Continuously operated by the Lahout family since 1920, Lahout’s Country Clothing and Ski Shop has supplied four generations of shoppers with winter-sports gear and backcountry apparel. Patagonia, North Face, and Columbia clothing highlights their collection of seasonal apparel, while their on-site ski shop rents out skis and snowboards and offers fast turn-around on tune-ups.
Perched on I-93 in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Exit 28 Ski & Snowboard Rentals fits slope-destined travelers with equipment. Skiers and snowboarders of all ages can pull off the highway to check out rental packages or peruse the equipment for sale, including gear by top brands such as Salomon, K2, and Armada. Once they’ve loaded rentals or new purchases into their cars, trucks, or street-legal snowcats, they can hop back on the highway and continue to the runs at Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley Resort, Cannon Mountain, and Bretton Woods.
Owned by winter-sport wizards Chris Carleton and Mike Davies, Allspeed Cyclery & Snow toils to restore out-of-shape skis to tiptop form with expert and personalized attention. Eschewing repair machines and constantly rebooting robots, Allspeed painstakingly iron-waxes all skis by hand, providing a finer tune that endures much longer than with traditional tuning processes. After their skis' bases and edges are flattened and sharpened by Allspeed's wet belt, snow junkies will zoom down the mountain while gleefully taunting gangs of abominable snowmen. With 20 years of ski-retailing prowess, Chris and Mike possess the detail-oriented knowledge needed to tune-up anyone's skis or elongated clown feet.
Since man’s earliest days, when bows and arrows were necessary for hunting and surviving among dangerous creatures, archery has been a test of mettle that demands patience and precise movements. At Lakeside Archery, owner and National Archery Association Level IV coach Steve Dunsmoor shows students the ways of the ancient practice. He and his team lead private and group training sessions, and oversee a Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program for serious young archers or aspiring birthday balloon hunters. Training may take place on any of Lakeside's ranges, which include a seasonal indoor range with bull's-eyes and 3D targets, an outdoor 3D range, and an 80-yard outdoor shooting range. The academy also houses a pro shop where factory-trained technicians repair bows, build custom arrows, and offer expert advice.
With an experienced guide at the helm, eager explorers pile into Maine Rafting Expedition?s brightly colored rafts, ready to crash over rumbling rapids throughout Maine?s rivers. Their excursions suit adventurers of all abilities, from more relaxed family- and kid-friendly jaunts through the Penobscot River?s Class III and IV rapids to white-knuckle-inducing trips through Canada Falls? Class-V rapids and a 20-foot waterfall. The most popular trip runs down 16 miles of the Penobscot River, whose Class IV and V rapids offer a heart-pumping ride for paddlers and wild moose aged 14 and up. The seasoned guides also lead overnight expeditions, which break for slumber at fully equipped campsites along the river. On every trip, rafters can fuel up with the included riverside barbecues and commemorate their journeys with photos and videos available for purchase.
Rivers Northeast Adventures offers a deluge of summer activities along tranquil and feisty rivers in the picturesque Vermont countryside. The three-hour self-guided kayak trip lets riders glide along the currents of the Connecticut River or paddle around a nearby lake while gazing at the area's dense foliage and vast number of barges that carry sacks of rice. Adventurers are shuttled to and from their watery destinations and supplied with single or tandem kayaks, gear, and a quick intro to kayak navigation. Half-day whitewater-rafting trips on Sumners Falls or in the White River afford family-friendly or adrenaline-surging swells that entertain more effectively than watching a child tickle a horse. The Sumners Falls run sprints over Class III rapids and ends in a stomach-twisting drop, and the White River bounces between Class II rapids and stretches of flat water perfect for swimming. During the summer, bring along a friend or Mediterranean oarsman for a half-day float, captained by a seasoned, friendly guide.