Community Sports

Ski areas are rolling out early bird pricing for 2015-16 season passes while still offering some deals for this spring. 
Courtesy Killington Mountain Resort.

Getting Ahead on the Slopes

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. But first, consider a spring pass for …

Enjoying the Silence of Winter

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Columbia, Kan. — Bill Bryan climbed to a snow-covered overlook at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and paused to take in the sounds of winter hiking. Make that, the lack of sounds. This scene was totally free of audio. Only the sound of hiking boats crunching in the snow broke the silence. And at one of Missouri’s most popular hiking areas, that was …

Deer Debate in Minn.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Minnesota’s Great Deer Debate of 2014-2015 could gain further traction at the Capitol if, as some hunters hope, the Legislature directs its auditor to review in detail the Department of Natural Resources’ whitetail management plan. Were that to happen, finances surrounding DNR deer management likely wouldn’t be in the cross-hairs. Rather, herd management …

Survivor, by a Nose

Monday, February 16, 2015

Icicles form on a competitor’s nose during the Gatineau Loppet freestyle cross country ski race on Sunday in Gatineau, Quebec. The Loppet, Canada’s biggest Nordic skiing event, shortened Sunday’s races because of subzero temperatures. ap/The Canadian Press— Justin …

Hartford Resident Takes Horse Association Reins

Sunday, February 15, 2015

South Woodstock — Tracy Ostler, of Hartford, has been named executive director of the Green Mountain Horse Association. She will join the association full-time on March 16. Ostler, who has worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for 20 years, continually took on more responsibility at the medical center, GMHA …

Strong on the Mountain

Sunday, February 15, 2015

At first there were only two races, with skiers running the gates at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine and central Vermont’s Killington Mountain Resort. As time marched on and skiers began sharing the slopes with snowboarders, more ski …

The Urban Wild

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Madison, Wis. — There’s no shortage of foot traffic on the University of Wisconsin campus. Just after sunrise on a midwinter Saturday, though, most students and other area residents are ensconced indoors. No matter — the snowy landscape tells the story. A path along University Bay Drive is …

Let’s Go (Youth) Fishing!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Veteran Miami Beach, Fla., party boat captain Wayne Conn had a tough time selling his youth fishing programs to local schools when he launched them 10 years ago. But today things are a lot easier. “I got disheartened; they didn’t want me,” he said recently. “Now, they’re like, …

Recreation Briefs: Lebanon’s Pelletier Climbs to Hoop Shoot Summit

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Portsmouth, n.h. — Forget out the third time being the charm. Lebanon’s Kyle Pelletier made his second chance count, winning his age-group title at the New Hampshire Elks Hoop Shoot Contest on Feb. 1. Pelletier, 13, reached the …

The Wax Factor: Ex-U.S. Tech Helps Skiers to Glide

Monday, February 9, 2015

Lebanon — To help get the most from the base of their cross country skis, users from the Upper Valley sought advice from someone with a deep base of knowledge. Drew Gelinas, the director of sports at Stowe, …

Buffalo Hunt Gives Idaho Man Glimpse of History

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Like many hunters, Rick Irvin of Eagle, Idaho had a dream hunt, but unlike many others, he got to fulfill his earlier this month. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to shoot a wild buffalo …

One Cool Feeling

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ice fishing is most comfortably undertaken by people who are prepared to meet their maker at a moment’s notice. However unlikely, the possibility of entombing oneself beneath lake or river ice always exists, and is a disquieting footnote …

Preserving Florida’s Rivers

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The five-foot alligator posed agreeably as tourists shot photos of it lounging in the canal that runs parallel to Turner River Road, north of U.S. 41 in the Big Cypress National Preserve. The gator’s hangout that Friday afternoon may have been no accident: It was floating at the …