Meghan McCarthy McPhaul

Published Works

Union Leader - Small Town, Big Cheese: The Cheddar Arrives at Harman's (June 2017)
"The tractor-trailer truck parked beside the road Wednesday morning in what constitutes downtown Sugar Hill could only mean one thing: This was the day of the annual unloading of the cheddar at Harman's Cheese & Country Store..."

The Outside Story (Northern Woodlands)
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Foxes Active in Late Winter (March 2017)
"The first time I saw the fox last February, I did a double take. It was late morning when I glanced out the window on my way from one task to the next. The unexpected flash of red made me stop and forget about the morning’s to-do list..."

Powder.com
- How to Stay Warm on the Ice Coast (February 2017)
"... Yes, there is a difference between 30 below in Colorado, and 30 below (with a side of 30-mile-per-hour winds blowing graupel sideways) in New England. Yankees—and Eastern skiers—didn’t earn their stoic, tougher-than-nails reputation for nothing. We have feelings, too; it’s just that you can’t see them through our facemasks. Here, a guide to staying warm on the slopes—East Coast style..."

Winter Notes column, Union Leader
- SnowCoach Tour up Mt. Washington (February 2017)
"A bright blue sky was the backdrop for the brilliant white peaks of the northern Presidential Range early this week, the perfect winter day to take a ride up to the home of the world’s worst weather...."

Powder.com - John Egan's Sugarbush (January 2017)
"Generations of ski film fans know John Egan as a hard-charging skier who chases big lines. He’s appeared in 17 Warren Miller movies, is an original member of the North Face Extreme Team, and has skied all over the world. In 1976, two years before his movie debut, the teenaged Egan moved to Vermont’s famed Mad River Valley. Forty years later, and as passionate about skiing as ever, he’s still here and has earned the official title of Chief Recreation Officer at Sugarbush..."

The Outside Story (Northern Woodlands) - Mink in the Middle (January 2017) "If the river otter is the most aquatic member of the mustelid family, and weasels represent the terrestrial branch of the clan, the American mink is the adept middle child, taking advantage of its adaptations both in the water and on land to make a living...."
The Outside Story (Northern Woodlands) - Mink in the Middle (January 2017) "If the river otter is the most aquatic member of the mustelid family, and weasels represent the terrestrial branch of the clan, the American mink is the adept middle child, taking advantage of its adaptations both in the water and on land to make a living...."
The Outside Story (Northern Woodlands)
- Mink in the Middle (January 2017)
"If the river otter is the most aquatic member of the mustelid family, and weasels represent the terrestrial branch of the clan, the American mink is the adept middle child, taking advantage of its adaptations both in the water and on land to make a living...."

Powder.com
- Where to Drink Beer in New Hampshire (January 2017)
"Combine the Mount Washington Valley’s half-dozen ski areas with its three breweries, and you end up with an après scene that is robustly local. Nothing tastes so good at the end of a day of skiing as a finely crafted beer, and there are plenty of brews to choose from in these mountains. What to drink when you’re skiing the Valley? Here’s a primer..."

Powder.com -
The World Cup Returns to the East (November 2016)
"...The return of the White Circus has been a long time coming, and we Easterners are all fired up. There is animated discussion among the 8- to 10-year-old set in my house of watching the World Cuppers careen down the hill in front of their very eyes. My daughter hopes to get Mikaela Shiffrin's autograph - Shiffrin is my daughter's Tamara. And we're not the only ones eagerly anticipating the Killington races...."

Powder magazine -
SALT: The Snowmaker (October 2016)
"Alan Wheeler splits his time and profession by the seasons: summer as a trap fisherman off the tip of Rhode Island; winter in the mountains of New Hampshire, where he makes snow full-time and skis the backcountry any chance he gets. His co-workers and ski companions, often a few decades younger, have to push to keep up, but he’s everything you could ask for in a work mate or ski buddy. 'He can fix anything and he can ski anything,' says John DeVivo, Cannon Mountain’s general manager and Wheeler’s ski partner. 'He’s a tough old bastard with a great heart.'"

Powder magazine - Building a Better Monoski (September 2016)
"Cam Shaw-Doran’s job combines a skier’s passion, a tinkerer’s joy, and a philanthropic mission that strikes an intimately personal chord. As the director of development for the Turtle Ridge Foundation—a nonprofit started by his childhood pal, Bode Miller—Shaw-Doran spends his days building custom monoskis and driving around the country to give them away to adaptive programs and individual skiers."


