is their first championship title since 1994. Yes, this has been a long time coming! We've really enjoyed following the team over the years and watching some of the racing in Stowe. Both the nordic and alpine skiers excelled at NCAAs, but the women probably clinched the deal for UVM. Women skiers from UVM were often in the top five of their alpine or...[Read more]

Sunday, March 11, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Bolton Valley, Ski racing

2012 UVM Winter Carnival nordic ski racing — Day two

Blue skies. White snow. Ski racing action. It was another gorgeous day to be out on skis! Today's cross-country ski races at the UVM Winter Carnival at Trapp Family Lodge featured freestyle (or skating) races. Both men and women skied 10 km. This time, UVM's Caitlin Patterson came out on top. On the men's side, Middlebury's Patrick Johnson won for a second day in a row. I photographed the women's race today. Enjoy the photos! Today the conditions called for a skating on the trails...[Read more]

Sunday, February 5, 2012 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ski racing, Trapp Family Lodge

UVM Winter Carnival ski racing

We caught some of the racing action today at the 2012 UVM Winter Carnival. We watched the men compete in the classic cross-country race at Trapp Family Lodge. It was a 10 km race on a lovely, sunny day. Then we tried to emulate what we saw by doing some classic skiing ourselves on the snowy trails. Stowe had received about 1 to 2 inches of snow overnight. Enjoy the photos! There's more racing tomorrow if you want to check it out! Here are the top 10 women's classic results 1  ...[Read more]

Saturday, February 4, 2012 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ski racing, Trapp Family Lodge

Ski racing à la Vermont

Ida Sargent of Vermont

This weekend we're looking forward to taking in some ski racing action! The UVM Winter Carnival starts today and goes through Sunday. It features the best collegiate skiers in the eastern US taking on the slalom and giant slalom courses at Stowe, and the nordic racing trails at Trapp Family Lodge. The University of Vermont has a strong ski team again this year. Some of the racers have been competing across the country in NorAm races, and a few have even competed in their first World...[Read more]

Friday, February 3, 2012 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ski racing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

New snow and some skinny ski events this weekend

With some new snow falling around the state (some Vermont resorts reported that up to 5 - 7 inches fell on Thursday, and more snow is expected on Friday), this weekend should shape up to be a good one for outdoor fun! Here are a few interesting nordic skiing related events this weekend that you may be interested in checking out. 1. Watch a biathlon race Biathlon is a sport that combines heart-pounding cross-country skiing with accurate (hopefully!) target...[Read more]

Thursday, January 12, 2012 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ski racing

US Ski Team names four Vermonters to national nordic ski team

Ida Sargent

One-third of the skinny skiers on the 2012 US Nordic team hail from Vermont. How cool is that?! This week the US Ski Team named its 12-member nordic team. It's a rather small squad, but one that is increasingly finding success. The standouts on the team include Andy Newell of Shaftsbury, Vt., and Kikkan Randall of Anchorage, Alaska. They've both been on a World Cup podium, and they want more. Meanwhile, Vermonter and seven-time US Champion Liz Stephen of East Montpelier, Vt., is looking...[Read more]

Thursday, October 13, 2011 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ski racing

2011 Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame induction this month

On October 23 in Killington, four skiers will be inducted into the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame. They are mogul champ Karen Huntoon Miller, longtime ski coach Greg McClallen, nordic expert John Morton, and resort leader Preston Leete Smith. Here is a bit about the new hall of famers from the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum website. Karen Huntoon, originally of Brandon / Rutland and a graduate of Rutland High School, won five world championships in mogul skiing and is now in...[Read more]

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ski racing

Stratton Mountain to host U.S. Freestyle Championships this season

Stratton ski resort in southern Vermont will host the four-day U.S. Freestyle Championships in March. This is of particular interest to Vermonters, as it will include mogul maven Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vermont — a gold medal winner in Vancouver. "I'm pleased to share my home state for a great finale to the ski season," said Kearney in a US Ski Team press release. "I'm looking forward to Stratton hosting the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships. It's nice to bring the event back to New...[Read more]

