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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …