Winter Sports

Hannah Weiss installing automated temperature sensors on a snow pile at Craftsbury Outdoor Center.
Paul Bierman / The University of Vermont

In the heat of summer, snow is the last thing you’d expect to find in the Vermont woods. But at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center this summer, that’s exactly what you’ll find — after a bit of digging — that is.

Dylan Fortin, who's 24 and from Barton, Vermont has been competing in Special Olympics since he was 8. His mother Gail says he loves to re-connect every year with friends.
Nina Keck / VPR

The annual Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games took place at Pico Mountain Resort, with nearly 200 athletes competing this year.

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The Vermont Department of Taxes on Thursday sent the Hermitage a notice that the company was “not in good standing,” with the state.

Alex Jospe was on the U.S. National ski orienteering team from 2007 to 2015, and she set the course for this week's ski orienteering world cup in Craftsbury.
Alex Jospe / courtesy

World class athletes from teams around the world are gathering in Craftsbury, Vermont for the final event in the Ski Orienteering World Cup this week. Never heard of SkiO? You're not alone.

Jessica Diggins, a Stratton Mountain School alum, immediately after winning the gold medal in women's team sprint freestyle cross-country skiing with teammate Kikkan Randall. It's the first U.S. medal in cross-country since 1976.
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With only handful of events remaining in the final weekend of the 23rd Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the United States has delivered a steady, if mildly disappointing performance.

In the last event of her last Olympics – she has been to five – Kikkan Randall finally did what no American woman had ever done: win a medal in cross-country skiing. And she made it a gold, as Randall and her teammate Jessica Diggins won the team sprint free final at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Hannah Dreissigacker introduces a group of young skiers to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center's shooting range.
courtesy Judy Geer

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center, in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, has trained six athletes competing in the Pyeongchang Olympics. That’s about half the winter athletes on the Center’s Green Racing Project team.

Mikaela Shiffrin overcame both delays and some of the best skiers in the world to claim her first gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, winning the giant slalom. The weather finally cooperated, with sunny, clear skies over the Yongpyong Alpine Center in Pyeongchang.

Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel won silver, 0.39 behind Shiffrin's combined time of 2:20.02.

Tim Van Orden of Bennington wears a blue coat and runs on snowshoes through some snowy trees.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

This March, a national snowshoe race will make its way back to Vermont.

Snowshoe racing may not be in the Olympics (yet), but for one Bennington resident, the spectacle of hundreds of people racing through a winter wonderland on snowshoes just might be ready for primetime.

Emily Dreissigacker at a competition earlier this year in Germany.
Matthias Schrader / Associated Press

When she was younger, Emily Dreissigacker would sometimes head up to the attic of her family's home, searching for memorabilia that her mother, Judy Geer, had brought back from her time as a member of two US Olympic rowing teams.

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As the Winter Olympics kicks off, the U.S. Women's cross-country ski team — including those with ties to Vermont like Ida Sargent, Jessie Diggins, Liz Stephen, Sophie Caldwell, Kaitlynn Miller, and Caitlin Patterson — is favored to bring home a number of medals.

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This week’s winter storm came at the perfect time for a group that has been skiing and riding in mid-March at Stowe Mountain Resort for over a quarter-century. This week is the annual winter summit for insurance giant AIG and some special guests.

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It takes a lot of electricity to keep an ice skating rink running. That's part of why the Woodstock Union Arena has created a four-tier plan to reduce energy costs, which account for about one-third of its business expenses.

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Is it that living in the far north only attracts a brave and hearty soul? Or does almost six months of winter weather start to addle the brain and motivate seemingly sane individuals to enter events like the Lake Elmore Polar Splash or the 8-Hour Polar Bear Obstacle Challenge?

Red Bull Crashed Ice

When it comes to winter sports and Vermonters, it seems that the longer you stick around here, the more you want to push the limits. It isn't long before you find some daring, crazy sport you want to try.

For Lex Jackson of Shelburne, it's something called ice cross downhill. She competes in the sport on the Red Bull Crashed Ice Tour. In just two years in the sport, she has risen to No. 1 in the U.S. and third  in the world.

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Rutland’s Chloe Levins is fierce on the golf course. She’s won the state high school championship twice. But the 17-year old also competes on snow.

The Rutland High School senior is what you’d call an uber athlete. She’s good at sports that require intense concentration like golf, but also has the explosive physical conditioning needed for Nordic skiing. Biathlon, a sport that combines Nordic racing with target shooting, harnesses both her skill sets.

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Weather forecasters are looking ahead to a cold and snowy week. It's a turnaround from the relatively warm and snow-free weather we've seen across the state this winter. We're looking at how this winter's weird weather has been affecting the state's economy- from tourism and the ski slopes to heating costs, retail, and beyond.

Wallis: Women's Hockey

Jan 25, 2016

I grew up in Vermont playing pond hockey. We shoveled snow in straight lines to clear the ice. The dogs, Seamus and Mr. McGregor would happily retrieve the puck from snowbanks that formed the edges of the rink - temporary until the next snow.

While repeated blizzards have created hours of shoveling for some, they’ve also been a boon to skiers and others who choose to hit the trails.