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The Importance of Self Care

Mar 23, 2020 3:16:08 AM

Clarke crosses the finish line in first place at the Times-Union 5K in Jacksonville, FL back in January 2020. Photo Credit: Used with permission from Times-Union Half Marathon & 5K.

With all of the mayhem this pandemic is creating it is important to take a step back from the news, negativity, and stress. Stay aware of what's going on, but take some time to unplug and clear your mind. It is now typical that wherever you go places are closed and no one is to be seen. Although this eerie sight has become the norm, birds are chirping, the sun is still shining, and there should be even more of a motivation to get out and do something while still keeping a safe physical distance.

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1 Comments | Posted in News Bicycling Expert Tips Running By Clarke Shedd

A view of Kumbhalgarh Fort (left) and a Tea Hike in Munnar (right). Photo Credit: Jon Kohn.

Last January my family and I spent 6 months living and traveling in India. My wife Abby is a South Asian Historian at the University of Vermont, was on sabbatical, sponsored by a Fulbright Scholarship. Accompanying us was my wife’s nephew Ross who would become like a big brother to our son Zachary. We lived in Mumbai where Zach attended kindergarten and Ross 10th grade at the American School. The weather in India varies by region, ranging from triple digits and humidity to snow and cold in the Himalayas. In Mumbai, the temperatures range from the 70’s to low 80’s in January progressively climbing toward the high 90’s with increasing humidity hitting 80% as the monsoons approached in mid-June.

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Comments | Posted in News Adventure Travel and Lifestyle Hiking By Jonathan Kohn

In 1969, twin brothers Zandy and John Wheeler, along with a group of UVM ski bums opened up a small town ski shop and called it "Skirack".

50 years has seen a lot of changes in gear - do you remember leather boots and straight skis? What about the day-glow days?

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Comments | Posted in News Videos History By Skirack

Derek finds powder in the woods at Bolton Valley. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

Whether you are someone who spends their whole day lapping the park; or the dedicated split boarder heading out at first light exploring ever further from the resort area boundaries; we all are listening to something. With headphones on or just on the way to the mountain, we all need that little something to get us amped and ready to shred. We have assembled a play list from a bunch of our staff who snowboard to help get your day off to a great start. Our staff has some pretty diverse tastes and each pick is of the employee's own liking. The lyrics may not be suitable for all folks or tastes, but diversity in how we ride and what we listen to is what makes snowboarding so fun. This is just meant to possibly expand our customers own music libraries and create some conversation on what you’re listening to as well.

Feel free to put your own top five picks in the comments so we can all find something new to queue up for that next awesome powder day!

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Skirack through the years: 1970s, 1980s, and today in 2019.

As an outdoorsy native Burlingtonian, my relationship with The Skirack/Downhill Edge is a long one, so here goes. You can also Google some of the long-gone businesses and brands mentioned here.

Center Street:

I remember the first Skirack location on Center Street, where the Daily Planet restaurant is today. At 12 years old I wasn’t much of a customer yet, but my brother, my friends and I would frequent Skirack to ogle the bikes from brands like Paris Sport, Gitane, Atala and Crescent, and skis from brands like Rossignol. I even remember seeing a very early carbon bike frame there. They sold Ski Racks too, and one of the best brands was Barrecrafters, made in Shelburne VT by a company owned by Dick Snelling who later became Governor of VT.

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Comments | Posted in News History By Sam Hewitt

Preseason Skiing...and then Mountain Biking

Here at Skirack there’s not much that gets us more stoked than skis and winter – I guess you could say it comes with the name. We’ve been selling skis for 5 decades! In recent years, another growing outdoor sport has begun to capture our attention too. If you frequent the shop over summer, you’ve probably noticed our ever growing collection of mountain bikes on the second floor.

Mountain biking is the largest growing summer sport in the northeast and naturally Skirack employees are leading the charge. From events, trail building, group rides, and races - to say we’ve fully embraced Vermont bike culture would be an understatement.

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Comments | Posted in News Bicycling Downhill Skiing Backcountry By Charlie Kahn

The Skirack, Inc family at the Intervale Center and Conservation Nursery. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

The Skirack, Inc family recently came together for our First Annual Company-Wide Community Service Day; including Skirack and our two other store locations: Patagonia Burlington (est. 2011) on College Street, and Vermont Trailwear (est. 2017) in Waterbury Center. All three locations closed their doors for the day - allowing everyone to take a step back, give back, and have some fun. What a great way to celebrate Skirack’s first 50 years together and give the Intervale Center some love!

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Comments | Posted in News Events History By Michelle Peters

Over the last 50 years Skirack has been helping people get outside. When our guests come through our doors, they're headed somewhere and we're going to help them get there.

While we are located on the corner of Pine and Main Street, we realize downtown is not the final destination. And when we think of Vermont outdoor, we think of our friends and longtime partners at Darn Tough Vermont.

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5 Tips for Hiking with Dogs

Sep 5, 2019 12:58:38 PM

Igor and friends pause for a muddy photo at Hunger Mountain in Waterbury, Vermont. Photo: Zach Walbridge.

Igor the dog came into our lives in November of 2016 at about a year old. My husband and I adopted him as a stray from a shelter in Fort Worth, Texas. He was skinny and looked even skinnier with his HUGE head. Along with his short legs, the name “Igor” was a perfect fit.

With some research and communication with the shelter on his medium energy level, we knew he was the adventure dog we were looking for. We just didn’t know how we’d get there.

Most of my friends have dogs and I’ve been on several hikes and backpacking adventures with them. I had a pretty good idea of what to expect when you hike with a dog - not only the fun and reward, but the hard work and mishaps.

But nothing could prepare us for owning our first dog together. After Igor settled in, we started working with a professional dog trainer to get us where he needed to be for obedience and off-leash recall. It took a lot of time, patience, consistency, and hard work - and worth every penny.

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Comments | Posted in News Expert Tips Hiking By Michelle Peters

Molly rounding a berm at NEMBAfest on the Kingdom Trails this past June. Photo: Zach Walbridge.

I am a skier by nature and for me, so many of the skills from ski racing transfer over to mountain biking. The thrill, the adrenaline, the adventure are what I live for! Growing up ski racing in Vermont has honed in my sense of adventure and need for speed. It has shaped me as an athlete and a person. I never realized how many facets of my life were so heavily influenced by ski racing. The ability to push myself out of my comfort zone, beyond my limits, nerves raging is a part of the exhilaration I crave.

I have always loved biking. I started riding when I was at least 2 years old. Adventure is ingrained in my core. There’s a huge difference between cruising around, road biking casually, to riding a century ride. To me, none of these even comes close to the thrill of whizzing through the woods with nature all around. The Green Mountains are just that, full of amazing greenery, wildflowers, streams and rivers. Mountain biking serves as a way to exert yourself in ways you didn’t think were possible, gaining momentum on berms, boosting off of jumps and flying through the trees, bike underfoot.

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