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A nordic kind of January: Winter Trails Day & the Tour de Stowe

Ever wonder what all the fuss was about when it comes to cross-country skiing or snowshoeing? Well it's about time you found out.

Winter Trails Day

Eight nordic centers in Vermont are offering special events or freebies as part of Winter Trails Day on January 8. The goal: to get people out on the trails in the wintertime to see what they've been missing!

These are the nordic centers in Vermont that will participate in one way or another. <link http: wintertrailshomepage findasite.aspx external-link-new-window>Visit this site to read up on the details. Call the nordic center to check on snow conditions and any reservations that are needed. Then, go to it!

  • Blueberry Hill in Goshen
  • Blueberry Lake in Warren
  • Bolton Valley in Bolton
  • Craftsbury in Craftsbury Common
  • Mountain Top in Chittenden
  • Ole's in Warren
  • Smugglers' Notch at Smugglers' Notch
  • Woodstock in Woodstock

Stowe Tour de Snow

Stowe and cross-country skiing go together like peanut butter and jelly. Or maybe wine and cheese. Anyways, people love to do nordic skiing in Stowe and now there is one more reason to love it: they are grooming the famous Stowe Recreation Path.

A group of interested skiers are raising funds needed to groom the rec path for the entire winter. So, they are holding a fun fundraiser on January 16.

The family-oriented Stowe Tour de Snow gets people out on the path and stopping at businesses and locations along the way for fun activities and food. <link http: the-tour the-course external-link-new-window>Read up on the event at this site.

The Thaw

Let's hope that after this New Year's thaw, Mother Nature will come back with a vengeance! Some Vermont cross-country centers (Trapp Family, Stowe Mountain, etc.) closed their trails to skiers until their snow conditions improved. Sunday the snow was too soft and thin, and today it is too icy!

Our temperatures have dropped below freezing now and there are snow flurries or snow showers in the forecast from Tuesday through at least Sunday. Alpine (and nordic centers that have the equipment) have started making snow again to make up for what they have lost.


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