Not that it matters, but with a new year I was just thinking. ...
With the Patriots at 13-2 and the top AFC seed, that means there's some good skiing and riding to be had all day on Sundays for the next couple of weeks until the next meaningful game.
Seth Wescott is one of the most accessible winter sports champions New England has ever seen. Whether signing autographs for fans at Sugarloaf during Christmas week which has been an annual tradition of late to doing grip and grin photos after competitions, the double Olympic gold-medalling boardercross star makes the time for his followers.
Maine's creeping up in the backcountry lodging business. Between the forever growing Maine Huts and Trails which now has three of 12 huts built and opened, and the Appalachian Mountain Club's lodge-to-lodge offerings in the Moosehead Lake region (Gorman Chairback is scheduled to open in late Jan.), skiers, hikers and others have a plethora of opportunities for exploration.
Plain and simple, yurts rock. The modern versions of the ancient nomadic circular tents are an upscale version of the pup tent and depending on the outfitter can be no-frills spartan or adorned with features from espresso maker to cheese grater. They are fine destinations after a romp on the trails.
Curious to see how the arranged marriage between Peak Resorts and Wildcat works out.
Also interesting to see what a return to indigenous ownership can do for Waterville Valley.
Is a New Hampshire hiker tax on the horizon to fund search and rescue? That wouldn't surprise me. But there has to be a uniform means of funds collection and not just a rooms and meals tax on clubs and organizations that offer overnight mountain accommodations. Most hikers are day-trippers anyway. A hiking license? An excise tax on gear? Another license plate option? Something to think about while snowshoeing I guess.
If I'm wearing crampons I'm in a place I really don't want to be.
Hannah Kearney is having an incredible World Cup season with two golds and a silver. The mogulist with an Olympic gold medal is bright, personable and eager to learn kitchen basics while back home in Norwich, Vt.
Further down the Connecticut, snowboarder Kevin Pearce is eternally optimistic as he continues his recovery from a Dec. 31, 2009 halfpipe brain injury mishap. He's back home following several months in the hospital and is also out and about doing interviews and chatting up dad's glasswork.
Americans don't appreciate cross-country skiing. The sprints are incredible to watch and the conditioning that goes into longer distances is outstanding. Higher calibre free-heelers are generally exceptional athletes.
Snowmaking is king. Truth is, I love being able to drive on snow- and ice-free roads to mountains covered in manmade snow. At least in December. Now that winter's finally arrived, there's nothing like floating through the glades courtesy of Mother Nature.
Eastern skiers might be able to handle icy conditions but not bumped up trails on a day it's snowing.
The best skiing in these parts is March and April. Too bad people use the time for spring cleaning or vacations in the sun.
Between yellow afternoon school buses and midweek beer leagues, day-trip ski areas have solid business plans.
I'm glad they didn't have twin tip skis or terrain parks when I was growing up because if they did I'd be dead.
I know ski areas are in the business to make money but mountains that don't have deals beyond a discount card are mean.
Mountain coasters, zip lines and big air bags. Oh my!
I think mountain bikers are more than willing to pay for a trail pass. Thanks to Kingdom Trails, knobby knockers realize how sweet it is to wind down smooth singletrack without a blow-down on properly maintained, mapped and signed trails.
The Stowe area is the next boom in NNE mountain biking thanks to free-thinking riders, property owners, clubs and IMBA. Keep on eye on Carrabassett Valley, Maine too. Message to New Hampshire: H-E-L-L-O!
I think Americans should just spend more time on bicycles.
Now please put the newspaper down or turn off the screen and get outside. That is unless you're reading this on the lift or while working out as part of that new year resolution.