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There are many tractions aids on the market and not all are created equal. We actually used these on a variety of terrain and conditions  and list them in order of the amount of traction they provide  from sidewalk creepers to  just short of full-on mountaineering crampons. This approach will allow you to hit "the sweet spot" for your traction needs.

Gear Roundup: Trail Traction Aids

There are many tractions aids on the market and not all are created equal. We actually used these on a variety of terrain and conditions and list them in order of the amount of traction they provide from sidewalk creepers to just short of full-on mountaineering crampons. This approach will allow you to hit “the sweet spot” for your traction needs.

The most overlooked bargain in Eastern skiing, Black Mountain of Maine is bigger than you think, and is the perfect place to slip away and avoid the crowds!

Resort Snapshot: Black Mountain Of Maine, 02-27-2015

The most overlooked bargain in Eastern skiing, Black Mountain of Maine is bigger than you think, and is the perfect place to slip away and avoid the crowds!

Was Wednesday, February 25, 2015 the best ski day of the season at Mount Sunapee in Newbury, NH? Maybe. In  fact, quite possibly . . .

Resort Snapshot: Mount Sunapee 02-25-15

Was Wednesday, February 25, 2015 the best ski day of the season at Mount Sunapee in Newbury, NH? Maybe. In fact, quite possibly . . .

If you are new to the concept of backcountry AT, and want a safe way to learn the basics, Sugarloaf Resort in Maine is offering Sunday morning instructional clinics and guided AT tours with rental gear available.

Sugarloaf Backcountry AT Ski Tours and Clinics

If you are new to the concept of backcountry AT, and want a safe way to learn the basics, Sugarloaf Resort in Maine is offering Sunday morning instructional clinics and guided AT tours with rental gear available.

"Serious" skiers often avoid the slopes during vacation week. But, move away from the low-angle greens and blues, and find great skiing!

Resort Snapshot: Sunday River, 02-19-15

“Serious” skiers often avoid the slopes during vacation week. But, move away from the low-angle greens and blues, and find great skiing!

Think there's been too much rain in the East for great skiing conditions? You're wrong! We ski Gunstock Mountain and rip great corduroy!

Resort Snapshot: Gunstock Mountain 01-13-15

Think there’s been too much rain in the East for great skiing conditions? You’re wrong! We ski Gunstock Mountain and rip great corduroy!

We avoid the NYE hangover, and get great skiing at Loon Mountain on amazing manmade snow...no lift lines, and the trails almost all to ourselves!

Resort Snapshot: Loon Mountain, 01-01-2015

We avoid the NYE hangover, and get great skiing at Loon Mountain on amazing manmade snow…no lift lines, and the trails almost all to ourselves!

December rain, warm weather, rotten skiing? Not true... our Resort Snapshot: Cranmore Mountain finds yes, limited trails open, yet great conditions!

Resort Snapshot: Cranmore Mountain, 12-30-14

December rain, warm weather, rotten skiing? Not true… our Resort Snapshot: Cranmore Mountain finds yes, limited trails open, yet great conditions!

More and more skiers are using Alpine Touring (AT--also called "randonée" ) or Telemark dkis or t with "skins" on the bases to climb hills before they ski down. Which eastern ski areas and resorts allow uphill travel, and which don't?

Earn Your Turns In The East!: Uphill Travel Policy At Ski Areas

More and more skiers are using Alpine Touring (AT–also called “randonée” ) or Telemark dkis or t with “skins” on the bases to climb hills before they ski down. Which eastern ski areas and resorts allow uphill travel, and which don’t?

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