And So it Begins

Hi Everybody!
It’s hard to believe we’re already four days into this trip. It feels like we just got here. The conditions are great here in Stowe, albeit a little chilly out. While the thermometer reading is already low, the added humidity makes for a freezing combo.

We’ve had a great couple of days despite that. After a long two travel days, we had a great, well rested ski yesterday followed by an amazing opening ceremony. We got to parade down the main street of Stowe with all the teams. For a few minutes we got to feel like the real Olympic teams in Sochi doing the parade of nations! We found an awesome flagpole in our basement and waved our California/ Far West flag high. We then walked back to the Ice Arena and got to hear the granddaughter of the recently late Maria Von Trapp speak, along with several other distinguished Stowe-ites and Vermonters. We even were entertained by Rusty, a native of Stowe portraying what he called “Old Vermont”. He entered the arena driving a zamboni and swigging maple syrup! Needless to say, it was quite the performance.

Today was the classic interval start race. 10 kilometers for the U20/U18 boys, and 5 kilometers for everybody else. The course is very hilly, starting off downhill, and climbing back up and descending twice, before going to the low point of the course. From there, its a roughly 1.5 kilometer slog back up to the top of the course and the finish. I was really excited for this race. I felt good and I knew exactly where I wanted to hammer the hardest. As it turned out, I took the first lap a little too hard and I ended up slowing down significantly on the second lap. Still, I left it all out there and even though I was pretty far off my results goal, I had a good race.

As always, there have already been some flag related shenanigans between us and the PNSA crew. With their three houses being less than 300 feet apart from our main house, it was only a matter of time. PNSA, however, made the mistake of leaving their flag on a low part of the roof of one of their houses. Skyler and I seized the opportunity and found a 16 foot long pole in our basement. We used this pole to knock their flag off of the roof and into our hands. As it stands, we are still in possession of the PNSA flag, and I’m fairly confident we still have our own flag.

More news from Stowechi will be coming soon


(Photo creds to Stacey Herhusky) :)



  1. Joyce Zabell says

    Hi Sam.
    I’m eagerly awaiting another entry written by you. I know you write as well as you ski… expert in both areas!
    And getting better all the time. I really enjoyed reading it.
    1. Keep up the great work,
    2. Have a terrific time at Stowechi with your great team & coaches.
    3. Call me when you get home and fill in the details.

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