Join us once a month for our Thirsty Thursday on the Red Bench Speaker's Series. Each month will feature a new subject and speaker or panel of speakers. Doors open at 6pm. Beverages available. Entrance donation $10.
Next up: Dec. 6th | History of the Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol with Vermont historian Brian Lindner and others.
Each year, dozens of magazines and online outlets reveal the results of their extensive ski tests and gear reviews. This October 11, the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum will be bringing together ski testers from SKI Magazine, Backcountry Magazine, Ski Essentials—the Stowe-based e-newsletter and Exotic Skis.
“It’s going to be a great forum to hear about what’s the best gear for 2018/19 and also to get an insight into how ski testing and gear reviews actually work,” says Lisa Lynn, the editor of VT Ski + Ride Magazine and a former editor at SKI, who will be moderating the event.
Participants will include Tyler Cohen, editor in chief of Backcountry Magazine and the person who coordinates their gear testing, Steve Sulin of Pinnacle Sports in Stowe and key figure in ski testing for Ski Essentials, Eric Edelstein of Exotic Skis, the online forum that has done exhaustive testing of numerous microbrands of skis from around the globe, and testers from SKI Magazine’s annual gear tests.
“This is a great kickoff for our winter forum speaker series, which we have renamed the Red Bench Series in honor of the Red Bench, a former fixture in Stowe’s Octagon, and now a gathering spot in the Museum’s Main Street building,” says Executive Director Deb Taylor. Future Red Bench Series topics include talks on the 10th Mountain Division, iconic snowboard photography and biathlon.
Join us for an interactive conversation about Vermont huts, past, present and future! Learn about exciting plans for a new hut system in Vermont and hear about the history of some of Vermont's most beloved backcountry huts, from Stowe's Stone Hut to Bolton's cabins, to hidden huts around the state. Panelists will include Craig Whipple of Vermont State Parks, Mike Debonis, executive director of the Green Mountain Club, Adam DesLauriers of Bolton Valley, and R.J. Thompson from Vermont Huts Association.
Hear what they have to say, ask questions and enjoy beverages from our series sponsor Collective Arts Brewing. Thanks to them and also to series sponsors Sisler Builders and Vermont Ski + Ride.
Moderated by Lisa Lynn, editor of Vermont Sports and Vermont Ski + Ride Magazines.
Buy tickets at the door or on-line at https://vtssmredbench.brownpapertickets.com
What's up with downhill mountain biking in Vermont? In just the last few weeks ski resorts around the state have been making news. On July 21, Suicide Six opened it's new Elemental bike park, jumping into the downhill mountain bike scene and joining Mount Snow, Killington, Okemo, Sugarbush and Burke in offering lift-served mountain biking. The VT Mountain Biking Festival returned to the trails at Ascutney this summer. This week, Killington plays host to one of the biggest mountain bike events in the country: the Fox US Open, attracting an estimated crowd of 5000.
Join us at the Museum for our next Thirsty Thursday and hear firsthand from many of the people making this all happen. Nick Mahood of Suicide Six, Lilias Ide of Kingdom Trails, Ryan Thibault of MBTVT, Angus McCusker and Zac Freeman of Rochester and Randolph Area Sports Alliance, and representatives from Burke, Bolton Valley, Killington, and Sugarbush will be at the Museum for a roundtable discussion of the future of mountain biking at resorts around the state.
The informal discussion with audience participation, will be moderated by Lisa Lynn, editor of Vermont Sports and Vermont Ski + Ride. Doors to the museum will open at 6p and guests are invited to enjoy the exhibits and socialize. The discussion begins at 6:30. Sponsored by Collective Arts Brewing and Vermont Sports. A $10 entry donation helps support the Museum. (Photo courtesy of Suicide Six.)
Buy Tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3584618
Join us for our Annual Meeting as we celebrate the Museum's 30th Anniversary! Refreshments and a birthday cake will be served. We'll also be having a special showing of the 1983 Joe Jay Jalbert film "Rivals: Anatomy of the Downhill" which covers the 82-83 World Cup downhill season where the winner was not crowned until the last race - come find out who won! The film is recognized as one of the top 100 snowsports films.
A panel discussion on the equipment of the 10th Mountain Division