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Putney BKL March 2–Last Practice!

Dear “Skiers”, Yes, it is true: Our last official BKL “ski” practice of the season is this Wednesday, March 2–Can you believe it!!! After braving the viscous deluge and the arm of the law last week (that was a bad-ass, outlaw practice!), we have decided to play it SAFE this Wed and HIKE in the rain on Putney Mountain!! The Plan, if you chose to surrender yourself: 3:35 pm –Meet at the Putney Mountain Rd. trailhead parking lot (see map to trail head below). Please carpool if possible, and good luck getting up Putney Mt. Road, through the mud–seriously, high clearance cars and fearless drivers might help. Dress for 40 degree “lite” deluge and some wind (15-20 mph). NO SKIING ALOUD…Just hiking…but you can bring poles (and historic pictures of Vermont winters) if you are still in denial! Leave parking lot by 3:45 pm. Our route(s) to the summit will depend on who shows up for the treatment…I mean practice. Easiest route will be 1/2-mile gradual trail to the top with some Irish breakfast tea and cookies waiting, and helicopter return to the spa. Most challenging route (no trail, no way!) will include a steep reckless decent off the west face, maybe 400 ft vertical down, followed by clawing and gritting through mud and ice up the relentless near vertical grade to the summit. You choose. Tea and cookies on the summit at 4:45pm, down to the cars around 5:15 and back to Putney by 5:30 pm, baring tow truck intervention(s), and trips to the ER. If a few grown -ups could bring tea, that would help me prepare. I am looking forward to this, and I am not even joking! …but I will understand if your have simply had enough of this kind of “skiing”. 🙂 Yours truly, Hans, 802 380 2109 ​

BKL Wed, Feb 24– practice is on, drive safe!

We have a pity “snow” day in Windham southeast. We will still have practice as planned, but please only come if driving is safe and you are looking to get out of the house for something fun to do! I think the driving should be fine on the main roads…don;t know about back roads. chow! h On Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 9:10 PM, Hans Estrin <hansestrin@gmail.com> wrote: > Dear Skiers, > > While most perfectly sane people will be snuggled in their warm houses > whining about the miserable weather outside, and the general failings of > the 2016 “winter”, we the fearless Putney BKL will be boldly staging a wild > and crazy skimeister practice at Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro!. > > > Bring skate or waxless skis. just one pair of skis will do fine! Dress > for a lovely wintry mix in the high 30s! There is currently a decent > cover of man made “snow” of sorts, and we hope it will soften a bit by Wed > afternoon and be further tempered by a touch or questionable precipitation > on top. > > This informal event will feature, we hope, a xc ski/skate up the ski > hill, followed by a giant slalom down, and then a separate jumping event > scores on style and distance. And we will definitely have a beginner and > advance level courses. ..and of course everyone will get cookies > ,…otherwise, we have yet to plan the details! > > Feel free to bring a sled along! > > All ages are welcome–and only a few brain cells required–so if your kids > don’t want to come, well just leave them at home alone …or in the car! > > Meet at 3:40 –Park at the ice skating rink parking lot above the lower > parking lot. Start by 3:50. Please car pool if possible. > > Pick up at the park at about 5:10. > > Hope to see you there! > > Thanks > Hans > 802 380 2109 > > >

BKL Wed, Feb 24–SkiMeister at Memorial Park!

Dear Skiers, While most perfectly sane people will be snuggled in their warm houses whining about the miserable weather outside, and the general failings of the 2016 “winter”, we the fearless Putney BKL will be boldly staging a wild and crazy skimeister practice at Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro!. Bring skate or waxless skis. just one pair of skis will do fine! Dress for a lovely wintry mix in the high 30s! There is currently a decent cover of man made “snow” of sorts, and we hope it will soften a bit by Wed afternoon and be further tempered by a touch or questionable precipitation on top. This informal event will feature, we hope, a xc ski/skate up the ski hill, followed by a giant slalom down, and then a separate jumping event scores on style and distance. And we will definitely have a beginner and advance level courses. ..and of course everyone will get cookies ,…otherwise, we have yet to plan the details! Feel free to bring a sled along! All ages are welcome–and only a few brain cells required–so if your kids don’t want to come, well just leave them at home alone …or in the car! Meet at 3:40 –Park at the ice skating rink parking lot above the lower parking lot. Start by 3:50. Please car pool if possible. Pick up at the park at about 5:10. Hope to see you there! Thanks Hans 802 380 2109

BKL Sunday 2/21–Come ski at Grafton!

