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Many ski areas have continued snowmaking past their usual times. A skier takes to the slopes at Loon Mountain in Lincoln. (Loon Mountain courtesy photo)

Outdoor Adventures: Snow guns make vacation week salute

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Snow guns have been firing away in recent days across ski country. Generally, the plugs would have been pulled around the end of January, but given this natural snow-challenged winter, the guns and hoses arsenal was resurrected when temperatures allowed in advance of February vacation week with its skiing, riding, events and relaxing amenities. Plus, ski areas are prepping to …

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 …

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: Hiking the other, other, other Sugarloaf

Sunday, August 17, 2014

We hiked Sugarloaf Mountain the other day. Not North Sugarloaf or Middle Sugarloaf, both glorious platforms above the Zealand Valley. But the other, other, other New Hampshire Sugarloaf, the remote North Country one east of Groveton in Stratford …

Outdoor Adventures: Bopping about the Bentons on Black and Blueberry

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sometimes big things come in small packages. The low-lying Benton Range is comprised of a half dozen mountains all less than 3,000 feet in elevation. The highest is Jeffers Mountain at 2,994 feet, with Owls Head being the …

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 …