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|  December 2008  |
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Men's Journal Article

4 Dec 2008 @12:15

You may want to pick up a copy of the December 2008 issue of Men's Journal. Lo and behold, there on page 36 is an article on Craftsbury. One of the editors joined us this fall for a long weekend session.

Unfortunately, there's no web version of this story, so we can't link you there. But it's worth checking the issue out if you come across a copy.

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Men's Journal Article

4 Dec 2008 @12:15

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Marathon feature story

4 Dec 2008 @11:32

The marathon is featured in this month's Cross Country Skier - it's even the cover shot! You can read the whole feature here. Have you signed up yet? Scoot on over to registration now - it's filling fast, and you can still take advantage of the early registration pricing.

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Marathon feature story

4 Dec 2008 @11:32

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CNSC Thanksgiving trip

4 Dec 2008 @11:09

Over Thanksgiving the older competitive group of the ski club headed off in search of snow, finding it in abundance at Salmon Hills, NY - along with several New England colleges training as well.

"It was a good first snow camp," Coach Pepa said. "The kids did a lot of technique, a speed workout and got 20 hours of volume over the week."

From the looks of the pictures, Pepa herself was kept pretty busy as well. But, as Pepa is quick to point out, it's all worthwhile once you sit down with a nice plate of bones. I must say, it's the best looking Yurt-cooked Thanksgiving feast I've ever seen.

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CNSC Thanksgiving trip

4 Dec 2008 @11:09

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Craftsbury Sculling Center reorganizes as Non-profit

23 Nov 2008 @19:55

The Craftsbury Sculling Center is excited to announce that we have recently been purchased by a local non-profit foundation. This change is exciting not only because of greater financial stability and an increased ability to expand our programming, but because of a revitalized vision:

  1. The promotion of lifelong sports from all ages, from introductory to elite.
  2. Using and teaching sustainable practices throughout the organization.
  3. Protecting and managing the lake, land and trails.
 

The current staff of the Center is working with the management of the non-profit to detail all the changes. We don't have all the details, but we can point to several themes that you'll find as parts of the new Center:

  • Continuity of the programming, staff and beautiful setting. Over 34 years, we've continually ...
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Craftsbury Sculling Center reorganizes as Non-profit

23 Nov 2008 @19:55

The Craftsbury Sculling Center is excited to announce that we have recently been purchased by a local non-profit foundation. This change is exciting not only because of greater financial stability and an increased ... go arrow

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COC reorganizes as Non-Profit

23 Nov 2008 @10:55

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is excited to announce that we have recently been purchased by Dick Dreissigacker and Judy Geer who have restructured the organization as a non-profit entity.

“During our discussions about the vision for the Center, it became apparent that there was quite a bit of common ground between the Spring family’s mission for Craftsbury and what the Foundation envisions,” Craftsbury Manager, Russ Spring Jr. explains. “The foundation’s goal is to build upon the work started by our founders, Russell and Janet Spring, so many years ago, keeping current staff and programming in place while improving and expanding the reach of the Center’s programs.”

Spring’s comments are reflected in the revitalized mission statement of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center:

1) The promotion ...

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COC reorganizes as Non-Profit

23 Nov 2008 @10:55

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is excited to announce that we have recently been purchased by Dick Dreissigacker and Judy Geer who have restructured the organization as a non-profit entity. “During our discussions ... go arrow

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Craftsbury in the Times Argus

23 Nov 2008 @9:50

The Barre Montpelier Times Argus have a story about the Center's restructuring. Read more details.

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Craftsbury in the Times Argus

23 Nov 2008 @9:50

The Barre Montpelier Times Argus have a story about the Center's restructuring. go arrow

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Boats out, Ice-in

23 Nov 2008 @9:45

Well, it's happened - the official end of the sculling season. The ice started coming in today. Sure, it was cold enough that most had long since moved indoors, but this really seals the deal.

Right now, it's just a skim of ice, but given that temps haven't broken 30 for 7-10 days, the rest of the lake isn't far behind. This ice date does represent a return to normal as opposed to recent years. Last year for instance, I still sculled on the 14th of December.

However, the ice is a harbinger of many good things - like our skiing for scullers weekend! Come on up this winter and enjoy water in its solid state.

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Boats out, Ice-in

23 Nov 2008 @9:45

Well, it's happened - the official end of the sculling season. The ice started coming in today. Sure, it was cold enough that most had long since moved indoors, but this really seals the deal.Right now, it's just a ... go arrow

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Head of the Hooch Winner

17 Nov 2008 @16:22

Of course, there were lots of winners at the Head of the Hooch - 82 events were contested at one of the largest fall regattas. But one winner stands out from this crowd - Hugh Tullos of Oklahoma City University. Hugh visited the booth, entered the raffle, had a cookie, and as a result of all this hard work - he won a free week of camp in 2009! Congratulations Hugh!

Unfortunately for those who didn't win this time, you'll have to wait until February for your next opportunity to win a free week of camp at Craftsbury, when we visit the CRASH-Bs in Boston. Just to be safe, maybe just sign up now the traditional way, just as backup.

Thanks to all who visited the booth and made the regatta another great experience for the Craftsbury Road Show.

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Head of the Hooch Winner

17 Nov 2008 @16:22

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Marathon Training plan

17 Nov 2008 @16:10

Vermont Sports Today has a training plan in this month's issue specifically for the Craftsbury Marathon. It's written for athletes that are starting with some fitness, but it's quite specific - it may be the just the tool you need to have your best marathon ever.

Not your cup of tea? Well, check out the program put together by Pepa. No matter which training plan you choose, don't forget to sign up before the end of the month - that's when the first price increase goes into effect.

 

VST training plan

COC Training plan

Marathon registration

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Marathon Training plan

17 Nov 2008 @16:10

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Dropping Temps, Dropping Prices

16 Nov 2008 @14:14

Brrrr...It's been a cold week around here. Little bits of snow on top of nice frozen ground. So far, we've had an ideal setup for winter, as the continuous cold has really allowed the ground to setup nicely, and any water to freeze. But it has been a shock to the system for the locals.

While you're huddled indoors seeking warmth, why not get ready for the season. One change everyone will notice at the new Craftsbury Center is the lower pricing on memberships and equipment rentals. A membership to Craftsbury will start at $25 for students and seniors, $50 for individual adults and only $100 for a family to ski the Center’s 85k all winter: 

•    Unlimited trail use Winter ‘08-’09.
•    Access to Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club (CNSC) programming
•    Ski Rental discount of 20%.
•    Craftsbury ...

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Dropping Temps, Dropping Prices

16 Nov 2008 @14:14

Brrrr...It's been a cold week around here. Little bits of snow on top of nice frozen ground. So far, we've had an ideal setup for winter, as the continuous cold has really allowed the ground to setup nicely, and any ... go arrow

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2009 Internships

6 Nov 2008 @13:34

Looking for a great way to work, train and live in Vermont next summer? Love sculling? Well, you're in luck, because we're looking for some hard working interns for our 2009 season.

Craftsbury Sculling Center provides an intern with housing, meals, and the opportunity to participate in Craftsbury’s Sculling Program as arranged with Pepa and depending on workload. In return, the intern is responsible for 30 hours per week of work, which includes a variety of boathouse tasks.

Want to find out more? Click here for more details, download the application information, and get your application in before February 1 as scheduling preference is given to applicants who complete the process prior to that date.

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2009 Internships

6 Nov 2008 @13:34

Looking for a great way to work, train and live in Vermont next summer? Love sculling? Well, you're in luck, because we're looking for some hard working interns for our 2009 season.Craftsbury Sculling Center ... go arrow

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HOCR winner

5 Nov 2008 @14:01

A little bit delayed, but our winner for the free week of camp drawing in 2009 from Head of the Charles is...James Sopko of Mukilteo, WA. Congratulations James!

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HOCR winner

5 Nov 2008 @14:01

A little bit delayed, but our winner for the free week of camp drawing in 2009 from Head of the Charles is...James Sopko of Mukilteo, WA. Congratulations James! go arrow

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Skiing

30 Oct 2008 @14:53

No, we're not open. But just for kicks, we rolled some of the fields. It's not bad. Patchy around the trees, but pretty decent out in the fields. It's conservative to say we got 5-7 out in the open spots, and the wind kind of blew it around so that some spots have better coverage yet. A fun October afternoon.

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Skiing

30 Oct 2008 @14:53

No, we're not open. But just for kicks, we rolled some of the fields. It's not bad. Patchy around the trees, but pretty decent out in the fields. It's conservative to say we got 5-7 out in the open spots, and the ... go arrow

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China and Craftsbury, pt. 2

30 Oct 2008 @6:03

You may recall this past August that we had a Chinese film crew here shooting a segment for a travel show based out of Shanghai. Well, some eagle-eyed staff have found the footage and an excerpt of the show that contains the Craftsbury segment (about 1:23 or so into the video). It is in english, with subtitles for Chinese speaker.

Maybe everything about the sport didn't translate in the short time the host was with us (like the part about "Don't let go of the handles") - but at least everyone stayed dry and in the boat.

