Category: On The Trails & Summits

Snow’s Great & How Are You?

  by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Have you noticed how long the days are getting now? With the passing of Valentine’s Day I get into a bit of a panic that the end of winter is drawing near. I don’t want winter fun to stop! Winter officially ends Tuesday, March 20th at 12:16 pm. Eeek

Success!

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Sometimes I don’t make the smartest decisions and still everything ends up fine. Danielle and I have been trying to make a winter trip up Mount Success since Christmas. Due to extreme cold temperatures and or a big snowfall we have cancelled our plans four times. But this past Wednesday

Two Wonderful Wednesdays Killington & Okemo

By Amy PatenaudeSki/Outdoor Writer Our friends on the other side of the Connecticut River have a lot of nice ski areas too. Killington Resort and Okemo Mountain Resort are worth the extra drive and especially when they treat New Hampshirites like locals. When one of my friends asked me if I wanted to go to

Never Too Cold To Play!

By Amy PatenaudeSki/Outdoor Writer “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothes.” I’ve heard this said many times by people that like to play outdoors. I’ve said it to friends too, but this cold and snowy weather has been challenging. This week I wore all or a combination of these articles of clothing: face mask, baklava,

A Wintry Day At Loon Mountain

Snow, it snows! Every skier and snowboarder unloading their gear in Loon Mountain’s parking lot was happy. Light white flakes of snow fell from the sky all day and landed on top of the good snow base that was already established by Loon’s top notch team of snow makers and more snow direct from Mother

Ski and Snowboard Fun at Waterville & Cannon

-NH Slopes Are Wide Open! By Amy PatenaudeSki/Outdoor Writer Skiing and Snowboarding with friends and family is a wonderful way to enjoy season. Time spent together on chairlifts and enjoying the snow blanketed trails will make a lifetime of lasting memories. If you don’t know how to ski or snowboard please sign-up for a program

First Runs at Bretton Woods

By Amy PatenaudeSki/Outdoor Writer A couple weeks ago I made it up for Bretton Woods’ opening day to ski. Bretton Woods enjoys a surprise and gives short notice when they’re opening for the season, usually just less than 24 hours.  As soon as they can get us on the mountain they do it.  When the

Wet Waterville Valley Walking

  by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer We met at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Campton just off of Interstate 93’s exit 49 because we had not decided where we were going to hike. Danielle and Amanda were already inside when I arrived. After grabbing a coffee and looking at the maps we made our decision. We’d

Random Walks And Thoughts (Think Winter)

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer By the end of October a year ago there was snow above 3000 feet. Winter hasn’t teased us yet and it has been easy enjoying this extended warm weather but I am looking forward to winter and to skiing. Last weekend Becca and I went out hiking to visit the

The Games Hikers Play

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer I know you don’t want to admit it but the days are getting shorter, the end is in sight and winter is fast approaching. Before it gets too cold and snowy hikers are out there trying to finish up their lists. Finishing all kinds of lists are the games hikers

Hiking Companions Tackle NH’s 4,000-Footers Together

The Last Two Peaks: Kinsman Mountain South & North by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Seven years ago I can easily recall how this all started. My golfing gal friends, Sharon and Sarah thought it would be fun to hike with me. We did a hike together in the Belknap Mountains over Piper, Whiteface and Swett.

Single Day Bonds-Zealand Traverse

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer There are 48 peaks on the New Hampshire 4,000 Footer list and the most remote are the Bonds. The three Bond peaks are far in the federally designated Pemigewasset Wilderness and a long hike is required to reach them. The traverse from Lincoln Woods on the Kancamagus Highway to the

Up To The Summits Of The Twin Mountains

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer We met at the New Hampton Park and Ride lot at 6:30 am and in one car we continued north on I-93. The sky was grey but the clouds were high above the mountains. As we drove through Franconia Notch, I pointed out that Mount Liberty looked like George Washington

Two Day Presidential Campaign With A Night At The Lake Of The Clouds

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer The short flight from Baltimore, Maryland had arrived early and Sue was already waiting at the curb at the Manchester airport as I arrived to pick her up. She jumped into the car and we headed north for her “dream come true” hiking adventure. Sue wanted to hike Mt Washington

A Hike On Pine Mountain Trail

Hiking the Evelyn H. & Albert D. Morse, Sr. Preserve by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Early Saturday morning, while the Mount Major parking lot was overflowing out onto Route 11, we were headed to another nearby quieter and smaller Belknap peak. Charlie and I easily pulled into the Mike Burke, Alton Town Forest parking area