Thursday, January 22, 2015

Shoein' Season

It's snowshoe season again! Despite some early and recent race cancellations in the New England region (such as the popular Sidehiller snowshoe race that had been scheduled for this coming weekend in Sandwich, NH), some locations have fared better than others in terms of snow cover. Specifically, the northern Berkshires and southern Green Mountains have actually received and kept a fair amount of snow.

WMAC's annual Dion snowshoe race series has held two races already. The first was the Greenwood Gallop at Prospect Mountain Ski Area just east of Bennington, VT, and the second was the Hilltop Orchards race at Furnace Hill Winery in Richmond, MA (just SW of Pittsfield on the eastern slope of the Taconics). Both were 5K races, and both were won by Ross and Ashley Krause of Easthampton, MA. The third race in the series, the Hoot Toot and Whistle, is still on for this Saturday along the banks of the Deerfield River in scenic Readsboro, VT.

I got out on the course at both of the races that have taken place so far and took action shots of everyone, usually more than once. The weather was great for photography, with overcast skies and bearable temperatures with little wind, though it was a BIT chilly in Vermont and it did start to drizzle a bit at the end of the Richmond race. Some samples:

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