Video excerpt of the show

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China and Craftsbury, pt. 2

30 Oct 2008 @6:03

You may recall this past August that we had a Chinese film crew here shooting a segment for a travel show based out of Shanghai. Well, some eagle-eyed staff have found the footage and an go arrow

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More fall snow

29 Oct 2008 @10:50

We awoke to more snow this morning - about 3 through 11am. Sure it's early, and the snow is pretty mushy on top of pretty warm ground. But it's exciting nonetheless, and hopefully a good omen of things to come. Besides, it's still snowing now! You can't be a skier in New England without being an eternal optimist.

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More fall snow

29 Oct 2008 @10:50

We awoke to more snow this morning - about 3 through 11am. Sure it's early, and the snow is pretty mushy on top of pretty warm ground. But it's exciting nonetheless, and hopefully a good omen of things to come. ... go arrow

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SNOW!

23 Oct 2008 @8:24

...sort of. It wasn't much and it didn't stick around long, but it is promising to see nonetheless. Yesterday, we awoke to find a thin layer of snow, with more falling. While the daylight quickly eroded the snow, it's good to see things headed in the right direction.

The cold appears to be a little more serious and long lasting. We've been arriving to find 20s in the morning. It makes us very glad that we put a new heating system in Tamarack.

The new boiler is a high efficiency Italian model (a Biasi), that reburns the exhaust gasses in a secondary chamber for maximum performance. Given the ready supply of local, renewable wood energy on our over 320 acres vs. the utter lack of oil on same, we feel that this represents a positive choice for the Center, its guests and the environment. ...

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SNOW!

23 Oct 2008 @8:24

...sort of. It wasn't much and it didn't stick around long, but it is promising to see nonetheless. Yesterday, we awoke to find a thin layer of snow, with more falling. While the daylight quickly eroded the snow, ... go arrow

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Row for Hope

22 Oct 2008 @8:50

The Center always enjoys supporting a variety of causes, but a cause of note currently is Row for Hope.

Row for Hope is a public charity focused on funding cancer research. The organization was founded by Paul and Joy Ridley, after losing their mother to skin cancer in 2001. Now, seven years later, Paul will be rowing across the Atlantic in the hope of raising over $500,000 for the Yale Cancer Center.

The Center's small role in this endeavor has been to provide a free weekend camp that Row for Hope is raffling off. Contact them for details on participation or donate today.

Even if you can't donate, it's worth following this adventure. There's a blog, flickr pool and other media that Paul will be updating during his row (slated to begin in December).

Bon Voyage Paul and Row for Hope!

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Row for Hope

22 Oct 2008 @8:50

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HOCR '08

21 Oct 2008 @9:46

This weekend marked the 44th Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. It was great to see so many familiar faces at the booth. Sadly, I don't have a winner to announce for the free week, as the drawn entry has not yet responded to confirm their prize acceptance. Hopefully within the next several days.

Lots of familiar faces on the race course or coaching as well - Craftsbury coaches and campers were in an assortment of boats all day. Sloan DuRoss partnered with Sam Stitt in the Open 2x and got second as he winds up his career. Carol Bower's 1980 Rowing Club won another Senior Master 8+, and Troy Howell got 13th in the Senior Master 1x, Bo Vestergaard netting 23rd in the same event. On the women's side, Pam Besteman got 12th in the Master 1x.

Erik Breiland sculled to a 20th in the open ...

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21 Oct 2008 @9:46

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Coach Blake at Worlds

18 Oct 2008 @12:57

Craftsbury Coach Eric Blake was a scoring member of the 3rd place US team at the 2008 World Mountain Running Championships in Sierre Crans-Montana, Switzerland last month. This finish is the high point in international competition for the US team.

Blake covered the 12K race with 3,430 feet of climbing in under an hour, 58:23 - good for 23rd overall, 3rd American runner. Eric qualified for his fifth US team appearance via his win earlier this year at Mt. Washington.

In addition to Eric and the men's strong showing, the juniors had a strong weekend with an American in 3rd in the junior women, as well as a 5th in the boys' race.

Congratulations Eric! Now you have to give us the secret to running uphill next summer!

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Coach Blake at Worlds

18 Oct 2008 @12:57

Craftsbury Coach Eric Blake was a scoring member of the 3rd place US team at the 2008 World Mountain Running Championships in Sierre Crans-Montana, Switzerland last month. This finish is the high point in ... go arrow

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Skiing for Scullers 2009

3 Oct 2008 @16:24

Come explore the other side of Craftsbury this January 23-25th. Come for the weekend, learn how to ski and how it will benefit your sculling next summer. The same formula you know from our sculling instruction will be applied to skiing: video, drills, training talks, and a low student to coach ratio (featuring plenty o' Pepa) will introduce you to, or improve your classical and skate techniques. Plus the usual food and fun of Craftsbury!

$386 per person (based on double occupancy) gets you two nights lodging, meals, rentals, trail passes, lessons and a $50/person discount coupon off any 2009 sculling program! Space is limited, so call us today to register.

If you really enjoy the weekend, you'll just have enough time to join our ski marathon, the following weekend.

Click here for ...

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Skiing for Scullers 2009

3 Oct 2008 @16:24

Come explore the other side of Craftsbury this January 23-25th. Come for the weekend, learn how to ski and how it will benefit your sculling next summer. The same formula you know from our sculling instruction will ... go arrow

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Bostonistas in Craftsbury

22 Sep 2008 @13:52

Over Labor Day, a Boston Magazine Bostonista joined us as a camper. Check out the blog.

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Bostonistas in Craftsbury

22 Sep 2008 @13:52

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Midweek Peak Special

4 Sep 2008 @13:36

No doubt you've heard about our fall pricing, but if you can arrange your stay to happen during a Sunday to Thursday, the deal gets better! In addition to everything you get in our regular foliage rates, midweek guests during our fall foliage promotion get a FREE mountain bike rental for the length of your stay and can participate in a daily guided activity for FREE! Same pricing, just more goodies.

But hurry, because just like the colorful Vermont foliage, these special rates are here for only a short time.

 

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Midweek Peak Special

4 Sep 2008 @13:36

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More Boats for Sale

4 Sep 2008 @9:48

Just a quick note to let you know that Craftsbury will be selling more boats this fall - this time Peinert x25s and Zephyrs. We had such success last year selling boats that these are mainly 2007s and 2006s. But, not there aren't many (4 each), and they'll go quick. You can see all the boats for sale at this page. We've also added more Smoothie2 sculls, this time 2008s.

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More Boats for Sale

4 Sep 2008 @9:48

Just a quick note to let you know that Craftsbury will be selling more boats this fall - this time Peinert x25s and Zephyrs. We had such success last year selling boats that these are mainly 2007s and 2006s. But, ... go arrow

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Early Ski Tune-Up/Craftsbury Classic

2 Sep 2008 @8:19

An all inclusive weekend of fun and informative events, instruction and a race for everyone.  Whether you are planning to do the marathon this year or would just like to have more fun on the snow and improve your technique, consider our new Ski Tune-Up Weekend January 2-4, 2009 with FREE lessons, seminars and all-ages activities for house-guests.

Even if you can't join us for the rest of the weekend, come enjoy a classic tuneup, with the Craftsbury Classic, Sunday January 4. The fun 2, 5, or 10k mass start race starts at 10AM for only $15 pre-reg and $20 day of - or FREE to all houseguest participants! Get your year off on the right foot with Craftsbury.

 

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Early Ski Tune-Up/Craftsbury Classic

2 Sep 2008 @8:19

An all inclusive weekend of fun and informative events, instruction and a race for everyone.  Whether you are planning to do the marathon this year or would just like to have more fun on the snow and improve your ... go arrow

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2008-2009 Season's Pass Deals

2 Sep 2008 @8:18

Like groundhogs emerging from their holes in the spring or the first robin, there have been groomer sightings at the Center. These harbingers of winter can only mean one thing - it's time to get your season's pass while it's still cheap!

You can get a Craftsbury season's pass for only $130 if you're flying solo, or $225 for a family pass. That will get you a season of the best nordic skiing in the east, 85k of groomed trails, a free day of skiing at nearby Highland Lodge, and all the fun of Craftsbury. We get snow early and often, so don't wait for the first flakes to fly, get your pass today!

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2008-2009 Season's Pass Deals

2 Sep 2008 @8:18

Like groundhogs emerging from their holes in the spring or the first robin, there have been groomer sightings at the Center. These harbingers of winter can only mean one thing - it's time to get your season's pass ... go arrow

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08 MRA discounts

25 Aug 2008 @10:10

Sadly, the Masters Rowing Association (MRA) is no more. Craftsbury will honor those MRA members' discounts that have already made reservations with us for the '08 season. Likewise, the planned programming during the MRA Fall Festival weeks will remain consistent as well, with some additional emphasis on head racing available for those who are interested.

We are still evaluating what 2009 may hold in terms of programming, but will NOT offer any MRA discount as MRA memberships are no longer being sold.

