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Top 10 Photos of Winter 2016/17

Hey everyone! This is Will Zimicki, reflecting on some of my favorite photos from throughout the 2016/17 Season. This year was beautiful, and I appreciate Mother Nature for supplying some incredible conditions in which to shoot. But behind every photo, there is always a story:  

Flying Through the Glades

Flying Through the Glades

1.
This guy was FAST. From the five or six photos taken throughout the day, his mouth was wide open in just about all of them. Primarily, I think he kept it open to send out frequent whoops of joy; it was just easier that way. The glades were alive with the sounds of pure happiness.


Corduroy Morning

Corduroy Morning

2.
Here’s my one semi-pretentious artistic photo on the list. A minimalist study of diagonals, with just the hint of a lift shadow entering the photo on the right to bring the viewer back to reality. Days like this make me wonder if it’s worth it to disturb the perfection of pristine corduroy. But instinct always gets the upper hand; corduroy needs to be carved.


Springtime Powder

Springtime Powder

3.
Nick Benedix: the face of spring skiing. When Nick isn’t skinning up one of the White Mountains, it’s a safe bet he’s shredding Waterville on his teles. He likes to color-coordinate with the sky, which I applaud for photography purposes. 


Buckets of Warmth

Buckets of Warmth

4.
This is the first “really warm” day out on Bucket’s deck with some great people. The crowds came out of hibernation for this one, and the sun’s rays are almost tangible. After a few months of cold and snow, who can blame us New Englanders for pretending to be tropical on a 50° day? 


Lyon at the REV Tour

Lyon at the REV Tour

5.
Lyon Farrell, the 18 year old from Hawaii, feeling not so tropical on the first day of practice for the 2017 REV Tour. It was a beautiful thing, having the top freeskiers and snowboarders from around the world grace Waterville Parks. I hope the trend continues. 


Leah in Her Element

Leah in Her Element

6.
Not to be outdone by mountain events, nordic skiing was amazing this year. Plenty of snow, perfect grooming, and some nice sunny days. This was taken at one of my favorite spots along the trail system: where the two bridges cross Mad River and the trail makes its way up Inner Mad River. Thanks to our Adventure Center Director Leah Elliot for some excellent modeling. 


That's Good Aprés

That's Good Aprés

7.
Apres Ski nachos at T-Bars anyone? This is another one of those photos that bring back some good memories. Best part of taking food photos... ...someone has to eat it after.


Waterville Seasonal Parade

Waterville Seasonal Parade

8.
This is a line of cuteness, also known as the end of the year “Seasonal Parade.” The tradition features every member of the Waterville Seasonal Program skiing and riding in single file under White Peaks Quad, making their official pilgrimage from one year to the next. I tried to get as low as I could to capture what it was like to be a kid within the parade. With my eye looking through the view-finder, I’m just glad I made it down without running into any of the kids.


Sun and Skiing with the Smiths

Sun and Skiing with the Smiths

9.
My GM is cooler than your GM. No, but really, he is. This is our GM Tim Smith and his wife Katie, both fantastic skiers. They are fully immersed in the multiple facets of snow-riding (as a broad term), and it’s comforting to know the resort is being run by those who understand the joys of skiing. 


Early Season Snow

Early Season Snow

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Not the most stunning of photos, but it’s more the time and place that makes the photo special. A few days before the lifts officially opened, I hiked up during an early season flurry. Excitement was building. Trees were glazed with a fresh coating of snow. The photo captures a feeling that every skier or rider experiences but can't fully explain. I'm already excited for the 2017/18 season to come around so we can do it all over again.   

Cheers, WZ

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Cross Country Skiing Is Getting Popular...Why should You Try It?

According to Running USA’s statistics, the number of female U.S. runners that finished races from 1990 to 2015 increased from 1,999,200 athletes to 9,755,500 (http://www.runningusa.org/statistics)

Can you imagine that in only 25 years more than 7,000,000 women in the U.S. started running early mornings getting themselves ready for running events…

The same trend can be seen in cross country skiing. Why is it getting so popular and why should you join the cool crowds of new cross country skiers?

Skis were in regular use by Scandinavian farmers, hunters and warriors throughout the Middle Ages. By the 18th century, units of the Swedish Army trained and competed on skis. It’s not a secret that cross country skiing is a great aerobic exercise. The average person burns about 400-500 calories per hour while cross country skiing at a slow pace. Moderate-speed cross country skiing (5-7 mph) burns closer to 500-550 calories per hour. Cross country skiing is a full body workout, and you can start doing it regardless of your current fitness level. It also happens to be a killer glute workout. Just saying.

OK, so you want to try, but how do you get started? You will need boots, poles, and skis with bindings. I recommend renting equipment first to see what you like. Renting cross country equipment is less expensive than alpine. Make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes that stretch but are not too warm as if you were going for a run. One or two thin layers, depending on the temperature, should do it: leggings, light jacket, gloves, hat.

The beauty of cross country skiing is that you are your own boss. You choose your own speed, your own distance, and your own skiing style. It is a very safe sport with very little risk of injury and makes for a wonderful family activity: it’s fun, it’s outside, and it’s in the snow!

Cross country skiing really changes the face of winter for a lot of people and can change winter for you too! Don’t let the snow slow you down! Use this inexpensive opportunity to get outside, exercise, and get healthier this winter!

Waterville Valley Resort is one of the few places in New Hampshire where you can enjoy more than 70km of beautifully groomed cross country trails. The Adventure Center has it all: great professionals, nice equipment, trail suggestions, private/group lessons, and even the opportunity to ski with Olympian Kris Freeman. Stay informed on daily trail conditions and the skier experience with Leah Elliot's Director's Diary before you hit the trails.  Or... check it out when you need to day dream a little while you're stuck in the office. Visit the Adventure Center page for more info.

THINK SNOW! BE POSITIVE! T.A.B.