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.
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.
Mads Juul-Nyholm leads the Miramar A-Team at Aspen Highlands – March 2015.
Even if the weather outside is frightful, the weather inside Miramar’s lodge is smokin’ — and you won’t need your long-johns to be warm!
Not sure what to give that special someone this year, or maybe you need to treat yourself to a holiday break?
Even though the weather is frightfully unseasonable (thanks a lot, El Nino!), if you haven’t locked in your New Year’s plans our lodge in Waitsfield, Vermont is the place to be.
Powder shots after breakfast may not be on the menu this month, but Stowe has 21 trails open and Sugarbush 8, so there’s that. And the venerable Single Chair Weather Blog just posted about the likelihood of a “Madden-Julian Oscillation” occurring and its “capability of re-dealing the cards” on the weather. Hey, if there’s a chance it’ll work you can set me up with two shots of MJO right now, please!
But even better than shots of MJO is New Years weekend in Vermont with Miramar. Great people, great meals, great dancing, and maybe a few ski runs, too So step right up, click one of the buttons below, and buckle your seat belts for a great time!
Find out more and Sign Up for the New Years Weekend Bus Trip
Skiing at Mad River Glen has always been a decidedly retro and rarified experience and for those of us who love such things, it’s the perfect place to be and ski. It’s like a trip back in a time machine, according to The Hour newspaper.
Miramar has been on Facebook and Meetup for a while. Next came Twitter, and a few months ago a YouTube channel went live. Now, you can find, like and follow us on Yelp and Instagram too and we invite you to do just that!
The last Miramar member’s ride of the fall to Minnewaska State Park outside of New Paltz, New York, was a spectacular way to end the cycling season.
The temperatures were in the low 30’s when nine hardy Miramartians began the 11.5 mile loop around lakes Awasting and Minnewaska. It barely warmed up all day and we were treated to snow flurries on the return trip, so everyone’s ready for those snowy, early morning wakeup calls at the lodge this winter. Debriefing over German beer and lunch at the Mountain Brauhause capped the day!
Clockwise from 11 o’clock: Jim McCormick, Bob Lutz, Bill Schreiber, Sandy Galitzer, Richard Carey, Kathy Lee, George Schwab, Renatta Tennenbaum, Ruth Yashpan.
Hamilton Point looking south to the Hudson Valley
In addition to thanking those that contributed I MUST say a few words about the Miramar Ski Club Team. This was our largest turnout ever for Bike MS NYC and the fundraising has been phenomenal! It was a great group of friends that joined me out there and collectively we have helped many people with MS and those who may one day be diagnosed with it. The money we raise can fund the research to find a cure and rid the world of MS forever. Congratulations one and all. You are terrific and should feel proud of what you did today!
Not quite 30mi for most of us but a 15+mph headwind made it feel twice that
Team Captain Phil Caracci with Winter Trip Chair Jim McCormick
The whole team huddling for warmth and waiting for the start
Welcome to Miramar Ski Club’s new website!
Most of what you’re looking for is right up front: go to About to learn more about Miramar. Read the News to hear about what’s going on. Visit the Calendar and the Event Listing beneath it for dates and details of all our trips. Go to the Gallery to see more photos and videos, read Miramar’s History of emerging from the sea, and enjoy our YouTube channel to round-out your visit.
If you’re already a member and need help setting up your account this how to guide was made just for you.
While we’re at it, a shout out to Ann Forbes Cooper, Sarah McGrath, David Wallenstein, Vlad Lascar, Tom Fleming and Aamir Toor for their help taking the old site apart, shuffling the pieces, and putting it back together again with a new design and a lot more.
Like most shiny new digital things this website is entering it’s public “beta” test. Nearly everything works but please be patient if you run into some dead ends. So enjoy your visit, and let us know if you find any errors or bugs so we can fix them. Thanks!
After six months of farewells it had to finally happen. Farewell Mads, it’s been great to ski (and travel, fish, climb, run, ride and party) with you!
Mads Juul-Nyholm and Phil Caracci at Fornino