Wednesday BKL - Danby Road in the Green Mountain National Forest
Nordic Word of the Week: Vasaloppet- Swedish word ( literally the Vasa
Race) for the annual long distance (90 km) cross-country ski race (ski
marathon) held on the first Sunday of March in northwestern Dalarna,
Sweden between the village of Sälen and town of Mora. It is the oldest,
the longest, and the biggest (in terms of participants) cross-country
ski race in the world. In the 80th race, held on 7 March 2004, some
15,500 skiers competed in the main event. More than 40,000 participated
in one of the seven different races held during the first week of March.
The race was first run in 1922, inspired by a run by King Gustav Vasa
in 1520. The winner of the first race was Ernst Alm from Norsjö, 22
years old, who is also the youngest ever winner of the race. Vasaloppet
is one of the races in the long distance cup Ski Classics. Vermont's own
Kerrin Petty won the women's race in 1998!!!
In search of snow and winter we shall go this week for something of a
"Vasaloppet" of our own. Let's call it a "Vermontaloppet!"
The Danby Road in the Green Mountain National Forest about an hour from Putney.
What we will find is more than 10k of a maintained snowmobile trail (
with only one snowmobile encountered on Sunday). It is fantastic skiing
( albeit not smooth and perfectly groomed.) a Vermont skiing experience
at its best. Deep in the National forest, cold, snowy and seemingly
It is a BIG ADVENTURE to undertake on a school night.
We are aware of that, but hope following dinner everyone can still get
home at a reasonable time.
We propose meeting at the
coordinates below at 415pm - 430pm latest. The ski is an out and back
route from the parking area/trail head. The fastest skiers will go out
for about an hour and turn around at or near the beaver meadow (or the
top of the hill if they can make it) Slower skiers, touring skiers and
younger skiers can turn around when they are tagged by the returning
faster, older skiers. This way we can be assured that everyone return to
the starting point by 615pm.
We will head out by 430 latest,
ski in the waning light and return by headlamp. There are no spur
trails and the main trail is nice and wide. No one will get lost!
WEATHER: it will be in the mid to upper twenties when we arrive and
then rapidly dropping. 7-Day Forecast for Latitude 43.22°N and
Longitude 72.82°W A little snow is expected. Dress accordingly and
remember we are out in the woods a very good idea to have an extra
wind-breaking layer and have on a light weight wool layer if you can.
You will need:
- skate skis or touring skis.
- Headlamp / Flashlight
- a fanny pack is a good idea.
- A hat is a must
- a favorite grown-up to ski with you (not required, but Fun)
There will be cookies!
Following our "Vermontaloppet" we can all meet in Chester (on the route
home) at Pizza Stone for dinner. Directions to Pizza Stone here: Danby
Mountain Tabor Road Number 10, Peru, VT 05152 to Pizza Stone - Google
We hope everyone can join us! this will be a great chance for us to have that long awaited ski!
The Grammar School to Danby Mountain Tabor Road Number 10 & Little Michigan Rd, Peru, VT 05152 - Google Maps
Landgrove Rd Driving directions to Danby Mountain Tabor Road Number 10 & Little Michigan Rd, Peru, VT 05152 3D
The Grammar School 69 Hickory Ridge Rd Putney, VT 05346 1. Head southeast on Hickory Ridge Rdtoward Westminster Rd 0.4 mi 2. Sharp left onto Westminster Rd 10.0 mi 3. Continue onto Westminster West Rd 0.7 mi 4. Turn left onto Hartley Hill Rd/Westminster St 0.3 mi 5. Turn left onto VT-121 W/Grafton Rd/Saxtons River Rd Continue to follow VT-121 W/Saxtons River Rd 3.2 mi 6. Turn right onto VT-121 W/VT-35 N Continue to follow VT-121 W 4.1 mi 7. Turn right onto VT-121 W/Houghtonville Rd Continue to follow VT-121 W 9.6 mi 8. Turn left onto VT-11 W 4.7 mi 9. Slight right onto Stowe Hill 272 ft 10. Continue onto Old Stowell Hill 0.4 mi 11. Turn left onto Landgrove Rd Destination will be on the left 26 ft 33.4 mi – about 57 mins
100 Landgrove Rd Londonderry, VT 05148 12. Head northeast on Landgrove Rd towardOld Stowell Hill 2.7 mi 13. Turn left to stay on Landgrove Rd 1.2 mi 14. Slight left onto Little Michigan Rd 0.4 mi 4.3 mi – about 11 mins
Danby Mountain Tabor Road Number 10 & Little Michigan Rd Peru, VT 05152