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Many ski areas, like Bretton Woods which was the first New Hampshire ski area to open for the season on Nov. 18, have enhanced snowmaking for the upcoming season. (Photo courtesy of DAN HOUDE / Wiseguy Creative Photography)

Outdoor Adventures: Playing the waiting game

Sunday, November 22, 2015

As skiers and riders prepare to hit the slopes, know there are plenty of worthwhile upgrades and additions out there. Along the I-93 corridor, Waterville Valley thinned the Sugar Shack glades and will feature a natural terrain park. Look for the Fun Run, a series of man-made and natural obstacles, by Valley Run. Plans call for a new banked slalom …

Outdoor Adventures: Season abounds for jibbers and joggers

Monday, November 9, 2015

Twig season means one last hurrah for many cyclists, hikers and paddlers before hanging up those pursuits to start skiing and snowboarding. As resorts bust out the guns and hoses in advance of the month-long opening day rollouts, there is also plenty of opportunity to get psyched for the season. Jibbers and joggers …

Outdoor Adventures: Stay resolute on Mount Resolution

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Nathaniel T.P. Davis must have been as hardened as the granite surrounding him. The son-in-law of Abel and Hannah Crawford, members of the pioneering family that brought trails, hotels and visitors to the rugged northern New Hampshire notch that bears their name, had an itch to construct a bridle path in the 1800s …

Outdoor Adventures: Rambling about the trails in fall

Sunday, October 11, 2015

It’s meandering time. Cool air and crisp colors signal the foliage show is on, albeit a bit on the patchy side this year, along with plenty of hopeful visitors coming to take in the sights. Still, scenery abounds …

Outdoor Adventures: Country comfort found on Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

Monday, September 28, 2015

A motion sensor turns on the lights in a curved tunnel with a wooden boardwalk surface. Delicious deep, dark, ledgy and mossy rock cuts provide shade from the sun. Stately manicured acres are the forefront to a horizon …

Outdoor Adventures: No rush on Shelburne Moriah

Sunday, September 13, 2015

If there is a mountain top that exudes lingering, it is Shelburne Moriah on the edge of the Wild River Wilderness in the White Mountain National Forest. East of Gorham near the border between New Hampshire and Maine, …

Outdoor Adventures: Sampling slices of Pondicherry pie

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Giddy? Not this gaggle of geese. Standing tall and silent in the tall grass of Cedar Marsh under the stoic gazes of Cherry Mountain, the Presidentials, Owl’s Head and the Pliny and Pilot ranges, they didn’t move as …

Outdoor Adventures: Sun sets on 24 Hours of Great Glen

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The sheriff leaned against the railing outside the festival tent, a cowboy hat on his head, neck wrapped in a bandana and a chest-high silver star shimmering slightly under the Sunday morning clouds. “This is bittersweet, for sure,” …

Outdoor Adventures: On top of the domes

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sometimes the biggest isn’t the best. Take Sandwich Mountain. At 3,980 feet, it’s the highest peak on an all-day, nine-mile loop near Waterville Valley that also includes 2,940-foot Noon Peak and 3,440-foot Jennings Peak, all in the Sandwich …

Outdoor Adventures: Riding by the Redstone Rocket

Saturday, July 18, 2015

In the relative cool of a sleepy Sunday morning before the heat and humidity got out of bed, the deer bounded across the dirt. The white-tailed wonder leaped into the protection of the forest, found the spot it …

Outdoor Adventures: High mountain huts mark birthdays

Monday, July 6, 2015

When does the ferry leave for the Lakes of the Clouds? How do they keep the Lakes of the Clouds filled? Are the Lakes of the Clouds above or below us? Those are a trio of true questions …

Outdoor Adventures: Smitten – and bitten – by bogs

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Wet and spongy bogs are the little feeder ski hills of hiking. They’re an easy entryway into the world of trekking for the young, while also forgiving footpaths for those who’ve tallied a lifetime of miles. Teaming with …

Outdoor Adventures: Stepping up on Stinson

Sunday, June 7, 2015

They looked like steps to nowhere. But that wasn’t right at all. At the least, the steps were a stage to view the far-reaching hills, mountains and waterways. And perhaps with a stretch, they were a step back …

Outdoor Adventures: Competitors find fun, camaraderie and challenges in the mud

Sunday, May 24, 2015

They’re motivated by mud. Both physical and mental toughness are tested as contestants muck it up while going over wood walls, crawling on their stomachs under barbed wire and trying to negotiate other daunting obstacles. But, it’s also …

Outdoor Adventures: Winter’s grip is never far away on Washington

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Looking up, the snow lingers on its high reaches. But eventually the snow melts and succumbs to spring’s moods – bubbly babbling, ghoulish, gurgling and ominous oozing. The snow is a draw on Mount Washington, always. Omnipresent in …