| Nov 14, 2011
| 9:48 AM
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — Sandwiched between the magnificence of Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains, Grand Marais seems ho-hum. But don't let its disheveled downtown deceive. This is one of the best bases for exploring the North Shore. Stay in a...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 6:44 AM
Some years, Connecticut gets barely enough snow to make a snowball. Other years, when the snow falls fast and deep, there are plenty of opportunities for cross-country skiing.
Just a few places in the state offer groomed trails, where machines...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 6:37 AM
SEATTLE — When winter slithers into Seattle, bringing dank darkness, it's easy to hide in the house and yearn for spring.
Instead, head for the snow and go cross-country skiing.
Within about a half-day's drive of Seattle are world-class...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 6:46 AM
PARK CITY, Utah — The Porter clan, 14 strong, were assembled at Park City Ski Resort for the last ski run of the family's annual winter reunion. But Nick, 14, and Andrew, 12, oldest of the cousins, had other ideas.
"Aw, Mom, this is our last chance...
| Aug 5, 2011
APPLE BLOSSOM VILLAGE, 690 Allegheny Road, Mt. Bethel, 570-897-9050, http://www.appleblossomvillage.com
CAMELBEACH MOUNTAIN WATERPARK, P.O. Box 168, Tannersville, 570-629-1661, Voted No.1 water park; 30 water slides, flowrider, pharaoh's...
| Mar 29, 2010
"I really want to try cross-country skiing!" pleaded my daughter as we headed toward the airport ladies' room to change clothes so we could hike to the "M" behind the University of Montana and reward ourselves with sweet potato fries on the "hip strip" in...
| Nov 11, 2009
People often mention the size of my thighs back when I was speed-skating competitively, and, gosh, I can't deny it - at one time my thighs measured 27 inches.
This feature was an advantage to me in speed skating. Ironically, my long-time professional...
| Apr 7, 2010
Christine Thorburg, also a physician, came to see my colleague Massimo Testa, M.D., and me after she had knee ligament reconstruction. She'd run cross-country in college and had done some recreational cycling at age 30, but that was about it. She asked us...
| Feb 22, 2009
A white curtain of snow obscured my view of a sparse pine forest and the towering mountains bordering Donner Memorial State Park. The temperature on that January morning had dropped below 30, and the forecast called for one of the biggest snowfalls in...
| Dec 9, 2007
The sign along the Methow Valley Trail is stern: Remove skis before crossing the highway.
But civil disobedience is alive and well in Washington state's pastoral Methow, where old-time ranch values meet Left Coast liberalism. Snowy...
| Mar 13, 2008
| 9:58 AM
There are two ways to deal with a New England winter:
Fight it, try to avoid it, stay indoors as much as possible and complain about it incessantly until it is over.
Or give the season a big hug, and play in the snow every minute you can.
| Feb 20, 2009
| 4:32 AM
It???s time to put away the bikes and take out the cross-country skis here in Chicago, and that means the Weekend Athlete test is going to shift with the seasons. First up: The 2009 Mercury Mariner, which I tested eons......