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April 12, 2014 -- March 31, 2015, 2nd Annual Lund Boats LCI Champlain Basin Derby
50 weeks of fishing -- 15 species -- $25,000 cash prizes. Fish on any legal, public body of water within the U.S. boundaries of the Lake Champlain Basin. www.mychamplain.net/lund-boats-lci-champlain-basin-derby

January 2015

January 1, 2015, First Day Hikes at Vermont State Parks
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January 3 - 5, 2015, Wilderness First Responder Recertification/Challenge
For folks who need to keep their WFR certification up to date. This course is an intensive review and retesting of the WFR curriculum with a CPR update and other updates where protocols or treatment options may have changed. http://www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

January 5, First Full Moon of 2015 Hike
6:30pm, Hard’ack Recreation Area, Fee: $4 residents, $6 nonresidents. Join us for the First Full Moon of 2015. What a great way to ring in the New Year with a hike and marshmallow roast! When was the last time you went out into the woods at night? Join us for nighttime adventure in the woods. Pack up the little ones in back packs, or pull along in a sled if the conditions allow. Perfect for the whole family. A toasty fire and marshmallow roast will await your return at the warming shack at the base of the hill. All Hikes are weather/trail dependant. We know it's a "school" night, so we'll hit the trail by 6:30pm and be back enjoying hot cocoa and marshmallows before 7:30. Please pre-register so we'll have an idea how many marshmallows we need :) contact us at the recreation office at 524-1500 X266 or X268 www.stalbansrec.com

January 7 - 13, 2015, Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness Medicine: Wilderness First Responder Certification. We offer Wilderness First Responder certification and recertification classes for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. This course is taught in conjunction with Wilderness Medical Associates of Maine. As an outdoor person you may find yourself in a situation where help is more than a phone call away. Typical first aid courses train students to provide care before an ambulance arrives. This course is designed for people who often travel where dialing 911 is not an option. It is experiential and tough, with emphasis on practical sessions and video taped simulations using mock victims. http://www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

January 16 - 18, 2015, Yankee Sportsman's Classic
Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Jct., VT. Come Celebrate with over 175 exhibitors. Outfitters, Hunting and Fishing Supplies, Boats, RV’s, ATVs, Snowmobiles and much more! http://www.yankeeclassic.net/

January 17, 2015, TorchLight Ski & Snowshoe
from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Head out for a night time snowshoe or ski on the cross country ski trails. Solar torches will be your guide (but make sure that you have a headlamp) to a bonfire and hot chocolate. Great friends and family outing. $5 non/members- check in at the Nordic Adventure Ctr. http://kingdomtrails.org/events/2015/01/torchlight-ski-snowshoe/

Jan 17, 2015, 6th Annual Ice Fishing Derby
Organization: Whitingham Fireman's Association, Waterbody: Lake Sadawga, Check-in Location: Lake Sadawga Access Area, Town: WHITINGHAM
Fish: Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch. Contact Name: Stanley Janovsky, Jr., Address: PO Box 198, Jacksonville, VT, 05342. Phone: (802) 368-2466 (day) / (802) 368-7184 (evening) Email: whitinghampublicworks@yahoo.com 

Jan. 17-18, Green Mt Gun & Knife Show
Knights Of Columbus # 7525 ( 2 Berard Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403) BUYING • SELLING • TRADING • new & used, GUNS & KNIVES, Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, Knives & More Antiques & Collectibles. 802-875-4540 www.greenmtgunshowtrail.com 

Jan. 17 - 19, Woodstock, VT. Sleigh Ride Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum
Horse-drawn sleigh rides. In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend showing of a film. Horse-drawn sleigh rides through the frosty farm fields, sledding with jack jumper sleds. Visit the dairy farm and restored farmhouse, farm programs and hands-on activities. An award winning documentary, shown in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Billings Farm & Museum 69 Old River Road 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 802-457-2355 www.billingsfarm.org  info@billingsfarm.org

January 18, 2015, Lake Morey Skate-athon CANCELLED
Enjoy winter's wonderland on the longest groomed skating trail in the country. See how far you can skate? This annual UVTA fund-raising event is held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. http://www.uvtrails.org/

January 23-25, 2015, The 9th Annual Ice Bash
The 9th Annual Ice Bash will feature Intro to Ice Climbing, Steep Ice Techniques, The Science of Ice Climbing, Learn to Lead, Women’s Beginner-Intermediate Ice Climbing, Avalanche Companion Rescue, Guided Gully Climbs, and much much more! Kick-off party | Drytooling Competition | Clinics | Slideshows & Speaker Presentation | Raffle | Camaraderie! Free gear demos, clinics for the beginner to advanced climber, multimedia slideshows, dry tooling competition, raffles and camaraderie in Vermont’s premier ice climbing destination, Smuggler’s Notch. The goal of the Smuggs Ice Bash is to promote the sport of ice climbing, to educate climbers, to exhibit and demo new gear, and to share a weekend of fun, challenge, and inspiration with other winter enthusiasts in one of Vermont’s most amazing places, Smuggler’s Notch. The Smuggs Ice Bash is managed by Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School 105 Briggs Street Burlington, VT 05401 802.657.3872 http://www.smuggsicebash.com/

