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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: 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 …

Outdoor Adventures: Filling the void

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A few weeks ago, Shaun White and Kelly Clark won the Burton U.S. Open. But it wasn’t at Stratton. It was at the iconic event’s new home in Vail, Colo. So what’s going to fill the void for …

Outdoor Adventures: Skiers and snowshoers race to the clouds

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Olympian turned New Hampton School teacher Justin Freeman skis to victory for the fifth time in the Ski to the Clouds presented by Maxiglide up Mount Washington. While Justin Freeman crossed the finish line as the first skier …

Outdoor Adventures: Marching ahead with serious strides

Saturday, March 2, 2013

March is the noted month for wacky flings of spring. Though that’s certainly coming, New Hampshire and Vermont are loaded with lots of challenging events drawing skiers and riders to the slopes and trails. Not a race, the …