Stowe, VT…….The Stowe Tour de Snow day is set for Sunday, January 20 – World Snow Day. Families and friends can ski, walk, snowshoe or run on the 5.3-mile Stowe Recreation Path near Stowe and participate in fun-filled activities. The activities are set up in seven large stations include a combination of warm up exercises, yoga intro sessions, Nordic terrain park, "Learn to Ski and Snowshoe" clinics, dunk tank, hockey puck shooting, sled-pulling contest, slalom ski course competition, snow disc golf, food and drinks, and other games and contests on skis and snowshoes.
The Vermont National Guard will set up two stations, one in the field adjacent to the old “Whisker’s building” and run a full biathlon station. Biathlon is a winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. It has its origins in an exercise for Norwegian soldiers, as an alternative training for the military. The Green Mountain Boys, based in Jericho, Vt., are eager to run the station and share they experience and knowledge of the sport. Participants will be skiing laps around a small groomed oval before shooting paint ball guns at targets.
The Guard will also team up with the Morrisville Boy Scout Troop 879 and host one large station near the Weeks Hill Road intersection. The youngsters will once again run the sled-pulling contest and share their winter camping skills. The Vermont Guard will complete the affair with other activities such as shelter and fire building, winter survival training and avalanche rescue beacon demonstration.
Event creator Pascale Savard comments, “It always feels like the Tour could not get more inclusive, yet every year, we come up with new activities to add to the experience. Last year, we welcomed the participation of adaptive skiers - who are returning in 2013, some fun games and a fire pit from Stowe’s Recreation Department and the participation of the Morrisville Boy Scouts. This year, on top of all the favorites, we are thrilled to welcome the participation of the Vermont National Guard, the Helen Day Art Center and that of man’s best friend, dogs!”
Add dog sledding and biathlon to your list of “must-do” activities at the Stowe Tour de Snow this year. October Siberians, a Vermont sled dog team and Siberian Husky kennel is loading up a truck and bringing sleds and a dozen pure-bred Siberian Huskies, ranging from less than a year old to 15 years old. The outfitter, hired by Friends of Rec Path, will offer short rides to Tour participants.
The post event celebration will be held at the Helen day Art Center. Tour participants will be treated to face painting, food and drinks, and invited to put pen to paper and draw a favorite activity. “We are pleased to include the HDAC in the Tour, and create a nice mix between sportsand the arts. This will also be a perfect occasion for everyone to visit the new exhibits which will be just opening,” says Savard.
The Stowe Tour de Snow is organized by Friends of Rec Path and sponsored in parts by Copley Hospital, EverBank, Stowe Mountain Resort, Canopy Holding, Frida’s Taqueria and the Stowe Reporter.