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Nordic Skate Pair. You can bet that this pair of season Nordic Skaters tested the ice before they ventured out early in the season. Note that one is wearing a pair of ice picks around his neck to self recue in the event he falls through. (Tim Jones/ photo)

Active Outdoors: Things to remember with ice season just around the corner

Friday, November 13, 2015

Despite the fact that we’ve all been dancing outside in shorts and T-shirts in early November, something tells me that this is going to be an ice year. I’m betting the ponds will freeze up before there’s snow on the ground. Of course I’m probably going to lose this bet, but hey, maybe not. Ice is pure magic. It lets …

Active Outdoors: “Stick Season” hiking

Friday, October 30, 2015

Year in and year out, I do more hiking from mid-October until snow falls than the whole rest of the year. Mostly, it’s because I enjoy hiking when the leaves are down more than I do when the trails are muddy in the spring or hot, green tunnels in the summer. Partly, it’s …

Active Outdoors: Ski season’s here!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

As I started writing this column, the title was “Ski Season’s Coming.” Things have obviously changed for the better I received an email from the director of communications at Sunday River that, if all goes as planned, Sunday River will be open for the winter season on Monday at 9 a.m. Ski season …

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 …

Active Outdoors: Embracing winter in all its glory

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Okay, take a deep breath. The various solstice-season holidays are almost past, and it’s time to really start enjoying winter. I get that winter isn’t everyone’s favorite outdoor season, as it is mine, but I just don’t get …

Active Outdoors: How will you celebrate the New Year?

Friday, December 13, 2013

So, there’s a New Year coming. It’s traditionally a time of reflection and resolution. Or partying. Seriously, though, it really can be a matter of either or. Let’s put it this way … if you want to make …

Active Outdoors: Shoulder season safety tips

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In some ways, it would be really nice if someone could flip a switch and “start” winter. But then again, we’d probably all fight over when to start winter and when to shut it off. (My vote would …

Active Outdoors: Are you ready to get back to (skiing) basics this winter?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Bill Currier, the man who taught me how to turn and stop on skis, also happened to be the person who built what I have been told was the first ski tow in Massachusetts. I still find it …

Active Outdoors: Still time left to bike … then ski

Thursday, October 31, 2013

If you aren’t ready give up pedaling your bike for the year, there’s no need to. There’s at least a month of wonderful bike riding left before it starts to get really cold and you run the risk …