The town of Brattleboro, in Vermont, U.S.A. is a popular ski resort that attracts an?
GV Mountain TILT DOWN TO car park
GV People queueing and riding ski-lift
SV Man asleep in queue
GV People queueing before big race
CU PAN & SV Competitors start limbering up and walking to start
GV & CU Start of race (4 shots)
GV Competitors down course (2 shots)
SV Stan Dudley (winner) towards finishing line
SV Other skiers finishing with some stumbling through exhaustion (4 shots)
SV Competitor takes drink from can after race
TRANSCRIPT: NOLAN: "Downhill skiing's phenomenal popularity has transformed almost every mountain into a perpetual rush-hour of crowded parking lots, soaring ticket prices and lines which lift you to an emotional as well as a physical peak -- providing you get to the front without drifting off to sleep.
Fortunately for those wanting more exercise with less monotony there is an alternative. A local dentist started the event in 1963 -- filling a sport's cavity for 59 entrants on that first tour.
Twelve years later the numbers have snowballed into a throng that somehow looks and manages to act like one big happy family.
Limbering up is accomplished on the lot or along the 20 minute walk to the starting line.
"There, for a solitary moment at the post, all is expectantly quiet. A mood that dissipates like an ice cream on a hot summer day when the shot-gun signals a burst of adrenalin -- the race has begun. The clipped-clop of two thousand boots on two thousand narrow wooden strips fills the air. It's an uphill climb at first -- and some facial expressions tell you it will stay that way for the duration.
"Theoretically the downhill portion is a calculated rest -- it's often a calamity of bodies and snow united in a bond of uncertainty before the open fields -- and separation.
"Out of the woods tour-winner Stan Dudley from Brattleboro leaves a legible path for scores of Hansels and Gretels to follow.
Some have enough strength to sprint for the finish. Most are a study in fatigue, straining against uncooperative muscles to the wire. Participants nod knowingly to one another that it isn't important who won the race, just finishing was the goal that creates its own rewards."
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Background: The town of Brattleboro, in Vermont, U.S.A. is a popular ski resort that attracts an increasing number of downhill enthusiasts every year.
So much so that queueing for the ski-lift is an endurance test in itself and the parking lots during the winter months are perpetually packed to capacity.
But for those North American skiers who want more exercise with less monotony there is an alternative. In 1963 a local dentist inaugurated the annual Brattleboro cross-country ski race. There were 59 entrants in the first event. But twelve years later the number had grown in proportion to the increasing popularity of the sport. The 1975 event drew one thousand entrants -- a throng that somehow looked and managed to act like one big happy family.
Local skier Stan Dudley won the race -- but there's achievement in making it to the finishing post alone. Most competitors consider they've done well if they get that far. Some have enough strength to make a final sprint for the line, but most are a study in fatigue by the time they are within sight of the end.