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If you've ever had a great experience at our shop please consider voting for us in the FedEx Small Business Grant contest. You can vote once a day through April 4, 2018!

If we were awarded this grant we would be able to improve our online store & rental reservations system as well as hire another full-time employee to help us for years to come!

March 29, 2018 by Randy Elles

Team Rider, Ian Clarke, Upgrades to a Junior Athlete Of The Year

You don't have to look far to find a Vermont Sports Junior Athlete of the Year nominee this year. First Stop Board Barn's Team Rider, Ian Clarke, was one of only 10 riders chosen for the honor by the publication.  Vermont Sports couldn't have said it better about First Stop Board Barn Team Athlete Ian Clarke: "Clarke, who grew up near Killington Resort and raced alpine at the Killington Mountain School, didn’t pick up ski mountaineering (ski mo) until last year. Since then, he’s placed in just about every event around New England. In February, 2017, Clarke was the only junior named to the U.S. national team and invited to compete at the World Championships in Italy in March. He finished 23rd there against some of the top Europeans." Check out his feature below, and click here for the original piece. 

December 03, 2017 by Becca Zidik

1st Annual Make A Wave Paddleboard Competition Raises over $1,000 towards the planning & design of a multi-purpose bike path.

Press Release: 7/30/2017 

Photos: Chandler Burgess

First Stop Board Barn hosted their first annual Make A Wave benefit paddleboard race this past Saturday, August 26th. The highly anticipated race was held at Woodward Reservoir off the Farm and Wilderness camp beach. The goal of the charity event was to raise money for the development of a multi-purpose bike path that would connect surrounding towns such as Ludlow, Bridgewater, Woodstock, and Killington.

1st Annual Make A Wave Photos by Chandler Burgess

The event was considered a success with over 20 eager paddleboard racers in attendance. Racers of all ages came out to support a new local cause that everyone could benefit from. Registration took place from 9-10am with the official adult category race kicking off at 11am sharp.

A Vermont-Style race started at the sound of the cowbell, 20 ambitious adults paddled forward, making waves as they charged for the mile-long course. The energy was buzzing as the adult category made their way down the reservoir. A minute after, the children’s category launched off the beach, and into the water to race against each other, and maybe even try to catch up to the adults.

Coming in with the fastest time of the day, Karen Dalury of Killington Yoga won the event overall. Dalury’s time was an astounding 12:28:74 as she raced through the finish line back at the beach. Coming in with a close second place was Nick Johnson with a time of 13:44:44. Third place was taken by Tao Smith, Head of School at the Killington Mountain School, with a time of 13:48:47.

Make A Wave 2017 More Photos by Chandler Burgess

After the race, awards were given to the top 5 participants. The after party, hosted at First Stop Board Barn, headlined Nick Bredice for live music and a blazin’ BBQ sponsored by Hinterland Farm with fresh Misty Knoll chicken, homemade salads from Drewskis On The River, lemonade, and homemade ice cream from the Mountain Creamery. A 50/50 Raffle along with some great silent auction items donated by Sugarbush Soaring, Killington Resort, ATV Vermont, Shackleton Thomas, Ramunto’s Brick & Brew Pizza of Bridgewater, Goodro Lumber, Mountain Cuts Salon, Killington Yoga and more were popular, and greatly supported the cause!

First Stop Board Barn would like to thank everyone who came out to support the cause, and to all of the sponsors who donated to the silent auction. The shop was able to raise over $1000 which will go to the planning and development of a multi-purpose bike path. First Stop Board Barn’s Randy Elles’ vision for a safer, family friendly bike route came to be while he was living in New York City. He noticed that multi-purpose bike paths were an integral part of roadway safety, and lead to a symbiotic relationship between vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians. Elles has also seen multi-purpose pathways inject new life and energy into small towns and areas that were once neglected and run down thanks to a boost in recreational tourism. Elles believes it would be amazing to eventually connect the towns of Killington, Bridgewater, Plymouth, Ludlow, Woodstock, Quechee, and beyond and that a path of this sort could help towns prosper for generations to come.

We’ll see you next year.

