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Outdoor Adventures
Skiers take to the course during the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation’s White Mountain Classic 30K on Jan. 23. (Photo by Marty Basch)

Outdoor Adventures: Peeling away the layers

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Before stepping into the set tracks, Andrew Norkin figured he logged about six kilometers this season. Yet he was in the starting line last Saturday (Jan. 23) for the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation’s White Mountain Classic 30K, about to cross-country ski five times that distance in a few hours. Why? Like any good parent, he drove his 16-year-old daughter Irina, …

Outdoor Adventures: Making the best of it

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Across ski country it’s beginning to look – and feel – a lot like winter. Snowmaking is still king while Mother Nature’s in a giving mood of late dropping snow across the region. That lets trail counts increase and allows a handful of ski areas to open or re-open. Like Mad River Glen …

Outdoor Adventures: Meet winter full on in 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Looking to recharge your body and mind this new year? Head outside this winter. Try something new. Rise out of your comfort zone. Do the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge. Sure, there are lots of recreational skier series, but the family-friendly Challenge (skiverticalchallenge.com) is more than a ski race. It’s about relationships and youthful …

Outdoor Adventures: Holding on for the holidays

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Not that anyone’s paranoid, but it seems Mother Nature and Santa Claus have been teaming up to stick it to skiers and snowboarders so far. It is an El Niño year, that powerful influence that brings joy to …

Outdoor Adventures: Finding steals and deals on the slopes

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Not everyone buys a season pass long before the snow flies to achieve a multitude of ski days for a decent price. Scoring frequent skier cards provides bounties of savings all season. Buying etickets through a ski area …

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. …

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, …

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 …

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 …