Dear Skiers, It should be a beautiful day to come over to Grafton Ponds tomorrow to ski, in our home race, and with you family and friends for part or all of the day!! There is tubing too!! Forecast in the low 40s and partly sunny, little wind. Race info is below. Race is freestyle, which means you can do whatever you want, but skate if you can–most kids will be skating. SO you should bring skate skis if you have them and or waxless if not. Please let me know by text, phone or email, if you plan to come and race, and also if need help waxing skate skis. I will be there in the morning to help any Putney kid get ready to go. If you have never raced before, this would be a great first race to go in—low key, wide trails, 1k loop, nice and friendly! Hope to see you there, Hans 802 380 2109 Race info for Sunday, 2/21/16 The race will be held at Grafton Ponds Format: Freestyle Race start time 11:30 AM (as usual, we’ll start with the lollipop race) Registration will be from 9:30 – 11:00 One K Loop:. 1 loop 1-2’s /2 loop 3-4’s / 3 loops 5-6’s / 4 loops 7-8’s Mass Start $5.00 Registration & $7.00 paid to Grafton. You can ski the entire day (no registration fee for lollipoppers) We’ll have Amber Dodge from NENSA joining us on Sunday, too! If you’re available to bake or help with concessions, please contact Sarah Sterner. If you’re able to help as a volunteer, please contact me or Mark. We’ll have a job for you.

Wed BKL, Feb 10–Putney School…Let’s SKI!

Dear Skiers, Let’s SK!I–Snow is super thin but there is enough to slide on! Classic or waxless skis. There will likely be no tracks! Current plan is: 3:30-3:45–Welcome drills on the soccer field–double and single poling, striding with no poles, step turns. 3:45–4:05–Large group games (Capture the flag, soccer or other), youngest kids with group with Mark to play their own raindeer games 4:10-4:50–Small groups split to do …welll , you will find out…maybe play other games, do drills, or go for a crazy tour, who knows? Mark and Sarah will lead youngest skiers Kristin will lead middle group Hans will lead older group Diny will lead adventure girls (if they come!) 4:50-5++ pm –cookies on the soccer field! Seeya soon! Hans 802 380 2109 On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 7:37 PM, Hans Estrin <hansestrin@gmail.com> wrote: > Dear skiers, > > This is my now standard 2016 Monday night email to say: > > Lets see what the weather does and make the final call about Practice on > Tuesday night!! > > ….but…. > > my current plan, if we get a few precious inches of snow, as predicted is > to actually > *SKI at the Putney School!* > This will be waxless or classic skiing (If possible, do NOT use fancy race > skis). We will have kick wax, if needed. We will play games, ski robustly > and joyfully, and eat cookies…of course… and need i say that jumping is > highly probable. > > If the predicted snow fails us, well, will we cry and snivel? Will we sulk > and brood? WIll we cower and crumple? … No way!! We will STAND and come > with sensible SHOES, and smiles, singing like the Trapp family, to play > games and explore the icy woods while packing cookies into our chipmunk > cheeks! > > SO…for now, plan on getting to the Putney School Main driveway by > 3:30–official start by 3:45pm. End by 5 pm. > > Stay tuned till tomorrow night about the final activity plan… > *to ski or not to ski!* > Hans > >

Wed BKL, Feb 10–Putney School…To ski or not to ski?

Dear skiers, This is my now standard 2016 Monday night email to say: Lets see what the weather does and make the final call about Practice on Tuesday night!! ….but…. my current plan, if we get a few precious inches of snow, as predicted is to actually *SKI at the Putney School!* This will be waxless or classic skiing (If possible, do NOT use fancy race skis). We will have kick wax, if needed. We will play games, ski robustly and joyfully, and eat cookies…of course… and need i say that jumping is highly probable. If the predicted snow fails us, well, will we cry and snivel? Will we sulk and brood? WIll we cower and crumple? … No way!! We will STAND and come with sensible SHOES, and smiles, singing like the Trapp family, to play games and explore the icy woods while packing cookies into our chipmunk cheeks! SO…for now, plan on getting to the Putney School Main driveway by 3:30–official start by 3:45pm. End by 5 pm. Stay tuned till tomorrow night about the final activity plan… *to ski or not to ski!* Hans

Putney BKL for Feb 3–BLACK Mountain ADVENTURE!

