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Gearing up for the Snow — VBT Cross-Country Skiing Clinics

Even with sunny skies and warm temperatures hanging around a bit later this year we’re still gearing up for the snow – here in Vermont and in your neck of the woods. VBT’s own Olympic Cross-Country Skier, Garrott Kuzzy, has been traveling around the country hosting dryland training clinics to get travelers ready for our new Cross-Country vacations! But hey, it hasn’t been all training. We’ve played much harder than we’ve worked.

We kicked off our string of clinics in familiar territory, hosting events in our Bristol farmhouse and at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center just outside of Burlington, Vermont. Over a dozen travelers joined us for skiing tips, a barbecue and quite a few laughs.

A few friends of VBT braved the weather in Boulder and we had a great time as the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains offered a dramatic backdrop for our clinic in Scott Carpenter Park. We wrapped up our clinic right as it began to rain, then caught up about VBT tours over a beer at Boulder Nordic Sport.

Over 25 skiers joined us on Tuesday evening. We had an excellent ski clinic, largely due to the great turnout at Bike Doc in Dousman, Wisconsin, outside of Milwaukee.  Participants from Milwaukee Ski Club, Lapham Ladies, CXC Skiing and VBT Travelers all made it out to gear up for the trails this winter!

Find out how you can join us on two exciting Worldloppet Cross-country Ski Competitions or check out our full line of Cross-Country Skiing vacations.

5 Ways VBT Gets You Closer to Local Culture

The old adage goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Though it may be a cliché, it’s also good advice. The best way to get a sense for the culture you’re exploring is by living alongside the natives. But don’t stop at simply doing as the locals do, be sure to eat what they eat, drink what they drink and give it your best to speak as they speak. On your own, it can be difficult to get an authentic sense for local lore, but with a little support, you’ll find yourself immersed in the culture around you. Here’s how you’ll get closer to local culture when you travel with VBT.

Active Vacations

Active Exploration

Be involved in your vacation. It’s unlikely that your senses will simply attune to your surroundings on their own. It’s up to you to activate them. By exercising your body, you’ll alert your mind to the wonders of your environment. So hit the road or the trail and get your body moving at an enlightening pace. No need to worry, you can push yourself as much or  little as you’d like, and when you need a break, our support van will be there with snacks, drinks and a few friendly faces.

Local Trip Leaders

As fascinating and amazing as new lands can be, unfamiliar destinations can also be a bit daunting. Perhaps you know what you’d like to see, but don’t know how to get there. Or maybe you simply don’t know where to start. That’s where your local Trip Leaders come in. They’ve ridden these roads, walked these paths, and skied these trails many times before. They’ll fill you in on all the good stuff, the sights you can’t miss and the food you must taste. Trust us, your experience will be all the richer for having explored with a genuine local.

Italian Food

Authentic Cuisine

When we say engage your senses, we mean all of them. One of the greatest ways to explore is by way of your taste buds. Wherever you are, make sure you sample the local specialty. After all, it’s better here than anywhere else in the world! You don’t have to worry about a few extra calories either, you’re sure to burn them off on the trail. So there’s no need to skip dessert.

Unique Encounters

Here at VBT, we have plenty of friends, in plenty of places. We’ll introduce you to our companions, and they can help introduce you to a little known custom, a family tradition or even a few phrases to take with you as you continue to explore. Plus, by stopping in on a local family, resident historian or indigenous artist, you’ll get a sense of real life, away from the crowds.

Bike Tours

Take Your Time

Perhaps you’ve traveled on your own before. The excitement of a spontaneous adventure, stepping into a café out of the way or simply stopping, and taking it all in can do wonders for your journey. These are the moments that will stay with you, and we recognize the importance of time on your own. The great thing about VBT vacations are that we’re always there when you need us, but we provide ample opportunity for you to get away from the group, and wander on your own. So go ahead, take a little detour, have a little adventure. You’re sure to have a story or two for the group when you rejoin them later for dinner or a drink.