If I had to describe slalom, I would say that it is the more refined side of whitewater. Even at a small event such as this, people still arrived with their polished glass boats, and it’s a very different atmosphere and paddling style when compared to river running or play boating. As described by one of the paddlers there, you have to go where the gates are, and use the river to help you get there.
The new year started off pretty good with a bunch of rain and we got to go kayaking for a few days. Then winter fully kicked into gear with ridiculously cold weather and snow. Jeff and I spent our time going to pool sessions, xc skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding. I worked another season at Timber Creek Cross and Jeff worked his regular job and played music at a few different places in the area.
With spring approaching and thoughts starting to switch to paddling, it becomes time to think about the summer at Zoar Outdoor. Every year during the last weekend in March, the majority of Zoar Outdoor’s staff returns to the area for Returning Staff Training. Each year, this weekend is an opportunity for staff to reconnect, shake off the rust, get some time on the water and hopefully learn some new tricks and skills.
With a little bit of rain recently and the snow rapidly starting to melt, spring is right around the corner and stoke levels are high. My TV has slowly been making the transition from showing skiers and boarders ripping through big powder fields and tight gullies to paddlers dropping waterfalls, playing on classic spring big water playspots and bouncing down technical creeks.
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Every year, for one day, we get to one of Vermont’s hidden gems - the West River. The West River is a perfect mix of adventure and leisure - it has a little bit more adventure than the Zoar Gap and is a little mellower than the Dryway.