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Travel: Stowe Mountain Resort

East Coast skiing and snowboarding often suffers as the butt of most West Coast skiers’ all-too-easy jokes (usurped, perhaps, only by skiing in the Mid-Atlantic or the Mid West). And yes, we concede that New England skiing can be pretty miserable. Frostbite-cold–except when it’s raining. Slopes covered in sheets of inches-thick ice–except when it’s a sludgy, soupy mess. Runs that aren’t as long as their Colorado or California counterparts–except when they’re utterly unforgiving in their pitch and drop. But hit the right day at a New England ski resort, and you’ll be ready to counter the dismissive claims of the not-so-enlightened.

And perhaps no place better exemplifies all that East Coast skiing has to offer than Stowe Mountain Resort.

Here’s a quick primer to get you to the best that this famed mountain has to offer.

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Tips And Tricks: Improved Homer Rhode with Tim Babich

Using a thicker line to catch fish on the fly? Tim Babich demonstrates the Homer Rhode.

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How To: Save Money on Winter Rentals

Unless you live in a resort town, define yourself as a serial skier and get in 30 days a season, or just have a limitless budget for outdoor gear, chances are you rent your ski gear. And you also probably know that this is just another, unavoidable expense in the already-costly love of skiing and snowboarding.

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Tips And Tricks: How to Fish the Flats with Gerhard Lubscher

How do you fly fish on flats? Gerhard Lubscher shares three key elements to make the catch.

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Good To Know: Does Electrolyte Loss Cause Cramping?

We’ve all been there at some point–out in the middle of a run one minute, then limping in pain from muscle cramps the next. Up until a few years ago, the prevalent belief was that, by regularly consuming a sports drink during workouts, you could prevent muscle cramps. Yet, even after recent studies have all but debunked the theory that fluid/sodium loss through sweat is the cause of cramps, the belief still persists. So what is going on?

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Good To Know: Things To Fear in Finland

Exotic may not be the first word that leaps to mind when contemplating the animals of Finland, but just because this country isn’t crawling with rare poisonous snakes or aquatic creatures with mouthfuls of razor-sharp serrated teethed doesn’t mean the fauna of Finland should be taken lightly. In fact, the country boasts more than 260 carnivores (not counting humans). Here are a few to fear:

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Tips and Tricks: Carry A Spare Rod Tim Babich

Sometimes it’s necessary to carry a spare rod in order to make the catch. Tim Babich demonstrates how we can do this when there’s no one else around to lend a hand.

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How To: Ski For Cheap

Don’t wait until the last minute this winter if you want major savings on lift tickets. Similar to the airlines, resorts vary their prices according to the time of year, days of the week, and how far you book in advance. But there are a few other tricks seasoned skiers and snowboarders know…and are willing to share.

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Tips and Tricks: Riding a Camel with Rob Holmes

One of Rob’s favorite adventures is a camel safari. But first, there’s a few things you need to know before hopping on those humps.

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Travel: Telluride, Colorado

If there’s one ski area in the US that is absolute magic, it’s Telluride. The skiable terrain is tremendous–and accessible via a nice warm gondola. The original mining town, complete with its Victorian houses and brick shops, seems strangely unchanged over the past 50 or 60 years. Sure, western haute couture has replaced miner’s and forester’s uniforms, and mess halls have made way for fine dining; but the architectural integrity of the town has been preserved. What really saved Telluride was the development of the Mountain Village–just a 13-minute ride via the town’s free gondola system, which connects the main streets with the resort.

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