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 …

They’re California Dreamin’: White River Residents Head West for National Tennis Tourney

Thursday, February 5, 2015

White River Junction — Kathy Schellong and Laurie Selby have a trip to California planned for next month. And when they get there, they’re intent on making a racket. Longtime doubles tennis partners, Schellong and Selby are part …

A Lift From Lifting

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Lebanon Elks Club’s Tom Toner, left, presents a check to Jill Veehy, executive director of the Upper Valley Senior Center in Lebanon, from funds generated by a weightlifting and throwing competition staged at the club last summer. …

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. …