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How Sweet It Is

Trapp Family Lodge Sugar House

How Sweet it is

Did you know that Vermont produces 40% of the maple syrup in the United States?  The season started early this year, and so far the sap has been running well.  With cold nights and warmer days this week, it should continue.  With that, Sugarmakers across the state will be offering gallons of the best maple syrup around, along with a variety of other maple products.  The following are some local favorites.

  • Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm invites visitors daily and offers an educational blog, complete with a weather report, sap sweetness and boiling status of each day.
  • Stowe Maple Products, a family-owned and operated sugar house, is open year-round with retail items. They will even ship your syrup to you.
  • Boyden Valley Winery will have some free samples during Vermont’s Maple Open House Weekend, March 25th and 26th; and will be offering sugar-on-snow, maple wine and maple liqueurs, as well as free tours of the winery and sugar house.
  • Sugar Slalom, Sunday, April 8th, at Stowe Mountain Resort.  A ski race for all ages that's been held at the Mountain, since 1940.  A weekend long celebration of spring skiing and festivities, which attracts hundreds.

source: Stowe Area Association newsletter

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.

 source: stowe.com  photo source: onthesnow.com 

2015 Stowe Derby - Epic!

                                         

Yes, it was epic!  With 7+ inches of new snow, the night before, the 2015 Stowe Derby was unlike any other.  Particularly with the addition of the fat bike class this year.  Nearly 100 riders were added to the roster of over 600 nordic skiers.  The light stuff that fell is hard to pack down before the first racers go off, thereby making for lots of falls, faces full of snow, and great photography!  Unlike most of the rest of the winter, the temperature was perfect - in the 20s.   The skate skiers started at 10:00 a.m., in waves of 5 at a time, every 30 seconds.  By the time the classic skiers went, there were body divots up and down the trail on both sides.  The conditions were perfect for alpine skiers, but much more challenging for the nordic skiers, and nearly impossible for the fat bikers.  After the race, hundreds gathered at Sushi Yoshi to share tales about bruises, broken skis and ski poles; and this time, busted bike chains and wheels.  Many of the fat bikers said they pushed their bike more than they were able to ride.  It wouldn't be the Derby without something new to talk about.  The 70 year old event is not for everyone, but even those who do not participate, love either spectating, or hearing about it afterwards.

To see more photos of from the day, visit Mike Hitelman Photography.

Photography credit: Mike Hitelman Photography

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.

 source: stowederby.com  photo credit: stowetoday.com 

 

 

 

Summer Events in Stowe, VT 2014

Helen Day Art Center - Exposed July 12 - October 15

Theres no shortage of things to do in Stowe in the Summer. Since there is so much to choose from, perhaps a brief run-down of whats happening will help to organize your summer calendar. The weather here has been fantastic, particularly on the weekends which has allowed for the undertaking of multiple events. The 4th of July weekend festivities were enjoyed by more locals and visitors than ever, and the sound of fireworks seems to still linger after sunset.

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Getting ready for the 4th of July Parade 2014

Coming Up: July 11-13 Hot Air Balloon fest, and Stowe 8-Miler (Sunday at 9 a.m.) July 19 Stowe Land Trust and Stowe Mt. Bike Club Hike or Bike at Adams Camp in the Ranch Valley July 20 Trapp Family Lodge Concert in the Meadow series: Quinn Sullivan, young blues guitarist July 19-20 and 26-27 Stowe Lacrosse Tournament August 8-10 Stowe Antique Car Show August 15-16 3rd Annual Celebrate Vermont Festival featuring the food, farms, forests & markets that help to create a sustainable Vermont. August 25 6th Annual Race to the Top of Vermont Ongoing: Stowe Farmers Market every Sunday from 10:30 to 3:00 in the Red Barn Shops meadow on the Mt. Rd. Helen Day Outdoor Art show - Exposed: A unique outdoor sculpture gallery exhibits art all over Stowe. Through October. Art in the Park: Vendors, food and music every Thursdays from 5-8, Park St. June - August For more detailed information on these events, and more, visit gostowe.com. No matter what your plans, have a great summer!