Jan 24, 2015 - Jan 25, 2015, NCWP Ice Fishing Tournament
Organization: NCCC Welding Program, Time: 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day, Waterbody: Lake Memphremagog, Crystal Lake, Willoughby Lake, Check-in Location: South Bay Access Area (Lake Memphremagog) Town: Fish: Brown Trout, Chain Pickerel, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch. Contact Name: Ben Wells, Address: 698 Bonin Road, Newport Ctr, VT, 05857 Phone: (860) 917-4119 (day) / (802) 744-2424 (evening) Email: benshouse1981@yahoo.com

January 24 - 25, 2015, Smugglers’ Notch Primitive Biathlon
Sterling Ridge has been hosting this event since 1995 in conjunction with Smugglers’ Notch Area Chamber of Commerce. The Primitive Biathlon is sponsored by Green Mountain Rifle Barrel Company of Conway, NH and The Ancient Ones of Maine. This is the original and largest primitive biathlon with participants from all over New England, New York and Canada. It is similar to the Olympic style event with the exception of modern day target rifles and cross country skis, this event requires muzzleloaders (single barrel, traditional) and snowshoes (traditional wood-framed). Period dress is encouraged, but not required. The course at Sterling Ridge consists of a 2 mile, mostly wooded route that any sportsman can enjoy. It is well marked and includes 4 target stages with a total of 9 shots. http://primitivebiathlon.com/

January 25, Winter Wildlife Tracking: Bobcats to Birds
8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Winter snow offers an unequalled opportunity to trace the travels of wildlife. Join Sue Morse of Keeping Track and Sophie Mazowita of Audubon Vermont for a full day of reading the winter woods at Wolfrun in Jericho. We’ll search for animal signs large and small, from fresh tracks and trails to a single hair snagged on tree bark, as we reveal the stories of bobcat, deer, and black bear. We’ll also look and listen for winter birds and learn how their calls can alert us to the presence of predators. Hiking will be moderate, on and off trails. Snowshoes recommended. Ages: Adults, Meeting Place: Richmond Park-and-Ride, Fee: Members $55, Non-members $60 Pre-registration and pre-payment required: 434-3068 or email vermont@audubon.org   http://vt.audubon.org/events/winter-wildlife-tracking-bobcats-birds

January 27 - 29, 2015 Vermont Farm Show! 
At the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vermont. Find more details here: http://www.vtfarmshow.com/

Jan 29 - 31, AXCS National Masters' Championships
Craftsbury is honored to play host to the 2015 . We'll be running shorter distance freestyle race as part of the event on the 29th, in conjunction with the longer classic event (aka the Marathon!) that will form the 2015 US Masters' Champs. Watch for more details; both on our website as well as AXCS. www.craftsbury.com

31, 2015, Craftsbury Marathon
12:00 am. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 535 Lost Nation Road, Craftsbury Common, Vermont. The Craftsbury Marathon is a classical technique wave start cross country ski race of 25 or 50 km on January 31. It is on a 12. 5 km loop with 3 aid stations. [Please note, the marathon is race #2 of the US Masters National Championships 2015 when combined with the 10 km freestyle wave start race #1 on Thursday January 29. If you are planning to race in the National Masters Championships you should register at that location. This registration site is just for racers participation in the Marathon only.] The Craftsbury Marathon on line registration begins on November 1, 2014. The fee starts at $60 and goes up in $20 increments to $120 on race day. Students starting at age 14 enter at half the adult rate, and children under 14 may enter at $5. Vermont high school students may register separately with their team at a special rate of $5. www.craftsbury.com

Jan 31, 2015, Down Home Ice Fishing Derby
Organization: BENSON FISH & GAME CLUB, Time: 12:00 midnight to 6:30 PM, Waterbody: all Vermont waters and Lake Champlain, Check-in Location: Benson Town Office (Stage Road, Benson) Fish: Bluegill, Bowfin and/or Gar, Brook Trout, Brown_Bullhead, Brown Trout, Burbot, Carp, Catfish, Chain Pickerel, Crappie, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rainbow Trout, Sheepshead, Smallmouth Bass, Smelt, Steelhead, Sucker, Walleye, White Perch, Yellow Perch. Contact Name: THOMAS BARTHOLOMEW, Address: 593 HOWARD HILL ROAD, BENSON, VT, 05743. Phone: (802) 537-2468 (day) / (802) 537-2468 (evening) Email: tbarthol@shoreham.net

January 31, 2015, Ride, Glide & Rawhide Race
from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Kingdom Trails’ 2nd Annual Winter Triathlon. This will be a fun, sprint distance mass start race. Put together a team and have some fun with friends- or compete as an individual. With an estimated ski distance of 6K, Fat bike distance of 6K, and snowshoe distance of 1.6 K, the course will be friendly for all ability levels. The order of the race is ski, bike, snowshoe. There will be Men’s, Women’s and Co-ed Team categories. Registration is onsite from 9-10AM Race starts at 10:30AM. Entry Fee; $10 for KTA members, $20 for non KTA members. You can reserve your fatbike now at Rollickers Bike & Boards East Burke Sports or the Village Sport Shop Trailside. http://kingdomtrails.org/events/2015/01/glide-ride-rawhide/

January 31, 2015 - February 2, 2015, Memphremagog Speed Skating Marathon
Kingdom Games, in partnership with Marathon Skating International (MSI), has been selected by U.S. Speedskating to host the North American Marathon (NAM) on January 31 and February 1, 2015, on Northeast Vermont's Lake Memphremagog. Each year the event alternates between venues in Canada and the United States. Last year's NAM was hosted by Skate the Lake in Portland, Ontario. http://kingdomgames.co/announcements/

