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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: 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 …

Outdoor Adventures: Odds and ends over the frost heaves

Saturday, April 25, 2015

With snow melting, rivers rising and mud making the rounds, it’s a good time to look ahead to another season of sun, wildflowers, peaks, trails, camping, rivers and travel. The North Country is getting some love from New …

Outdoor Adventures: Lost and found on the slopes

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The way Harry Hutchison remembers it began with a phone call several years ago from a guest skiing in Austria. Hutchison is guest services manager at Sugarbush and like many with a similar job title, he’s heard just …

Outdoor adventures: Spring is here, but skiing is far from over

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Carve soft bumps and corn snow like butter. Cruise in the forgiving shade. Screech in the mashed potatoes on boards-needling wax. Chill and grill on the hill. There is life to the ski season as many make that …

End-of-season skiing and snowboarding festivities abound throughout New England

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Let the goggle tans begin. Sure, it’s time to work on growing alpine freckles, go pond skimming, break out the loud Hawaiian shirts and use rolls of duct tape on those cardboard derby entrees. But there are some …

Outdoor Adventures: Let the value season begin

Sunday, March 1, 2015

With vacation weeks soon fading, spring skiing and value season are on the horizon. It’s a time when ski areas begin to unveil next year’s season pass deals, often with enticing incentives like using it this March and …

Outdoor Adventures: Twenty-five years behind the gates

Saturday, February 14, 2015

There were two races at first, with skiers running the gates at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine, and central Vermont’s Killington. Then, as time marched on and skiers shared the slopes with snowboarders, more ski areas chimed in. …

Outdoor Adventures: Woman of many hats, Torrey leads Jackson Ski Touring Foundation

Sunday, February 1, 2015

About six years ago, Breanne Torrey was working the front desk at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation part-time as a ticket seller and question answerer. Armed with five years of employment with the U.S. Forest Service, including working as …