Its Winter!

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And just like that, it's winter! Cold, refreshing, exhilarating. Question is... are the skis tuned? Do the boots that have been uncomfortable for over a decade need to go? Are the old CB jacket and Marker pants too tight? How about the Scott goggles with scratches on them?  This is the year, don't put it off one more year. Now is the time to go through your old gear and make two piles, the "one more year pile" or "toss pile". 

This season we are psyched to offer new clothing lines from Arteryx and Spyder, for kids. This will complement our lineup of Patagonia, Helly Hansen and Mammut.

Our boot selection is tough to beat. We do custom boot work and foot beds for all types of skiers and feet. We carry Lange, Dalbello, Rossignol, Scarpa and Full Tilt.

Throw away those 203 Kastles from 1988 that you bought from Charlie down the street, it's time to step up to one of our many ski manufactures like Volkl, Dynastar, Rossignol, Line, FACTION and DPS. More fun, more float, more carve, "more responsive" than you could ever imagine. Now is the time to save too! We have choice leftovers at 40-50% off. 

Sooooooo, same old story, we know there's no snow in your backyard, but with cooler temps the last two weeks and snow gun technology, up north is ready for you! Get out there this week, stop in and we can get you geared up.

Thanks, VBSW

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THIS IS HOME a Film By The Faction Collective

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Come and check out the Hadley Premiere of our first, full length film THIS IS HOME. We have teamed up with the Faction Collective, so expect jaw-dropping segments, giveaways, prizes and much more!

THIS IS HOME is the first full length feature film from The Faction Collective. From Europe to the US and back again, we follow our athletes as they return to their respective bases around the world to show us how they get it done on home turf.



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Posted by Dave on

Last summer, I had ACL reconstruction and was immobile for more than a month. It was the worst. The pain, the aggravation and the slow processI soon began to take a toll physically and mentally. I Realized that being on my mountain bike in eight weeks was not going to happen. I was exercising  in the gym, going to PT and slowly getting discouraged on my progress. (I'm no kid anymore). Fast forward to the Cannondale dealer demo in Utah. Basically, I was going to hang out and watch as others were riding cross country, road and downhill bikes. Not ideal, until I decided to try the Cannondale Moterra, their pedal assisted electric bike version made with a Bosch motor and 120-300 % capability. First, I rode it around the parking lot of Snowbasin, soon thereafter, I was testing it on an access road above the main base lodge. Finally, two months out of surgery with the help of an electric bike, I was standing at the summit via the Moterra. Amazing! I was sold! More importantly, I had a new respect for what these bikes could do and who they could help.

At the end of the day, ebikes are brand new facet of cycling. There's sure to be skeptics as we introduce them into the world of bikes. But it's clear that ebikes are a tool that can make communities healthier and more bike friendly. They will have their naysayers, however, they get cars off the road and people riding that might not ride ever! Whether you love them or hate them, they are here to stay. I'd challenge you to stop by and either ride them or talk to one of us  who has ridden them or owns one. 

-Dave Buckley


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Barolo and the Langhe

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Relax, recharge and explore the roads, food, wine and culture of Northwest Italy

Recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Langhe  is home to the wine appellations of Barolo and Barbaresco as well as many others. It is also here that the Slow Food movement began thirty years ago. The chefs, restaurants and food purveyors take the concept to heart producing delicious food that embodies the movement’s ethics of quality, sustainability and reverence for the rich and historic traditions of Italian cooking native to this region. Here, where the sea meets the Alps – literally and figuratively — we are 60 miles from the Mediterranean coast and 60 miles to the maritime Alps as they rise to meet the French alpine border to the West.

We offer two lodging alternatives For private groups – A large, farmhouse set in the vineyards of Barolo with sweeping views to the Alps. Five bedrooms — twin bed or king configuration with private, adjoining bathrooms. A large kitchen/dining/living area that opens onto a terrace and pool. The property is a former “cascina” or farmhouse, recently renovated for large group gatherings. At this property during a typical week we offer 3 catered meals centered on the local “cucina tipica Piemontese”. The balance of dining is nearby in traditional trattorias and some new and interesting restaurants recently opened by inspired chefs. We also offer lodging in small, private hotels in the adjacent villages of La Morra or Monforte d’Alba. The properties feature on-premise dining, pool and spa facilities. Privately owned and managed, they reflect the owner’s good taste. For those looking for more modest accommodations we have relationships with a few wonderful bed and breakfasts. We are happy to craft the lodging choice to your desire. The Langhe is laced with thousands of kilometers of quiet, well paved country roads for cycling. The terrain is similar to the foothills of the Rockies and the mountains of New England. Climbs average 700 feet with an overall grade of 5-8%. The rides can expand or contract from 20 to 100 miles. A particular favorite is a 60 mile ride to the Mediterranean over the Apennine ridge. It can be combined with an afternoon swim in the Mediterranean Sea at Finale Ligure and a seaside trattoria dinner. 