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08 MRA discounts

25 Aug 2008 @10:10

Sadly, the Masters Rowing Association (MRA) is no more. Craftsbury will honor those MRA members' discounts that have already made reservations with us for the '08 season. Likewise, the planned programming during the ... go arrow

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Amy Wilton Book

19 Aug 2008 @20:11

Many Craftsbury campers know Amy as a coach or perhaps for her end of camp slideshows at Craftsbury most summers. But now you can add art book photographer" to that list as Amy and author C. S. Lambert have put together a new book coming out this fall. The book details what happens when you start getting really serious about your ocean seaglass finds. In "A Passion for Sea Glass", they guide readers through the world of sea glass collectors. Want to find out more? The book can be purchased online here.

Now, when can we expect the rowing book? Lobby Amy via her website.

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Amy Wilton Book

19 Aug 2008 @20:11

Many Craftsbury campers know Amy as a coach or perhaps for her end of camp slideshows at Craftsbury most summers. But now you can add art book photographer" to that list as Amy and author C. S. Lambert have put ... go arrow

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Craftsbury at Jr. Worlds

13 Aug 2008 @17:17

Campers/Interns Austin Meyer, Tom Nesel, and Cara Linnenkohl all represented the US at this summer's World Junior Championships in Linz, Austria at the end of July. Cara (Redmond, WA) joined us several years ago as part of our junior women's development camp. Her oarswomanship has certainly developed quite nicely, and this year she took silver in the junior women’s single sculls - the highest finish of a U.S. junior men’s or women’s single sculls crew in event history! This fall, Cara will be heading east to attend UVA.

Austin and Tom are from New York and have both interned with us several times in the past - as well as being campers. Both true lightweights from New York, they manned the 2x and raced to a 12th place finish out of the highest subscribed field (32 crews) at the regatta. ...

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Craftsbury at Jr. Worlds

13 Aug 2008 @17:17

Campers/Interns Austin Meyer, Tom Nesel, and Cara Linnenkohl all represented the US at this summer's World Junior Championships in Linz, Austria at the end of July. Cara (Redmond, WA) joined us several years ago as ... go arrow

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Summer Sculling Groups

12 Aug 2008 @14:00

We've been lucky this summer to have visitors beyond our program campers as several groups joined us for special training opportunities.
 
The summer opened with a visit from the Columbia Lions, fresh off Grand Final appearances at the Eastern Sprints – the first time both heavies and lights made the Grand Final, and the first time at all for the heavies since 1955. Both crews joined us for over two weeks of training on the calm water of Big Hosmer without the distractions of home. After their visit, it was directly off to IRAs, where the heavies battled their way into the Grand Final and the lights won the Petite Final. The season continued for the Heavies who traveled to Henley and contested the Temple Cup.

Which is precisely the same mission that brought Larry Gluckman's Trinity ...

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Summer Sculling Groups

12 Aug 2008 @14:00

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Pepa v Weiss: Wheel of Torture

12 Aug 2008 @12:33

In addition to the Head of the Hosmer's weekly competition for bragging
rights on the water, sidebets have become popular, most recently an ab
roller challenge.

The competitors:

Craftsbury Coach, Charlie Weiss
Age:  22
Ht:  6'2"
Wt:  185lbs

Craftsbury Associate Director and resident hardwoman, Pepa Miloucheva
Age:  41
Ht:  5'6"
Wt:  135lbs

The challenge? Maximum number of repetitions on the ab roller - aka the
Wheel of Torture.

Preparation diverged amongst the competitors, with Charlie working actively
on improving his wheel technique and endurance. Pepa tapered hard in advance
of the contest.

The results? In a defiant stroke for masters' athletes everywhere, the wily
veteran Miloucheva obliterated Weiss, stopping after only 81 reps, having
seen that Weiss wasn't getting up off ...

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China and Craftsbury

9 Aug 2008 @17:26

If you're living in Shanghai and want to learn to scull, where would you go? That's right Craftsbury. As part of a two week long tour of Vermont, a Chinese television crew from Shanghai came to film a feature on sculling and the Center.

The show, called Getaway" on International Channel Shanghai (or ICS) is an english speaking travel show aired in China. The show puts its host, William Feng, through different segments and challenges that highlight various regions. Will came to Craftsbury to try sculling and a bit of mountain biking. Noel gave Will his introduction to the water, with Davis providing a mountain bike primer - both of which Will passed with flying colors.

And you thought you had a drive to get to the Center...

 

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China and Craftsbury

9 Aug 2008 @17:26

If you're living in Shanghai and want to learn to scull, where would you go? That's right Craftsbury. As part of a two week long tour of Vermont, a Chinese television crew from Shanghai came to film a feature on ... go arrow

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Fall Foliage Rates

9 Aug 2008 @13:41

Painful as it is to acknowledge, summer is beginning to wind down. Schools are reopening in the coming weeks, days are getting shorter, and late summer crops are appearing in the garden. The flip side of this bitter sweet change is that you can take advantage of our special pricing on guest stays this fall.

September 19 to October 11 you can stay at Craftsbury starting at $59/person/night! Pricing includes breakfast as well as free access to our wide variety of recreational options including our waterfront with canoes and kayaks, biking and walking trails, tennis/volleyball and badminton courts, horseshoe pit, weight room and sauna. We also have mountain bikes available for rent as well as naturalist guides ready for hire.

But hurry, because just like the colorful Vermont foliage, these ...

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Fall Foliage Rates

9 Aug 2008 @13:41

Painful as it is to acknowledge, summer is beginning to wind down. Schools are reopening in the coming weeks, days are getting shorter, and late summer crops are appearing in the garden. The flip side of this bitter ... go arrow

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Boat and Oar Sale '08

31 Jul 2008 @12:05

In the market for a gently used boat? Ready to try the next generation sculls? Do we have a deal for you! We've just posted the first round of our 2008 fleet offerings, with a bunch of 26s, a Dolphin and a wide selection of demo and team boats from several manufacturers.

To go with your new boat, select a new set of sculls from nearly 20 pairs of C2s from last year, priced to move. This equipment will go fast, so make your deposit today.

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Boat and Oar Sale '08

31 Jul 2008 @12:05

In the market for a gently used boat? Ready to try the next generation sculls? Do we have a deal for you! We've just posted the first round of our 2008 fleet offerings, with a bunch of 26s, a Dolphin and a wide ... go arrow

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Coach wins Mt Washington

1 Jul 2008 @6:41

The longest day of the year also marks one of the toughest races of the season: the Mt. Washington Road Race. The name belies the toughness of this course, whose only hill is 7.6 miles long with nearly 5,000 feet of vertical. Yikes.

First across the line was Craftsbury's own coach, Eric Blake, for his second win at Mt. Washington in 1:00:39. The race this year served as the U.S. national mountain running championship and as the prime selection race for the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team that will compete in the World Mountain Trophy race in Switzerland in September, so Eric will be headed across the pond for more fun in the Alps this fall. Craftsbury Coach Brett Ely also competed, finishing just outside the top 20 in 23rd as part of the women's race.

There's quite a bit of good ...

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Coach wins Mt Washington

1 Jul 2008 @6:41

The longest day of the year also marks one of the toughest races of the season: the Mt. Washington Road Race. The name belies the toughness of this course, whose only hill is 7.6 miles long with nearly 5,000 feet ... go arrow

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2009 Sculling Rates and Dates

6 Jun 2008 @10:40

WHAT?! 2009 already? Well, for lots of Craftsbury Sculling aficionados who want to ensure they get one of the cabins or the exact session they want, it's never too early to reserve. You can see our 2009 information here and get to a downloadable registration form here, and start planning to make your summer dreams a reality...

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2009 Sculling Rates and Dates

6 Jun 2008 @10:40

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Pepa on Dryland Training

2 Jun 2008 @7:41

How do Pepa's kids go so fast? Well, partly because while the rest of us have put skiing from our mind they're hard at work. Pepa's hard at work too, and still thinking of how to get beter. Check out Pepa's article on Fasterskier.com from last Thursday. Now's a great time to be working on technique before you can develop bad habits as dryland kicks off the summer season.

Seize the Moment - Make Technique Changes at the Right Time

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Pepa on Dryland Training

2 Jun 2008 @7:41

How do Pepa's kids go so fast? Well, partly because while the rest of us have put skiing from our mind they're hard at work. Pepa's hard at work too, and still thinking of how to get beter. Check out go arrow

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Women's Marathon Trials'08

29 May 2008 @12:28

A performance of note this spring was at the 2008 Women's Marathon Olympic Trials by Craftsbury Coach and Boston Athletic Association runner, Brett Ely. Brett was the third BAA finisher on the day, 34th overall-bettering her PR by 4:18.

As we mentioned earlier, Kasie Enman, another runner with Craftsbury ties competed as well, finishing 11th, in 2:37:14, lopping nearly 7 minutes off of her PR!

Great runs by both competitors - Congratulations! You can find results and tons of information at the official website of the trials, bostontrials2008.com.

