Ashley Rosemeyer

In the Vermont Backcountry...

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There are six seasons in Vermont: Spring, Summer, Fall, Stick, Winter and last but not least, Mud.  Mud season is the time after the ski resorts close for the season, all the back roads need re-grated and local businesses close for a few weeks before summer. It’s a time to change gears mentally and physically.

During this time, everyone hangs up their snowboards/skis for the year and dusts the cobwebs off of their bikes. Trail maintenance is a must and without trail workdays, these amazing networks in Vermont wouldn’t exist. My buddy Tim lives with his girlfriend, Taylar, on acres of land in Vermont and he has taken up building his own trails for this coming mountain bike season. They are on such an awesome plot of land with trails, a pond and a skate ramp; what more could you ask for??  We spent the day figuring out the flow of the trails and getting rid of unnecessary roots, rocks and branches. Ivy, the pup, definitely was hard at work trying to find the coolest part of the dirt to lie in.

After we were done putting in some work for the trail, we walked down to the pond and cracked open a few cold ones while Ivy spent her time looking for frogs and lounging on the dock. Volcano Juice was the perfect afternoon drink after being in the hot sun. Sunshine we missed you, can’t wait for more days like these.

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Cruising for deep snow:

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Split-boarding has been one of the top things I have wanted to try since moving to Vermont, and it easily lived up to the hype. Given that January was such a weird frigid month, I hoped February would bring snow. Sure enough, on February 1st, we got another storm.  I borrowed a split-board setup and made a plan with my friends Hailey and Josh to head up to Jay Peak. The day we arrived the weather was calling for rain, so we decided to ditch the Jay Peak plan, and instead chose to send it up to Camel’s Hump bright and early and make the day of it.

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The snow was amazing at the summit! We each found our lines and I felt like I was floating onto the snow and surfing, it was such an insane feeling.  I have never ridden a board bigger than a 149” and I was on a 158” board that day. After finding a few logs and sections to mess around on, we decided to quickly send it to the car since the rain was starting to come down. As we got to the car and started taking off wet gear, we had one more ginger beer to top of a great day in the woods of Vermont. It’s crazy what we have in our own backyards and I can’t wait to explore more.

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Kenneth Richards