#makeawave #letsbuildabikepath

September 04, 2017 by Becca Zidik

Paddles Away at Make A Wave Race

(Killington, VT) - First Stop Board Barn will host their first ever Make A Wave paddleboard benefit race on Saturday August 26, 2017. This family friendly race will take place around Woodward Reservoir thanks in part to Farm and Wilderness for allowing the use of their day camp beach access for the start and finish area. Boards & paddles will be provided for this fun 1-mile race that will be easy enough for a beginner paddler to complete. You can sign up for FREE paddling tips from certified paddle board instructor Karen Dalury of Killington Yoga.

Proceeds will benefit the planning and development of a new multi-purpose bike path which would connect the towns of Killington, Bridgewater, Plymouth, Ludlow, Woodstock, Quechee and beyond.

After the race, awards will be given to the top 5 participants! The after party, hosted at First Stop Board Barn, will headline live music and a blazin’ BBQ sponsored by Hinterland Farm with fresh Misty Knoll chicken, homemade salads, lemonade, and all the other goodies a summer party could offer. There will be a 50/50 Raffle along with some great silent auction items!

First Stop Board Barn’s Randy Elles’ vision for a safer, family friendly bike route came to be while he was living in New York City. He noticed that multi-purpose bike paths were an integral part of roadway safety, and lead to a symbiotic relationship between vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians.

As the town of Killington becomes a major 4-season destination, from mountain biking to world class skiing, many families that visit First Stop Board Barn ask “where is there a bike path?" They don't feel safe riding on the roads, and unfortunately, many stretches of the roadway have fallen into disrepair in recent years. Even avid cyclists are interested in supporting this type of multi-purpose pathway!

Elles’ vision would come to fruition by connecting the towns of Killington, Bridgewater, Plymouth, Ludlow, Woodstock, Quechee and beyond. “Imagine if you could ride a bike on Route 4 from Killington to the Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater, or from West Bridgewater along Route 100 South through the town of Plymouth all the way to Ludlow? It would be amazing if we could connect the bike path to the towns of Woodstock and Quechee as well. Now that would be something recreational cyclists from across the northeast would travel for and with the increase in recreation tourism it would boost the economy across the region." Elles added that potential year around use could offer a safe place for people to XC ski, fat bike, and snowshoe in the winter in what Elles’ considers some of the least mountainous, yet most picturesque and family friendly cycling terrain that Vermont has to offer.

The multi-purpose pathway might include sections of stand alone bike paths connected by existing roadways with wider shoulders and proper bike lane signage. Suggested parking areas and a bike path map would help people navigate their journey by highlighting local businesses, restaurants, general stores, hotels, inns, and historical sites along the way.

Potential routes for the new bikeway include:

  • Killington to Bridgewater: Route 4 from River Road in Killington to Bridgewater Corners at the junction of Route 100A.
  • West Bridgewater to Ludlow: Route 100 South from the Junction of Route 4 in West Bridgewater toward the junction of Route 103 in Ludlow, VT.
  • Bridgewater Center to downtown Woodstock: Route 4 from Bridgewater Center at the junction of Route 100A toward the town of Woodstock.
  • Downtown Woodstock to the town of Quechee along River Road.

The Paddleboard Race fee is $30 ($10 of which will be donated to the cause) and includes: Equipment for the race, prizes for the top 5 competitors, and a BBQ with live music.

If you don’t want to race but would like to support the cause you can purchase a BBQ meal ticket for $20 ($10 of which will be donated to the cause).

Make A Wave is set to be an epic event, so pack up the car, get the kids ready, and join us lakeside for an afternoon of fun!

Make A Wave Event Details: Saturday August 26, 2017

  • On-Site Registration: 9:00am - 10:00am at Farm & Wilderness Day Camp Beach
  • Competitors Meeting: 10:30am at Farm & Wilderness Day Camp Beach
  • Races Start: 11:00am at Farm & Wilderness Day Camp Beach
  • BBQ & Awards: 1:00pm - 3:00pm First Stop Board Barn, 8474 Rt. 4 Killington, VT 05751
  • $10 from each entry fee will be donated to the cause.
  • 100% of the proceeds from Silent Auction Items will be donated to the cause.
  • 50/50 Raffle proceeds will be donated to the cause.

