Ready for winter? If your ski instructor mentions carving and mashed potatoes, you can be sure it's not Thanksgiving dinner he means. So don't feel snowed when you head for the slopes. Keep your edge with the following ski-speak:
Some gear you'll be forced check in because of TSA policy, whether you want to or not and incur the baggage fee. Other sports equipment fall within the normal checked baggage and oversize/overweight policy.
Despite the name of this influential snowboarding technology, no magnets are actually used in the making of magne-traction edges. Which is sort of a bummer because then we might be a little bit closer to those hover boards in Back to the Future.
If you are looking for ways to stay warm this winter, forget the Caribbean and take a plunge with the Coney Island Polar Bears. What struck me the most was the sense of community among the group. The water was cold but the experience has kept me warm inside to this day.
Swimming, hockey and other winter outdoor sports are great fun even when you're not an Olympic athlete! However, engaging in these activities often can make you more prone to developing asthma symptoms.
For some, performances at the Olympics are great to marvel at from the couch while; for others, they are motivation to take on a challenge and step outside the comfort zone. If you fall into the latter camp, this list is for you.
I chose Colorado because I wanted good snow in December, and there aren't that many places you can be sure to get it. In California, December snow is inconsistent: In 2012, the Sierra Nevadas had more snow than any other mountain range in the world. In 2013: nada. It was all man-made.
Skate skiers get to pass the slower, classic skiers, leaving them literally in their tracks, and well -- not that I'm competitive or anything -- but it's totally badass. And at fifty-something, even a little badass is a good thing.
It might be a little chilly outside, but that doesn't mean it's time to keep your travel fun indoors. There's no better way to fit in some winter fun than with a frozen pond and some worn-in ice skates.
"When I first came to Santa Fe, it always snowed by Halloween and the ski area always opened by the end of November," observes Michael Wigley, a local skiing legend. "Now we are lucky if we have decent snow before Christmas.