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Women's Marathon Trials'08

29 May 2008 @12:28

A performance of note this spring was at the 2008 Women's Marathon Olympic Trials by Craftsbury Coach and Boston Athletic Association runner, Brett Ely. Brett was the third BAA finisher on the day, 34th ... go arrow

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Kaschper and Dreher arrival

28 May 2008 @10:15

Now that the hubbub surrounding our initial opening has died down a bit, we can mention another bit of excitement at the boathouse:  the arrival of a 2008 midweight (155-185lbs.) Kaschper Raven and blades from Dreher.

The 3 pair of Dreher Blades represent an assortment of options:

 - 1 pair Rx blades with medium grips and standard flex
 - 1 pair Apex blades with medium grips and standard flex
 - 1 pair Apex blades with large grips and stiff flex

Combine these with the Croker and C2 sculls we already had in stock and chances are you'll be able to find the perfect sculls for your technique.

2008 is the first time we've had an opportunity to try the Raven. It's a great looking boat with classic lines highlighted with a sexy clear carbon finish. The bio rig offers more height options with just ...

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Kaschper and Dreher arrival

28 May 2008 @10:15

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Stotesbury Cup Regatta '08

26 May 2008 @9:07

The Craftsbury Road Show rolled to Philadelphia, PA a weekend or so ago for the world's largest high school regatta, the Stotesbury Cup. The weather wasn't entirely cooperative, but it cleared off nicely for Saturday's semis and finals. Cookies and great racing were enjoyed by all, and after the weekend we drew a winner - Jaimee Morell of Vineland, NJ won a free week of camp this summer. Congratulations!

Congratulations as well to Craftsbury Coach Troy Howell (profiled just last month) and the Episcopal School of Dallas. Troy's Senior Girls' 2x was a silver medalist on Saturday.

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Stotesbury Cup Regatta '08

26 May 2008 @9:07

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Family and Sculling camp

15 Apr 2008 @16:57

Clients often ask us about how our camps work with their spouse or children. The Center is a great place for scullers and their families. What better way to enjoy your sport than with the rest of the household? Our camps are a fun way to introduce your parents, partner, or children to the sport you love. Our low camper to coach ratio ensures that wherever they are starting, they'll have fun and learn quickly.

Can't convince them to try rowing? There's still plenty to enjoy each day. The Center has 320 acres of fields and forests with canoeing, mt. bike trails, great access to road cycling, swimming, athletic fields and courts (tennis, badminton, volleyball), and lots of great local attractions to visit. With advance notice, We can arrange babysitting as well, and free wifi can keep ...

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Family and Sculling camp

15 Apr 2008 @16:57

Clients often ask us about how our camps work with their spouse or children. The Center is a great place for scullers and their families. What better way to enjoy your sport than with the rest of the household? Our ... go arrow

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Jr. Camps filling fast

15 Apr 2008 @16:50

We’ve had a great response to our Jr. Women’s Camps this year. Space remains only in the June 22-27, 2008 session: Performance Sculling for Jr. Women: 13-15 – the other camp is full. If you, or an avid sculler in your club or family is interested, better sign up as space is limited and has filled fast.

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Jr. Camps filling fast

15 Apr 2008 @16:50

We’ve had a great response to our Jr. Women’s Camps this year. Space remains only in the June 22-27, 2008 session: Performance Sculling for Jr. Women: 13-15 – the other camp is full. If you, or an avid sculler in ... go arrow

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Room upgrades available

15 Apr 2008 @16:44

Lots of people know that our pricing is all inclusive:  meals, lodging, coaching, boat rental - complete. What some people don't know is that you can request more gracious accommodations. The Center has a wide range of lodging available for campers. From our basic dorm style rooms to lakeside cottages, you're sure to find something that feels comfortable to you. Make a note on your online registration or ask our front office during your reservation what is available to make your stay that much more comfortable.

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Room upgrades available

15 Apr 2008 @16:44

Lots of people know that our pricing is all inclusive:  meals, lodging, coaching, boat rental - complete. What some people don't know is that you can request more gracious accommodations. The Center has a wide range ... go arrow

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More Boats

15 Apr 2008 @15:26

Spring's coming to the Center. No, not the daffodils or other flowers yet - boats! This weekend was our Maas shipment:  Flys, Aeros and 24s. Today we expect to see Coach Peter Figgins of UVM with a Kaschper Raven MW 1x in tow as well.

I also included a couple of shots of the remaining snow. You can see the pile from the roof in the second picture down, as well as the marooned launches and a view from the right hand dock (which itself is under a foot of snow).

Fear not, this'll all be gone well in advance of the season opening. We've made great progress already, melting feet of snow the first week of April. Temperatures are supposed to climb this week into next, so still more will be done by the time we'll be ready for all of our guests.

Images at left:

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More Boats

15 Apr 2008 @15:26

Spring's coming to the Center. No, not the daffodils or other flowers yet - boats! This weekend was our Maas shipment:  Flys, Aeros and 24s. Today we expect to see Coach Peter Figgins of UVM with a Kaschper Raven MW ... go arrow

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Coach at Marathon Trials

10 Apr 2008 @13:55

Craftsbury Coach and Boston Athletic Association runner, Brett Ely, will be in the hunt for a berth on the 2008 US Olympic team. Women’s Olympic marathon trials will be run on a unique course the day before the festivities kick off for the Boston Marathon – Sunday, April 20.

Another runner with Craftsbury connections competing that day is Kasie Enman. Kasie coached here in 2006. She runs as a BAA affiliated runner as well.

You can follow Brett and Kasie’s progress, as well as the rest of the field, live in an online stream at NBC.com, beginning at 8am. A one hour highlights special will be broadcast the following Sunday, the 27th. The regular marathon is on the Versus network.

Best of luck!

BAA Profile of Brett
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Coach at Marathon Trials

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CRASH-Bs Winner

1 Apr 2008 @9:29

CRASH-Bs has passed but one bit of business remains: the Craftsbury Weeklong Raffle winner. The lucky erg athlete is Richard Creed of Farmington, CT who visited our booth in Boston and now has a free week of camp to use sometime during the 2008 season. Congratulations Richard!

Want to win your own free session? Come visit us at the world's largest high school regatta, the Stotesbury Cup. Have a cookie, enjoy some awesome racing and enter the raffle.

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CRASH-Bs Winner

1 Apr 2008 @9:29

CRASH-Bs has passed but one bit of business remains: the Craftsbury Weeklong Raffle winner. The lucky erg athlete is Richard Creed of Farmington, CT who visited our booth in Boston and now has a free week of camp ... go arrow

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Scull internships '08

31 Mar 2008 @1:43

While all the applicants to the process have known the results of our search for interns this summer, we hadn't officially announced this year's crop of interns. Without further ado:

Ben RoseGrosse Ile, MI
Emily WallisArlington, VA
Paal HaddalWinona, MN
Heidi WallsPortland, ME
Parker WashburnAndover, MA
Caleb CorlissMarion, MA
Nick PerryPoughkeepsie, NY
Ian GrahamCave Creek, AZ
Branden TaaffeSarasota, FL
David SmithMilford, CT
Tara Geraghty-Moats Hannover, NH
Austin MeyerCohoes, NY
Jean SackEureka, CA
Tyler AndrewsSammamish, WA
Leo PelletierSalem, CT

Congratulations to all our interns!

Still wanting to participate in the '08 internship program? We do have internships available from Sept. 7 to the 28th. So if you have interest and time available during that time, drop us a line at ...

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Scull internships '08

31 Mar 2008 @1:43

While all the applicants to the process have known the results of our search for interns this summer, we hadn't officially announced this year's crop of interns. Without further ado:Ben RoseGrosse Ile, MI Emily ... go arrow

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Biathlon National Championships

31 Mar 2008 @1:16

CNSC members Ethan Dressigacker, Mike Gibson, and Hannah Dreissigacker headed west to Mt Itasca in Coleraine, MN for the US Biathlon National Championships. Competing in the Youth Men's division, Mike got 2nd in Thursday's Sprint, 4th in Friday's Pursuit and 5th in Saturday's Mass Start. In a near mirroring of Mike's results, Ethan got a 4th in the Sprint, and two second place finishes in Friday and Saturday's events, while Hannah traded spots through the weekend with fellow collegian Katrina Howe in women's racing.

I can't imagine the level of fatigue these racers are carrying at this point in the season. I've been worn out just writing of their travels and victories. Hopefully some well-deserved rest is next on the agenda.

US biathlon website

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Biathlon National Championships

31 Mar 2008 @1:16

CNSC members Ethan Dressigacker, Mike Gibson, and Hannah Dreissigacker headed west to Mt Itasca in Coleraine, MN for the US Biathlon National Championships. Competing in the Youth Men's division, Mike got 2nd in ... go arrow

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Grooming next weekend April 5th & 6th!

30 Mar 2008 @1:13

The conditions are too good to close just yet - so we're not. We'll start grooming again next Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th. There's some dicey weather in the interim, but we have a pretty bomber base (see the photos at left) and should be able to weather most of what's being forecast - there is some snow expected this weekend as well.

Next Saturday's grooming will be much as we've done the past several weeks - mainly the core trails plus Ruthie's and Sam's.

