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by LewLasher
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bonking in the cold
Replies: 5
Views: 162

Re: Bonking in the cold

There were a lot of DNFs at today's (cold, wet and windy) Boston Marathon. Yes, but this year's DNF rate of 4.5% isn't all that different from last year's 3.0% rate. I think the the DNFs got more press coverage this year because of the horrifyingly unpleasant weather. More statistics: this year's D...
by LewLasher
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: Jay Peak, Vermont
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: Jay Peak, Vermont

Lew -- Is there one particular Nordic Center in Vermont that you would recommend to plan a ski vacation around? Yes: Craftsbury. The caveats being that (1) there are few lodging or dining choices in or near Craftsbury, and (2) there isn't a lot to do there other than the skiing. But, just on the ba...
by LewLasher
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Where are the best deals?
Topic: older Fischer waxable skis, Weston MA
Replies: 2
Views: 372

Re: older Fischer waxable skis, Weston MA

Lacking rock skis, I decided to throw $5 at a pair of waxless skis, made in Finland, labelled "Erik" near the tips and "Grip" down toward the tails. The grip feature was implemented with an unusual waxless pattern that I can describe approximately using the word "argyle&quo...
by LewLasher
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Any new XC trails or XC ski areas?
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Hartland, Vermont winter trails

Here's another community trail project in Vermont, although their Web site doesn't say how recent it is: http://www.hartlandwintertrails.org/ Hartland is a small (population about 3,300) town in rural Vermont. They have 12 miles of trails, all on private land, for winter use (cross-country skiing an...
by LewLasher
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Any new XC trails or XC ski areas?
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Hardwick, Vermont community trails

Anyone know of any new XC trails or XC ski areas that have opened in recent years? I'm hoping that 2002 counts as "recent", because this is a pretty cool example of a community-built trail system. See https://hardwicktrails.com/ Hardwick is a small (population about 3000) town in rural Ve...
by LewLasher
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: Jay Peak, Vermont
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Jay Peak, Vermont

Yesterday, I skied, for the first time, at the Jay Peak Nordic Center in northern Vermont. Or, I could say, northernmost Vermont, as Jay Peak is about 4 miles from the border with Canada/Québec. Jay Peak is primarily known as an alpine resort, but, as the resort has upgraded its facilities (includin...
by LewLasher
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: Craftsbury, VT
Replies: 10
Views: 6178

Highland Lodge trails

A couple of days ago I skied at the Highland Lodge trails - in Greensboro, Vermont - operated by the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. As I posted in December 2011, this used to be a separate cross-country area, but the hotel that used to maintain the trails went out of business and Craftsbury swooped in a...
by LewLasher
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: VT - Stowe - 2017-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 518

March 17, 18, 20

I'm falling behind on my trip reports. Lots of new snow from the late-season coastal ("nor'easter") storms have restored winter conditions, which should last at least another week. On Sunday, I skied at the "Mansfield" (or: Stowe Mountain Resort) cross-country area, but then cont...
by LewLasher
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Any new XC trails or XC ski areas?
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Re: Any new XC trails or XC ski areas?

http://fasterskier.com/fsarticle/dismal-winter-produces-nifty-new-venue-in-northeastern-n-y/ Has snowmaking and wide trails good for racing. And that's about all that it has. A grand total of 5 (count 'em) kilometers of trails. And that is including the 0.28 kilometer (in other words, about 280 met...
by LewLasher
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: Windblown ski touring center in New Ipswich, New Hampshire
Replies: 16
Views: 10560

15 Mar 2018

I skied at Windblown yesterday. Conditions were generally good to very good. Ample snow depth almost everywhere, with just a few exceptions. Unfortunately, I do have a gripe with the conditions report on the Windblown Web site. In particular, the statements "40 K open" and "100% open&...
by LewLasher
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: VT - Stowe - 2017-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 518

17 Feb 2018 - Trapp's

Skied today at Trapp's. Conditions generally good. A little on the fast side, but that will change as the temperature goes above freezing the next couple of days. In other news, the trail formerly known as Owl's Howl is now known as Yerrick's Yodel. Sources at the cabin confirm that Charlie Yerrick ...
by LewLasher
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Would-be Olympic skier from Tonga
Replies: 6
Views: 439

Re: Would-be Olympic skier from Tonga

For those of you who haven't been following this exciting Olympic story, the guy from Tonga did (barely) qualify for the Olympics, and, there he is, with his biggest accomplishment being - wait for it - parading around shirtless during the opening ceremonies. Online magazine Slate ponders the questi...
by LewLasher
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Incredible race by Simen Hegstad Krüger
Replies: 15
Views: 614

Re: Incredible race by Simen Hegstad Krüger

Magnus Johansson wrote:The reasonable thing to do would have been to not visit this forum if it was suspected that so-called spoilers could appear.

The problem with your suggestion is that spoilers would still appear if people use the "Unread posts" feature.
by LewLasher
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Incredible race by Simen Hegstad Krüger
Replies: 15
Views: 614

Re: Incredible race by Simen Hegstad Krüger

Magnus Johansson wrote:
Neuro wrote:I make a thread about no spoilers ...

Do you think you own this forum?

He made no such claim.

All he did was to make a polite request, to avoid posting spoilers if you can, with which any reasonable person would have been happy to agree.
by LewLasher
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Canada
Topic: Sovereign Lake (BC)
Replies: 1
Views: 285

Re: Sovereign Lake (BC)

Today I was able to get out slightly further into the Sovereign Lake trail system, and I enjoyed skiing on the (intermediate-rated) trail called "Carl Wylie". Both for the heated cabin located roughly halfway along the trail, and for the excellent design of the trail itself. In fact, I kep...

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