Discover Cross Country Skiing!
New York Winter Trails Day, Jan. 11-12, 2014
Enjoy a great introduction to Winter Fun. Discover cross country skiing and snowshoeing!
Well if your New Year’s Resolution includes getting in shape of just getting outside and having some fun – Winter Trails is tailored just for you! There are at least 3 sites in New York with great programming for Winter Trails Day with free cross country skiing, snowshoeing and other great winter events. Start by visiting The Winter Trails Day website registration is required for many events. New York Areas with Winter Trails programming include Lapland Lake, Benson, NY, Garnet Hill Lodge, North River, NY, Fahnestock Winter Park, Cold Spring, NY, and Adirondack Mt. Club, Lake Placid, NY.
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I had always remembered a skiing trivia question. What was the biggest ski day ever? What day of the year has recorded the most skiers at a ski area? Most folks would guess sometime during Christmas or New Year’s or Presidents weekend in February. But alas it was Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Killington in Vermont recorded 14,000 skiers on Black Friday sometime in the 1990’s. This number was eclipsed by Mammoth Mt. in California sometime later.
Biggest Ski Day Ever – The Vasaloppet!
But I recently saw an article about the Vasaloppet in Sweden. This 90km. (that’s more than 55 miles!) cross country ski race has almost 16,000 skiers registered for the March 2, 2014 event! The entire week of racing will see 68,000 skiers cross country ski racing! The race commemorates the victory of the Swedes over the Danish Rulers by Gustav Eriksson Vasa in 1521. Read the Vasa History Account here.
Most of the racers are Swedish and they take this race very seriously with a combination of national pride and fitness training. Here is a photo of Ernst Alm the first winner in 1922. Check out that equipment to go 90km in!
There is an American version of the Vasaloppet held every year in Mora Minnesota – Vassaloppet USA. This Loppet features a 58km. freestyle event and a 42km classic event.
If you can’t make it to Sweden or Minnesota, local racers can enter the Lake Placid Loppet. This year the Lake Placid Loppet is held on Jan. 25, 2014. The Lake Placid Loppet is held on the same trails as the 1980 Olympic cross country […]
Watch this incredible video from National Geographic Magazine via the Ski Channel Website.