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Good To Know: Ski Lingo

Congrats! You’ve graduated from rental skis into the brave new world of ski ownership. But this is a daunting universe…finding the right alpine ski can be as confusing as calculus. They come in all shapes and sizes, with different side cuts, waist widths, tail design, camber, and flex patterns. Even we get overwhelmed–so we spoke with Pete Wagner, the genius behind Wagner Custom Skis. He’s a wizard at matching ski design with a person’s ability and goals, and he’s been kind enough to share a few tips to help you find the perfect pair.

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Tips And Tricks: Catching King Mackerel With George Poveromo

Everyone loves to catch exciting and impressive fish, right? George Poveromo lets us in on his secrets for catching the big King Mackerel.

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Travel: Puerto Rico

If absence truly makes the heart grow fonder, by now you’re probably really yearning for a bit of sun. The kind of sun that warms the skin. The kind of sun that makes the dark days of winter feel like a distant dream. The kind of sun that glints, hypnotically, off the Caribbean Sea. The kind of sun, in other words, that illuminates the isle of Puerto Rico almost every day of the year.

 

And given the island’s status as a U. S. territory, you don’t need a passport.

 

Spontaneous travel just became much simpler. Here’s a few things you can do when you arrive.

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Tips And Tricks: Hiking Route Selection With Dave Norona

Dave Norona shows us how to choose a proper route when hiking (while maximizing fun and safety).

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Good To Know: Frostbite

We all love to play outdoors in the winter but as the temps grow colder, it’s vital to take care of your skin–most particularly on your extremities. Any exposed skin in cold, windy weather is vulnerable to frostbite, but frostbite can also occur on skin covered by gloves or other clothing if you remain outside in the cold too long.

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Tips And Tricks: When To Change It Up With Bob Izumi

The fish are biting like mad! Change up lures?! Bob Izumi tells us why we should learn a new technique when the fish are biting.

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How To: Work Off Thanksgiving Dinner

According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat during Thanksgiving. Between the main meal, the pie, the drinks, and all the appetizers and sides the pounds start to pile on.

This year, why not make the pledge to get outside to participate in some of your favorite outdoor activities in order to reset the mind, bond with family and friends, and burn off all those holiday goodies. We aren’t saying you have to skip the pumpkin pie (323 calories per slice according to the USDA), but maybe head out on that family hike before or after the big feast.

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How To: Winter Camping Tips

Camping or backpacking in the dead of winter can be cold business. But you will be rewarded with pristine, snowy wilderness, and very few people. And while cold-weather camping might frighten most people, it doesn’t have to be miserable. Here are a few tips to making your time in the wild during the deep days of winter more enjoyable.

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Tips And Tricks: How To Cast From A Kayak With Chad Hoover

As intuitive as it seems, there are a few things you should keep in mind when casting from a kayak. Chad Hoover fills us in on these pointers.

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Good To Know: Will Your Tongue REALLY Stick to a Frozen Pole?

Blame it on A Christmas Story (one of the best holiday movies ever), but there’s a human propensity to take risks, whether it be out of a compulsion to just keep trying stuff, or as a consequence of a double-dog dare. Whatever the motivation, you might feel tempted this season to see what really happens when you touch your tongue to a frozen flag pole—or a ski lift safety bar…

Don’t.

This time your mother—and that famed holiday movie—were both right.

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