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January 2017

January 1, 2017, First Day Hikes at Vermont State Parks
Start the New Year on the right foot with a hike in a Vermont State Park. Join a free, guided, easy, family hikes taking place in state parks and forests throughout the state. Hike leaders include professional guides and outdoor educators, sharing their knowledge and love of the Vermont outdoors. Don't need a guide? Then get outside at the state park or forest of your choice. They are always available and close by to all of us. Entry is free and you will discover a whole new world in the winter. Bring the whole family! Dress for the weather; brin snowshoes if there is a lot of snow. Bring some beverages and snacks. Dogs are welcome (on leash) unless otherwise noted. You don't need to pre-register, just show up. To check the status of the hikes call 802-249-1230. Update messages will be posted on December 31st and January 1st. Check out our website at www.vtstateparks.com  and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information and more hikes as they are added.  http://vtstateparks.blogspot.com/2015/12/join-vermont-state-parks-for-fun-guided.html

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March 2016

March 4 - 5, 2016 Winterbike 2016 and Northeast Fatbike Summit
Winterbike is essentially a celebration of the burgeoning fatbike culture that includes group rides, fatbike demos, vendors, a bon fire, games, a fun race and food and beverages. For more info check out www.kingdomtrails.org

Mar 5, 2016, Iron Maiden Bouldering Competition
12:00 am. MetroRock – Burlington (Essex Junction) 6 Susie Wilson Rd, Essex Junction, VT. - The Essex Junction MetroRock Climbing Gym hosts an all-female bouldering competition. Top finishers earn entry in the finals. www.climbironmaiden.com 

Mar 5, 2016, Frigid Infliction
The Outdoor Gear Exchange's Frigid Infliction is returning to Bolton Valley on Saturday March 5, 2016. Frigid Infliction is a 10-hour winter adventure race for teams of two or three. We use an accelerated cutoff system which allows us to really challenge experienced teams while providing a great race for the first timers. If you have never done an adventure race before, this is the perfect one to start with. This was the first adventure race for about a third of the participants the past four years, so don't be intimidated! www.boltonvalley.com/dining-and-events/events-calendar/frigid-infliction-1339

Mar 05 - 06, 2016, Tri-County Kids' Fishing (14 & younger)
Organization: Nancy Doyon, Time: 6:00 AM (Sat) to 3:00 PM (Sun), Waterbody: all legal VT waters located in Orleans, Essex & Caledonia, Counties, Check-in Location: (No live fish transportation) Island Pond Town Hall, Fish: All legal species. Contact Name: Nancy Doyon, Address: 2972 Route 105, Island Pond, VT, 05846, Phone: (802) 673-6585 (day) / (evening), Email: ndoyon1140@gmail.com

March 5 – 6, 2016, The Second Annual Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival
Registration Closes on March 1, 2016 at noon. No “walk ons.” Swimmers planning on doing longer distances, but who are qualified only for the 25 meter events can qualify for the longer distances at the Festival itself, but still must be registered and paid in advance. Starting times of events are subject to change. depending on numbers of swimmers and weather, ice and water conditions. Regular reports during the event will be posted on the Memphremagog Winter Swimming Society’s Facebook Page. Each participant must be qualified to swim the distances they choose. http://kingdomgames.co/memphremagog-winter-swimming-society/

March 5 - 6, NorAm Mogul Finals
Killington Resort and the Killington Mountain School is hosting the NorAm Mogul Finals March 5th & 6th and the following week the Eastern Freestyle Championships. The Eastern Championships consists of two divisions (Young Guns – ages 7 to 10 and Juniors – ages 11 and up) with three events (Moguls, Slopestyle and Aerials). There will be functions and different events each night during the Eastern Championships starting on Thursday, March 10th through Sunday March 13th including a dodgeball tournament, trampoline show and awards banquet. For more information please contact: Nori Pepe, Freestyle Development Director/Events Coordinator, Killington Mountain School, 2708 Killington Road, Killington, VT 05751 p. f. 802.422.5678, www.killingtonmountainschool.org

March 6, 2016 - Camel’s Hump Challenge
The Camel’s Hump Challenge is a unique wilderness ski touring event which brings spirited backcountry skiers together to ski entirely around the perimeter of Camel’s Hump (13+ miles). Participants raise money to support their “Round the Hump” trek. All skiers collect a minimum of $150 in pledges and/or donations to fund education and outreach support for Vermonters living with Alzheimer's and their caregiving networks. Registration is open! Camel’s Hump State Park, start at Camel's Hump Nordic Ski Area trails, Huntington, VT. www.camelshumpchallenge.com

March 11 - 13, 2016, Winter Doe Camp
A Winter Retreat for Adventurous Women at the Hulbert Outdoor Center. Fairlee, VT - Announcing a Winter Retreat for Adventurous Women! Vermont Outdoors Woman will soon begin registration for its Annual Winter Doe Camp at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT. Participants can camp out or stay in heated cabins at night and play in the snow all day. Spend the weekend learning winter outdoors skills while staying near the shores of Lake Morey! Classes such as archery, fire making, traditional winter camping, survival, cross country skiing, orienteering, spring turkey hunting, ice fishing and many more will be offered. Don't miss the opportunity to receive affordable outdoor education in a stress-free, supportive environment. The minimum age is 15 and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Cost for the all inclusive weekend program is $370. Gift certificates and day fee's are also available. Visit the website for more information: http://www.voga.org/winter_doe_camp.htm 

Mar 12, 2016, Bolton Valley Split and Surfest
9:00 am, Bolton Valley Resort, 4302 Bolton Access Rd., Bolton, VT. - The Catamount Trail Association hosts a splitboarding festival with clinics, backcountry tours and an obstacle course. www.catamounttrail.org

Mar 12, 2016, Relay For Life Nordic Style
12:00 am. Catamount Family Center, 592 Governor Chittenden Road, Williston, VT. - Teams and participants campout on the snow while taking turns for eight hours skiing nor snowshoeing around the ski trails at Catamount. Live entertainment and food are available all night long. www.catamountoutdoorfamilycenter.com

Mar. 12-13, Green Mt Gun & Knife Show Trail
Clean, Family Friendly Environment, Free Gun Appraising, Handicap Accessible, Antiques & Collectibles (Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc.), Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, Knives & more. Franklin Center, 1 Scale Avenue, Rutland, VT  www.greenmtgunshowtrail.com 

March 24, 2016, Women’s History Month Event: Women of the Long Trail
at 7:00 pm at Green Mountain Club Headquarters, Route 100, Waterbury, Vermont. The Vermont Commission on Women works with the Vermont Historical Society every year to present a program for Women’s History Month. The Vermont Historical Society, Vermont Commission on Women, and the Green Mountain Club present Reidun Nuquist and Green Mountain Girls: Women of the Long Trail. Kathleen Norris, Catherine Robbins, and Hilda M. Kurth, aka “The Three Musketeers,” were the first women to hike the Long Trail from Canada to Massachusetts in 1927. They became a national sensation. But they are only the most famous, numerous other women have followed in their footsteps, not just as hikers, but as trail workers and leaders of the Green Mountain Club. Join us as we celebrate Vermont Women’s History Month and the pioneering roles by many women in Vermont. This event is free thanks to our co-sponsors Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Denis, Ricker & Brown and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group. http://vermonthistory.org/research/vermont-women-s-history

March 24 - April 2, Archery Demo Days
Don't miss Elite Archery and Parker Crossbows at this week's Archery Demo Days, and Wac'Em will be joining us to show off their new line of broadheads. Parker Compound and Crossbows- Elite Archery- Thursday, March 24, 4-7pm, Saturday, March 26, 12-4pm, Martin Archery- Friday, April 1, 4-7pm, Ten Point, Horton, and Wicked Ridge Crossbows- Saturday, April 2, 12-4pm R&L Archery, 70 Smith ST, Barre, VT 05641 Additional details will be posted as they become available at www.randlarchery.com

Mar 26, 2016, Topsy Turvy Derby
12:00 am, Stowe Mountain Resort, 5781 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT. - Culminating the evening uphill series, the Catamount Trail Association holds an evening race up the Gondolier trail, gaining 2,000 feet before skiing back down to the finish. www.catamounttrail.org

March 26, BIRD MONITORING WALK
8:00am-9:00am. Join fellow birders (and would-be birders) on the monthly monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars.
Free • Please pre-register museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

 

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April 2016

April 1-2, Vermont Walk Bike Summit
This biennial gathering of people who love to walk and bike, or who think that walking and biking are great for their communities, will be held April 1-2 in Rutland. Join us on Friday, April 1, if you want to go home with strategies for making your community more walkable and bikeable. And join us on Saturday, April 2 for mobile workshops exploring the arts, walking, and biking in and around Rutland. http://walkbikesummitvt.com/

Apr 2,  2016, Bolton Valley Bash - Snowmobile Hill Climb
Rock The Hills VT will take over Bolton Valley on Saturday, April 2 for a Snowmobile Hill Climb. This will be a timed hill climb event open to all riders. Gates will open at 7am. The entry fee is $15/pp, Kids 10 and under are free. Lodging rates for the Inn at Bolton Valley start at $97 per room, per night. Book now and you'll be walking distance to the event. Book online or call 877-926-5866. Registration will open at 8:30 am. Per class fees are $25 stock, $30 open. Racing will start at 10:30am. There will be trophy's for all stock classes and a 50% payback in open classes. www.facebook.com/events/1685599825040043

April 2 & 3, Turkey Hunting Seminars
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting two free turkey hunting seminars this spring – one on Saturday, April 2 in Barre, the other on Sunday, April 3 in Hartland. "Experienced and first-time turkey hunters will benefit from these seminars,” said Hunter Education Training Coordinator John Pellegrini. “We still have openings for people who would like to attend. The training will cover safe hunting practices, special equipment, calls, site setup, and effective hunting strategies.” The seminars will be held 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The April 2 seminar will be at the Barre Fish and Game Club on Gun Club Road in Barre. The April 3 Seminar will be at the Hartland Fire Department in Hartland. You may sign up by going to VT Hunter Education Seminars at: http://tinyurl.com/gr9csxh.  Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. If you have questions, please call John Pellegrini at 802-272-2909.

April 3 - Mud n' Ice Quadrathlon
Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Like an animal emerging from hibernation, the organization around this bit of multi-sport madness is beginning to stir. stay@craftsbury.comwww.craftsbury.com,  802.586.7767, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

April 9, Vermont Trout Season Opens

April 9, DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY ENLIGHTENMENT (Your Camera and You)
9:00am - 1:00pm, Give Bryan Pfeiffer four hours and he’ll give you command of your digital camera. You’ll understand the dials, buttons and menus on your point-and-shoot or digital SLR camera. With humor, exuberance, plain language, and vivid photo examples, Bryan gives you the tools to capture images of nature, family, pets, sports, artwork, sunsets, landscapes or any of your own digital aspirations. No longer will you set the camera to “AUTO” and hope for the best. No camera is off limits, no participant too inexperienced. So charge your camera battery and pack a lunch for this busy morning getting to know your camera and learning to take great photos. Fee: $35 (includes handouts) Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, Vermont 05462 USA, (802) 434-2167 • museum@birdsofvermont.org  • www.birdsofvermont.org

April 14, 2016, Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour
A showing of the Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour will be on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:30pm at Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington, Vermont. The adventure travel and documentary films share amazing outdoor scenery from around the world, and focus on canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and kayak fishing. The event is being co-hosted by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Outdoor Gear Exchange, and is sponsored in part by paddlesport gear manufacturer NRS. Tickets are $12 online/$15 at the door. Purchase tickets online at www.northernforestcanoetrail.org.