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Grooming next weekend April 5th & 6th!

30 Mar 2008 @1:13

The conditions are too good to close just yet - so we're not. We'll start grooming again next Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th. There's some dicey weather in the interim, but we have a pretty bomber base (see the ... go arrow

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Staying Open for Skiing

23 Mar 2008 @13:52

We've still got some great skiing at Craftsbury so we're staying open through March 30th!! Come out and enjoy the spring trails. go arrow

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Staying Open for Skiing

23 Mar 2008 @13:52

We've still got some great skiing at Craftsbury so we're staying open through March 30th!! Come out and enjoy the spring trails. go arrow

Racing wrapup

19 Mar 2008 @23:25

The season is pretty well wrapped up around New England. This past weekend saw the capping of many junior's seasons as the Junior Olympics finished with the team relay and closer to home, the TD BankNorth Eastern High School Championships at Trapps.

The Junior Olympics took a turn for the absurd as a missing bag of race skis put something of a damper on the preparations for CNSC and New England in advance of Friday's Classic Mass start event. CNSC's Kristin Halvorsen placed a strong 4th - only 10.7s out of gold in the FJ2 5k. Tara Geraghty-Moats had a top 20 in the same race, as did Jake Barton in the MJ1 15k.

With one last shot at redemption and catching the Alaskan team heading into the final race, New England's FJ2 girls did their part, winning gold behind the team of Isabel ...

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Racing wrapup

19 Mar 2008 @23:25

The season is pretty well wrapped up around New England. This past weekend saw the capping of many junior's seasons as the Junior Olympics finished with the team relay and closer to home, the TD BankNorth Eastern ... go arrow

4th SNOC challenge results

13 Mar 2008 @15:48

Like kissing your sister - while we didn't tie, it wasn't as satisfying for the home team as one would like. The 4th annual SNOC challenge ended with Stowe beating CNSC Wednesday afternoon, 265 to 168. CNSC's 168 was enough to hold off the Onion River Nordic upstarts who joined the fray this year. This brings the series to 3 to 1 in SNOC's favor and the Kingdom's finest are left to wonder what might have been if last week's race had not been cancelled. go arrow

4th SNOC challenge results

13 Mar 2008 @15:48

Like kissing your sister - while we didn't tie, it wasn't as satisfying for the home team as one would like. The 4th annual SNOC challenge ended with Stowe beating CNSC Wednesday afternoon, 265 to 168. CNSC's 168 ... go arrow

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More JO Gold for CNSC

13 Mar 2008 @15:35

Got an email from Pepa announcing Tara Geraghty-Moats won the FJ2 5k in Anchorage - another gold for CNSC as well as a second medal for Tara. A late storm added much needed snow, but much dreaded changes in waxing. Seems the techs got Tara's skis right at least.

Fasterskier coverage
Official results
NENSA coverage

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More JO Gold for CNSC

13 Mar 2008 @15:35

Got an email from Pepa announcing Tara Geraghty-Moats won the FJ2 5k in Anchorage - another gold for CNSC as well as a second medal for Tara. A late storm added much needed snow, but much dreaded changes in waxing. ... go arrow

More Spring Fling accounts

11 Mar 2008 @20:59

Found these accounts of some Cambridge Sports Union members' experiences of Saturday's racing. Enjoy.

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More Spring Fling accounts

11 Mar 2008 @20:59

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Marathon Coverage

11 Mar 2008 @12:29

The March issue of Vermont Sports Today contains two articles about the 2008 Craftsbury marathon. Click to read Kate Carter's Commentary, and here to read John Morton's article, "The Lure of the Craftsbury Marathon".

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Marathon Coverage

11 Mar 2008 @12:29

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JO success for CNSC

11 Mar 2008 @12:23

Junior Olympics kicked off on Monday with the classic sprint race and it was a good day for Craftsbury skiers:

FJ2
Kristin Halvorsen 1st
Tara Geraghty-Moats 3rd

MJ1
Ethan Dreissigacker 9th
Alex Schulz 10th

Pepa hasn't seen the points to this point, but thinks that New England should be leading that competition. As noted in a fasterskier.com blog, the conditions are tricky, but no one is better prepared to make the best of marginal conditions than a New Englander.

Follow all the news from Alaska with these links:

Official Junior Olympics '08 websiteFasterskier JO blogsPictures from the racing

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JO success for CNSC

11 Mar 2008 @12:23

Junior Olympics kicked off on Monday with the classic sprint race and it was a good day for Craftsbury skiers:FJ2Kristin Halvorsen 1stTara Geraghty-Moats 3rdMJ1Ethan Dreissigacker 9thAlex Schulz 10thPepa hasn't seen ... go arrow

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Weekend Weather saga

11 Mar 2008 @10:58

This past weekend's weather (8th-9th) was a doozy. Sadly, the storm's track didn't yield the awesome snow totals that other parts of the country received. Rather we got iced trees and power outages - however, we stayed open all weekend, and our skiing is really quite good after the PistenBully chews everything up nice and fine.

We'd like to thank everyone who was working to contact us this weekend for their patience as we worked to bring everything back online. We have things cleaned up - except for what used to be my woodpile at left - all systems are go, so if you did have difficulty reaching us, please try again this week and we'd be happy to help you.

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Weekend Weather saga

11 Mar 2008 @10:58

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2008 Spring Fling Results

9 Mar 2008 @9:55

Over 127 racers braved the winter weather rain, slush and ice to participate in the Craftsbury Spring Fling ski races this past Saturday. There was about an hour rain shower during the race but heavy rains did not commence until after the awards ceremony. In the 30 km event, Ian Case slipped away from Marc Gilberston in the final kilometers. Both are from Hyde Park, Vermont. Many college ski racers from Harvard, St. Lawrence, Middlebury, and UVM filled out many top places. In the 15 km, Liz Stephen of East Montpelier beat out the Craftsbury Marathon female winner, Carina Hamel. Ms. Stephen recently won a bronze medal at the U23 (under 23) Worlds Competition in Italy. Thirty-two children ages 3 to 13 skied in the lollypop, 2 km or 4 km events. go arrow

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2008 Spring Fling Results

9 Mar 2008 @9:55

Over 127 racers braved the winter weather rain, slush and ice to participate in the Craftsbury Spring Fling ski races this past Saturday. There was about an hour rain shower during the race but heavy rains did not ... go arrow

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Yaks on Skis

5 Mar 2008 @19:29

A bit tardy, but worth checking out are Maria Harrigan and friends who joined us for the marathon and really got in the spirit. As astute readers of this website know, this year we added a competition for feed stations to earn extra money. Quite a few participated and put on a great show of costumes, themes and signs. Maria and her compatriots took it to the next level however by dressing up themselves to participate in the marathon. Check out the yaks, including some YouTube footage of when they tried the double skis. More footage.

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Yaks on Skis

5 Mar 2008 @19:29

A bit tardy, but worth checking out are Maria Harrigan and friends who joined us for the marathon and really got in the spirit. As astute readers of this website know, this year we added a competition for feed ... go arrow

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CNSC/SNOC Challenge races

5 Mar 2008 @19:05

Wednesday, March 5 CANCELLED due to conditions. In an effort to preserve snow and quality skiing, Craftsbury has elected to let the water drain out of the trails before grooming. See Snow Report of March 5 for more details.

Wednesday, March 5, Craftsbury will be hosting the first leg of the annual Stowe Nordic Outing Club's Challenge race. Part of the Wednesday night race series they host, this year's race will be a two race format: a classic mass start at Craftsbury with a Skate race at Trapp's on the 12th with cumulative team scoring between the two events deciding this year's winning team. The series is even with one win a piece to this point, so any Craftsbury affiliated skier is called upon to serve in this cause. Registration's at 4pm, with the race at 4:30. Come on out this ...

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CNSC/SNOC Challenge races

5 Mar 2008 @19:05

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CNSC top ranked club in NENSA!

5 Mar 2008 @18:05

With two races remaining, Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club leads the season long Nensa point series. Each year, NENSA runs a club competition at selected New England races. At this point, CNSC holds a slim 3 point advantage over the Ford Sayre club. Any CNSC member that can rally to go the the Bretton Woods race on March 16th is strongly encouraged to do so.

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CNSC top ranked club in NENSA!

5 Mar 2008 @18:05

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Cold weather exercise

3 Mar 2008 @21:38

We often get questions about cold weather and exercise. Our answer has always been to dress right and keep going through winter. Below is a link to a January 17, 2008, New York Times article about a study that backs that up. go arrow

Cold weather exercise

3 Mar 2008 @21:38

We often get questions about cold weather and exercise. Our answer has always been to dress right and keep going through winter. Below is a link to a January 17, 2008, New York Times article about a study that backs ... go arrow

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CNSC at Championships

29 Feb 2008 @10:54

It's nearly March and the end of the season brings several new challenges for the skiers in the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club. Dartmouth Freshman and CNSC athlete Ida Sargent is currently at Jr. World Championships, where she's netted a 12th place this past Saturday in the sprint, as well as 20th in the 5k Classic event and 36th in the 10k Freestyle. The sprint and 10k finish were pacesetters for the American team. The championships ended on Thursday, Feb. 28 in Malles, Italy, after being moved from snowless Szczyrk, Poland. You can follow the results at the FIS website, and fasterskier.com has coverage as well. Running simultaneously to the Junior Championships are the U23 Worlds as well - with Elsa Sargent qualifying for the US worlds' team as well.