*Please note this event will take place sunshine or not! If we don’t like the weather, we may wait 10 minutes because it’s always changing in Vermont! Either way the BBQ and Live Music will be hot!

If you have any questions, or would like to help out as a volunteer, make a donation, or secure a sponsorship please feel free to reach out to Randy Elles or Becca Zidik at

    August 22, 2017 by Becca Zidik

    First Stop Board Barn Athletes Ride and Climb for Charity Bike Ride

    In late June 2017, First Stop Board Barn Team Athletes joined 57 other athletes for the 111 mile Dirty Project. The trek, comprised of 11,000+ ft of elevation gain, was established to help raise money for cancer research. During this year’s event, $146,097  was raised by teams who participated. The route passed through western Vermont towns including Woodstock, Quechee, Pomfret, Sharon, Strafford, and West Fairlee.

    Lou Bregou, Kirk Kardashian, & Mike Barton in the 2017 Dirty Project Ride.

    In order to fund preventative research, charity events such as the Dirty Project exist. This ride, not for the faint of heart, covers more than 110 miles of Vermont dirt roads with an elevation change of 11,000 feet throughout the course. In order to preserve the dedication and passion towards mountain biking, the ride is exclusive to a certain amount of athletes that are hand picked by Brian Nolan, the event’s organizer. The Dirty Project’s inaugural ride featured only 25 bad-ass riders. The 2017 ride had 60 participants, and the Project plans to extend that number to 80 next year. This is to ensure their mission statement is honored, but their donation funds increase.

    First Stop Board Barn Brand Director, Randy Elles, followed up with Bregou after the race: “We were the second highest fundraising team overall behind The Friends of Hanover Crew, but we were number one by far in fundraising per team member. Each of us raised around $2,435 per rider. We will be back next year, and every year until the war on cancer is won! I hope you will join us by coming out to support the riders and this great event.  To quote Mike O'Neil ‘we put a man on the moon 50 years ago, we should be able to cure cancer’" Bregou said. Bregou, a technology project manager for a tech company based in Pennsylvania, enjoys the outdoors any chance he can get. When not working, his family enjoys skiing and mountain biking together whenever possible.

    The First Stop Board Barn riders chose Cannondale bikes for the event, which enhanced the overall experience of the charity ride. Taking 28mm tires that allowed for the utmost gravel grip, the SuperSix EVO was the choice bike for the gravel roads and unmaintained terrain.  Another added bonus to the Cannondale bike was it’s absurdly lightweight structure, which allowed for easy control during climbs. For the descent, the SuperX’s added disc brakes helped the team riders for a smoother descent on the steeps.

    The Dirty Project - it's about people, the cause, and the dirt.

    August 08, 2017 by Becca Zidik

    Killington Resort to Host High Fives Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Killington’s Own Max Elles and Adaptive Athletes Across the Country

    On December 27, 2012 Max Elles crashed into a hidden water bar while snowboarding at Killington Resort (VT). Immediately, the promising young snowboarder knew he had broken his back. The next 43 days were spent in two hospitals; Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical and Spaulding Rehab Hospital.

    Initially paralyzed from the waist down, Elles has since regained the ability to not only walk, but also snowboard again. Elles’ success can be attributed to the local Killington community and The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, which awarded him several grants to assist in his recovery.

    Included in the generous lineup of support from the grants, Elles was able to train and recover at elite facilities such as Wayne’s World Elite Fitness Training, Nice Touch Massage, Optimum Health Acupuncture, Burlington Body Therapy, Touchchi Bodywork & Massage, and Body Wellness Hawaii.  Recovery tactics included Structural Integration, massages, neuro pilates, and acupuncture.

    Elles’ progress wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation and the inspiring fellow adaptive athletes he’s met at events across the country. Moving forward, Elles hopes to regain as much strength, balance, and mobility as possible.

    Photo courtesy of High Fives Foundation.