April 16, 2016, 38th Green Mountain Athletic Association Rollin Irish Half Marathon
9 AM. Certified (VT12007JK) half marathon (13.11 miles) through rural and scenic and rolling on mostly dirt roads. http://gmaa.net/schedule.php?raceid=RI2016

April 16, New Haven Whitewater Race
Bristol, VT. All racers must check in at the race headquarters at the start ramp. Racers checking in after 9:30 forfeit their starting spot and entry fee. (weather dependent, keep checking could bump to the 23rd) Start Time: 10:00, Sign in: 7-9:30, RACERS MUST BE PRESENT FOR MEETING AT 9:45, Location: New Haven River, Bristol, VT. www.facebook.com/NewHavenRace

April 23, Annual Friends of LCI Outdoor Heritage Dinner
Hosted by Friends of LCI, Saturday, April 23, 2015 from 5pm to 10pm, Burlington Elks Banquet Hall, 925 North Avenue, Burlington. Join the Friends of LCI for a great night of food and prizes! A Ticket includes a great sit down dinner with friends, for a great cause, door prizes, and guest speakers (TBA). Only 200 tickets will be sold, so act quickly. $Thousands in Great Raffle Prizes, including: $800 pair of outdoorsman’s rings from After Midnight Jewelers, IPADs, Keurigs, fishing trips, gift Certificates, Gas Cards, Ice Fishing Gear, a Yeti cooler, and much, much more!... Purchase Tickets: Visit our online reservations and payment www.mychamplain.net/HeritageDinner  or Contact Frank Stanley 802-238-0364 or frankjstanley@wildblue.net

April 23, 2016, Annual Range Day
R&L Archery in Barre, VT will be holding their annual Range Day event Saturday, April 23, 2016 9-4 at the Barre Fish & Game Club on Gun Club Rd in Barre. This is your chance to SHOOT the firearms you’ve been curious about, and your only cost is for the ammo that you shoot. No obligation to purchase. Representatives from a number of manufacturers will be on hand to answer your product questions. You’ll be able to try out firearms and talk with representatives from: Benelli, Browning, Colt, Citadell, Escort, FMK, Franchi, Howa, Mossberg, Noreen, Ruger, Savage, SigSauer, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Stoeger, TNW, Thompson Center, Uberti, and Winchester. Also featuring SigSauer suppressors. Additional details posted at www.RandLArchery.com  or by contacting R&L Archery at 802-479-9151.

April 30, BIRD MONITORING WALK
8:00am-9:00am. Join fellow birders (and would-be birders) on the monthly monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars.
Free • Please pre-register museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

April 30, 2016, Killington Triathlon
Killington holds the kind of triathlon it knows best: ski, bike and run all over the mountain in this spring event. www.killington.com

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May 2016

May 1, Regular Spring Turkey Hunting Season Starts.

May 1, DISASTOUR RACE 2016
The 2016 DISASTOUR RACE kicks of on the Rochester Park at 9:45 am on May 1, 2016! Registration begins at 8:00am at the BANDSTAND on the Park. Cost to participate is $40.00 per person, team members are $30.00 per member of your team, and single event fee is $30.00. Students and athletes under 18 pay $10.00 (Guardian/Parent signature required). We ask that all participants bring a canned good to donate to the Rochester Area Food Shelf. Entry Fee includes event, insurance, a T-Shirt and pizza at the afterparty which begins around noon at Green Mountain Bikes in Rochester. The party is sponsored by LAwson’s Finest Liquids and the Bike Shop. Pizza is free for participants and for sale to non-participants. http://rochestervermont.org/disastour-race-2016/

May 1, 11th Annual Springfield Dam Run Walk and Fun Run
The Purpose of the Annual Springfield Road Race and Fun Run is, in addition to promoting an active, healthy lifestyle, a way for family and friends to get together and be a part of their local community. All proceeds from this year’s race will go to the Springfield Family Center & Food Shelf and other local charities . The Springfield Family Center was incorporated in 1971 to meet the needs of low-income families and individuals in Springfield, Vermont. www.springfielddamrun.com

May 1, Champlain Classic Road Race
@ 7:00 am – 10:00 am. Join us for a race with both road and packed gravel trails through woods and meadows. Over 7 age categories with medals for the top 3 male/female finishers in each category, as well as prizes for the top 3 overall winners (male/female) in each race. We have something for everyone though as all pre-registered runners by April 15 receive a t-shirt, and everyone present is eligible for the extensive raffle prize drawing at the end thanks to many local businesses. Cost: $15 before 4/15, $20 after. www.champlainclassic.com

May 1, 2016 Gravel Grinder
Come kick off spring in style with WATA - the 2016 Gravel Grinder dirt road ride is the way to do it. ~30 miles of scenic dirt road riding in the heart of Vermont that help support trail development in Waterbury. Oh, and did we mention that the day before is our first-ever Gears and Beers? Sample amazing, limited-release local beers at our awesome downtown restaurants. For a full list see our Gears and Beers page. After the Gravel Grinder we'll have some great food from The Blackback Pub and some beer from Frost Brewing. Only riders who pre-register will get a 2016 Gravel Grinder t-shirt. Do it. Do it meow! Ride starts at 5 Pilgrim Park, Waterbury, VT - look for the blue WATA tent. www.waterburytrails.com/#!2016-gravel-grinder/c19fc

May 6 - 8, JILLs FOLLY - 48 HOUR ULTRA ENDURANCE & OBSTACLE RACE - 50 or 100 miles
The ultimate in endurance events at Shale Hill - run 100 miles (50 mile option), within 48 hours ... Run solo, or in a team of 3. ​
Starts 2pm, Friday May 6th, Finish, 2pm, Sunday May 8th, Obstacle completion option (bonuses available for obstacles you DO complete) www.shalehilladventure.com/jills-folly.html

May 7, Vermont’s Walleye Fishing Starts

Vermont's Green Up Day is May 7th!
www.greenupvermont.org

May 7, Spring into Healt, 5K Family Run
@ 8:30 am – 10:30 am, Run or walk in this family-friendly fund-raiser for Grace Cottage Hospital, starting and ending at the Townshend Common. $15-20 for ages 13 & up. Ages 12 & under are free. Free “Fun Run” for ages 8 and under at 9:15 a.m. Performance T-shirts for first 100 registrants. Rain or shine. Day-of registration allowed at 8:00am. Pre-register online or call 802-365-9109. http://www.gracecottage.org/get-involved/spring-into-health-5k/

May 7, Fiddlehead Slalom
@ 8:30 am – May 8 @ 4:00 pm. Canoe paddlers race a slalom course on Class II rapids in the Winooski River. Practice runs will be held on Saturday, with finals on Sunday. http://nessrace.com/fiddlehead-slalom/

May 7, Lewis Covered Bridges 5K/10K and Half Marathon
@ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Race Vermont hosts an out-and-back half marathon through the scenic Charlotte countryside. The course runs along the Lewis Creek River and passes over two covered bridges. www.racevermont.com

May 7, 7th Annual Adamant 20 Miler Run or Relay
@ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. This is a Central Vermont Runners event co-sponsored by, and to benefit, the Adamant Music School. This is a scenic, but hilly dirt road course. It is designed as a good last long training run for Vermont City Marathon, however marathoners are encouraged to pace themselves slower than desired marathon pace for optimal marathon results. $25 until May 3, $30 post-registration. http://cvrunners.org/adamant/index.html

May 8, 2016, Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race
@ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. The 38th running of the Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race is scheduled for May 8, 2016 beginning at the Park McCullough House in North Bennington. The net proceeds from the race benefit the Steve Zemianek scholarship fund at Mt Anthony Union High School. The event features a kid’s 1K fun run at 9:30, and the 3.9 and 10K races which start simultaneously at 10am. Runners can sign up at Runreg.com or pick up a registration form at Wills Insurance, Anytime Fitness, Revolution Fitness, and the Bennington Recreation center. For more information contact Kathy Zemianek: 802-447-9732 kathleenzemianek@yahoo.com

May 12 - 13, Peak Ultra
Recreational to elite-level runners will have the choice of running 15, 30, 50, 100, 200 or 500-mile distances on cross-country trails. www.peak.com

May 14, Wildlife Photography Seminar
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department photographer Tom Rogers will give a workshop on wildlife and nature photography on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. at Elmore State Park in Elmore, Vermont. The event is co-hosted by the Vermont Woodlands Association. The workshop will begin with a brief presentation on the basics of proper exposure, depth of field, and use of camera equipment, followed by a field session in the state park. Vermont Fish & Wildlife bird biologist John Buck will also be on hand to help find wildlife and to provide a naturalist’s prospective. Rogers is a trained wildlife biologist and photographer, who has photographed in 29 countries. To sign up or for questions, contact Kathleen Wanner of the Vermont Woodland Association at kmwanner@comcast.net  by May 10, 2016. The event is open to the first 20 registrants.

May 14, 2016, JMMY Run
@ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, 1486 Stonebridge Rd., Georgia, Vt 05468. The Jimmy Messier Memorial Youth Center holds its annual fundraiser race with mile, 5K, 10K and half-marathon distances. www.jmmy-run.org 

May 14-15, 2016, VITTORIA ESC Enduro Series #2
Kingdom Trails’ original bike shop have teamed up with Eastern States Cup (ESC) and Kingdom Trails to present the Victory Hill Enduro. Pro racers will duke it out for $1600.00 in cash and the top three finishers in amateur classes will enjoy an assortment of goodies along with their ESC medals. First place finishers in each class will be named 2016 VT State Enduro Champions. The Victory Hill Enduro, set in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, is the second stop of the Eastern States Cup series. Online registration is open on bikereg.com with 175 entries available in Mens and Womens Pro, Amateur and age-group categories including U-14. Onsite registration is cash only. www.easternstatescup.com/victoryhill/

May 15, 2016, Sleepy Hollow Mountain Race
@ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. The Sleepy Hollow Ski and Bike Center is the site of a hilly and muddy 10K race on single track and mowed trails. https://sleepyhollowmtnrace.com/

May 15, Eastern States Cup Victory Hill Enduro Race
Shimano, the world’s leader in bicycle components and East Burke Sports, Kingdom Trails’ original bike shop have teamed up with Eastern States Cup (ESC) and Kingdom Trails to present the Victory Hill Enduro. Pro racers will duke it out for $1600.00 in cash and the top three finishers in amateur classes will enjoy an assortment of goodies along with their ESC medals. First place finishers in each class will be named 2016 VT State Enduro Champions. The Victory Hill Enduro, set in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, is the second stop of the Eastern States Cup series. Online registration is open on bikereg.com with 175 entries available in Mens and Womens Pro, Amateur and age-group categories including U-14. Onsite registration is cash only. http://kingdomtrails.org/

May 15, 2016, Velo Vermont Vintage Spring Classic Bike Ride
@ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Join us on Sunday May 15th 2016 for Velo Vermont’s second Mini L’Eroica Vintage Road Bike Ride.
We will start and finish at Red Hen Bakery in Middlesex VT. The (uninforced) equipment requirements for this ride are – as last time: bicycles older than 1990, non-aero brake cable routing, friction shifters, preferably mounted on the downtube, gum wall tires, pedals with clips & straps, wool jerseys, classic shoes.
A $20 donation is encouraged. www.velovermontvintage.blogspot.com

May 18 - June 15, 3rd Annual Green Mountain Pike Rodeo
The Middlebury Mountaineer is proud to present the 3rd Annual Green Mountain Pike Rodeo. This is a catch and release, fly fishing ONLY, “Paper Tournament”. The Green Mountain Pike Rodeo target species is Northern Pike. -Registration for the Green Mountain Pike Rodeo is $25 an individual. Please read the rules and guidelines below regarding this event before you register. -Competitors will select a continuous 24 hour period between the days of May 18th at 10AM to June 15th at 5:30PM. Last check in time is June 15th at 5:30PM. -The Green Mountain Pike Rodeo is an individual Tournament, but we highly encourage competitors to fish with another person to assist with landing fish, photography and release. The other individual can assist with operating the boat and netting fish. Two anglers competing in the event can fish off of the same vessel during the same period of time. No more than two competitors to a vessel. Competitors may assist another Competitor as support (boat maneuvering and netting) on days they are not competing. http://mmvt.com/fishing/green-mountain-pike-rodeo

