Meet Vermont’s Hillary Gerardi, the fastest woman to ski the legendary Haute Route

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Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, Stowe

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum at Stowe will launch its popular seasonal Red Bench speaker series on Thursday, September 29e at 6:30 p.m. with an interview and Q&A with Vermonter Hillary Girardi, a well-known high mountain athlete who now lives in Chamonix, France.

Together with French ski mountaineering partner Valentine Fabre, Girardi set the first women’s speed record for skiing on the legendary high mountain route, La Haute Route, between Chamonix and Zermatt, Switzerland, in 2021. They covered 26,000 feet of mountainous terrain and 66 miles of glaciers in just over 26 hours, a feat that takes the average skier five or six days.

In a casual interview format with moderator Peggy Shinn, Girardi will explain how a kid who grew up in St. Johnsbury, VT and graduated from Middlebury College, ended up living in Chamonix, setting the Haute Route record and becoming a preeminent skyrunning champion. This is an event that will interest skiers, runners and climbers.

Skyrunners practice a sport that pushes their limits where the earth meets the sky, running in mountains above 6,500 feet in elevation, with a gradient greater than 30% and the difficulty of climbing is no greater. at a second degree. This month, Girardi again set a record time for the prestigious Italian skyrunning race Trofeo Kima.

When not running, Girardi has a day job at the Alpine Ecosystem Research Center in Chamonix, France, where she continues to pursue other mountain passions as a skier and mountaineer. She is a Black Diamond Equipment sponsored athlete.

The evening’s host, Peggy Shinn, is a senior contributor to TeamUSA.org and has covered seven Olympics. Her book, World Class: The Making of the US Women’s Cross-Country Ski Team (2018) looked at how the current US women’s cross-country ski team began to finish on the podium and provides insight into what it takes to build an effective cross-country team. crew. She lives in Rutland with her husband and daughter.

The doors to the Museum will open at 6:00 p.m. and guests are invited to enjoy the exhibits and socialize. The discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. A $10 admission donation helps support the museum’s mission to “Collect, Preserve, and Celebrate Vermont’s Rich Skiing and Snowboarding History.” New this year is our Red Bench Season Pass. For more information, visit www.vtssm.org/new-events

For decades, the Red Bench has gathered skiers around the Octagon Chimney atop Mount Mansfield to swap stories of adventure and innovation. The tradition continues today with the Red Bench Lecture Series which focuses on topics currently relevant to skiing and snowboarding. Today, the red bench is prominently displayed on the first floor of the museum in Stowe, VT.

Series sponsors include Schoeller Textile, rk Miles, Sisler Builders and Vermont Ski + Ride. This event has special support from von Trapp Brewing and Stowe Cider.

The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum thrives on collecting, preserving, and celebrating Vermont’s skiing and snowboarding history. The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that welcomes visitors from around the world to share, remember, and enjoy the collections and their stories. The museum creates visually stimulating and historically in-depth exhibits, as well as year-round educational programs and statewide community events.

www.vtssm.org

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