Dear skiers, We do not shrivel in the face of adversity. We do not whine or complain, cower or snivel. We let not anger consume us. We let not the subjunctive tense corrupt our tongues! No! When the snowing gets melted, the tough get going…for a *BLACK MOUNTAIN Adventure!* *SO, Here is the plan* for this balmy and perhaps a wee bit wet Wednesday afternoon: – Throw your skis with superlative force into the garage, the closet, or any place where they cannot be seen. – No one is to mention the subject or verb “Ski” or “Skiing” for the entire afternoon or you will be banished from the club. – *Drive 15 minutes from Putney to Meet at the east-side Black Mountain pull- off by 3:40–leave by 3:50 pm. * HIKING with shoes or hiking boots and other sensible clothing. No Nordic accessories, if you catch my drift. Please car pool to keep the global temperature down. (And parking is very limited) ​ – We will break into two or three groups and meet on the south summit of black mountain at 4:40-5 pm for cookies and first aid. – *RETURN TIME–* Down by 5:15pm, back to Putney by 5:30-5:45 pm. – *The EASY group* will walk the trail 1/2 mile to the summit, and play mongo hide-and-seek until the others arrive. – The *EXTREME CHALLENGEE group* will slip over the west side, traverse south-east and then scale the steep shrapnel of wet granite slab, covered with slimy lichen and rattle snakes to the summit. (that last part was a joke). But did I mention this is bush-wacking?… There ain’t no trail where we are going… Only ticks just waking to the warm air and rustle of warm-blooded mammals. And if we are lucky it will also be icy, but don;t get your hopes up, given the predicted previous day of rain and 50 F. Ahh.. Februrary in VT! – The *middle group,* if there be one, will do something in the middle. thus its name. Come one, come all! Email or call me with questions as needed. Thanks Hans 802 380 2109

Jan 27 BKL Practice Confirmed!

Dear skiers, The skiing from Green Mountain Orchards (GMO) to the Grammar School was really NICE (today)…and considering temps in the 30s, so I am finalizing the plan below! Yeah! After scouting today, I would actually encourage most of the older skiers (even beginners) to start at GMO parking lot–leave by 3:40. The easy trail is groomed (thanks Pete!) , gradual decent, and it will be pretty soft. Cover is pretty good with a few bare spots, rocks, and ditches that can be avoided or embraced. Fun, and not that far. And there is great skiing south of the solar panels at the Grammar school–if we need a nice ridge top and steeper downhill diversion to fuel reckless abandon. So Anna, Alina, Lucy, the Hills, and other older beginners to intermediates–please join–it is a perfect doable challenge for you. more experienced younger kids could also join. email me if you need advice or emotional support or counseling. *BKL Coaches:* I am hoping Mark and Sarah (and Charlie) at a minimum can meet the younger kids and their parents at the grammar school lower field. Others: Diny, Kristin, Kim, Chris, etc. could meet at GMO and we will divide into smaller groups there. *I would not recommend fancy race skis for this practice*. Skate or waxless should be fine. *PLEASE NOTE: * Depending on how soft the the snow is, we may need to stay off the TGS race course in order to preserve skiing for the next several days. We will make this decision when we get there. Either way we can use the big soccer field to play games on….and there is always jumping and random romping. Fire and sugar are mandatory (this is one thing humanity has really figure out). Thank to Mark we will be burning luxury oak flooring– Zero net carbon! Please email me with any heads up. On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 8:01 PM, Hans Estrin <hansestrin@gmail.com> wrote: > Dear Skiers, > > Due to marginal cover, plus melting and likely mixed participation > tomorrow, I will need to update you tomorrow night with the final > plan….again!! ….this winter is keeping us on our toes! > > *Here is plan A (but stay tuned):* > > *Skis:* Skate or waxless–you choose! > > *END TIME/PLACE*: Practice will END at the grammar school lower field at > 5 pm with fire, treats and fun! > > *MEETING TIME*: 3:30 for all > > *MEETING PLACES!!:* THis week, we will have two possible places to > start!!–you choose…or email/ call me if you need help deciding! > > *Default meeting location:* Beginners and Pre-K /K skiers should meet at > the Grammar school lower field. You will practice skills and play games > and have a grand time like last week. Anyone else can choose to meet here > as well. > > *Option Starting location: * GREEN MT ORCHARDS (GMO) main parking area > (goggle location if needed): This is for more experience and/or reckless > and /or adventurous skiers (or just plain dumb) ONLY!! > > *Meet at 3:30 at GMO*. We will depart promptly at 3:40 pm. If you miss > this departure..go directly to the grammar school and ski on the lower > field (like last week) with the others. > > This optional group will ski to the grammar school, via trail and > bushwacking. You should have intermediate downhill skills (or a padded > butt) to make this ski. > > If it is danger and challenge you seek, I may lead an extra- special > double black black diamond kind of bushwack ski that only I can conjure. > follow me if you dare. no race skis allowed. > > ….But no worries…others in this optional group can choose a more > moderate decent. > > Optional group will get to the grammar school at about 4:15, assuming no > search and rescue efforts, where we will celebrate with a game or a team > relay…fire…sugar…jumps..general chaos. again 5 pm pick up–shuttles > to GMO will be available > > This plan may sound final…BUT it is not….please wait for a > confirmation email tomorrow night! > > email me > > Thanks > Hans > 803 380 2109 > > > > > >

