The Catamount Trail Association
January 11, 2010

Freshly frosted mountains provided the perfect snowy backdrop for the 2nd Annual Ladies Nordic Ski Expo at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT on Jan 9th. One hundred high-energy women gathered for this unique event taught by some of the top women Nordic instructors in the East. Warmed by the sun, blue skies, and positive energy, skiers had traveled from 8 states and the province of Quebec to learn Nordic technique for the first time or to improve their existing skills. Participants had the opportunity to learn backcountry/telemark, skate or classic technique in three sessions throughout the day.

This sold out event, organized by Nordic ski champion JoAnn Hanowski is a fundraiser for the Catamount Trail Association (CTA). The CTA protects and manages the 300-mile Catamount Trail that spans the length of Vermont. It is also the CTA’s mission to promote the sports of Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.

The event is designed to provide women skiers of all abilities a positive and fun-filled learning atmosphere to increase their confidence and proficiency as Nordic skiers. After two morning instructional sessions, the women were treated to a much-needed lunch at the Trapp Family dining room. The mid-day break also included instructor Pennie Rand’s beautiful slide and musical presentation of backcountry skiing in Iceland.

After a bit of nudging, skiers hit the trails for another instructional lesson and afternoon tours of the Trapp Family Nordic trail system. With the sun descending over Bolton Mountain, the skiers gathered in the lodge and were rewarded for their efforts with an après-ski social with wine from Redwood Creek Winery, cheese from Cabot, and chocolates from Lake Champlain Chocolates. Friendly camaraderie, great skiing, and excellent instruction are the perfect way to enjoy a winter day!

The Catamount Trail Association will be hosting the 2nd Annual Get Out and Backcountry Ski Festival at Bolton Valley Nordic Center on January 24th. This event is geared for beginner to advanced intermediate skiers who would like to master the sport of backcountry skiing. For more information go to: www.catamounttrail.org <http://www.catamounttrail.org> or call 802-864-5794

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