The most recent stop on the NENSA Community Tours & Events series gathered skiers across New England for an Austrian extravaganza featuring skiing through the Trapp Family Lodge countryside, schnitzel, cider, blueberry soup, a vendor expo, raffle, ski demos, and so much more. Co-hosted by Stowe Nordic and NENSA, the Tour de Stowe was a re-imagining of the Stowe Mini-Marathon of years past. Course options for everyone welcomed all generations of skiers.
A hot woodstove and the friendly volunteers of Stowe Nordic welcomed skiers to the Yurt on a very brisk day for registration, warm beverages, and a vendor Expo featuring our good friends from BirdieBlue, Mountain Road Outfitters, and Skida.
The first stop in their annual Tour de Trail, Cross Country Skier Magazine outfitted participants with demo equipment and hosted a raffle benefitting NENSA’s youth programming.
Skiers electing the 12km and 20km courses departed together for a beautiful tour of the Trapp Family Lodge trails, winding through the hillside with stops at the McGovern family blueberry soup station and at the Trapps Cabin for Cold Hollow Cider and Doughnuts.
BKL skiers and families were led by NENSA’s Youth & Introductory Program Director Mackenzie Rizio on a lively 5km ski. They were treated to the McGovern family famous blueberry soup along the route and warmed up in the Yurt afterward with warm cider and doughnuts along with cheese from our friends at Cabot.
A festive party in the Bierhall followed with local brews on tap and a buffet of warm Austrian hors d’oeuvres. All were entered into a raffle drawing for a generous assortment of items from our good friends at Swix.
A huge thank you to Stowe Nordic and all of the volunteers who made such a fun event possible!
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Expansion of NENSA programming is made possible through the support of our sponsors. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all sponsors, especially NENSA Gold Sponsors Swix, Salomon, Fischer, LL Bean, and Nordic Skater and to those who joined us or supported the event directly: BirdieBlue, Cabot, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Cross Country Skier Magazine, Mountain Road Outfitters, Skida, and Trapp Family Lodge.