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500 expected at Ripton Nordic event

Posted on December 18, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



RIPTON — Some Nordic skiing aficionados are getting an early start this season in their efforts to make Addison County more of tourist draw for winter sports enthusiasts.

The Frost Mountain Nordic Ski Club and Rikert Nordic Center expect to draw more than 500 racers to Rikert in Ripton this weekend for the 2014 New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Eastern Cup Opener. This highly competitive race weekend kicks off the 2014-2015 Nordic ski season and is expected to attract participants from around the region.

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Tiger Nordic skiers fare well in relays

Posted on December 17, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



CHITTENDEN — The Middlebury Union High School Nordic team opened on Saturday with some strong efforts at a seven-team freestyle relay meet at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden.

Two skiers on each relay team took turns covering a 1.2-kilometer course twice each, and the Tiger duo of sophomore Nick Wilkerson and freshman Sam Hodges posted the top result, coming in second in the boys’ race in 13:00, 34 seconds behind the winning Woodstock duo and 32 seconds ahead of the third-place Burr & Burton pair.

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Greg Dennis: Skiing always made the best memories, and continues to do so

Posted on December 17, 2014 |
By Greg Dennis



Every sport has its own nostalgia.

Red Sox fans remember where they were when the Curse of the Bambino was finally broken. Patriots partisans know exactly how Tom Brady engineered that last Super Bowl-winning drive. Basketball fans even trek to the dreary hall of fame in Springfield, Mass.

But few sports are as redolent with nostalgia as downhill skiing is.

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Lincoln skier has Olympic goal

Posted on December 1, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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LINCOLN — This time of year, most high school seniors are busy setting goals for the future: what college they hope to attend, which career they hope to pursue, what they want to accomplish before leaving home for good.

Sarah Jane Grundon — known to everyone but her parents as SJ — has a goal more ambitious than most. She wants to represent the United States in the Winter Olympics as a freestyle skier.

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Gregory Dennis: Remembering the 'lost' ski areas

Posted on March 19, 2014 |
By Gregory Dennis



When the definitive history of Vermont is written, skiing may not be much more than a footnote.

But the New England Lost Ski Areas Project ensures it will be a lively footnote. And the project reminds us that skiing is an inextricable part of the history of Vermont and even Addison County.

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Young Nordic skiers help region, state win

Posted on March 12, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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STOWE/RIPTON — Athletes from Ripton’s Frost Mountain Nordic Club recently helped a regional team win a national competition in Stowe and a Vermont team win a regional competition on the club’s home course in Ripton.

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Matt Dickerson: Growing up Nordic

Posted on March 5, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Tiger, Otter and Eagle Nordic skiers compete at state meet

Posted on February 26, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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CHITTENDEN — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ Nordic ski teams ended up taking fourth and fifth, respectively, in Division II at the two-day state championship meet that was completed this week.

The Tiger teams hosted the freestyle legs on Feb. 20 at Rikert Ski Touring Center in Ripton, and the classic races were held in Otter Valley’s back yard in Chittenden at the Mountain Top Inn on Tuesday.

Woodstock swept both the girls’ and boys’ titles.

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Frost mountain skiers earn spots on New England team

Posted on February 19, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



RIPTON — Two Frost Mountain Nordic Club skiers have been named to the 2014 New England Junior National Team’s under-16 group, Cornwall’s Sophie Hodges and Middlebury’s Nick Wilkerson. They were named after the last Eastern Cup competitions, held this past weekend in New Hampshire.

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Area Nordic skiers excel at Frost Mountain

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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CRAFTSBURY — Frost Mountain Nordic Club skiers posted solid results at the first race of the New England Nordic Skiing Association Eastern Cup, a freestyle event held on Dec. 21 at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.

The late-December event was the first in a series of eight in what is the region’s premier racing circuit for junior skiers and that determines which athletes will represent New England at the Junior National championships. 

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