Weekend Events

2019 Weekend Calendar

February 8-10, 2019, 26th Annual Craftsbury Outdoor Center Weekend at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury Common, VT.

This family-friendly trip offers cross-country skiing for all abilities, plus all kinds of winter fun!  Lodging, x-c ski passes, and all meals included.  Rooms are also available to stay an extra night and depart on Monday, 2/11 – these do tend to fill up fast.  Mark your calendar and join us for a fun weekend!   Deposits are due in December.  Add on a one or two night stay at the lovely Highland Lodge before Craftsbury – a great opportunity to better explore the Highland Center trails. Look for the full write-up below and in Pedal Talk.

26th Annual Craftsbury Weekend - (Details)
Craftsbury , Vermont - February 8-10, 2019

In the heart of Vermont's unspoiled Northeast Kingdom, you'll find some of the finest cross-country skiing in New England. Located on a high rolling plateau, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center often gets more snow than other locations (plus they make snow!). Whether you’re an experienced cross-country skier, backcountry skier, snowshoer, or a novice in the world of snow sports, you’re sure to enjoy this popular family-friendly GSW weekend. With our 20% discount, you can’t beat our prices! Prices did not increase this year! For more information on the Center, visit www.craftsbury.com

Skiing and Snowshoeing

Craftsbury has some of the best skiing in the east! Over 100 km of trails wind through pristine Vermont scenery providing both classical and skate skiing for all ability levels. Don’t feel as though you’re really skiing unless you’re in the backcountry on untracked terrain? No worries! The Catamount Trail, a backcountry trail which spans the entire length of Vermont from Massachusetts to Canada, travels through the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. And don’t forget the 20 km of snowshoeing trails at the Center that let you explore winter at an unhurried pace. Lessons are available, as are ski and snowshoe rentals (at very reasonable rates!). Several downhill ski areas are within an hour’s drive.

Accommodations

The lodge is a former dorm – simple and comfortable. It has private (double) rooms and shared baths. Wholesome, healthy, hearty, all-you-can-eat meals (including vegetarian and gluten-free choices) are served in a cozy dining room. The weekend includes two nights lodging (Friday and Saturday), all meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch) and trail passes.

Rates (20% off the standard rates and same as last year)

The weekend rate (double occupancy) is $192.50 per person, $385 per couple.

The weekend rate (single occupancy) is $250 per person.

The three-day option rate (double occupancy) is $275 a person, $550 per couple.

The rate per person for the three-day option (single occupancy) is $340.

Registration

Please reserve early as our trip fills up quickly. Deposits are due by December 1, 2018 and full payment is due by January 7, 2019. Cancelation prior to January 25, 2019 incurs a $20 per room charge, after that the cancellation charge is last night’s stay.

When registering, please also include your e-mail address and phone number. To hold your spot, send an email and a $50 per person deposit payable to GSW (not to Paula!) to the address below.

Paula Fines, 11 Regis Road, Tewksbury, MA 01876

Contact Jim and Paula Fines at (978) 764-9868 or pfines@comcast.net for more information or to hold a room.

GSW Great North Woods Weekend in Review
Lancaster NH , July 20-22, 2018

The 38th annual GSW weekend in the Great North Woods region of NH included some great cycling weather on Friday and Saturday while Sunday was pretty wet. We had unexpected sag services along the main Route 102 corridor in Vermont thanks to Christina Brown who volunteered her time, cold water, Gatorade, fruit, and snacks. She provided sag services maybe 20 years ago and was glad to return and see friends of yesteryear. The 2019 weekend is already on her calendar!

A total of 14 people pedaled and enjoyed local dinners Friday and Saturday plus the Saturday afternoon GSW social held at our headquarters, the Lancaster Motor Inn. Many good roads with low traffic made for great cycling on the recently rebuilt Lost Nation route and the Vermont side of the Connecticut River.

Ten suggested routes ranging from 12 to 102 miles were documented with printed maps and cue sheets plus they were available on the GSW Club Ride with GPS page for on-line reference and route navigation via Garmin bike computers and smartphones. Most of the routes followed the Connecticut River so maps were hardly necessary – and the terrain is flat to rolling all the way to Canada. Of course, for those wanting some serious climbing, the Dixville Notch 102-mile Century route is always an option!

Mag Blacker continued the fun with her annual overnight tour from Lancaster to Franconia on Sunday then back to Lancaster on Monday, a lot of cycling in the showers. Six riders signed up for that adventure.

Arrangements are being made for the 2019 weekend with the Lancaster Motor Inn but higher room rates are expected. The $69.00 rate this year was a “special deal” whereas local accommodations are currently $95 to $125 per night. Mark your calendars now for your next fun adventure in the Great North Woods. This low-key, no-registration weekend event is a “great escape” from hectic summer activities. The scenic views, covered bridges, great roads, and low traffic make this a perfect mid-summer break, year after year. Join us in 2019 and find out for yourself!

Dave Topham & Judi Hull
2018 Event Coordinators, GSW-Office@comcast.net

Weekend Events Coordinator