Memphremagog Ice Skating Festival
CANCELLED IN 2017
February 18 – 20, 2017 – Fourth Annual Memphremagog Ice Skating Festival – 1, 5, 21, and 42 km races on a 1 km oval plus a supported Adventure Skate on a cleared trail north up the lake as far as weather and ice conditions permit (Bring your passport, just in case.)
The Festival is underwritten by Eden Ice Cider, NEK Tasting Center, and The Ciderhouse Bar and Grill and hosted by Kingdom Games with the friendship and support of Marathon Skating International, The Memphremagog Ice Skating Club, The Eastside Restaurant, 47 Landing Street, Newport, VT and Newport Inn & Suites.
In 2017, we will offer three days of ice skating on Lake Memphremagog. See Schedule Below.
The 1 and 5 km races on Saturday morning are free and open to the public. The charge will be $35 for each day’s activity, i.e, the 21 km race on Saturday, the 42 km race on Sunday, and the Adventure Skate on Monday. $90 for all three days. Please note, we are continuing our acceptance of Canadian Dollars at par with US Dollars though February 14th, 2017.
In the event that weather or ice conditions force us to postpone the event, the alternate dates will be February 25, 26, & 27, 2017. Outright cancellation of this event entitles registrants to a refund of 50%.
The races will be held on a 700 m to 1 km skating track on Lake Memphremagog, as they have each year since February of 2014. To the extent that conditions permit, we clear a skating trail up the lake as far north as we can. On Monday we will provide support for an expeditionary “adventure skate.”
We invite and encourage ice skaters to join the Memphremagog Ice Skating Club to support our efforts to build the skating track and trails not only for this Festival but also to keep the track and trails open to the public throughout the winter. Basic Membership is $25. Sustaining Membership is $125 (which also covers all three days of the festival).
Schedule of Events
Hosted by Kingdom Games in collaboration with Marathon Skating International, The Memphremagog Ice Skating Club, The Eastside Restaurant, and Newport Inn & Suites
The Memphremagog Ice Skating Club was formed in 2015 under the umbrella of Kingdom Games with a mission to support the creation, maintenance, and use of of an ice skating venue on Lake Memphremagog from mid January through mid March. The goal: to support speedskating and Nordic Skating events along with informal recreational skating of all kinds on a 750 meter skating oval. When ice and weather conditions permit, we will also be attempting to construct and maintain Nordic skating trails in Newport and Derby Bays up to the Canadian border and beyond.
During each of the past three years we have been successful in building a 700 meter 1 km ice skating oval with access at the EastSide Restaurant, 47 Landing Street, Newport, VT 05855. In 2014 we were successful in constructing a Nordic skating trail to the border and, for a brief period, the full 25 mile, length of Lake Memphremagog between Newport, VT and Magog, QC.
Our goal for 2016 and 2017 is to continue to build the numbers of committed supporters and users and assure the financial sustainability of this venue for speedskating, non competitive Nordic skating events, and recreational use of the oval for a couple of months during the winter.
We are offering two classes of membership. A $25 membership supports work on the oval and assures that the general public has access to the oval, except when used for a specific event. $125 sustaining membership supports the mission but also allows entry into any and all speedskating and Nordic skating events we may offer in 2017.
To join the Memphremagog Ice Skating Club either as a Member or Sustaining Member or to register for our marathon skating event or The Great Skate please use our Omnibus Registration Form and make payment through our paypal button or by sending a check to Kingdom Games, PO Box 310, Newport, VT 05855.
For more info, photos of our events, and a daily report on ice conditions on the oval (during the winter), check out our Facebook Page, Memphremagog Ice Skating Club.
Thank you to the following people who have agreed to serve on our Advisory Committee:
- Tracy Sherbrook of Kirby, VT, USA
- Rosie Chong, Waterloo, ON, Canada
- Tom Keane, Cambridge, MA, USA
- Catherine Kwiecien, Waterloo, ON, Canada
- Pam Ladds, Newport, VT, USA
- Neal Hundt, Katonah, NY, USA
- John Ambrose, Mallorytown, ON, Canada