Community Sports

A muture bald eagle cruises the skies Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, on the Mississippi River in Red Wing, Minn. (David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

When Minnesota’s bald eagles head south for the winter, they don’t go far. Like the hardy Northerners they are, they’re content to bask in the less-than-balmy breezes along the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota, which on the day these photos were taken had cooled the air, already struggling to reach zero degrees, to a 20-below windchill. Birds don’t migrate for warmth but for food, said Scott Mehus, education director of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minn. And eagles from northern Minnesota, as well as Wisconsin and even Canada, head toward stretches of open water on the river to enjoy what Mehus calls a “floating …

TV Host Explores Watersports

Sunday, January 25, 2015

She’s an IBM engineer on weekdays, a champion free-dive spearfisher on weekends and, for six years, the host of a TV show on the Outdoor Channel. Now she’s developing her Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Art Expo into a major consumer watersports show, expected to attract 5,000 people in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. …

Fat of the Land: Wide-Tire Biking Makes an Inroad in the Winter

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lebanon — Spending long winters away from trails is quickly becoming less mandatory for mountain bike enthusiasts. Snow-covered ground is turning much more accessible thanks to “fat bikes,” mountain bikes with giant tires made especially for traversing wintry surfaces. Up to five inches thick and loaded with treads, fat-bike tires allow riders to …

Hoping for a Whale of a Winter: Whaleback Improvements Taking Hold, Work Still to Be Completed

Monday, December 8, 2014

Enfield — It’s still officially the offseason at Whaleback Mountain, yet the facility is far from quiet as the Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation prepares for opening day. Volunteer construction workers have been tightening up the base lodge, …

Downhill Ski Deals for the Season

Sunday, December 7, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News No season pass? Don’t go for multi-ticket discounts? Not working in the industry or volunteering? Is Luddite your middle name? No problem. If you’re a show and go skier or …

Free Spirit: After Olympics, Hanover’s Krass Looks to Carve Her Niche

Thursday, December 4, 2014

It may eventually become a financial means to an end, but Julia Krass would like for freeskiing to remain fun just a little while longer. A home-schooled high school senior who played a key role on Hanover High’s …

Recreation Briefs: Williams, Zaring Conquer Snow at Turkey Trot 5K

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Woodstock — Former Hanover High School cross country runner Noah Williams came home for the holidays and left with the victory in Thursday’s Zack’s Place Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K. Williams, 19, of Norwich, outpaced a field of 540 runners with a victorious time of 16 minutes, 53.0 seconds. …

A Mountain of Land in Thetford: 208-Acre Conservation Area Donated to UVLT

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thetford — Upper Valley Land Trust Stewardship Director Jason Berard was hopeful a giant white ash tree on Ely Mountain might be the largest of its species in Vermont. Orange County forester David Paganelli joined UVLT staff and …

Movie Highlights Ski Adventurers

Friday, November 28, 2014

By Jared Pendak Valley News Staff Writer He had to travel across the planet, but pro snowboarder Seth Wescott found the perfect remedy for his ailing left knee. The 38-year-old Maine resident and two-time Olympic snowboard gold medalist …

Riley Memorial Karate Club Promotes Seven Youths

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hartland — Seven young members of the Riley Memorial Karate Club earned promotions in martial arts after testing under the guidance of sensei Peter Carini on Nov. 10. Taylor Isenor, Zachary Kostas and Christopher Kostas all received the rank of yellow belt. Jack Morin, Matty Hennig and Noah …

Blazing New Trails: Additions to Claremont Park Slated for Spring

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Claremont — Work is expected to begin next spring on construction of nearly three miles of new trails on a variety of terrain in Moody Park. The upgrade is based on recommendations from a trail building and maintenance …

Butcher Your Own Deer? He’ll Show You How

Sunday, November 23, 2014

By Dennis Anderson (Minneapolis) Star Tribune Kerry Swendsen is evangelistic in his message to deer hunters: You can butcher your own deer. And save money in the process. And be assured the venison you and your family eat came from the deer you shot. Swendsen, who has decades …

Early Taste of the Season

Sunday, November 23, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News It is a tradition that is carved out before the turkey hits the table, and most skiers and riders have yet to schuss down paths of man-made mountain gold. On …