As we get excited for the ski season, we’re talking to Violet, one of our newest employees for this #saturdaystaffspotlight. It’s a relatively unknown fact that Violet takes the prize for biggest adrenaline junky around the Center (I’d like to see how many of you would race a tractor at over 70mph), but more on that shortly. Violet is another of our native Vermonters, growing up in Cabot on a dairy and maple sugaring farm. Her dad has been a mechanic for over 30 years so her family spent lots of time working on some of their tractors to… spruce them up a bit. Violet eventually became a pro at “taking a few parts out here, putting a few parts back in there, changing the pulley size a bit” and before you know it, you’ve got a death grip on the steering wheel as “your front wheel is going into a death wobble at 70mph.” Again, adrenaline junky. They raced tractors and competed in tractor pulls all over the north east but it’s been a while since she did that so she’s jonesing to get another hit of adrenaline soon. Because of all her work on their tractors, Violet’s always had a soft spot for mechanical work so she spent five years assembling our beloved Ergometers in Morrisville. After those five years though, she needed a bit of a change of work scenery, so she headed on over to Revision Military in Newport for a couple years where she assembled military helmets. She’ll quickly geek out about how cool the process was - fun fact: the helmets are now made substantially out of walnut shells. Most of the kevlar they used for production was imported so when they had to switch to domestic suppliers, there wasn’t enough kevlar supply. They experimented with crushed walnut shells in resin and turns out it was just as strong as the kevlar. So now they’re a composite of kevlar, walnut shells, and resin. After a couple years the commute was killing her so she decided to take another change of work scenery and joined us at the Center working in housekeeping. She was surprised coming here with how quickly everyone welcomed her into the family - which isn’t really a surprise considering how outgoing and friendly she is to everyone here. Thanks for joining the team, Violet!
Craftsbury Running is on the road! Our Northeast tour is off to a rocking start, with our first stop in one of the world’s greatest running hubs - Boston! From early morning “coffee-runs” to evening 5ks-2-pizza, Boston knows how to get runners out and celebrating the sport. Thanks to Melrose Running Club, Mystic Runners, Longfellows Run Club, and Happy Soles for sharing your running families. The running community is vast, yet never fails to make you feel right at home and welcome wherever you go. Next stop, New England High School XC Championships and then on to NYC! #craftsburyrunning #roadtrip #runningcommunity
The Eastern Cup Opener is returning to Craftsbury in 2018! This year’s events are a 1.5k freestyle sprint on Saturday, Dec. 22nd and 5/10k freestyle mass starts on Sunday Dec. 23rd. We hope this throwback to the Opener in 2015 makes you as excited as we are — to see the Craftsbury stadium decked out in its v-boarded, race-prepped glory! It’s coming right up! #tbt #NENSA #EasternCup #skiracing #winteriscoming 📷: @lazenbyphoto
Over the past few days, 23 COC employees and four community members learned the ins and outs of wilderness first aid from SOLO instructor Matt Kane. Excited to have the tools to help keep everyone safe here at the Center!
Kelsey Dickinson and Hallie Grossman are two of the seven @greenracingproject biathletes who have been named by US Biathlon to IBU or World Cup racing trips. Check out the link in profile or our website for news about the team naming, and stay tuned as the biathlon race season starts up later this month! Kelsey and Hallie are pictured here skiing at the Foret Montmorency on Monday Nov. 5th, beginning their on-snow preparations for European racing. Most of the Green Racing Project skiers and biathletes are at the Foret in Quebec for a few days of training camp on a saved-snow loop. #winter #onsnow #GRPbiathlon #biathletes
Great weekend for our @greenracingproject scullers at @usrowing #fallspeedorder click link in bio for the full writeup! ——— Saturday 6k: Open Women @jeni_forbes 1st @a_spaulds 4th @mickeyfili (new GRP teammate)7th Lightweight Women @jennymcilvane Tied for 2nd Open Men @wesvear 9th @lucasbellows 19th @ezracarlson of @seattle_rowing_center 21st Sunday 4.25k Time Trial: Open Women @mickeyfili 1st @a_spaulds 6th @jeni_forbes 9th Lightweight Women @jennymcilvane 4th Open Men @ezracarlson 1st @wesvear 10th @lucasbellows 11th Click link in bio for the full story @jlracing @concept2inc @beashark @empacherboats @rowfluidesign @seattle_rowing_center @filippiboats_official @potomacboatclub @julbo_eyewear @ntrecovery @flavanaturals #sculling #rowing #greenracingproject #grprow #craftsburyoutdoorcenter 📷: @forbesp1
Jumping for joy as we turn the clocks back and inch closer to winter. #bringitnovember #holycowthesunisout #dirtchurch #billkochleague #everythingisaplayground
Rollerskiers from Craftsbury and around the East were treated to wet and wild weather for the Trapp’s Invitational Rollerski Race this afternoon. @greenracingproject and Craftsbury junior program athletes successfully braved the wind, rain and snow. 🌧 Adam Martin - 1st place at Trapp’s and 1st overall in NENSA summer rollerski series Ben Lustgarten - 2nd place Akeo Maifeld-Carucci - 4th senior men Griffin Wright - 3rd junior men Finn Sweet - 5th junior men 🌬 Caitlin Patterson - 3rd at Trapp’s and 1st overall summer series Ida Sargent - 4th place and 2nd overall summer series Elizabeth Guiney - 2nd senior women Kait Miller - 3rd senior women Alex Lawson - 6th U23 women Phoebe Sweet - 6th junior women Quincy Massey-Bierman - 8th junior women Avery Ellis - 9th U23 women Adrienne Remick - 10th junior women ❄️ #rollerski #wetandwild #readyforwinter 📷: 1 @nensa_nordic, 2 @sia_nordic/Reese Brown
Looking backward is also looking forward. Who else is nearly ready for deep tracks and fluffy snow?! #tbt #blackandwhite #winterwhite #crosscountryskiing #craftsburyoutdoorcenter
Want to ski with the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club this winter? Hurry over to SkiReg to take advantage of early registration pricing! Fees increase for most programs on Nov. 1 at 11:59pm. Details and links to registration in bio. #isitwinteryet #whynot #sharksandminnowsfordays
The @greenracingproject biathlon team kicked off World Cup selection trials this morning in Solider Hollow, Utah. @susan.dunklee and @halliegeee produced standout results on a strong day for Craftsbury athletes. 📸 Joanne Reid
The 2018 Craftsbury Ski & Bike Swap was a great success! Skis, boots, poles, bikes, and pieces of outdoor gear sold: 673 Money raised for scholarship fund: $5,200 Pots of coffee consumed by coaches and swap volunteers: 4 The Kathy Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund supports kids in the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club, by making introductory programs more affordable and by helping junior racers travel to elite camps and races. Recipients have thus far taken part in the BKL Festival up through Scandinavian Cup races. In 2017-18, the scholarship committee awarded 71 total scholarships for program fee waivers and travel support. That accounts for 45 unique kids who received financial aid of some kind throughout the year — over 27% of the ski club’s youth winter program participants in 17-18. One of our missions at the Outdoor Center is to promote lifelong sport, and we’re proud that through programs like this scholarship fund, we can open doors for young Vermonters to become lifelong skiers! 📷: @wesvear #MissionMonday #lifelongsport #skiswap #CraftsburyOutdoorCenter