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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 …

In Brief: Kearney Ears Fourth Victory of Season

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tazawako, Japan — On a snowy day in Japan, Norwich’s Hannah Kearney claimed her fourth World Cup win of the 2015 season early Saturday, besting Japan’s Junko Hoshino and Canada’s Audrey Robichaud. Jeremy Cota earned his first men’s World Cup podium of the season, finishing second behind Canada’s …

Ford Sayre Sets Qualifiers for NHARA Championship

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lyme Center — The Ford Sayre Ski Council filled out its rosters for the upcoming New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association state championships by sending its skiers to a two-run Western Division qualifying slalom at Dartmouth Skiway on Sunday. FSSC athletes dominated the podium with wins from Eva Schiffman …

Paintball Pioneer, Ex-New London Resident, Reflects

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Forced into bankruptcy by the financial strain of lawsuits, paintball co-founder Bob Gurnsey has been removed from the industry for nearly 20 years. Now 72, the former New London resident has embarked on another business opportunity: selling original …

Claremont Native Set to Take His Rowing International

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Claremont — At a Claremont Middle School football game several years ago, there was an unusual sight on the field — there were two 13-year-old ends on the same team that were well over 6 feet tall and …

Calling to the Wild

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wisconsin Dells, Wis. — The wood had been cut. The antlers had been shed. But they were not dead. Far from it. Reshaped by master craftsmen, these materials — and many others — sprang to life in late …

Carving More Than a Niche

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tom Flemming grew up on a dairy farm in west-central Minnesota, where the great outdoors was just outside his door. “I’d go waterfowl and pheasant hunting with my dad and friends,” Flemming said. “I always liked ducks.” At …

Recreation Briefs: Lebanon Loewens Sweeps to CVWBL Championship

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Randolph Center — The Lebanon Loewens squad swept to three wins over two days to claim the A Division title of the Central Vermont Women’s Basketball League championship tournament, getting a victory over Windsor in the final on …

Naturally Curious: Flocks of Winter Visitors; Cedar Waxwings Are Fun to Watch as the Flocks Swoop Down on Fruit Trees

Monday, February 16, 2015

One of the delights of winter in the Northeast is the sudden appearance of cedar waxwings. A sea of gleaming black masks, waxy red feather tips and lemon-yellow bellies flutter down from the sky to settle on the …

Find Your Beach

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dave Donley, of White River Junction, warms up in the sun while Kappy Scoppettone, of Lebanon, swims laps at the Carter Community Building Association’s Dwinell Pool in Lebanon on Sunday. Donley and Scoppettone made the most of the …

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 …