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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: 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 …

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 …