Jan 27 BKL Practice

Dear Skiers, Due to marginal cover, plus melting and likely mixed participation tomorrow, I will need to update you tomorrow night with the final plan….again!! ….this winter is keeping us on our toes! *Here is plan A (but stay tuned):* *Skis:* Skate or waxless–you choose! *END TIME/PLACE*: Practice will END at the grammar school lower field at 5 pm with fire, treats and fun! *MEETING TIME*: 3:30 for all *MEETING PLACES!!:* THis week, we will have two possible places to start!!–you choose…or email/ call me if you need help deciding! *Default meeting location:* Beginners and Pre-K /K skiers should meet at the Grammar school lower field. You will practice skills and play games and have a grand time like last week. Anyone else can choose to meet here as well. *Option Starting location: * GREEN MT ORCHARDS (GMO) main parking area (goggle location if needed): This is for more experience and/or reckless and /or adventurous skiers (or just plain dumb) ONLY!! *Meet at 3:30 at GMO*. We will depart promptly at 3:40 pm. If you miss this departure..go directly to the grammar school and ski on the lower field (like last week) with the others. This optional group will ski to the grammar school, via trail and bushwacking. You should have intermediate downhill skills (or a padded butt) to make this ski. If it is danger and challenge you seek, I may lead an extra- special double black black diamond kind of bushwack ski that only I can conjure. follow me if you dare. no race skis allowed. ….But no worries…others in this optional group can choose a more moderate decent. Optional group will get to the grammar school at about 4:15, assuming no search and rescue efforts, where we will celebrate with a game or a team relay…fire…sugar…jumps..general chaos. again 5 pm pick up–shuttles to GMO will be available This plan may sound final…BUT it is not….please wait for a confirmation email tomorrow night! email me Thanks Hans 803 380 2109

IMPORTANT RACE INFO: 8:30 am registration!

..and please note, the races start this sunday at the Grammar School at 10 am BUT….. *registration opens at 8:30am and you should arrive NO LATER than 9:30am!!* the lollipopers at 10:00 and the 1st-2nd grade will begin shortly there after! Each older grade-class race will begin about 5-10 minutes after the previous one finishes. The races are: K and pre-K– lollipop small loop 100 meters Grade 1-2– 1 lap (lap==about 1 kilometer) Grade 3-4 — 2 laps Grade 5-6 — 3 laps Grade 7-8 –4 laps (Note–race distances are subject to change–so make sure you know your course before you start) minutes after new age-class races every and will likely be over by 1:00 (so don;t stop by at 2pm after the baby wakes up from a nap to check the scene out…or you will sadly realize you crammed everyone into winter clothes and busted it to Putney only to realize that you missed it!) Hans 802 380 2109