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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: State parks mean inexpensive outdoor getaways

Saturday, June 28, 2014

‘With three school-age kids in sports leagues and summer activities, we don’t have the time or energy or money for more than our traditional vacation week away.” “My wife and I work too many hours, we’re saving every …

Active Outdoors: Maine’s mid-coast by bike

Friday, June 13, 2014

Leaving your car behind and traveling by bike is a wonderful way to really experience an area. You cover fewer miles, but you feel more. We did a four-day, three-night bike tour along Maine’s coast on the fingers …

Active Outdoors: A summer of cycle fests

Friday, May 30, 2014

You may see it differently, but I resolutely try to avoid anything that smacks of competition when I’m enjoying outdoor sports. I get that many (most?) other people find competition motivating and fun. But it isn’t for me. …

Active Outdoors: Searching the wild for fiddleheads

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Imagine, if you can, a world without cell phones, computers and fast-food restaurants on every street corner. Okay, got that? Now take a small step backwards from there to a world without an interstate highway system, big trucks …

Active Outdoors: A super-fun whitewater paddling school

Friday, May 2, 2014

Do you love the adrenaline rush of roller coasters? Getting tossed around by big waves at the beach? Have you ever stood in front of a front-loading washing machine and wondered what it would be like to be …

Active Outdoors: Join the club for more fun

Friday, April 18, 2014

If I could give you just one piece of advice in hopes that you would get outdoors more often and have more fun this summer (and all year long, for that matter) it would be this: Join a …

Active Outdoors: Planning a park-and-go getaway

Friday, April 4, 2014

As longtime readers probably know, my sweetheart Marilyn and I really enjoy “Active Outdoors” vacations where we park our car and travel from place to place – by skis or snowshoes in winter, by foot, bike or kayak …

Active Outdoors: Letting go of winter … reluctantly

Friday, March 21, 2014

This has been pretty close to the best winter ever, with more than two feet of snow falling up north last week and the cold hanging on nicely! We’re all going to be able to keep enjoying snowsports …

Active Outdoors: How to really enjoy a cold snap

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Everybody’s calling this the winter that won’t quit. I think they’re deluding themselves. Here in New England, at least, March is always winter. People who hope for something different are simply being unrealistic. It’s tough to get out …

Active Outdoors: Vignettes from a perfect February

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Finally! A real New England winter with a-l-m-o-s-t enough snow! Keep it coming! With all this snow, it’s hard to find time for all the fun. But every couple of days in February I decided that “life isn’t …

Active Outdoors: One lodge, two nights, three days, four ski experiences

Friday, February 7, 2014

Shortly after yet another major snowstorm went barreling out to sea south of New England, my sweetheart Marilyn and I headed north to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch. While skiing and more skiing …

Active Outdoors: Common sense in the cold

Friday, January 10, 2014

Has anyone else been enjoying the pure foolishness in the “news” coverage of the recent weather? I know I have. The term “Polar Vortex,” which has been used by meteorologists for decades, has suddenly taken on a life …