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I’m Martha, the Outdoor Mom. I’m an alpine, Nordic, and telemark skier, and I love to snowshoe, hike, and ride my road, mountain, and cyclocross bikes. Now, my husband and I are sharing the outdoor life with our daughter and son, and loving it. Get outside with me, join us for a family adventure, and share what inspires you to explore the outdoors!
Recent Outdoor Mom Posts
Ski Ya Later, Winter
There’s a lot of lamenting going around about how terrible this ski season was. True, it wasn’t the powder-filled bonanza that we relished last year. We started the season off in November, and while the snow was lean, there was no reason not to hold out hope. The holidays came, relatives cancelled their ski getaway with us, and the slopes remained on the slim side, but ever the optimist, I believed the snow would come. January and February came and went and still, I think I can count the two times I skied in the woods, both times immediately regretting what the rocks and roots just barely covered with a dusting of snow were doing to my bases.
Silly Season on the Slopes
We skiers and snowboarders may take our days on the slopes seriously, with hours devoted to studying the right gear, finding just the right flex for our skis and the perfectly fit jacket and pants, and we might spend way too much time researching the snowfall totals to find the perfect mountain getaway. We find ourselves in the car driving for hours to the resort and devote, sometimes unsuccessfully, numerous days praying to the snow gods for a powder day.
Why I Make Time For Skiing With My Kids
They made me realize I want my kids to know the thrill and camaraderie of sharing a day on the slopes, the anticipation of new fallen snow that blankets the world white, the exhilaration of perfect turns on skis.
West Mountain Tower Goes Pink
The resort held a Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend January 16-17 and raised $1600 for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, NH. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at noon in the base lodge Saturday in front of a full lunch-time crowd.
A Fresh Look at Skiing with Bretton Woods Women's Alpine Retreat
That opportunity to ski for a few days with other like-minded women made me think about how different the dynamic can be skiing with just the girls.
Be A Part of History at the World's Largest Ski and Snowboard Lesson
This is not one giant lesson but many beginner lesson groups - ski or snowboard - all taking place at 10 a.m throughout the country. Ski and snowboard lessons are taught separately.
Holidays at Bretton Woods, Whatever the Weather
Although there certainly have been snowier starts to Bretton Woods winters, a fun vacation week is still in store for those of us lucky enough to spend it in the White Mountains.
A New Season, A New Adventure For Outdoor Mom
The Bretton Woods Race Team is our new adventure for the season.
A Beach Party Day At The WoodsThe calendar says spring, the conditions say mid-winter.
Fun for Everyone: Family Ski Weekend at Bretton WoodsSkiing can certainly be a solitary sport, but friends and family make it a communal experience.
Preparing for Success: A Parent’s Guide to Hobbits Ski and Snowboard School at Bretton Woods
With winter in full swing, lots of kids will be taking to the slopes for lessons. Here are a few tips to make playing in the snow all about FUN.
Don't Be Afraid of the Cold
With the right gear and some common sense, there's no reason you can't have a fun day on the slopes even when the thermometer struggles to reach positive digits.
Soar Through the Forest on the Canopy Tour
The 1000-foot descent of the tour took us along nine ziplines, ranging from 120 - 830 feet in length and up to 165 feet off the forest floor, two sky bridges suspended above the forest floor, and three rappels, from nine to 65 feet in length.
Free Learn to Ski & Snowboard Weekend
Do you know someone who you know would just love skiing or riding if they just gave it a chance?
Holiday Tea Time with Mrs. Claus
Kids from one to ninety-two are sure to get into the spirit of the season with a twist on the gilded age tradition of afternoon tea: Tea with Mrs. Claus.
Kick Off the Ski Season at the Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo
Northeastern skiers and riders may consider the Expo to be the biggest homecoming party of the season.
The Case For Spring Skiing
Seems like we should have bought stock in hand and toe warmers this past winter. But now we're ready to swap the neck gaiters and balaclavas for sunscreen and sunglasses.
Fresh Air, Family and Fun
Fresh air, exercise, and time with family was exactly what we needed to remind us just how lucky we are to have this winter playground.
Little Ripper Dream Job: Alpine Groomer
"I know what I want to be when I grow up, Mommy. I want to work at Bretton Woods and I want to be a groomer."
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