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CNSC at Championships

29 Feb 2008 @10:54

It's nearly March and the end of the season brings several new challenges for the skiers in the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club. Dartmouth Freshman and CNSC athlete Ida Sargent is currently at Jr. World Championships, ... go arrow

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SNOW-a-palooza

28 Feb 2008 @22:55

We didn't get as much as was forecast, but we still have a solid 10-12 out of the past day and a half's storm. It went about as forecast: heavier snow (moisture content) changing to progressively lighter stuff - Champlain powder?

Anyhow, we are anticipating another shot of snow tomorrow evening into Saturday, so don't put those skis away just yet! Some of the best skiing of the year is available right now and the (nearly) March sun goes higher in the sky and stays light much longer. Come on up!

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SNOW-a-palooza

28 Feb 2008 @22:55

We didn't get as much as was forecast, but we still have a solid 10-12 out of the past day and a half's storm. It went about as forecast: heavier snow (moisture content) changing to progressively lighter stuff - ... go arrow

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Spring Fling & Craftsbury Appreciation Day

28 Feb 2008 @22:50

Yup, it's just about time for the rite of spring: Craftsbury's Spring Fling 15 and 30k skate race AND Craftsbury appreciation day - Both on March 8.

The Spring Fling is a mass start 15 or 30k, with BKL distances as well, starting at 10, with more registration info here.

Craftsbury Appreciation day is an event for Craftsbury residents. Our way of saying "Thanks" for another fun winter. Craftsbury residents get:

  • Free rentals all Day - Sat. March 8, 2008
  • Free lessons at 10AM and 1PM
  • Free BBQ starting at noon with sugar on snow
     

Good fun all the way around, and a nice close to our winter lodging season on the 9th.

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Spring Fling & Craftsbury Appreciation Day

28 Feb 2008 @22:50

Yup, it's just about time for the rite of spring: Craftsbury's Spring Fling 15 and 30k skate race AND Craftsbury appreciation day - Both on March 8. The Spring Fling is a mass start 15 or 30k, with BKL distances as ... go arrow

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New Team Boats!

28 Feb 2008 @22:34

We keep getting more and more deliveries of gear. This past Monday, it was Jeff McIntyre of Hudson delivering us some new goodies. We got a school of new Predators: LW, MW, HW singles; LW, MW, HW pair/doubles, and a MW quad/four. It's been a while since we've had new pair/doubles and the quad is an exciting addition to the boathouse as well. We do have both sweep and scull riggers, so should you want to mix up your week with a little sweep rowing, you've got your chance.

Like the rest of the boats we're buying this year for the demo program, we will be selling all of these at the end of the season along with our usual selection of Peinerts and Maas boats. Keep your eyes peeled on our sale page, as I hope to get that posted in the next month or so. Of course pickup will be after the ...

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New Team Boats!

28 Feb 2008 @22:34

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Craftsbury & Groups

28 Feb 2008 @1:36

Getting hitched? Big family get together? Staff retreat or maybe a conference? We still have space this summer and fall for your wedding, event, training camp or conference. Craftsbury is a prime spot to host your next group function. We have several large meeting areas, rentals, planning services, food and lodging - all with the backdrop of our prime recreation facilities. Contact our events coordinator at groups@craftsbury.com or by phone at 802-586-7767 extension 29.

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Craftsbury & Groups

28 Feb 2008 @1:36

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Demo Program '08 arrivals

18 Feb 2008 @17:05

As some of you may have heard, we've made some changes to our Demo program. We're in the process of purchasing a selection of boats from Hudson, Fluidesign, Sykes, Fillippi, Kaschper, Vespoli, as well as the usual fresh shipment from Peinert and Maas. 15 new demo boats (including three new 2x/- and new 4+/-), 25 new fleet boats, and demo oars from Dreher and Croker - there's no better place to try new boats than Craftsbury.

And in a sign of spring, the orders are starting to arrive! We have two boats from Sykes and a trio of Fluidesign singles: LW, MW and HWs from FD; with a MW and HW HKCC Mould 26 singles from Sykes. They're still wrapped up, which is probably how they'll stay until the lake's liquid again. Our Vespoli 27XL has been picked up and will come north with Senior Associate ...

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Demo Program '08 arrivals

18 Feb 2008 @17:05

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Biathlon and CNSC

13 Feb 2008 @20:42

You have read a bit about the biathlon connections here at the Center with Ethan's experience at Junior Worlds, but Vermont Sports has done a feature on biathlon. Read more about Ethan, Alex Schulz, and Mike Gibson - all CNSC racers who are competing in biathlon as well. If you can find the print version, there are a fair number of pictures as well.

There's also a profile of Ethan as one of their athletes of the month.

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Biathlon and CNSC

13 Feb 2008 @20:42

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Marathon Wrapup

6 Feb 2008 @13:57

Despite fears of skating rink conditions for the 28th annual TD BankNorth Craftsbury marathon, Saturday, Feb. 2nd saw another great turnout by racers and touring class skiers. Craftsbury and Greensboro danced around some of the worst of the predicted weather Friday evening into Saturday morning, getting mainly sleet, with less rain than forecast. The challenging conditions did necessitate a delayed start to whip the course into shape as well as the subtraction of the five worst kilometers, but by race time at 11AM, the point to point course was in good condition for competitors and tourists alike.

The racing was a bumper haul for the Green Mountain Valley School in Waitsfield, with GMVS racers or their coaches taking 3 out of the four overall categories. Noah Brautigam kicked off the ...

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Marathon Wrapup

6 Feb 2008 @13:57

Despite fears of skating rink conditions for the 28th annual TD BankNorth Craftsbury marathon, Saturday, Feb. 2nd saw another great turnout by racers and touring class skiers. Craftsbury and Greensboro danced around ... go arrow

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Pepa profiled in Gazette

6 Feb 2008 @12:35

About a week ago, Pepa was profiled in the Hardwick Gazette. They wrote about what we all know: that she's a great coach with fast skiers. go arrow

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Pepa profiled in Gazette

6 Feb 2008 @12:35

About a week ago, Pepa was profiled in the Hardwick Gazette. They wrote about what we all know: that she's a great coach with fast skiers. go arrow

Trinity College Winter Trip '08

6 Feb 2008 @12:29

In the continuing theme of summer athletes visiting the Center during the winter (did you see us in the pic of the day on row2k at the beginning of the week?) the Center was fortunate to host a group from Trinity College this January.

36 students and chaperones experienced another side of Craftsbury: video, ski lessons, great conditions and tons of skiing. The second annual Trinitasa-loppet closed the week of aerobic base and team building before members of the group start their winter work for a fast season.

This year's winner of the prestigious Trinitasa-loppet was rower Brian DeRegt in 11:08, which we believe is course record, with Sarah Keller leading the women home in 16:45. In other positive news, coach Kevin MacDermott stayed upright this year, even finishing the Loppet in a ...

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Trinity College Winter Trip '08

6 Feb 2008 @12:29

In the continuing theme of summer athletes visiting the Center during the winter (did you see us in the pic of the day on row2k at the beginning of the week?) the Center was fortunate to host a group from Trinity ... go arrow

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Craftsbury in Canadian Press

6 Feb 2008 @11:33

Tim Shuff of the Toronto Globe and Mail visited us this past December. He wrote an article on skiing in Northern VT, with us as the representative on the Nordic side. go arrow

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Craftsbury in Canadian Press

6 Feb 2008 @11:33

Tim Shuff of the Toronto Globe and Mail visited us this past December. He wrote an article on skiing in Northern VT, with us as the representative on the Nordic side. go arrow

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SNOW!

6 Feb 2008 @1:34

Forecasted 4-6 today into tomorrow, possibly a foot or more over the weekend.While I don't want to jinx the storm, it's hard not to be excited. We've dodged a bullet and now it's snowing. Apparently, the storm slid south far enough to put us on the Northern edge of it and get rid of any possible rain events for the next several days. What are you doing this weekend? Come on up and play!

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SNOW!

6 Feb 2008 @1:34

Forecasted 4-6 today into tomorrow, possibly a foot or more over the weekend.While I don't want to jinx the storm, it's hard not to be excited. We've dodged a bullet and now it's snowing. Apparently, the storm slid ... go arrow

Preliminary Race Results Posted

2 Feb 2008 @19:04

Preliminary results for the 2008 TD Banknorth Craftsbury Marathon have been posted. go arrow

Preliminary Race Results Posted

2 Feb 2008 @19:04

Preliminary results for the 2008 TD Banknorth Craftsbury Marathon have been posted. go arrow

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Marathoners: We want your input!

