So far this winter, I have split time on the road racing in Canada, the midwest, and Europe and being in Craftsbury. Alex, Emily, and myself took a three week break from the IBU cup and were fortunate enough to have real winter to play in when we returned home. This is the first year that I have raced in Europe, and I can see why people are so excited to spend time across the pond, but also excited to be at home. Though much of January was bleak in Vermont snow-wise, we were greeted with perfect skiing upon our return in early February.
Last winter, my first living in Craftsbury, was pretty grim in terms of snowfall, and the skiing was confined to the snowmaking loop for much of the time. This made it so I had tons of new trails to explore this year! I think I succeeded in skiing most of our trails, with the final one being a ski to the Common which I finally checked off the list the day before leaving.
I don’t think a ski or day went by that I was home that I didn’t remark “It’s so pretty!” and feel quite lucky to be able to enjoy perfect skiing every day.
It was great to see so many people out enjoying and skiing.
Hard not to be happy when this is the backdrop to our workouts.
We did do some racing as well! We had back-to-back NorAm/ trials weekends in Lake Placid and Jericho.
Lots of snow also means lots of snow removal. We got to do some shoveling that involved playing (carefully) on roofs.
At the beginning of last week, the temperatures began to rise, which brought tons of melting snow and spring skiing conditions (and a thunder storm in February…).
Being at home also means time to spend coaching, both kids and adults. The Catamount crew is always a blast!
After a lovely three weeks in Craftsbury, now it’s off to Finland for me, Emily, and Alex!