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Blog :: 01-2017

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!

David Budbill, Beloved Vermont Author

David Budbill was one of Vermont's most beloved authors.  During his prolific career, he wrote 10 books of poems, 7 plays, 2 novels, a collection of short stories, 2 picture books for children, and the libretto for an opera.  Well known for such works as Judevine, several new works of David’s are being published posthumously, including his newest book of poems titled Tumbling Toward the End, and a novel titled Broken Wing.  David worked on Broken Wing over the last 10 years, and is a story about a man who lives alone in the mountains of northern Vermont, and his relationship with his world around him, in particular, a Rusty Blackbird with a broken wing.  Unable to fly, the bird becomes trapped in the challenging winter climate.  It is a timeless piece, and is a story of a man living a solitary life, yet with emotional intensity.  A story of loneliness, survival, and tenacity.

Although David Died this past September, and will be sorely missed, we will continue to hear his voice, and to enjoy the treasures of his passionate efforts, forever.  For more information on David, and his iconic career, you can go to his website.

If you wish to purchase a copy of Broken Wing, or any of his other publications, as David would want it, you can order them from your local book seller, or at independent book sellers online http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780996267632

Source: SevenDaysvt.com, VPR.net, Davidbudbill.com

Photo credit: VTdigger.org

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