2 Feb 2008 @16:24

If you participated in the 2008 TD Banknorth Craftsbury Marathon race or tour please take the time to provide your feedback and help us continue to improve the event. go arrow

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Marathoners: We want your input!

2 Feb 2008 @16:24

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Marathon Weather Update

2 Feb 2008 @7:59

So far the Craftsbury Marathon has dodged a big weather bullet. We ended upwith several inches of sleet, a bit of rain that has congealed it, and nowsnow on top. It's stll snowing but there's probably 1-2 currently on theground.

We are still running the 2 hour delay as we work to get this all groomed up.

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Marathon Weather Update

2 Feb 2008 @7:59

So far the Craftsbury Marathon has dodged a big weather bullet. We ended upwith several inches of sleet, a bit of rain that has congealed it, and nowsnow on top. It's stll snowing but there's probably 1-2 currently ... go arrow

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Marathon Delay & Course Change

1 Feb 2008 @14:00

The Marathon start has been delayed 2 hours. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. and buses will start departing at 8:40 a.m. The last bus for the race will leave at 10:00 a.m. and the last bus for the tourers will be at noon. We highly recommend that tourers start no later than 11:30 so that they don't miss the cut off time. We also have changed the lunch, awards and cut off times. All will be 1 hour later.

Additionally, after discussions with the technical delegate, we've shortenedthe 50k course. Please consult the map link. In brief, we've cut off the northernmost 5k of the course:Max's Pond and the upper lake. We feel that conditions after the projectedweather event will have deteriorated too far to use that part of the course. go arrow

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Marathon Delay & Course Change

1 Feb 2008 @14:00

The Marathon start has been delayed 2 hours. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. and buses will start departing at 8:40 a.m. The last bus for the race will leave at 10:00 a.m. and the last bus for the tourers will ... go arrow

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CNSC athlete at Worlds

30 Jan 2008 @16:02

CNSC skier, Ethan Dreissigacker, of Morrisville is currently skiing at Ruhpolding Germany at the Jr. World Biathlon Championships. Ethan's best result to this point is a 20th in yesterday's 12.5K Youth Individual competition. Ethan joins Team USA member Leif Nordgren in the top 20. Ethan shot 19 of 20, tying him for top shooting honors with the eventual first and third place finishers. Great result Ethan! go arrow

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CNSC athlete at Worlds

30 Jan 2008 @16:02

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Yearn to Travel: Craftsbury

21 Jan 2008 @13:23

We came across a blog of one family's visit to the Center a winter or two ago. While some thing it references has changed (e.g. the skate room is now in the new wax hut), it does offer a spin free version of things here at the Center. Click here for one unvarnished opinion. go arrow

Yearn to Travel: Craftsbury

21 Jan 2008 @13:23

We came across a blog of one family's visit to the Center a winter or two ago. While some thing it references has changed (e.g. the skate room is now in the new wax hut), it does offer a spin free version of things ... go arrow

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Registration Closes January 26

18 Jan 2008 @19:53

TD Banknorth Craftsbury Marathon Registration Closes January 26

The Craftsbury Marathon Will Be Better Than Ever This Year. Why haven't you signed up yet?

  • Registration closes Saturday, January 26.
  • We still have space. Limit is 1000 tourers and racers.
  • Race is on Saturday, February 2
  • We have great snow. Base is 12 - 24 inches with 5 inches of new snow.

 

New this year, all seven aid stations along the course will have: warming tents, catered hot soups and appetizers, bonfires with seating, volunteer servers competing to have the best and most creative station as judged by you, the participants.

Aid stations approximately every 5 kilometers:

  • Highland Lodge - Home made muffins, juice and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.
  • Skunk Hollow - Curried Sweet Potato Bisk and Puff Pastry with Chevre ...
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Registration Closes January 26

18 Jan 2008 @19:53

TD Banknorth Craftsbury Marathon Registration Closes January 26The Craftsbury Marathon Will Be Better Than Ever This Year. Why haven't you signed up yet? Registration closes Saturday, January 26. We still have ... go arrow

Internships 2008

9 Jan 2008 @21:24

We're still accepting applications for 2008 internships. The Craftsbury Sculling Center student internship program is an opportunity for high school and college students with an interest in sculling to work and train in an ideal setting.

Craftsbury Sculling Center provides an intern with housing, meals, and the opportunity to participate in Craftsbury's Sculling Program. In return, the intern is responsible for 30 hours per week of work, which includes working on the dock during program sessions, assisting the fleet manager, general boathouse maintenance, and in keeping the waterfront area clean. The scheduling of work hours will consider time for participation in selected sculling sessions, lectures, and the Head of the Hosmer.

2008 sessions for internships (first time):

  • May 15 - May ...

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Internships 2008

9 Jan 2008 @21:24

We're still accepting applications for 2008 internships. The Craftsbury Sculling Center student internship program is an opportunity for high school and college students with an interest in sculling to work and ... go arrow

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Marathon Slideshow

8 Jan 2008 @11:03

Still wondering what the marathon is about? Check out the Marathon Slide Show tour. John Brodhead and his wife Gina Campoli skied the 25k portion of the course the other day snapping photos along the way. You can see how much snow there is out there and almost imagine yourself in the pictures. go arrow

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Marathon Slideshow

8 Jan 2008 @11:03

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CNSC Nationals Success

7 Jan 2008 @15:01

Five hundred of the nation's top cross-country ski athletes converged on Houghton, Michigan for the National Cross-Country Ski Championships during the first week of January. The Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club (CNSC) was represented by ten skiers and Coach Pepa Miloucheva. The Nationals serve as tryouts for the Scandinavia Cup, and the Junior and U23 Worlds. Four Club members also attended the tryouts in Minnesota the week before for the Junior World Biathlon Championships.

Ethan Dreissigacker of Morrisville was selected for the Junior World Biathlon Championships being held in Rupholding, Germany. Ida Sargent of Orleans qualified for the Junior World Cross Country Ski Championships in Wista, Poland. Her older sister Elsa qualified for the Under 23 World Championships there also. ...

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CNSC Nationals Success

7 Jan 2008 @15:01

Five hundred of the nation's top cross-country ski athletes converged on Houghton, Michigan for the National Cross-Country Ski Championships during the first week of January. The Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club (CNSC) ... go arrow

Ski/scull weekend: Last days to register

7 Jan 2008 @14:54

Come explore the other side of Craftsbury this January 11-13th. Come for three days; learn how to ski and how it will benefit your sculling next summer. Video, drills, training talks, and a low student to coach ratio (featuring plenty o' Pepa) will introduce you to, or improve your classical and skate techniques. Plus the usual food and fun of Craftsbury!

The program starts on Friday, the 11th, so call today to register or click here for a copy of the registration form.

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Ski/scull weekend: Last days to register

7 Jan 2008 @14:54

Come explore the other side of Craftsbury this January 11-13th. Come for three days; learn how to ski and how it will benefit your sculling next summer. Video, drills, training talks, and a low student to coach ... go arrow

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Beat the price increase!

27 Dec 2007 @13:49

It's not too late to register for the 2008 TD BankNorth Craftsbury Marathon. Prices for the race or touring entries go up $10 on Tuesday, Jan. 1 2008. So register today.

Still on the fence? Check out some videos from 2007. Here's one on YouTube and another clip. 2008's marathon will feature a new competition for the feed stations to compete for the title of best rest stop, as well as all the things you know and love about the marathon: the classic, point to point course and fun whether touring or racing.

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Beat the price increase!

27 Dec 2007 @13:49

It's not too late to register for the 2008 TD BankNorth Craftsbury Marathon. Prices for the race or touring entries go up $10 on Tuesday, Jan. 1 2008. So go arrow

Head of the Lake Winner

27 Dec 2007 @13:39

Congratulations to Karis Tsolomitis who visited our booth at the weather shortened Head of the Lake in Seattle this fall and won our free week of camp. It worked out to be a nice Christmas gift. Want to win? We'll next be at the CRASH-B sprints Feb. 24, 2008. Come find us then in Boston and try your luck. go arrow

Head of the Lake Winner

27 Dec 2007 @13:39

Congratulations to Karis Tsolomitis who visited our booth at the weather shortened Head of the Lake in Seattle this fall and won our free week of camp. It worked out to be a nice Christmas gift. Want to win? We'll ... go arrow

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2008 Marathon T-shirt design

26 Dec 2007 @16:54

Wondering what this year's t-shirt will look like? Check it out:

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2008 Marathon T-shirt design

26 Dec 2007 @16:54

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PistenBully weather

24 Dec 2007 @19:41

This morning is a great example of why we invest in state of the art grooming machines like the PB100. Last night, we had rain and wind. This morning, we fired up the PistenBully and have tilled it all back up to produce more great skiing: fast, granular fun.

We haven't gotten to all of the trails yet this morning, but we'll be adding k's throughout the day as the grooming crew makes its rounds - our gift to you this holiday season.

