Winter Trails Day Welcomes All Newcomers to Snowsports


On January 10, the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports partnered with Rikert Nordic Center, Ski Vermont and the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association (NDAA) to participate in the third annual Winter Trails Adapted Nordic Sitskiing Clinic.

Participants in Winter Trails Day have the opportunity to try Nordic skiing and snowshoeing with free trail passes, equipment rentals and lessons. On any given year, a dozen of Vermont’s Nordic centers participate on the second Saturday in January. NDAA and Rikert volunteers lead the state’s adaptive clinic and this year, seven participants took advantage of this opportunity to experience a great winter time activity. Participants came from Manchester to South Burlington, and judging by the rosy cheeks and wide smiles in Rikert’s cozy ski lodge after the event, fun was had by all!

Winter Trails Day is a national event where people new to snowsports such as Nordic skiing and snowshoeing can try those activities for free. As the Winter Trails website says, the goal is to “help you discover the great fitness and social benefits of these easy to learn winter sports.”


An avid Nordic skier and winter sports fanatic, Patrick Standen is the president and founder of the Northeast Athletic Association and a member of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He also teaches philosophy and medical ethics and is the silver medalist at 2015 Empire State Games Biathlon sitski division. He lives in Burlington, Vt.

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