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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 …

Outdoor Adventures: Fat tire fun on snow

Saturday, February 1, 2014

They come ready to ride the snow. Dressed from head to toe against the elements, they could initially be mistaken for cross-country skiers. But once they don their helmets and get on their rigs, there is no mistaking …

Outdoor Adventures: Masters on snow

Sunday, January 19, 2014

As a little girl, Nadine Price dreamed about ski racing. But she never got around to it until a divorce at age 40, when she found herself in a Masters ski racing starting gate for the first time. …

Outdoor Adventures: Progression rules the parks

Sunday, January 5, 2014

If there’s a buzzword echoing through terrain parks, it’s progression. Resorts are spending more time creating environments where skiers and riders can ease into the park scene, and once there, move ahead safely. So, what’s progression? “At its …

Outdoor Adventures: Taking those test drives

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Try before you buy. That’s the mantra for demonstration days, a time when skiers and snowboarders can test drive the latest in gear from rocker skis to goggles. It can be a day when tents and flags fly …

Outdoor Adventures: Sampling ski specials

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Looking for lift tickets deals? Read on. In the Lakes Region, Gunstock’s value offerings include a Sunday Family 4-pack for two adults and two youths for $199, 2-for-1 non-holiday Mondays and $25 Belknap County Club Tuesdays. Ski at …

Outdoor adventures: Moultonborough’s Red Hill a place of landmarks and vistas

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The land was filled with autumn’s fading color. Shimmering blues came courtesy of lakes like Squam and Winnipesaukee. The steady conifers held their green well while denuded birches stood white, tall and perhaps even a bit menacing announcing …

Outdoor Adventures: New trail network opens along popular Kanc

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The meandering Kancamagus Highway is a wiggling slice of outdoor heaven with its myriad hiking trails, campgrounds, vistas and even a surprise like a high school ski jump. But now there’s a new network of multi-use trails on …

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking in the steps of skiing history

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The North Country morning symphony featuring a section of buzzing chainsaws and a collection of punctuating shotgun blasts resonated through the hardwoods as we walked up the hill in the steps of skiing history. The footing was anything …

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking Mount Cube an impressive experience

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Mount Cube is a captivating and commanding mountain. The Orford peak’s gray, pink and white quartzite summit stones provide outstanding platforms for some of the finest views to the two states of the Upper Valley. Thought it stands …

Outdoor Adventures: A successful northern N.H. hike

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The grizzled Appalachian Trail hiker with a big fat letter “I” on his baseball cap stood on the glorious broad open North Country summit and said, “I smell laundry.” Fair enough. We, deodorant-scented day hikers, smelled thru-hiker. Odors …

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking a 4Ker known for winter

Saturday, August 31, 2013

We traipsed across the beastly mountain, darting through the glades, up the wide slopes and out across its vast expanses with extensive views of central Vermont. We weren’t on skis or snowboards, but poles were in hand as …

Outdoor Adventures: Finding a rhythm for the hills

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The hills are alive with grimaces. A climb can be looming and glooming, a big landmark of intimidation for cyclists. But there are ways to prepare. Welcome them. “I know this is going to sound like a hippie, …