Every adventure has its kickoff. Some are grand, others simply a means to calm the mind. Participants call them rituals: wearing lucky socks, eating PB&J sandwiches, chugging a beer or two, and even the rush to poop right before the gun. Yeah, I said it.
Nachtspektakel was Dynafit’s kickoff event to ease the stress of a looming challenge, aka The Grand Traverse skimo race, by mixing libations, delicious food, and a casual evening ski tour.
I needed some nachtspektakeling in my life after a two hundred mile harrowing ice road drive to Crested Butte, including a rock slide induced flat tire and wholly consuming a second grader’s Halloween candy stash en route.
The literal translation is “night under the stars” but Crested Butte News quoted the party as “long ski poles and über athletes tangled up in a flesh mass of humanity.” Only after reading the article by Amanda Hugandkiss with quotes by Phil A. Mignon and Brian Vickenhasen did I realize I picked up the annual April Fools edition.
Maybe the obituary for “Telemarking” above the article gave it away but one thing is for sure, if a nachtspektakel comes to your mountain town you’ll be in for a grand ol’ Euro time!
(Note, nachtspektakel is often enjoyed mostly or all in the dark of night. In this case the event included festivities in Crested Butte so the timing was earlier, though still evening.)
Joseph Risi was raised on pasta and meatballs in the “backwoods” of Long Island before seeking higher education in the mountains of Vermont. Always looking for adventure, building treehouses, working too many odd jobs around the world he now lives in the Aspen area of Colorado.