Saturday, November 13, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ski racing, Stratton

Vermonters among those named to US Alpine Ski Team

Vermont is well represented in this year's US Alpine Ski Team. The newly announced roster includes both native Vermonters and those who attended a ski academy in the Green Mountain State. It's great to see that Cody Marshall of Pittsfield, Vermont, is on the list. He sustained a major head injury in July 2009 and his recovery has been described as extraordinary. So good to see him back at it! US Ski Team Vermont connections A TeamJimmy Cochran, Keene, NH, Cochran's/Mount Mansfield Ski &...[Read more]

Sunday, November 7, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ski racing

This year's US cross-country ski team includes two Vermonters

Liz Stephen of Vermont

The US Ski Team has named its cross-country team for the coming season. With only seven athletes, the team roster is lean, but mean.  Two Vermonters are among the nation's elite team: Andy Newell of Shaftsbury, Vermont — an alumnus of the Stratton Mountain School — and Liz Stephen of East Montpelier, Vt. — an alumna of the Burke Mountain Academy. (Both are pictured here.) Also with Vermont ties is Simi Hamilton, an Aspen, Colorado, native who was an NCAA All American at Middlebury...[Read more]

Monday, October 11, 2010 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ski racing

What's next for mogul maven Hannah Kearney of Vermont?

Check out this link for some high-flying photos of gold medal mogul skier Hannah Kearney training this summer for the upcoming World Cup season. Even though she has reached the pinnacle of her sport, she's still got a competitive fire inside, she tells the newspaper in Steamboat, Colorado. The article offers a glimpse into what's on Kearney's mind after experiencing such a whirlwind since the Olympics. Now the bump star is in Perisher, Australia, for a three-week camp with her teammates. She...[Read more]

Monday, August 2, 2010 Filed in: Ski racing

Ski coaches take on new roles at UVM and Dartmouth

— UVM nordic ski team reorganizes; Change of leadership at Dartmouth — The University of Vermont Nordic ski program coaching staff has been reorganized. Patrick Weaver (pictured here) was recently named head coach of the men's and women's nordic ski program. Former head coach Paul Stone will continue on with the program as an assistant coach. Apparently he will begin work on a master’s degree while continuing to work with the team.Weaver, who has served as an assistant the past two seasons,...[Read more]

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ski racing

Mogul champ, nordic stars named to Vermont skiiing hall of fame

The Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame will soon grow by four. The Museum announced new inductees -- Lawrence “Larry” Damon, Hilary Engisch, Robert “Bob” Gray, and Johannes von Trapp. Engisch is a champion mogul skier while the others excelled at or advanced the sport of nordic skiing. The induction ceremony will be on October 24 in Stowe, Vermont, which is home to the ski museum. Congratulations to all the new inductees! For background information on each skier, visit the Museum...[Read more]

Monday, July 5, 2010 Filed in: Ski racing

Slalom gates, US Ski Team racers & kids — all at Cochran's today

I have to admit, if I had a white ski helmet, I might have asked some of the US Ski Team members to sign it today. Hey, everyone was doing it. At the Cochran's slalom race Ted Ligety was signing t-shirts, Sarah Schleper was signing helmets — all sorts of posters and clothing were offered up to the stinky markers. And it seemed like these gracious team members didn't turn anyone away. It was fun to watch the second run of the Thank God For Snowmaking Race, which benefits the tiny, nonprofit...[Read more]

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cochran's, Ski racing

Some US Ski Team members to race at Cochran's on Wednesday

How cool is this? US Ski Team star Ted Ligety just wrote on Twitter that he helped shovel snow onto the T-Bar line at Cochran's Ski Area in Richmond, Vt., in preparation for tomorrow's slalom race! The race benefits the small ski area and its skiing program which has turned out its fair share of Olympic skiers. Ligety is the Overall World Cup GS Champion, and his teammate Jimmy Cochran is the best US slalom racer right now (ranked 20th in the world). I see Olympian Sarah Schleper's name on...[Read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cochran's, Ski racing, Spring skiing

