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  • Vermonts Mountain Sports & Life

    vtskiandride.com

    FREE WINTER 2016

    VERMONTSBEST LOCAL

    CUISINE

    100 GREATCOMPS, PARTIES

    & CLINICS

    DREAM SKI HOMES &

    POSH HOSTELS

    BILL MCKIBBENS FORECAST+

    10 UNDER 25:

    VERMONTS NEXT SUPERSTARS

    YOURWINTER FUN LIST

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  • vtskiandride.com WINTER 2016 1

    CONTENTS / 01.03

    FIRST TRACKS

    TRENDS | GOING UPHILL, FAST, p. 4Free your heel and join in skiings fastest growing trend: going uphill.

    WINTER FUN LIST | 6 WAYS TO PLAY LIKE A KID, p. 9Fat biking, dog sledding, indoor surfi ngthese sports are not just for kids.

    LODGES | VERMONTS POSH HOSTELS, p. 11Vermonts hip hostels have great food, comfy beds and rocking bar scenes.

    APRES-SKI | GOING WHOLE-HOG LOCAL, p. 15Many resort chefs are using ingredients grown or made right down the road.

    SKI TOWN | WHATS NEW IN THE DEERFIELD VALLEY, p. 19Heres why everyone is buzzing about southern Vermonts hidden gem.

    COLUMNS

    COMPETITION | TY WALKER GOES BIG, p. 47The Stowe 18-year-old snowboard phenom prepares for Fenways Big Air.

    COACH | SO YOURE AN ACTION SPORTS PARENT? p. 49Action sports and Olympic coach Bud Keene on the best ways to help your kids.

    COACH | TIPS FOR SKIING TREES, p. 51Ski fi lm star John Egan gives his advice on staying safe and skiing fast in the woods.

    RETRO VT | THE FIRST SKI RESORT TURNS 80, p. 53Greg Morrill tells the great story of how Suicide Six came to be.

    CHAIRLIFT Q/A | BILL MCKIBBENS FORECAST, p. 64The climate change activist, Nordic skier and author on whats in store for winter.

    FEATURES10 UNDER 25: THE NEXT......FREESKIERS, p. 24Seven young freeskiers, a convert-ed bus and a powder safari are the ingredients for 21-year-old Brooks Currans next movie.

    ...NORDIC RACER, p. 32With her fi rst World Cup gold, Vermonts Sophie Caldwell puts the Nordic racing world on notice.

    ...SKI MEISTER, p. 34She jumps. She shoots. She races. Meet Tara Geraghty-Moats, the 25-year-old from Fairlee you will never, ever keep up with.

    3 DREAM SKI HOMES, p. 38A peek inside three amazing ski homes and the stories of the people behind them.

    100 PARTIES, COMPS, CLINICS & MORE, p. 56Our calendar of the best events around Vermont.

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    Tara Geraghty-Moats takes a break from her World Cuptravels to revisit the place she learned to jump.

  • Be sure to visit okemo.com for great deals on lift tickets and lodging as well as a calendar of all the exciting events happening at Okemo Mountain Resort.

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  • vtskiandride.com WINTER 2016 1

    PUBLISHER, Angelo LynnAngelo@vtskiandride.com

    EDITORIAL

    Editor/Co-Publisher, Lisa LynnEditor@vtskiandride.com

    Creative Director, David Pollard

    Assistant Editor, Evan Johnson Evan@vtskiandride.com

    IT Director, Eric Whittaker

    Contributing Editors:Biddle Duke, Bud Keene, Brian Mohr, Greg Morrill

    ADVERTISING SALES & DISTRIBUTION

    Christy Lynn, Advertising ManagerChristy@vtskiandride.com | 802-388-4944

    David Payne David@vtskiandride.com

    Greg Meulemansgreg@vtskiandride.com

    Circulation and Distribution Manager: Lisa Razosubscribe@vtskiandride.com

    Business Manager: Elsie Lynn PariniElsie@vtskiandride.com

    HEADQUARTERS

    VT SKI+RIDE is published four times a year by Addison Press Inc., 58 Maple Street, Middlebury, VT 05753

    VT SKI+RIDE print subscriptions are available for $24 (U.S.) or $35 (Canada) per year. Digital subcriptions are free.