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PistenBully weather

24 Dec 2007 @19:41

This morning is a great example of why we invest in state of the art grooming machines like the PB100. Last night, we had rain and wind. This morning, we fired up the PistenBully and have tilled it all back up to ... go arrow

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Craftsbury guests Ski Free at Highland Lodge

24 Dec 2007 @10:30

An oft forgotten perk of staying at Craftsbury: free skiing at Highland Lodge! Highland Lodge complements our 85k of trails with a beautiful setting for classic skiing in a homey environment, and houseguests of Craftsbury ski there for free!

One more reason to join us here at Craftsbury this winter.

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Craftsbury guests Ski Free at Highland Lodge

24 Dec 2007 @10:30

An oft forgotten perk of staying at Craftsbury: free skiing at Highland Lodge! Highland Lodge complements our 85k of trails with a beautiful setting for classic skiing in a homey environment, and houseguests of ... go arrow

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

17 Dec 2007 @18:12

That's been the pattern here. You can see how much snow we have in the pictures, shot about 10 days ago. In the intervening time, we've had an additional 3 FEET OF SNOW, including 19 this past weekend alone. Crazy.

We've got 80% of the trails open, the big exceptions being the lakes which are a bit slushy due to all the snow, but we're going to give them a go tomorrow. Click our Snow Report for full details. When are you coming up? The lodges are open again. Come enjoy the some of the best snow in the east.

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

17 Dec 2007 @18:12

That's been the pattern here. You can see how much snow we have in the pictures, shot about 10 days ago. In the intervening time, we've had an additional 3 FEET OF SNOW, including 19 this past weekend alone. ... go arrow

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Oh what a storm!

5 Dec 2007 @22:52

Fourteen inches of new powder snow Sunday night, Monday, and Tuesday on top of a solid base. The newly renovated Touring Center has been open full-time since December 1 and the skiing has never been better this time of year. We are packing and tracking additional trails every day. This is a great year to get your season passes early and start laying down a training base for the Craftsbury Marathon on February 2, 2008. If you have never been here before come find out why Craftsbury is considered one of the best nordic ski centers in the East! Click here for the most recent snow report and here to register for the marathon. Call 802-586-7767 for your season pass. go arrow

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Oh what a storm!

5 Dec 2007 @22:52

Fourteen inches of new powder snow Sunday night, Monday, and Tuesday on top of a solid base. The newly renovated Touring Center has been open full-time since December 1 and the skiing has never been better this ... go arrow

Trails Open All Week!

2 Dec 2007 @16:08

The place for nordic skiing in VT right now is Craftsbury. We've decided to keep trails open during the week! So, from here on, the trails will be open 9-4. Trail counts should go up if the weather pans out, but in the interim, we're at 5.5k of skate groomed trails. To celebrate our early opening, we'll continue to offer reduced trail pass rates as well. The cover is good, and trails fun. It may not be time to break out your new high end skis yet, but there's lots of good skiing to be had out there. Check the snow report for the latest information. go arrow

Trails Open All Week!

2 Dec 2007 @16:08

The place for nordic skiing in VT right now is Craftsbury. We've decided to keep trails open during the week! So, from here on, the trails will be open 9-4. Trail counts should go up if the weather pans out, but in ... go arrow

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Touring Center Open

30 Nov 2007 @15:19

The Touring Center will be open Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, from9-5. 5.5k will be groomed and available, trail passes will be available atthe reduced rate of $10. Review our Snow report for more details and trailconditions. It's still best to bring your old skis, but it's really nice outthere. go arrow

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Touring Center Open

30 Nov 2007 @15:19

The Touring Center will be open Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, from9-5. 5.5k will be groomed and available, trail passes will be available atthe reduced rate of $10. Review our go arrow

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Tech Tip: Pepa's stretching routine now online

27 Nov 2007 @11:06

You've asked for it, and now we have it: Pepa's stretching routine from her flexibility lecture is now available for download. This illustrated routine is designed to cover all the necessary muscle groups used in rowing using the two stage stretching technique. There's a brief introduction by Pepa, so don't worry if you don't remember all the specifics.

We intend to offer a DVD with this and other content by this coming season, so it will keep getting better. Until then, keep limber after your erg sessions with these poses. We've uploaded a small and large download, so if you're bandwidth challenged you can still easily get the file.

Stretching PDF (Small 778 KB)
Stretching PDF (Large 3.31 MB)

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Tech Tip: Pepa's stretching routine now online

27 Nov 2007 @11:06

You've asked for it, and now we have it: Pepa's stretching routine from her flexibility lecture is now available for download. This illustrated routine is designed to cover all the necessary muscle groups used in ... go arrow

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Snow update

21 Nov 2007 @13:29

Another day, more snow: that's the pattern we've enjoyed for the past week or so. Since our previous post, we've picked up another 4-6 and have been packing our base down wherever possible. Some nice cold nights have been helping the cause, throw in a very light rain yesterday that made everything FAST and we're in pretty decent shape. Check out the pictures from the past several days. The ones with Davis in the orange tocque are from this morning.

At this point, we are not open, but keep checking back as depending on the results of the next several storms that can change quite rapidly. In the interim, Happy Thanksgiving from all of at Craftsbury. We're thankful that so many have joined us in the past year and hope to see even more this winter.

Think Snow!

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Snow update

21 Nov 2007 @13:29

Another day, more snow: that's the pattern we've enjoyed for the past week or so. Since our previous post, we've picked up another 4-6 and have been packing our base down wherever possible. Some nice cold nights ... go arrow

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More reasons to be thankful

16 Nov 2007 @10:19

Skiers have extra reasons to feel grateful, as we're being blessed with snow. We hope to start packing our base tomorrow. If we get the high end of what has been forecast we may OPEN, so keep checking back and call the snow phone to see if we get lucky this Thanksgiving! go arrow

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More reasons to be thankful

16 Nov 2007 @10:19

Skiers have extra reasons to feel grateful, as we're being blessed with snow. We hope to start packing our base tomorrow. If we get the high end of what has been forecast we may OPEN, so keep checking back and call ... go arrow

Marathon registration is open!

8 Nov 2007 @13:49

The lowest entry fees available during the month ofNovember! The event that the Vermont Chamber of Commerce hasnamed one of the ten best events in Vermont numerous times is open forregistration! Don't delay to register. There's a limit of 1000 entrants and the event fills up fast. go arrow

Marathon registration is open!

8 Nov 2007 @13:49

The lowest entry fees available during the month ofNovember! The event that the Vermont Chamber of Commerce hasnamed one of the ten best events in Vermont numerous times is open forregistration! Don't delay to ... go arrow

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More regatta raffle winners!

8 Nov 2007 @13:43

The past weekends have seen the Craftsbury road show head to Philadelphia for the Head of the Schuylkill and Chattanooga, TN for the Head of the Hooch.

Unfortunately, the Schuylkill was cancelled for the second year in a row. But the regatta wasn't a washout for Ilsa Loetzbeier who won a free week of camp in 2008!

The Hooch saw much nicer weather and water conditions in Chattanooga. Vanessa Kemp of Athens, GA stopped by the booth, enjoyed a cookie and won a free week as well. A nice cap to a rather idyllic weekend of rowing.

Your last chance to catch the Craftsbury road show this fall will be at the Head of the Lake, the 10th and 11th of November. Come have a cookie, check out 2008 information and try your luck!

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More regatta raffle winners!

8 Nov 2007 @13:43

The past weekends have seen the Craftsbury road show head to Philadelphia for the Head of the Schuylkill and Chattanooga, TN for the Head of the Hooch. Unfortunately, the Schuylkill was cancelled for the second year ... go arrow

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Touring Center Upgrades

8 Nov 2007 @8:32

The Touring Center has evolved again. Long time Craftsbury skiers have already seen several iterations of the TC, but this is the most comprehensive one to date. The building has been thoroughly revamped. The new arrangement nearly doubles the space available for seating, offers expanded and improved wax facilities, houses an expanded rental selection, and features a new lunch spot that looks out on the skating pond from the second story of the TC.

You can get a sense of the improvements we've made looking through the photos, but the best way to experience it will be to come and spend time with us this winter.


The front desk, with some of our expanded rental selection, shot from the traditional entrance.


The main room from the front desk.


The trail board now lives next to the cash ...

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Touring Center Upgrades

8 Nov 2007 @8:32

The Touring Center has evolved again. Long time Craftsbury skiers have already seen several iterations of the TC, but this is the most comprehensive one to date. The building has been thoroughly revamped. The new ... go arrow

Early bird season's pass deals!

8 Nov 2007 @7:27

Ready for winter? Not if you don't have your Craftsbury pass yet! And you still have until the end of the month to take advantage of the great deals for individuals and families available before December 1st through the Center. Save 25% to lock in your access to some of the most consistent snow in the east. Individuals can get a pass for only $115, families for $206, either of which gets you access to 85k of PistenBully groomed perfection. The Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club will again be selling multi-area passes including Craftsbury and three areas in Stowe. Check it all out in our rates section. go arrow

Early bird season's pass deals!

8 Nov 2007 @7:27

Ready for winter? Not if you don't have your Craftsbury pass yet! And you still have until the end of the month to take advantage of the great deals for individuals and families available before December 1st through ... go arrow