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US Freestyle Returns Home to Deer Valley

Park City, UT (Dec. 6, 2015) – After starting the season at World Cups across the globe, the U.S. Freestyle Team is back in the USA to compete at the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort from Jan. 8-10. A strong group of moguls and aerials athletes will be on the hunt for top podium spots, including Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT), Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT) and Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA). All events will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra.

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Gear: Ski Better With A Better Boot Fit

There’s a reason ski boot fitters are the most popular people in resort towns. And it has everything to do with their tools. They can take your ski boots (or in the summer, your hiking boots) and make them fit and feel like they were custom designed for you. But this is more than heady self-indulgence. Most alpine ski boots are made so that boot fitters can work with them–if you skip that step, you’re using only half the boot’s potential, and have to deal with loose heels, too-roomy toe boxes, and painful hotspots. Do it right and long story short, they’ll make you a better skier. But here are a few other compelling reasons to search out a boot fitter (which can be as simple as visiting www.bootfitters.com).

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Tips And Tricks: Managing First Aid With Dave Norona

The best way to manage first aid, is to not have to! However, accidents happen!

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Travel: Best Snowball Fights

Save sledding, nothing brings out our inner child more rapidly than the call to arms for a good snowball fight. As with all other things in our modern world, the simple joys of tossing a few mounds of snow at your friends and family has been pushed to 11. These days, taking part in a snowball fight can be part of your travels this winter. Here are a few to consider.

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Good To Know: Things That Kill in Ecuador

Ecuador lays claim to the Galapagos, the archipelago that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution–so the potential of falling victim to the food chain and the process of natural selection should come as no surprise when visiting this South American country (even if you stay on the mainland). Here are a few particularly nasty creatures…

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Tips And Tricks: When Fish Aren’t Biting With Bob Izumi

What do you do when the fish are not biting? Quit? Naw! Bob Izumi shows us how to change it up!

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Travel: Quebec

Enchanting is the only word for winter in Quebec City. Ok, it does get cold and snowy, but the streets glitter brightly with festive decorations, imbuing the city with a downright iconic, wholly contagious holiday vibe. The streets are narrow and the close proximity of…everything in this old-European-style village means that you never have to walk far for a warm meal, hot chocolate, or local brew. If you’ve never been to Quebec City, it’s a blend of old-world charm with a charm that’s totally French Canadian—exotic and welcoming at the same time.

There’s plenty to do and see—here are some tips for planning your trip.

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Travel: Ski and Ride NYE

Expectation is always the downfall of most New Year’s Eve celebrations. So much build up tends to lead to so much…disappointment. But the silver lining of this holiday may reside in its place on the calendar–New Year’s Eve, in other words, is the prime time to embrace some cold-weather fun. So we say leave watching the dropping of the ball in Times Square to the mindless hordes, and head for the mountains instead. Here are a few of our favorite snow-centric celebrations this year…

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Gear: Snowshoeing 101

Snowshoeing is one of the oldest snow sports, most likely developed in Central Asia more than 6,000 years ago. The practice was brought to North America across the Bering Strait and our own indigenous population is credited for spearheading design and performance innovations. In the 1800s, winter carnivals across North America embraced the sport, and by 1900, U.S. made snowshoes were readily available in the country.

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Tips And Tricks: Choosing A Hook With Chad Hoover

Just like everything else in fishing, the right tools for the job are critical. There’s a lot of hooks out there! Chad Hoover makes sure we know which ones to choose to get the job done.

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