May 21, 2016, Barre Town Spring Run
@ 9:00 am – 11:00 am. This is a Central Vermont Runners event to benefit the Barre Town Recreational Department. $5. Pre-registration available or race-day registration 7:45 – 8:45 am at Barre Town Recreational field track. http://cvrunners.org/springrun/index.html

May 21, Thank A Vet Motorcycle Ride
Middlesex, Vt., - In honor of Armed Forces Day on May 21, Vermonters across the state can join Phil Scott at the Thank a Vet Motorcycle Ride in support of veterans’ charities. The event will be held on Saturday, May 21 with motorcycle rides beginning at 10 a.m. from locations in Rutland, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, and White River Junction. Riders from all points will converge in downtown Barre at 12 p.m. Thank a Vet Motorcycle Ride, hosted by Wilkins Harley Davidson, will raise funds for two Vermont veterans’ charities – the Josh Pallotta Fund, dedicated to helping veterans with PTSD, and the Friends of Veterans Organization, which helps veterans to avoid homelessness. For more information on the Thank A Vet Motorcycle Ride, including details on starting locations, please visit: www.facebook.com/events/1775649956000344

May 21, 2016, Dandelion Run
@ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Half Marathon and 10K Run on dirt roads through the world famous Dandelion Fields of Morgan, Holland, and Derby. Bluegrass and Fiddle Music along the way. It’s May. It’s time to Run. Just for the Fun of It. http://www.dandelionrun.org

May 21, GOTRVT Southern 5k Run/Walk
Brattleboro, VT, Join us for a fun-filled day as we celebrate joyfulness, confidence, and health... and share your support and love for Girls on the Run Vermont! Our Girls on the Run 5k is unlike any other event. It is a celebration of and for the girls who are completing a ten week season of the Girls on the Run program. Positive energy abounds as the girls dance to warm-up music, get their hair “happied” and “tattoos” on their faces, and gather with their teammates to hold hands as they head to the starting line. Our 5k is a non-competitive event (with each girl proudly wearing a “1” on her bib) that will bring a smile to your face. You will be so glad you joined us! www.facebook.com/events/1023166107743317

May 21, Richard’s Ride
@ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. First annual ride hosted by the Richard Tom Foundation. Ride options include a 4.4 mile Children’s Ride (easy road or mountain bike routes) free for children, challenging mountain bike trails, a 17-mile road ride for families, a 30-mile road loop, and a challenging 70-mile road loop. All rides will be staged from the Cochran Ski Area. www.richardtomfoundation.com

May 21, Stowe Craft Brew Races
Dress Up - Optional... and entirely unnecessary... but definitely encouraged! Run - Or Walk! A relaxed, but timed midday 5k open to runners and walkers on scenic courses. Drink - A 3-hour Craft Brew Festival featuring sampling of over 20 local breweries.Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, 1746 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 0567 www.craftbrewraces.com/stowe

May 21 & 22, Pancake Breakfast & Experimental Balloon Festival
5:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Balloons Launch at 6:00 a.m. Post Mills Airport, Post Mills, VT. An unforgettable family event! This unique fundraiser, featuring hot, from scratch pancakes under balloon-filled skies, is crucial to keeping the Summer Revels an event that is free for all. Billed as a "gathering of homebuilt and experimental balloons and airships", the Experimental Balloon and Airship Association hosts this meet for light aircraft enthusiast and the general public. Revels North is proud to once again provide a pancake breakfast to campers and spectators at this event! Want a feel for the event: https://youtu.be/Wg3f4pAZjzs $8 Adults/$5 children/free under 5. Contact us to learn more: www.RevelsNorth.org/summer-revels/pancake-breakfast  email: info@revelsnorth.org  866-556-3083

May 22, Birding and photography along the Nulhegan River
Brighton, Vermont. Explore the narrow and winding headwaters of the Nulhegan River, one of Vermont's most wild waters. The trip leader, Chris Gill, is a competent birder and nature photographer and will be sharing his knowledge as the group moves downstream. We'll travel at a mellow pace, allowing ample opportunity to watch and listen for birds and to photograph this scenic waterway. Skill level: Beginner, www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/NFCT-Paddler-Series---Free-Guided-Trips-132

May 28, BIRD MONITORING WALK
8:00am-9:00am. Join fellow birders (and would-be birders) on the monthly monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

May 28, 2016, INFINITUS Rugged Trail Races
8 k, Marathon, 88k, 48 hour, 72 hour, 888k. Blueberry Hill Inn and Ski Center, 1245 Goshen Ripton Road, Goshen, VT 05733 www.endurancesociety.org/infinitus.html

May 28, Girls on the Run Vermont
5k Run/Walk @ Vermont State Fairgrounds. Anyone who has been to a Girls on the Run 5k knows that it is unlike any other running event. It is a celebration of and for the girls who are completing a ten week season of the Girls on the Run program. By the day of the 5k, their enthusiasm is so unbridled that they are running around before the race! Positive energy abounds as the girls dance to warm-up music, get their hair “happied” and “tattoos” on their faces, and gather with their teammates to hold hands as they head to the starting line. Our 5k is a non-competitive event (with each girl proudly wearing a “1” on her bib) that will bring a smile to your face. You will be so glad you joined us! http://gotrvt.org/5k/

May 28, 37th Annual Hardwick Spring Festival Fun Run
This Memorial Day weekend will see the 37th annual Hardwick Spring Festival Fun Run on the Hardwick Trails. At 9:00 am Saturday May 28. (8:30 for walkers), runners will take off from their usual starting point in front of the Hardwick Inn, then head up N. Main St. to join the trails at Green Mountain Technology Center. From there they will follow a well-marked course on the lower trail system, exiting behind Hazen and returning downtown. We have a map of the 5.15km race course, then to take advantage of reduced race entry fees for pre-registrants! This year we’re returning to the tradition of awarding prizes based on how close walkers and runners finish compared with their predicted time, so everyone has a chance to win! (Younger kids will still have the option of doing the traditional 1k downtown loop.) Proceeds from this event will benefit the Hardwick Trails and NEK Kids on the Move. http://hardwicktrails.net/calendar_of_events.htm

May 29, Mad Birders on the Waterbury Reservoir
7:30 am - 10:00 am, The largest body of water in Central Vermont, Waterbury Reservoir provides great opportunities to spot migrating songbirds like Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Canada Warbler, as well as residents such as American Bittern, Common Loon, and Bald Eagle. We will paddle from Waterbury Center State Park, and spend the morning exploring the coves and bay in search of waterfowl, wading birds, and woodland denizens. www.eventbrite.com/e/mad-birders-on-the-waterbury-reservoir-tickets-24599606084

May 29, Vermont City Marathon
Burlington, VT. - The Vermont City Marathon is the largest sporting event in Vermont with over 8000 runners competing in the marathon and relay events. www.vermontcitymarathon.org

May 29, May Wildflower Walk
10:00am - 12:00pm. Wildflower walk in the woods below the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. We will walk through the varied forest types below the Center around Lemon's Haunt and several of the snowshoe trails. We may see pink ladyslippers, naked miterwort, painted and red trilliums, maidenhair and Goldie's ferns, native honeysuckle shrubs in bloom, and a variety of migratory forest songbirds, too. We'll hike around the hilly terrain in this area of the woods and may go off-trail to look at interesting cedar swamp plants. Bring water, a field guide, and a hand lens if you have one. Meet on the porch of the Nordic Center at Craftsbury Outdoor Center. www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/1686


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June 2016

June 3-4-5, 2016, Strolling of the Heifers Weekend
JUNE 3, Gallery Walk & Street Festival, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Main Street and the River Garden, Food, music, dancing and fun at our annual downtown block party! JUNE 4:, The Strolling of the Heifers Parade, 10 a.m. sharp, up Main Street. The heifers lead the parade, so don’t be late! NO DOGS, PLEASE! Pre-parade entertainment! JUNE 5, Famous Farmers Breakfast, Tour de Heifer, Vermont’s most challenging dirt road cycling rides — 15, 30 or 60 miles (plus family-friendly 3-mile Round Mountain hike) Beginning and ending at Lilac Ridge Farm, W. Brattleboro. www.strollingoftheheifers.com/our-parade-and-weekend

June 4, 2016, Vermont Gran Fondo
9 a.m. The Vermont Gran Fondo is a non-competitive ride through Vermont’s Green Mountains. This ride will test your fitness with its challenging climbs across Appalachian Gap, Moretown Mountain, Roxbury Gap and Lincoln Gap. There are amazing views at the top each gap—savor them for a moment before you speed downhill. Start/finish: Woodchuck Hard Cider, 1321 Exchange Street, Middlebury, VT 05753. The Vermont Gran Fondo is a non-competitive ride through Vermont’s Green Mountains. This ride will test your fitness with its challenging climbs across Appalachian Gap, Moretown Mountain, Roxbury Gap and Lincoln Gap. There are amazing views at the top each gap—savor them for a moment before you speed downhill. Three ride options: Gran Fondo: 105 miles, 10,000+ feet of climbing (all four gaps), Medio Fondo: 64 miles, 6,800’ feet of climbing (Lincoln & App gaps), Piccolo Fondo: 43 miles, 3,700’ feet of climbing (Baby App Gap). www.vermontgranfondo.com

June 4, Girls on the Run Vermont
5k Run/Walk @ Champlain Valley Expo. Anyone who has been to a Girls on the Run 5k knows that it is unlike any other running event. It is a celebration of and for the girls who are completing a ten week season of the Girls on the Run program. By the day of the 5k, their enthusiasm is so unbridled that they are running around before the race! Positive energy abounds as the girls dance to warm-up music, get their hair “happied” and “tattoos” on their faces, and gather with their teammates to hold hands as they head to the starting line. Our 5k is a non-competitive event (with each girl proudly wearing a “1” on her bib) that will bring a smile to your face. You will be so glad you joined us! http://gotrvt.org/5k/

June 5, Onion River Race and Ramble
The 2016 Onion River Race and Ramble will be held on Sunday June 5th. Come join friends and neighbors and to enjoy a paddle along the Winooski River between Bolton and Richmond. It promises to be a day of excitement, camaraderie, and fun! Proceeds from the race will support river restoration initiatives in the watershed. The Race and Ramble has a paddling class for everyone! Want to paddle but not race? Be a Rambler. Want to paddle as a family? Sign up for the Youth/Family class. Want to race but don't have a long or fancy boat? Join one of the Recreational classes. And of course, there are classes for the fast and furious! We also have an option to compete as a 2 to 4 person team. www.winooskiriver.org/race-overview.php

June 8, Moosalamoo Association Meeting
On behalf of the Moosalamoo Association (MA) we invite you, or a representative from your organization, to participate in a meeting/working session with us and other recreation-based and interested partners of the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area (MNRA) to be held on Wednesday June 8, 2016 4-6pm at Blueberry Hill Inn, Goshen, VT (Tel. 802-247-6735). Refreshments to be served. This will be an opportunity, particularly after this challenging winter, for all recreational organizations to discuss the current status and future of outdoor activities within the MNRA and how we can strengthen our collaboration to help realize the goal of making this area a world-class destination for visitors. Please RSVP by replying to vim@gmavt.net  with the name of who is attending. www.moosalamoo.org