January 31, 2015 North Bennington Penguin Plunge
11:00 am Plunge Time. Lake Paran Boat Launch, North BenningtonWinter Fest. Join Special Olympics Vermont for the Annual North Bennington Penguin Plunge. Invite your friends, co-workers, family and classmates to brave the icy waters of Lake Paran with you to raise awareness and funds for the 935 athletes of Special Olympics Vermont. www.specialolympicsvermont.org/fundraising-events/penguin-plunge/north-bennington/

January 31 is Vermont’s Free Ice Fishing Day
Always wanted to go ice fishing but couldn’t find a good excuse to get away? The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has found that excuse for you: a “free ice fishing day” on the last Saturday in January. Saturday, January 31, 2015 is Vermont’s free ice fishing day – a day when anyone, resident or nonresident, may go fishing without a fishing license. The department worked with the Legislature to create a free ice fishing day to encourage individuals, friends and families to get out and try one of the most popular fishing methods enjoyed in Vermont. http://vtfishandwildlife.com/

January 31, Free Fishing Day Ice Fishing Festival
Not Sure How? - NO PROBLEM! We've partnered with the Pros of Champlain Valley Hardwater Tournament Series to help you and your family learn to ice fish at our FREE Ice Fishing Festival. Vermont Fish & Wildlife staff will be there to help everyone, young and old, learn how to enjoy this unique and popular type of fishing. Plus, some of Vermont's best ice anglers will be particpating in a tournament in the morning and then sticking around to share their skills and know-how with you in the afternoon. WHERE: Malletts Bay Fishing Access Area on Lake Champlain in Colchester, Vermont WHEN: Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm http://vtfishandwildlife.com/fish_icefishingfestival.cfm

Jan. 31-Feb 1, Green Mt Gun & Knife Show
VFW Hall (40 Black MTN Road Brattleboro,VT. 05301. BUYING • SELLING • TRADING • new & used, GUNS & KNIVES, Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, Knives & More Antiques & Collectibles. 802-875-4540 www.greenmtgunshowtrail.com 

Jan 31-Feb 1, 2015, First Aid & Herbal Care for Self, Family, and Community
(9am-5pm) in Calais, Vermont. Do you feel capable, knowledgeable, and empowered to medically care for your family & friends in times of need? In this comprehensive 16-hour Village Medic training you will learn to confidently assess and address injuries and illnesses from minor cuts & scrapes to major accidents and acute symptoms. In this training you will learn to make a splint from improvised materials, prevent infection in an open wound, recognize when to seek advanced medical care, and build an herbal first aid kit you can use to treat common conditions. This weekend training involves lots of hands-on practice and will give you the tools to take action when your community needs you most and other help isn’t easily accessible. $195  www.mountainsongexpeditions.com


 

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February 2015

February 1, Introduction To Overland Touring
Bolton Valley, Equipment: Lightweight Backcountry Touring. This introductory course is aimed at the new skier looking to try point-to-point backcountry touring on the Catamount Trail or other similar trails using lightweight nordic touring equipment. The course will emphasize skill demonstration, practice, evaluation and feedback. Likely participants might never have been on skis before, but will probably have some skiing experience and are now interested in getting off the beaten path. This class will take place near the Bolton Valley Nordic Center and will spend most of it’s time on the surrounding groomed trails. We will cover different equipment types, layering strategies, moving forward efficiently, stopping/speed control, turning, and basic uphill technique. The goal of this course is to introduce and reinforce the basic skills required to participate on an easy tour over gently rolling terrain. Once comfortable with the skills presented during this course, you will be ready for the Intermediate Overland Touring Course. http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/

February 1, 2015 Newport Penguin Plunge
1:00 pm Plunge Time. The Gateway Center, Lake Memphremagog. Join Special Olympics Vermont for the Annual Newport Penguin Plunge. Invite your friends, co-workers, family and classmates to brave the icy waters of Lake Memphremagog with you to raise awareness and funds for the 935 athletes of Special Olympics Vermont. www.specialolympicsvermont.org/fundraising-events/penguin-plunge/newport-2015/

Feb 6, Dartmouth EISA Carnival
This freestyle race kicks off the second weekend of USSA racing at Craftsbury. This event will double as the Dartmouth EISA carnival, attracting an even larger field of high level North American talent. Keep watching for more details as the events draw closer. www.craftsbury.com

Feb 6-8, Great Ice in North Hero
On the Largest Skating Oval on Lake Champlain, City Bay, North Hero, Vermont. Free Public Skating, Bonfire, Sled Dog Rides, Kids Ice Fishing Derby, Over 'n Back Trek to Knight Island, Ice Bike Racing, Pickup Hockey, Extreme Frisbee, Flapjack Breakfast, Drag Racing, Great Ice! Winter Dance, More. For general information call the Chamber or Hero's Welcome General Store, 802-372-4161 or visit http://greaticevt.org/

Feb. 7 Benson, VT -  Polar Bear 8 Hour Obstacle Challenge 
Join us for 8 hours of obstacle adventure racing in the SNOW!! Over 6 miles in just "ONE" loop, over 50 obstacles, trail running, hills, mud, ice, and snow?! Do you think you’re up for the ULTIMATE challenge, in the middle of winter?? All the braggin’ rights go the person who can COMPLETE the most LAPS in 8 hours! Only the tough and hardy will beat the odds on our never ending loop of physical and mental challenges! Shale Hill Adventure Farm, LLC 517 Lake Road 802-537-3561 www.shalehilladventure.com/   shalehilladventure@aol.com

