What gear do I need for cross-country skiing?
I moved to Vermont for college and want to take up cross-country skiing. Can you point me toward the gear Ill need? Heather Burlington, Vermont
Winter, On Speed
Make skate skiing part of the season's regimen and you'll start the year with fitness to spare
Which versatile shell works on the slopes and around town?
I need a womens shell thats versatile enough for both ski and around-the-town use. I considering Mountain Hardwears Descent DT Trifecta. What would you recommend? Kelly Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Warm, Yet Cool
The latest all-mountain jackets keep you toasty on lift rides and cool on out-of-bounds hikes
The New North Star
Alberta now rivals British Columbia as Canada's best winter playground
Where should I go to snowboard in Torino?
I'm traveling to Torino, Italy, over the holidays and would like to go snowboarding. Where should I go? Also, is it possible to take a train from Torino to the location since I've heard the hotels in the ski towns have minimum-night requirements during the holidays. Alex Santa Fe, NM
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Dude... I Mean Dad
It ain't easy being the sponsor (a.k.a. old man) of a competitive snowboard artiste (a.k.a. my teenage son). Lend an ear, and a shoulder, and I'll tell you all about it.
Goggles or sunglasses: Which is better on the mountain?
Im a lot more comfortable in sunglasses than in goggles when skiing. But my buddies tell me that I should be wearing goggles. Are they right? Ad Jackson, Mississippi
Ride the Rail
You've always wanted to try the park. X Games gold medalist Simon Dumont shows you where to start.
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Which backpack can transition from resort to backcountry skiing?
Im an experienced front-country (resort) skier and would like to expand into the backcountry. Can you recommend a good ski pack that works well in both conditions? Walker Boston, Massachusetts