Holiday weekend full of fun
by Jack Deming
Jan 17, 2013 | 2549 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A young competitor takes part in Mount Snow’s Grommet Jam.
A young competitor takes part in Mount Snow’s Grommet Jam.
Whether you like the easy-going patience of ice fishing or the fast-paced descent of a mountain slope, from Mount Snow to Readsboro this holiday weekend features an assortment of outdoor activities for all ages.

If you’re up late Friday night and feel like an all-nighter is in the works, the Whitingham Firemen’s Association’s fourth annual fishing derby on Sadawga Lake in Whitingham kicks off at 12:01 am on Saturday, lasting until 4 pm. Those who hook the heaviest perch and pickerel will receive $500 while second-place winners take home $300, third place takes home $100, and fourth place cashes in at $50.

Tickets and bait are available at C&S Beverage in Wilmington, and the Whitingham Store. Tickets can also be found at the Jacksonville General Store and the Whitingham town clerk’s office. Entry fee is $10, and free for children under 5 accompanied by an adult.

If moving your muscles is more your thing, just down Route 100 in Readsboro is the fifth annual Hoot, Toot, & Whistle 5K snowshoe race and hike sponsored by Dion Snowshoes. The race is held on the Catamount Trail, North America’s longest snowshoe trail, running 300 miles from Readsboro to Canada, on a section of the trail that was once the Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington Railroad.

Registration is Saturday morning from 8:30 to 9:45 at Readsboro Central School, with buses taking racers to the starting line at the Harriman Reservoir for the 10 am start. Entry is $15, but free for those under 18 and over 65 years of age. All proceeds benefit the E.J. Bullock building restoration fund.

Sunday night at Mount Snow Resort features the blazing spectacle of the final torchlight and fireworks display of the season. At 5:30, with torches in hand, approximately 100 ski and snowboard professionals from Mount Snow’s ski and snowboard school will descend the Canyon Trail, and as the torchbearers reach the bottom, a fireworks display will light up the night sky. According to Mount Snow communications manager Dave Meeker, the event has drawn large crowds and has become a staple of the resort’s holiday events for over a decade.

Meeker expects this weekend to be perfect for skiing and boarding. “I think Mother Nature, despite what she did this past weekend, has a little remorse for what she did last season. We’ve been making snow around the clock since Monday and the temperatures are only going to get better.”

The snowfall sets the stage for the second part in Mount Snow’s Grommet Jam series on Carinthia on Monday, which was recently voted the country’s best freestyle event in a readers’ poll in Ski Area Management Magazine. The event is for children ages 12 and under and gives participants a chance to learn new tricks and skills from coaches, and participate in a park competition. Registration is from 8 to 9:30 am in the Carinthia Base Lodge, and costs $40 per participant.

The Grommet Jam series beat out 35 other events nationwide in the Ski Area Management Magazine poll.
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