2016 Big Trip to Cortina d’Ampezzo and Venice, Italy

2016 Big Trip to Cortina d’Ampezzo and Venice, Italy

We came, skied, dined and danced on a fantastic trip led by Len Frank and Sharron Lieberman. In Cortina the weather gods cooperated, with two powder dumps, two days of flurries, two bluebird days, and for many the unforgettable 55km Sella Ronda tour. The weather in Venice was sketchier but, ever resourceful, the Miramartians started a new black-bag fashion trend and everyone managed to stayed dryish. [Click on an image to enlarge, then use the L and R arrows on your keyboard to go forward or back at your own pace.] Photo credits: Ruth Yashpan, David Wallenstein, Susan Weintraub, Colleen Curry, David Martz, Richard Carey.

Presidents Day Weekend Report

Presidents Day Weekend Report

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Forecasted Polar Vortex for Presidents weekend did not deter 19 hardy skiers (including 4 guests) from heading to Vermont. With over a foot of snow that had fallen during the week the snow conditions were great and those who had been on the previous weekend were amazed how different it looked.

Saturday 15 downhill skiers had a fantastic day at Sugarbush while 4 cross country skiers went to Trapp which also had great conditions. Saturday night we welcomed approximately 25 of the Swiss Ski club to our lodge for cocktail hour which was a lot of fun. Valentines Day we woke up to -26F temperatures with real feel of -42F. With it forecasted to be even lower on the mountains and Sugarbush lifts on “Cold Hold”, decease there were still 6 hardy downhill skiers who headed to Stowe and 3 cross country skiers went to Craftsbury.

As long as you wore the appropriate layers they reported a fantastic day of sking and didn’t want to leave the mountain! Monday was almost balmy by comparison. Woke up to -11F and expected to go up to 17F. When one of our skiers announced to the ticket scanner at Sugarbush that “it’s like spring skiing” and it was still below 0 you know that we are definitely hardy East Coast skiers! With great snow conditions people had another fantastic day of skiing. Let’s say the bus was very quiet on the way home as everybody wore themselves out skiing!

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Miramar Brings Home the Metal!

The Miramar Race Team came away with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the MET NY Ski Council Races at Pico. Here are the results:

Intermediate Event

Super Elite Women
Karen McFarlane: GS-Silver, Slalom-Gold, Combined-Silver

Elite Women
Susan Weintraub: GS-Gold, Slalom-Gold, Combined-Gold

Senior Women
Colleen Curry: GS-Gold, Slalom-Gold, Combined-Gold

Veteran Men
Chip Martin: GS-Silver, Slalom-Bronze, Combined-Bronze

Intermediate Team

Miramar Ski Club – Silver

Cross–Country Skiing with Miramar

Cross–Country Skiing with Miramar

Cross-country skiers are welcome on Miramar’s weekly ski bus trips to our lodge in Vermont. Depending on which downhill area we visit the day’s snow and weather conditions, the usual XC destinations are Ole’s in the Mad River Valley, The Trapp Family Lodge, or the Stowe XC Center.

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Ole’s , Warren Vermont — http://www.olesxc.com/

The closest cross country ski facility to our lodge in Waitsfield, Ole’s was opened by a legendary Norwegian cross-country skier. Still locally owned, Ole’s features rolling trails through the woods and fields and  past local barns. Beginner, intermediate and some challenging trails for more experienced skiers are offered. Helpful staff, excellent lessons for skiers of every level and a bright welcoming sky-light lit lounge with soup and sandwich offerings round out the experience. Occasional acoustic music jams occur at lunchtime as well as a memorable local distillery tasting.

Mansfield/Stowe Cross County in Stowe, Vermont — http://www.trappfamily.com/

Where skiing began before they invented the ski  lift. Enterprising cross country skiers unearthed the old trail maps of Stowe Ski Resort  and recreated the original trails. Just down the mountain from the Stowe Alpine Resort, Mansfield offers some challenging black runs with serious downhill stretches in addition to a multitude of beginner and intermediate trails. Facilities include a warming hut along the trail serving hot chocolate,and a yurt by the lodge to relax in. Trails connect to the Toll Road trail at the downhill resort where gravity’s pull can be experienced to its fullest. High quality instruction and rentals are available. A connection to the nearby Trapp Cabin is available for hearty souls willing to head uphill approximately four kilometers, A fireplace, soups sandwiches, hot apple cider and cookies are served. Of course after heading uphill you get to race back downhill when you have finished your destination dining experience in the woods.

Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, Vermont — http://www.stowe.com/ski-ride/xc/

A true  resort in addition to  an excellent cross-country ski venue, Trapp Family Lodge offers an on site brew-pub  an Austrian bakery as well as the Trapp Cabin. A well groomed and extensive trail system provides trails for racers as well as expert, intermediate and beginner skiers. Yes, this venue  was opened and run by the Trapp family of Sound of Music fame and the hills are alive and the trails are exceptionally well groomed.