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Sent: September 12, 2017

Craftsbury Outdoor Center Member Newsletter - #146

Last weekend's Oktoberfest included mountain bike and biathlon clinics for all abilities. See more photos here and be sure to check back over the next few days as more are added. 

In this issue:

Upcoming Events

October 9-November 16 - Off-Season Rates for lodging

The off season is upon us, which means several things. The dining hall will be completely closed by next Wednesday. Second, it means reduced off-season lodging rates! The cabins are all available or rent, and range between $150 and $175 a night, about $100 less than during the winter or summer. See prices here.

October 11-14 - Gym Closure

The gym will be closed from Wednesday the October 11th through Saturday the 14th for floor repairs. Zumba on Thursday will take place in the Activty Center and Master's Practice and CrossFit will happen outside. Please be respectful of this, then be sure to check out the improvements on Sunday!

November 1 - Annual membership renewal

This year's pricing remains $150 for families, $75 for individual adults, $50 for students and seniors, and $25 for kids 14 and under. As always, Craftsbury/Albany residents receive complimentary membership. Registration opens November 1, and memberships continue to run annually Nov. 1 - Oct. 31. Renew yours and find answers to your questions here.  

November 2 - Winter Programming Price Hike

Never too early to think about winter! Winter programming costs will be following a graduated price schedule, so sign up for winter programming now to save money and reduce stress.

November 17 - Anticipated Opening Date for Skiing

While HUGELY weather dependent, it's our hope to open skiing by the Friday prior to Thanksgiving week. Mother nature always has the final word - stay tuned! - but that's our target. 


GRP Rowing
Five former GRP athletes competed at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida earlier this month. John Graves and Ben Davidson ultimately finished 8th overall in the Men's Double Sculls. Elizabeth Sonshine was part of the U.S. Women's Quadruple Sculls boat, who finished 5th. Erik Frid was in the Men's Quadruple Sculls, who finished third in the C final. Andrew Reed was part of the men's 8+, which finished in the silver medal position. Read more here and see full results here

Many COC members, CNSC juniors, and GRP athletes competed in the Singletrack Shootout biathlon race as part of this weekend's Oktoberfest festivities. The prize for best shooting of the day in the novice division goes to Adrienne Remick, who hit all 20 targets. Emily Dreissigacker had the best shooting in the expert division, which three misses. See full results here

Reminder:  Seasonal trail use and Hunting

With turkey season in full swing and deer season around the corner, we’d like to remind our community and members about our seasonal trail use policy. Unless a trail is on the map as part of our summer trail network, it is closed. The Outdoor Center maintains agreements with private landowners to use certain corridors of their land in the winter as ski and snowshoe trails, but outside the snowy season, there is no public trail use on those lands.

Fall and winter brings hunting and trapping season to Vermont. We urge all members and guests to be alert while using our summer trail network and to wear bright, high-vis colors while running, biking and walking on Center land through the end of big game season.

Another aspect of trail safety during this time of year is awareness of traps. Trapping is not allowed on Center land, however, on any private land in Vermont trappers are not required to erect signage as to where they're trapping, nor are they required to set their traps away from trails. Staying on trails is always a good idea for you and your four-legged companions, but especially when traps may be out.

For a complete calendar of hunting and trapping seasons in Vermont, go to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website.

Fischer Marathon Giveway

Fischer Sports and the COC are teaming up to offer the ultimate marathon training getaway and gear package! The winner of this giveaway will win two nights' lodging for two on December 15 and 16, 2017, a top-of-the-line Fischer ski, boot, and binding package, and a clinic with one of the GRP athletes. Get more details here and sign up here


We were thrilled to host so many of you at this year’s Oktoberfest weekend! Bike rentals and lessons emptied the shop for the whole afternoon! The Checkpoint Challenge ran concurrently, where competitors took part in a number of physical, mental, and culinary challenges.

The Silent Auction to benefit the Kathy Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund raised over $3,500 for junior ski program scholarships. Day one ended with the Harvest Dinner, featuring a smorgasbord of deliciously prepared local food by the kitchen staff.

Sunday brought the Singletrack Shootout, which brought more than 60 competitors to the biathlon range and singletrack trails. There were several categories, providing opportunities for a range of abilities. Racers chose whether they wanted to run or bike and everyone came in to the range to shoot four times- results. The weekend concluded with one last tasty dining hall lunch, where the dining hall, porch, and lawn were full of hungry competitors and volunteers.

Hope to see all of you at next year's event!

Renew Your Craftsbury Membership

It's just about time to re-up your membership. Trail access, program participation, discounts and all sorts of other reasons make Craftsbury membership a worthwhile investment no matter the time of year.

Registration opens November 1, and memberships continue to run annually Nov. 1 - Oct. 31. This year's pricing remains $150 for families, $75 for individual adults, $50 for students and seniors, and $25 for kids 14 and under. As always, Craftsbury/Albany residents receive complimentary membership. Renew yours and find answers to your questions here.  

Renew Your Gym Membership

Even with all the natural options for exercise around Craftsbury, some movements are best accomplished in the gym, with the right gear. Sign up to workout, spring to fall with our OpenGym Pass at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. After you have your annual membership, passes are $50/person per season, including the upcoming winter (November 1 to April 30). Find out more.

That's all for now from the Center. As always, we welcome your news, suggestions or comments at and we'll do our best to spread the word in the next newsletter.

Until the next time,

Sheldon Miller
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
535 Lost Nation Rd
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827


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