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 …

Popular Norwich Trail Blocked

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Norwich — The use of a popular “unofficial” trail in Norwich has suddenly become restricted. Users of an approximately 3-mile trail connecting Beaver Meadow Road with Gile Mountain’s summit have been surprised recently to find “Private Property” and “No Trespassing” signs at both ends of one of the …

Whaleback Overcomes Obstacles, Set to Open

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Enfield — If a warmer-than-desired holiday period wasn’t enough to slow Whaleback’s efforts at getting its ski season going, the Enfield mountain still has a snowmaking system that isn’t state of the art. One problem at a time, please: With Mother Nature finally cooperating enough for crews to …

Seltzer Win Highlights Ford Sayre Effort at Proctor

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Andover, n.h. — Despite warm and rainy conditions, Brian Seltzer skied his way to a seventh-place finish overall and a win in the under-16 boys division at Sunday’s Technica Cup slalom held at Proctor Academy’s Blackwater Ski Area. …

Lights! Camera! Racing! Colby-Sawyer Grads Chronicle Grueling Endurance Race

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Growing up in Middlebury, Vt., Michael Mooney had never heard of the Vermont 100 endurance race. Once he got there, he couldn’t get away. Fascinated after joining his good friend, Zak Wieluns, for support during Wieluns’ running of …

14-Year-Old Doesn’t Let Blindness Keep Him Out of the Hunt

Sunday, January 4, 2015

By Brittany Cheng The Baltimore Sun Cody Mulligan was listening. The 14-year-old heard the crack of the gunshot firing at the closest target, seven yards away. He caught the sound of the bullet as it sliced through the air and lodged into the side of the low ridge, …

For New Year, Try Something New

Sunday, January 4, 2015

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News Resolutions? Forget the gym cliche and head outside for something new this year: ∎ Buy a Hike Safe Card to support New Hampshire Fish and Game’s search and rescue efforts. New for 2015, the voluntary card is insurance against being …

A Long, Strange Trip: After Four Decades, He’s Hanging Up His Pencil

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A good friend has always said: “The object of employment is unemployment.” Words to live by now as I reach my final days as Valley News sports editor. For more than 40 years, it’s been a great run …

Skating, Skiing Fundraisers Scheduled for Jan. 18

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Fairlee — The Upper Valley Trails Alliance has set its annual Lake Morey Skate-a-thon fundraiser for Jan. 18 at the Lake Morey Resort from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day revolves around skating laps on the 4.5-mile …

A Fighting Chance: Lebanon Gym Gives Ancient Martial Art a New Life

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lebanon — The owner of Lebanon’s newest martial arts gym hopes the national sport of Thailand will have more than a fighting chance in the Upper Valley. Mark Klemm, a 31-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, opened Baan Muay Thai …

A New Go for the Snow: Inventor Hopes Gliders Fill a Winter Niche

Monday, December 29, 2014

South Strafford — A six-time world boomerang champion, Eric Darnell has always felt his sport of choice elicits the perfect metaphor for life in general — the quality of effort put into each throw is what comes back. …