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Nordic Skiing in Stowe - The Best in the East!

Stowe has some of the best cross country skiing in the east.  Since 1968, when the Trapp Family Lodge opened the first nordic center in the U.S., cross country skiing has increased in popularity.  An amazing fitness alternative or additional activity to downhill skiing and riding, there is a long list of places you can go.  Whether it's a quick, easy, cruise on the rec path, or a day's outing in the back country, Stowe Nordic's ongoing efforts to enhance the skiing opportunities in town, have created options for everyone.

Check out the Ski Guide on their website to find out where you can go, and what the offerings in the area are.  It is a wide variety, ranging from 40 km of trails at the Trapp Family Lodge; to Edson Hill, Sterling Valley, or the Mayo Farm loop, which is groomed by Stowe Nordic.

Stowe Nordic is reviving 2 iconic Stowe backcountry events.  Both will be low key tours over parts of the Catamount trail.  Both tours will depart from the Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center on February 11, at 9:00 a.m., with a bus ride to the start and will end back at Trapps where there will be a party afterwards.

So, let it snow, and enjoy the trails, right in our backyard!

What's New at the Mountain

Some fresh snow fell on the mountain recently, and the temps have been below freezing.  The snowmaking guns have been going, and the most recent report is that the mountain is planning on opening Wednesday, November 25!  The forecast is for continued cold temps, and hopefully there is more snow on the way.  There are lots of activities and events planned up on the hill, in anticipation of the holiday season. Here are some things you may want to put on your calendar:

On Sunday, December 6th, head up to Spruce Camp Base Lodge, from Noon-4pm to make free tree ornaments with Kate Morrisey.  For more information on these and other activities and events at the mountain, visit stowe.com.

Saturday, December 12th, demo skis, and snowboards from some of the best brands in the industry.  Trying equipment before you buy is the best way to go!

As a kick off to the holiday season, On Saturday, December 19th, the new skating rink at Spruce Peak will be unveiled at 1:00 p.m., along with a tree lighting ceremony and other activities to ring in the holiday season.  for more information you can go here.

Saturday, December 19th - Sunday, December 20 - the 3rd Annual Artisan Craft Show will take place at Spruce Peak.  Vermont's finest artisans will be gathering in the new pavillion building to display their crafts, providing great holiday gift choices to purchase.

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Full Length and Fabulous for Meals on Wheels

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Full Length & Fabulous event at The Bistro at Ten Acres in Stowe, October 29th, 7-10 p.m. With generous support from Linda & Mark at The Bistro and fabulous local businesses, 100% of the money raised will benefit MOWLC.

Join in for an evening of fun, food, wine, and fantastic raffle prizes, spearheaded by Stowe local and MOWLC board member, Marcy Falcone-Spencer.  In addition, Stowe’s own renowned jazz singer, Audrey Bernstein and Joe Capps Jazz will be performing.  Full-length/formal dress suggested, but is not required.

Tickets $40, and are limited, so call 760-8371, or email: lindahunterfucile@gmail.com; or 888-5011; meals@mowlc.org.

The community of Stowe, and all others in Vermont, are generous when it comes to helping those in need.  This is typically a time of year to be thinking of our neighbors, and where we can help.    

The following organizations are in continual need of donations in order to support them throughout the year:

The Lamoille Community Food Share in Morrisville provides food security around Lamoille County.  You can drop off food items, volunteer your time at the Food Share, or make a donation through their website.  You can also find them on Facebook.

We at Carlson Real Estate are collecting for the Lamoille Neighborhood Food Project, throughout the year so please feel free to drop off any canned goods you might like to contribute.

Green Mountain Habitat For Humanity, located in Morrisville, has been building affordable and energy-efficient homes for low-income working families in north western Vermont.  You can donate funds, labor, materials, and services to help ensure the availability of affordable homes for Vermonters for generations to come.    

The Lamoille Family Center in Morrisville receives calls and visits from families experiencing crises, every day.  The nurturing staff educate and support families through home, community and center based services; and they are always in need of volunteers.  You can drop off food, gift and gas cards, and find out about other ways you can help by going to their website.

Clarina Howard Nichols Center works to end domestic and sexual violence in Lamoille County. Clarina provides advocacy programs, emergency shelter, support and direct services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence as well as community outreach programs to affect social change.  Learn how you can help.

"For it is in giving that we receive." St. Francis of Assisi

Upcoming Fall Events in Stowe, Vermont

 

 

As the summer season starts to shift to autumn, the color and hue of the landscape and scenery begins to change as well.  While preparing for cooler weather and all that coincides with that, we want to make sure to reserve time to enjoy one of the most beautiful times of the year.  There are some wonderful events right here in Stowe that enhance the experience of autumn in Vermont. 

Coming up September 27th, from 1-5, join the Stowe Land Trust for a fun and special day, celebrating 28 years, at the iconic Adams-Bryant property, in Nebraska Valley. Have some pie & ice cream, bring your apples to make applesauce, and hear from the Vermont Land Trust's Director of the Farmland Access Program, Jon Ramsay, speak about the return of the family farm to Vermont communities. Afterward, join one or more of the outings and activities!  For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Stowe Land Trust website.

Then, on Sunday, October 11th, The Stowe Mountain Bike Club is having its 5th Annual Leaf Blower Classic.  A day of mountain biking for all abilities and ages - even for the kiddos.  After an afternnon of riding on Stowe's world class mountain bike trails, enjoy a catered meal, prizes and games around the fire pit, at the Town and Country Resort.  For more information and to reserve your spot, go here.

So, enjoy this gorgeous time of year in Stowe, and around the state; and check out some of the other events and happenings.

                   

                   

  Source and photo courtesy: Stowe Land Trust

 

The Stowe Derby

 

On February 22nd, the Stowe Derby is celebrating its 70th year of the most talked about and unique cross country ski race in North America.  What makes the 20k race unlike any other is that it starts with a 6k downhill (vertigal drop of 2,600 feet), from the top of the Toll Road on Mt. Mansfield.  After navigating the twists and turns, and hairpins, the race enters the Mt. Mansfield Touring Center, where the climbing begins.  Up to as many as 900 racers will be vying for place or pride, as they try and beat the clock all the way into the village of Stowe on the groomed rec path.  This year, for the first time, a new category has been added to the fun.  Fat bikes will be allowed to compete for the first time.  There are only 100 slots for the riders, which have almost been filled.  After the skate and classic skiiers have finished, the fat bikers will begin just above the touring center.  Depending on conditions, the best skiers will finish in about 45 minutes.  Some taking up to as much as 2 hours.  We will know after the 22nd how fast the fat bikers will be. 

If the snow and winter conditions continue as they have, this should be one of the best years ever.  If you're considering signing up for The Derby, you can go here.  If racing is not your thing, this is one of the best events to spectate.  One of the most exciting viewing locations (and easy to get to) is at the top of the power line in the Mt. Mansfield Touring Center.  That's where one of the trickiest turns is, hence lots of whipe outs.

So, no matter your interest, join the fun on February 22nd, including the after party at Sushi Yoshi, on the Mountain Road.

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