PIONEERS OF CASTA
John Borel, Phyllis Bader-Borel and Bill Hetzer were among the pioneers in popularizing cross country skiing in the early 1970s in the capital region. In those days you could buy skis, boots and poles for $65. But you had to put pine tar on the Scandinavian designed wooden skis before you could wax them. As the sport grew more popular, the technology kept improving, local sports stores dedicated to winter sprouted up, and the small group of friends organized day trips to take to the ski and hiking trails in the capital region. They soon discovered that snow conditions were more favorable to the north, and north they went on weekend trips. They could book a lodge for a group of 20 to 25 people for $23-$25 each for a weekend, food included, with a little extra tip for instruction.