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Slalom, Cycle and Sprint Through Vermont This Spring 

click to enlarge Stowe Sugar Slalom - PHOTO COURTESY OF MT. MANSFIELD SKI CLUB
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Stowe Sugar Slalom

What's better than a late-season bluebird day of skiing? A late-season bluebird day of skiing with maple syrup. Since 1939, the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club has hosted the Stowe Sugar Slalom. Now one of America's most recognized alpine races, the two-day event coincides with the tapping of the state's maple trees — a sweet tradition. More than 1,000 racers and upwards of 600 spectators have turned out in years past to hit the slopes in festive attire inspired by the season. Relax afterward at a hillside barbecue with live music. A local delicacy will be served: maple syrup on snow, paired with a pickle!

Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, at Stowe Mountain Resort. Info, stowe.com.

Muddy Onion Spring Classic

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Locals have a special nickname for springtime in Vermont: mud season. Onion River Outdoors, a locally owned gear store in the state's capital, celebrates the season's signature muck with the Muddy Onion Spring Classic, a fully supported cycle along central Vermont's scenic and hilly dirt roads. The 36.9- and 21.3-mile routes attract hundreds of bike enthusiasts with the promise of a messy good time — plus plenty of cow sightings. As the event organizers say, "It's not easy, but it's definitely worth it." A parking-lot party with local beer and barbecue follows the ride.

Saturday, April 20, at Onion River Outdoors in Montpelier. Info, onionriver.com.

Vermont City Marathon & Relay

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  • Vermont City Marathon & Relay

A 2016 article in the Guardian advised, "A good wander unveils the wonder of a city." One of the most exciting ways to wander Burlington's streets — and experience their wonder — is at the Vermont City Marathon & Relay, an annual tradition since 1989. As many as 8,000 racers pound the pavement, taking in scenic overlooks of Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, the Green Mountains, the bustling Church Street Marketplace and tree-fringed residential streets. This year's race is one of just seven events honored in the 2019 Road Runners Club of America's Championship Event Series, which celebrates outstanding locally organized events.

Sunday, May 26, throughout downtown Burlington. Info, vermontcitymarathon.org.

Stowe Sugar Slalom

click to enlarge Stowe Sugar Slalom - PHOTO COURTESY OF MT. MANSFIELD SKI CLUB
  • Photo Courtesy Of Mt. Mansfield Ski Club
  • Stowe Sugar Slalom

Quoi de mieux qu'une journée de ski de printemps sous un ciel bleu? Une journée de ski de printemps sous un ciel bleu, avec du sirop d'érable! Depuis 1939, le Mt. Mansfield Ski Club accueille le Stowe Sugar Slalom. Cet événement de deux jours, parmi les courses de ski alpin les plus réputées aux États-Unis, coïncide avec la période d'entaillage des érables dans l'État — une tradition que les becs sucrés se font un plaisir de perpétuer. Dans les dernières années, plus de 1 000 skieurs ont dévalé les pentes, affublés de costumes festifs inspirés par la saison, devant quelque 600 spectateurs. Après la course, on se détend avec un BBQ à flanc de montagne, avec musiciens sur place. Sans oublier la spécialité locale : de la tire d'érable sur neige, accompagnée d'un cornichon!

Les samedi et dimanche 6 et 7 avril, au Stowe Mountain Resort. Info : stowe.com.

Muddy Onion Spring Classic

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  • Muddy Onion Spring Classic

Les habitants du coin surnomment le printemps au Vermont la « saison de la boue ». Onion River Outdoors, un magasin local de plein air situé dans la capitale de l'État, profite de cette gadoue pour organiser le Muddy Onion Spring Classic, une course de vélo avec équipe de soutien le long des routes de terre vallonnées et pittoresques du centre du Vermont. Les circuits de 58 et de 34 km attirent des centaines de cyclistes prêts à se salir sous le regard médusé des vaches. « Ce n'est pas facile, mais ça en vaut la chandelle », disent les organisateurs de l'événement. Une fête avec bière locale et barbecue suit la course.

Le samedi 20 avril, à Onion River Outdoors, à Montpelier. Info : onionriver.com.

Vermont City Marathon & Relay

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  • Vermont City Marathon & Relay

« C'est en parcourant une ville à pied qu'on en découvre les splendeurs », conseillait un article publié en 2016 dans le Guardian. L'une des meilleures façons de parcourir les rues de Burlington – et d'en découvrir les merveilles – est de participer au Vermont City Marathon & Relay, une tradition annuelle depuis 1989. Cet événement, qui peut réunir jusqu'à 8 000 coureurs, offre de superbes panoramas sur le lac Champlain, les Adirondacks, les Montagnes vertes, le marché bourdonnant de Church Street et les rues résidentielles bordées d'arbres. La course de cette année est l'un des sept événements seulement à faire partie du palmarès Championship Event Series 2019 du Road Runners Club of America, qui met en valeur les événements exceptionnels organisés localement.

Le dimanche 26 mai, dans tout le centre-ville de Burlington. Info : vermontcitymarathon.org.

The original print version of this article was headlined "In Season"

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