    Elles plans to attend the 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament in Vermont on Sunday, August 13th. Switching up locations this year, the event, hosted by GoPro, Vermont North Ski Shop, and Kingsbury Companies, will be held at the Killington Golf Course. The Lunch will be sponsored by Max Elles’ family business First Stop Board Barn and the after party will be hosted by Phil & Joy Black at the Lookout Tavern.

    Max, Randy, Bill, & Coral Elles hope you can either make the event or a donation to this incredible foundation.

    "We are absolutely stoked to host the Annual High Fives charity golf tournament here at the

    Killington Golf Course," said Dave Beckwith, Director of Golf and Snow Sports at Killington

    Resort. "We feel our fun and engaging environment matches well with the High Fives brand.

    This should be a memorable event, and we are honored to support this terrific cause."

    At 2:00pm the 36 teams will load their carts, make their way to the course and compete for

    Prizes. Throughout the day there will be an array of on-course challenges like Longest Drive, Baseball Bat Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and the Air Cannon drive. Dinner and awards will follow.

    Event Information:

    • Date: Sunday, August 13th, 2017
    • Event Timeline:

    Any 5th Annual High Fives Foundation Charity Golf Tournament questions can be directed to

    Location: Killington Golf Course (227 E Mountain Rd, Killington, VT 05751)

    Cost: $700/team ($175 per team member) and $200/single golfer (without a team) Tournament Includes: 18 holes of golf at Killington golf course, a Travis Mathew golf shirt, Titleist golf balls, Darn Tough socks and snacks from local sponsors Tournament Format: Four-man scramble

    12:00pm: Event registration opens 12:30pm: Lunch

    1:00pm: Break the Glass

    1:45pm: Announcements and group photo 2:00pm: Shotgun start

    8:00pm: Dinner at the Lookout Tavern

    July 27, 2017 by Becca Zidik

    Full Time Dad, Part Time Bike Racer Wins Vermont Overland Pavé Madness

    On Sunday July 9, 2017 First Stop Board Barn Team Athlete Mike Barton won the Vermont Overland Pavé Madness, a 23 mile epic mountain / fat bike adventure ride comprised almost entirely of rocky, muddy, and climby Class 4 (unmaintained) roads! The race, which took place between Plymouth and Reading, Vermont, featured ridiculously steep climbs and manic rocky, muddy descents as well as roads that looked more like riverbeds rather than trails. This was Mike Barton’s second win of the year, previously winning the Tour of Battenkill event.

    First Stop Board Barn Brand Director, Randy Elles, followed up with Mike after the race: “I finished first at the VO Pavé Madness on the Cannondale Scalpel - epic, muddy, and brutal event.  The race featured a beaver dam crossing (up to your chest in water for 600 feet), flowing river beds littered with baby head rocks, and lots of technical climbing and descending (over 3500 feet in 23 miles).  Being able to switch the suspension on-the-fly allowed me to hammer the downhill sections, and accelerate on the climbs and rollers. Double bottle cages on the full suspension were an added bonus to stay hydrated” Barton said.

    Mike Barton, of Hanover, NH beat out local favorite and professional cyclist Ansel Dickey of Woodstock, VT who was riding the 2018 Cannondale Slate SE. The full time dad, part time bike racer has worked as an R&D Engineer at Creare for 14 years and counting. He feels blessed with a very supportive wife and energetic 3-year old twin girls that keep them busy. When he’s not racing bikes he enjoys spending the day with his wife and kids, especially towing the girls in the bike chariot to all sorts of funky adventures, and tackling masterful home improvement projects.

    This is just one of the great events organized by Peter Vollars of Vermont Overland this year. The ride was led by Land Rovers of all vintages, and some amazing photos were captured by professional photographer, Reese Brown, of Woodstock, VT.

     Next up; The Overland on Sunday August 27, 2017. The Overland is a 49-mile dirt road timed bicycle adventure ride featuring 5,600 feet of climbing, seven sections of “Vermont pavé” (unmaintained ancient public roads), a beautiful rural historic ski area start/finish, and a lively after-party. Open dirt roads, amazing scenery, and an epic course unlike any you’ve ever ridden before, all within a beautiful Vermont pastoral setting which starts and finishes at the Suicide 6 Resort in Pomfret, Vermont.