Valley News – Out & About: Winter activities to get out in the cold

While we may be halfway through February, winter isn’t leaving anytime soon.

But even with snow on the ground, there are plenty of places in the Upper Valley to explore on your own terms, whether it’s with snowshoes, skis, spikes or skates. And there are also more targeted outings for winter enthusiasts looking for cold-weather adventures. Here are a few of them:

Hanover Conservancy: Love of Nature Trail Adventure

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“Wascawwy” weasels in winter

Recent storms have added to the snowpack at the rim of Black Canyon. Hot summers and dry winters over the past 20 years have made survival difficult for much of Colorado’s wildlife.




It isn’t hard to find Elmer Fudd online. He was a character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon series, and best known for being a persistent hunter of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck

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Winter storm continues to bring snow; plus, will there be a NYS Fair this summer? (Good Morning CNY for Feb. 2)

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Weather

High: 29; Low: 23. Breezy, with several more inches of snow possible.

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West Genesee  starts practice. Hockey is one of three sports along with wrestling and basketball to start practices and tryouts after getting the ok from Onondaga County. The sports were on pause because of the coronavirus. Dennis Nett | dnett@syracuse.co

West Genesee start practice at the Shove Recreation Center. Hockey is one of three sports along with wrestling and basketball to start practices and tryouts after getting the ok from Onondaga County.

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Where to get out and get active during the long Maine winter, weather or not

Riding a fat-tire bike at Range Pond State Park in Poland is one way to get outside this winter. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

The pandemic has been unable to shut down Maine’s great outdoors.

So as long as there is snow on the ground and temperatures cold enough to freeze water, you’ll be able to find something to do in the next couple of months. Not every winter

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10 fun things to do at Butler County parks and beyond this winter

Where: Harbin Park, 1300 Hunter Road, Fairfield

When: Saturday, 6:30-7:30- p.m. and 7:45-8:45 p.m.

Cost: Free

More Info: 513-867-5835 or reservations.yourmetroparks.net/programs

Story Walk at California Woods

This self-guided tour blends fact and fiction. Read “Over and Under the Snow,” an adventure story about a father and daughter cross-country skiing in the woods, as you yourself walk the Ridge Loop Trail, a .6 mile, lightly traveled loop full of wildlife.

Where:

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Winter Wonderland brings cold-weather fun to Menomonie | Front Page

MENOMONIE — After months of seeing people cooped up inside to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Jake Farrah decided it was time to give residents a new option for outdoor activity.

It also was an opportunity to add a dash of fun to what otherwise promised to be a long winter amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s why Farrah, owner of Integrity Auto Care in Menomonie, worked all fall with

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It’s not a trip to Antarctica. Make the leap to winter camping.

MINNEAPOLIS — Camping, like so many activities outdoors during the stress of the pandemic, has new followers. Don’t let a Midwestern winter cool the enthusiasm.

Outdoor guides and experts acknowledge the obvious: The idea of winter camping is intimidating at first blush. Icy landscapes and low-lit days don’t inspire warm thoughts for getting out. But there are ways to adapt gear and skills for any season. To make winter (or

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Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament moved to April

The annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament returns this year after a one-year hiatus, and has been pushed back to April.

Canceled in 2020 due to the rising threat of the novel coronavirus at the time, the tournament returns for the 27th year, but on April 17. This new date was settled on in order to make the event safer for anglers and the community, according to the Homer Chamber

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An Easy Plan for Beating the Winter Blues

Winter can bring the beauty of freshly fallen snow and bright, crisp days. But the season can also leave some people feeling a little down, and the COVID-19 pandemic may only exacerbate the situation.

“This year we’re worried about how to handle continued social isolation when the weather keeps us indoors and the pandemic makes indoor gatherings unsafe,” says Vickie Mays, PhD, a professor of psychology at UCLA.

If you’re

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4 top winter hiking trails near Lancaster County, plus how to stay warm and safe | Food + Living

The great outdoors widens horizons as we continue to hunker down. Going outside doesn’t have to stop when the temperatures drop. There’s beauty in taking a walk in the winter. Wilma Wagler loves walking through the covered bridges crossing the Conestoga River around her home near Leola, no matter the weather.

“It is so invigorating,” she says. “I love the scenery and getting outside. It keeps me emotionally and physically

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Greenfield winter carnival will be online this year

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Greenfield Recreation will host their annual winter carnival online since the in-person event had to be canceled due to the pandemic.