Antique Ski Race at Suicide Six ski area on Saturday

Still have wooden skis or long, straight skis kicking around? If they pre-date 1975, consider registering by Friday for Saturday's 7th Annual Vermont Antique Ski Race. It's presented by the Vermont Ski Museum and Suicide Six ski area in Woodstock, Vt. Racing starts at 10:30 a.m. on a dual slalom course. The fun race benefits the Vermont Ski Museum and it often includes former Vermont Olympians and US Ski Team members. An awards ceremony and sugar-on-snow follow the race. Sounds like a fun day...[Read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ski gear, Ski racing, Suicide Six

Vermonter Hannah Kearney revels in her gold medal

Hannah Kearney has quite a set of knees. Did you see her run? Holy cow. There's a nice interview of her in the Post-Star. It mentions that she is very excited to bring the medal back to Vermont, her home state. http://www.poststar.com/sports/article_27e5fe84-1c4f-11df-93f0-001cc4c03286.html This native Vermonter brings her knitting projects along on the ski circuit as a "productive way to relax." She also props her pigtails up on the back of her helmet to keep the wet hairs off her...[Read more]

Thursday, February 18, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ski racing

Vermont is well represented at the Olympic Games

Team USA at the Olympic Opening Ceremonies

I was glued to the TV last night to watch the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. It's really exciting to watch the Games, and even more so since we have such a strong American team. Vermont is definitely a winter sport kind of state. And this bears true as we've sent a contingent of athletes to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Olympic athletes with Vermont ties include: Cross-country skiers Andy Newell (from Shaftsbury)Liz Stephen (from East Montpelier)Caitlin Compton (grew up in...[Read more]

Saturday, February 13, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ski racing

Stowe Derby recon mission, and race on February 28

On Friday, eager skiers will take a test run on the Toll Road of Stowe ski resort. It's a reconnaissance mission for those who will ski in the Stowe Derby later this month. Most will be wearing skinny skis as they board the chairlift. The Stowe Derby will have its 65th running on February 28. This race is a true skimeister kind of race. You have a long downhill ski run and then cross-country terrain. So you must pick your equipment wisely and be a versatile skier. It started in 1945 as a...[Read more]

Thursday, February 11, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ski racing, Stowe

Fresh snow today & UVM Winter Carnival this weekend

Ski racing action this weekend.

Vermont ski resorts are reporting between one to 8 inches of fresh snow this morning — the farther north you go, the higher the total. Some resorts have been getting a little bit of snow every day this week. This will be an exciting weekend around Stowe, Vermont. The University of Vermont Winter Carnival takes place Friday to Sunday with both alpine and nordic ski racing. The alpine events are at Stowe Mountain Resort, while the cross-country races are at Trapp Family Lodge. We're planning...[Read more]

Thursday, February 4, 2010 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ski racing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

Getting to know Vermont cross-country skiing superstar Andy Newell

Cross-country ski racer Andy Newell of Vermont

Perhaps you haven't noticed, but the US Cross-Country Ski Team is turning heads these days. The team has become a force in a sport that has been traditionally ruled by the Europeans.There are a couple New England skiers on the team including superstar Andy Newell from the town of Shaftsbury in southern Vermont. He recently placed seventh in a World Cup classic sprint. He was behind guys from Norway, Russia and Finland. Newell's teammate Kris Freeman of New Hampshire just last week place...[Read more]

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ski racing

Vermonter to start in a World Cup race this weekend

US skier Nolan Kasper

This weekend's World Cup slalom race in Levi, Finland, features skiers with Vermont ties, as well as a famous neighbor to the east. Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) is set to open his World Cup season this weekend along side Soelden podium finisher Ted Ligety (Park City, UT). And skiing with them are Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV), Jimmy Cochran (Keene, NH) and Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT). Twenty-year-old Kasper, of Vermont's Burke Mountain Academy, was named to the C team this summer, but has moved up to...[Read more]

