Weekend Events Highlights

2018 Weekend Calendar

February 9-11, 2018, 25th Annual Craftsbury Outdoor Center Weekend at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury Common, VT.

This family-friendly trip offers cross-country skiing for all abilities, plus all kinds of winter fun!  Lodging, x-c ski passes, and all meals included.  Rooms are also available to stay an extra night and depart on Monday, 2/12 – these do tend to fill up fast.  Mark your calendar and join us for a fun weekend!   Deposits are due in December.  Some of us will likely also stay one or two nights at the Highland Lodge before Craftsbury – a great opportunity to better explore the Highland Center trails.  Come help us celebrate our 25thyear. Look for the full write-up below.
Contact Jim and Paula Fines at (978) 764-9868 or  pfines@comcast.net  for more information or to hold a room. 

25th Annual Craftsbury Weekend
Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury, Vermont
February 9-11, 2018

In the heart of Vermont's unspoiled Northeast Kingdom, you'll find some of the finest cross-country skiing in New England. Located on a high rolling plateau, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center often gets more snow than other locations (plus they make snow!). Whether you’re an experienced cross-country skier, backcountry skier, snowshoer, or a novice in the world of snow sports, you’re sure to enjoy this popular family-friendly GSW weekend. With our 20% discount, you can’t beat our prices! Prices did not increase this year!

Skiing and Snowshoeing

Craftsbury has some of the best skiing in the east! Over 100 km of trails wind through pristine Vermont scenery providing both classical and skate skiing for all ability levels. Don’t feel as though you’re really skiing unless you’re in the backcountry on untracked terrain? No worries! The Catamount Trail, a backcountry trail which spans the entire length of Vermont from Massachusetts to Canada, travels through the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. And don’t forget the 20 km of snowshoeing trails at the Center that let you explore winter at an unhurried pace. Lessons are available, as are ski and snowshoe rentals (at very reasonable rates!). Several downhill ski areas are within an hour’s drive.


The lodge is a former dorm – simple and comfortable. It has private (double) rooms and shared baths. Wholesome, healthy, hearty, all-you-can-eat meals (including vegetarian and gluten-free choices) are served in a cozy dining room. The weekend includes two nights lodging (Friday and Saturday), all meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch) and trail passes.

If you don’t have a roommate, we may be able to match you up with one or you will pay a little extra for single occupancy.

We have a lot of rooms for staying over an extra night until Monday, 2/12 – more than half who come do that!

We also have two spots in a cottage, sharing with two women and 2 dogs – contact me if you want more information on this option.

Rates (20% off the standard rates and same as last year)
One room left for 2 or 3 nights.

The rate per person for the weekend (double occupancy) is $192.50, $385 per couple.
The rate per person for the weekend (single occupancy) is $250.
The rate per person for the three-day option (double occupancy) is $275, $550 per couple.
The rate per person for the three-day option (single occupancy) is $340.


Please call if you want this last room! Please reserve early as our trip fills up quickly. Deposits are due by December1, 2017 and full payment is due by January 5, 2018. Cancelation prior to January 20, 2018 incurs a $20 charge, after that $100. When registering, please also include your e-mail address and phone number. To hold your spot, send a $50 per person deposit payable to GSW (not to Paula!) to the address below.

Paula Fines, 11 Regis Road, Tewksbury, MA 01876

Trip Coordinators

Paula and Jim Fines pfines@comcast.net (978) 764-9868 before 10:00 PM
For more information on the Center, visit www.craftsbury.com

GSW Great North Woods Weekend in Review
Lancaster NH , July 21-23, 2017

The 37 th annual GSW weekend in the Great North Woods region of NH included some of the best cycling weather we have ever enjoyed. Temperatures in the mid-70s and low humidity both Saturday and Sunday made for great cycling on many good roads with low traffic, especially on the Vermont side of the Connecticut River. Twelve people pedaled and enjoyed local dinners Friday and Saturday plus the Saturday afternoon GSW social held at our headquarters, the Lancaster Motor Inn.

Ten suggested routes ranging from 12 to 102 miles were documented with printed maps and cue sheets plus they were available on the new GSW Club Ride with GPS page for on-line reference and route navigation via Garmin bike computers and smartphones. Most of the routes followed the Connecticut River so maps were hardly necessary – and the terrain is flat to rolling all the way to Canada. Of course, for those wanting some serious climbing, the Dixville Notch 102-mile Century route is always an option!

Mag Blacker continued the fun with her annual overnight tour from Lancaster to Franconia on Sunday then back to Lancaster (in the rain) on Monday. One new GSW member, Beth Williams, pedaled 35 miles from her home to Lancaster both days then went on rides with the group for another 66 on Saturday and 50 on Sunday with Mag before cycling home on Sunday evening. Her husband, Bob Parker, rode with her on their tandem for the 66-miles on Saturday. And BTW, both are retired and pushing their 70s. Good for them, and everyone else who cycled with us that weekend.

Arrangements have been made for the 2018 weekend on July 20-22 with the Lancaster Motor Inn agreeing to hold our discounted 2017 room rates until July 1. Mark your calendars now for your next fun adventure in the Great North Woods. This low-key, no-registration weekend event is a “great escape” from hectic summer activities. The scenic views, covered bridges, great roads, and low traffic make this a perfect mid-summer break, year after year. Join us in 2018 and find out for yourself!

Dave Topham, Event Coordinator, GSW-Office@comcast.net

Weekend Events Coordinator