The event will begin on February 5 and end on February 7. It will host nine different activities that can all be done in a socially distant way or completely online.

The events are:

  • Virtual 4 Mile Sleigh Bell Run – You can virtually sign
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Snow play: Big crowds heading out to Washington’s winter wonderland | Outdoors and Recreation

Outdoor activities remain more popular than ever this winter with many COVID-19 restrictions still firmly in place across Washington.

The state’s winter recreation program manager, Pamela McConkey, said they sold 4,408 daily Sno-Park permits in November and December, compared to just 772 during the same time period in 2019. Season permits for non-motorized Sno-Parks saw a similar increase, from 1,236 in 2019 to 5,568 in 2020.

Early snow at high

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Things to know before you go to winter recreation resorts this winter

MICH. (WJMN) – Michigan, especially the Upper Peninsula, is known to be a winter wonderland with a plethora of options for outdoor activities.

With COVID-19, Pure Michigan’s Vice President Dave Lorenz offers some tips and advice on how to prepare before heading to the slopes or trails.

“One of the things that everyone needs to know is you should know before you go. Make sure you’re doing things like ordering

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Beat the winter blues with a hike in the Blue Hills | News

As getting exercise be­comes increasingly complicated during the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people are turning to woodland trails. De­spite the requirement in Massachusetts to wear masks outdoors, exploring is still as interesting as ever and in the chilly weather, the mask now adds a layer of wind and cold protection.

On a recent weekday we explored the Blue Hills Reservation in Canton.

There are many trails to choose from,

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WSDOT says high volume of winter recreation along shoulders and ramps of Snoqualmie Pass creating a ‘very dangerous’ situation | Columbia Basin

Washington’s Department of Transportation says it has some safety hazards on its hands as people crowd near the shoulders and ramps of Snoqualmie Pass on I-90. The state says its seeing an extraordinary amount of people engaging in winter recreation due to the pandemic. 

“On multiple mountain pass roadways, ramps and interchanges across the state, we’re seeing vehicles parking along shoulders when parking lots or other areas fill up. This

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Mark Morical: Cline Buttes a dynamic winter mountain biking area

BEND, Ore. — Cyclists willing to brave cold temperatures can still find premium mountain biking trails in Central Oregon, even in the depths of winter.

Sprawling High Desert views, thrilling terrain and quality wintertime dirt make Cline Buttes west of Redmond a popular destination for mountain bikers. Miles and miles of user-built trails line the juniper-filled slopes in the area.

The myriad trails on Cline Buttes, including a narrow singletrack

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A guide to winter cleanup events in the Washington area

Anacostia Riverkeeper organized the event I attended at Nash Run, which flows into Kenilworth Marsh. Before we headed out, Trey Sherard, the organization’s official Anacostia Riverkeeper, passed out fliers to a couple dozen volunteers on how to sort the trash. (This year, discarded masks and gloves have created a brand-new category.) He reviewed safety precautions: Don’t pick up broken glass — it tends to slice open garbage bags — and

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7 ways to find your winter fun in Manistee

MANISTEE COUNTY, MI – Winter may have already arrived on our doorsteps, but unless you put a little planning into your next adventures, this season of deep powder and snow-covered forest trails might just zip by without you grabbing your chance to get outside and play.

Whether you’re a sled head ready to tackle new trails with your snowmobiling friends or a cross-country skier in search of some stride-and-glide bliss,

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Pure Michigan launches new winter recreation ad

Pure Michigan debuts a new advertisement, Still Pure, to showcase winter activities and promote safe travel.

MICHIGAN, USA — To mark the first day of winter, Pure Michigan has returned to debut its newest advertisement, Still Pure, a celebration of cold-weather recreation and a reminder to travel with COVID safety in mind. 

The ad will air over the airwaves, online and on social media through February 2021 in markets across

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10 Fun and Free Hobbies for the Restless Winter Months

Woman walking at the frozen lake.
Woman walking at the frozen lake.

It’s inevitable: After the glitz and festivities of the winter holidays, the rest of the winter can seem anticlimactic. But it doesn’t have to be.

Related: 35 Easy Ways To Save Money This Winter

As tempting as it might be to take up an expensive winter hobby — such as skiing or ice skating — to get through the slow winter months, you don’t

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