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Big Squaw Mountain: Beautiful views, great snow, nice trails . . . the reborn Big Squaw Mountain near Greenville, Maine, is delivering everything you need.Lift tickets are $25/day! (Tim Jones/EasternSlopes.com photo)

Quebec offers a skiing refuge during unseasonably warm stretch

Friday, February 5, 2016

Big Squaw Mountain (skibigsquaw.com) in Greenville Junction, Maine really isn’t near to home for most of us. But Greenville is one of the great winter towns in New England. And it’s conveniently on the way to Quebec City if you are headed there (as we were). Marilyn and I arrived in Greenville on Saturday morning, just in time for a …

Active Outdoors: How about a mountain walk?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

My son Justin (who is, I’m afraid, a bit too much of a chip off the old block for his own good) and I were grumping around our respective houses, grumbling about the recent rains and micro snowstorms, much to the consternation of those who share those houses with us. My long-suffering wife …

Active Outdoors: Thumbing your nose at El Niño

Friday, December 25, 2015

On Dec. 12, it was nearly 55 degrees at Okemo Mountain (okemo.com) in Ludlow, Vt. They had about 120 acres of trails open, and those trails were well covered with snow. No bare spots. It felt like a beautiful early-spring day – warm, but not so hot that the snow turned to slush …

Active Outdoors: So much to do, so little summer to do it in

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer’s almost over. Get out and enjoy it! Yes, yes, I know summer officially started less than a week ago, but bear with me here. If you really think about it, you’ll see the logic of what I’m …

Active Outdoors: Going by the book

Saturday, June 13, 2015

It almost sounds quaint in this age of Apple Watches and Google Glasses that something as old-fashioned as a book may still be your best source if you are looking for outdoor fun around New England. Sure, there’s …

Active Outdoor: Plan your one-night vacations this summer

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The way the world is structured today, most of us are tied into busy work, family and social schedules. With home offices, tablet computers and full web capabilities on our smart phones, it’s getting harder and harder to …

Active Outdoors: Prime waterfall time

Friday, April 17, 2015

Snow is a double blessing for Active Outdoors enthusiasts. Think back to late January and February, when, much to the joy of skiers and snowshoers, one snowstorm followed another and the hills of New England were covered with …

Active Outdoors: Four ways to enjoy April

Friday, April 3, 2015

I know it’s tough, watching all that wonderful snow melt and seeing the magnificently memorable winter of 2014-15 come to a close much too soon, it seems. But once the sun starts climbing in the sky, spring becomes …

Active Outdoors: Enjoying winter while it lasts

Saturday, March 21, 2015

This column could also be titled: “Why I’ll still be writing about skiing in mid-April.” The winter of 2014-15 got a late start. Except for the Thanksgiving storm (which was really too early to count, since all the …

Active Outdoors: Great skiing! More ahead!

Friday, March 6, 2015

The main reason I ski in December, January and even early February is so my legs will be in shape for March and April. The best of New England skiing starts after Presidents’ Week and lasts until the …

Active Outdoors: For outdoors lovers, it could be the best winter ever

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sure, we all feel sorry for the poor commuters in Boston and other coastal cities. Almost everyone wishes all that snow had fallen on the northern hills instead of the coast. But spring will come too soon and …

Active Outdoors: Blizzard! Blizzard!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Even with satellites, radar and sophisticated computer models, weather forecasting is still a very imprecise science. Especially in New England. The “Blizzard of 2015” in late January is the perfect example. It was originally forecast to bury everything …

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 …

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 …

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 …