The snow gods, the Haydock’s, and the Rikert Outdoor Center made an exceptional event for well over 200 participants. This was the 35th edition of the Bogburn Classic, an event steeped in celebrating the roots of cross country skiing — and the second running of the event in Ripton. Traditionally held in Pomfret, Vermont on a single track, the event needed some new legs due to climate change — Rikert’s robust snowmaking system, and the Frost Mountain Ski Club have stepped up to carry on the legacy of this event.
The 2024 Bogburn was quite simply beautiful.
Sure there were plenty of fast skiers, some exceptional indeed — but the reunion of friends gathering to enjoy gliding on snow was much more the vibe.
Rikert created a splendid course that doubled back in itself several times in graceful arcs, making for an awesome skier experience. For a moment in time it was hard to think that many had traveled from snowless places.
And while there is no doubt it takes power of all sorts to create machine made snow, for another year it kept the Bogburn dream alive.
Who had the most fun — we did!