Tuesday December 4, 2012

PUTNEY -- The Putney Ski Club Bill Koch League had a ski sale over the weekend and many people young and old attended the event to pick up some nice ski equipment.

The club has introduced hundreds of area youth to cross country skiing and racing for over 30 years, and provides a supportive environment for children and parents to get outside and enjoy the snow while learning to ski or improve their skills. The BKL program includes weekly practices and both competitive and non-competitive weekend events, with the emphasis on having fun on skis.

There will be a second opportunity to sign up for the Bill Koch League after the first dryland practice tomorrow at 4 p.m. at The Grammar School.

Wednesday ski practices run from 3:15 to 5 p.m. at the Grammar School from Dec. 5 through late February. Students are welcome to participate as recreational skiers or racers, and kids of all abilities are encouraged to join the BKL.

December schedule

Dec 5: Practice 3 to 4 p.m., followed by BKL sign up and uniform rental.

Dec 8: Grafton Ponds Biathlon -- Please check with Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center for details.

Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.: BKL Family Waxing and Pizza Night at the West Hill Shop -- $15. Call 802-387-5718 or email info@westhillshop.com with any questions.

New snowboarding events
at area mountain brings
legends home

STRATTON -- Two snowboard exclusive events find their home at Stratton this winter, drawing snowboarding legends and past Olympians to the mountain to compete and coach.

The Heavy Medal Boadercross Camp, coached by Ross Powers and Lindsey Jacobellis, leads the calendar on Dec. 22-23. The all-new yet legendarily vintage Vermont Open brings a snowboard and music festival to the spring, March 15-17, 2013.

First on deck is Stratton’s Heavy Medal Boardercross Camp. Coached and hosted by hometown Olympic medalists Ross Powers and Lindsey Jacobellis, this two-day camp is designed to get young and aspiring boardercross riders to the front of the pack. With close instruction and experienced coaches, riders will work on technique, tactics and speed on the boardercross course, plus get personal time with Powers, Jacobellis and the other coaches.

The Heavy Medal Boardercross Camp will take place on Dec. 22 and 23 for intermediate to advanced snowboarders ages 10 to 18. The two-day camp costs $399, and includes two full days of coaching, one lunch and a pizza party. More details are on Stratton.com, and reservations can be made online.

Presented by Stratton Mountain and The Washed Up Cup, the Vermont Open is poised to be a highlight of the season. Snowboarding, music, legends and up-and-comers will arrive on the slopes of Stratton Mountain to compete and party. A celebration of the beginning of the sport and its progression, the Vermont Open is true open, a chance for aspiring riders to compete in the same arena as past and current pros.

An event for riders, by riders, the impetus behind the Vermont Open is Steve Hayes and an advisory board of fellow snowboarding legends, pro riders from the early days of the sport. Lighthearted (but serious) competition will go down on Stratton’s main face, in more traditional events like banked slalom (a.k.a., the Washed Up Cup) and more recent favorites like a rail jam.