Every winter in Jeffersonville, near Smuggler's Notch, the hills come alive with the sound of heavy breathing, snowshoes, and musket fire. Those are the sounds of the Primitive Biathlon: the original, and largest, event of its kind in the country. Participants use wooden snowshoes to get around the two mile course. And they take 9 shots with black-powder muskets at four different stations on the course. Period costume from the 1700s is encouraged, but not required. VPR’s Jane Lindholm paid a visit to the 13th annual event in January 2008.
Photos by Jane Lindholm