June 10–11, Northern Forest Canoe Trail Paddling Festival
Saranac Lake, N.Y. Organized by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the festival celebrates the kickoff of the summer paddling season and provides a setting for thru-paddlers—those who have paddled the entire 740-mile trail—to gather. Clinics and guided trips are suitable for beginner paddlers and are family-friendly. The event starts Friday night with a slideshow presentation at Mount Pisgah ski lodge about the 2015 thru-paddle by northern Adirondack residents Jim Sausville, Mike Peabody, Nick Gowans, and Chris Burnham. Saturday will begin with morning paddling clinics at Lake Colby, followed by afternoon guided trips on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. The day will conclude with a gathering at the Mount Pisgah ski lodge, where there will be a paddlers’ panel discussion, dinner, and slideshow presentation, “Paddling North American Waters” by Jack Drury and Doug Fitzgerald. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/Northern-Forest-Canoe-Trail-Freshet-Fest--136

June 11, Vermont Bass Fishing Season Opens

June 17-19, 2016, NEMBAfest
Celebrating Summer & All things Mountain Biking! Experience over 100 miles of unique trails and terrain that makes Kingdom Trails. Enjoy a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend of riding, camping, demo-ing the latest mountain bikes, checking out all the gadgets and gear, rockin’ to great music, and enjoying yummy local food & drink in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom! New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA), http://www.nembafest.com/#home

June 18-20, 2016, 35th Anniversary of the LCI Fishing Derby
Come Celebrate Family, Friends, and Fishing with LCI! www.mychamplain.net/FathersDayDerby

June 25, 6th annual Long Trail Century Ride
The annual Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is a recreational century ride that starts and ends at Long Trail Brewery on Route 4 in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. The first 500 participants to register will receive a lift ticket voucher to ski or ride Killington Resort during the 2016-2017season! In addition to the century, shorter rides of 60- and 20-miles plus a family-friendly 5K route allow participants to cycle through the towns of Killington, Pittsfield, Bethel, Barnard, Woodstock, Ludlow, Bridgewater, and Plymouth, Vermont. Quaint villages, the scenery of Route 100 and U.S. Route 4, the Crossroad of Vermont Byway, the seventh of its kind recently designated by the Vermont Transportation Board, are incorporated into the routes. www.longtrailcenturyride.com

June 25, 2016, Missisquoi River Paddle-Pedal
Paddle and pedal with friends and family in northern Vermont! The Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal event celebrates recreation along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail PaddlePedalRichford 2014between Richford and East Berkshire, VT. The event combines 6.5 miles of flatwater paddling along the Wild and Scenic Missisquoi River and 4.5 miles of cycling back on an adjacent rail trail. This is a family friendly event for all ages, and includes an optional race class, for folks looking for some friendly competition! www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/Missisquoi-Paddle---Pedal-135

June 25, BIRD MONITORING WALK
8:00am-9:00am. Join fellow birders (and would-be birders) on the monthly monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars.
Free • Please pre-register museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

June 25-26, 2016, Abenaki Heritage Weekend
Vergennes: This special weekend hosted by Lake Champlain Maritime Museum gives visitors an Abenaki perspective on life in the Champlain Valley. Members of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk and Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation, and the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association work with Museum staff to plan and present the event. The Native people at this event are experts in the living indigenous arts and traditions which they come together to share with one another and with visitors. They have inherited, researched, reconstructed, or apprenticed to learn the techniques with which they create outstanding beadwork, quillwork, basketry, pottery, woodworking and other items for personal use or for sale. Tribal members will also share songs, drumming, dancing, games, food preparation, and other life skills. www.lcmm.org/museum_info/native-american-encampment.html

June 25 - 26, Ditch Pickle Classic Fly Fishing Tournament
Swanton, VT. - The 2016 Ditch Pickle Classic Fly Fishing Tournament on Lake Champlain! The 2016 DPC based out of Swanton, Vermont will be held on June 25th-26th on beautiful Lake Champlain. The DPC is open to anglers of all ages and skill levels. You don't need a big fancy bass boat to fish the DPC either! Kayaks, canoes and motor boats are all permitted. The DPC is a team event and we make every effort to pair people up with team mates and fill empty seats in boats. Each team will have 1-3 anglers and, if you want to be a 1-man team, you will be responsible for the team entry fee of $100. If you are your own 1-man team, you must still have a co-rider to assist with photographic documentation of your catch! We're allowing more than 1 team to fish from a boat as long as it's within reason. Spectators may ride along or pilot a boat for a team. www.dpcvt.com/p/2016-dpc.html

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July 2016


July 2, 2016, - Fairlee Forest Festival,

A celebration of Vermont's magnificent forests, Saturday July 2, 2016, 11-6 on the Fairlee, VT town common. Bring the whole family—rain or shine. There will be wildlife exhibits, “mountain” music all afternoon, children’s programs, Abenaki woodland songs and stories, skills workshops, presentations on topics ranging from birds to forestry, and booths by area organizations working in conservation and forest management, as well as producers of artisanal forest products, foods, and crafts. Presenters include two of Vermont’s favorite natural history centers, one of its last horse loggers, Abenaki cultural interpreter and author Michael Caduto, and experts from Audubon Vermont, the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, and the state agencies responsible for Vermont’s wildlife and forests. On Sunday July 3, visitors can join these expert interpreters on one of four guided hikes in Fairlee Town Forest. Admission to all events is free. For information on the forest and festival, visit www.fairleeforest.org.

July 22 - 24, Annual Vermont Mountain Bike Festival
Sugarbush Ski Resort, There's a reason others host their mountain bike festivals in Vermont... It's no surprise to us! The VMBA Annual Mountain Bike Festival is hands down the best festival value every year. VMBA chapters are incredible! The result? We keep the event moving, which means you get to learn about more trails, meet more cool people and save some dough for that upgrade you've been eyeing. Want to check out the scene as a non-rider? No porblem. VMBA doesn't charge for public curiousity - we encourage it! Register today and grab guided acess to a whole new network of trails. Get a bigger return from your festival time and keep it moving! https://vmba.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=98

 

 

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August 2015


July 31st - August 2, Vermont Mountain Bike Festival
Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin (STAB), in conjunction with the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, bring you the 8th Annual Vermont Mountain Bike Festival. The Festival is Vermont’s premier mountain biking event, bringing riders together to enjoy Vermont’s finest trails as well as industry manufacturers and retailers with booths and demo products. Proceeds from the 2015 event will benefit projects at the Ascutney Trails in Windsor and Brownsville, Vermont and the Vermont Mountain Bike Association. https://vmba.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=31

August 1,Vermont Turkey Brood Survey
Wild turkeys are found throughout most of Vermont, but their reproductive success is monitored annually by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with a little help from “citizen scientists” who report the number and size of turkey families they see during August. Fish & Wildlife is again asking the public for help. If you see a group of young turkeys in Vermont during August, the department wants you to go to the turkey brood survey on its website: www.vermontfishandwildlife.com   where you can record where and when you observed the number of adult and young turkeys, or poults.

August 1, 2015, The Outdoor Gear Exchange Bitter Pill Adventure Race
Location: Richmond, VT. Looking for a dose of Adventure? We've got your prescription: The Bitter Pill! The Green Mountain Adventure Racing Association wants to show you what Vermont outdoors is really all about. Challenge yourself to trek, swim, paddle, mtn bike, and navigate through one of the toughest, muddiest 12-hour races anywhere. (And get yourself an entry to USARA Nationals if you win.) As always, we'll be holding a navigation clinic at registration the night before and don't forget our famous post-race party: food, drink, massages, and prizes prizes prizes! Teams of 2 or 3, coed or single-sex. $248 for 2, $339 for 3. GMARA membership is included! Price increases June 8th, so register soon! Visit http://www.gmara.org/bitter  for full details. Contact Person: Shawn Freebern, info@gmara.org , (802) 734-8514.

August 1 - Craftsbury Academy 5k
8:30am. The Craftsbury Academy Class of 2016 is hosting a 5k run, 8:30am, Saturday, August 1. Race starts on the Common. Registration opens at 7:45, Kids race at 8:15. Cost is $12 preregistered, $15 DOR. Preregistration and more information www.ca2016.org.

August 1, 2015, R&L Archery at The Whistling Arrow Archery Club, Crossbow Demo Day
On August 1st from 10-4 come join the staff of R&L Archery at The Whistling Arrow Archery club for an opportunity to check out and shoot all of the latest technology that the crossbow market has to offer. Factory representatives will be on hand from Ten point, Horton, Stryker, Parker & Wicked RIDGE. This event will be open & free to the public. So if you are interested in trying out a crossbow or have questions about the upcoming changes to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife regulations regarding crossbows, Come and see the staff at R&L Archery. For more information call 800-269-9151 www.randlarchery.com

August 1, Third Annual Vermont Veterans Ride
Registration is 9-10:45; Ride begins at 11 a.m. St. Albans, VT - The 3rd Annual Vermont Veterans Ride is Saturday, August 1st. Registration is 9 a.m. to 10:45 at the American Legion, Green Mountain Post #1 in St. Albans.The 100 mile escorted ride begins at 11 a.m. sharp. Jamie Lee Thurston, along with other musical guests, will perform a live show after the ride beginning at 2 p.m. There will also be a cash bar and grill. The cost of the event is $30 for a rider and passenger and includes two tickets to the concert. The concert is also open to the general public for $15 per person. All proceeds from the event benefit PTSD/TBI Awareness, the Josh Pollotta Fund and Vermont Veterans. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/the-vermont-veterans-ride/

August 2, 2015, Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival
The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival is all about community. It’s hundreds of dedicated Vermonters joining together for an unforgettable day of fitness, fun, and fundraising. Our community teams are made up of local businesses, non-profits, service groups, neighbors, and families who know that together we can make a real difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors with cancer. www.ridethedragon.org/festivals/festival-day.aspx

August 2, Vermont Mounted Shooting State Championship
Green Mountain Gunners at West River Stables, Brookline, VT. Join us in the beautiful mountains of Vermont at West River Stables in Brookline for the first CSA State match in Vermont, sponsored by Ruger. Co-hosted with Green Mountain Gunners and CT Renegades. 6 Stages, with shotgun & rifle classes See the CT Renegades website at www.CTRenegades.com  for additional details and entry form. www.cowboymountedshooters.com/Green-Mountain-Gunners.aspx

Aug 6, 2015, Umiak Outfitters VTPB SUP Race Challenge – North Beach, BTV
6:00 pm at North Beach Park, Institute Rd, Burlington, VT. Test your speed at Umiak’s stand up paddle board race night for your chance to win weekly prizes. Paddle against the clock and your peers in this SUP race for all ages and ability levels. Bring your board or rent one. www.umiak.com/#!sup-race/c14dh

August 8, 2015, The 29th Annual UMV Toy Run
The 2015 United Motorcyclists of Vermont Toy Run is Saturday August 8th.The annual Toy Run is the largest charity motorcycle ride in the State of Vermont, attracting hundreds of riders from around New England in support of the Shriner's Hospitals for Children. Staging for the ride begins at 9 a.m. at the Blue Cross parking lot in Berlin. The police escorted ride leaves noon and rides to the State House in Montpelier. Bring cash, checks or a new unwrapped toy. Stuffed animals, which are traditional for the Toy Run, cannot be used by children in the Shriners burn centers. Please consider bringing other types of toys or donating money. There will be satellite starting points around the state for riders to join with others in riding to the Berlin staging area. The locations and times for satellite starting points will be post when they are known, later this summer. The Shriner's Hospitals provide quality medical care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs in a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment. http://unitedmotorcyclists.org/wp/

Aug 8, 2015, Kingdom Run
8:30 am, Irasburg Common, Park Avenue, Irasburg, Vermont. Kingdom Run (half marathon, 10K & 5K) combines a competitive athletic event with the old-fashioned hospitality and charm of a small town in rural Vermont. Kingdom Run is an out-and-back race on scenic dirt roads in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. 5K & 10K walkers are welcome. A complimentary munchies buffet is topped off with blueberry sundaes. Prizes for winners in six age categories. Registration opens at 7:15AM on Irasburg Common. 8:30AM: half marathon runners and all walkers start. 9:00AM: 5K & 10K runners start. For more information and to pre-register on-line go to www.kingdomrun.org

Aug 9, 2015, Stowe Trail Race Series: Cady Hills 5K
8:30 am, Golden Eagle Resort, 511 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont. The Cady Hills 5K begins on a private dirt road and quickly merges onto technical single-track through hardwood forests, rocky outcroppings. The trail takes you through a stunning tall pine forest before ending back at Golden Eagle Resort. Trail is split as 97-percent single-track, 2-percent double track, 1-percent dirt road. This is the second race in the Stowe 2015 Trail Race Series. Award presentations will follow the race, with plenty of free refreshments and product prizes to the top 3 female and male runners in open and masters categories. Free parking in the Mayo Field lots. Restrooms in the Golden Eagle Conference Center open to race participants. All proceeds from the Trail Race Series benefits Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports. $20 Pre-registration; $25 day of the race; $10 ages 16 & under. www.stoweadaptive.org

August 9, 2015, Vermont Sun Triathlon
600 yard Swim | 14 mile Bike | 3.1 mile Run. Lake Dunmore, Vermont www.vermontsuntriathlonseries.com/suntri/index.html

Aug 9, 2015, Smugglers’ Notch Trail Racing Series
10:00 am at Smugglers’ Notch Cross Country Trails, 4323 Vermont Route 108 South, Jeffersonville, VT. Explore the trails of Smugglers’ Notch with our 2nd annual Trail Race Series. The Series consists of 3 trail races in and around the Smugglers’ Notch cross-country trail network. Each race will feature a 4k, 8k and Kids’ Fun Run (ages 7 & under), and all races are open to runners of all abilities. A completed sports waiver is required before the start of the Series. Race Series Dates: (Sign up online in advance or day of at the registration table) 2K (50+ August 9th race only) $12 (partnering with Vermont Senior Games) www.raceplanner.com/register/index/Sunday-August-9-2015

Aug 13, 2015, Umiak Outfitters VTPB SUP Race Challenge – North Beach, BTV
6:00 pm at North Beach Park, Institute Rd, Burlington, VT. Test your speed at Umiak’s stand up paddle board race night for your chance to win weekly prizes. Paddle against the clock and your peers in this SUP race for all ages and ability levels. Bring your board or rent one. www.umiak.com/#!sup-race/c14dh

Aug 13, 2015, Vermont Challenge & Ride-Up Bike Festival
12:00 am, Stratton Mountain Resort, Base Lodge Parking Lot, Stratton Mountain, VT. The Vermont Challenge traverses Southern and Central Vermont over three or four days plus a one-day Gran Fondo century option for all riders. Route Overview by Day • Thursday 8/13: Southern routes out of Manchester – 65, 45 or 30 miles, • Friday 8/14: Routes to/from the Vermont Country Store plus BBQ! – 53, 35 or 25 miles, • Saturday 8/15: Gran, Medio & Piccolo – 97, 68 or 26 miles respectively all departing and ending, at Stratton Mountain or Bondville. Two Strava timed segments: KOM & Sprint, • Sunday 8/16: Northern routes out of Manchester – 58, 40 or 24 mile. www.vtchallenge.com

August 14 - Bike Maintenance Clinic
6:00pm, Sheldon Miller will be leading a bike maintenance clinic. This round of clinic will cover basics for situations that you may encounter during a ride: flat tires, broken chains, adjusting shifting and other essentials. Armed with some mechanical know-how your next ride can be an adventure and not an epic hike! Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.com  www.craftsbury.com,  802.586.7767, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

August 15, Family Campfire Night: Into the Dark
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. What happens at twilight as the sun goes down and the dark creeps in? Amazing things! Come join us for a family campfire as we explore our senses at night. We will start by the fire with songs and stories. As twilight approaches we will learn how owls, bats, and our other wild friends (ourselves included) thrive in the dark during a short night hike. You will "see" your senses at night come alive!
Register: 434-3068 or vermont@audubon.org

Aug 15, 2015, 100 On 100 Relay
12:00 am at Trapp Family Lodge, 700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe, VT. A 100-mile team relay through Vermont. Teams of six runners complete three legs each, starting at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe and finishing at Okemo’s Jackson Gore resort in Ludlow. www.100on100.org

Aug 15, Women in the Outdoors Event
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Vermont chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation are putting on a one-day “Women in the Outdoors” introductory course on Saturday, August 15 at Buck Lake in Woodbury. The 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. course will be held at the Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Buck Lake in Woodbury. Women must be 18 years of age or older, although anyone younger may attend if accompanied by parent or guardian. Information is available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website www.register-ed.com/events/view/65227  . Pre-registration through Ron Lafreniere with the National Wild Turkey Federation costs $35. Registration fee includes lunch and all materials for the day. For more information and to register, contact Ron at 802-434-4274.

Aug 15, 2015, IRR 4.0 Irreverent Road Ride
7:00 am at Cochran Ski Area, Cochran Road, Richmond, VT. Waterbury hosts a bike race with two dirt loops on double track, jeep roads, Vermont pave, ATV and other rugged terrain. The “Original” loop will be between 110-125 miles and the “Short” will be close to 70 miles. www.bikereg.com/irreverent

August 15-16, 2015, August Hunter/Jumper Show & VHJA Jumper Finals
Competition for all ages and abilities, including the NEHC,VHJA, and Marshall and Sterling Medals- plus the VHJA Jumper Finals! Summer Hunter Jumper Show features competition in hunters, jumpers, and equitation in three rings for three days of fun in Vermont's Green Mountains. Hunter/Jumper shows are exciting events that test the horse and rider's ability to navigate a set course at different heights that can range from 12" to over 4'. Hunter classes are judged on the horse's jumping ability and style, manners, and way of going. Winners of Jumper classes are chosen based on who jumped the course with the least amount of faults and in the quickest time. Want to learn more about Hunter/Jumper shows? Volunteer this season at GMHA! For more information on our Hunter/Jumper shows, please email hunter_jumper@gmhainc.org    www.gmhainc.org/hunter-jumper

Aug 16, 2015, Lake Monster Sprint/Olympic Tri & Aquabike
8:00 am at Shelburne Beach, Beach Road, Shelburne, Vermont. The Sprint Triathlon offers a great introduction into the triathlon world and an opportunity to get out of your element. Not ready for all 3 back to back events? It’s ok, grab a friend and split it. As with last year we’ll be offering the Olympic distance triathlon for those seasoned triathletes or those wishing to take their experience to next level. The races start with a swim at Shelburne Beach and monitored by race volunteers and/or lifeguards on several boats along the course. Following the swim is a bike/run along scenic country roads of Vermont. There will be a wave start for this race. Sprint distances will start 3:00 minutes after the Olympic distances. www.racevermont.com/lake-monster-tri-aquabike

Aug 22, 2015, Bolton Valley 5K to Benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports
7:00 am at Bolton Valley Resort, 4302 Bolton Access Rd., Bolton, VT. An annual trail run at Bolton Valley Ski Area, where runners and walkers head out to make strides on the Bolton Nordic trails to raise money for adaptive sports programming and equipment. Children, ages 8 and under, are encouraged to participate in an untimed 1k Fun Run. Kids Fun Run 1K ages 8 and under: $10, 5K ages 18 and under: $20, 5K ages 19 and up: $30, www.vermontadaptive.org/bolton5k

Aug 22, 2015, The Millstone Duel
10:00 am at Millstone HIll, 59 Little John Rd., Websterville, VT. Riders compete solo or in teams of two or three in an eight-hour race on the Millstone trail network. Riders compete against other teams as well as their team members for the fastest lap. www.gearworksproductions.com

Aug 22, 2015, Echo Lake Road Race & Swim
12:00 am at Echo Lake Fishing Access, East Charleston, VT. Kingdom Games in the Northeast Kingdom holds a classic run and swim to help support the Orleans County Citizen Advocacy on dirt roads around Echo Lake offer up some running and biking. The bike will be held separately from the run. The event includes a swim of 1 mile or 3 miles on Echo Lake to benefit the Echo Lake Association. Taken together they offer an opportunity to do all three as part of a stage triathlon. www.kingdomgames.com 

Aug 23, 2015, Vermont Overland Grand Prix
7:00 am, Woodstock Sports, 30 Central Street, Woodstock, VT. A 51 mile dirt road bicycle race featuring 5400 feet of climbing, seven sections of “Vermont pavé” (unmaintained ancient public roads), a village downtown start/finish and a street party afterwards. www.vermontoverland.com

Aug 23, 2015, St. Albans Raid Half Marathon
8:00 am. Saint Albans hosts a half marathon on a a gently rolling, out-and-back course through Franklin County, Vt. Water stations are every mile. The historic race is open to all runners and relay teams of 2 people. Finisher medals and T-shirts for all registrants. Post-race food plus brews from 14th Star Brewery at the finish line. https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=15171754

August 23, 2015, Tour de Force Charity Run
Plattsburgh, NY. a Half Marathon, 10k and 5k running event. The Tour De Force Charity was started in 2002 by two N.Y.C. Detectives to raise money for the victims of the September 2001 Terrorists Attacks. Since then we have been having an annual bicycle ride from either N.Y.C to Boston or from Boston to N.Y.C. to raise money for police officers families that are killed in the line of duty nationwide. On 9-11-14 our bicycle ride started in Boston and finished at the FreedomTower in N.Y.C. on 9-14-14. We raised $500,00.00 nationally for our cause and our local North country bicycle group the Adirondack GARDA raised $52,000.00 dollars in ClintonCounty. The Tour De Force Charity will be sponsoring a Half Marathon, 10k and 5k run at the Point Au RocheState Park located at 19 Camp Red Cloud Road in Plattsburgh, N.Y.12901. https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Plattsburgh/TourdeForceHalfMarathon

Aug 23, 2015, The North Face Race to the Top of Vermont
12:00 am at Stowe Mountain Resort, 5781 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont. The Catamount Trail Association holds their annual benefit race up the Stowe Toll road to the summit of Mount Mansfield – a 4.5-mile run or bike with a vertical gain of 2,564 vertical feet. www.rtttovt.com 

August 25 - Last Tuesday Night Trail Race
Our trail race series wraps up. Season long prizes will be awarded at the end of season wood-fired oven pizza party! Whether you're a regular or an occasional participant we hope you'll join us to celebrate the summer series. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.com  www.craftsbury.com,   802.586.7767, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

August 27 - 30, Killington Classic 2015
Killington, VT - The Killington Classic combines the beauty and warmth of late summer riding in Vermont with a Vendor Village, a stunt show and entertainment to provide a full weekend of motorcycle fun for you and your friends. Ride Beautiful Vermont! Includes: The Amazing Covered Bridge Ride - Last year's top ride! NEW "Vermont Highlights Tour" - The BEST of VT stuffed into one route. Ride the thrilling “Green Serpent” - Do you dare? Vermont's Best Poker Run (great prizes/amazing scenery) Brand NEW Route! Green Mountain Scavenger Hunt (beautiful views, and fun prizes) NEW Route! 12 Mile Parade to Rutland Block Party. www.killingtonclassic.com

August 29, BIRD MONITORING WALK
7:30-8:30am. Experienced birders, walks in the woods, and bird-friendly coffee. Every month. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, Vermont 05462 USA​​. (802) 434-2167 museum@birdsofvermont.org  www.birdsofvermont.org

August 29 & 30, 2nd Annual Antique & Classic Car/Motorcycle Show
At Fletcher Farm Field for the Arts & Crafts in Ludlow, Vermont. We look forward to welcoming you to the 2015 Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car/Motorcycle Show, presented by Springfield Buick GMC at the Fletcher Farms School for the Arts & Crafts, 611 Route 103S in Ludlow, VT. General Admission is $5/car. Rain or shine. Spectator rate is $5.00 per person. Cars from decades ranging from the 1910’s-1990 will be represented and judged. Car enthusiasts, novices, family & friends are encouraged to attend and will have the opportunity to view the antique & classic cars and guests will even have a chance to vote for their favorite car in the “People’s Choice” awards for the Top 25 & Best in Show. - See more at: www.yourplaceinvermont.com/event/2015-okemo-valley-antique-classic-car-show-presented-by-springfield-buick-gmc

August 29, Coyote Calling Seminar
12:00pm, Coyote caller Erik Hammond will be on site to demonstrate how to call in the weariest coyote with fox pro callers and show how to set up using google earth and topo maps. this is a great way to spend time in the field in summer months when were all waiting for fall, so come on in and enjoy. Rack 'N Reel, 5343 Ethan Allen Hwy, New Haven, Vermont. 802-453-2000 www.racknreel.com

Aug 30, 2015, Howard Center’s Zoe’s Race
9:30 am at Oakledge Park, Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT. This 1K fun run or 5K run/walk helps raise money for accessibility projects for Howard Center clients. In six years, Zoe’s Race has raised more than $120,000 and completed 15 home accessibility projects. This family-friendly event offers participants and fundraisers the opportunity to enjoy a fair-like atmosphere with great food, entertainment and fun while making a difference in our community. $10/$30 before June 1. $15/$40 after June 1. www.zoesrace.com

 

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September 2015

September 1-25, Canada Geese Hunting Season
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

Sept. 5, 2015, The Dirty 40 Race
"VERMONT'S TOUGHEST GRAVEL ROAD RACE" The Dirty 40 Race travels through Derby, Holland, Morgan, Charleston, Westmore, and Brownington, Vermont. 80% of the course is on some of the most rural scenic backroads you will find in the State of Vermont. The course is tough, real tough. In fact, we've been told it is harder than an Ironman. Climbs as steep as 13% grades and 5600 feet of elevation gain.
www.dirty40race.com/#!dirty40/c24az

September 6, 2015, Darn Tough Ride
Believe us, it will be Darn Tough! The Darn Tough Ride is a road cycling event held in Stowe, Vermont, annually on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Every year, hundreds of cycling enthusiasts and their friends and families gravitate to the picturesque New England village of Stowe to be a part of the Darn Tough Ride, the perfect cycling adventure, incorporating some of the most celebrated unique routes, challenging climbs, and exhilarating descents in Northern Vermont. 98.8 mles/159km, 7924' / 2415 meters of elevation. The NEW 60 mile and 48 mile routes will be announced on July 11th. Stowe's only road cycling event. 

September 6, LCI Evinrude Fox Marine Bass Open
Mallets Bay, Colchester, VT. - Two-person teams are encouraged to register online soon and prepare to head out to Malletts Bay for your six best bass. This is an exciting one-day event with a guaranteed cash prize of $3000 for first place. There are additional cash prizes for the first 15 places, including both small and largemouth bass categories, based on at least 90 pre-registered teams participating. Anglers can also win the Alumacraft Smallmouth Bass Lonely Lunker and the Alumacraft Largemouth Bass Lonely Lunker. This all-day event is open to anglers of any ability. Experience bass fishing at its best and the reason why Outdoor Life Magazine lists Lake Champlain as “one of the best bass fishing destinations in the country…it’s a beautiful lake that all anglers must visit once in their lives.” So hook up with a partner and head out to the Malletts Bay Boat Launch on September 6th to try your luck. http://mychamplain.net/LCIBassOpen

September 12, MENDON FISH & GAME CLUB 3-D BOW SHOOT
The Mendon Fish & Game Club will be holding their annual 3-D BOW SHOOT, Saturday September 12th, from 7am-3pm, and Sunday September 13th from 7am-1pm, at the MENDON FISH & GAME CLUB, 347 Chittenden Road, in Pittsford, Vermont 05763. Archery enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the 3-d shoots with 5 new targets and improved course layout. Cost is only $10.00 per person and all proceeds benefit the sponsorship of the 2016 Green Mountain Conservation Camp attendees. There will be a concession stand available. Directions: At the corner of Rts. 4 & 7, take Rt. 4 east four miles to Meadow Lake Drive, turn left by Sugar and Spice Restaurant and go one mile to Chittenden Road. Turn right and Mendon Fish & Game Club is ¼ mile on the left. Contact: Fred Watkins, Committee Chair, (802) 353-8152, Mendon3Dbowshoot@gmail.com

September 12 - Riverbank Cleanup - 9:00am
Craftsbury Conservation Commission and Memphremagog Watershed Association will co-sponsor a riverbank cleanup at 9:00 am September 12. This event is part of Vermont's River Cleanup Month. Meet at the site, a dirt road on the east side of Rt. 14, 1.2 miles north of the North Craftsbury Rd. and 1.0 miles south of Town Line Rd (look for the River Cleanup sign). Wear old clothing, gloves, and sturdy shoes. Contact for more information: Ann Ingerson, 802-586-9625 or anni@myfairpoint.net

September 13, Masons of Pulaski Lodge Vet's Ride
Registration begins at 9 at the P&H Truck Stop, Exit 17 I-91. Wells River, VT - The Sixth-Annual Pulaski Lodge Masonic Motorcycle Ride, A benefit for Veterans at White River Junction VA Hospital is Sunday, September 13th, 2015.Registration is 9-9:45AM at P&H Truck Stop, I-91 Exit 17, Wells River, VT. The ride is free. The ride stops at the VA Hospital in White River, the Veterans War Memorial on I-89N in Sharon, the Veterans Cemetery with Flag Ceremony in Randolph and ends at Wilkins Harley-Davidson in Barre with a complimentary cookout and 50/50 drawings. Riders are asked to donate new under-garment and/or toiletry needs for men and women and/or cash. 100% of donations go directly to the Veterans distributed by the Voluntary Services Division. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/masons-of-pulaski-lodge-58-veterans-motorcycle-ride/

September 13, Wild Mushrooms of Autumn
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Amidst the falling autumn leaves, a mysterious and fascinating array of mushrooms fruit from trees, stumps and soil. Join Ari Rockland-Miller of The Mushroom Forager for a colorful presentation introducing gourmet and medicinal wild mushrooms of autumn. We hope to find porcini, lion's mane, yellowfoot chanterelles, and hedgehog mushrooms.  Register early for this popular program: vermont@audubon.org  or 434-3068

September 13, 2015, Tour de Taste
Tour de Taste is an annual pedaling picnic featuring tasty local food as you bicycle between special visits to farms and scenic vistas. Enjoy the autumn foliage and beautiful scenery at your own pace, meet local food producers and community members, and stop at local farms and restaurants along the way to taste delicious harvest bounty. Choose one of our three routes: Classic Loop (20 miles), River Road Extension designed for advanced riders (34 miles); or the family-friendly Lake Morey Loop (6 miles). Please see below for information on other new features this year as well as a synopsis of the three routes (when registering you will be required to identify which route you will be riding). Get ready for our annual valley ride by registering today. Early-bird specials and member discounts currently offer $15 off a full priced ticket. www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-tour-de-taste-a-pedaling-picnic-tickets-17152538705

September 17-20, ROOTS Rendezvous
A four day gathering of earth based ancestral living skills. This gathering is grounded in the idea that we as people can become more conscious, stronger, effective, and capable stewards of the land by learning new and old skills of interacting with the natural world. Thursday is for half day intensives. The next three days have multiple workshop blocks, ongoing demonstrations, and night time celebration. There are a variety of workshops to choose from. Thursday is for half day intensives. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday have multiple workshop blocks, ongoing demonstrations, and night time fire and music. Bring family and friends to come have a great time with others who share a passion for the natural world. Leave knowing more about the beautiful world we a part of. The weekend is full of workshops offered by a diverse group of experienced teachers. There are a wide array of topics, including; stone tools, herbal medicine, weaving, tracking, pottery, bows, naturalist studies, ninjutsu, self reliance, stalking, hides, fire by friction, and more. There are multiple class offerings that happen at the same time so you get to choose your own adventure, and if you come with friends and family you can split up for workshops and come back together and share. People of all skill levels are welcome to come and participate. This is an all ages event of adult classes, and family friendly kid workshops. Kids 12 and under come for free. Bows and arrows? Bring 'em! We will have targets set up to use at designated times. Traditional bows only. Click here for more details on the event. The schedule is up, yet always subject to change. https://rootsvt.com/adults-youth/roots-rendezvous

Sept. 19, 2015 Sterling Ridge “Mutt Strut” to benefit North Country Animal League
Sterling Ridge Resort this September 19 at 9 am, Sterling Ridge Resort is going to the dogs! The First Annual 5k Goes to the Dogs Mutt Strut, a fun run/walk will be taking Dogs and their humans on a 5k (3.1 miles) journey through Sterling Ridge Resort and picturesque back roads of Jeffersonville, VT. While enjoying this fun event, we will be raising money for North Country Animal League or “NCAL.” Participants are welcome to preregister by calling 802-644-8265 or stopping by Sterling Ridge Resort. The cost is $15 before 9/19 and $20 day of event. The 5k Goes to the Dogs is a great way for everyone, two footed or four pawed, to experience the beauty of Sterling Ridge. Jessica Bonath, 800-347-8266, marketing@sterlingridgeresort.com

Sep 19th - 20th, Brattleboro Gun Show
Brattleboro, VT. The Vermont Gun Show Trader List features gun and knife shows. We've made it our goal to make it easy to find Gun Shows in your area. Contacting gun show coordinators has never been more simple. Each listing provides as much promoter information as possible. https://gunshowtrader.com/gunshows/vermont/

September 26, 2015, Green Mountain Iron Dog
Obstacle Course racing with your dog. Our 16th Annual Vermont Police Canine Association's Green Mountain Iron Dog will be held on September 26, 2015 on the shores of Lake Champlain at Camp Dudley at Kiniya. In past years we have had over 100 runners spread through our three categories. The Iron Dog is a 1.5 mile obstacle course where handler and dog run through a variety of obstacles over various terrain. The course is based on what Police K9 handlers experience during a real life deployment. It is open to the public to compete and observe. Competitors are a mix of military, Police, and civilian. All abilities and dog breeds are welcome. There are also separate competitions to include building and drug searches, as well as a 100 yard dash (dog only). http://irondogvt.weebly.com/  

September 26, BIRD MONITORING WALK
7:30-8:30am. Experienced birders, walks in the woods, and bird-friendly coffee. Every month. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, Vermont 05462 USA​​. (802) 434-2167 museum@birdsofvermont.org  www.birdsofvermont.org

September 30 - October 1, 72nd Vermont Annual Conference on Recreation
The conference is two days of workshops, sessions, and fun activities. On Wednesday, September 30th there will be workshops during the day, and an exclusive Exhibit Hall time from 5:00-6:30pm, followed by the Exhibitor Social, and our always popular Attendee/Exhibitor Game, with attendees and exhibitors participating on teams together. The evening is an amazing time to interact with attendees. Past exhibitors have said it is the best part of the conference, and worth the money. On Thursday, October 1st, there is a full day of sessions along with an exclusive Exhibit Hall Time of 10:30am-12:00pm, followed by the Awards Luncheon, which is now included for one exhibitor with an exhibit space. Also included is the continental breakfast Thursday morning.72nd VT Recreation & Parks Annual Conference on Recreation. www.vrpa.org

 


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  October 2015

Oct. 1, Vermont Woodcock Hunting Season

Oct. 1,  Woodcock Season, Archery Moose Season

Oct. 3 - Vermont’s Archery Deer Season
For more information, download the 2015 Deer Season Guide on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website. You also can call 802-828-1000 or Email (fwinformation@state.vt.us). 

