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In a typical spring, skiers and riders would be spending March weekends skimming across frigid man-made ponds in crazy costumes or unveiling colorful and creative duct tape and cardboard creations for one memorable run.

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This year, I’ve had many students tell me they signed up for cross-country ski lessons because they wanted to try “something new.” Alpine skiers decide to try Nordic skiing. Classic skiers were curious about skate skiing. People showed up to see what gliding was all about.

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Making long, slow turns for many is a rite of spring in the valley. So are mashing the moguls while others watch from the lift. Morning sun softens the snow while the sun crossing the sky means blissful lines of shade that both cool off hot blooded skiers and riders while also providing fast…

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CONWAY — Week 9 of this 50th season of Cranmore Mountain Meisters in North Conway was again a hot, sunny bluebird day with temps in the 50s Wednesday. The day was one that you needed to race early again to get the fast time, although with the warm weather the course held up great all day. Al…

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For 26 years, brothers Doug and John Garland have owned and operated the Bear Notch Ski Touring Center in Bartlett. I learned its history from an interview Chris Proulx of White Mountain TV had with Doug Garland 3 weeks ago (tinyurl.com/x55urhdn). The Garland family owned many acres along th…

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Why groom cross-country ski trails? Grooming trails enhance the ski experience by providing consistent ski and trail conditions. As a Canadian Northwest Territory Recreation and Parks Association Ski Trail Grooming Guide states, “Groomed and tracked ski trails are easier to ski on, easier to…

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CONWAY — After last week's February vacation week layoff, Week 6 of this year’s 50th anniversary Cranmore Mountain Meisters started off Wednesday with temperatures around 40 degrees and sunny.

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Cross-country ski trails come and go, often disrupted by development, logging or landowner changes. The Wildcat Valley Trail (once 17.8K in 1981) used to go uninterrupted from the top of the mountain all the way down to Jackson Village. Now there are big gaps in the trail and road walking involved.