    Subscribe online at vtskiandride.com

    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

    VERMONTS NEXT SUPERSTARS

    Ok, Im in awe of just about everyone in this issue. Who wouldnt want to trade places with Brooks Cur-ran? At 21, hes already a photographer and fi lmmaker to watch, if you judge from his cover shot and photo essay of The Next Generation Freeskiers (page 24) showing Noah Ranallo, Tim McClellan, Marcus Wadlington, Dylan Dipentima and Tami Razinger. And they are all under 23.

    When I met World Cup ski jumper Tara Geraghty-Moats, a 22-year-old from Fairlee, Vt., I couldnt help but wish Id had the gumption that she had at age 9 to launch o a ski jump.

    Watching Nordic racer Sophie Caldwell, 25, from Peru, Vt., win her fi rst World Cup race in Janu-arywas equally inspring. And I can only imagine how much fun Stowe snowboard phenom Ty Walker, 18, will have as she takes center stage this February at Bostons Big Air competition in Fenway Park.

    Seeing what these Vermonters and others have accomplished makes you realize there is so much opportunity in this state to take on winter in many, many ways.

    Yes, theres alpine, snowboard or cross-country skiing. But theres also dog sledding, fat biking, ex-treme sledding and even indoor surfi ng. With winter seeming all too short, we decided it was time for a Winter Fun List and to start ticking o what we can do.

    My New Years resolution? Make the most of ever bit of winterand live by climate change activ-ist Bill McKibbens mantra (as he says in our Chairlift Q/A on page 64): Never take a snowstorm for granted. Lisa Lynn, Editor

    GO TO VTSKIANDRIDE.COM TO:

    WATCH Check out some of the best footage of East Coast skiers and riders, including video footage from The Notion crew, Ty Walker, Sophie Caldwell and more.

    WIN Were giving away amazing ski weekends with lodging, li tickets and even photo gear for selfies.

    SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE Dont miss an issue or any of our news updates, deals or contests. Sign up for our free digital edition and e-newsletter.

    At 21, Brooks Curran, the pho-tographer behind The Next Generation Freeskiers and our cover, already has a number of fi lm credits but this is his fi rst major magazine article. Watch for the web video, The No-tion, the story of his bus trip west in search of powder, to be released by Ski the East.

    Creative director David Pollard is the genius responsible for the design of Vermont Ski + Ride.When hes not snowboarding or working on this magazine, Pollard is at his day job as art director for Yachts International or painting Vermont landscapes.

    On the last day of 2015, photographer Oliver Parini got lucky: it fi nally snowed during his shoot with ski jumper Tara Geraghty-Moats, (The Next Generation Ski Meister). Parini, an avid snowboarder, also photographs for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Wine Spetcator and other publications.

    MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS

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    ON THE COVER: Pilot Noah Ranallo , 20, airs it out on a bluebird day at Stowe last November. Photo by Brooks Curran.

    Be sure to visit okemo.com for great deals on lift tickets and lodging as well as a calendar of all the exciting events happening at Okemo Mountain Resort.

    1-800-78 OKEMO LUDLOW VERMONT okemo.com

    #itsokemotime

    GOINGUP

    @SOUTHFACE

    NEW TRAIL AND NEW LIFT!

    REAL. EASY CARDS EASY TO LOAD CARDS

    FOR USE AS LIFT ACCESS!

    SUNBURST SIXORANGE BUBBLE LIFT

    WITH SIX HEATED SEATS!

    QUANTUM FOUR NEW HIGH SPEED QUAD WITH ORANGE BUBBLE!

    MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS

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  • FIRSTTRACKS

    HEADEDUPHILL, FAST Its dawn on a powder day and you have the entire mountain to yourself. The journey started in darkness. You booted up in the parking lot, stretched climbing skins on your skis and set off uphill by headlamp. As your heels lifted with each step, your heart rate quickened and your legs assumed a slow, steady burn. With every rhythmic glide, the surrounding hillsides brightened from pink to dazzling white as the sun emerged over the ridge. Now, the trails lie blanketed in fresh, untouched snow. There isnt another soul to be seen and work doesnt start for another two hours.

    Welcome to skinning. This winter, when the chairlifts are stopped and the parking lots are empty, groups of skiers and

    split-boarders will be working their way towards the summit for dawn patrol turns before work or to get the very first tracks after the latest storm.

    Over the past few years, uphill and backcountry skiing have seen dramatic growth, with skins

    The next big thing in skiing and riding this winter isnt the ride down its going up. BY EVAN JOHNSON

    4 WINTER 2016 vtskiand

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