Northern Woodlands - Garland Mill: Harnessing the Power of Water (May 2016)
"When Garland Mill began operations in 1856 – five years before the start of the Civil War – there were more than 600 water-powered sawmills in New Hampshire. One hundred-sixty years later, the Lancaster mill is one of only three water-powered sawmills still in operation in the state."

Powder.com -
Crossing the Line (March 2016)
"The kids
stopped at the sign announcing SKI AREA BOUNDARY, paused for a photo, then gleefully ducked the orange rope, passing into unchartered ski territory. I’d crossed this line for the first time 30 years ago, in this very spot, with the same excitement. And I know once the line is crossed there’s no turning back."

Northern Woodlands - Thoreau's Cabin in the North Woods (January 2016)
"On a warm, sunny day last spring, just a few weeks before the end of the school year, professional timber framer Makaio Maher stood in a small clearing in a stand of red pine trees in Newport, Vermont, calling out instructions to two dozen high school students wearing white and red hardhats. 'We need more pegs over here. Hold up, hold up – that side has to go in last. Take it up slowly.'"

The Liberty Project
- 5 reasons to go skiing with just the girls (Jan. 2016)
"Kim Reichhelm has never had a problem keeping up with the boys – on snow or off. But skiing’s original Queen of Extreme has long seen the benefit of keeping some ski days girls-only. For more than 25 years, Reichhelm has led women’s ski camps, currently in Vail and Alta. And she’s not the only female skiing hotshot leading the all-women charge..." 

Powder.com - New USSA Program Keeps Eastern Racers Close to Home (Dec. 2015)
"Madison Lord is a New England girl through and through. She was born in Maine, learned to ski in New Hampshire, and honed her racing skills at the same Vermont ski academy that graduated alpine racing phenom Mikaela Shiffrin. Lord says she’s known since the sixth grade that she wanted to be a ski racer, and her sights are set on the podium of the 2022 Winter Olympics..."

Powder
- Ski 93: Live free or ski at New Hampshire's original classics (Nov. 2015)
"We're standing on the eastern edge of Cannon Mountain, 1,900 feet above Interstate 93 where it winds through Franconia Notch. After traversing windswept granite fields and an enchanted forest of snow-capped fir and spruce trees, we've arrived at the rocky outcrop containing the cannon-shaped boulder formation that gives the mountain its name. Across the notch, the broad, craggy expanse of Mount Lafayette emerges from clouds that have been spitting snow all day..."

Powder.com
- Tenney Mountain's Resurrection (Nov. 2015)
"Back in the day, a rat pack of skier kids ruled the slopes at New Hampshire’s Tenney Mountain. They bombed the mountain, jumped off the Hornet double chairlift to get a head start on the impromptu Chinese Downhill on the Edelweiss trail (“Loser buys the French fries!”), and hit big airs under the Eclipse triple..."

The Liberty Project - New Hampshire: Small state, big politics (Nov. 2015)
"New Hampshire is a small state, but politics here are a big deal. We’re the ninth smallest state by area and, with about 1.3 million residents, the seventh smallest by population. But our state legislature is huge, the biggest in the country. With 400 state representatives and 24 state senators, most Granite Staters personally know at least some of the people representing them in the state capital. Most of us have also met quite a few presidential candidates over the years. They come to our hometown diners, our county fairs, our Main Street shops, and sometimes our living rooms..."

The Outside Story (Northern Woodlands) - Black Swallowtails, Many Disguises (Sept. 2015)
"It was the dotted, orangey-yellow and black stripes that stood out, drawing my son’s gaze to the edge of the sandbox. A small caterpillar clung to the goutweed, munching away on the green leaves. At first we thought it was a monarch caterpillar, but the stripes weren’t quite right. Out came the field guide, where we discovered our caterpillar to be a future black swallowtail butterfly. After that first discovery, we suddenly noticed more caterpillars, both in that patch of goutweed and on the greens of the carrots in our late-summer garden..."

The Outside Story (Northern Woodlands)
- Bobcats (August, 2015)
"The distinctively feline tracks through the snow in our woods last winter intrigued me. They would follow the narrow ski trail a ways, then meander into the trees or, sometimes, seem to disappear altogether. There was no way, I thought, a house kitty was so far from home in the deep of winter, and besides, these tracks were a bit large for your average cat..."

Northern Woodlands - ATV Users and Conservationists Find Common Ground (Summer 2015)
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