We organize and plan cycling itineraries to match the desired intensity of the group. We can arrange a dedicated guide for individuals who would like a more comprehensive and strenuous cycling experience. We now offer electric bikes as an alternative, allowing individuals to cycle the same itinerary as our road bike riders at a reduced physical energy expenditure. We’re impressed by the seamless integration of these bikes into our dedicated cycling tours. Spouses and friends can ride, experience, converse and participate in the day’s itinerary while determining the level of ease or physical effort they’d like to exert with the switch of a lever. We provide van support throughout the day for water, intermediate snacks and a change of clothing. During our day we often stop for an espresso and gelato to refuel for the miles ahead as we pass through the Langhe’s iconic hill towns — seemingly unchanged from the past.

The Langhe abounds in off-the-bike activities as well. There are castles, museums, open-air markets where local artisan’s cheese, pottery, crafts and cloths are on display. Turin is less than an hour’s drive for an afternoon of acquisitive pursuits as well as cultural and historic places to visit. An urbane and sophisticated city — rejuvenated by it’s recent hosting of the Winter Olympics – Turin is a pleasant surprise! We include winery visits and arrange tastings of Barolo and Barbaresco producers. Guests may purchase wines to accompany meals while with us. We also arrange shipments home for wines purchased here. There are many interesting food makers — such as artisanal flour and grain mills, bakeries and cheese producers to visit. In addition we will accompany those interested in walks to neighboring villages for an early evening aperitivo. We provide a carbon fiber road bike or electric bike breakfast and dinners, lodging, airport transfers, guiding and tours, wine tastings beginning at $2,800 per person double occupancy — single supplement $400 for agriturismo lodging to $3,800 per person double occupancy — $600 for luxury four star lodging Comprehensive trip cancellation / interruption / medical insurance is available through Travelex and can be included in the package for an additional $250.

Air Arrival Point
Milan Malpensa • 2 hour car transit

Rail Arrival Point
Voghera • 1 hour car transit

Time of Year
May through October

Riding Intensity
Intermediate to Strong

Bianchi carbon fiber race bike/electric
hybrid included.

TEL: 802 291-0415 
Email to

- Robert Deeley

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D2R2 August 19, 2017

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The Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnée

The Deerfield Dirt-Road Randonnee was conceived in the 1990's as just a favorite dirt-road loop in the hilltowns of Franklin County, Massachusetts. Since its birth as an organized event in 2005, many have hailed D2R2 as the hardest, most beautiful, most fun, most traffic-free, most unique, and overall best ride that they have ever done.

  • The courses will use the narrowest, oldest, twistiest, quietest, and most-scenic roads available.
  • A range of courses will provide access to novices as well as challenge the world's strongest riders.
  • D2R2 will never offer prizes for anything other than gags, nor will finish results ever be presented like it was a race.
  • The course is not marked. Riders will use cue sheets to navigate the route.
  • Riders shall cover the course in a self-sufficient manner, without motorized crew vehicles.
  • The organization will put as much effort into its food offerings as it does the ride itself.
  • D2R2 will remain a key fundraiser for the Franklin Land Trust's efforts to conserve land in the region.

What is D2R2?

Each August thousands of bicyclists descend on Franklin County to participate in the nation’s largest dirt-road cycling event, the Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnée. Hosted by Franklin Land Trust (FLT), last year the ride attracted cyclists from 26 states and 5 countries.

This year, which marks the 13th anniversary of the event, promises to be the best yet!

Please help us thank Our Current D2R2 Hosts and Sponsors who help make this event possible!

“D2R2,” as the ride has been nicknamed, offers EIGHT dirt-road courses ranging in length from a 12 mile Family Ride to the 180K challenging course. All routes begin at Old Deerfield and thread through agricultural land and forests in western Massachusetts and southern Vermont. The short course has a flat run up the Green River valley, whereas the long course is regarded as perhaps the hardest century ride in the world.

Randonneuring is a vintage French format in which riders are challenged with hard courses but encouraged to keep the atmosphere social. There are no prizes, and riders start in small groups at their leisure; however, the ride is timed and many participants aim to better their time from a previous year. The randonneuring style also engenders a level of self-reliance – riders must navigate the course and perform their own repairs.

One of the things that makes this event so unique, according to Sandy Whittlesey, Ride Designer, is that it attracts cyclists from a wide range of disciplines, from competitive road racers to recreational riders and mountain bikers. “D2R2 has a very egalitarian culture. Nobody cares how fast you are, what your background is, or what you’re riding.” Whittlesey has resisted suggestions of turning D2R2 into a race, or marking the route to make it easier to navigate. “We started the event with a stubborn insistence on the non-competitive, self-reliant style – if you wanted a race or a guided tour, there were lots of those out there. As a result, we ended up with an incredibly cool, friendly, strong group of participants, and we feel very lucky to host such a fun crowd every year.”

In the past twelve years, D2R2 has grown into the largest fund-raising event for the Franklin Land Trust, with entry fees being boosted by merchandise sales, raffles, and corporate sponsorships. The Franklin Land Trust (FLT) is a non-profit organization in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts that conserves farms, forests, wildlands, and other natural resources in western Mass. In many cases, conservation restrictions aimed at encouraging agriculture and forestry are the conservation tool of choice, where FLT holds the restriction, and the land remains in private ownership. Because FLT isn’t being asked to purchase the land, the result is far more land being conserved per dollar: last year, each rider at D2R2 effectively helped to conserve an entire acre of land – something that surely makes all the steep hills and bumpy roads seem well worth it.




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