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Outdoors / Recreation

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 …

Canaan Group Hosting Winter Golf

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Canaan — As if to provide proof that it’s always golf season somewhere, the Friends of Canaan Village are all set to host their annual David O. Cushman Memorial winter golf tournament on Sunday. The tournament is open to everyone and will begin at noon on Williams Field, …

Recreation Briefs: Four Area Nordic Masters Crowned National Champs

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Craftsbury, Vt. — Four masters-level Nordic skiers from the Upper Valley, three hailing from the Ford Sayre Ski Council program, earned national titles last week at the two-day U.S. Masters National Championships at the Craftsbury Nordic Center. The championship consisted of a 10-kilometer skate race on Thursday followed …

A Spark of Education: Lebanon Community Center Teaches Health, Fitness

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Lebanon — Occupying a corner of the former Lebanon Junior High building, the Spark Community Center is a new place of learning. Among the facility’s educational programs is a health and fitness class, led by Executive Director Brett …

The Face of Football

Monday, February 2, 2015

Nicole Roberts, of Canaan, above center, certainly got into the spirit of the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department’s Ledyard RedZone 5K in Wilder on Sunday. Organizers asked participants to dress up in their favorite football gear and Roberts …

She’s on the Right Tracks

Sunday, February 1, 2015

About six years ago, Breanne Torrey was working the front desk at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation part-time as a ticket seller and question answerer. Armed with five years of employment with the U.S. Forest Service including working as …

‘Wonderland’ Was Never This Much Fun

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Germantown, Wis. — Quinn Loucks of Fox Point, Wis. pitched his tent last Saturday afternoon in snow-covered woods. It was his first winter camping experience. “I have no idea what to expect,” Loucks said. Probably better that way. …

The Crappies are Biting in Kan.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Cherryvale, Kan. — Normally the sound of breaking ice is the last sound a terrified winter fisherman hears before a miserably cold — and sometimes fatal — crash through a lake’s frozen surface. Not so for Jim Clay. “This isn’t going to be a problem,” Clay said as …

Outdoor Ice Kings

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Left: The House captain Mike Pepe, center, curls away from a Barrett’s Bruisers skater during action on Sunday at the Sharon Outdoor Hockey Tournament in Sharon. The House took the title with a 7-4 win over the Bruisers. …

Recreation Briefs: Ford Sayre’s Taylor Races to Skinner Cup Victory

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Newbury, n.h. — Ford Sayre Ski Council skiers set the stage for their upcoming New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association state qualifiers by skiing to fop finishes on Sunday at the Bob Skinner Cup giant slalom at Mount Sunapee. …

White River Access May Increase in Royalton, Bethel

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Residents of Royalton and Bethel might soon have better public access to the White River and one of its tributaries. Both towns are working with the nonprofit White River Partnership to convert properties along the White River and …