Outdoors, Travel

Explore the great outdoors in Bennington

5 places to hike, bike, walk or just enjoy a day in the sun By Cherise Forbes BATS maintains trails for all skill levels throughout historic Bennington, Vt. Photo provided by BATS Bennington, Vt., is blessed with a bountiful and beautiful landscape, which makes it all the more difficult to decide where to explore next!… Continue reading Explore the great outdoors in Bennington

Food, From the Archives, Home, Outdoors

The Wonder of Herbs

Decorative, fragrant herbs are ‘plants with a purpose’ that are useful as condiments, medicine, tonics and insect deterrents. Every serious garden should have some Photo by Picture Seeker on UnSplash Original article published in UpCountry, May 27, 1977. This article has been edited for content and length. By Gertrude B. Foster FALLS VILLAGE, Conn. Herbs… Continue reading The Wonder of Herbs

Home, Outdoors

5 tips to get your garden started

The first day of spring arrives on March 20 this year and what better way to celebrate than by sowing some seeds? You’ll need to start most of them inside, as it’s still too cold out for most crops to survive. We’ve culled together a few tips from New England Newspapers Inc. columnists Ron Kujawski,… Continue reading 5 tips to get your garden started


A Healthy Start for Seedlings: The Peat Dilemma

By Thomas Christopher For me, this season brings with it an ethical dilemma. This is the time of year when I start sowing seeds indoors. Every late winter through spring I grow 400-odd seedlings under lights in my basement to plant out, once the weather warms, in my vegetable and flower gardens. Indeed, I would… Continue reading A Healthy Start for Seedlings: The Peat Dilemma


Ski season silver lining? Smaller classes, more one-on-one time with instructors

Planning ahead key for those hitting the slopes in Vermont Pat Kinney, a snowmaker at Stratton Mountain Resort, in Stratton, Vt., checks the consistency of the snow from the snow machines on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, as they prepare to open for the 2020-2021 season. Photo by Kris Radder By Chris Mays Hitting the slopes… Continue reading Ski season silver lining? Smaller classes, more one-on-one time with instructors

Outdoors, Travel

2021 UpCountry Alpine Ski Guide

In Southern Vermont Skiers enjoy opening day at Bromley Mountain. Photo by Caroline Bonnivier Snyder Bromley Mountain 3984 Vermont Route 11, Peru, Vt.802-824-5522bromley.com Killington Resort 3861 Killington Road, Killington, Vt.800-734-9435killington.com Magic Mountain 495 Magic Mountain Access, Londonderry, Vt.802-824-5645magicmtn.com Mount Snow 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, Vt.800-245-SNOWmountsnow.com Okemo Mountain Resort 77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow,… Continue reading 2021 UpCountry Alpine Ski Guide

History, Outdoors

Otis Ridge Ski Area continues to thrive

Founded in 1946, this family-friendly ski hill still has a lot to offer Skiers ride the chairlift at Otis Ridge. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Margaret ButtonOTIS, Mass. At one time, the Berkshires was the home to more than 35 small ski areas that catered to families. But as larger resorts opened, the smaller ski… Continue reading Otis Ridge Ski Area continues to thrive


Sharing the joy of snowmobiling

Woodford SnoBusters keep vast network of trails clear for winter fun Snowmobiling is a popular winter sport. Photo provided by Woodford SnoBusters By Cherise ForbesWOODFORD, Vt. In 1984, the Woodford SnoBusters got their start from the front porch of the McKenna homestead, thanks to a group of snowmobilers determined to share the sport they love.… Continue reading Sharing the joy of snowmobiling

Business, Outdoors

Big things are happening at Bousquet

Mill Town Capital invests in historic Pittsfield ski area Upgrades at Bousquet range from a new triple chairlift to new trail maps, which feature dedicated uphill paths for skinning. Photo by Mike Walsh By Mike WalshPITTSFIELD, Mass. It’s a small sign, just two words in black on a white backdrop. Yet, the three of us… Continue reading Big things are happening at Bousquet

Outdoors, People

Q&A with Krista Schmidinger

Berkshire native and two-time Olympian returns to Bousquet roots Editor’s note: Michael Walsh recently connected with two-time Olympian and Berkshire native Krista Schmidinger over email. Bousquet recently announced a partnership with Schmidinger, an Alpine skier who competed in the Winter Olympics in 1992 and 1994. As part of the partnership, she will contribute to Bousquet’s… Continue reading Q&A with Krista Schmidinger