February 7, 2015, Snowmobile Hill Climb
Lyndon Outing Club, intersection of Hill St and Lily Pond Rd. Lyndonville, VT Gate Fee: $10 for ages 12 and up - includes an arms length of tickets for the 50/50 drawing. $25 REGISTRATION FEE PER CLASS TO COMPETE (may change per event). Stock Classes: 440, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900 and up. Open Classes: 440, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900 and up, open modified Women's Classes: 700 stock and down, 700 open and up. Youth: 400cc and under, Kid's 120cc Fun Runs: $10, Food/Drinks (non-alcoholic) for sale all day in the lodge, reasonable prices. If you have questions please call Josh Allen at: 802-535-4170 or email to: eventproentertainment@yahoo.com  Full event info and registration forms are at: www.rockthehillsvt.com  Bring the family for some great entertainment and we'll see you on the hill!

February 7, 2015 Burlington Penguin Plunge
11:00 am Plunge Time, Waterfront Park, Burlington. Join Special Olympics Vermont for the 20th Annual Burlington Penguin Plunge. Invite your friends, co-workers, family and classmates to brave the icy waters of Lake Champlain with you to raise awareness and funds for the 935 athletes of Special Olympics Vermont. www.specialolympicsvermont.org/fundraising-events/penguin-plunge/burlington-2/

February 7, Family Night Owls
7 – 8:30 p.m. Who’s that hooting? Venture out into the winter woods, awakening your night-time senses as we look and listen for owls. We’ll leave our flashlights behind and travel by the light of the moon on a family-friendly walk, stopping for stories and calling out to the night birds. We’ll come back from our adventure to warm up around the glow of a winter campfire. http://vt.audubon.org/events/family-night-owls

February 7 -  8, 2015, Memphremagog Pond Hockey
Prouty Beach, Newport, VT, Lake Memphremagog, Vermont. Hosted by Kingdom Games, Inc. in partnership with Newport City Parks and Recreation Department and Newport Live Kingdom Games, Inc., PO Box 310, Newport, VT 05855 Director, Phil White 802-249-9100, phw1948@gmail.com   http://skatethekingdom.com/

Feb 7- 8, Dartmouth EISA Carnival
Distance freestyle interval start racing for EISA, USSA and NENSA racers - the event will be scored for each. Come watch the fastest skiers in North America fight for spots at NCAAs, JOs and even the World Cup! More info to come as events draw closer. www.craftsbury.com

Feb. 7 - 8, 2015, Fairlee, VT. - Vermont Pond Hockey Championships
Teams will be placed in division conferences with three other teams. On Saturday, teams will play three games against the other teams within their conference. Based on the standing from those games (wins, goals & goal differentials), the top eight teams in each division will be placed into the “Golden Sap Bucket” single elimination playoff. The bottom eight teams will be placed in the “Dented Can” single elimination playoff. Both playoffs will be held on Sunday and teams will be bracketed based on their team record, with tie-breakers being goals scored and goal differentials. Each team will have at least one, but up to three games on Sunday. The finale of the tournament will be the Open A Division Golden Sap Bucket championship game to be played on Sunday afternoon. www.vtpondhockey.com

Feb. 13 - 15, 4th Annual Lake Champlain Pond Hockey Classic
The Lake Champlain Pond Hockey Classic is returning for the winter of 2015. Located on Malletts Bay in Colchester, VT, the LCPHC provides it's participants with an unparalleled tournament experience. Presented by Labatt Blue this event is specifically tailored for the participants. When the days competition is over, participants head to Church Street in downtown Burlington to take in the nightlife and reminisce about the day on the "Pond." Don't miss out on this unique pond hockey experience, register your team today! www.pondhockeyclassic.com/lakechamplain

February 15, 2015, TorchLight Ski & Snowshoe
from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Head out for a night time snowshoe or ski on the cross country ski trails. Solar torches will be your guide (but make sure that you have a headlamp) to a bonfire and hot chocolate. Great friends and family outing. $5 non/members- check in at the Nordic Adventure Ctr. http://kingdomtrails.org/events/2015/01/torchlight-ski-snowshoe/

Feb. 15,  2015,  Camel's Hump Challenge
One of New England’s premier backcountry skiing events - The Camel’s Hump Challenge (CHC) – is a highcountry traverse around the perimeter of Camel’s Hump (4083’) - the third highest peak in Vermont’s Green Mountains. Dr. Warren Beeken, the founder and organizer, who passed away in 2003, conceived the CHC as a fundraiser for the Vermont Alzheimer's Association, and the event continues to raise money for support and educational programs of that organization, which is working hard for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.(lack of snow date Mar. 8, 2015) Time: Check in 7:30 a.m.; Start 8:30 a.m.  Contact: Jane Mitchell jmitchell@alz.org 802.316.3839  http://act.alz.org/site/TR/ActiveEvents/VT-Vermont?pg=entry&fr_id=7020

