Powder Dreams

A Nordic Trail at Bolton Valley

The March issue of KidsVT includes one of my stories, which looks at a new after-school program to get kids on Nordic (cross-country) skis. Called “Powder Dreams,” the article details the vision of the Catamount Trail Association, a local nonprofit that manages the ski trail that traverses the length of Vermont.

The CTA’s executive director, Jim Fredericks, had the idea of creating a program that would reach out to kids who don’t normally get to go skiing — Nordic or Alpine — with their families. Many of these children come from families that are part of the refugee resettlement program, with their roots in countries afar afield as Kenya and Nepal.

The idea is to teach them that skiing is available almost anywhere, something that their teacher, Emily Wheeler, is instilling in them this winter by taking them to favorite Burlington X-country ski sites: the Intervale, the Burlingon Country Club and Red Rocks.

The Web version of the story doesn’t include photos, so the picture accompanying this post is just a picture of a trail at the Bolton Nordic Area. Oh well.

As a side note, KidsVT was bought this winter by Seven Days, and has overhauled the publication to include more original local content. It looks fabulous and reads even better.

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