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 …

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 …

Hartford Resident Takes Horse Association Reins

Sunday, February 15, 2015

South Woodstock — Tracy Ostler, of Hartford, has been named executive director of the Green Mountain Horse Association. She will join the association full-time on March 16. Ostler, who has worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for 20 years, continually took on more responsibility at the medical center, GMHA …

Strong on the Mountain

Sunday, February 15, 2015

At first there were only two races, with skiers running the gates at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine and central Vermont’s Killington Mountain Resort. As time marched on and skiers began sharing the slopes with snowboarders, more ski …

The Urban Wild

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Madison, Wis. — There’s no shortage of foot traffic on the University of Wisconsin campus. Just after sunrise on a midwinter Saturday, though, most students and other area residents are ensconced indoors. No matter — the snowy landscape tells the story. A path along University Bay Drive is …

Recreation Briefs: Lebanon’s Pelletier Climbs to Hoop Shoot Summit

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Portsmouth, n.h. — Forget out the third time being the charm. Lebanon’s Kyle Pelletier made his second chance count, winning his age-group title at the New Hampshire Elks Hoop Shoot Contest on Feb. 1. Pelletier, 13, reached the …

The Wax Factor: Ex-U.S. Tech Helps Skiers to Glide

Monday, February 9, 2015

Lebanon — To help get the most from the base of their cross country skis, users from the Upper Valley sought advice from someone with a deep base of knowledge. Drew Gelinas, the director of sports at Stowe, …

Buffalo Hunt Gives Idaho Man Glimpse of History

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Like many hunters, Rick Irvin of Eagle, Idaho had a dream hunt, but unlike many others, he got to fulfill his earlier this month. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to shoot a wild buffalo …

One Cool Feeling

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ice fishing is most comfortably undertaken by people who are prepared to meet their maker at a moment’s notice. However unlikely, the possibility of entombing oneself beneath lake or river ice always exists, and is a disquieting footnote …

Preserving Florida’s Rivers

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The five-foot alligator posed agreeably as tourists shot photos of it lounging in the canal that runs parallel to Turner River Road, north of U.S. 41 in the Big Cypress National Preserve. The gator’s hangout that Friday afternoon may have been no accident: It was floating at the …