Meet Sam Hewitt

Hometown: Burlington, VT

Years of Experience:
I have been cross country skiing for 54 years and have been running and cycling for 43. I have extensive experience selling, testing and developing apparel and footwear since 1979 and with Skirack for the past seven years.

Certifications and Awards: MS, Biomechanics of Locomotion PSU 1993; Several age group top 5 finishes in running and triathlon; 2017 Goldstein Award for Poetry.

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Running, Cycling, Swimming, Cross Country and Alpine Skiing. Writing and illustrating verse. Collecting Chinese teapots.

Favorite Gear: My perfectly fitted Fischer Speedmax Skate skis, and Cervelo R3 bike because they both feel like an extension of my body. Craft Brilliant Thermo top because I can wear it 3 seasons for most of what I do outdoors. Castelli Entrata (High visibility yellow) jersey because I can be seen at a distance and still look and feel fast. My new Skida hat with bears on it -because it has bears on it.

Favorite local outdoor destination(s): Skiing with my wife at Trapp Family Lodge then stopping for an Aztec Mocha at Champlain Chocolates on the way home.

Fun Fact or Story: I am a 3rd generation skier. My mother learned to ski in Brattleboro VT in 1927 by stuffing the toes of leather shoes through canning jar rubbers tacked to home made hickory skis, and she never really understood why anyone would need plastic boots with buckles. I think her favorite piece of skiing technology was the model T engine use to run the rope tow at Suicide 6 in Southern VT. I last skied with her in 1974, when she ripped up Bolton Valley on her 1947 7'2" Northland Fireball wooden skis and Reiker leather boots that you inflated with a bicycle pump. Go figure that I would spend most of my life working with hi tech gear and materials.