As many a Craftsbury Outdoor Center guest can attest, a common frame of mind people have when visiting us for skiing or sculling camps is “this is going to be great, I’m going to be working out all day and maybe get ready for beach season.” That is, they think that until they experience how delicious the food in our dining hall is. Kerri Snyder, this week’s #sundaystaffspotlight
, is one of those people responsible for thwarting even the best laid plans for beach season. Kerri started off cooking meals at the Center but has shifted her efforts towards her diabolically good baking skills like her chocolate covered caramel espresso bars or sourdough breads that have changed people’s entire perspectives on life (the mischievous glint in her eye as you helplessly grab another dessert is easy to recognize). One of our few midwestern transplants at the Center, Kerri was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa before attending school in Missoula Montana. She studied health and physical education and then worked as a hospital corpsman in the Navy reserves, drilling with an underwater dive team. She did medical work with them but once her eight years were up, she decided it wasn’t the life for her so she moved out to our neck of the woods with her husband at the time. They started out on a big farm in East Albany and one of the first people she met in the area was a tenant they had in their farm’s second house, Davis, our world-renown head of the Winter Touring Center here. Kerri spent many of her initial years in Vermont raising their daughter and son before getting into the food business. She started off at the health food store in Newport and then ran some school kitchens for several years. She eventually decided to join us at the Center when she realized she wanted to work on the sweeter side of things with more freedom with what she could serve and experiment with. After starting as a cook, she fully switched over to baking which she takes special enjoyment from. She likes both the creative side as well as the scientific, chemistry aspect of baking for our guests. Thanks for all the sweet treats, Kerri!
One more beautiful evening for the last Tuesday Night Race of the season! The racing culminated with celebration and prizes as we awarded our overall series champions and age group winners. Full results recap at the link in our bio. Thank you to all who joined us for a great season of Tuesday Night Racing!
Lunging into this week’s skiing like our BKL kids lunging into the line. The question is, who took the W right there?
Do you love skiing and working with kids? We’re looking for a coaching intern this summer to help with our junior and BKL programs. Link in bio for more details and how to apply
Post-collegiate skier looking to take your game up next season? The Craftsbury Green Racing Project (GRP) is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 training year. Full year Biathlon, summer U23 training group slots as well. Limited space, apply now! Details:
Racing at @seefeld.2019
📸 By @lazenbyphoto
#gogreen #langrenn #xcski
A big thank you to Roger and Margie Prevot for hosting a spectacular Tuesday Night Race at their trails in East Hardwick! Check the link in our bio for results, and join us next week for the pentultimate TNR of the season! #tnr #skiracing #crosscountryskiing
is traveling to a new venue! Tomorrow’s race will be a 7.5k paired interval start freestyle at the Prevot family’s trails in East Hardwick, VT. Information about location, parking, and more can be found on our website - link in bio. Huge thanks to the Prevots for giving us this opportunity to check out their trails - hope to see you there! #tnr #skiracing #crosscountryskiing
After an in-depth discussion of Flight of the Conchords with our resident Kiwi, we finally got into this week’s #saturdaystaffspotlight
with Nils Koons (who refuses to confirm whether it’s pronounced Neels or Nills), former GRP skier who returned to the Center a year ago. Nils started everything in New Zealand but moved to Maine, his dad’s home state, to start high school after his dad finished teaching in NZ. During high school Nils started seriously Nordic skiing and became (as many around the Center will describe) one of the most naturally gifted skiers we’ve seen around here. Upon graduating from high school a year early, Nils needed to occupy himself for a year, so he decided the best option was to live in Norway for a year and attend school. Not knowing how to speak a word of Norwegian, he found himself spending his time desperately flipping through a Norwegian dictionary to figure out what on earth was going on around him. Nils luckily found one class where he was able to do well as he explains between fits of laughter: math - partly due to it being universal, but mostly because (he stresses several times) he had a much better calculator than everyone else which was able to integrate all sorts of functions. This apparently came back to haunt him in his calculus classes when he headed back to the States to study engineering at Dartmouth college where he wasn’t allowed to use his beloved calculator. The next step along in his life brought him to the Center to train for two seasons after college. Of course, Nils is too modest to talk about the successes of his skiing career which include various podium finishes in Supertours as well as racing at various World Cups and Championships. After they both retired from racing, Nils and Hannah headed down to NZ to travel around and work before eventually deciding it was time to head back somewhere with a “real winter” as Nils describes it - somewhere where you can walk out your door and into your ski bindings. If you see him around the Center, make sure you ask him for the story of when he moved to Colorado for three days before learning the house he was living in was to be demolished on the fourth day. Thanks Nils!
snow athletes are on track all over the world this weekend. Skiers are racing at World Championships and China City Sprint Beijing. Biathletes are preparing for World Championships in Sweden and racing on the IBU Cup in Estonia. Tap the link in our bio for results and ways to watch. •
Remember way back when...
draft horses were used to install cables?
In the Northeast Kingdom of VT, draft horses are often still the best way to pull cable through certain rural areas. This photo (swipe ⬅️ for full color) is from only 5 years ago in 2013, when a fiber optic cable for internet was installed at the Center!
#tbt #throwback #meldingoldandnew #northeastkingdom #vermont #craftsburyoutdoorcenter
We’re hosting the VPA Freestyle State Championships tomorrow! High schoolers from across VT will be racing for the title of state champ - should be an exciting day of racing! The north 5k race course will be in use for most of the day, which should be easy for both spectating and avoiding if you just want to go for your ski. The TC has maps to help with both! See you tomorrow, and good luck to all racers!
Did anyone else start dreaming of hot summer runs during yesterday’s windy blizzard? Summer is just around the corner, and for now the skiing is tremendous, the roads are runnable, and the ergs are ticking out meters. For more words on practicing patience, head over to the Craftsbury blog to read running director Heidi Caldwell’s recent thoughts about dealing with injury. #multisporttraining #allweatherathletes