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First Ski in 2017’s SECOND Ski Season 2017-03-18 13.4 km8.3 mi 2h:19m 10 photos

Junction with Loon. Looking back the way I had come. Where Chickadee meets Chickadee returning. Wild Wings home base. Map

After a crazy warm spell in February we lost all of our snow but a March storm brought us enough so XC ski places could open again. Wild Wings was my choice to try out the new snow. I warmed up on their Woodcock trail to discover my tape wax was working reasonably but would sometimes stick and sometimes slip. So it is with waxed skis around the freezing point.

Thaw at Season's End 2017-02-25 6 km3.7 mi 1h:29m 3 photos

Bridge that marks the start of Snowgoose. The stream much wider than the last time I was here. Site of an earlier photos with round snow covered rocks. Map

With the threat of high temperatures and rain in the following days, I grabbed my skis and headed for Wild Wings and was so glad I did. I don't remember such fine conditions on such a warm day. My wax skis couldn't get a grip on the 50 something degree snow but my waxless skis worked perfectly! In fact I was surprised how much glide I was getting on such wet snow.

Afternoon on Classic Skis 2017-02-05 13.5 km8.4 mi 2h:34m 3 photos

The second lookout. Red Pine forest and trail leading to the first of two lookouts. The first of two lookouts. Map

Equipped with both racing and backcountry skis I started out with the backcountry pair because these trails never get groomed any more. Well I've never been so happy to be wrong. Though there were no tracks set, the corduroy trail was very easy and fun to ski compared to the lumpy state we delt with on Thulrday.

Woodstock Ski at Mt Tom 2017-02-02 6.6 km4.1 mi 1h:48m 10 photos

Reid drinking his Mom's water. Bonny with Reid following. The gradual climb up the carriage road. Map

My sister, Bonny, and her son, Reid, joined me in a ski to the Mt Tom Star overlooking Woodstock. At 13, Reid has been skiing for a couple of years at the Bill Koch League at Mountain Top Ski Touring Center and is doing well skate skiing which is the way he went on this trip. He had no trouble keeping up or ahead of Bonny and I on our racing classic skis.

Chittenden 2016-10-15 7.5 km4.7 mi 1h:20m 17 photos


Haystack Mountain 2016-04-30 2.5 km1.6 mi 1h:01m 7 photos

Nell, our tour guide, was enjoyed by Roxane. Where the foot path leaves Tunket Road. Parking on Waite Hill Road The beginning of the trail. Map

Quite a few other hikers taking advantage of the sunny April day. We felt lucky to have found a place to park. The track shows only the way up. My phone ran out of battery on the trip back down. A nice hike with Roxane and a great view at the top. Here’s a panoramic from the summit: .

2nd Rollerski trip, Lake St.Catherine 2016-03-30 8.4 km5.2 mi 0h:47m 1 photo


Though a late start, it turned out to be a beautiful evening to be out on the rollerskis. Starting out I felt optimistic and set my speed reducers on the first notch. Really this setting does little but keep the wheels from coast spinning when you pick them up off the road.

First AWD Roller Ski Trip 2016-03-24 4.7 km2.9 mi 0h:25m 2 photos


Completely skunked for skiable snow this past winter, I decided to get some roller skis. These came from Nordic Skater in Norwich, VT and have inflatable tires and aluminum frame. Six inch wheels are made for gravel roads though in my first trial on the driveway, the gravel was too soft for easy forward progress.

Little Lake and the inlet and outlet 2016-03-13 5.7 km3.5 mi 1h:34m 6 photos

The close proximity of cottages along the outlet reminded me of the Florida shore. Peter in his fiberglass boat in the outlet. The landing I tried to use skating only to find the water under the bridge was not frozen. Looking south, back the way we had paddled. Taken at the north end of the inlet near Lake St. Catherine. Map

With a short window of time to paddle, Peter and I chose to do only Little Lake but once there it was so nice to be on the water we extended the trip by following the inlet and then the outlet before finishing up. A beautiful sunny day. It seemed odd that only a few weeks before we had been skating on 6+ inches of ice on the same lake.

Little Lake 2016-02-07 14.4 km8.9 mi 1h:20m 4 photos

Straight line is snowmobile track and there are several fishing holes visible. Stopping to tighten the skate boots. Yes, the ice was this glossy. Taking a little break. Map

A party of ice fishermen were enjoying the lake but otherwise there was no activity, no skaters. The ice was very good though a little harry getting from the edge onto something firm enough to stand on. On skating around I noticed a snowmobile parked on the ice next to a dock waiting for more snow. Well it is the year for skating instead of snow sports.

