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2014 Rikert Nordic Center Event Calendar

All events are weather/conditions dependent.

Rikert Dion Snowshoe Race

 Sat. January 4 – 1 pm           Dion / Rikert 5km Snowshoe Race 

Part of a series, snowshoe racing puts a different spin on winter. Fast paced fun – use your own snowshoes or try a racing pair. For results click here.

Sat. January 11            Winter Trails Day         

If you are new to winter sports, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are quick to learn and fun for all ages making them perfect for families and groups. A great way to get some exercise!

$5 rentals and free day pass for anyone who is new to snowshoeing or nordic skiing.

For more information:

 Sun. January 12            Frost Mountain Nordic Bill Koch Home Race BKL Race

Frost Mountain Nordic Ski Club hosts its annual  Bill Koch Youth Ski League Races at Rikert. Open to kids who want to see    how much fun racing can be.       For more information:


Sat.- Sun. January 18-19            Eastern Colleges Ski Club Races (ECSC)

Division 3 College races sponsored by SKIGA

Mon. January 20            Middlebury  Union High School Home Meet        

Come and cheer our hometown high school kids.  AM-Individual race, PM-Relay race. Spectators on foot free, skiers need a trail pass.

Rikert Fat Bike Roundup

Sat. January 25            Rikert Fat Bike Roundup  - 1 pm

The first season for Rikert and Snow or Fat Bikes – the staff can’t stay off of them!   Join this fun filled afternoon with a Fat Bike Relay Trail Race, Obstacle Course Fun Ride.  Trail Conditions by Mother Nature.  Event Fee is $25.  Fat Bikes – Demos – Cookout – T-shirts (limited to the first 50 entrants)

Sponsored by:  The Middlebury Bike Club, rkMiles, Green Mountain Bicycles, and Rikert Nordic Center.

Sat. February 8            Nat’l Bank of  Middlebury New Horizon Club Guided Tour 

If you are a member of the National Bank of Middlebury ‘s New Horizon Club, you can join us for a great day of guided ski touring or snowshoeing through trails at Rikert. Skiing, soup, tea/coffee and a guided tour included at $25.00/person;  Rentals available on site at an additional cost.   See Misse Smith at the National Bank of Middlebury.


Sun. February 9            J2/Eastern High School Qualifier   

The best high school racers and junior skiers compete for a chance to represent Vermont at the Eastern Championships here in March.

Romance Half Marathon

 Sun. February 16            Romance Half Marathon Race and Tour

Bring your sweetie or just yourself and enjoy a 25K race and tour through the beautiful Green Mountains.  Classic technique.  Hot Blueberry Soup on the trail, awards, raffle prizes and great locally made food await at the end.  Event benefits the VT Ski and Snowboard Museum.

Entry Fee: $35.00

Course:  3 – 8+km loops.

Start: in the Field, head out around Battell, First Loop, back into Field, Craigs Hill, Sheehan, Upper Craigs Hill, Figure 8, Cubeta Downhill, and back into Field.   See Course Map.

9 – 10 am Registration  *  10 am Tour Begins   *  10:30 am Race Start  *  12 pm Lunch with Raffle  *  2 pm Party Ends


Ski and Ride for HOPE

 Sun. February 16               Ski and Ride for Hope

Come join us for a day of skiing, racing and raising money for HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects) at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl and Rikert.   A great cause you can feel great about supporting.  9 am  - 2 pm.  For more information click here.

Thurs. February 20            Vt. High School State Championships  

The best high school nordic skiers are racing at Rikert for all the bragging rights of the season. Come cheer the kids on!

- 10:30 am boys individual skate     – 11:30 am girls individual skate      - 2 pm boys skate relay      - 3 pm girls skate relay


 Fri. – Sat. February 21-22             Middlebury College Winter Carnival  MiddCarniva

The best Division I Collegiate racers in the country will race at the Middlebury Carnival. Two day event on the Tormondsen Family Race Trail.

Please Note:  Spectators/foot traffic free  —  Skiers need trail pass.



Citizens Race

 Sun. March 2             Bread Loaf Citizens’ Race      

Join us for the Umpteenth running of the storied 5 K Bread Loaf Citizens’ Race. Vie for the traditional loaf of bread and other prizes. Costumes or spandex, barbecue and fun. Lollipop Race for youngsters.

- 10:00 Lollipop Race  5+under
- 11:00 5K race  Diagonal+Skate, enter by age, technique – overall winners and age category
- $10.00/family, $5.00/person
- followed by barbecue

 Fri. – Sun. March 7 – 9              J2 Championships

The J2 Championship is one of the highlights of the season for junior athletes. Each New England State and New York can qualify their fastest twenty 14-15 year old boys and girls. Four races over 2 1/2 days.

For more information, course maps etc, click on J2Championships

 FMN Grand PrixSat. – Sun. March 15-16            Youth Can-Am Grand Prix

Youth racing with an International flair. Canadian and American boys and girls compete for the coveted Maple Leaf Points Trophy.

For more information, course maps, etc, click on Grand Prix.


Bob's Birthday Random RelaySun. March 30  Moved to Sunday April 6th          

Bob’s Birthday Bash and Annual Rikert Random Relays

Come celebrate Robert Frost’s birthday with the 3rd annual Random Relays. A totally random day of great fun ending  with Bob’s Birthday cake!