FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2013
Stowe, Vermont’s Trapp Family Lodge has been selected as host of the 2014 Junior National Cross Country Ski Championships. The community celebrations and races, sanctioned by the United States Ski Association (USSA) will be held March 1 – March 8, 2014 on the Trapp Family Lodge’s 100 kilometer network of cross country ski trails.
The awarding of this national race to the Trapp Family Lodge may come as a surprise to people unfamiliar with cross country skiing. A little-known fact is that Johannes von Trapp started what is considered to be the first full service cross country ski center in America, in 1968. The youngest son of Maria and the Baron von Trapp, Johannes foresaw a growing interest in what was then viewed as primarily a European pastime.
In anticipation of the 2014 Junior National Cross Country Ski Championships, the trail crew at Trapp Family Lodge has been hard at work. The bulk of the exciting improvements can be seen in the stadium, where there are new terraced and leveled lanes leading to reshaped turns and berms. The start lane is ready to accommodate the hectic nature of a mass start skate race, and the new timing shack pad is in place and ready for exhilarating photo finishes. A new viewing area above the finish line will give spectators an excellent vantage point, and trails are being cut for trailside viewing by snowshoe. Multiple climbs on the course have been widened, and Paul McNeil, Director of Sports at Trapp Family Lodge, says that “passing opportunities and the whole flow of the course are greatly improved.”
The Trapp Family Lodge is working hard to create an unforgettable experience for 450 motivated young athletes, their families, support teams, and all spectators. The event will require hundreds of volunteers, thousands of hours, and a major investment in event activities, support, as well as infrastructure specific to this race event. Please consider supporting this monumental event by volunteering your time, or contributing through sponsorship or donation. To find out more information on this event please visit jn2014stowe.com
Situated on 2,500 acres overlooking the classic New England village of Stowe, Vermont, the Trapp Family Lodge is a world renowned four season resort.
Owned and operated by the von Trapp family that inspired The Sound of Music, the 96 room hotel and its two adjacent vacation home communities feature
Austrian-inspired architecture and European-style accommodations. The resort boasts superb mountain views, old world comforts, and activities for all ages
and all times of year, indoors and out.