Snow fell Monday morning outside the office of Ben Wilcox at Cranmore, the day after the North Conway mountain closed for the season. Had the snow come 24 hours before, it would have been a sweet dessert. On Monday it wasn’t.
Snowbanks are fading along the roads, and days are getting longer and eventually warmer. There are lower ticket prices, a cappella singing on the slopes and al fresco apres enjoyment on the decks.
Sunday was a perfect spring day. The weather was warming and sunny. I headed to Jackson to go for a ski. At the lodge, I met my friend and fellow instructor, Connie Kinsman. There wasn’t much going on with lessons, so she had time to ski. We drove up to Valley Cross Road parking lot to do the Wave.
Last Sunday under bluebird skies, the third annual Has Been Never Was — a grassroots snowboarding event with a positive vibe designed to showcase riders aged 30-plus — was held in the Lower Double Feature Terrain Park at Cranmore.
Spring is here, but this year’s two dozen snowstorms have left lots of snow to go exploring in the woods. Last Wednesday, Peter and I were contemplating the “plan for the day.” I suggested snowshoeing at Heron Pond, near Chocorua Lake. We once mountain biked there before it was closed to bik…
They are an unmistakable part of ski culture. Spotted from the chairlifts, each tree has its own motif of hanging ornaments. We’re not talking about candy canes, snowflakes or streams of lights. No. These trees are laced with beads and undergarments.
Have you ever been out skiing, working your heart out, but going nowhere fast? I have! Nothing is more frustrating than having skis that don’t glide well. Though it sounds simplistic,” the idea of skiing is to glide on snow. Skis that don’t glide require more energy to make them move, they a…
While last week had us in winter’s grip with frigid temperatures and howling winds, this week was a breeze. Spring is in the air. We enjoyed another beautiful day on the race course. Temperatures held steady and the courses stayed firm all day long.
Where can you take a carload of kids and adults, spend $5 total, and have a good time outdoors in winter? The answer — 100 Acres Woods in Intervale, run by the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation.
CONWAY — The day dawned clear and cold for Week 8 of Cranmore Mountain Meisters in North Conway Wednesday and Dave Fall set a smooth, rhythmic course.
This last week has been brutal, weather-wise. One day, it’s been warm and sunny, with temperatures in the 30s. Then, it’s been snowy and chilly. The last few days have been bitterly cold and windy. How do skiers adjust? They “weather the weather.”
CRANMORE — The Jesse E. Lyman III Memorial Downhill Race got its earliest season start Wednesday in Week 7 of Cranmore Mountain Meisters racing, following last week’s February vacation week break.
Cross-country skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers, fat bikers, dog walkers, hikers and runners are hitting the trails to get some exercise and to enjoy the winter woods. Where these users share trails, there can be conflicts if people don’t know or care about their impact on the trails. An inco…