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“Backyard Backcountry” at Zoar Outdoor on July 12th

by Blair Winans

For Immediate Release

Charlemont, June 25, 2008 — On Saturday, July 12, Tad Blackmore will show “Backyard Backcountry”, a video that documents backcountry skiing in the Deerfield River Watershed from southern Vermont down through the western Franklin County region. The presentation will start at 6:30 pm in the Zoar Outdoor Pavilion.

Tad Blackmore, originally from the Boston area, has been living in western Franklin County for the past 9 years. He started skiing, hiking and camping as a boy at the age of 10. Since 1989 he has been backcountry skiing. This little-known sport combines skiing, hiking and camping. His skiing adventures have taken him to the mountains of New York, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and Quebec.

His recent backcountry adventures have involved skiing out his back door in Heath and heading north into southern Vermont. Blackmore has the uncanny ability to find the last patches of skiable snow in the region. “Snow stays longer on the shaded northern faces of the slopes and this year we skied almost into May”, states Blackmore”.
Blackmore has worked at Berkshire East Ski Resort in Charlemont, as a forester, and as a substitute teacher. He is currently doing landscaping and tree work. He is also a guitar singer/song writer and is currently working on a music CD. His skiing video will feature some of his original guitar songs”.

This program is free and open to the public. A simple summer barbecue starts at 5:30 pm for $7.50 per person. “Backyard Backcountry” will begin at 6:30 pm at the Zoar Outdoor Pavilion. For more information, contact Zoar Outdoor at 800-532-7483 or www.zoaroutdoor.com. Zoar Outdoor is New England’s Outdoor Adventure Resort, offering whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, fly fishing, biking and rock climbing on the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts.

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