Friday, November 13, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Burke, Ski racing

Remember Suzy Chapstick? Chaffee among those to join Vermont hall of fame

Suzy Chaffee, Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame

Are you old enough to remember the 1970s TV ads featuring a dynamic, blond skier pronouncing: "I'm Suzy Chapstick!"? Well her real name is Suzy Chaffee and this famous skier hails from Rutland, Vermont. Chaffee skied on the US Women’s Ski Team in the 1960s, competing in the downhill, before launching into modeling, film, designer clothing, and ski equipment made for women. She joined the US Freestyle Ski Team as professional in 1971 and competed with the men since there was no...[Read more]

Thursday, October 22, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ski racing

US Ski Team skier Cody Marshall making slow progress after major head injury

US Ski Team skier Cody Marshall of Vermont

I keep checking the Marshall family blog to see if US Ski Team skier Cody Marshall is awake and joking around with his siblings. He's not there yet, but he is making slow progress after sustaining a major head injury last week in Utah. Hailing from Pittsfield, Vermont, near Killington, Marshall was with friends when he slid down the rail of a closed escalator in a Park City, Utah, mall. Unfortunately, he fell backwards and landed about 25 feet below on the floor. He's been in critical...[Read more]

Friday, July 24, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ski racing

Vermonters among skiers on roster for newly announced 2010 U.S. Alpine Ski Team

US Ski Team member Chelsea Marshall from Vermont

Vermont is well represented on the US Ski Team alpine roster this year. While the A Team comprises well-known talents such as Ted Ligety, Scott Macartney, Julia Mancuso and superstar Lindsey Vonn, skiers with Vermont ties are found on the B and C Teams, readying for their steps onto the podium. VERMONT SKIERS ON B TEAM / MEN Tim Kelley (5/20/86; Starksboro, VT; Cochran's/Mount Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club)Cody Marshall (11/15/82; Pittsfield, VT; Burke Mountain Academy)Jimmy Cochran...[Read more]

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Ski racing

Vermont skiers make tracks on US Ski Team as we head toward Winter Olympics

The US Ski Team has announced some of its rosters for the coming ski season, and as you may expect, they include Vermonters and our neighbors nearby. Many of these skiers are poised to be named to the roster for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The Olympic team will be named in January. 2010 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team World Championship silver medalist Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK), along with World Cup sprint medalist Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, Vermont), Kris Freeman (Andover,...[Read more]

Saturday, June 6, 2009 Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Ski racing

UVM and NCAA skiing news

UVM super skier David Donaldson

Vermont skiers are one fast bunch.This month, University of Vermont freshman David Donaldson of Toronto was named the Male Collegiate Skier of the Year by Ski Racing Magazine. Donaldson is the 21st Catamount to earn male or female collegiate skier of the year honors in the 31-year history of the award. The last Vermont skier to take the title was Greg Hardy ‘08 in 2006.Donaldson won the giant slalom at the 2009 NCAA Ski Championships hosted by Bates College in Maine. He also earned First-Team...[Read more]

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Ski racing, Stowe

New snow in VT, and skiing competitions, near and far

Wow—along with some amazing new snow (it kept snowing yesterday in the mountains of Vermont), there are some hot skiing competitions happening here and abroad, as well. As for the snow, Bolton Valley is reporting an overnight total of just over a foot, on top of the 6 inches from yesterday! Sugarbush is also reporting 17 inches in the last 48 hours. Yeow! I'm going to have to go out for a "business meeting" in the backcountry this afternoon. Check this NOAA site for details on additional...[Read more]

Friday, February 20, 2009 Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Bolton Valley, Cross-country skiing, Ski racing, Sugarbush, Trapp Family Lodge

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