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Lake Morey Resort Giving a Few Lessons

For years, Fairlee’s Lake Morey Resort has celebrated winter with a slate of athletic activities on and around the lake. This year, the LMR staff will be taking participants to school.

Inspired by the 2014 Winter Olympics, the resort will stage its first Ice Sports University weekend Jan. 24-26. “Students” can earn diplomas in sports-related “majors” including pond hockey, curling, ice fishing, Nordic skating and cross-country skiing. Participants can choose any three of the sports for “classes,” which begin every two hours starting at 9 a.m. on Jan. 25. The day wraps up at 3 p.m. with friendly competitions in each of the sports.

Staying at the resort isn’t necessary to participate, but for those who choose to the festivities will begin the night of Jan. 24 with an “orientation” (welcome reception) and dinner. Weekend guests will also receive “diplomas” in a ceremony Sunday.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Christine Ceccheti, Lake Morey Resort’s director of business development. “The idea came up because of the Olympics, but we knew we had to be careful about using the name ‘Olympics’ (for legal reasons). We worked with some (public relations) people to come up with the Ice Sports University concept and we got a lot of people to come on board and help out.”

Clem Powers, a Fairlee resident who directs the Vermont Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Morey each winter, will be the “professor” for that sport.

Bonna Wieler will instruct cross country skiing, while LMR recreation director Lisa Avery will lead the Nordic skate classes.

“Right now we have about 20 students registered. We think it’s going to be a blast,” said Ceccheti.

No online registration is available. Call the resort at 802-333-4311 to sign up for the Saturday events or to find out about the resort’s weekend package that includes Ice Sports University passes.

Hazen Trail Gets New Route: A popular trail connecting Norwich to Wilder along the Connecticut River now has a new entryway on the northern end.

Recently constructed by the Upper Valley Trails Alliance and the Norwich Trails Committee, the Hazen Trail’s northern terminus is now located on Montshire Road, between the entrances of the Montshire Museum of Science and the Child Care Center at Norwich. Previously, the trail started behind the museum’s parking lot and intersected with another trail with on Montshire property, confusing or re-routing some hikers.

“The benefit of this trail is that it’s going to give members of the general public a clearly marked location to enter the Hazen trail,” UVTA program director John Taylor said. “There are some new signs up and a kios, so it clarifies where the trail begins and ends.”

Those using the Montshire Museum’s trails should now have an admission pass.

About one mile long, the newly carved path cuts through mature mixed evergreens, parallel to Interstate-91 northbound. It goes underneath power lines and meanders away from the roadways before connecting with the original path.

The trail eventually enters the town of Hartford and the Maanawaka Conservation Area. The southern terminus is in Wilder, about 1/2-mile north of the village next to U.S. Route 5.

“It’s a great trail for hiking and snowshoeing,” Taylor said.

Snowshoe Hikes: Green Mountain Club members in Norwich and Thetford this winter will continue to lead snowshoe hikes through the wilderness, beginning at the end of this month.

Representing the approximately 200-member Ottauquechee section of the GMC, Norwich resident Nick Krembs will lead a five-mile hike to the Gile Mountain fire tower, then along a side path to Beaver Meadow Road.

One week later, Inge Trebitz will lead a moderate, back-country hike along one of the many trail networks in Thetford.

Both snowshoe walks will simply become hiking outings if there isn’t enough snow.

Trebitz, 77, and her husband, 83-year old Heinz Trebitz, have been guiding hikes for about 18 years. They used to bring folks to more extensive hikes in Vermont and New Hampshire, but have learned to enjoy Thetford trails just as much.

“As we’ve gotten older, we’ve stayed closer,” Inge Trenitz said. “Fortunately, there are a lot of wonderful trails in Thetford.”

Some of the Trebitz-led hikes include the Union Village Dam area, the Dan Grossman cross country trail at Thetford Academy and the Zebedee Trail off of Houghton Hill Road.

Krembs, an original advocate for the inception of the Gile Mountain trail prior to its opening 16 years ago, leads the hikes as a way to celebrate the path and introduce it to new hikers. The walk is highlighted by a 360-degree view of the Upper Valley and beyond from atop the fire tower.

“It’s a relatively easy trail, and its; a great way to meet a lot of people and get them out into the outdoors,” he said.

To sign up for a hike, contact Krembs at 802-649-1048 or nick.krmebs@gmail.com. Inge Trebitz can be reached at 802-785-2129.

Jared Pendak can be reached at jpendak@vnews.com or 603-727-3306.