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How To: Ice Fishing

Photo: Megan Porter

There’s something absolutely zen about ice fishing. Maybe it’s the sitting in the middle of a frozen river or lake, staring into a tortilla-sized hole in the ice, snuggled warm in layers of down, and hugging a thermos of hot cocoa. There’s the occasional flock of Canada geese filling the sky or the curious moose venturing out to see what all the excitement is about. Sure, it’s cold and somewhat remote–but dress right (read: very warmly) and it’s as if you’ve created your own secret version of winter.

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How To: Ski Tuning 101

You’ve spent hundreds of dollars on new alpine skis. Good first step. But now you’ve got to preserve that investment by committing to a set tuning strategy. It’ll help your ski perform better (which is always good), and will let the ski last longer (which is always great). Here are the basics.

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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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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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How To: Prevent Shin Bang

Don’t Be A Boot Banger

Often the number one complaint after ski season starts is pain in the shins. Better know as “shin bang” or sometimes “boot bang,” the excruciating condition comes from your shins hitting the front of your boot every time you flex forward, resulting in painful bruising.

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How To: Winter Health

Staying active in the winter presents its own season of challenges–the least of which is avoiding the urge to hibernate. And proper nutrition can be tied to almost all elements of a successful cold-weather impulse to try stuff. Do it right, and you can stay warm and fuel your muscles, leaving you to yearn for more sunlit hours.

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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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How To: Make It Snow and Other Winter Superstitions

We snow sports enthusiasts are a superstitious lot. Even with the advances in detailed weather forecasting year after year, and a promising forecast for the 2014-15 season, we still think we control the outcome of the upcoming winter season thanks to our often silly, but oh-so-necessary, break-only-if-you-dare, pre-season rituals. Or maybe we’re just worried that we’ll jinx our winter if we don’t give in to tradition.

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How To: Winterize Your Footwear

Whether you are trying to stretch another season out of your winter hiking boots, or just bought a new pair, boot maintenance not only protects your investment, but protects your feet. Leather is naturally hydrophilic (read: can get damaged by water), and even DWR-treated leather leaks if there’s enough moisture over a long enough duration of time. Once leather becomes wet, water moves from pore to pore while you walk (as the boot flexes there’s a natural pumping action). It stretches and weakens, then as it dries, it shrinks and becomes brittle, drastically impacting the half-life of your boots and potentially damaging the weatherproofness you so desperately need while on the trail.

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