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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 long, bittersweet good-bye in spring to a winter that’s seen bountiful snow, pesky winds, frigid single digit blasts and glorious powder when giddy skiers couldn’t see their feet. Killington’s always New England’s last man standing and Superstar’s the place to bash the huge soft bumps as the bats crackle in Fenway. Don’t forget Bear Mountain with its afternoon sun and steeps like Outer Limits with its bumps …

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 serious, and often seriously silly, sideshows at a number of spring events on the slopes …

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 April. There are also some price drops on daily lift tickets and holiday specials, too. …

Outdoor Adventures: Where the mountains meet the sea

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Cadillac Mountain isn’t the highest mountain in Maine, but it has to be the most visited. Standing at a mere 1,532 feet, Cadillac is located in a most stunning piece of the Pine Tree State – Acadia National …

Outdoor Adventures: Biking for the planet

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Philip Keyes has some basic advice for all trail users, not just the mountain bikers he represents, but everyone who uses the woods. It is this: Play nice with others. “Conflict is based on relationships and all trail …

Outdoor Adventures: C’est bon for Mount Crawford

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The word of the day was bienvenue. My hiking honey, Jan, and I weren’t the only Americans on the trail during the recent long Victoria Day weekend when intrepid Canadians dip down south of the friendly border to …

Outdoor Adventures: Paying to play in the outdoors

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Leave it to a mostly flat paved path through a well-manicured canyon in the rolling Ozarks leading from Missouri to Arkansas to remind my why people pay to play in the outdoors. From the seat of a one-speed …

Outdoor Adventures: Wandering by the Wolf Den

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The rock formations are outstanding. Sit in the stillness of the woods on a stone throne called Indian Chair. Stop for a rest and nosh on a huge slab named Table Rock. And wonder at the torch-carrying, musket-shooting …

Outdoor Adventures: Lots happening by Mount Hayes

Sunday, May 5, 2013

We returned to the woods with pep in our steps and were rewarded with the rush of chilled spring run-off cascading down the mountain, the distant drumming of ruffed grouse and a stellar horizon dominated by the northern …

Outdoor Adventures: Rides offer challenges and scenery

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cycling events, whether a charity century, hardcore race, epic mountain bike ride or fun recreational spin, offer opportunities for personal goals, exercise and camaraderie. Though many are Northern New England stalwarts, there are also some new entries on …

Outdoor Adventures: An unusual guy and black bears

Sunday, April 21, 2013

New Hampshire isn’t the only state with black bears. During a recent visit to Mammoth Lakes, Calif., I had the chance to hear their wildlife specialist speak. He’s a character. “I don’t want to alarm you, but there …

Outdoor Adventures: Greylock tops the Bay State

Saturday, April 13, 2013

At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest peak in southern New England and Massachusetts. Plus, it’s also a large mountain, running more than 10 miles in length from north to south. So put it on your hiking …

Outdoor Adventures: A sweet spring skiing sampler

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Ready to ride? Hold off on the bicycle just a little bit longer and head for the notches where hardcore snowboarders and skiers are downright giddy about the spring snow. A recent spring sampling of ski areas – …

Outdoor Adventures: Skiing the Jay way

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The snow kept falling on winter’s last day. Six inches of fresh powder waited for our skis to glide through as we eased into the wow in the pow gently and silently, save for our spurts of joyous …

Outdoor Adventures: Flying over Bartlett

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Air space over Bartlett was busy with certifiable sightings of old-school rocking horses and new-school 900s. There were also spread eagles, twisters, corks and grabs. Snowboarders and skiers, no-fear-knowing groms and grizzled dads grooving to Van Halen took …