Archery Turkey

October 1, 72nd Vermont Annual Conference on Recreation - Day 2
The conference is two days of workshops, sessions, and fun activities. On Wednesday, September 30th there will be workshops during the day, and an exclusive Exhibit Hall time from 5:00-6:30pm, followed by the Exhibitor Social, and our always popular Attendee/Exhibitor Game, with attendees and exhibitors participating on teams together. The evening is an amazing time to interact with attendees. Past exhibitors have said it is the best part of the conference, and worth the money. On Thursday, October 1st, there is a full day of sessions along with an exclusive Exhibit Hall Time of 10:30am-12:00pm, followed by the Awards Luncheon, which is now included for one exhibitor with an exhibit space. Also included is the continental breakfast Thursday morning.72nd VT Recreation & Parks Annual Conference on Recreation. www.vrpa.org

Oct. 3 - Dead Creek Wildlife Day
If you enjoy wildlife be sure to make plans to attend the annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day in Addison, Vermont on Saturday, October 3. Activities at Dead Creek Wildlife Day are especially for people who enjoy hunting, fishing, birdwatching, or learning about Vermont’s diverse wildlife. The event will be held at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Route 17 west of Route 22A. Early risers can begin the day with bird banding demonstrations at 7:00 a.m. Two large tents at the Dead Creek WMA headquarters will open at 9:30 a.m. and feature wildlife-related exhibits and activities such as decoy carving, building bluebird boxes and wildlife photography. The day’s main activities run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and include nature walks, illustrated talks, live wildlife presentations, hunting dog demonstrations, fishing and hunting tips, and much more. All events are free, and a free shuttle bus will provide regular access to nearby field events throughout the day. www.vtfishandwildlife.com

Oct. 3, Singletrack Shootout Biathlon Race
Everyone is invited to test their limits on the Craftsbury Outdoor Center's trails with the 4th annual Singletrack Shootout Biathlon Race, Saturday, October 3, 2015, part of our annual Oktoberfest celebration. Racers can choose between a running or mountain bike race, each with four shooting stages. Novices will race in interval start format; 6k for running and 7k for biking. All levels of ability are welcome: Craftsbury supplies the range, ammo, safety instruction, rifles and other equipment - you just have to show up! The morning starts with a shooting and safety clinic for novices, followed by the beginner's race. An expert's mass start race, also 6k running and ~7k biking, will follow for racers with biathlon experience and their own rifle. www.craftsbury.com/skiing/nordic-oktoberfest/singletrack-shootout

October 3-4, Oktoberfest 2015
Craftsbury’s social and sporting event of the fall. Oktoberfest weekend (October 3rd and 4th this year) is always a great way to kick off the fall season with a smorgasbord of fun racing events and the always popular Oktoberfest local dinner, complete with a beer garden. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.com   www.craftsbury.com,  802.586.7767, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827 

October 4,  Cyclewise Fall Ride
Meet at 8:30; Depart at 9 Sharp. Cyclewise Ducati-Vermont in New Haven is having their annual Fall Ride, this coming Sunday, October 4th. The ride will meet at 8:30 and depart at 9 a.m. sharp on a 200 mile plus, relaxed pace ride on their Whiteface Mountain loop through Vermont and the Adirondacks. The all day ride will include a lunch stop and a ride to the summit of Whiteface Mountain, a 4,867 foot mountain with breathtaking views. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/cyclewise-fall-ride-%281%29/

Oct. 4, Craftsbury Checkpoint Challenge
Gather three of your family, friends, team-mates or co-workers and join us Sunday, October 4, for the 2015 Craftsbury Checkpoint Challenge, part of our annual Oktoberfest celebration. The Challenge is an endurance team adventure race meant to challenge participants physically and mentally. It is a timed race that requires racers to complete a series of tasks in order to finish. Starting at 9:30am, teams of four will race from checkpoint to checkpoint on foot, navigating by map. At each stop, teams will be given a new task to complete - or a time penalty to accept if they don't want to take the challenge. Challenges are widely varied, and the exact details of each will not be announced prior to the event, but expect to be tested. www.craftsbury.com/skiing/nordic-oktoberfest/craftsbury-checkpoint-challenge

October 10 - Black River Beatdown MTB & Trail Race - 9:30
Pick your adventure: 10k singletrack run or an 11/22 mile mountain bike loop. Either way is a great way to celebrate the shoulder season in the NEK! If you've like our summer EFTA mountain bike races, this is more of the same, with several new miles of trail to enjoy. Registration goes live on Bikereg in the coming days. www.bikereg.com

October 10, Heels to Paws
Grab Fido because it's the Heels to Paws 5k fun dog run and walk. Four legs are just as welcome at Stratton as two! Bring your furry friend along for a vigorous 5k Fun Run/Walk. Money raised will benefit the Second Chance Animal Shelter. All event proceeds and donations go to shelter. Registration: The North Face store in the Village from 8-9am. Price: $20 - cash or check donation accepted. Please make checks out Second Chance Animal Shelter. Start Time: 9:30am. Second Chance animal shelter will be on hand to answer questions and take donations. All participants and guest are encouraged to donate pet food and products. www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/events/2015/10/columbus-day-weekend/linked-pages/heels-to-paws.aspx

Oct 10 - 11, MTB Instruction: Little Bellas Women's Day at Craftsbury
We're excited to partner with the Little Bellas to offer women 21+ an overnight that includes wine and cheese, fall colors, and excellent mountain bike instruction. Instructors from the Jericho based non-profit will help you improve your mountain bike skills, no matter your level. As with their kids programming, the main goal will be to have fun, laugh and learn from each other! This overnight mountain camp for adults is an all-inclusive, one nights stay and serves as a fundraiser for Little Bellas and their mission of empowerment for young girls through cycling. www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/1544/

October 11th, Leaf Blower Bike Rides
2015 9:30 AM through 7:00 PM. An epic day of camaraderie and group rides on some of Stowe’s most exciting and scenic trails. Whether you are sprinter who rides everyday, a weekend warrior, or a leisurely rider, there will be a group for you. Groups will take a break in the middle to refuel on energy grub and water, before charging back to town! This year there are even kid specific rides: One for the younger kiddos on the bike path and one for middle school rippers with some mtn biking experience that will hit the trails. https://vmba.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=74

Oct 11, 2015, North Face Race to the Summit
This Columbus Day Weekend, test your mettle in our Annual North Face Race to the Summit. There's over $2000 in prize money and awards. When: Sunday, October 11, Time: 9:30am. Distance - 2.18 miles, Vertical climb - 2003 feet, Preregister at runsignup.com -$35.00, Race Day registration - $55 (race day registration in The North Face Store from 8-9am) Participants receive North Face t-shirt, Participants may ride gondola to bottom after race. www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/events/2015/10/north-face-race-to-the-summit.aspx

Oct. 18, Fatt'n Up - Mad River Riders
Warren, VT. Group rides, all levels, raffle. https://vmba.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=76

OCTOBER 25,  CIRCUMBURKE CHALLENGE
25 mile- Mountain Bike Challenge & Mountain Marathon. The 6th annual CircumBurke, a 26 Mile Marathon Run and Mountain Bike Challenge, held in memory of Vermont endurance biker, Dave Blumenthal, was voted Vermont’s Best Mountain Bike Race/Ride by Vermont Sports readers. "Best MTB Race/Ride in VT" http://circumburke.org/

Oct 31, Trout and Landlocked Salmon Season ends
 

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November 2015

 

November 07 -November 08, Youth Deer Weekend

November 7, Wild About Vermont: An Extraordinary Fish & Game Supper
One of a kind event benefiting healthy habitat and healthy local food and water. Experience the best truly local and organic cuisine from the wilds of Vermont's woods and waters prepared by the chefs of Hotel Vermont under the direction of culinary genius and woodsman, Executive Chef Douglas Paine. Moose, deer, trout, salmon, and more! at 7:00 pm, Where: Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry Street in Burlington, Tickets are available at the Flynn box office or at FlynnTix. www.facebook.com/events/141308182880436/

Nov. 7, 2015, SkiErg World Sprints
Craftsbury will participate in the 7th Annual SkiErg World Sprints! Everyone is invited to come race 1000 meters on a SkiErg. Come to the gym any time between 10:00am and 3:00pm. You can ski by yourself, or race with others. Never tried the SkiErg? We’ll have coaches to help you learn or improve your technique. We’ll also show you how to post your time to the Concept2 Online Logbook to compete for prizes in your age group. Let’s see how many age groups we can fill with COC skiers and friends! www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/1575/

Nov 11, 2015, Jarred Williams Turkey Trot
12:00 am, Round Church, Cochran Road, Richmond, Vermont. A 5K and 10K run starting at the Round Church in Richmond benefits the Jarred Williams Foundation. www.runsignup.com

Nov 12, 2015, Backcountry Film Festival
8:00 pm, Outdoor Gear Exchange, 37 Church St., Burlington, VT. The Outdoor Gear Exchange hosts a series of backcountry skiing films including: Winner of Best of Festival, Japan by Van immerses in the head-deep powder of the Shirakawa backcountry. A Sweetgrass Productions film. Winner of Best Grassroots Award, Shared Lines features the story of Vermont Backcountry Alliance and their community in a short film by T-Bar Films. Winner of Best Environmental Message Award, from filmmaker Kt Miller, Shifting Ice is an all-women team on a journey at the intersection of scientific exploration and, of course, grueling fun. The Weight of Winter, filmmaker Be Sturgulewski takes viewers on a ride to tune in, sit back, and enjoy. www.gearx.com

November 14 -November 29, Rifle Deer (16 day regular season)

November 14 -November 22, Black Bear Late Season

Opening Date: Okemo Mountain Resort: Saturday, November 14, 2015

Opening Date: Stowe Mountain Resort: November 14 for passholders

November 19, 2015, The Annual Game Supper in Danville
Danville United Methodist Church 89 Park st. Danville, VT. Seatings at 5, 6 and 7 pm. The Danville Methodist Game Supper is not only the oldest game supper in Vermont, but considered by many to be one of the finest in the region. Once featured in Yankee Magazine's Book of Special New England Days, the game supper takes place on the Thursday before Thanksgiving at the Danville United Methodist Church on the southwest corner of the Green. Meat pies are featured, typically venison, moose, bear, coon, beaver, rabbit, and chicken. The tables groan with side dishes, squash, potato, glazed carrots, green beans, cranberry sauce, coleslaw, and pickles, topped off with dinner rolls, coffee, and homemade dessert pies. Reservations may be made by emailing within a month of the event. tobybalivet@netscape.net,  

November 20 - 22, 2015, Okemo's Annual Ski and Snowboard Swap
Okemo Mountain Resort Here’s a great opportunity to purchase new and pre-owned ski and snowboard equipment, clothing and accessories at great prices! All proceeds benefit Okemo Mountain School. Sellers keep 75 percent of the selling price and OMS receives 25 percent. Drop off gear to sell Nov. 14, 15 and 18; 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the Sitting Bull. Sale opens Nov. 20, 4 to 7 p.m.; Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 22, 9 a.m. www.okemo.com

