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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: 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 …