On September 13, Sugarbush Resort will unveil the O2X Summit Challenges, a "mountain running experience" designed by three former Navy SEALs — and a former lawyer. It's no joke.
The deal? A Single Diamond Course of 4.1 miles with a 1,504-foot net elevation gain or a Double Diamond Course of five miles and 2,552 feet. The obstacles are au naturel — downed trees, steep banks and rocky scrambles. What goes up, however, gets to come down in a chairlift, to a festival-like BaseCamp that doles out food from Vermont Smoke and Cure and spirits from Mad River Distillers. More info at o2x.com/pages/sugarbush-challenge.
The following weekend, September 20 and 21, Killington rises to the challenge of hosting the Vermont Beast – Spartan World Championships, a two-day extravaganza of barbed wire, fire, tire pulls, uphill sandbag carries, downhill mud slides, memorization tests, wall climbs and more — all on some of the ski resort's toughest trails. Registration is now closed, but volunteers and voyeurs can find more information at spartan.com.
Lincoln Stevens: Awesome to see my first race coach as chief of race you're awesome Ted Sutton.
Robert Resnik: One of my fondest winter memories was the year (winter of 1970) when Jay Peak was renting "ski-bobs"…
The Oracle: Finally! I can ride my $1,000 fat-bike ski to the Food Shelf! Talk about problem solved!