February 15, Introduction To Overland Touring
Bolton Valley, Equipment: Lightweight Backcountry Touring. This introductory course is aimed at the new skier looking to try point-to-point backcountry touring on the Catamount Trail or other similar trails using lightweight nordic touring equipment. The course will emphasize skill demonstration, practice, evaluation and feedback. Likely participants might never have been on skis before, but will probably have some skiing experience and are now interested in getting off the beaten path. This class will take place near the Bolton Valley Nordic Center and will spend most of it’s time on the surrounding groomed trails. We will cover different equipment types, layering strategies, moving forward efficiently, stopping/speed control, turning, and basic uphill technique. The goal of this course is to introduce and reinforce the basic skills required to participate on an easy tour over gently rolling terrain. Once comfortable with the skills presented during this course, you will be ready for the Intermediate Overland Touring Course. http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/

Feb 20, 2015 - Feb 22, 2015, 5th Annual Eli Goss Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament
Organization: Eli Goss Memorial Scholarship Fund. Time: 3:33 PM (Fri) to 3:33 PM (Sun) Waterbody: Lake Seymour, Check-in Location: public beach fishing access. Fish: Bluegill, Bowfin and/or Gar, Brook Trout, Brown_Bullhead, Brown Trout, Burbot, Carp, Catfish, Chain Pickerel, Crappie, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rainbow Trout, Sheepshead, Smallmouth Bass, Smelt, Steelhead, Sucker, Walleye, White Perch, Yellow Perch. Contact: Name: Stephanie Goss, Address: 1465 South Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931 Phone: (802) 673-8931 (day) / (802) 673-8931 (evening) Email: Stee01@live.com

February 22, 2015, Stowe Derby
The Stowe Derby is one of the oldest and most unique ski races in North America. It started in 1945 as a personal challenge between two amazing skiers - Austrian, Sepp Ruschp who was hired to come to America and head the new ski school at Stowe and Erling Strom, world famous mountaineer from Norway. The challenge was the same as it is today - to race from the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak to the historic village of Stowe... on ONE pair of skis! The ultimate test of a skiers ability. Ski from the top of Mt. Mansfield all the way to Stowe Village on a SINGLE pair of skis! FAT BIKES also race in 2015... Top three in each ski category: Fastest Man and Woman in each ski category, Ski Team Prizes, Top three men and Women in bike categories. Raffle prizes and more. Although every skier gets an individual time, consider also entering a team in the SkiRackTeam Challenge. Four skiers in the same race (freestyle OR classic), at least ONE woman. Average age is either below 40 years old, or 40 and up. Prizes and fun contests. A perfect way to introduce friends, family and so-workers to the Derby and share some great moments. Request to ski together (will be seeded at the lowest level skier on the team), or each member skis individually in their assigned race position. More info online. www.stowederby.com

Feb. 21-22, Green Mt Gun & Knife Show
CT Valley Auto Auction Bld. (1567 RT 14, Hartford,VT. 05047 ). BUYING • SELLING • TRADING • new & used, GUNS & KNIVES, Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, Knives & More Antiques & Collectibles. 802-875-4540 www.greenmtgunshowtrail.com 

February 28, 2015, Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series
Location: Stratton Mountain Resort. Time: 8:45AM – 1PM. Events: 3k and 5k walk, 3k run, and 'Lil Rompers Dash. Stratton Mountain is home of the first Romp to Stomp event in history. Join us and try Tubbs Snowshoes on our beautiful snowshoe trails, take photos in our photo booth, pick up fun swag, high-five our fun-loving mascot TubbScout and spend a morning in the great outdoors with hundreds of your soon-to-be friends. Earn the chance to take home some awesome gear and prizes by helping Tubbs raise funds for Susan G. Komen®. Romp to Stomp participants come in all ages, genders and sizes, from the first time snowshoer to the weekend snowshoe warrior, we all have one end goal in mind – to enjoy our winter!   
Website: http://tubbsromptostomp.com/vt  Contact: romptostomp@tubbssnowshoes.com

February 28, 2015, Vermont Vintage Rendezvous
09:00am - 03:00pm. The 4th annual Vermont Vintage Rendezvous is set for February 28th. It is a FREE vintage snowmobile show/ride open to all vintage snow going vehicles (1984 and older). There will be hot food and drinks available all day. Come by car, or ride in from the trails and have some lunch. Signs will be posted at local trail intersections and from I 89 exit 3. Come see the machines that started it all. Location : Bethel, VT, Contact : Alex Riesterer, Physical location is: 2660 Pleasant St., Bethel, VT 05032, FREE, Event Phone 802-234-5274, Event Email Address: alexriesterer@yahoo.com , White River Valley Ramblers. http://www.vtvast.org/news/events/icalrepeat.detail/2015/02/28/89/-/vermont-vintage-rendezvous

February 28 - March 1, 2015, Winterbike
from 8:00 am to March 1, 2015 4:00 am. East Burke, VT 05832. Join us for our 4th Annual Winterbike! This event is a celebration of Winter biking culture. From Fat Bike demos to Group Rides on groomed singletrack, to a short but raucous race to local food and beverages around the fire and games for everyone, this weekend is about fun, friends and Fat bikes. http://kingdomtrails.org/events/2015/02/winterbike/

Feb.28-March 1, Green Mt Gun & Knife Show
American legion Post Hall (1 Boardman St. Middlebury,VT. 05753. BUYING • SELLING • TRADING • new & used, GUNS & KNIVES, Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, Knives & More Antiques & Collectibles. 802-875-4540 www.greenmtgunshowtrail.com 

 


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March 2015

 

March 6 - 8, 2015, 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 has begun registration for its Annual Winter Doe Camp at the Hulbert Outdoor Center, March 1-3, 2013. 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 dog sledding, fire making, traditional winter camping, 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 07, 2015,  City/Town Joint Fire Association Perch Derby
Organization: St. Albans City Firefighters Assoc., Inc.  Time: 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM Waterbody: Lake Champlain, Check-in Location: Lazy Lady On Ice (St. Albans Bay Park)  Town: St. Albans Bay, Fish: Yellow Perch, Contact: Name: Harold Cross, Address: 144 Perry Road, Swanton, VT, 05488 Phone: (802) 782-1655 (day) / (802) 527-7352 (evening) Email: chiefcross@comcast.net

March 15, Catamount Trail Classic Fun-Raising Tour
Come explore one of the most challenging and beautiful backcountry ski trails in North America and help support the Catamount Trail Association’s Ski Cubs Youth Ski Program. Section 22 of the Catamount Trail runs between Bolton Valley Resort and the Trapp Family Lodge. The Catamount Trail Classic is designed for experienced skiers who have a true sense of adventure and are prepared for the unexpected. Each individual is required to bring a small backpack with food, water, and extra clothes since there will be no official aid stations on the course. Climbing skins are highly recommended. You will be challenged by the terrain and rewarded with great descents and spectacular views. http://catamounttrail.org/events/bolton-to-trapps/

March 21, 2015, Relay For Life of Nordic Style
6:00PM, Trapp Family Lodge Inc. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Today, with the support of thousands of volunteers like you, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. And we won't stop until we finish the fight against cancer! Please join us! http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY15NE?pg=entry&fr_id=65440

March 28-29, Green Mt Gun & Knife Show
Franklin Conference Rm @ The Howe (1 Scale Ave,Rutland,VT.05701). BUYING • SELLING • TRADING • new & used, GUNS & KNIVES, Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, Knives & More Antiques & Collectibles. 802-875-4540 www.greenmtgunshowtrail.com 

March 28 - 29, 2015, Vermont Outdoor Show
At the Spartan Arena, Rutland, Vermont. The show features vendors and seminar speakers from all aspects of the Outdoor Industry! http://www.vermontoutdoorshow.com/

 

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May 2015

May 9, 2015, Upper Valley Adventure Days at Hulbert Outdoor Center
Enroll for a Full Day (2 sessions) or for a half-day (1 session) Morning Sessions begin at 9.00am and Afternoon Sessions begin at 1.00pm  All skill levels and ages welcome. Activities include: Ropes Course, Climb Tower, Camping Skills, Archery, Introduction to Canoeing, Outdoor Cooking and More! Lunch available, or bring a picnic with you Activities range from $5-$25. To Register or for more information visit our web site: http://www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center/family-community-programs/UV-AdventureDays/  Or call 802-333-3405.

May 16, 2015, Upper Valley Adventure Days at Hulbert Outdoor Center
Enroll for a Full Day (2 sessions) or for a half-day (1 session) Morning Sessions begin at 9.00am and Afternoon Sessions begin at 1.00pm  All skill levels and ages welcome. Activities include: Ropes Course, Climb Tower, Camping Skills, Archery, Introduction to Canoeing, Outdoor Cooking and More! Lunch available, or bring a picnic with you Activities range from $5-$25. To Register or for more information visit our web site: http://www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center/family-community-programs/UV-AdventureDays/  Or call 802-333-3405.

May 22 - 23, 2015 Sport & Fitness Expo
Sheriton Conference Center, Burlington, VT. www.runvcm.org

May 24, Vermont City Marathon & Relay
Lots of Youth Programs, FirstRun 5k, Half Marathon Unplugged and the Island Vines 10k. www.vermontcitymarathon.org

 


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June 19 - 21, 2015,
NEMBAFEST 2015
Darling Hill, Lyndonville, Vermont. Join us for the annual 3-day festival held during the summer solstice in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, celebrating the culture of Mountain biking in New England. -Group rides, -Clinics, -Live Music, -Camping, -Bicycle Industry Expo, - Product demos, POWERED BY PEDROS. Partnered with NEMBA. sign up now for $99/adult and $49/youth for full info and pricing and to register for the best bike fest on the East. www.nemba.org/nembafest

June 20, 2015, Vermont Sun Triathlon
600 yard Swim | 14 mile Bike | 3.1 mile Run. Lake Dunmore, Vermont. Nestled against the Green Mountains, just below Rattlesnake Point is Branbury State Park. The lake region is a most spectacular and pristine place to swim, bike and run. Novice and advanced athletes alike marvel the beauty of our courses and enjoy the mountains, lakes and streams of Central Vermont. www.vermontsuntriathlonseries.com/suntri/index.html

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  October 2014

Oct. 1, Vermont Woodcock Hunting Season

Oct. 1,  Woodcock Season, Archery Moose Season

Start of Vermont’s Archery Deer Season

Archery Turkey

Oct 31, Trout and Landlocked Salmon Season ends
 

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December 2014

December 1, Craftsbury Opener
Interval start racing to kick the season off, right on your home trails.  Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.com www.craftsbury.com

Dec. 5, 2013, 3rd Annual Running of the Bells
Race starts at 6:30 p.m. Join the Peoples Trust Company & the St. Albans Messenger for the 3rd Annual Running of the Bells in downtown St. Albans. The Running of the Bells is a holiday fun run, walk, jog that involves participants attaching jingle bells to their hats, shoes, gloves, coats, strollers, and wherever they would like to in order to make some noise as they move. The course is 1 mile in length and takes participants through downtown St. Albans while enjoying all of the holiday lights. Trophies will be awarded at the end of the event for best holiday costumes! The Running of the Bells will benefit Operation Happiness. Participants are encouraged to bring donations of canned goods and toys for Franklin and Grand Isle County families in need. There will be a van available on Kingman Street to place canned goods and toys in. www.runningofthebells.com

Dec 6 - 14, 2014, Bow & Arrow Deer Hunting
www.vtfishandwildlife.com/index.cfm

Dec 6 - 14 2014, Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season
www.vtfishandwildlife.com/index.cfm

Dec 6, 2014, Newport Santa Run
11:00 am. Gardner Park, Main Street, Newport, VT. Kingdom Games hosts 5k, and 1 mile runs on Main Street and the Bike Path. Santa costumes are provided with registration. Hosted by Kingdom Games, Inc. 20 percent of Fee Registrations to benefit Toys for Kids. Registration form: http://www.dandelionrun.org/docs/SantaRunRegistrationForm2014.pdf

Dec. 6, 2014, Winter Fire Bow Drill Class
This one-day workshop will teach you independence from matches and lighters! Friction firemaking was the way of our ancestors, and we can reclaim an incredibly sacred connection to the element of fire by relearning this ancient skill. In this class you'll make your own bow drill set and get plenty of coaching on proper technique for easier firemaking. Topics covered: harvesting materials in the woods, which local tree species are best for bow drill sets, harvesting and preparing tinder nests, knife skills for carving and splitting, bowing technique, and how to turn your friction ember into a flame! Worcester, VT. https://www.facebook.com/events/643107222477052/

December 06, 2014 , Rails 2 Riches
Killington kicks off the season with the most lucrative rail jam in the East, pitting amateurs and pros against each other for a piece of $25,000 cash. http://skivermont.com/events.html

Dec. 6, 2014, Winter Fire Bow Drill Class
This one-day workshop will teach you independence from matches and lighters! Friction firemaking was the way of our ancestors, and we can reclaim an incredibly sacred connection to the element of fire by relearning this ancient skill. In this class you'll make your own bow drill set and get plenty of coaching on proper technique for easier firemaking. Topics covered: harvesting materials in the woods, which local tree species are best for bow drill sets, harvesting and preparing tinder nests, knife skills for carving and splitting, bowing technique, and how to turn your friction ember into a flame! Worcester, VT. https://www.facebook.com/events/643107222477052/

December 6 - 7, Fibers from a Wild Landscape
Dec 6 at 9:00am to Dec 7 at 5:00pm. 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. Roots School, 192 Bear Notch Rd, South Corinth, Vermont 05033 www.facebook.com/events/1504758796455321/

December 6 - 7, SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M at GMC Visitor Center, Waterbury Center. Sign up early—this course fills fast! This sixteen-hour, hands-on course will prepare you to cope with medical emergencies in the field. It focuses on prevention, recognition and treatment of backcountry injuries and illnesses. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) recertification provided upon completion. Please contact GMC if you need WFR recertification or CPR certification (additional fees may apply). Instructors: SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities) staff. Limit: 30. Fee: $180. Contact GMC for a list of overnight accommodations. Register no later than two weeks in advance of the course. www.greenmountainclub.org/page.php?id=384

Dec. 7, Smugglers' Notch 19th Annual Brewfest Part 1
Sample the finest in local & regional beers and wines. Sample the finest in local & regional beers and wines, with music, munchies, and prizes. From 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm in the Meeting House. For Brewfest Lodging info call 800-521-0536. Smugglers' Notch Resort Meeting House 4323 Vermont Route 108 South 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 800-521-0536 www.smuggs.com/pages/winter/skiride/winter-events.php   gvacations@smuggs.com

Dec 7,  - Dec 15, 2013 Muzzleloader and Archery Deer
www.vtfishandwildlife.com/Additional_Resources/Hunting_and_trapping/Big_game/2013%20VERMONT%20DEER%20SEASON%20GUIDE.pdf

December 8, Demo Day at Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Save the date as we prepare for an early season, on-snow demo from Caldwell Sport along with other retailers and manufacturers from the ski world. This is a perfect opportunity to learn what all the fuss is about the new skis, boots, poles, bindings, grinds, wax - all the gear to make your skiing more enjoyable. More details to come - keep watching the website. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.comwww.craftsbury.com

Dec 8-16, 2014,  Wilderness First Responder
80-hour, wilderness emergency care course to provide outdoor leaders, guides, rangers, and enthusiasts with the knowledge needed to deal with crises in remote settings. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision making. May be used as first half of a WEMT bridge course with SOLO.
Cost: $900 (meals, lodging, course, materials), $720 commuter (lunch, course materials). http://www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center/skills-training-certification/wilderness-first-responder/

December 12, 2014, Founders Day/Mount Snow’s 60th Birthday
Mount Snow Resort To celebrate 60 years of fun, the Mount Snow Resort will offer $12 advance purchase lift tickets, a comprehensive historical display, birthday parties and more. http://skivermont.com/events.html

Dec. 14, East Charleston, -  Island Pond Bird Count
 Join us as NorthWoods participates in the longest run Citizen Science survey in the world. Join us as NorthWoods participates in the longest run Citizen Science survey in the world, the 114th 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 Audubon.org  for more details. Potluck to follow. the NorthWoods Stewardship Center 154 Leadership Drive Sat., 7:30am-4:30pm 802-723-6551 X115 www.northwoodscenter.org Free events@northwoodscenter.org

December 13, Okemo Full Moon Hike
Free, This guided snowshoe hike up the mountain will offer a nighttime perspective of Okemo’s Jackson Gore under the light of a full moon. Return to the fire pit at the Jackson Gore Inn to roast marshmallows and share stories. This event is free for participants with snowshoes. Rental snowshoes will be available for a nominal fee. Call (802) 228-1956 to register. www.yourplaceinvermont.com/event/okemo

Dec. 20, Stratton Mountain Full Cold Moon Snowshoe Hike
Experience Stratton in a whole new way while letting the light of the moon guide you across the snowy mountain. Stratton Mountain Resort - www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/the-village/stratton-activity-hub.aspx 

December 20, Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge
11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Okemo kicks off this popular eastern race series. The free, fun race on Okemo’s Bull Run is open to all ages and abilities. Race registration starts at 8 a.m. The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Race starts at 11 a.m. Race awards and victory party begins at 3 p.m. Visit:  www.yourplaceinvermont.com/event/mountain-dew-vertical-challenge

December 21, Solstice Snowshoe over Moose Mountain
9:30am-1:30pm, $15, What better way to celebrate the first day of winter than to go for a snowshoe hike? We will hike the Moose Mountain Trail from the east to the west, just under four miles total. This is a beautiful trail through hardwood forest and rolling, not-to-steep terrain. The peak of Moose Mountain is 2,339 feet, and enroute we will come across scenic vistas overlooking the northern range of the Green Mountains, Lake Willoughby, and Wheeler pond. Meet at Willoughby Lake’s north end beach parking lot for shuttle. Bring a picnic lunch, a hot drink, and warm layers. Registration required. Snowshoes available.  The NorthWoods Stewardship Center is a non-profit organization in East Charleston, VT. Our mission is to “Empower new generations to appreciate, understand, and wisely use the land through science, education and action” Please register for events at least 24 hours in advance by calling 802-723-6551x115, or email events@northwoodscenter.org . Visit our website at www.northwoodscenter.org

December 21, 2014, Start Fun, Start Free: Intro to Skiing & Boarding
Bromley Mountain Resort Join the Bromley Ski & Snowboard School in our carefully sculpted Terrain Based Learning Zone for FREE for three days this season. Ages 6 & up, package includes lift access, rental equipment and instruction. Must call to register at (802) 824-5522 x301. http://skivermont.com/events.html

December 21, Celebrate World Snowboard Day at Okemo
Last year, 160 resorts in 37 countries participated in this worldwide day of snowboarding fun. Okemo’s park rangers will be conducting impromptu contests in the terrain parks throughout the day with great swag to give away. Gather at the summit at 2 p.m. to take part in a giant snake run.  www.yourplaceinvermont.com/event/celebrate-world-snowboard-day-okemo

December 21, 2014, Santa Sunday
Bolton Valley On the shortest day of the year, dress as Santa for your day of skiing or riding and get a FREE lift ticket. www.boltonvalley.com 

December 21-22, NENSA Eastern Cup at Craftsbury, VT
Craftsbury is very honored to host the opening weekend of NENSA's premier regional series, the Eastern Cup, for the fourth consecutive year. Whether you're racing, spectating or volunteering, you'll be able to learn more about the event on the website. www.craftsbury.com/skiing/easterncup/welcome.htm

December 21—30, Burlington, VT - Chill out at ECHO’s FrostFest
FrostFestAs temperatures plunge ECHO looks for ways to embrace the winter chill and celebrate winter! This year we’re having a blast with FrostFest between December 21 and 30 (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when ECHO is closed)! Join us for indoor snowball fights, bury a moose in snowflakes, and explore some crazy-cold programs. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. spend time in the creation cafe making upcycled bows and decorations for the holidays - or just let your imagination run wild and add your masterpiece to our creation-cafe sculpture gallery. Too cold to stay outside and play in the snow? Come inside and join us at Story Explorers, a morning story time for our youngest visitors. There will be something for everyone at this year's FrostFest. Go to our FrostFest webpage to see the list of daily activities. Come chill out at FrostFest - we'll see you here! www.echovermont.org/events/viewevent.html?event=676

December 28, 2013, Bird Monitoring Walk at the Museum
8:00 am - 9:30am, Join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Coffee and tea after! Most fun for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register by emailing museum@birdsofvermont.org  or calling (802) 434-2167 Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT 05462

December 29, Vermont Institute of Natural Science at Okemo Mountain Resort
@ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. - Jackson Gore Inn, 111 Jackson Gore Road, Ludlow, VT 05149 United States. Vermont Institute of Natural Science at Okemo Mountain Resort This first-hand encounter with live falcons, hawks, and owls focuses on the natural history, ecology, and adaptations of these efficient predators. Participants learn what adaptations make a bird a raptor. 7pm in the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore. Free admission. www.yourplaceinvermont.com/event/vermont-institute-natural-science-okemo-mountain-resort

Dec. 31 - Feb. 25 Stowe Trapp Nordic Cup Time Trial Series
(Every Tuesday for 10 Wee A timed 5K race for classic and/or skate. A timed 5K race for classic and/or skate. Compete each week on a marked race course complete with timing and start area. You pick your start time each day between the hours of 9am and 4pm. A 10 week series with prizes for both skate and classic. 802-253-5755

 

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