Fun and Games at Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Craftsbury Common, Vermont
January 6 - 9, 2006
Written by David Fisk
and Ski Adventures :
Of course, the snow conditions were good, as they always seem to be at
Craftsbury. Apparently, Craftsbury gets snow when no one else does, and
the operators groom (the trails) well and often. Skiing on Big Hosmer
Lake was especially good this year, and several of us discovered that
it's a great workout (including me, chasing Duane) and a great place to
practice classical technique. And there's no reason to face plant on
We had about forty skiers and guides (I lost count), but by Saturday
around dark we had misplaced Nancy and Ron. They, too, had discovered
Hosmer and were still skiing. Fortunately, they returned before the
search party went out. (Now Nancy sees the logic of carrying a two-way
After our Craftsbury weekend, I found some satellite photos of Big
Hosmer that were taken that Sunday. Someone appears to have tramped
patterns on the lake snow to entice aliens to land. The patterns
weren't in any known language, but seemed to have a structure. Perhaps
Chris could decipher them for us (and NASA).
New People :
We had several attendees new to Ski for Light or to the Regional: Mary,
from Minneapolis (ha ha—St. Paul, really), Marilee and Ed, from
Virginia, George, from Vermont, and Andrew (Susan and Joe A’s son),
from Wrenchville, Connecticut (Wrenchville, Ridgefield, whatever—they
sound the same). Any who have attended SFL International events
probably found a somewhat less structured atmosphere at Craftsbury. I
hope they found it appealing, and hope all the newcomers will return.
Evening Activities :
The Silent Auction and Raffle offered both bargains and laughs (we have
to get a better looking model, though!) As I recall, Sunday evening was
much subdued compared to Saturday. Not even a Scrabble game to be
found—or maybe the Scrabblers were hiding from me.
There were some comments that Craftsbury's food isn't as good as it
used to be. Although I agree that some meals aren't as exciting as they
once were, the food is always freshly prepared, is mostly
homemade, and is healthful. I still think it's the best ski weekend
eating we've encountered. We might talk to the owners about a larger
supply of vegetarian dishes, however.
Miscellaneous Musings :
Several years ago, skiing replaced bicycling as my favorite sport. The
feeling of exercising outdoors in the clean, crisp air, in a season
that would logically have us huddled indoors, makes me feel very
alive. New England Regional Ski for Light and its people add
another dimension to the experience.
Sue C. and Donna had good coffee brewing in the common room every
Nancy’s lost cell phone: I had fun calling all the numbers in the
phone's memory trying to figure out whose phone it was!
A great feature of Craftsbury is that once we arrive, there's NO
DRIVING! Walk to meals; walk to the gift (wine) shop; walk to the
We're scheduled to go to Craftsbury again in January 2007. Not only
that! We’re going back for a summer weekend of canoeing,
kayaking, hiking, swimming and relaxation from August 25-28. I
hope you can attend one or both of these events!