History was made in February, with the Craftsbury Academy boys team taking second place in Division 2 at the Vermont State meet and the girls taking fourth place in cross country skiing. This was the first time ever that the CA girls have had a scoring team with the four skiers needed to have a team rank. This was only the third time the boys have had enough skiers for a team score. The CA boys and D2 overall winner U32 both out-did all Division 1 schools. Members of the CA team included Charlie Kehler, Charlie Krebs, Noah McKibben, Leo Circosta, Cormac Leahy, Alan Moody, Lenny Stelma-Leonard, Silas Hunt, Cole McNaughton, Calvin Cacciamani, Cole VanWinkle, Anika Leahy, Ava Purdy, Sadie Skorstad, Ruth Krebs, Ida Eames, Ella Gillespie.
In March, seven Craftsbury Ski Club qualified for and skied at U.S. Junior Nationals in Minneapolis, Minn., representing New England. Ruth Krebs (Craftsbury) and Charlie Kelher (Greensboro) raced for the Vermont team at the Northeast Under 16 (U16) Ski Championships.
Imagine cross country skiing on groomed trails from Hardwick to White River Junction climbing over 10,000 feet with all the ups and downs in a single day. Akeo Maifield-Marcucci and Adam Martin, both professional skiers for the Craftsbury Green Racing Project, essentially did this feat in early March. They made a goal of skiing every ski trail maintained by the Craftsbury Outdoor Center (COC) from Albany to Greensboro starting and finishing from their house on Town Highway 19 in Craftsbury. They covered the trail network from Big Hosmer Pond in Albany to the town clerks’s office in Greensboro. It added up to 88 miles and over 9 hours of skiing. Maifield-Carucci exclaimed afterward, “I view (this ski) as a celebration of the local trail network, a chance to really appreciate all the trail work, grooming, the vision, and especially the landowner generosity that goes into it making this such a special place. So a big thank you to (everyone) who makes it possible to do that virtually any day, all winter long.” (This ski actually took place in 2021 but it is worth sharing again).
Craftsbury Green Racing Project skiers retired in April. Biathletes Susan Dunklee and Claire Egan announced their retirements from the U.S. Biathlon team after a decade of great success. Dunklee claimed two silver medal finishes at World Championships and Egan had several World Cup podiums. Three of the most successful cross country skiers for the GRP, Caitlin Patterson, Adam Martin, and Akeo Maifield-Carucci, also retired. Martin and Patterson had numerous World Cup starts for the U.S. Ski Team and Patterson won at least 10 national titles. Maifield-Carucci won the American Birkebeiner marathon, the largest marathon in North America.
The Hardwick Trails crew purchased a new groomer in December, so that they now have two Skandic snowmobiles, two rollers and two Ginzu groomers. They now have full redundancy for inevitable equipment break-downs along with faster grooming when two volunteers are on board. New maps are in the works. Maps will soon be posted on the website, hardwicktrails.com. Go ski Hardwick trails this winter. Over 200 kids have registered for Craftsbury Outdoor Center ski programs. It is great to see so many kids out skiing every day.