Outdoors / Recreation

Still Plenty of Time for Slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Carve soft bumps and corn snow like butter. Cruise in the forgiving shade. Screech in the mashed potatoes on boards needling wax. Chill and grill on the hill. There is life to the ski season as many make that long, bittersweet good-bye in spring to a winter that’s seen bountiful snow, pesky winds, frigid single digit blasts and glorious powder when giddy skiers couldn’t see their feet. Killington Mountain Resort always seems to be New England’s last ski area standing and its Superstar trail is the place to bash the huge soft bumps as the bats are beginning to crackle at Fenway Park. Don’t forget …

Some of West’s Best Trails Accessible by Ferry Boat

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Visiting the San Juan Islands got a whole lot easier in January. Washington State Ferries now lets you make a reservation for the ferry you want to catch. I tested that recently with a hassle-free weekend getaway to Friday Harbor. It was beautiful and sunny, and I hit the hiking trails. My prediction: more island visits by more people. With that in mind, …

Biologists Eye Walleye Eggs

Sunday, March 29, 2015

It’s a memorable day when most Kansas anglers can scoop a limit of five walleye aboard with a dip net. Recently, Dave Spalsbury was scooping the fish up about 125,000 at a time. OK, so he was only using a quart-sized measuring cup, and the speck-sized eggs had only been “walleye” the hour or so since they’d been taken from females and mixed …

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 …

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 …

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 …