Opening Date: Stowe Mountain Resort: November 21, 2015 for public

Opening Date: Sugarbush Resort: Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nov. 21, 2015, Birch Bark Plating Baketry
The outer bark of the birch tree has been used to make baskets and containers for thousands of years by people all over the Northern latitudes. With its inherent flexibility and antiseptic properties, birch bark as a wilderness or stone-age material is unrivaled for its utility for storing and preserving perishables. In this class we take you from start to finish on the creation of a plaited birch bark basket. You will: identify, locate and harvest birch bark from the landscape; prepare and process it for weaving and create a basket of your design using the ancient and effective plaiting technique. We will explore several variations of plaited weaving in the styles of the ancient Russians, Finns and Scandinavians. The weaving techniques that you will learn in this class are applicable to a wide variety of natural materials other than birch bark. 11/21/2015 - 9:00am to Sun, 11/22/2015 - 5:00pm, Age: 16 and up. Daily Duration: This is a daily course, please bring your own food. Camping is available by request. https://rootsvt.com/adults/birch-bark-plaited-basketry?utm_source=Roots+School+Newsletter&utm_campaign=3003d0138c-fall_2015_classes10_22_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_79a5113f83-3003d0138c-102263169

November 21, 2015, The Big Kicker
Sugarbush Resort Kick off the 2015/16 winter season with Mad River Glen and Sugarbush. The Valley's two ski resorts throw a freestyle party at American Flatbread at Lareau Farm, with rail jams, ski movies, local food and libations, and appearances by partners including The High Fives Foundation and Flyin' Ryan. Location: American Flatbread at Larue FarmTime: 5:00 PM www.sugarbush.com

November 22, 2015, LOADED TURKEY RAIL JAM
Killington Resort Tradition at its finest: Killington’s Loaded Turkey Rail Jam is back to kick off another great season of park competitions. We’re serving up Thanksgiving dinner on the podium with a frozen turkey going out to first place and all the fixings going to second and third place. Don’t forget - first place competitors earn free entry into Rails 2 Riches! REGISTRATION Online. www.killington.com

Opening Date: Stratton Mountain: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Opening Date: Mount Snow Resort: Thanksgiving week 2015

Opening Date: Jay Peak Resort: Thanksgiving week 2015

Nov 26, 2015, Annual Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K
Bring your friends, family and a funny costume and jump start your Thanksgiving with a run through the resort, starting at 9 am. The course runs starts at the Clocktower and takes runners, walkers and turkey-trotters through the Village and around the resort before finishing back at the Clocktower. Register now on runsignup.com  for $35 or register at the race for $55. Fee includes the Annual GGW race t-shirt. www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/events/2015/11/gobble-wobble.aspx

Nov 26, 2015, 38th Annual GMAA Turkey Trot 5K
11:00 am, Gutterson Field House, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, Certified 5K on the UVM women’s cross-country course. Great footing (not counting snow or ice) on cinder/paved path and grass. Some single track. Walkers welcome. This race benefits the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Suggested donation $5 ($10 per family) and/or a food donation Note: Runners are welcome to donate more than $5! All proceeds go to the Food Shelf. The race will be timed with large race clock, but no results are recorded other than top 3 male and female finishers. Random prize raffle at noon for all participants. There will be a free 1/4 mile kids’ race at the Archie Post fields just before the 5K at 10:45. Suggested donation $5 ($10 per family) and/or a food donation (make checks payable to GMAA); Note: Runners are welcome to donate more than $5! All proceeds go to the Food Shelf. www.gmaa.net/schedule.php?raceid=TT2014

Nov 26, 2015, Middlebury Turkey Trot and Gobble Wobble 5K & 10K
12:00 pm, Middlebury Municipal Gym, 94 Main St, Middlebury, VT. - These races starting in downtown Middlebury feature chip timing, t-shirts for all entrants, raffle prizes and 20-pound turkeys for the winners. www.middleburyfitness.com

Nov 26, 2015, Running of the Turkeys
12:00 am, Fisher Elementary School, 504 East Arlington Rd., Arlington, VT. A scenic Thanksgiving 5K starts and ends in Arlington. www.bkvr.net

Nov 27 - 28, 2015 , Craftsbury Thanksgiving Biathlon Race
Craftsbury Common, VT, - Friday Nov. 27th will be a regular biathlon sprint format race, Men 10km, Women 7.5km, Juniors 5km. Saturday Nov. 28th will be a super sprint format. This race will be similar to a cross country sprint race with quarter, semi, and final heats. You will be seeded into heats based on your finish from the Friday sprint race. Each heat will consist of 3 ski loops and two shooting stages and be 1.5-2km in total length. On Friday for the sprint race there will be club rifles available for juniors to use but not on Saturday for the super sprint race. If you are a junior and have your own rifle you can still compete in the Super Sprint race, there will just be no club rifles avaiable for the super sprint. On Sunday Nov. 29th there will be the Craftsbury opener ski race which would be another opportunity to race for those looking for more race opportunity. www.skireg.com/craftsbury-thanksgiving-biathlon-race

November 27, 2015, Turkey Hangover Hillclimb
Mount Snow Resort Burn off some of those turkey day calories and get your legs in shape for a great winter of skiing by coming out for our annual fun run! Meet by the Grand Summit Express for a run, walk, or sprint up the mountain. This event is FREE!!! Beginners will climb to the bottom of Yard Sale. www.mountsnow.com

Opening Date: Bromley Mountain: Friday, November 27, 2015

Opening Date: Smugglers’ Notch Resort: Friday, November 27, 2015

Opening Date: Q Burke Mountain Resort: Saturday, November 28, 2015

November 28, 2015, Okemo Trot It Off 5k.
Okemo Mountain Resort This 5k running/walking race is perfect for the avid runner or the recreational walker hoping to burn off the calories from that extra slice of Thanksgiving dessert. Registration is $25 per person and proceeds go to support the Wendy Neal Scholarship Fund and Black River Good Neighbor Services. www.okemo.com 
 

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December 2015

December 3-6, 2015, Master's Camp at Craftsbury Outdoor Center
In response to the popularity of last year's Masters' Camps, we'll be offering two sessions again this December. The first camp will be geared more toward newer skiers or those who haven't raced before; the second will be aimed more at the master skier who has been competing and wants to race faster. Participants will get three days on snow (four if you get to campus early enough on Thursday) full of instruction. Coaching staff for the camps are being finalized but will include Craftsbury's Ollie Burruss, Janice Sibilia, Craftsbury GRP's Pepa Miloucheva (session 2 only), GRP athletes, Craftsbury coaches and more (we're hoping for a return of Gunstock's Nina Gavrylyuk). www.craftsbury.com/skiing/nordic-events/masters-camps/

Dec 5, 2015, Rails 2 Riches
12:00 am, Killington Resort, 3800 Killington Road, Killington, VT - Killington Resort kicks off their annual competition series with pro and amateur skiers and riders from across the U.S. and Canada. www.killington.com

December 5 - 12, 2015 - Fibers from a Wild Landscape
5:00pm, Age: 18 and up. Humankind’s relationship to fibers and fiber technology stretches back along our time line thousands upon thousands of years, resulting in a globally practiced, rich, and varied tradition. In our modern age, we have access to seemingly endless inexpensive synthetic fibers. While useful, this has reduced our need to procure, process, and provide them for ourselves, and distanced ourselves from the plants and animals that provide these materials. This class invites you to return to a practice that we have relied upon for countless generations. Come process a variety of plant and animal based fibers, gain a better understanding of string technology from identification, processing, basic spinning, in the hand weaving, and create some beautiful and functional works of art. https://rootsvt.com/adults/fibers-wild-landscape?utm_source=Roots+School+Newsletter&utm_campaign=3003d0138c-fall_2015_classes10_22_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_79a5113f83-3003d0138c-102263169

December 05 -December 13, Archery Deer (split season)

December 5, 2015, NEWPORT SANTA RUN
11:00 am at Gardner Park, Newport, VT. 5 K and 1 Mile Run and Walk, HO! HO! HO! JOIN THE FUN! HO! HO! HO! JOIN THE SANTA RUN.
Bring a toy, $35 Adult; $15 Kids Santa Suit Included, 20% of adult fees benefit Toys for Kids, http://kingdomgames.co/santa-run/

December 05 -December 13, Muzzleloader Deer

December 10-13, 2015, Master's Camp at Craftsbury Outdoor Center
In response to the popularity of last year's Masters' Camps, we'll be offering two sessions again this December. The first camp will be geared more toward newer skiers or those who haven't raced before; the second will be aimed more at the master skier who has been competing and wants to race faster. Participants will get three days on snow (four if you get to campus early enough on Thursday) full of instruction. Coaching staff for the camps are being finalized but will include Craftsbury's Ollie Burruss, Janice Sibilia, Craftsbury GRP's Pepa Miloucheva (session 2 only), GRP athletes, Craftsbury coaches and more (we're hoping for a return of Gunstock's Nina Gavrylyuk). www.craftsbury.com/skiing/nordic-events/masters-camps/

Opening Date: Bolton Valley: Saturday, December 12, 2015

Dec 12, 2015, Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge
12:00 am, Okemo Mountain Resort, 77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow, VT - Okemo kicks off this popular eastern race series with a free, fun race on Okemo’s Bull Run open to all ages and abilities. Race registration starts at 8 a.m. with racing starting at 11 a.m. www.okemo.com

December 12 - 13, 2015, Twined Basketry
Age: 18 and up. This is a daily course, please bring your own food. Camping is available by request. Twining is perhaps one of the earliest weaving techniques used by our ancestors. The relative simplicity and durability of twined vessels resulted in their manufacture and use all over the world, by cultures far and wide. Twined baskets can be lose and open, or can be crafted tight enough to hold water. This class introduces you to a variety of materials to work with, but will focus on the use of cattail leaves. www.rootsvt.com

Opening Date: Mad River Glen: mid-December

Opening Date: Pico Mountain: mid-December

December 14 - January 5, - 116th annual Christmas Bird Count
While there is a specific methodology to the CBC and you need to count birds within an existing Christmas Bird Count circle, everyone can participate! If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. If your home is within the boundaries of a Christmas Bird Count circle, then you can stay home and report the birds that visit your feeder or join a group of birdwatchers in the field. If you have never been on a CBC before and you want to participate in a count this year, including feeder counting, please contact your count compiler prior to the count. www.audubon.org/content/join-christmas-bird-count The dates and contract information for each event are listed on the Vermont eBird website at www.tinyurl.com/XmasBirdVt15.

December 19, 2015, Island Pond Bird Count
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Northwoods Stewardship Center 154 Leadership Drive East Charleston, VT. Cost: free! Join us as NorthWoods participates in the longest run Citizen Science survey in the world, the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count! Tens of thousands of birding enthusiasts throughout the Americas volunteer each year, collecting data that Audubon in turn uses to assess the health of bird populations, and help guide conservation action. (Did we mention it will also be super fun?!) Check out www.Audubon.org for more details. Potluck to follow. 802-723-6551, www.northwoodscenter.org

December 19 - 20, 2015, Craftsbury to host NENSA Eastern Cup 15-16 Opener
We're happy to kick off the NENSA race calendar (and our own winter of high level events) with NENSA Eastern Cup #1, December 19 & 20. December 19 will be a classic sprint and December 20 will be 5k interval starts for both men and women. We'll be posting more details for racers and volunteer opportunities alike at www.craftsbury.com/easterncup  as we get ready for another big winter! Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.com  www.craftsbury.com,  802.586.7767, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

December 26, -  BIRD MONITORING WALK
8:00am-9:00am. Join fellow birders (and would-be birders) on the monthly monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register by email or phone: museum@birdsofvermont.org  or (802) 434-2167. Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, Vermont 05462

Dec 28, 2015, Grommet Jam
12:00 am, Mount Snow Resort, 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, VT, - Skiers and riders ages 12 and under will be coached in the park in the morning and then compete in the afternoon, all at Grommet Park in Carinthia. www.mountsnow.com

 

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