While racing was a central part of the Festival, the kids were also given a taste of ski jumping and biathlon, as well as fun activities such as snow tubing, obstacle courses, radar runs, ski tours, and face painting. In addition, two special guests were in attendance at this year’s Festival, including two-time Olympic cross-country skier Ida Sargent, as well as the League’s namesake, Bill Koch. Both have been an inspiration to the next generation of Nordic ski racers, and were available during the Festival for autographs and discussions.
A sincere “thank you” goes out to the Festival’s presenting sponsor, The Valley Originals, as well as a host of other regional and national sponsors including L.L. Bean, Swix, Nokian Tires, The Glen House hotel, Ragged Mountain Equipment, Skida, Living Shores Aquarium, Settlers Green, SkiErg, Bolt Depot, Northeast Delta Dental, Bavarian Chocolate Haus, Zeb’s Country Store, Clif Bar, Shaw’s Supermarkets, Big Dave’s Bagels & Deli, Town & Country Inn and Resort, and the Law Offices of Cooper Cargill Chant.
In addition, several other organizations contributed their time and resources to the Festival, making it a fun experience for all involved: Jackson Biathlon, Nansen Ski Club, Gorham National Honor Society, New England Ski Jumping Nordic Combined, and the Kennett High School ski jumping team.