Archive for the ‘Winter sports’ category

90 Second Escape: Closing down the mountain

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a…

90 Second Escape: The Peak, of Pow

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a…

Weekend Plans: Snowshoeing? In the Southern Appalachians!?

So much snow fell in the mountains last weekend — including a record 66 inches at Mount Mitchell — that not only is it now possible to snowshoe in the the Southern Apps, in some places it’s the only way to get around. Take advantage of this windfall snowfall on guided trips this weekend at Grandfather Mountain State Park. Had enough of the snow and ice? Then grab a beer…

Where to cross-country ski in urban North Carolina

As of 9 a.m. on Friday, the prospects for cross-country skiing were grim in the Triangle: the nearly six inches of snow forecast the night before — the minimum amount creating a sufficient base on some trails — had taken more the form of ice, a surface good for little more than hockey and busting your keister. But hey, it’s still early in this weather event dubbed Jonas. So we’ll…

This weekend: Journaling, birding, skiing

A variety of options await the weekend explorer in North Carolina this weekend. Take note of seasonal changes in a nature journaling class at Weymouth Woods, check out the overwintering bird population on Greensboro’s Lake Townsend, or take advantage of the recent cold snap and Ski North Carolina! Coast The natural world is ever-changing. While we may notice the more substantial changes from month to month, the more subtle shifts,…

This weekend: Curl up with a smooth stone

Curling is one option this weekend. So are running and hiking. Coast If you need a reason to run, you won’t find a much better one than Saturday’s Run, Roll & Stroll 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run in downtown Wilmington. The reason? The race benefits Purple Heart Homes, whose goal is to “help reintegrate veterans into the community, and to proudly acknowledge the sacrifice they have made on our…

This weekend: Run, hike, ski (weather permitting)

It’s supposed to be sunny and cool at the coast for a trail run, likewise in the Piedmont for a hike. And in the mountains, the ski areas have so much snow it probably doesn’t matter what happens. (Unless it rains.) Venture forth. And good luck. Coast It’s early in the season, you’ve been cooped up by the weather and haven’t had a chance to get many miles in. Still,…

This weekend: Go with the snow

Planning for the weekend is good. Foremost, it gives you something to pull you through those long mid-week meetings at the Widgetworks. Sometimes, though, you can only have a rough plan. When the forecast calls for anywhere from 3 to 6 to 8 to 12 inches of snow. Or maybe rain. Or maybe something in between. In such cases, the best you can do is prepare for the somewhat more…

Don’t curse the snow, ski it

The following post originally ran on January 28, 2014. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that it will be relevant a little more than a year later, based on a forecast of up to 3 inches of snow today, another 3-6 inches Thursday. It’s days like today that I pat myself on the back for a decision made 13 years ago. I’d just finished a gorgeous day on the groomed trails…

This weekend: Hike a hill at the coast, ski one in the mountains

Hike into history at the coast, make hay with the cold on a mountain ski slope, or have a range of trekking adventures in the Triad. Coast Like a little history with your hike? Saturday, at Carolina Beach State Park, Chris Fonvielle. history professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, will discuss the role that the park’s Sugarloaf Dune played in the Civil War. If you’ve yet to…