Lake St. Katherine 2016-02-07 2.1 km1.3 mi 0h:15m


I was planning to skate the length of Lake Saint Catherine but I was disappointed to find a large expanse of melted ice on one side of the lake. This prompted me to turn around and head back to the car. It was a round trip starting at the parking lot. I forgot to start my tracking app.

White Rocks Ice Beds 2015-11-29 2.7 km1.7 mi 1h:22m 10 photos

Bottom of the ravine: The Ice Beds The Overlook White Rocks Outlook Map

A short day trip, close to following the same steps I first made on the Long Trail but this track stays well below the elevation of the Long Trail on a side trail called the Ice Beds Trail. We left the parking lot in what seemed like a brisk mid morning breeze. The termperature was around freezing but it seemed colder with the breeze and dampness.

Foliage Paddle on Chittenden Reservoir 2015-10-10 8.1 km5 mi 1h:57m 29 photos

Mount Carmel Map

A short window of time for both of us. Roxane drove straight to the landing. I had taken the boats to the job and left there at 3:15 to meet Roxane at the landing. We got on the water and the temperature and wind were milder than we expected but the colors were all we hoped they would be. It was nice to hear and see some loons and Roxane was able to get quite close to a young one.

Late August on Lowell Lake 2015-08-28 3.2 km2 mi 1h:59m 32 photos

lake scene Strong sun light The amazing swamp lily pads north end Map

A leisurely trip around Lowell Lake. This time with my neighbor who is a science teacher so we noticed many plants and animals along the way, from turtles with orange shell interiors to spiral stemmed water plants. My neighbor got to see a big snapping turtle below the surface.

Around The Chittenden Res Island 2015-07-29 4.8 km3 mi 0h:53m 10 photos

Loon 3 Loon 2 Loon 1 An unusual paddle boat Map

I didn’t have much time to paddle but making the best of it I headed out on the reservoir and came upon some loons splashing. It was a pair with a young one. I’ve included a few shots of them. I soon realized I have more errands to run before heading back to work so headed back to the landing without taking in much of the shoreline.

Skating Many Loops 2014-03-10 10.5 km6.5 mi 1h:34m 4 photos

Frost Homestead Frost Fields to Cabin The Frost Fields This Track Green Map

Already in the Middlebury area, I took a little time out to ski. Conditions were perfect, to start with at least. Well groomed trail with an inch of new power was perfect for skating. If you view the "Stats" mode on the map you’ll see I had a false start and went back to trade in my fleece vest for a wind shell. I skied this trip with no pack or even water.

Inner Loops 2014-02-18 8 km5 mi 1h:27m 6 photos

Red Pines Forst Cabin Frost Homestead This trip is the dark blue track. Map

Snow was coming down heavily on the drive to Rikert. Once there I could see the wind was blowing the snow so a pulled on my anorak before heading out. It remained on for the trip. I headed up to the end of the western leg of the race trail which come to find out was named Craigs Hill, the upper end of which I took on the last trip to Frost Trail.

Frost Trail 2014-02-08 7.8 km4.8 mi 1h:34m 8 photos

Crossing into the National Forest Warm Enough to Shed Wind Pants Looking Forward A Rest Stop, Looking Back Map

The upper most trail was all ungroomed while the close-in snow making trails were groomed fit for the Olympics. Quite a contrast. I accessed the backcountry trails by climbing the racing trails. My extra wide waxless, backcountry touring skis more than filled the tracks as racers whizzed by me on skinny skis.

First Big Snow 2014! 2014-02-06 6.1 km3.8 mi 1h:06m 2 photos

Trails divided Snowmobiles left, Skier right Map

Finally a decent amount of snow. Classic out on the natural snow and skate skis on the man made. Very nice to have snow but not lots groomed yet.

Second Ski 2014-01-24 8.5 km5.3 mi 1h:19m


Still with thin cover but the snow in the race track is getting thicker as more has been added. Still it has been too long since I last got out to ski and it felt good to slide. I tried the practice loops on the other side of the highway but there really wasn’t enough snow. Some dirt and grass  had been tilled up to the surface so it was a dodge-the-dirt exercise. This was just a skating day.

Statistics Charts

Cliff Dutton Cliff Dutton
Trips 86
Photos 832
Total distance 717 km445 mi
Max distance 65 km41 mi
Avg distance 8 km5 mi
Total duration 6 days 12h:41m
Max duration 9h:21m
Avg duration 1h:49m

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