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Outdoor Adventures
A skier runs the course during the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge, now celebrating its 25th season. (Snocountry photo)

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. Now nearly 30 resorts from northern New England to Pennsylvania take part in the very popular, family-friendly series celebrating its 25th anniversary …

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 a ranger and firefighter, and a University of Maine bachelor of science degree in national …

Outdoor Adventures: Get going in the gates

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bragging rights are up for grabs. From National Standard Racing, better known as NASTAR, to weekly recreational beer league series and beyond, skiers are challenging themselves in a wealth of ways to cross the finish line. Whether super competitive or just in it to survive, ski racers will spend the next two and …

From Mount Israel, such a view

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Such a view. Sure, we shlepped and shvitzed, and those low-elevation bugs made us mashugana enough to wear mosquito netting for a spell, but soon enough we felt overheated and claustrophobic so we took off the head nets …

Outdoor Adventures: Mount Shaw trumps hazy, hot and humid

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The haze hid much of the landscape. But that’s what happens when you decide to shun air conditioning and creature comforts like a couch with a clicker for an early-morning hike on a day when hazy, hot and …

Outdoor Adventures: Best to pause on Mount Paugus … or else

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Every so often a hike comes along and schools you with a swift butt kick to leave you bloodied, muddied, ragged and worn. Hiking rough and tough low-lying, 3,198-foot Mount Paugus using the Bolles, Old Paugus, Lawrence, Cabin …

Outdoor Adventures: Much is found at Lost Pond

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Save for the dabbling blue-winged teal leaving a small wake behind it, I had the small pond with mighty views to myself. It was early on a recent Sunday and from the well-used trailhead at the Appalachian Mountain …

Outdoor Adventures: ‘Honey, I don’t do goat paths’

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Travel not only nurtures the soul, but it also gives you altered and often appreciative perspectives on the routine of home. The basics as simple as language, food, driving, hygiene, greetings, purchasing and more no longer are ordinary. …

Outdoor Adventures: Pedal for a cause

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The reasons people ride a bicycle are as numerous as the shades of color on cycling jerseys. Physical health, competition, sanity, lifestyle, politics, camaraderie and, of course, a cause – giving back and making a difference. All of …

Outdoor Adventures: What’s on that mountain?

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Mountaintops are special places. Wide-ranging views, towers, cabins and more attract visitors to New England’s lofty peaks. Summits are spectacular no matter the season. Depending on the weather, they can be as moody as a teenager or as …

Outdoor Adventures: Rookies take to the river in the Rockies

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The sage stood still as the cry echoed by the bend in the Provo River. “Fish on,” I screamed. Ken and Jen Mihal swiftly sprung into action as I quickly forgot nearly everything the husband and wife guides …

Outdoor Adventures: Spring skiing signals season’s swan song

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Loving the snow? Then enjoy true spring skiing with a few added twists as skiers and snowboarders should be able to ride chairlifts through much of April, and likely longer. Or, take to the woods. Like skiing at …

Outdoor Adventures: Grueling challenge, great cause

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Maybe 15 runs into his ski day, Mark Holmes was riding the lift dressed in about seven layers of clothing making him more prepared for subzero chills than the temps flirting with 20. He had to stay warm …

Outdoor Adventures: Silver keeps Logan smiling

Sunday, March 2, 2014

She’s probably still smiling. “There is just this smile across my face and I don’t think it’s going away for a while,” Devin Logan said the other day during a phone interview from a New York City cab. …

Outdoor Adventures: Crossing paths with those on the stage

Saturday, February 15, 2014

These are the days when moms, dads, neighbors, classmates, teachers, that guy whose name you don’t know and others look up at the big screen and say something like, “He was always talented as a young skier. You …