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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.”

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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…

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Skis gliding over firm snow, wide-open vistas, loops upon loops of field skiing — these are a few of my favorite things. Saturday morning was cold and windy — not a nice time to be out skiing. By afternoon, winds had subsided and temperatures were milder. Two friends decided to go for a late…

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Sounds easy — let’s take the kids cross-country skiing today! We’ll all have a great time! When you’re heading out skiing, it’ll all go better if you have a game plan. If you don’t consider kids’ needs before you go, chances are it won’t work out the way you imagined. What you thought might …

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Once a week, I like to go for a long ski somewhere interesting and different from my regular routes. Last Wednesday, I was wanted to get out there skiing before Thursday’s “rain” event messed things up. Freshly waxed classic skis called to me from the basement to go for a glide.

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“Scrambling” is a good word for snowshoe racing. It isn’t exactly running, definitely not gliding and not a pleasant walk in the woods. It’s scrambling — a kicking up snow behind you, crawling up hills, plunging down single tracks and tripping over snowshoes type of activity. Whoever invente…

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Thought I’d make it through this winter without getting sick, but I was wrong. Too little sleep and too much activity left my body vulnerable for catching something. It did — a cold. From past experience with winter colds, I knew what I had to do — drink lots of liquids (hot toddies are my f…

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In 1977, I moved to New England from the south. I didn’t know anything about Nordic skiing. I’d gone downhill ski a few times but had never put on cross-country skis. Now, almost 60 years later, I think about how far my snow experiences have come and what I’ve learned along the way about cro…

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At 2:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, I learned I had a “Learn to Ski” lesson with three people. They were determined to try cross-country skiing. It must have been on their end-of-the-year “bucket list.”

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It’s time to make your New Year's resolutions — 2019 is almost here! Thinking about my resolutions made me wonder where this custom came from. One source connected it to an English custom of cleaning the chimney on New Year’s Day to bring luck to the household (and probably fewer chimney fir…