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RealSkiers 2015 Skis of the YearWhat a wonderful time to be a skier.  No matter where or how you like to slide, there is a ski made just for you; the ski market has never displayed so much diversity in shapes and baselines, from hourglass carvers to battleship-wide smear-sticks.  About the only shapes not currently available are the ancestral dimensions of long and skinny.

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Steven Nyman (Facebook)America's Stephen Nyman (Sundance, Utah) got the best of what could only be described as a course in Val Gardena, Italy marked by extreme conditions. He won his third career World Cup downhill on the famous Saslong course by a .31 second margin over World Cup downhill leader Kjetil Jansrudof Norway.

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Fruitless Real Snow Dog TreatsJust in time to deck the halls, string up your doggies’ stockings and stuff them with new Fruitables Vanilla Snowflake Flavor dog treats. 

Women hit the slopes in the WOW program. (’s Pats Peak  will be offering clinics for adults and women beginning in Jan. 2015. 

Powder at Sugar BowlAfter rolling across Tahoe and the southern tier of the Rockies, the weather is expected to take a break across the West for this weekend before another round arrives just before Christmas.The best bet for upcoming powder days will be along and north of I-70 in Colorado next week, meaning skiers and snowboarders at Steamboat , and Summit and Eagle county resorts might get those powder boards in shape.

World Snowboarding Day OkemoThe 9th edition of World Snowboard Day will bring together riders from across the globe Sunday, Dec. 21– from beginners to experts – to kick off the season, and to celebrate snowboarding and its unique subculture.

Santa at SnowbasinLiftopia, an online and mobile marketplace for lift tickets and other mountain activities, is kicking off their annual Christmas and New Year’s Day Promotion featuring savings up to 72 percent off lift tickets when purchased in advance compared to walk-up window rates.

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Indianhead kidsIndianhead Resort and Blackjack Mountains have merged to create a double ski and snowboard experience in the Midwest. With the merger comes some value-based offers.

Choose from a variety of Deer Valley lodging packages. (Deer Valley Resort)Deer Valley Resort  is offering guests a variety of lodging packages this winter season. Here's a sampling: