CHRIS AND SAMANTHA MORRISSEY, owners of Cool Motion Outdoor Sports, are putting the final touches on their 900-square-foot bike and ski shop, which is located in the Rockydale neighborhood of Bristol, just east of Hogback Mountain Brewery. In addition to providing rental and repair services, the couple hope to create a community-focused outdoor adventure center. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — Growing up in Bristol, Chris Morrissey got into BMX culture — ramps, half pipes — and tinkering with bikes. “We used to order parts from BMX magazines,” Morrissey told the Independent. “And we would get really excited when we saw the UPS truck driving around.” He bought his first mountain bike at age 13 and would “ooh” and “ah” when the Vermont Bike Tours (VBT) van passed by, he said. Knowing he eventually wanted to work with bikes and skis, he spent his high school Senior Career Day at Middlebury Bike & Ski (now Frog Hollow Bikes). Eventually, Morrissey landed a job in VBT’s...
First, the ski areas closed their lifts. Then, one by one, they shut down their parking lots. Now, the message is consistent and clear: Curb your turns. “We were seeing just too many people who may or may not be social distancing, but the risk was there,” said Mike Hussey, the general manager of the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, which put up jersey barriers in its parking lots last week to deter guests. Stowe soon followed suit. On Thursday, April 2, around 11 am, Ski Vermont sent out an email outlining uphill policies at resorts around the state. Less than two hours later, Sugarbush and Mad...

PANTHER NORDIC SKIER Sophia Laukli finished second in the women’s 5-kilometer race on March 12 to help the Panthers win the event at the NCAA championships in Montana. Middlebury stood in third place overall when the meet was called off. Courtesy of NCAA Photos
BOZEMAN, Mont. — The Middlebury College ski team stood in third place after two days of racing at the NCAA skiing championships in Bozeman, Mont., last week before NCAA officials canceled the final two days of the event due to the threat posed by the novel coronavirus.  Utah led the competition with 293 points, followed by Denver (261) and the Panthers (216) in events hosted by Montana State University. In March 12 Nordic action the Middlebury women won the 5-kilometer freestyle event as Sophia Laukli and Alexandra Lawson earned All-American honors.   Laukli finished in second with a time of...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE JUNIOR Peter Wolter, shown skiing to fourth place in the 10K freestyle at Rikert on Friday, won the 15K classic race on Saturday. Photo by Benjy Renton
RIPTON/HANCOCK — Middlebury College alpine and Nordic ski racers placed first in several individual and team events during the Panthers’ own Winter Carnival this past weekend, but the University of Vermont edged Middlebury for the crown and the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Championship by a single point, 868-867. Dartmouth was third (778) and New Hampshire placed fourth (660). Middlebury’s carnival, staged at Rikert Nordic Center and the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, also served as the EISA championships and the NCAA East Regional. Many Middlebury skiers qualified to compete in the...
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Middlebury College ski team this past weekend won its second straight carnival, this time taking home the crown at Williams. The Panthers finished with 855 points, followed by Vermont (843) and Dartmouth (752). Justin Alkier, Tim Gavett and Erik Arvidsson picked up alpine wins, and the Panther women’s Nordic team posted victories on both days. Nordic competitions were held in Lake Placid, N.Y., while the alpine events took place at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Mass. Middlebury is off until hosting its own carnival on Feb. 28 and 29. On Saturday Alkier won the slalom for...
LEWISTON, Maine — The Middlebury College ski team this weekend won the Bates Carnival, edging the University of Vermont, 850-848, to take home the title. Panther Nordic skiers Sophia Laukli and Alexandra Lawson won events, as did alpine skier Justin Alkier. Alpine races were held at Sunday River, and Nordic races at Black Mountain. The Panthers are at the Williams Carnival this coming weekend. On this past Saturday the Middlebury Nordic women’s skier Lawson led three racers in the top four in the 5-kilometer. Lawson covered the course in 12:43. Laukli, who had won four consecutive races,...
We were booting up in the main lodge at Sugarbush on a recent weekday when Carol looked around at our fellow skiers. There was a lot of gray hair. Ever the joker, she wanted to know, “Do only old people ski here?” On weekdays, I said, that’s pretty much the crowd at Sugarbush. The resort’s popular Boomer Pass — colloquially known as “the Geezer Pass” — makes it possible for anyone 65 and older to ski on all non-holiday weekdays through the season. For the bargain price of $169 for the entire season, the Boomer Pass has got to be the best value in all of American skiing. By comparison, a full...
WATERVILLE, Maine — The Middlebury College ski team this past weekend finished third at the Colby Carnival with 827 points, behind Vermont (899) and Dartmouth (831). The Panthers will ski at the Bates Carnival this weekend. On Saturday the Panthers got wins from alpine skier Ali Nullmeyer on Sugarloaf Mountain and Nordic skier Sophia Laukli at Quarry Road Trails— Laukli for the second time in two days. Nullmeyer captured the slalom for the second straight week, covering the two runs with a combined time of 1:49.13. Madison Lord was next for the Panthers in 17th (1:53.88), followed by Sofia...
STOWE — The Middlebury College ski team won several events and finished second to host University of Vermont this past weekend at the annual UVM carnival. The Panthers are back in action this coming weekend at the Colby Carnival. UVM won with 903 points, followed by the Panthers (875), Dartmouth (833) and New Hampshire (643). Nordic races were held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, while the alpine races took place at Stowe. Middlebury athletes won three of the four individual events on Saturday, with a second-place finish in the fourth race. On Saturday the Middlebury women’s Nordic team won...

CORNWALL’S BARNEY HODGES is the new assistant director of Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Center. Hodges brings a wealth of experience as a skier, coach, organizer and businessman — and passion for the sport — to his new position. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
RIPTON — In February 2013 work to install snowmaking at Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Center was completed. Before then, Mike Hussey, general manager of the two Middlebury College ski areas, said Rikert opened about 70 days a winter and attracted about 5,000 visitors a year. But by 2018 Hussey estimated about 15,000 skiers annually made use of the Nordic center’s 55 kilometers of Ripton trails, and those skiers enjoyed an average of 140 days of skiing. Rikert, at the college’s Bread Loaf Campus, also hosts major regional championships every year. And now Hussey said Rikert has made...


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