24 Hours in Vermont’s Backcountry

March 18, 2016 - By: Sarah Hovis

 Many people were happy when
Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this year. Hello, early spring! But for avid outdoorsmen and women, winter is a season they can’t get enough of. This weekend in beautiful Bolton Valley, Vermont,
Native Endurance is hosting New England’s first 24-hour backcountry skimo and splitboard race. Ski-who and spit-what? We’re so glad you asked! Skimo is short for ski mountaineering, which is
a skiing discipline where depending on the steepness of the ascent, the skier will climb on skis or carry them and then use the skis for the descent. Splitboards are essentially a
normal snowboard which splits into two halves to become skis for travelling uphill. Other terms that are helpful to know are Randonnée, a
French term for ski touring and Tele-skiers
combine elements of Alpine and Nordic skiing. The bottom line is all these different styles are excellent for backcountry skiing. Back to the race… skiers will have the chance to tackle two challenging courses: a daytime loop in Bolton's backcountry, and an overnight loop on Bolton's groomed, downhill terrain. Participants who aren’t feeling they can ski for 24-hours do have a 12-hour option. And while fundraising isn’t required to participate, Native Endurance has partnered up with the nonprofit 501(c)(3)
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports to raise money for their organization. Tell us in the comments if you’d ever try this backcountry concept. Photo via: