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Arriving at Stratton Brook On Skis: Skiing to the Maine Huts is a wonderful experience--especially when you know that a hot shower, warm bunk room and great meals await. (Tim Jones/EasternSlopes.com photo)

Active Outdoors: Don’t wait for real “winter” to arrive before you decide to get outdoors

Friday, January 23, 2015

What have you been doing for fun this “winter.” In much of New England, the end of 2014 and the start of 2015 have brought less snow than most of us hope for. The MLK weekend rain storm that soaked most of New England surely didn’t help. Still, there’s been enough cold weather for the ski areas to blow lots …

Active Outdoors: “Uphilling” at ski areas

Friday, January 9, 2015

Climbing the hill under your own steam before skiing or riding down is one of the hottest trends in winter sports these day. Advances in equipment have made “uphilling” more accessible than ever, and more and more and more skiers are using Alpine Touring (AT, also called “randonée”) or Telemark equipment with removable …

Active Outdoors: First-day hikes start the new year right

Thursday, December 25, 2014

So … would you rather start the New Year off with a hangover or a dose of fresh air, exercise and fun? I think it’s safe to say that most Active Outdoors aficionados would choose the latter. It’s just the right thing to do. Even with the Christmas Eve rain, it’s a safe …

Active Outdoors: Camping at home

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Thanksgiving storm left our home without electricity (and cable) for three days. Other people were without power much longer than we were. Fortunately, we were already planning to have dinner with friends and they had power. While …

Active Outdoors: Determining your own opening weekend makes for a good time on the slopes

Friday, November 28, 2014

These days, there are really three sort-of-semi-official starts to the ski season in New England. There’s the “We’re open first!” start, usually in October or early November, when Sunday River (sundayriver.com), Killington (killington.com) and, sometimes, tiny Woodbury (woodburyskiarea.com) …

Active Outdoors: What are your plans for winter?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mid-November to mid- or late-December is the season I call “Almost Winter.” The leaves have fallen but snow hasn’t – or, if it has, it’s reluctant to stick. A stretch of cold weather will be followed by a …

Active Outdoors: Have you ever experienced wilderness?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, while our wives were enjoying a weekend of what they call “retail therapy” (which I refer to as “shoot me, now”), my buddy David and I threw packs on our backpacks and headed …

Active Outdoors: Snow’s coming! Are you ready?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Has anyone else gotten excited by the first hints of snow this season? It started back in mid-September, when it was still technically summer. We got a frosty night or two and Sunday River (sundayriver.com) up in Bethel, …

Active Outdoors: How did you use the gift of a beautiful weekend?

Friday, October 3, 2014

No doubt about it, we were given a gift: two days of warm temperatures and sunshine, on a weekend, in late September, with fall foliage coming on strong across northern New England. The question is: Did you appreciate …

Active Outdoors: Fall biking begins

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall is absolutely the best time for biking in New England. There’s no better way to view fall foliage than from the seat of a bike (and no, I don’t mean one with a motor – that’s cheating). …

Active Outdoors: Paddling and hiking at three wilderness luxury lodgings in Maine

Saturday, September 6, 2014

My sweetheart Marilyn and I are rarely (well, actually, never) disappointed by our adventures, but it’s also rare to have an outing turn out far, far better than expected. Our Great Maine Wilderness Late Summer Getaway … was …

Active Outdoors: Paddling the Housatonic in Connecticut

Friday, August 22, 2014

People from Connecticut come north to play all the time, but people from New Hampshire rarely travel to Connecticut for outdoor fun. But it’s my contention that there’s always something worthwhile to do outdoors wherever you are, and …

Active Outdoors: Planning ahead pays off in late summer

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Barring a hurricane, late August and early September are typically a wonderful time for a New England getaway focused on the outdoors. Weekends can still be pretty busy in many tourist areas, but summer vacations are over for …

Active Outdoors: Three short summer outings

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It was a beautiful summer Saturday morning, with sunny blue skies, low humidity, temperatures in the 50s and headed for the high 70s. If July were always this nice, I’d be a big fan. Over breakfast, my sweetheart …

Paddling cures for the common July

Friday, July 11, 2014

Are you are among the significant minority (personally, I think we’re a silent majority!) of New Englanders who, when faced with the relentless sun, heat and humidity of July strive to accept with good grace the things we …