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Bennett Freidberg of Canaan, N.H., takes advantage of untouched powder under the lift at Whaleback ski area in Enfield, N.H., on Jan. 27, 2015. 
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Snowbound Solitude

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bennett Freidberg, of Canaan, left, takes advantage of untouched powder and falling snow to ski under the chair lift at the Whaleback Ski Area in Enfield on Tuesday. Valley News — Sarah Priestap …

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 …

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 …

Thompson, Felix Top Seniors

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hanover — Organizers of the Granite State Senior Games took time during the Dartmouth Relays at Leverone Field House on Jan. 11 to honor two Upper Valley athletes for excellence in track and field. The GSSG presented awards to Lebanon’s Valerie Thompson and Grantham’s Paul Felix for their …

Recreation Briefs: SCaD’s Skating Spectacular to Be CHaD Fundraiser

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hanover — The Skating Club at Dartmouth will host its annual Skating Spectacular on Feb. 1 at Thompson Arena, using the program as a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth as well. The show traditionally welcomes prominent athletes from beyond the Upper Valley, and this year’s program …

AMC Proposes Shutting Down Cardigan Trail

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cardigan Mountain’s trail network could soon be left with a gap. Due to extensive erosion and drainage issues, the Appalachian Mountain Club has proposed closing the 0.4-mile Hurricane Gap Trail in Orange and replacing it with a shorter …

Mothers’ Day Atop the Mountain: Hanover’s Blum, Buddy Climb to Honor Moms’ Cancer Battles

Monday, January 19, 2015

Anyone who’s dealt with a serious illness in the family is well aware of the importance of treatment and support. Jackson Blum and Alex Roth were willing to travel to great heights to give back. Bearing the slogan, …

Rec Briefs: Quechee Club Seeks Creative Types for Box Derby

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Quechee — The Quechee Club is seeking creativity in large doses to fill the field for its 19th Cardboard Box Derby, scheduled for Feb. 21 at the Quechee Ski Area. The event is open to the public and promises a fun time for participants of all ages. The …

Rocking the Rink: Sharon Hockey Tournament Keeps It Loose

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sharon — The Sharon Hockey Tournament trophy displays a plaque listing players from last year’s winning team, Barrett’s Bruisers. The squad was named for Sharon Elementary School Principal Barrett Williams, who sponsored the team. If third-grade teacher Keenan …

Popular Norwich Trail Blocked

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Norwich — The use of a popular “unofficial” trail in Norwich has suddenly become restricted. Users of an approximately 3-mile trail connecting Beaver Meadow Road with Gile Mountain’s summit have been surprised recently to find “Private Property” and “No Trespassing” signs at both ends of one of the …

Whaleback Overcomes Obstacles, Set to Open

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Enfield — If a warmer-than-desired holiday period wasn’t enough to slow Whaleback’s efforts at getting its ski season going, the Enfield mountain still has a snowmaking system that isn’t state of the art. One problem at a time, please: With Mother Nature finally cooperating enough for crews to …

Seltzer Win Highlights Ford Sayre Effort at Proctor

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Andover, n.h. — Despite warm and rainy conditions, Brian Seltzer skied his way to a seventh-place finish overall and a win in the under-16 boys division at Sunday’s Technica Cup slalom held at Proctor Academy’s Blackwater Ski Area. …