Bretton Woods, N.H. (Jan. 20, 2020) – Nearly two feet of fresh snow fell over the last week at Bretton Woods, providing superior conditions for the 47th annual Geschmossel Nordic Ski Race on Monday, January 20. The field of 134 competitors ranged in age from 14 to 85, who skied under sunny skies with the fastest racer completing the 15 km classic course in :33:18.

The top three finishers were: Male: Sam Evans-Brown of Concord NH – :33:18 Chris Burnham of Stowe VT – :34:02 Adam Terko of Jericho VT – :34:24

Female: Kathy Maddock of Wilton, NH – :39:26 Alex Jospe of South Londonderry VT – :41:13 Erin Waters of Concord NH – :41:26

Part of the ZAK Cup Series, the Geschmossel race was originally staged during the winter of 1972-73 and is now one of New England’s oldest citizens’ races. The race originated as a 6-kilometer fun race, and was groomed with a homemade track sled that was pulled by a rope from a grooming machine. Today this 15 km classic Nordic race takes place on the Ammonoosuc trail network at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center and has attracted both aspiring racers and high-level Nordic skiers from around the country over the years, including members of the United States Ski Team.

Today’s events also included the Bill Koch League Fun Event for grades K through 8, with an excited group of pint-sized racers hitting the course. The BKL League is an introduction to Nordic skiing through shared adventure on skis, games to develop agility and foster social interaction and tours to develop skills, endurance and enjoyment of the natural surroundings.

Other upcoming Nordic events include the Mount Washington Cup on March 7, followed by the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon on March 8. Learn more at 603.278.3320; Snowphone: (603) 278.3333. All events, activities, schedules and conditions subject to change without notice.