The Craftsbury Green Racing Project (GRP) is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 training year. Space will be limited, but we hope to be able to add a few new members to the team. Applications will be due by April 1st and decisions will be made by May 1 at the latest.
The Craftsbury Green Racing Project has enjoyed another successful campaign, with a member earning spots on the Senior and U23 Worlds teams, another on the U26 Biathlon team, several NorAm podiums, the Eastern Cup overall men’s winner, and top ten SuperTour finishers to name a few highlights of the year thus far.
The GRP is a program of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is:
1) to support and promote participation and excellence in lifelong sports with a special focus on rowing, running and nordic skiing;
2) to use and teach sustainable practices; and
3) to protect and manage the surrounding land, lake and trails.
In exchange for coaching, travel support, room & board, GRP skiers are asked to take on projects that contribute to work of the Center. GRP projects in the past year have included: ski trail mapping and improvements, construction of single-track trails, coaching of youth and junior skiers, outreach to area schools, growing vegetables for the Dining Hall, designing and building a compost system for the Center, construction of a stone/brick pizza and bread oven, organization of events and programs at the Center, design of the GRP website and clothing, blogging and writing articles, helping develop a regional trail system, and working to bring more local food into the Center’s Dining Hall.
If this sounds like work you would enjoy, while taking your skiing to the next level, then you may be a good fit for the GRP. You can read more about the team at their website: www.greenracingproject.com. The application is available here, and you will find FAQs here. Any remaining questions may be addressed to email@example.com.
Athletes applying, or thinking of applying are encouraged to talk to coach Pepa Miloucheva at one of the late season ski races, or contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 802-586-7767 ext 33.
Craftsbury GRP website
Craftsbury GRP 2011-12 application
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Ben Theyerl was born into a family now three-generations into nordic ski racing in the US. He grew up skiing for Chippewa Valley Nordic in his native Eau Claire, Wisconsin, before spending four years racing for Colby College in Maine. He currently mixes writing and skiing while based out of Crested Butte, CO, where he coaches the best group of high schoolers one could hope to find.